Drop­top SUV

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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.

XV EX­CELS

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.

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