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SEMA: Kia Sedona Minivan Gets Turned into Go-Kart Hauler



Kia Sedona Go-Kart van, SEMA

If you and your family love go-karting, then check out this modified Kia Sedona. Called the ‘Kia Ultimate Karting Sedona’, the unique minivan is equipped with a custom-built kart rack that offers enough space for a CRG Bambino kart and a Fiamma F35 Pro Awning.

The modified Sedona also comes with an aluminum trailer that carries a second go kart — a CRG Road Rebel shifter.

Kia made no performance modifications, so power is likely provided by a 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft. (335 Nm) of torque.

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On the design front, the Ultimate Karting Sedona features a Kinetic Motorsports Red exterior with vinyl graphics that “pay tribute to the championship-winning Kia Racing Optimas.” The van itself rolls on 20-inch alloy wheels, while the aluminum trailer gets an 18-inch set.

So, what do you think about this one-of-a-kind Kia Sedona? Would you buy one for your family if it was made available?

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Kia Seltos Is A New Small SUV For The World



New 2020 Kia Seltos Small SUV

It’s a global vehicle, but will it be sold in North America?

Kia Motors used an event in Delhi India to unveil the Kia Seltos, a new compact SUV that will be sold in several markets around the world.

Positioned at the bottom of the company’s expanding crossover and SUV line-up, the new Seltos goes after “youthful, tech-savvy buyers” with a sharp design inside and out, and the tech and practicality millennials expect in vehicle of its size.

The exterior features a tall, upright front end characterized by a wide rendition of Kia’s trademark tiger nose grille flanked by LED headlights and 3D indicators, while horizontal lines on both ends help make the crossover look bigger than it actually is. It looks like a Kia.

Inside, the Seltos can be equipped with a 10.25-inch screen for the infotainment system, a head-up display, and ambient lighting that pulses to the beat of the music. A split-screen function let’s users customize the infotainment screen and view up to three menus at the same time.

Power can be provided by a 1.6-liter turbodiesel rated at 136 horsepower, a naturally-aspirated, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 149 horsepower, or a 177-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbo four, while the gearbox options consist of a continuously variable transmission (CVT), a six-speed automatic, and a seven-speed dual-clutch.

Manufactured in both India and South Korea, the new, 2020 Kia Seltos goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2019. It’s not clear if it will be sold in the United States and Canada.

TRIVIA: The name Seltos comes from Greek mythology, particularly Hercules’ son Celtos. To make it appear sportier, Kia simply replaced the ‘C’ with an ‘S’.

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Hyundai, Kia Invest In Rimac To Build Electric Sports Cars



Rimac-c-Two electric supercar, galactic-white

The Croatian electric car upstart will help the South Korean automakers develop two hot-rodded EVs.

Hyundai and Kia have invested a total of 80 million euros (~ $90 million at the current exchange rate) in Rimac in exchange for its unique expertise.

Rimac will assist Hundai’s N division in developing a production version of the mid-engined, Veloster-like midship sports concept that debuted in 2014. Unfortunately, the agreement made no mention of a precise powertrain or performance levels.

The three companies will also work together on a high-performance fuel cell vehicle that could very well buck the trend of odd-looking FCEV from Toyota (Mirai), Honda (FCX Clarity) and even Hyundai (Nero).

“We want to build high-performance vehicles that are not only fast and powerful but also meet the highest expectations of our customers as the car of their dreams,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Motor Group’s Product Division. “Our goal is to popularize electric vehicles and to create social value through world-class technology and innovation in performance.”

We will learn more about both vehicles once development work begins in 2020. In addition to building its own cars, notably the 1,900-horsepower Rimac C_Two electric hypercar (pictured), Rimac is also working with Porsche on a number of projects. Porsche happens to own a 10-percent stake in the company.

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New, 2020 Kia Soul EV Has 243 Mile (391 Km) Driving Range



New, 2020 Kia Soul EV

Kia’s quirky crossover joins the high-range electric vehicle group.

The EPA has given the 2020 Kia Soul EV a driving range of up to 243 miles (391 km) on a single charge, placing it in the same class as the Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Niro EV and Nissan LEAF e+, all of which get over 200 miles (322 km).

In fact, the Soul EV uses the same 64 kWh battery pack as the Kona Electric and Niro. Power is provided by an electric motor that generates 201-horsepower and 291 lb-ft. of torque and can be modulated with four driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Eco+, which automatically adjust power output, regenerative braking, climate control settings, and set speed limits to help manage overall efficiency.

Similar to the Niro and Kona EVs, it will charge at around 100kW for at least the first 50 percent of charge. A DC Fast Charge port comes standard.

The 2020 Kia Soul EV goes on sale in the second half of 2019.

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