The latest addition to Kia's Picanto range, the All-New Picanto X-Line is now on sale, with CO2 emissions that are as low as 106g/km on the manual transmission, and a combined fuel economy figure of 61.4mpg. The 'X-Line' variant introduces a series of rugged new design cues and is longer, wider and taller than conventional city cars, and has increased ground clearance. It is the safest A-segment car Kia has ever made, featuring an Advanced High Strength Steel body construction and six standard airbags. Torque Vectoring is also included as a further aid to handling stability. The 'X-Line' comes equipped with a powerful and refined 83bhp 1,248cc four-cylinder, 16-valve engine developing 122Nm of torque and has the best warranty in the business - seven years or 100,000 miles, including labour, which is fully transferable. Prices start at £12,595.
Many assume that innovations born from motorsport's challenging and competitive environment only have value within the sport. But as Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) CEO Chris Aylett has outlined, this would be wrong. "In recent years, UK motorsport businesses have substantially increased sales in 'cross sector horizontal innovation'", he says. "It's important for the future of motorsport to engage automotive, defence, marine, aerospace, medical sectors and others too. "The capabilities demanded by engineering customers in motorsport are really quite unique, and are proving to be valuable, attractive assets to other sectors, he continues. "With many new solutions needed fast in automotive powertrains, for example, the time is right the capabilities of motorsport to come to the fore. Horizontal innovation taking technologies across to other sectors is great news for the financial success of motorsport. The sport is seasonal, so new work from other sectors spreads income throughout the year."
No-nonsense car brand, Dacia, has conducted a survey, answered by over 1,000 Mumsnet users, to discover the most valued factors when it comes to buying a family car. The survey has highlighted that while three-quarters are not fussed about fancy tech such as keyless entry, parents are mindful of more practical and simple areas. The results have shown that for 72 per cent of parents, price is the prominent factor when considering a new car with two-thirds focussing on fuel economy. Louise O'Sullivan, Head of Dacia, UK, said: "With our range of cars, still the most affordable on sale in the UK, customers can buy a brand-new car with the reassurance of proven reliability and low running costs."
Citroen's new C3 Aircross Compact SUV has been recognised once again - winning the 'Best Small Crossover' category in the UK Car of the Year Awards 2018. The UK Car of the Year Awards are designed to highlight the best new cars on sale today, and are aimed specifically at the UK car buying public. The judging panel is comprised of 27 professional motoring writers that come from all parts of the UK, and includes some of the most respected names in automotive journalism. Paul Barker Company Car Today said about the new C3 Aircross: "Characterful and very good value, New C3 Aircross manages to grab attention in the busiest area of the market." Debbie Wood of Business Car said; "For me New C3 Aircross wins for its keen pricing and very impressive comfort levels." The shortlist for the overall UK Car of the Year Award, which will be announced at the end of February.
Suzuki is bringing in the new year by launching a new finance offer, which allows customers to build their own bespoke deal that best suits their needs. Available on a range of models in the 2018 line up, the offer allows customers to choose either a 2% APR and two-year agreement, 3% APR over three years, or 4% APR over four years. Customers can also choose between a PCP agreement or opt for a hire purchase deal, with a minimum deposit of £199. Suzuki GB National Sales Manager, Jonathan Martin, who launched the new offer said: "Our latest offer really allows customers to tailor the deal to best suit their needs. It gives people the choice, while customers can still enjoy the benefit of selecting the term of their agreement and, as a result, the APR. It gives customers the control when buying a new Suzuki for the season ahead." As part of the new offer, the GSX-R1000 can be had on a four-year PCP deal for £119 per month, with a £3,161.62 deposit or trade-in. For customers preferring a hire purchase deal, the V-Strom 650 can be ridden away for £169 per month over three years, with a £1,724.11 deposit.
If you're in the market for one of MG's all new MG3 stylish Superminis, then you can enjoy the added bonus of a whopping five year or 60,000-mile manufacturer warranty. This is a two-year extension to their previous offer. More than 10,000 MG3 models have been sold since the car's launch in 2013, and this extended warranty proves MG Motor UK's commitment to delivering the best customer service experience and worry-free motoring. Harvey France, spokesperson at MG, said: "We are always looking for ways to enhance our customer experience and value for money. The MG3 has been a strong performer for us over the past couple of years, proving a popular, reliable choice for drivers of all ages. The versatility, style and value for money of the MG3 are just a few of the reasons our customers keep on coming back, and we wanted to reward that loyalty with this extended warranty."
Kia Motors (UK) is holding its SUV event for the second year in-a-row at dealerships across the country. The event, running until the end of January, will see all SUVs purchased in January 2018 and registered by 31 March 2018 receive the Kia Care-3 service package free of charge. Depending on the model, the Care-3 package is normally priced from £199, but with this special SUV event, customers will receive the first three services for free. All the work is carried out by Kia trained technicians across the whole dealer network and Authorised Repairers. As an added bonus, just like the Kia industry-leading seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, Care-3 can be passed on if the car is sold before they expire. The SUV event showcases Kia's industry-leading range of SUV models like the All-New Niro PHEV, All-New Stonic and the Sorento. All of these models, plus Sportage, Soul, Soul EV and Niro, are included in this offer that will be running until 31 January 2018.
Hyundai Motor has appointed a new Fleet Director - Michael Stewart - to oversee the brand's strategy and direction in the UK's competitive fleet and business sector. Mr Stewart boasts more than 17 years of automotive and fleet experience and has contributed to the success of several automotive businesses during his career, including Nissan, Mazda, and Vauxhall. Hyundai UK's fleet team has performed strongly in recent years - fuelled by a spectrum of business-focused models and one of the most comprehensive fleet aftersales services in the industry. Michael Stewart said, "I'm delighted to be joining Hyundai Motor UK at such an exciting time for the brand. Hyundai is a Company with an already strong product line-up which is perfectly suited for the changing fleet market and there is a great deal more to come. I am looking forward to further enhancing the brand's business offering and reputation in the sector." 2018 marks the first full year of sales of the IONIQ range and will see some enhancements made to many of the Company's firm fleet favourites.
There are new great value finance offers from Dacia for 2018, including three-year PCP deals across the whole range. Five years after their launch, Dacia are still offering the most affordable cars in the UK. For example, the award winning Sandero is now available for just £99 a month over three years via the Dacia Dimensions PCP offer on the Ambiance SCe 75 model, with a low interest rate of 4.9 per cent and a customer deposit of £1,316. And the Duster Laureate TCe 125 4x2 comes with a £500 deposit contribution and is available for £179 a month on the Dacia Dimensions three-year PCP offer, with an interest rate of 4.9 per cent and a customer deposit of £1,797. The three-year RCI Dacia Dimensions PCP deals apply to orders placed before the 31st March 2018 for cars registered before 30th June 2018. For more information about Dacia's model range, current offers and full terms and conditions, go to www.dacia.co.uk/offers.
In readiness for the launch of the all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross later this month, the first shipments of the stylish SUV have been unloaded at the import centre of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK at Bristol's Royal Portbury Docks. It means that the new SUV will soon be making its way to Mitsubishi dealerships throughout the country ahead of the first customer deliveries later this month. Lance Bradley, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: "We anticipate that the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will quickly become one of our most popular models and we are preparing to meet demand. With its distinctive style, high levels of equipment and impressive value, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will appeal to a whole spectrum of car buyers." The range is priced from £21,275 OTR with the top-of-the range 4 version starting from £24,975 OTR.