Kia chief “desires” a sporty model; Land Rover has added more options and colour schemes to its Defender; Ford Focus models outsell Corolla in 2012
3 September 2012

Kia UK chief executive, Paul Philpott says the firm has a desire to launch “a sporty and dynamic” car to complement its core range, but exactly which type of car it should be is yet to be decided. “The desire is there, but it has to work on a global scale”, he said. “Whether it’s a GT car, a coupe or a roadster is out of our hands [in the UK]."

Land Rover Defender buyers can specify a new, more supportive and stylish seat premium seat design. The base audio system can now be upgraded to incorporate Bluetooth connectivity and a 150W Alpine subwoofer. Additionally a choice of four new contrasting roof colours, including white, black, silver, grey or red can be ordered alongside new paint finishes: Barolo Black and Havana.

The Ford Focus has sold more than any other model in the first six months of 2012. Research by HIS Automotive found 489,616 Focuses were sold, compared to the next nearest model, the Toyota Corolla, which sold 462,616 units. The research doesn't make the European and North American Focus number one though: the Focus nameplate appears on a variety of models, including versions of the second-generation model, which ended production in Europe in 2011.

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3 September 2012

A few more desirable cars from Kia is a great idea. Perhaps they could start with a decent engine in the Optima. we are not all CoCar drivers looking for the lowest Co2!

3 September 2012

When in Korea I saw the Kia Forte,and the sports model in red looked great... Might not be the fastest thing on earth but definitely sporty in a Hyundai veloster way.

3 September 2012

Never mind better seats and audio I hope Land Rover have done something about the appalling security of the Defender. Many people are being put off buying them now because of how vulnerable they are.

4 September 2012

Fritzing around the margins with the Defender - sound system and seats, is merely a distraction, as radical surgery is required, and quickly if this vehicle is to ever again a meaningful prescence in the marketplace.

4 September 2012

Kia could take a leaf from Toyotas book, in the 80s and 90s when it had the Celica, Supra and MR2 to add a bit of excitement to the brand. Only now are they getting back to that with the GT86.

Focus outselling Corolla -  does this take into account the markets where the Corolla is no longer available, such as the UK?

Bit trivial though if mk2s and mk3s are all lumped together, I'm sure if the Aulus was badged as Corolla it'd sell well. After all, this was once presented as the worlds most popular car despite the fact the name badge has been on several generations with different styles over the years (including RWD saloons, FWD hatches, AE86 coupes...)

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