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New Ford Focus Finally Launches in Southeast Asia

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For the first time in more than a decade, the world gets just one Ford Focus, rather than several regionalized versions. But before it can truly claim the title as Ford‘s global compact sedan, the car needs to be sold in every relevant market, or at least have the same reach as the last-gen Focus had. Making its Southeast Asian debut at the 2012 Bangkok Motor Show in Thailand, the new Focus takes one step closer to helping Ford realize its “One Ford” strategy.

The Southeast Asian version of the third-gen Ford Focus is virtually identical to its North American and European counterparts, sporting the same athletic look and the same interior design. It comes available with Ford’s new Duratec 2.0 litre Ti-VCT GDi engine, which at 170 PS and 200 Nm of torque, offers almost 20 percent more power than the 2.0 litre Duratec in the old model. The engine is mated to a six-speed, dual dry-clutch PowerShift transmission with paddle shifters.

Also available is the Duratec 1.6-litre Ti-VCT engine found in the smaller Ford Fiesta. That engine can be had with either a six-speed Ford PowerShift transmission or a five-speed iB5 manual gearbox.

The latest Ford Focus is equipped with more affordable smart technologies and features, including the Ford SYNC hands-free, voice-activated in-car connectivity system. Other smart features, some of which are first-in-market for ASEAN, include Active Park Assist, Active City Stop, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and Smart Keyless Entry.

The new Ford Focus will be offered in both sedan and five-door hatchback variants. It will go on sale in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and several other markets in the region. Available features may vary from country to country.

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First Genesis Electric Car Is Coming In 2021

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The Korean premium marque is moving very quickly with its electrification program.

Genesis has confirmed that it’s first electric car will release in 2021, and it will be based on an all-new EV platform.

In an interview with Australia’s Drive, the company confirmed that its first electric car is almost here. While it’s not exactly known what form the model will take, the company is believed to be working on both a sedan and SUV to compete with Tesla head-on, and a production version of the Mint hatchback concept (pictured) is also reportedly in the pipeline.

Genesis is expected to even utilize parent company Hyundai’s world-leading hydrogen technology for a number of fuel cell vehicles to complement its lineup of battery-powered vehicles.

“We are very well positioned with alternative technologies. For now we are focused on the near term,” Manfred Fitzgerald, global boss of the Genesis brand stated. “In 2021 we have our first fully dedicated new EV platform… We are moving very fast on this.”

What do you want to see from Genesis’ first electric car?

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Kia Seltos Is A New Small SUV For The World

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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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New, 2020 Hyundai Venue Small SUV Looks Like A Winner For Hyundai

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New, 2020 Hyundai Venue Small SUV

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The Venue has the style, content and substance to be a big sales winner.

Unveiled at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, the all-new Hyundai Venue is a small SUV that’s dressed up to win, offering buyers plenty of style inside and out, a comprehensive suite of safety and convenience technologies, and the everyday versatility SUVs are known for, and all at an affordable price.

The Venue comes with an all-encompassing suite of advanced safety technologies to help keep driver and passengers safe on the road. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, and Rear Collision Cross-Traffic Warning all help to ease the anxiety of driving in heavily congested areas, while Lane Keeping Assist and a Driver Attention Warning system detect when you’re not paying attention or suffering from fatigue, helping ensure you’re alert alert and in the right lane.

The tech features extend into the Venue’s interior, which comes with an 8-inch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 3.5” TFT instrument cluster display, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, and real-Time Traffic when you opt for the available navigation system.

Models equipped with remote-start benefit from Hyundai Blue Link integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, allowing you to remotely start the car and operate climate control functions by simply inputting your Blue Link Personal Identification Number into either app.

The Venue is powered by Hyundai’s fuel-efficient Smartstream Gamma 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The Dual-Port Fuel Injection engine received several design changes to increase fuel efficiency, including an Integrated Thermal Management System, Maximized Thermal Efficiency, and Cooling System Optimization.

The engine can be mated to either an Intelligent Variable Transmission automatic transmission or a six-speed manual transmission, and Hyundai estimates a combined city / highway fuel economy of up to 33 miles per gallon in the United States.

New, 2020 Hyundai Venue Small SUV, cargo area

Seeing as the Venue is an SUV, expect lots of cargo space for a car its size. Each version of the Venue comes standard with a 60/40-split flat-folding backseat that makes it easy to make room for extra luggage or that cute piece of furniture you’re trying to bring home. The cargo area floor also features two levels — one is flush with the base of the seats and the other sits at a lower position to allow you to fit taller items. A rear covering shelf keeps your valuables hidden from prying eyes.

Curious as to why Hyundai gave their latest SUV the name Venue? We asked our friends at Winner Hyundai (Dover, DE) and they said that “a venue is typically somewhere people want to be seen in” and the all-new 2020 Venue is definitely ‘the place to be’ while you’re on your way to your next destination.

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