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Kia Optima transforms into K5 in 2021 model



Kia has redesigned the Optima and renamed it K5 for 2021, making it consistent with the sedan’s global nameplate.

The Korean automaker has thus given the 2021 model a new look and a new family-sedan identity.

The latest edition is longer, lower and wider than the sedan it replaces and Kia says it will be available with all-wheel drive.

Powered by a 180-hp 1.6-litre turbo-4 or a coming 290-hp turbo-4, it has an alert, engaged companion for family drivers charmed as well by its strong warranty coverage and value, according to the Car Connection.

Built with a sharper style than Kia’s outgoing Optima, the K5 has deeply sculpted sides, a hawk-like nose bracketed by LED lighting, and a long band of metallic trim that soars along a roofline that is dropped the visual party trick of blacked-out trim that gave the Optima a “floating” roof.

Inside the K5’s more ritzy versions, open-pore wood and synthetic leather upholstery pull off the business-class look of the Telluride and Stinger, while GT-Line models and those below have more hard plain trim.

Longer in wheelbase, the K5 has more front-seat space to go with swell front-seat buckets.

Four adults fit easily, with room for a slim fifth and 16 cubic feet of cargo in the trunk.

Kia says every 2021 K5 has automatic emergency braking, touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and five years or 60,000 miles of warranty coverage.

Options range from adaptive cruise control to Bose premium audio, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, woodgrain trim, synthetic leather upholstery—and cooled front seats.

Others are reverse parking sensors, a 10.3-inch touchscreen with navigation, power front passenger seat and heated steering wheel.

The new car’s dramatic shape can read a little busy, and its interior looks best in the more expensive versions, says the Car Connection, adding, “We give it a styling score of 8 (out of 10).”

The new K5’s signature feature, like the related Hyundai Sonata, is in lights that slash around the sides and into the honeycomb grille.

It wears a new grille that’s more hawkish, underscored by creases in the hoods that angle toward its beak.

Engine performance

Most K5 models are motivated by a 180-hp turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder that pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission, Car and Driver says in its review.

The engine comes standard with front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is optional, but not on the GT model.

“The front-drive, 180-hp K5 we drove demonstrated decent acceleration around town, and our testing revealed a 7.0-second trip to 60 mph,” it states.

Interior comfort

Inside the K5, the car really looks amazing. The layout is said to be both sophisticated and straightforward, and the cabin comes with attractive materials such as wood trim on the dash and doors.

The K5 offers an array of upscale interior features, such as ambient interior lighting on the dash and doors, heated and ventilated fronts seats, a panoramic sunroof, and a wireless charging pad.

While the driver’s seat feels high even at its lowest point, the comfortable spot for the left foot and floor-hinged accelerator are nice touches.

The back seat provides generous legroom, and the trunk has plenty of space for luggage.

Safety features

The 2021 K5 has earned a five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA.

It was also named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The family sedan offers a variety of standard and optional driver-assistance technology, which include standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking; standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist; available blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.


Bloody clashes: Sanwo-Olu’s RTEAN ban timely, say auto journalists



The Nigeria Auto Journalists Association (NAJA), the umbrella association of automotive reporters in Nigeria, has commended the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for his swift action in suspending all activities of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in the state following the recent restiveness between rival members of the group in Iyana-Iba, Ojo and Lagos Island areas of the state.

Mike Ochonma, Chairman of NAJA, made the commendation in a press statement he issued after the ban on the activities of RTEAN.

The chairman of NAJA stated that the ban by his the governor became imperative to prevent further breakdown of law and order in the state.

He called for more restraint and caution from RTEAN members to allow the state government to take necessary steps that would not only restore peace and decorum from the association, but more importantly, guarantee the security of lives of defenseless Lagos commuters going about their normal business.

The governor had also announced the constitution of a 35-man caretaker committee to take over activities of the union henceforth.

Heading the committee is Sulaiman Adeshina Raji with Bamgbose Oluseyi as deputy chairman.

During the clash last Wednesday, the transport union members were seen in a trending video clip engaging themselves in a free-for-all, hauling stones, bottles, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons at each other.

Two persons were reported killed during the clash.

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Lagos suspends RTEAN activities, sets up caretaker committee



The Lagos State Government has suspended all activities of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in the state.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa, who announced the suspension, said the action became imperative following some pockets of violence recorded in Ojo and Lagos Island on Wednesday.

Already, he said a 35-man caretaker committee had been constituted to take over activities of the union.

The caretaker committee is headed by Sulaiman Adeshina Raji, with Bamgbose Oluseyi as deputy chairman and members are Sunday Aransiola, Sulaiman Onabanjo, Azeez Abdulrahman, Isiaka Seriki, Victor Ifemenam, Kareem Babatunde, Amusan Abdulrahman, Teslim Adeshina, Sulaiman Surajudeen and Fatai Rauf.

Others are Sunday Banjo, Segun Omole, Thomas Akinkayode, Taiwo Lasisi, Gbenga Kashimawo, Samson Ajala, Taiwo Daodu, Sule Aliu, Ahmed Musa and Oladipupo Ibrahim. Adewale Adeniyi, Olatunji Durojaiye, Wasiu Olanrewaju, Taofeek Onileola, Yusuf Afolabi, Bode Ogungbade, Alh. A.A. Ussaini, Saliu Usman, Saheed Badru, Kolawole Yusuf, Kayode Thomas, Idowu Oyewole and Salami Babatunde Ope, are to also join them.

Giwa reiterated that suspension became necessary to prevent further acts of violence in the state, stressing that men of the Lagos State Police Command would be deployed in different parts of the state to enforce the action and ensure safety of lives and property.

He said the state government met with some representatives of the RTEAN on Wednesday, following a protest by some members of the union demanding the removal of their national president, adding the government had assured them of a thorough investigation into the allegations levelled against the union’s president with a promise to resolving all lingering issues.

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Ade.Ojo hails Mandilas GM @60, says Toyota family proud of you



Celebrant GM Mandilas, Kemi Koyejo; Chairman of Toyota Nigeria, Chief Michael Ade.Ojo, and his wife, Taiwo Ade.Ojo, at Kemi's 60th birthday in Lagos

The Founder of Toyota Nigeria Limited, TNL, Chief Michael Ade Ojo, has described the General Manager of Mandilas Motors, Ms. Kemi Koyejo as a performer, who takes her job very seriously.

Chief Ade Ojo, who spoke at the MUSON Centre, Lagos during the 60th birthday ceremony of Koyejo as the chairman of the occasion, showered encomiums on the GM for her contributions towards driving Toyota brand sale and development in Nigeria.

He said, “Olukemi is a performer, a wonderful lady, who takes her job very seriously. She is “Lady Toyota”. She never misbehaves and I want to pray that God should continue to bless you the more.”

Chief Ade Ojo, who recalled that Kemi’s father was his senior in high school, expressed no surprise at  Kemi’s sterling performance and behaviour, given her family background.

“The Toyota family in Nigeria is very proud of you and God will continue to be with you,” he prayed.

The 84-year-old business mogul attended the event with his wife, and senior management staff of Toyota Nigeria Limited including the Managing Director, Mr. Kunle Ade Ojo.

Reiterating Chief Ade Ojo’s commendation on the Mandilas General Manager, the Managing Director of Toyota, Mr. Kunle Adeojo, also said that the Mandilas General Manager is very hard-working and has brought many ideas that have led to the growth of the Toyota brand in Nigeria.

He also used the occasion to announce that the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers has conferred on him a Fellow of the institute.

A trained engineer, Mr. Kunle Ade Ojo, has been at the helm of affairs at TNL and has taken the company to greater heights despite the challenges in the Nigeria’s auto sector.


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