This week's gossip from the automotive industry brings news of a more dynamic Kia Optima, bolder styling for future Skoda models, and a concept version of a Lamborghini SUV built exclusively for racing.
Kia's handling ambitions
Kia has put an improved chassis set-up for the Optima range, especially the hybrid saloon, on the ‘to do’ list for handling guru Albert Biermann (who also doubles as boss of sister firm Hyundai’s N performance brand).
Kia’s flagship saloon was developed before Biermann’s arrival, but his work on vehicle integrity has ensured that the new Ceed has a better ride/ handling balance, which is an improvement that’s now on the cards for the Optima.
New look for Skoda
Skoda will introduce bolder styling in the future, but design chief Oliver Stefani insists its vehicles will continue to prioritise practicality and function. The new ‘smart understatement’ design language will be seen first on the forthcoming Scala family hatch. Stefani said: “Skoda values have always been functionality, usability and practicality. We’d like to add more emotion.”