ONE of the most talked about vehicles at the recent Geneva Motor Show was the Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept – the world’s first premium SUV convertible.
It is a bold design study that may or may not make it into production. We are tipping not.
The soft-top concept vehicle features a fully retractable premium roof with a Roll Over Protection System [ROPS]. It cleverly combines capability and versatility with a drop-down tailgate and a comfortable four-seat set-up.
Land Rover was gauging reaction to the concept and listening carefully to feedback.
On unveiling the exciting new concept at a press conference, Land Rover design director Gerry Mcgovern said: “We believe that the Evoque lends itself beautifully to the idea of a convertible. From a pure design perspective, we have used Evoque’s dramatic shape to create a distinctive and highly desirable proposition.” Only trouble is it looks pretty strange and not once was the car on display with the roof up.
SUBARU’S newest model, the XV, has made a massive impression in its first full month of sales.
XV was the best-selling small SUV less than $40,000 in February, commanding 20.5 per cent of its segment. Also performing strongly was Forester, with 1030 sales.
Sooby boss Nick Senior said: “We’ve had an amazing response to the XV with online and showroom traffic increasing massively to coincide with its debut.”
KIA KING HIT
KIA just doesn’t seem to be able to put a foot wrong at the moment. The Korean brand’s sales are up 19 per cent year to date for February. The figures are supported across the Kia range with its passenger and SUV segments up 15.2 per cent and 15.3 per cent respectively.
Leading the charge in the passenger segment is the allnew Kia Rio up 68.9 per cent compared to February 2011.