|That scorching new electrical Kia GT is a glimpse into right this moment’s trade drama|
Kia unveiled its new EV6 GT mannequin Friday on the annual high-end auto occasion in Monterey, Calif. We inform you about it on Web page 1 this week as a result of it is attention-grabbing information — but additionally as a result of it serves as a portal into the various dramas of right this moment’s automobile enterprise.
The EV6 GT is an electrical automobile from a mass-market model, however it’s stoked with 576 hp and a 3.4-second zero-to-60.
There are different efficiency EVs immediately popping out, and you’ll see them scattered via this week’s challenge. Take a look at Vince Bond Jr.’s Web page 1 piece on the newly revealed Charger Daytona SRT from Dodge. It is an electrical muscle-car idea. Who knew there can be such a factor?
However why not? Electrification is a brand new ballgame. The trade is flying into it and you’ll examine all the brand new EVs simply now being unveiled on a number of pages of this challenge.
However there’s additionally uncertainty within the combine.
We inform you this week concerning the confusion over the nation’s gargantuan new Inflation Discount Act, with its guidelines on what fashions will get EV tax credit and the various that will not. The IRA will seemingly fire up all kinds of recent auto trade realities.
But it surely additionally places a query mark over product planning. On Web page 31, we lay out our intel on the long run product plans of Korea’s sibling manufacturers, Kia, Hyundai and Genesis. The group is aggressively rolling out new EVs in lots of styles and sizes — like that new one in Monterey. However you must marvel … is all of it topic to alter now that the federal authorities has rewritten the foundations on tax credit?
We’ll be watching these developments. And so will a whole lot of the people we highlight this week within the 2022 class of Automotive Information Rising Stars. The up-and-coming auto trade professionals we’re honoring on this week’s challenge face a future that’s churning with product and know-how change. Overwhelmingly, this group of achievers goes to be dealing of their careers with merchandise and plans that hardly even exist right this moment.
This second is the hearth that may forge us all.
— Lindsay Chappell