He is the middle class horror who emerges as the winner on every budget question. The all-rounder for everyone who doesn’t need a status symbol but who appreciates a certain quality standard. A closer look usually confirms the positive impression conveyed by the paper. With the third generation of the youngest Škoda Octavia, the best-selling station wagon in the segment, the Czech automobile manufacturer and at the same time Germany’s number 1 import brand (market share: 5.3%) seem to be doing everything right.
Its world premiere was actually scheduled for the Geneva Motor Show. Now the new Kia Sorento is presented entirely online. Either way, the Koreans’ large SUV makes a powerful appearance. As a flagship, there are many new technologies for Kia that are going into series production for the first time. In the future, these will also be incorporated into smaller models, but for the time being the large one will remain the high-tech flagship in SUV form. The market launch is currently scheduled for the third quarter of 2020 within Europe.
The new Kia Ceed GT is here. Visually clearly changed, but the centerpiece is the same as before. The sporty South Korean is powered by a 1.6-liter turbo gasoline engine with, as before, 204 hp. The torque is also the same as before at 265 Nm, but is now available earlier. Significant changes are the optional seven-stage DCT and the changes to the chassis.
Revised engine complies with Euro 6d-temp emissions standard
The torque of 265 Nm is now already at 1,500 to 4,500 tours (previously: from 1,750 rpm). As standard, the power is brought to the front axle via a 6-speed manual transmission, and the new Ceed GT can also be optionally equipped with a 7-speed DCT. With DCT comes the driving mode switch, which includes the levels Sport and Normal. The engine should respond better in sport and the steering assistance should be reduced. The steering as such, as with the Ceed itself, is almost 17 percent more direct than its predecessor.
The message about Seat el-born is confusing. Because, on the one hand, Seat is already talking a lot about series production, which, by the way, will take place in Zwickau, on the other hand, it is “just” a concept vehicle. In any case, the study shows how Seat envisions electromobility in the future. The model is already based on the MEB, the VW Group’s electrical construction kit.
Seat el-born should “probably” go into series production in 2020
The name of the study, which is unlikely to go into series production, refers to a trendy district in Barcelona. The vehicle is intended to bring together electrification, autonomous driving, shared mobility and connectivity. The Spaniards designed the model themselves in Barcelona, and it will later be built at the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau, which in future will only produce electric vehicles. Series production for the vehicle is expected to be in 2020.
The new Kia Sportage will be available at the dealership from August 1st. The 48-volt mild hybrid diesel is also available for the first time. All models have the same higher standard equipment, for example with a 7-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration and a rear-view camera. The base price is 22,490 euros and has therefore risen significantly above the previous starting price of 19,990 euros.
A success story – the Kia Sportage
The Sportage is number one among the Kia models sold worldwide and in Germany. It only recently broke the sales record of a total of 5 million units. Last year, with 15,000 new registrations, a good quarter of all new Kia registrations in Germany were for the compact SUV. The new model also impresses with its “sharpened design” and new driver assistance systems. The 7-year manufacturer’s guarantee remains unaffected.
In the coming year something will change for electric company cars. The tax break is finally within reach. So far, employees who also use their company car privately have had to pay one percent monthly tax plus 0.03 percent for every kilometer commuting to work. So far, this has been the case regardless of the type of drive, but this will change for the coming year 2019. An example calculation based on the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid.
Vehicle must be purchased between 2019 and 2021
As usual, one percent of the gross list price is used as the assessment basis. For plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles that are purchased from January 01, 2019 to December 31, 2021, the tax assessment base will now change. Only half of the gross list price is used here. For the calculation example, Kia used the Niro plug-in hybrid, which in theory can drive up to 58 kilometers electrically. More about this in our driving report.