Kia Names New C-Segment Pickup Truck ‘Tasman’

Kia Names New C-Segment Pickup Truck ‘Tasman’

Kia has officially unveiled the name of its highly anticipated C-segment pickup truck: the Kia Tasman. This latest addition to Kia’s lineup draws its inspiration from Tasmania, Australia’s southernmost island, renowned for its rugged landscapes and adventurous spirit.

The Tasman pickup truck represents Kia’s bold entry into the global C-segment pickup market, offering more than just practicality. It’s designed to cater to the diverse needs of consumers, seamlessly blending work-focused capability with lifestyle-oriented versatility.

Whether it’s tackling tough job sites or embarking on outdoor adventures, the Tasman promises to be a reliable companion for any occasion.

Scheduled for a phased global launch in 2025, Kia plans to introduce the Tasman pickup to key markets such as Korea, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East.

This strategic rollout strategy reflects Kia’s commitment to meeting the unique preferences and demands of consumers in different regions. From Australia’s strong market for pickup trucks to Korea’s growing interest in outdoor activities, the Tasman aims to cater to a wide range of lifestyles and driving conditions.

The name “Tasman” was carefully chosen from a pool of options sourced from Kia’s global markets. Initially proposed by Kia Australia, the name pays homage to Tasmania’s rich natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Known as the ‘island of inspiration’, Tasmania’s diverse wilderness and unique wildlife embody a spirit of adventure and exploration, making it the perfect namesake for Kia’s upcoming pickup truck.

To showcase the connection between the Tasman pickup and Tasmania, Kia has released a captivating video featuring a blacksmith crafting the Tasman emblem.

Drawing inspiration from Tasmania’s breathtaking landscapes, the video highlights the rugged yet refined nature of the Tasman pickup, setting it apart in the competitive pickup truck market.

This announcement follows Kia’s recent entry into the Australian Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) market, marked by a spirited TV commercial featuring 20 of Australia’s most iconic sporting figures debating the pickup truck’s name.

With the Tasman, Kia aims to solidify its position as a leader in the development of multifunctional outdoor vehicles, catering to the adventurous spirit of consumers worldwide.