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Kia has released a teaser video that appears to be previewing the company’s eagerly-awaited relaunch.

The clip previews a live event scheduled for January 6, 2021 at 5 a.m. ET, where “A New Journey Begins.” Unless Kia has a surprise in store for us, we already know what that new ‘journey’ will entail.

Last year it was revealed that Kia will soon launch a new logo with a more flowing design. This logo was previewed by the Kia Inspire concept back in 2019 and, according to a recent trademark application made with the Korean intellectual property office, will be joined by a new slogan that reads “Movement that Inspires”, replacing the outgoing “The Power to Surprise”.

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Beyond its new logo and slogan, it is understood that Kia plans to launch five new or significantly redesigned models in the United States this year. Two of these new vehicles are expected to be the next-generation Sportage and Niro, both of which look set to adopt much more radical styling than their predecessors. In addition, the latest-generation Sedona is expected to soon launch in the United States, as is a plug-in hybrid version of the 2021 Sorento.

Kia, much like its sister company Hyundai, is also venturing into the world of electric vehicles and will do so with the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) that was recently unveiled by the Hyundai Motor Group. This platform can be used across most vehicle segments, including sedans, SUVs, and CUVs.

 


Gazoo Racing has announced that its Le Mans Hypercar will be unveiled on January 15.

Toyota has been working on the vehicle for some time now and in September, brought along a prototype to the Le Mans 24 Hours. The vehicle is based on Toyota’s successful TS050 LMP1 prototype and is currently known as the GR Super Sport, although it remains to be seen if that name will be retained for the finished item.

Read More: Toyota GR Super Sport Hypercar Makes Spectacular Debut At Le Mans

Gazoo Racing’s Twitter post confirms that the vehicle will pump out 680 PS, or 671 hp, in racing guise, the limit of all vehicles competing in the Le Mans Hypercar class. It is believed this powertrain will consist of a mid-mounted 2.4-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that operates alongside an electric motor.

With 1⃣1⃣ days to go until we launch our new Hypercar, let's take a look at some specs 🏎️💪🏋️@FIAWEC @24hoursoflemans #TOYOTAGAZOORacing @Michelin #PushingTheLimitsForBetter pic.twitter.com/FXlDvk0uJK

— TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WEC (@Toyota_Hybrid) January 4, 2021

Unlike Peugeot, which has decided against launching a road-going version of its racer, Toyota will build a minimum of 20 examples for the street. It’s difficult to know how different the road car will be from the race car but given the fact that it doesn’t need to meet racing regulations, it’s conceivable that the production model could be more powerful than the race car, potentially delivering the same 986 hp as the GR Super Sport concept from a few years ago.

Rumors have circulated online that the road car may feature three electric motors alongside its twin-turbo V6 and could pump out as much as 1,400 hp, a figure that would easily eclipse the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Mercedes-AMG One.

NIO has teased its flagship electric sedan that will be unveiled during NIO Day that’s scheduled to take place in Chengdu, China on January 9.

The image previews the sedan from the side, and if reports are to be believed, it will take inspiration from the NIO ET Preview concept that was unveiled in 2019.

Key design features are hard to discern in this darkened image but we can see that the sedan will feature narrow side windows and, in all likelihood, door handles that sit flush to the bodywork. A small bootlid lip spoiler is also visible, as is a small hump above the windshield which could be housing various automated-driving sensors.

Read Also: NIO Unveils ‘Battery As A Service’ Program In China, Making EVs Cheaper To Purchase

According to InsideEVs, NIO has announced that the car will feature a massive 150 kWh battery pack. This is the largest yet to be fitted to a production passenger car and will reportedly give it a range of 600-800 km (370-500 miles). By comparison, the Tesla Model S Long Range has a 100 kWh battery pack and an EPA-rated range of 402 miles (647 km).

Since hitting the New York Stock Exchange, prices of NIO shares have skyrocketed from as low as $2.40 in March to $53.49 at the time of writing. Shares jumped almost 10 per cent after the company announced record deliveries on January 3. In December, NIO delivered 7,007 vehicles, a 121 percent improvement from December 2019.

NIO ET Preview concept