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Heritage in focus as Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary debuts

The car is available in a variety of colors, some of which first appeared on the 2000 edition.

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The two-door Lotus Exige has shifted a bit in its place as part of the Lotus lineup over the last 20 years, growing to be a more powerful and deliver top-notch drive dynamics. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the model, Lotus has created the Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary edition.

Though new, the 20th Anniversary edition features retro-inspired looks and exterior features relating back to the 2000 model. It has a body-colored roof, side air intake pods, and rear wing. The car features a black 'shark fin' stone chip protector ahead of the rear wheel.

Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary The car is available in heritage colors with heritage exterior touches and unique 20th anniversary badging.Photo courtesy of Lotus Cars

Inside the nostalgia continues. Buyers can choose from a variety of Alcantara trim options. Each seat features paneled stitching that is reminiscent of that car from 20 years ago.

To celebrate the milestone, Lotus has design a "20th Anniversary" black silhouette logo featuring the profile image of the Series 1. It can be found on the front wings above the side repeaters and on the rear bumper. In the cabin, it is embroidered on the seat backs and embossed on the car's dashboard build plaque. Each model features the logo one the rear wing end--plates as well.

Buyers can purchase the model in their choice from three exterior colors: Chrome Orange, Laser Blue and Calypso Red. All those colors were originally offered on the Exige Series 1. Additionally, Lotus has made Saffron Yellow – a colour reminiscent of the original Norfolk Mustard Yellow – Motorsport Black, and Arctic Silver available.

The car's list of standard equipment includes Nitron three-way adjustable dampers with variable bump and re-bound settings. The car's front splitter, access panel, and tailgate are all carbon fiber.

Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary

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Buyers can opt for DAB digital radio with Bluetooth, cruise control, ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels, an Alcantara steering wheel, carbon fibre sill trim, lightweight lithium-ion battery, and titanium lightweight exhaust for a premium.

The price of the Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary is £79,900 (€83,613), which represents £5,412 worth of extras over the standard Sport 410. The first cars will be with customers in selected international markets later this year.

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The teaser image of the 2027 Kia lineup includes numerous cars and SUVs.

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Kia has revealed plans to launch seven new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2027 in numerous segments. The first, code named CV, will launch in 2021 and serve as the kickoff to a new Kia design direction. The move is known internally as the “Plan S" strategy. Under Plan S, Kia's BEV line will include 11 models by 2025.

The announcement coincides with the company's stated goal of having 25 percent of Kia's global sales come from BEVs by 2029. To do that, the company plans to work to expand the world's electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Kia has sold over 100,000 BEVs worldwide since the company introduced its first model in 2011, the Kia Ray.

Kia Ray EV 2011 The Kia Ray was the company's first production EV.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Plan S includes a company-wide business transformation that will include production, sales, and services. Dealerships will likely be required too invest in equipment to handle the influx of EVs. In the U.S, Kia will increase the number of EV work bays at dealerships to 600 by the end of 2020 and increase the number to more than 2,000 by 2023..

The product plan includes a diverse number of models. The vehicles will include BEVs that are “suitable for urban centers, long-range journeys, and performance driving". They will be based on the company's new adaptable Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The platform will allow for best-in-class interior spaciousness, according to Kia.

Though subscription services have not gained widespread popularity in the U.S., the company is exploring the creation of subscription services, as well as EV battery leasing and rental programs. Other “second life" battery-related businesses may be part of the plan as well.

Kia also plans to add around 500 charging stations in North America, partnering with its dealer networks. Further, the company is seeking a partner in North America to support a larger infrastructure buildout.

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The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross used the Internet of Things to connect to the My Mitsubishi Connect app

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Mitsubishi has enlisted Aeris and Dealer-FX to better connect owners to their vehicles. Using integrations with the Aeris Mobility Services and Dealer-FX ONE platforms, the My Mitsubishi Connect mobile app will now enable Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross drivers to view real-time service and maintenance needs, as reported by their vehicles.

The system will push timely notifications from the vehicle to the app and the owner's smart mobile device allowing them to act in a matter of seconds rather than trying to remember that a warning light cane in while operating the vehicle.

"Mitsubishi customers are dreamers, achievers, entrepreneurs – active in their communities and in their family homes, and their time is extremely valuable," said Mark Chaffin, Chief Operating Officer of MMNA. "The My Mitsubishi Connect app allows us to enhance their experience, be more efficient with their time and continue to demonstrate our commitment to delivering high quality, top value vehicles with leading-edge technology in the U.S."

This isn't the company's first IoT foray. When it debuted, Mitsubishi Road Assist+ was the first hardware-free, smartphone-based app provided by an OEM that allowed owners to realize the cost savings of usage-based insurance without having to own "connected car" with built-in telematics capabilities or aftermarket-installed telematics hardware.

Mitsubishi continues to grow its presence in the U.S. market. The company recently relocated its headquarters from California to the Nashville, Tennessee area near where Renault-Nissan- Mitsubishi Alliance member Nissan has its North American headquarters.

The company recently announced a partnership with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center to create the Small Batch - Big Ideas Entrepreneur Network, which gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from Mitsubishi executives, among other benefits.

The My Mitsubishi Connect and Mitsubishi Road Assist+ apps are currently available on the Google Play store and the Apple's App Store for use on Android and iOS devices.

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