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SOARING SPORTAGE LEADS KIA'S CHARGE TO BEST EVER MARCH

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SOARING SPORTAGE LEADS KIA

Kia set a new one-month sales record in March with 16,207 cars delivered to customers across the UK including 7,388 Sportage, 2,475 Picanto and 1,809 cee'd.

The outstanding performance saw 9,111 vehicles delivered to retail customers and 7,096 to fleet and business, the total represented an increase of 7.92 per cent over the same month last year.

Remarkably the new Kia Sportage sales total of 7,388 represented 46 per cent of Kia’s total sales in only its second month in the market and the new car’s success is emphasised by an order book in the first two months in the market of 10,000 – a record for any new Kia model in the UK.

Kia’s Top Five cars in March were led by Sportage, Picanto, cee’d, Rio – 1,769 and Venga – 1,142 completing the list. The same cars fill Kia’s best five chart for the first quarter.

Kia’s first quarter sales total of 24,162 was 8.5 per cent up on the same period in 2015 and represented a market share of 3.13 per cent. Retail sales amounted to 13,489 and fleet and business sales totalled 10,673 – a split of 55.8 per cent and 44.2 per cent respectively.

Paul Philpott, President and Chief Executive commented: “The UK new car market has started strongly this year with March being one of the best-ever single month results.

“Sportage has been a phenomenal success for us since its launch with existing and new customers lining up to place their orders for this stylish and high-quality successor to our already best-selling car. It’s distinctive new look has struck a note with car-buyers and we already have a waiting list for some models – especially the high-specification versions and the new GT Line model.

“Our 188 dealers around the country have done a tremendous job in delivering a record month for the brand and it gives me every confidence that we can meet and potentially exceed our 2016 target of 84,000 sales as well as reaching our goal of becoming a 100,000 unit brand before the end of the decade,” he added.

SEAT WILL STRENGTHEN ITS SUV OFFENSIVE WITH A THIRD MODEL

SEAT WILL STRENGTHEN ITS SUV OFFENSIVE WITH A THIRD MOD...

Posted on: 28th Mar 2017

SEAT's model line-up keeps getting bigger. The carmaker will reinforce the product offensive that began with the Ateca with the launch of a third SUV, which will become the flagship model of SEAT. This new SUV will be positioned one segment above the successful Ateca, feature 5 and 7-seater versions, and will reach dealerships in 2018.

SEAT ATECA NAMED BEST MID-SIZE SUV AT FLEET NEWS AWARDS

SEAT ATECA NAMED BEST MID-SIZE SUV AT FLEET NEWS AWARDS

Posted on: 22nd Mar 2017

The SEAT Ateca has added another honour to its trophy cabinet, after being named Best Mid-size SUV at the 2017 Fleet News Awards, held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel last night. Recognising class-leaders from all corners of the fleet sector, the Fleet News Awards has become a key fixture for the industry and is now in its 29th year.

IGNIS MAKES IT TO THE FINAL THREE: URBAN CAR - 2017 WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR

IGNIS MAKES IT TO THE FINAL THREE: URBAN CAR - 2017 WOR...

Posted on: 15th Mar 2017

Suzuki is pleased to announce that the IGNIS has made it to the final three cars in the new Urban Car category of the 2017 World Car of The Year. To qualify for the initial judging process, vehicles had to be less than four metres long, suitable in design for everyday use in an urban environment and also on sale across two Continents by the deadli...

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DAMON'S DESERVED SUCCESS

Posted on: 8th Mar 2017

The 10th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2017) - which celebrates Apprenticeships across all industries and all levels - runs from 6th to 10th March and this year the theme is 'ladder of opportunity.' This then would seem the perfect time to announce that Damon Powsey, an Apprentice working at WJ King's Vauxhall Dartford branch, wa...