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Kia plans radical styling for new generation Sportage

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Kia has indicated its readiness to change a number of things from next year to rank at par with the best among trendy and high performance automobiles.

Amidst the excitement of launching a new logo scheduled for early next year, the Korean automaker plans to make its next Sportage a radical styling and raise the bar in its segment.

The Kia Sportage is a compact SUV found to have numerous features and attractive styling.

Having been in the market for 10 years, Kia is developing a more modern successor to the old Sportage.

Auto reviewers say the automaker is simply following in the footsteps of the Hyundai Tucson that has been substantially improved on its new generation automobiles.

They expect the new Kia Sportage to come with a marked evolution compared to the current model, going by many prototypes and spy pictures already released.

CarBuzz says “With Kia hiring some of the best talents in the automotive industry to help out with its new direction in design, the South Korean brand has no shortage of skills in its workforce.

“But thanks to a new render by Korean YouTuber and designer, Kitekro, we can’t help but wonder if the next generation of the Kia Sportage may be pushing the limits a little too far.”

It also reports that from the 2022 Sportage prototype, the coming car looks pretty fair based on what the source material reveals.

It states, “Clearly drawing influence from the similarly radical Kia K5, the new Sportage will look unlike any other SUV on the road if this render proves to be true.

“As eye-catching as the overall look is, there are some cool details that we like too. The integration of the Tiger Nose grille is one such detail, although the jury is still out on those headlights.”

A completely new Sportage, the fifth-generation model, is expected to debut in April 2021, according to a report by motor1.com.

Another auto analyst, web24.news says the car design will be likely accompanied by a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder, producing 190hp and 182 pound-feet of torque as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission coming as standard, while AWD will be an option.

It also projects that it should have a GT version with a power between 250hp and 300hp.

The innovation along with the new logo, according to Kia’s Chief Executive Officer, Ho Sung Song, is geared towards actualizing a plan of making the brand to be “more dynamic, stylish and inventive,” with a stronger emphasis on electric vehicles.

He calls the new look ‘Plan S’, with the ‘S’ standing for ‘Shift’.

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AutoTrends: Stop driving your old crossovers, Mercedes warns, recalls ML, others

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Mercedes-Benz has asked owners of certain older crossovers to stop driving due a to corroded brake booster that could cause the brakes to fail.

The automaker said the request and corresponding recall applied to 292,287 ML-, GL-, and R-Class crossovers and SUVs from the 2006-2012 model years.

Recalls are common, but urging customers to stop driving is not,  according to thecarconnection.com.

In the affected vehicles, water exposure in the brake booster housing can cause a joint to corrode, leading to a leak in the brake system.

Brake force may also be reduced, forcing drivers to press harder on the brake pedal to decelerate and come to a stop. In rare cases, Mercedes said, it may be impossible to stop if there has been severe corrosion.

The risk of a crash or injury would increase, although Mercedes said it was aware of no known crashes or injuries related to the issue.

According to the premium brand automaker, the emergency brake pedal is not affected, and could be used in case of a regular brake pedal failure. Mercedes will provide complimentary towing of the affected vehicles to service centers.

Dealers are expected to inspect the brake booster housing and replace parts as required. If the part cannot be fixed immediately, Mercedes said it will help “coordinate an individual solution for the customer, including alternate mobility.”

 

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AutoTrends: Hyundai Sonata models face fuel leak risk

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A potential fuel hose leak in 2013 and 2014 models of Hyundai Sonata has again led to the immediate recall of the vehicles globally.

The NHTSA disclosed this, noting that the factory fault could increase the risk of a fire.

The 2013-2014 Sonata and 2013-2014 Kia Optima had previously been recalled for a fuel hose that can crack prematurely and leak fuel.

The tape and zip-tie remedy for those earlier recalls did not stick.

With the new recall, the fuel line will be replaced at no cost to owners, Hyundai states.

Without the proper fix, the leaking fuel could come in contact with a spark or ignition source that could cause a fire in the engine compartment, thecarconnection.com notes.

The recall encompasses 215,171 Sonatas. Owners may smell fuel on vehicles equipped with either the 2.0-litre turbo-4 or 2.4-litre inline-4 engines. Hyundai reported 138 incidents in the past two years of the defect, but the automaker said there were no known crashes, fires, or injuries.

Hybrid versions of both sedans from those model years were recalled for a separate fire risk.

Hyundai and sister brand Kia have issued a series of recalls for increased fire risk for a variety of reasons, ranging from a faulty electrical socket (2011-2012 vehicles) to a short circuit in the braking system (2006-2011 Elantras).

Owners will be notified by mail as early as July 5, and will be instructed to take their affected Sonata into a dealer to have the fuel feed line replaced at no charge, regardless of warranty status.

Hyundai owners who paid for fuel line repairs to address the leak will be reimbursed.

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AutoTrends: CFAO launches LOXEA Nigeria operating lease, fleet management solutions

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CFAO Motors, a subsidiary of the CFAO Group, has launched LOXEA Nigeria, offering operating lease and fleet management solutions.

Already present in 22 African countries, the auto company said with LOXEA its customers in the country could now enjoy better access to the CFAO range of products such as Mitsubishi and Suzuki cars, Fuso trucks, King Long buses, Toyota forklifts and JCB construction equipment.

General Manager of LOXEA by CFAO, Mr Philippe Lefort, said, “Partnering with LOXEA will allow companies to enjoy the inherent benefits of the CFAO network, a trusted and reliable organisation that has been providing best-in-class products and services for over 119 years in Nigeria.”

According to the company, LOXEA offers a broad range of services from regular operating leases to comprehensive fleet management and car-sharing through a web portal and mobile applications through its three pillars; LOXEA Lease, LOXEA Connect, and LOXEA Ride.

It stated, “LOXEA Lease provides rental of vehicles or equipment from 36 months to 48 months with full maintenance according to the manufacturer’s prescription, full comprehensive insurance, replacement vehicle (after 48 hours), and geolocation. The fleet management solution provides a fleet manager, Drivers 24/7, fuel card management, fleet analytics, and fleet mobility optimisation.

“Thanks to the LOXEA Connect application, customers can have access to real-time monitoring of fleet usage and behaviour.”

Lefort said, “Our goal is to establish and maintain long-term business relationships by adding value to businesses who outsource their vehicle management by ensuring their fleet is operational 24/7.”

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