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12 Apr 2001

There are four hinged doors and a rear hatch, rather than traditional people-mover sliding doors Carens is based on the Kia Shuma small-medium car Tall body design is standard for small people-movers Carens is a 2-2-2 six-seater, where most rivals are five-seaters The middle row seats slide back and forth and fold flat Third row slides and folds, allowing it to sit flat in the floor or against second row seats In-dash CD player standard but cassette player is a dealer-fit accessory Four speakers standard Steering wheel is adjustable vertically Air-conditioning is standard but is not climate controlled 14-inch steel wheels with five-spoke plastic caps are standard Kumho Powermax 185/65 R14 tyres are standard Full size spare wheel located under the floor Standard equipment luggage cover hides load from prying eyes Driver's airbag standard All passengers get lap-sash seatbelts Central locking does not offer remote control standard or as an option Stereo is security coded for added theft protection Carens' 1.8-litre engine is sourced from the Shuma sedan/hatch range Engine produces 81kW at 5750rpm and 152Nm of torque at 4500rpm and drives through the front wheels Engine has double overhead camshafts and 16-valves Suspension is fully independent all-round and lifted straight from the Shuma MacPherson struts employed at the front Struts and springs with a dual link torsion beam axle at the rear Five-speed manual transmission is the standard gearboxFour-speed automatic is optional Brakes are discs at the front and drums at the rear ABS anti-lock braking is not available Speed sensitive hydraulic power steering is standard Steering system is rack and pinion

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