Oil-burning versions of hatchbacks represent 20% and 19% of their sales respectively; Kia says decision is due to low volumes rather than change in public perception

Kia will remove diesel variants of the Rio and Venga from its UK line-up once existing stock sells out.

A Kia spokesman told Autocar that no new examples of either diesel cars have been ordered for Britain but production would continue for other markets.

He also said that although the diesel hatchbacks equate to 20% and 19% of their respective models’ overall UK sales, they are being removed because the actual volumes are low.

Last year, of the 8470 Rios sold in Britain, 1673 were diesels, down from 1773 in 2016.

The story was similar for the Venga: of 6130 examples delivered last year, just 1172 were diesels. In 2016, 1365 diesel Vengas were sold.

The spokesman said the decision to remove the models was not influenced by the recent change in public perception of diesel.

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He said that while a large proportion of Kia’s overall sales are still of diesels, that trend was only true for bigger cars.

Sales of diesel cars have tumbled by almost a third in recent months following the Government’s Autumn Budget, in which increased tax on all new diesel cars was announced.

The decline came as part of an overall fall for new car sales, by 5.7% across the whole year.

Kia grew its market share in the UK in 2017 to 3.75%, up from 3.32% in 2016. Almost half of the Korean manufacturer's UK sales were attributed to its Sportage and Sorento SUVs.

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30 January 2018

It’s a start.

Now get rid of this disgusting foul smelly fuel from your SUV’s!!!

I was following a Mercedes CLS 350D today and the black smoke on acceleration was truly horrendous. Can’t have been that old. Time to get rid.

Aussie Rob - a view from down under

30 January 2018

No, time to service it/re-tune it to stop the smoke, then.

What about all the coal fires/wood buring stoves (both of which are becoming very popular) and bon fire night - these are all 1000s of times worse than a smoky diesel, this smoke is ok is it ?

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30 January 2018
Aussierob wrote:

It’s a start.

Now get rid of this disgusting foul smelly fuel from your SUV’s!!!

I was following a Mercedes CLS 350D today and the black smoke on acceleration was truly horrendous. Can’t have been that old. Time to get rid.

But it could have been broken, or someone could have removed/tampered with the DPF.

Are puffs of blue smelly sickly smoke from a broken petrol engine better than puffs of black smoke from a broken diesel engine?

30 January 2018

The Venga is being replaced so this is a bit of a non-story.

 

It is also driven by old people who aren't doing the mileage to justify paying extra for a diesel!   My OAP mum has one and it's able to take four tall adults comfortably; something many cars can't do.   Drop the back seats and the load space it incredible.   There's nothing quite as versatile and we've looked trying to find something new to replace it with!

30 January 2018
Symanski wrote:

The Venga is being replaced so this is a bit of a non-story.

 

It is also driven by old people who aren't doing the mileage to justify paying extra for a diesel!   My OAP mum has one and it's able to take four tall adults comfortably; something many cars can't do.   Drop the back seats and the load space it incredible.   There's nothing quite as versatile and we've looked trying to find something new to replace it with!

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.

30 January 2018
Marc wrote:

Symanski wrote:

There's nothing quite as versatile and we've looked trying to find something new to replace it with!

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.

Mum's KIA never breaks down.   My BMW was in the shop so often the service manager is now on my Facebook (and I'm not kidding!).

 

30 January 2018
Symanski wrote:

Marc wrote:

Symanski wrote:

There's nothing quite as versatile and we've looked trying to find something new to replace it with!

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.

Mum's KIA never breaks down.   My BMW was in the shop so often the service manager is now on my Facebook (and I'm not kidding!).

 

I was...

30 January 2018
Marc wrote:

Symanski wrote:

Marc wrote:

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.

Mum's KIA never breaks down.   My BMW was in the shop so often the service manager is now on my Facebook (and I'm not kidding!).

 

I was...

The 2 Series Active Tourer was one we looked at when they came out as a possible replacement when the time came.  It wasn't a terrible idea at the time, but she's livid with what happened to my BMW because if you looked at it I'd cared so well for it that it genuinely looked like new.   Serviced at BMW, and everything they said to do was done, and regularly hand cleaned by myself, and polished too.   It was one car the valeters at the garage had the easiest job on!   Alas, the design faults in the engine meant it wasn't economical for me to repair, and to rub salt in to those wounds if I was in the USA those parts would have been covered because BMW capitualted after having a class action law suit against them and having to buy thousands of cars back under the US lemon laws.

 

30 January 2018

I'm not interested in diesels any more after suffering from expensive DPF issues............but why won't Kia hurry up and drop the 1.0 turbo petrol engine in the Picanto GT-Line?! A fun car with potentially diesel-like real world fuel economy if you can manage with a car of that size (which is very roomy for a small overall footprint).

 

Everyone has a right to an opinion - don't confuse that with insulting your mother :-)

30 January 2018

Ooops, you better go electric then - petrols now need DPFs to meet the latest Euro 6 regs.

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