Kia announces recall for Sportage and Soul, Skoda reveals range-topping Octavia, Marchionne confirms Fiat-Chrysler to be based in London

Kia has recalled around 7000 Sportage and Soul models in the UK due to a possible fault seat belt fault. The firm says that in some cases the belt pre-tensioners may be faulty, and although no injuries have been reported due to failure, it is choosing to replace any potentially affected units.

Skoda has launched a new range-topping version of the Octavia. The Laurin & Klement model costs from £26,570 and features 18-inch alloy wheels, brown leather trim, adaptive cruise control and an upgraded audio system. 

The headquarters of the newly-created Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be in London rather than Italy. Speaking at a press conference, group boss Sergio Marchionne said the move was down to the need to base some functions of the group in the city. Fiat signed a £2.6 billion deal to take full control of Chrysler earlier this year.

Our Verdict

Kia Soul

Kia adds refinement and maturity to its funky crossover without leaching out the charm. Still flawed dynamically

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