Kia Cee'd Sportswagon joins the market; battery-powered Peugeot Partner to be launched next year; Audi reveals strong sales figures
10 September 2012

The Kia Cee’d Sportswagon estate goes on sale today, introducing a new name which Kia says captures the car’s sporty and modern character. The Sportswagon, aimed mainly at business users, will be sold with turbodiesel engines only.

Peugeot’s Partner range is expanding to include an all-electric version. A 67bhp electric motor will take the Partner Electric 105 miles on a full charge, which will make the Peugeot the longest-ranged van in the segment when it goes on sale in the second quarter of 2013.

Audi has announced a 13 per cent rise in eight-month sales figures. A 28 per cent gain in unit sales in the United States has been a contributing factor in the company’s best-ever July figures.

Pembroke Tenneson

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Kia Cee'd

The Kia Cee’d is more than good enough to harry the opposition, which is an achievement in itself for the fiercely competitive family hatchback class

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11 September 2012

That Kia looks very close to Volvo's XC60. In the small photo, with eyes screwed up anyway! What's sporty about it exactly? And whatever happened to estate cars? At least Ford and VW are humble enough to use the typology, for their useful load-luggers.

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