Posts Tagged ‘kia’

My commute to work and back each day takes me along one of the busies motorways in the region and I get to see a lot of new cars pacing up and down the M20. One of things I’ve noticed is that there’s an increasing number of Kias in Kent, on roads and car parks and nestling in driveways.

Swap for a Porsche?

Swap for a Porsche?

This once obscure and ignored manufacturer seems to be taking off lately and it’s looking like they’re only getting stronger. According to that lexicon of high-quality journalism The Sun, the popularity of the Kia Picanto is down to the scrappage scheme with owners of high-end vehicles scrapping their motors in favour of the under-£7k runner.

Reports that Kia dealers have taken hold of Porsches, 5 Jags, 53 Mercs and 30 BMWs since last month’s kick off of the scrappage scheme are quite surprising. Although, with the rising fuel prices, not too far fetched. 74% of the orders Kia get via the scrappage scheme are for the Picanto which ends up costing a little over £4k with the scrappage scheme.

Apparently, one dealer in Surrey had a customer try and get her 1967 Singer Vogue scrapped to get her hands on a Picanto. Thankfully even car dealers have a heart and the classic found a new owner rather than the crusher.

I’m pleasently surprised by the turnaround in business that the scrappage scheme has given the auto industry. With any luck it will help it survive through the recession. I am extremely surprised though that people are getting rid of such high-end cars in favour of a Kia.

To be honest, if I had such a flash car in my possession I would consider either selling it or simply cutting down on using it untill the fuel bills stopped escalating. Though, with over 50 mpg and just £35 for road tax… it’s certainly an attractive option.

Would you consider trading in a high-end car for the Kia Picanto under the scrappage scheme?

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In the aftermath of the great GM collapse, Kia are riding high. Their crossover vehicle, the Soul, has now been proclaimed as the best-seller amongst box-type cars.

Then again, what does that mean? Essentially it’s angular shaped cars with a high level of space. This meant that they saw off competition from the Nissan Cube et al. Then again, how many people want a car that looks like a box? Well, in May 3,855 Kia Souls rolled onto American roads.kia soul

The Korean car manufacturer are hoping it will see similar success in the UK now, not usually the biggest for the larger SUV-type cars. Right now we’re seeing something of a boom in smaller cars on the road. Be it down to the once-again rising fuel costs or the government-backed scrappage scheme, but the little cars are winning. 

It’s into this market that Kia are sending a train, the Kia Soul Train (see what they did there?).  I trhee month tour of the UK has kicked off with a convoy of 8 Souls driving for five days a week to various local events. It’s all fun and games as the vehicles are done up to resemble famous film cars (think Herbie and, oddly, the Grand Tourino from Starsky & Hutch) and the drivers will emerge and sing a number of “soul classics.” Again, see what they did there?

Thankfully though, this is the right side of cheesy. It’s not too pretentious and I for one hope that the Soul Train sees the latest Kia cruise Kent as I’d like to get a butchers at their latest offering. 

Though I have to wonder if any over car manufacturers will get in on the action and get similar themed-events going….

Can a leopard change its spots? Can a criminal go straight? Could Nickleback ever produce anything of merit? Can Kia be cool? 

Two of these are a definite “no” while corrections-officers and Kia would have us believe the other two could very well happen. Long associated with cheap cars here in the UK and not exactly the most desired, Kia are looking to change all that with this:

 

New Kia Soul

New Kia Soul

 

 

It’s the new Kia Soul that hits the roads in Europe soon. It’s a new design that’s gonna stand out from the crowd – either for good or bad – and Kia are about to throw a lot of weight into some funny and amusing advertising to try and appeal to a previously disinterested younger market.  It’s going to be stacked with all the usual air-con, mp2s and cd players etc but I still can’t decide about the look of it… while it has it’s quirks and unique little touches, it still looks very SUV and is that cool?

Oh, the all important answer: around £10k. I dunno, what do you think: is the new Soul really all that cool?