Kia Provo rebrand call from MPs

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Korean car maker Kia faced calls from MPs to rebrand its latest model because it shares its name with the Provisional IRA.

Unionist MPs said the Kia Provo should be renamed and given a title which is “not associated with terror and mayhem”.

The Democratic Unionist Party’s Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry) and William McCrea (South Antrim) claimed the name had caused “deep offence”.

The Provo concept car was unveiled at the Geneva motor show, with Kia claiming the “sleek, low, yet muscular coupe-style” design was “meant to be cheeky and cheerful”.

But in a Commons motion the MPs said: “This name has caused deep offence.”