CAR TALK

 
Ryan Borroff
HAPPY NEW KIA
Kia is hoping to follow the success of its POP compact urban electric concept car – unveiled at September’s 2010 Paris Motor Show – with another successful introduction at next week’s 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Kia’s KV7 large crossover concept has a clever clamshell tailgate and unusual rear gullwing doors.
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GET FIT WITH PORSCHE AND MARK WEBBER
If you fancy yourself a bit of a racer, why not take a Get Race Fit programme with Porsche? The half-day coaching session – with advice from F1 driver Mark Webber and MotoGP rider Bradley Smith – teaches techniques for motorsport-specific strength and conditioning training and tests vision and reaction abilities. The course, which takes place at The Porsche Human Performance Centre on 29 January, is limited to just 40 places and costs £195 per person. www.porsche.co.uk/experience

MERC’S C-CLASS GETS AN UPGRADE
This is the new C-Class – Mercedes’ best selling model – which will be shown to select media at next week’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, then to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The car has a new, more dynamic look and will sport more efficient performance thanks to new engines, improved automatic transmission and stop/start technology. The new C-Class will also have a variety of new safety technology including a drowsiness detection system.