Kia Motors has achieved annual sales of more than half a million cars in Europe for the first time, according to new data released by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). Kia’s total annual sales of 502,845 units in Europe represents a sales increase of +1.7 per cent, and the brand’s 11th consecutive year of growth. Last year the brand also achieved an all-time-high 3.2 per cent market share across European Union and European Free Trade Area countries.
Toyota has announced plans to introduce a brand new model to its European line-up, a small SUV based on a variant of the new GA-B platform. The name of the new model, volume plans and the timing of its introduction will be announced at a future date. The news was revealed to media attending a Toyota showcase event in Amsterdam, where a stylised silhouette of the future car was shown.
Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation today announced a strategic investment of €100 million (about £85 million) in a new partnership with Arrival, a UK-based electric vehicle startup. Through the partnership, Hyundai and Kia plan to introduce competitively priced small and medium-sized electric vans and other products for logistics and on-demand ride-hailing and shuttle service companies.
A London icon is about to become a familiar sight in Japan, as London Electric Vehicle (LEVC) launches its electric TX model at an exclusive event in Tokyo. LEVC says the original London taxi, now totally redesigned for the 21st Century,…
Hot on the heels of the electrified versions of the Niro, Soul and Sportage, Kia is expanding the line-up even further with the launch of Plug-in Hybrid versions of the recently introduced all-new Kia XCeed and the Ceed Sportswagon. Each is powered by a 1.6-litre GDi engine combined with an electric motor and 8.9kWh battery pack to produce 139bhp and 195 ft lb of torque.
The all-new SEAT Leon is almost here. The brand’s latest vehicle arrives with “a strong design evolution that keeps the soul of previous generations of Leon. Its design philosophy connects perfectly with the values of the SEAT brand”.
The Fiat 500 and Fiat Panda will be the first FCA models to adopt the group’s new hybrid technology. The new 500 Mild Hybrid and Panda Mild Hybrid will be arriving in UK showrooms from February and March 2020 respectively. Fiat says the electrification of the brand will continue with the start of production of the new 500 in its spiritual home of Turin. This model will be 100 per cent electric and will therefore play a key role in the FCA e-Mobility strategy.
Nissan is starting the new decade with the launch of a tech and design edition on its core models Qashqai and X-Trail. Called N-TEC, this special version will “upscale the range, with an exclusive, luxury look”. All of the models feature “unique, sleek, black external styling additions, so customers can begin the 2020s at the wheel of their sophisticated N-TEC Qashqai or X-Trail”.
Initial sketches of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles design give a preview of how the all-new Caddy could look when it is unveiled in 2020. The company is saying that the new Caddy “will again become the benchmark vehicle in the A segment of commercial delivery vans and privately used family MPVs”.
Customers can now order Skoda’s first electrified car, the new Superb iV. The recently facelifted Superb now offers a low emission hybrid engine, and will be in UK showrooms later this month. Skoda’s first electrified car will be available in four trim levels with the plug-in hybrid powertrain: SE Technology for fleet customers, SE L, SportLine Plus, as well as the range topping L&K.