Hyundai begins new EV brand build-up, New Isuzu D-Max revealed, Kia’s OVO Energy e-Niro deal

Hyundai begins build-up to new electric brand

Hyundai has revealed the first teaser images of its new Ioniq 5, the first in its new line-up of Ioniq-branded electric vehicles.

The 5 is a crossover-style car and will, in time, gain a range of siblings under the Ioniq nameplate.

Detail is currently scarce on the new model, which will be properly unveiled next month.

“Ioniq 5 presents an all-new customer experience through innovative EV design that is evocative of the icon that established Hyundai’s design DNA,” said SangYup Lee, senior vice president and head of Hyundai Global Design Center. “Beginning with Ioniq 5, our dedicated BEV line-up brand will redefine the relationship between people and their cars, establishing a new standard against which all BEV design experiences will be measured.”

All-new Isuzu D-Max pick-up revealed

Isuzu has released details and images of its new D-Max pick-up, with the new model arriving in showrooms in March.

Isuzu D-Max 2021The Japanese brand is claiming “superior levels of comfort and refinement” have been added to its new model, while the elevated front end and sharper styling are designed to create a “more imposing’ presence.

The company is also claiming improved refinement and reduced road noise, as well as improved off-road capability.

Power comes from a 164hp diesel engine offered with either manual or automatic transmission, the latter claimed to now offer 25% faster gearchanges, and the pick-up comes in three body shapes of single, extended cab and double cab, and four trim levels, as well as 4×2 or 4×4 traction.

OVO Energy takes 40 Kia e-Niros

OVO Energy has taken on 40 electric Kia e-Niro models for its field force, citing the 282-mile official range, spacious interior, practicality and standard specification as the key reasons behind the decision.

Kia e-Niro OVO Energy 2021“We’re excited to expand our Field Force team’s fleet, with Kia’s e-Niro electric vehicles, building on our commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions from our own operations by 2030,” said OVO Energy field operations director Ben Guest.

OVO Energy has signed up to the EV100 scheme, pledging to have an all-electric fleet by 2030.




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