Welcome to The Grid, R&T’s quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
The Kia K5 Replaces The Optima With 290 HP and a Dual-Clutch
Kia says its new mid-sizer is a proper sports sedan. The Optima-replacing K5 will be available with a new 2.5-liter turbo four-cylinder paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch, and that sounds like a good combo to us. That powertrain is exclusive to the GT model, while the rest of the K5 lineup gets a 1.6-liter turbo-four and an eight-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is optional, and as we’ve come to expect from Kia, there are lots of great safety and tech features available. We look forward to testing the K5’s sport-sedan credentials, and for more info on it, head over to Autoweek.
Alex Zanardi Had Additional Surgery This Week
Racing legend Alex Zanardi has been in a medically induced coma since his horrific hand-cycling accident a few weeks ago, and earlier this week, he underwent additional surgery. Racer reports that the two-and-a-half hour procedure was completed on Monday and afterwards, the hospital announced that his condition remains serious, but stable. Zanardi is one of the strongest people alive, and we’re pulling for him.
Hyundai Reports 22 Percent Sales Drop
The coronavirus pandemic had a serious effect on U.S. car sales, though things are slowly starting to come back. Automotive News says that Hyundai reported a 22 percent year-over-year sales drop for the month of June, which is the second smallest drop since the pandemic slowed the U.S. economy and forced the temporary stoppage of auto production. Other automakers are expected to report June results either today, or later this week.
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