Kia Sorento Completes Around The World Expedition
28th December, 2005
Swede Christer Gerlach with the Kia Sorento
Christer Gerlach, the record-breaking Swedish driver
and adventurer, successfully completed the Sorento Around the World Expeditionˇ - a 27,000-kilometre
global adventure - on Friday 16th December, 2005, when he drove his completely standard Kia Sorento
up to the gates of Stockholm's Royal Palace almost exactly four months to the day since his
mid-August departure from this Swedish landmark.
"My earlier confidence in the performance, quality and reliability of the Kia Sorento proved
to be well founded", enthused the 61-year old Swede. The Sorento's large diameter wheels and
tyres were essential to successfully finding an off-road route across much of Asia, as there simply
were no roads or tracks to follow for much of the journey. I am of course delighted to be home in
time for Christmas, but I am surprisingly fatigue-free as the Kia also proved to be a remarkably
comfortable vehicle, even for this rather extraordinary journey.
Gerlach's round-the-globe adventure took him to 11 countries, including the remotest regions of
Kazakhstan and Mongolia, and a 3,500 kilometre wilderness trek across the largely unmapped
wastelands of Siberia enroute to the famous Russian port of Vladivostok and the ferry to South
Korea, the half-way point in his epic journey.
For this demanding challenge, Gerlach chose a 3.5 litre, V6-engined, automatic transmission
Sorento, running in completely standard specification and on normal road tyres. The Swede's fullest
confidence in Kia's 4x4 led to his decision for him to travel solo, without a support team, and to
schedule one engine oil change as the only maintenance throughout this mammoth motoring
Gerlach's pre-departure confidence was indeed well founded. The only unscheduled attention the
Sorento required enroute to Korea was to fix two punctures, one light bulb and one loose headlamp.
During the second half of the world tour, Gerlach had to fix another light bulb, but otherwise the
Kia ran entirely trouble-free.
The second half featured a trans-continental multi-state crossing of the USA and Mexico via
the famed Route 66 for part of the journey (visiting California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico,
Texas, Arkansas and South Carolina); a trans-Atlantic voyage aboard the world's largest car
transporter vessel (the 7,000 car capacity Boheme) to Bremerhaven in Germany; and the final leg,
via the 8-kilometre Oresund bridge from Denmark, to his Swedish home town.
"We are extremely proud to have partnered Christer during his epic adventure", comments
Yong-Hwan Kim, Senior Executive Vice-President and COO of Kia Motors Corporation, who travelled to
Stockholm in June to personally hand over the keys for the new Sorento to Mr Gerlach. "His
exciting global challenge has allowed us to demonstrate the reliability, quality and excellence
of our products all around the world and to bring to life our brand slogan 'The Power to
The Gerlach family is used to Christer taking trips when he is not working as a journalist. His
global adventurers have already earned him two entries in the Guinness Book of Records. Now, thanks
to the Sorento's performance and reliability, he is safely reunited with his wife Lotta and
children - Hampus (16) and twins Fanny and Hugo (13) - at the family's Stenhamra home in time for
the Christmas celebrations.