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Kia is transitioning from a vehicle manufacture to a provider of sustainable mobility solutions.

As part of the change, the company has been renamed the Kia Corporation – formerly the Kia Motors Corporation – and announced a new brand slogan of “Movement that inspires.”

While a few eyes roll probably just rolled, Kia’s Head of Global Brand & Customer Experience, Artur Martins, explained “Movement has always been at heart of our brand, and moving people at the core of our business. Movement helps humankind to constantly progress, improve, and evolve. That is why at Kia we believe that movement inspires ideas.”

Also Read: Kia Takes To The Sky To Reveal New Logo And Brand Slogan

The big news is Kia’s decision to focus on popularizing battery electric vehicles. As part of this initiative, the company will launch seven new dedicated BEVs by 2027. Each will be based on the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) and Kia said we can expect a variety of vehicles including cars, crossovers and MPVs.

Kia’s first E-GMP based model will be introduced in the first quarter and it’s known as the CV. The company is keeping details under wraps, but said it will feature a crossover-inspired design, high-speed charging and a range in excess of 311 miles (500 km).

On top of this, Kia is also developing purpose-built vehicles. They’ll be based on flexible skateboard platforms and feature modular bodies that can be tailored to meet specific requirements of corporate and fleet customers.

Kia noted demand for purpose-built vehicles is expected to grow five-fold by 2030, due to growth in e-commerce and car-sharing services. As a result, they’ve partnered with Arrival and Canoo, and are slated to produce specialty vehicles for car-sharing and delivery services.

While Kia didn’t say much about the upcoming EVs, they teased an assortment of them. There appears to three cars and two crossovers as well as three or four commercial vehicles. We’ll learn more about them, and the company’s new design direction, in the weeks ahead.

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A 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has been filmed slamming into two concrete poles in Arizona.

Th footage was captured by a security camera and was recently shared on Reddit. While the exact cause of the crash is yet to be determined, the driver of the powerful muscle car claims that it wasn’t his fault.

As the Challenger comes into view of the security camera, it’s clear that the car is going sideways. Unable to control it, the driver had no way of avoiding the two concrete columns and nearly took out a pedestrian.

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The crash was significant enough to compromise one of the concrete supports and destroy the front of the car. The brunt of the impact with the second column was concentrated on the driver’s side door. Clearly, this Hellcat is heading straight to the scrapyard and won’t be driven ever again.

Given how powerful the Challenger SRT Hellcat is, being involved in accidents isn’t that surprising, and mostly it’s due to a driver being a little too throttle-happy. However, the driver in this case claims that the brakes of the car locked up.

We’re not crash investigators, but it does seem a little odd that a brake failure would cause the rear of the car to snap out so suddenly along a piece of arrow-straight road. Then again, we only get to see a few seconds before the Hellcat hit the poles, so we can’t tell for sure. In any case, the driver should count himself lucky to have escaped from this crash.

 

Alibaba and SAIC have joined forces to launch an all-new automotive brand called Zhiji Auto / IM.

Set to become China’s latest premium electric vehicle maker, the company will have a lineup that includes a stylish sedan and crossover.

The sedan features a streamlined design and an intelligent lighting system which reportedly consists of 2.6 million pixels of light. They can be used to show animations as well as the charging status.

Besides the high-tech lights, the sedan has flush-mounted door handles and aerodynamic wheels. We can also see a panoramic glass roof, a roof-mounted sensor pod and full-width taillights.

Also Read: Geely Joins Forces With Chinese Search Giant Baidu To Build Intelligent Electric Cars

The upscale styling continues in the cabin as drivers will find semi-aniline leather, wood trim and metallic accents. The sedan has also been equipped with dual pane windows and electric closing doors.

Those features are nice, but they’re largely overshadowed by a 39-inch widescreen display that rises out of the dashboard and is broken up into three different sections. If that wasn’t enough screen space, there’s a secondary 12.8-inch display that ramps out of the center console like in the 2021 Mercedes S-Class.

Speaking of technology, the car has been equipped with 15 high-definition cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors and five millimeter wave radars. They’re used for the semi-autonomous driving system and Tesla-like summon feature.

At the end of the year, IM will reportedly offer point-to-point autonomous driving. Details are limited and it’s reportedly dependent on government approval.

However, NVIDIA confirmed the vehicles use their DRIVE Orin compute platform and have multiple Orin SoCs. They allow for “500 to 1,000+ TOPS [trillion operations per second] of performance for automated and autonomous capabilities in addition to in-cabin personalization that is continuously upgradable over-the-air for a truly software-defined experience.”

On the performance front, there are two electric motors which give the vehicles all-wheel drive as well as a combined output of 536 hp (400 kW / 544 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque. This will enable the sedan to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds.

A 93 kWh battery comes standard, while a 115 kWh battery will also be available. With the latter, the sedan will reportedly have a range of up to 543 miles (874 km) in the NEDC cycle.

Interestingly, the car is set to come with the world’s first mass-produced high-speed wireless electric vehicle charger. It charges at up to 11 kW and can give the car a range of 43-50 miles (70-80 km) in as little as an hour.

Getting back to performance, the vehicles ride on an aluminum architecture and feature chassis tuning by Williams. We can also expect an adaptive damping system and rear wheel steering.

The sedan will be showcased at the Shanghai Auto Show in April, while the crossover will follow in 2022.

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