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Kia axes the Venga, makes room for the Stonic

If you look at today’s trends, people seem to be leaning more towards small crossovers instead of mini MPVs, which means that automotive companies should be developing more of the former. That is what Kia has planned with the brand new Stonic that they unveiled on June 20, a week after the Hyundai Kona’s launch.

The Kia Stonic is quickly becoming popular, and is looking like the perfect car to attract new and young customers, as well as current Kia owners that are looking for an upgrade. The Korean automaker even said that almost a quarter of their buyers are upsizing from a hatchback to something with a little more height. Having said all that, it has also been confirmed by Kia’s top manager that we will no longer be seeing a successor of the Venga MPV.

As the SUV segment grows with the new Stonic, it is time to say goodbye to good old MPVs like the Kia Venga. But to make things clear, the Stonic is not a replacement for the Venga. Kia’s European Chief Operating Officer Michael Cole said to AutoExpress that the Stonic’s arrival made it “difficult to justify a next generation” for the Venga. And for the record, MPV segments have been in decline for some time now. He added that as the MPV segment shrunk, “it has created an opportunity for us and sales are going fine for us now”.

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2010 Kia Venga will have a safety modification fitted

All Kia Venga owners are asked to contact their local dealer to have a safety modification installed on their vehicles. During recent Euro NCAP crash tests, a problem was detected on Venga's restraint system.

A cut in the webbing of the driver's seatbelt was seen after the frontal impact test. Euro NCAP concluded that this was a result of the "interaction" with the seat runners.

About 2,100 Kia Vengas are affected by this announcement. The cars that will be returned to the dealers will be fitted with a polypropylene sleeve that will be added to the belt.

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