New ACC levies affecting Kia Sportage customers
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Information about the new ACC levy system implemented in June 2015 affecting Kia Sportage customers.
We are aware a number of customers are concerned about the 'vehicle band' currently assigned to our Kia Sportage models manufactured between 1996 and 2011 in the new ACC levy system implemented in June 2015. During this period of time 3 generations of Sportage were released in New Zealand and the band 1 rating, in our opinion, does not accurately reflect the safety of these 3 very different SUVs.
Our current Sportage was released in New Zealand in August 2010 and was awarded a 5-star ANCAP rating, the previous model was released in 2005 and was awarded 5-stars by NHSTA. This places the current Sportage (third generation) in the same band as the both the first and second generations and does not reflect the advances in safety technology incorporated into the third generation Sportage, as proven in the independent crash testing completed by ANCAP.
We are working with the Motor Industry Association (MIA) who represent most major car brands in New Zealand to make improvements on the current ACC levies. We hope this will ensure our customers are charged a levy that represents the safety included in the Sportage. In addition Kia Motors New Zealand has requested through the Official Information Act data used for Kia products for our own assessment.