Tasman: Kia reveals the name of its pick-up truck

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Kia reveals the name of its pickup truck
Following Kia Motor Company’s announcement that it is entering the light commercial vehicle market, the South Korean manufacturer has confirmed the name of its highly anticipated pick-up truck: the Kia Tasman. Inspired by the rugged beauty and pioneering spirit of Tasmania, the island at the southernmost tip of Australia, the name evokes a spirit of adventure and exploration.

The Kia Tasman represents the brand’s bold first step into the global C-segment pick-up truck market. Not just a practical work partner, the Kia Tasman redefines the concept of a lifestyle pick-up to offer a suitable companion for a dynamic 24/7 lifestyle, catering to diverse personal and extreme leisure pursuits.

Kia plans to debut its first-ever pick-up model in 2025, implementing a phased global launch strategy that includes markets like Korea, Australia, Africa and the Middle East. This strategic approach aims to cater to the unique demands and preferences of each region, considering factors such as Australia’s strong market for pick-up trucks, Korea’s growing interest in outdoor pursuits, and Africa and the Middle East’s need for off-road vehicles in diverse terrains, including deserts.

With its versatility and capability, the Kia Tasman is poised to gain widespread popularity as a volume model in the Australian market and beyond, solidifying Kia’s position as a leader in the development of multifunctional outdoor vehicles.

The Tasman moniker was selected from a pool of names sourced from Kia’s global markets and was initially proposed by Kia Australia. It was ultimately chosen for its connection to Tasmania, known as the ‘island of inspiration’, and the Tasman Sea. Boasting a unique blend of diverse wilderness and cultural richness, the island’s stunning landscape and diverse wildlife contribute to a sense of wonder and community found nowhere else on Earth. The name encapsulates this spirit of adventure, reflecting the rugged nature and capabilities of Kia’s upcoming pick-up truck.