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Korean car maker takes 4000 scrappage orders

Kia has taken more than 4000 orders for new cars thanks to the scrappage scheme, with vehicles including a rare 1965 Bond Equipe heading for the crusher.

The company said that 76 per cent of the new cars will be the tiny Picanto, which starts at just £5995.

Autocar has been given the list of cars due to be scrapped at Kia alone, and it includes a Porsche 944, a Subaru Impreza turbo and a number of Land Rover Defenders.

A spokeswoman said: “We are doing very well thanks to the scrappage scheme, especially on the Picanto and Rio.”

Other companies have reported large numbers of orders from the scheme, which started at the beginning of this week.

General Motors said it had taken around 2000 orders for models across its range and reported strong demand today.

Ford has taken more than 3000 extra orders from first-time customers since the scheme was announced, and said dealers were seeing a healthy amount of interest.

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