Growing families may be contemplating a bigger car as the summer holidays give way to ‘back to school’ – and work.
Right on cue, ever-more upwardly mobile Korean car company Kia is preparing to unveil its new fourth generation Sportage sport utility vehicle with a new ‘face’ and aggressive new styling at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
Once a cheap and cheerful budget option, the Sportage has over the years increased its spec – and price – to fill a slot that was once the preserve of the reliable Honda CR-V.
Fighter jet design: The fourth generation Kia Sportage goes on sale in Britain next February
The exterior styling of the new Sportage takes its cue from fighter jets as part of a ‘dynamic and strong’ new design, says Kia which will be officially launching its new car on September 15. This helps create a sportier and more raked profile.
The new range goes on sale in Britain from February 2016, priced from £17,500 to £24,000.
The ‘face’ of the new Sportage represents the biggest change to the car’s design, with the headlamps no longer integrated with the grille for the new model. Instead, they sweep back along the outer edges of the more sharply detailed bonnet and bolder wheel arches. The Sportage’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille has been set lower and wider and adds more volume to the lower half of the vehicle’s ‘face’.
A spokesman said: ‘Smooth bodywork, bolder wheel arches and sharp lines endow the Sportage with a more dynamic, muscular look. The design has been led by Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, with input from the firm’s design centres in Namyang, Korea, and Irvine, California.’
The very first Sportage went on sale 22 years ago.
Get ready to be shaken and stirred by a bit of Bond magic next weekend as Aston Martin promises a ‘headline-grabbing line-up’ of elite sports cars at the 10th anniversary Salon Privé Luxury Supercar Show & Concours d’Elegance.
For the first time, the VIP automotive event is taking place in the magnificent surroundings of Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, and runs from Thursday, September 3, to Saturday, September 5 (salonpriveconcours.com)
Among its stable of cars, Aston Martin will be showing off the DB10 sports car, which will feature in the forthcoming 007 movie Spectre.
A spokesman said: ‘The car has been developed specifically for the film and just ten examples have been built.
‘The design team worked closely with the film’s director, Sam Mendes, to create the ultimate car for the world’s most famous spy.’
Also on show will be the 7.0 l V12 800 brake-horse power Aston Martin Vulcan, a track-only 200 mph supercar limited to 24 vehicles worldwide.
Make sure your car insurance is up to date as more than 27,000 uninsured cars have been seized so far this year, new figures show.
The cars taken off the road by police forces across the country include two Ferraris, three Lamborghinis, ten Bentleys and 40 Porsches. The Metropolitan Police seized the largest number of cars at 9,935, followed by West Yorkshire, which took 4,125 cars.
A total of 27,688 cars have been seized in 2015 so far. Last year, the figure was 70,430.
Some 1,892 of the seized cars have been sold at auction, raising more than £1million. A total of 6,736 vehicles have been crushed, generating a scrap value of more than £600,000.
The study was commissioned by Churchill Car Insurance, which sent Freedom of Information requests to UK police forces.
This gull-winged electric BMW i8 Hyperceptor is being considered as a new police vehicle
Tempted to nudge your speed a tad over the limit this Bank Holiday? Not if you spot this astonishing police supercar interceptor in your rear view mirror, with all the ‘blues and twos’ flashing.
Looking more Mad Max than Midsomer Murders, this gull-winged electric BMW i8 Hyperceptor is being shown to police chiefs to assess the possibility of it being used by forces in Britain. Dubai already has a handful on its police fleet.
Based around the BMW i8 electric hybrid, it accelerates from rest to 62 mph in just 4.4 seconds – and you can bet the 155 mph top speed limiter would be lifted. It has already been shown to select members of the National Association of Police Fleet Managers as part of a ‘very viable study for British roads policing’.
A BMW spokesman said: ‘The mix of performance combined with a possible 135 mpg fuel consumption figure makes it cost effective.’ The vehicle is being demonstrated along with the BMW i3 and an electric scooter.
As well as the police exterior markings, the i8 Hyperceptor has speed-camera stickers showing that it is ready to film speeding motorists. BMW is fitting its prototype with recording equipment to ensure that when incidents do occur, the video footage complete with date, time, location, and also G-Force of the impact can be used as evidence in court.
Clearly a case of electric glide in blue – or at least for the boys and girls in blue. Mind how you go.