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  • Ready For Your First Car? Here’s Why It Should Be A KIA Picanto Demo!
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    Ready For Your First Car? Heres Why It Should Be A KIA Picanto Demo!

  • Need A New Ride? Here’s Why You Should Consider A Demo Car On Special
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    Need A New Ride? Heres Why You Should Consider A Demo Car On Special

  • Book Your Car Service at Imperial Select Today
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    Book Your Car Service at Imperial Select Today

  • The New Kia Picanto reimagined
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    The New Kia Picanto reimagined

  • Kia heads US J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey
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    Kia heads US J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey

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Ready For Your First Car? Heres Why It Should Be A KIA Picanto Demo!

Ready For Your First Car? Heres Why It Should Be A KIA Picanto Demo!

Few things in life compare to the excitement of buying your first car. Whether you've been relying on lifts or driving a family member's hand me down, there comes a time when you're ready for something that's all your own. With so many models on the market, you might be wondering where to start looking. A demo model would make a great first choice, as they're more affordable than a brand new model, without as much wear and tear and mileage as a used one. Here's why the Kia Picanto makes for a perfect first car, and how you can find one for even less at Imperial Select's KIA Picanto Car Demo Sale.

A Demo Picanto Offers An Unlimited Mileage Warranty

When you're buying your first car, mechanical failures or issues could seriously put a dent in your wallet if they occur. On top of this, most car insurers charge new drivers a higher premium, so the last thing you want is to pay even more on top of that. Most demo Kia Picantos are still within their Unlimited Mileage/5 Year Warranty, which means that you can look forward to years of hassle-free driving when you buy one.

A Demo Kia Picanto Is Affordable To Run

It seems like every other day, your Twitter feed features an update of another fuel price hike. While other drivers will be groaning, you won't be in your Picanto. With an average fuel consumption of 5-litres/100km, you'll be able to get around without breaking the bank.

A Demo Picanto Doesn't Skimp On Safety Features

Just because it's your first vehicle, doesn't mean that you should put up with anything less than 100% peace of mind. Purchase the 1.0 Smart, and you'll enjoy ABS, EBD, driver and front passenger airbags as well as ISOFIX child seat mounts.

A Demo Picanto Lets You Drive In Comfort

Gone are the days where entry-level vehicles had the bare minimum of comfort and entertainment features. With a Picanto, you get to enjoy air conditioning, power steering, bluetooth connectivity and much more, depending on which demo model is still available.

Ready to get going with your very own Picanto? Then you're in luck. Imperial Select are having a KIA Picanto car demo sale until the end of June. Stocks are limited, so visit your nearest dealership today.

Uploaded 1 week ago

Need A New Ride? Heres Why You Should Consider A Demo Car On Special

Need A New Ride? Heres Why You Should Consider A Demo Car On Special

Looking for a car is exciting - but nerve-wracking, too. You want something that has the bells and whistles your previous vehicle may not have had - but you aren't willing to compromise on quality, either. You could get a brand-new vehicle, but they're expensive and your budget at the moment might not allow for this sort of luxury. If you find yourself in this situation, we've got the perfect way to start your new vehicle search - by browsing the latest demo car specials from Imperial Select. Here's why you're likely to strike gold with a demo vehicle.

Firstly - What Exactly Is a Demo Car?

A demo car is a car that typically sits on a showroom floor or is used by a dealer to showcase a vehicle's capabilities to prospective buyers.

So why consider purchasing a demo car?

1. They Have Low Mileage

We all know that new cars lose some of their value as soon as they're driven off the lot - and most people are okay with this, as long as the mileage is reasonable. However, used cars reach the market after years of use, so you're unlikely to find a used model with low mileage that is still in excellent condition. Most demo cars are used only for short drives around the neighbourhood during test drives, and few models will exceed 5000 kms on the clock. This means that with a demo car, you could shave thousands off its regular asking price, without the usual accompanying mileage.

2. They're Still Relatively New

Car manufacturers are continuously releasing new and improved vehicle models as technology improves and becomes more readily available. Just think that a few short years ago, Bluetooth connectivity used to be considered an extra feature in vehicles - whereas today you can find it in almost every new car model as standard. Buying a demo means you're getting the latest and greatest features without having to pay an arm and a leg for them.

3. They're Well Maintained

Ever shuddered to think about where a used car has been and what it's seen? We don't blame you. Most people don't keep their vehicle interiors and exteriors looking as good as they could. Because a demo car acts as a model all day, dealers are obligated to keep them spic and span 24/7 - on the inside and outside. Most even still have that new car smell!

Still not sure that you'll find the car of your dreams by looking at demo car specials? With Imperial Select offering everything from demo SUVs to demo hatchbacks, we'll be able to help you find what you're looking for. Start searching today for a demo car for sale.

Uploaded 7 months ago

Book Your Car Service at Imperial Select Today

Book Your Car Service at Imperial Select Today

Imperial Select gives you even more value, with our newly launched car service workshops that provide a range of diagnostic and repair solutions for new and used Kia, Mitsubishi, Renault and Hyundai vehicles across the country. For years, you have trusted our dealerships to find you the very best new and used cars in South Africa.

Our newly launched service division will now give you the benefit of reliable auto repair to keep your beloved car in tune, year after year. Available to book simply and quickly online, our car service centres are found across the country in all major cities.

Keep reading to find out why regular servicing is so important and why we aim to simplify the process through a fully inclusive service offering that covers all the basics along with everything you need to keep your vehicle in optimal driving condition.

Why Do You Need Regular Car Service?

Driving a car that is past its scheduled service date can put you and your passengers at risk, while also risking the lives of pedestrians and fellow road users. Over and beyond increasing the risk of accidents, an unserviced car also puts added strain on various vehicle parts, which can end up costing you far more than you expect in the long run. Don't let small, easily resolved issues become bigger, harder to fix issues that cost a fortune to fix. Some of the ways that a scheduled car service can have the biggest impact include

  • Catch early warning signs. Over and beyond your scheduled service, it is essential to book a service if you notice any engine lights, warning lights or any other early warning signs that something is amiss. Comprehensive vehicle diagnostics from our team of vehicle specialists will help to identify potential problems right away.
  • Check gearbox and clutch. If you are battling to change gears or you find that you have to press the clutch a lot further than usual, a service is highly recommended. This will help to make it easier to adjust your speed without any issues changing gear or engaging clutch. A slipping clutch will start to wear into the flywheel and pressure plate causing more damage, resulting in a more expensive repair and potential safety issues when trying to change gears at speed.
  • Keep brakes in working order. Brake pads are one of the main components in a normal car's braking system and are crucial for vehicle safety. Worn brake pads can be deadly if left unchecked. It can be difficult for most drivers to check without professional help. A scheduled service will help to keep brakes in perfect order so that you are always able to stop when needed.
  • Prevent worn suspension. Your car's suspension&rsquos system is there not only for a smoother ride but to keep the vehicle in control on the road. This is therefore an important part of the vehicle to be checked and possibly replaced with high-quality parts by trained vehicle experts.

Why Book Your Vehicle Service at Imperial Select?

Over and beyond keeping your car in optimal working order, Imperial Select gives you complete peace of mind in knowing that our highly trained vehicle specialists are here to assist every step of the way. For many years, we have maintained a reputation for quality, helping people across South Africa find the best new and used cars from trusted brands. Our car service for new and used Hyundai, Kia, Renault and Mitsubishi vehicles brings you the same level of excellence, with designated service centres found in major cities throughout the country.

Regular checks can go a long way in keeping your car in optimal running order, however, avoiding accidents and other problems, and ensuring that you enjoy your beloved ride for many years to come. Give your car the attention it deserves with comprehensive checks and servicing that you can always trust.

You can easily book a service online, for the benefit of a large team of skilled auto repair technicians, fully equipped workshops and top quality diagnostic tools. Whether planning a scheduled car service or looking for a trusted specialist to assist with a specific issue, we are standing by to help.

Book your car service at Imperial Select today and let us help you get back on the road, safely, simply and quickly.

Uploaded 1 year ago

The New Kia Picanto reimagined

The New Kia Picanto reimagined

Kia Motors South Africa entered the A-segment market back in 2004 with the boxy Picanto, which if we are honest didn&rsquot capture the market&rsquos attention in quite the way the South Korean brand wanted.

This changed with the unveiling of the second generation Picanto in 2011, which also resulted in global sales totalling 1.4-million units. Now though, there is a new Picanto and I travelled to Cape Town to find out if it has what it takes to remain one of the most popular Kia models to date.


The first generation Picanto was a bit of a hit and miss in terms of styling. The second generation however featured a more youthful yet modern design which seemed to be just what the public wanted.

New Picanto Exterior

This new model builds on that with a seemingly more mature design, the result of a collaboration between Kia&rsquos design centres in Namyang, South Korea and Frankfurt, Germany. 

The front end features strong, straight lines which run horizontally across the front of the car There is also the trademark tiger-nose grille and new headlights as well as a distinctive line down the side and around the wheel arches. At the rear, the Picanto features a revised bumper and taillights. The engineers have also increased the width of the C-pillar which now stands more upright than that of the previous model.


When I got into the Picanto, I was impressed with the layout of the dash. I immediately got a sense that Kia were trying to play the premium card.

New Picanto Interior

This is due to the stylish design of the dashboard which features a snazzy satin chrome-effect strip, the new top mounted infotainment screen and nicely designed climate control dials. The instrument cluster also features a more up-to date look with the same going for the steering wheel.

About that infotainment system

As mentioned, one of the cabin&rsquos standouts, on high spec models that is, is the seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system incorporating Bluetooth, USB and Aux inputs, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Lower spec models make do with a 3.8-inch monochrome TFT LCD display. 

The drive

On the launch, I got the opportunity to put the Picanto through various scenarios which included navigating the narrow streets of the Cape Town CBD, as well as heading out into the wine lands to fully exploit its talents.

There are two engine options available a 49kW/95Nm 1.0-litre three-cylinder and a 61kW/122Nm 1.2-litre four-cylinder. While they might not be the most powerful motors around, the Picanto does weigh less than the previous model, with the former motor also benefitting from a new cooling system and shut-off valve.

All models are fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard with a four-speed automatic optional on some versions.

From Start to Smart

At launch, the Picanto will be available in a choice of four trim levels mimicking those of the Soul. The base Start gets a two-speaker Bluetooth enabled sound system with USB and Aux inputs, trip computer, dual front airbags and air-conditioning but importantly, does not feature ABS while the next step up Street receives front electric windows, remote central locking and ABS.

Building on this, the Style adds a four-speaker sound system, steering wheel audio controls, projection type headlights with daytime running LEDs, 14-inch alloy wheels and automatic lights. At the top of the range, the Smart benefits from 15-inch alloys, Bluetooth with voice activation, electric rear windows, bi-projection headlights, the aforementioned infotainment system, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, reverse camera and rear parking sensors.


After spending time with the new Kia Picanto, I can conclude that it remains an attractive option within the A-segment. I like the styling, the features and the range of new colours. I also found the ride and handling impressive considering its size.

It&rsquos no high speed cruiser though and did feel a bit out of its comfort zone when rushed. Considering one? I would, especially when the price remains virtually unchanged from the previous model. 


Picanto 1.0 Start - R134 995

Picanto 1.0 Street - R149 995

Picanto 1.0 Style - R159 995

Picanto 1.0 Style AT - R172 995

Picanto 1.0 Smart - R179 995

Picanto 1.2 Start - R150 995

Picanto 1.2 Start AT - R163 995

Picanto 1.2 Street - R165 995

Picanto 1.2 Style - R175 995

Picanto 1.2 Syle AT - R188 995

Picanto 1.2 Smart - R195 995

A five-year / unlimited km warranty is standard across the Picanto range with a service plan being optional.

Article written byJustin Jacobs - 09.06.2017 -

Uploaded 1 year ago

Kia heads US J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey

Kia heads US J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey

Kia heads US J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey

Kia has topped the J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey in the United States for a second time with the least number of problems per (PP) 100 vehicles experienced during the first 90 days of ownership.

With an industry average of 97 PP100 vehicles, the Korean auto giant came out ahead with 72 PP100 followed by sister brand Hyundai's Genesis luxury division  (77 PP100), Porsche (78 PP100), Ford (86 PP100), Ram (86 PP100), BMW (88 PP100), Chevrolet (88 PP100), Hyundai (88 PP100), Lincoln (92 PP100) and Nissan (93 PP100).

Aside from the Forte (Cerato), Soul, Sorento, Cadenza, and Niro hybrid coming out tops in their respective segments, other winners include the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Silverado HD, Chevrolet Sonic, GMC Terrain, BMW 2-series, 4-series and X6, Mini Cooper, Chrysler Pacifica, Ford Expedition, Ford Mustang, Infiniti QX80, Lexus GS, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Nissan Frontier (Navara), Porsche 911 and Macan, and the Toyota Camry.

"Automotive manufacturers are responding to consumer feedback and producing vehicles of the highest quality. The industry has improved significantly in each of the past three years. Today&rsquos vehicles have more things that could go wrong but fewer things that actually do go wrong," J.D. Power Global Automotive Vice President, Dave Sargent, said.

The survey also noted a significant improved compared to 2016 with a record eight percent improvement in customer satisfaction, and 27 of the 33 brands surveyed bettering their overall quality. Highlighted problem areas are driver assistance system such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Collision Avoidance Alert, as well as certain infotainment display system.

Out of the worst performing marques, Fiat come in last with 163 PP100 in front of Jaguar (148 PP100), Volvo (134 PP100), Mitsubishi (131 PP100), Land Rover (131 PP100), Mazda (125 PP100), Audi (115 PP100), Subaru (113 PP100), Jeep (107 PP100) and Infiniti (107 PP100).