Kia has dropped 10 of the least standard variants of its Sportage to create a “simplified” line-up for its best-selling fashion.
The new line-up now totals 16 variations, because of the lack of variants together with KX-trim fashions of two to five, in addition to GT-Line Edition fashions, which sat close to the highest of the range.
A Kia spokesman stated those variations “were each a small percentage of the sales mix”, so a call to “rationalise” the range were taken “for ease of understanding for customers”.
KX fashions shaped the majority of the four-wheel pressure line-up for the Sportage, so dropping them has considerably lowered the collection of AWD variations on sale. However, GT-Line fashions nonetheless come to be had with two pushed axles.
The Sportage stays Kia’s top-selling fashion within the UK. It accounted for 45% of call for right here in 2017, with 40,077 of them offered. This beat 2016’s effects, when gross sales for the Nissan Qashqai rival totalled 39,700 – equating to 43% of Kia’s UK gross sales.
The expansion mirrors Kia’s wider gross sales within the UK, the place it grew its marketplace percentage to a few.75% – up from three.32% in 2016. The emblem’s 2d best-selling fashion, the bigger Sorento, is a rival to the Skoda Kodiaq, that means Kia’s most well liked vehicles are each SUVs.
Kia added the brand new Stonic small SUV to showrooms all through the second one part of 2017 as a part of its ongoing line-up growth. The Nissan Juke rival enters one in every of Europe’s fastest-growing segments and as such is expected to transform Kia’s primary UK vendor.
At the opposite finish of its line-up, the Rio and Venga hatchbacks promote in a lot smaller numbers. Last 12 months, 8470 Rios had been offered within the UK, whilst the Venga accounted for 6130 gross sales.
Kia has additionally lately streamlined the levels of the 2 aforementioned hatchbacks, casting off their diesel variations within the face of shrinking call for for small oil-burners.
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