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Fans of large Kias are in for some bad news as the company is dropping the Cadenza and K900 in the United States.

Both models will disappear for 2021 and this is somewhat surprising as the facelifted Cadenza debuted at last year’s Chicago Auto Show. That being said, the cars were slow sellers and Kia told Car & Driver they were realigning their lineup to meet growing demand for crossovers.

The Cadenza started at $37,850 and featured a 3.3-liter V6 engine producing 290 hp (216 kW / 294 PS) and 253 lb-ft (343 Nm) of torque. It was connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sent power to the front wheels.

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While it wasn’t the most exciting car to drive, the Cadenza featured a roomy and relatively upscale interior with heated leather seats, a wireless smartphone charger and a 12.3-inch infotainment system with GPS navigation. The model also boasted an assortment of standard driver assistance systems including adaptive cruise control and highway driving assist.

The K900, on the other hand, was Kia’s flagship sedan and it started at $59,900. While the model was expensive for a mainstream brand, the K900 was a true luxury sedan that featured a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 pumping out 365 hp (272 kW / 370 PS) and 376 lb-ft (510 Nm) of torque. It was connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a standard all-wheel drive system.

Given its position as a luxury vehicle, the K900 come equipped with quilted Nappa leather seats, genuine wood trim and an ambient lighting system with 64 colors. While the base model was pretty luxurious, the car could be outfitted with options such as a suede headliner and power rear seats with heating and ventilation.

While the K900 had an undeniable cool factor, sales were virtually nonexistent. The company only sold 305 units in the United States last year and pre-pandemic sales in 2019 totaled just 390 units.

The Cadenza wasn’t exactly flying off dealer lots either as sales have fallen every year since 2017. Last year, they plummeted to just 1,265 units.

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The U.S. federal government has a huge car fleet which, in 2019, counted nearly 650,000 vehicles in total. Newly elected President Joe Biden plans to replace them all with electric vehicles.

The announcement was made as part of a press conference announcing the administration’s “Buy American” executive order. As the name suggests, the fleet will be replaced by EVs made in the States.

“The federal government also owns an enormous fleet of vehicles, which we’re going to replace with clean electric vehicles made right here in America, by American workers,” Biden said. “Together, this will be the largest mobilization of public investment in procurement, infrastructure and R&D since World War II.”

The details of the plan were not outlined. There is no timeline for the changeover yet, so the vehicles could simply be replaced by EVs as they age out, though buying in bulk would likely help savings. Who the government buys the vehicles from has not been revealed, either.

Pres. Biden: "The federal government also owns an enormous fleet of vehicles, which we're going to replace with clean electric vehicles made right here in America, by American workers."https://t.co/figJbDMrpt pic.twitter.com/racgwk9VGw

— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) January 25, 2021

With a number of brands like Ford, GM, Rivian, Tesla, Lordstown, and even Volkswagen preparing their U.S. factories for local EV production, the government may soon be spoiled for choice. This will, of course, also be useful for automakers.

Fleet vehicles will be an important aspect of automakers’ efforts to amortize the expense of developing new EV platforms. GM, Rivian and Lordstown all have fleet vehicles in the works. It will be interesting to see if GM decides to move production of its Brightdrop van from Canada into the U.S. as a result of this decision.

President Biden added that requirements for more of the parts to be produced in America will be made stricter.

The government uses as many as 250,000 civilian vehicles, 225,000 post office vehicles, and 173,000 military vehicles. These traveled a combined 4.5 billion miles in 2019, so taking those emissions off the road will be a good thing.

The decision is also part of the Biden administration’s plan to add a million jobs in the automotive sector. The President said he wants to “position America to be the global leader in the manufacture of electric vehicles and their input materials and parts.”

This will also extend to infrastructure, as the President’s plan calls for an investment of billions in adding 550,000 EV charging stations throughout the U.S.

近 10 年未進行大幅度改款的 Land Cruiser,隨著日前測試車於日本當地捕獲,證實新一代消息,如今多數日媒掌握消息表示,日本豐田經銷商即將在 3 月展開預售,說不定最快於 4 月左右就會正式發表。

Land Cruiser 測試車於去年 12 月首度被捕獲,證實即將大改款傳聞。

Toyota Land Cruiser 於海外共有長短軸之分,台灣則是在 2017 年導入第四代的 Prado 短軸版(售價 239 萬元起),縱使為短軸款,但超過 4 米 8 車長,加上 7 人座配置,車室空間表現仍是不俗,而超過 10 年未改款的 Land Cruiser,新一代車型預計在日本市場作首發。

當地豐田經銷商正在籌備上市活動,接單價格為 6,974,000 日圓〈台幣約為 188 萬元〉。新一代 Land Cruiser 將換上 TNGA 模組化平台,車身尺碼將來到 4,970x1,985x1,870mm,長寬都比現行版增加,但車高略為降低,確保更好的越野行駛能力。

軸距預期有所放大,進一步提升車室空間表現,內部預期有 5 人座以及 3 排座椅 8 人座的配置,內裝鋪陳方面更強調科技感,原本的 8 吋觸控螢幕將升級為 12.3 吋,並加入全套最新主動安全系統。

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