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Honda Developing Fit-based Small Crossover

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The subcompact crossover segment, first initiated by the likes of the Nissan Juke, has garnered a lot of attention lately. Ford, with its Ecosport crossover, and GM, with the upcoming Buick Encore, Chevrolet Trax and Opel Mokka, are just the latest automakers to answer the call for such vehicles. Now it seems Honda wants in on the action.

The Japanese automaker has announced that it will build a new crossover-like vehicle based on the next-generation Honda Fit (‘Jazz’ in world markets) subcompact hatchback. The model will primarily be geared towards Europe and Asia.

As per Honda’s press release:

Honda Sub-Compact Vehicles:
Within two years after the initial global market introduction of the all-new Fit
starting in 2013, Honda will globally roll-out Fit, City and a new compact SUV
model. Honda will begin producing Fit and a derivative model at the new plant in Mexico that will become operational in spring 2014.

Honda is hoping that the new compact crossover, along with a slew of all-new vehicles, will help it double its global sales to more than 6 million units by 2017. The company’s sales in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012 amounted to approximately 3.1 million units.

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Hyundai Santa Cruz Will Look Like No Other Hyundai

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Hyundai-Santa Cruz pickup Truck Concept

The Korean pickup won’t look like the concept, but it will be distinctive.

Hyundai has apparently had a change of styling direction late in the development of the Santa Cruz pickup. While the concept featured a bold design language that was in line with Hyundai’s cars and crossovers, especially the front end, the production model will look like no other Hyundai.

In an interview with , Hyundai’s head of global design, SangYup Lee, suggested that company has adopted a new company design ethos that aims to turn more heads rather than make all models instantly recognizable as a Hyundai.

In other words, Hyundai has decided to ditch the Russian doll styling theme that has taken over the industry in order to inject more excitement into its lineup.

Lee added that the production Santa Cruz “will be a lot more distinctive” and have “a lot more character” than the concept. It will still be a crossover-based pickup truck like the Honda Ridgeline, one possibly sharing a platform with the Tucson, “but the look of it is a lot more progressive.”

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Baltimore Man Buys The First Hyundai Kona Electric In America

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New Hyundai Kona Electric First Buyer

The crossover is one of the first long-range electric vehicles to be sold by an established automaker.

The Hyundai Kona Electric is finally on sale in the United States, and the first one went to a lucky buyer in Baltimore, Maryland.

Donald Small, director of pediatric oncology at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, took the keys in a small ceremony held by Hyundai.

He is a true green enthusiasts who has driven an electric vehicle for more than seven years, and his family has taken other measures to reduce their carbon footprint.

“As a strong advocate for eco-friendly living — which includes doing my part to reduce carbon emissions from the energy we consume — I’ve equipped my home with 64 solar panels connected to the utility power grid, and the sur renewable energy we produce is fed onto the grid.” Dr. Donald Small said. “By implementing renewable energy generation with net-metering, we rely less on the grid and produce more than 90% of our energy use.”

The Kona Electric is among the first of a growing list of long-range electric vehicles from mainstream automakers with mass-market price tags. It can travel for up to 258 miles (415 km) on a single charge, and has a starting price of $37,495 (before government incentives) for the 2020 model year.

Hyundai has not disclosed specific production numbers, but considering that General Motors has admitted that it’s some years away from making any money from EVs like the Chevrolet Bolt, it wouldn’t be surprising if availability of the Kona Electric remains relatively limited if it’s not it’s losing money for the company.

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

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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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