Kia has refreshed and upgraded its ‘little titans’, the Picanto and Rio, with simplified model structures, extra equipment and new trim grades on its 5-door models.
There are now three trim grades in the 5-door Picanto line-up – ‘1 Air’, ‘SE’ and ‘Sport’. ‘SE’ replaces the former ‘SR7’ and ‘2’ grades, with ‘Sport’ taking the place of the ‘3’ and ‘4’ grade. The entry-level ‘1’ model has been discontinued, but the range pricing continues to start from £8,545 while new Rio 5-door line-up consists of ‘1 Air’, ‘SE’, ‘3’ and ‘4’ grades. ‘SE’ takes the place of the previous ‘SR7’ and ‘2’ grades and the former entry-level grade ‘1’ has been discontinued. Rio 5-door pricing starts from £10,945 for the ‘1 Air’ – the same price as the old level ‘1’ model.
A range of finance offers with contributions and lower rate finance are now available from Mitsubishi.
All models qualify for some form of buying boost.
There is a new version of top-of-the-range Special Edition – Renault Captur Iconic Nav.
Buyers can select a new TCe 120 engine with six-speed manual gearbox, Flame Red metallic paint with Diamond Black roof and the Captur range is now priced from £14,575.
Hyundai Motor UK has officially announced the pricing and specification of IONIQ, the world’s first car to offer three electrified powertrains which will go on sale on 13 October.
Prices will start from £19,995 for the IONIQ Hybrid SE 1.6 GDi, rising to £30,740 for the Electric Premium version.
IAM RoadSmart has supported a call for driving licences to be routinely issued until 75 years and for an end to a campaign against older drivers.
It says older drivers have a better safety record than younger and middle aged drivers and the medical professionals must support them and provide better understanding of mobility needs an abilities.
Volkswagen’s CEO has rejected calls for the carmaker to compensate customers in Europe over the diesel emissions scandal along the lines of its $15 billion deal in the United States, telling a German newspaper a similar settlement would be inappropriate and unaffordable.
Europe’s Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska last week called on Volkswagen to also compensate European owners of its diesel-powered cars, saying it would be unfair for them to be treated differently from U.S. customers just because of a different legal system.
The target date for BLOODHOUND’s 800mph world land speed record attempt is October 2017
That’s 20 years after Thrust SSC set the existing record and funding has been secured, with major deals recently signed, and race preparation is underway for high speed runs at the Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa, in Autumn next year.