2007 Kia Rondo: The Thirst Crusher
December 10, 2007
"Rondo" is such a great word to say. Exclaim "Rondo!" every time you take a corner quickly in this wagon/mini-minivan and you and your passengers will instantly giggle.
Where did Kia come up with it? Well, it's a real word.
According to my dictonary, "rondo" is derived from the French "rondeau." It means "a musical composition built on the alternation of a principal recurring theme and contrasting episodes."
Personally, I'd like to believe that Kia named its vehicle after Rondo soda. This was a short-lived brand from the late 1970s and early '80s. The ad tagline: "The Thirst Crusher." You can even see a grainy TV spot on YouTube with two karate-types battling it out then taking a break with a Rondo because you can "slam it down fast!"
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 4,138 miles