The new Kia Venga comes with a choice of diesel and gasoline 1.4- and 1.6-liter engines, all four can be equipped with stop-start technology to which Japan's Denso Corp. supplies the starter and U.S.-based Delphi Automotive LLP and Robert Bosch GmbH of Germany contribute other important components.
The Venga's stop-start system automatically switches off the engine when standing still and immediately restarts the engine when it is time to get going again. This makes substantial fuel savings - particularly in city driving - reducing the Venga's CO2 emissions to 117 grams per kilometer. By comparison, the same powertrain without start-stop and other Kia tweaks to improve fuel emits 124g/km of CO2. With CO2 below 120g/km the Venga qualifies for tax breaks and other benefits given to low-CO2 cars in many European countries.
Bosch also supplies the minivan's antilock brakes and rollover-preventing electronic stability control system. Other important suppliers to the Venga include Webasto Donghee Co. (a 50:50 joint venture between Germany's Webasto AG and South Korea's Donghee Industrial Co.), which provides the optional two-piece tilt-and-slide panoramic sunroof that covers almost the entire roof. Italian partsmaker Magneti Marelli S.p.A supplies the minivan's halogen headlamps from its Czech Republic facility and rearlamps from its plant in Poland.
The Venga was designed in Europe and is assembled at the Kia parent Hyundai's plant in Nosovice, Czech Republic. The car was launched at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show. Prices start at 14,425 euros (about $19,000) in Germany.