Dodge range slashed to 1 model

Dodge has dramatically cut back on the range of cars it sells in the UK due to slow sales.

The Chrysler sub-brand has been slashed to just one car in the UK – the Journey 7-seat people carrier.

The Ford Focus rivaling Caliber has been ditched, along with the Nitro 7-seat 4×4. Dodge dealers will concentrate on that Journey, which is a Ford S-Max alternative at a sharp price.

Last year, Dodge also killed the Avenger family saloon in the UK. Luckily for the brand’s dealers, being part of the Chrysler family means they also have Chrysler and Jeeps to sell.

This could mark the first of more significant changes now Fiat Auto has taken stewardship of Chrysler. Its brands have struggled in recent years and Fiat is intent on improving performance with a new range of models. RA

>>For more information on the various ranges – including details of the outgoing Dodges! – check out the Motoring Research dataset.

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Kia Soul for… free

Kia is marking its official 2010 World Cup partnership with a prize draw.

Visitors to a Kia showroom are in with the chance to win a brand new Kia Soul!

All you have to do is go along to one of Kia’s 150 dealerships between now and the 11 July.

At the showrooms you will then be able to enter the prize draw, for free, for the giveaway Soul. And no doubt indulge in some other World Cup-themed events, too…

Full terms and conditions are available on Kia’s website, and the competition winner will be announced on Monday 18 July 2010. CJ

Save £1515 on a Toyota Aygo

Toyota Aygo Blue models are now available with a £1500 discount.

Autofinders are offering the special deal on both 3dr and 5dr versions of the city car, which includes a good level of standard equipment.

Standard kit includes Bluetooth and air conditioning – a nice bonus over the lesser Aygo+ specification at prices that undercut even the entry standard model.

Recommended retail is currently £9460 for the 3-door, £9810 for the 5-door – so with Autofinders, you’ll be saving £1465 or £1515.

>>See the vitals on the Toyota Aygo range in the Motoring Research dataset.