RAY MASSEY: Kia ProCeeds to impress with a snappy new estate

RAY MASSEY: Kia ProCeeds to impress with a snappy new estate

The accolades have been coming thick and fast for Korean car-maker Kia. Its new all-electric e-Niro was this week named Car Of The Year by consumer magazine and website What Car?. Priced from £33,000, after a £3,500 taxpayer ‘green’ subsidy, it is the first pure electric car — and the first ever Korean car —


The accolades have been coming thick and fast for Korean car-maker Kia.

Its new all-electric e-Niro was this week named Car Of The Year by consumer magazine and website What Car?.

Priced from £33,000, after a £3,500 taxpayer ‘green’ subsidy, it is the first pure electric car — and the first ever Korean car — to win the award since its inception in 1978.

There are three engines: a 138 horse-power 1.4-litre turbo petrol; a 201 hp 1.6-litre turbo petrol; and a 134 hp 1.6-litre turbo-diesel

There are three engines: a 138 horse-power 1.4-litre turbo petrol; a 201 hp 1.6-litre turbo petrol; and a 134 hp 1.6-litre turbo-diesel

At about half the price of Audi’s all-electric e-tron — a key factor in the judges’ deliberations — and with a range of about 280 miles, it puts practical electric motoring into the price range of mainstream families, as I reported when I road-tested one in Korea late last year.

The zero-emissions Kia beat 23 other category winners — including petrol, diesel and hybrid rivals — to take the overall title.

It was also named Best All-Electric Car in its category at the annual awards held at Grosvenor House in London’s Park Lane. And Kia’s perky Picanto won best City Car for the second year in a row. 

Kia has this week launched its new ProCeed — adding a new low-slung 'shooting brake' style estate car to its range, priced from less than £24,000

Kia has this week launched its new ProCeed — adding a new low-slung 'shooting brake' style estate car to its range, priced from less than £24,000

Kia has this week launched its new ProCeed — adding a new low-slung ‘shooting brake’ style estate car to its range, priced from less than £24,000

The company has this week launched its new ProCeed — adding a new low-slung ‘shooting brake’ style estate car to its range, priced from less than £24,000. 

It has the look of one of those smart German sports tourers from BMW, Audi, Porsche or Mercedes-Benz, but at a fraction of the price.

Not surprising mind, given that Kia’s top design chief (Peter Schreyer who created the original Audi TT) and engineering boss (Albert Biermann who ran BMWs ‘M’ Motorsport division) are both German, and the firm’s European research, development and design headquarters is in Frankfurt. 

There are six variants of ProCeed — based on three engines, two transmissions and three trim levels. The trim levels are: GT Line, sportier GT, and the top-of-the range GT-Line-S

There are six variants of ProCeed — based on three engines, two transmissions and three trim levels. The trim levels are: GT Line, sportier GT, and the top-of-the range GT-Line-S

There are six variants of ProCeed — based on three engines, two transmissions and three trim levels. The trim levels are: GT Line, sportier GT, and the top-of-the range GT-Line-S

There are six variants of ProCeed — based on three engines, two transmissions and three trim levels. The trim levels are: GT Line, sportier GT, and the top-of-the range GT-Line-S.

There are three engines: a 138 horse-power 1.4-litre turbo petrol; a 201 hp 1.6-litre turbo petrol; and a 134 hp 1.6-litre turbo-diesel. 

There are three engines: a 138 horse-power 1.4-litre turbo petrol; a 201 hp 1.6-litre turbo petrol; and a 134 hp 1.6-litre turbo-diesel

There are three engines: a 138 horse-power 1.4-litre turbo petrol; a 201 hp 1.6-litre turbo petrol; and a 134 hp 1.6-litre turbo-diesel

There are three engines: a 138 horse-power 1.4-litre turbo petrol; a 201 hp 1.6-litre turbo petrol; and a 134 hp 1.6-litre turbo-diesel

Petrol versions are available only with a semi-automatic gearbox, while diesel drivers have a choice of this or a manual gearbox.

Prices range from £23,835 for the GT-Line 1.4 TGDi 6-speed manual ISG up to £28,685 for the top of the range GT-Line S 1.4-litre T-GDi 7-speed automatic DCT ISG. 

The latter has leather heated seats, a sleek sloping power tailgate, LED headlights, a blind-spot warning system, an upgraded audio system and a panoramic sunroof.

Triumph launches £17,500 limited edition retro rocket

 British motorcycle-maker Triumph has launched a limited edition bike for 2019 and has another in the pipeline.

Only 750 Triumph Thruxton TFC bikes — named after the Hampshire race circuit and built as part of the firm’s Factory Custom programme — will be sold globally at £17,500.

Clad in carbon-fibre with a 1200cc 8-valve engine developing 107 hp and linked to a six-speed gearbox, it is expected to accelerate from rest to 60mph in less than three seconds with a top speed of about 140 mph.

Following close behind will be the limited edition Rocket TFC to be launched on May 1.

Triumph said: ‘It will be nothing short of the ultimate motorcycle.’

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UK car-makers fail to shine at the What Car? awards 

Broadcaster Katie Derham and Kia's UK marketing director David Hilbert hosted the What Car? awards

Broadcaster Katie Derham and Kia's UK marketing director David Hilbert hosted the What Car? awards

Broadcaster Katie Derham and Kia’s UK marketing director David Hilbert hosted the What Car? awards

British car-makers failed to shine at this week’s What Car? awards hosted by broadcaster Katie Derham Kia’s UK marketing director David Hilbert.

The likes of Jaguar Land Rover, Mini, Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Lotus were conspicuous by their absence among the gongs. Kia’s e-Niro took top honours as Car Of The Year and Best Electric Car.

Last year’s overall winner, Sweden’s Volvo XC40 was named best Family SUV for the second year running while the Volvo XC90 T8 was best plug-in hybrid.

n Honda confirmed this week that a prototype of its new Urban EV electric hatchback city car — which won the What Car? readers’ award for best concept car — is to have its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and go on sale later in the year.

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