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For about 100 years, internal combustion engines—spark- and compression-ignition types—have been dominant. But now, they’re joined by—or with—electric motors. And the ways and means to improve the performance of all types of engines are being driven like never before.

According to Orth Hedrick, Kia Motors America vice president of Product Planning, all-wheel-drive is an increasingly important offering for compact CUVs. Kia worked with Magna Powertrain  to develop the Dynamax AWD coupling that’s used in the Sportage.
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The 2017 Kia Sportage

Kia Motors America COO and executive vice president says this crossover is “crafted for the urban pioneer.” And it is designed and engineered for competing in one of the hottest segments in the overall auto market.

Design, She Said

Renault is introducing the new Grand Scenic today, so we’re going to take this opportunity to show some sketches that were made by the Renault design team during the development of the new Scenic, a team headed by Agneta Dahlgren, Groupe Renault’s Head of Design for C-Segment and Electric Vehicles, who, incidentally, was named Woman of the Year 2016 by WAVE (Women and Vehicles in Europe) last week.

Not the Kind of Hybrid You Might Expect

Chances are, when you think of a “hybrid” vehicle you think of something like this, the Prius: Chances are really good you don’t think of something like this, a Class 8 drayage truck (a truck that moves cargo a short distance, such from a ship to a warehouse) from Mack Trucks: But that truck is actually a hybrid vehicle that Mack Trucks has developed and is testing, in a project led by the California South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.