News Briefs – Kia, Dodge, Ford

Kia to Introduce New Larger SUV
Kia Motor Company of Korea will import its new sport-utility vehicle, the Sorento. Larger than the Sportage, Kia’s other SUV, the Sorento is Kia’s ninth new model for the U.S. market. It will be powered by a 192-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine. BorgWarner is supplying the four-wheel-drive transfer case, called TorqTransfer System. Tow ratings were not yet available.

Dodge Debuts Its 2003 Ram 2500 &; 3500
Dodge recently showed its new 2003 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups at the Chicago Auto Show. Styling is similar to the already introduced 1500 series. The heavier trucks will offer a new 5.7-liter Hemi Magnum V-8 engine rated at 345 hp.

Ford Admits to Head Gasket Problems

Ford spokesman Todd Nissen recently made public that the company is trying to remedy a defect that is the source of oil leaks from certain 5.4-liter V-8 engines, which were used primarily in 1999 F-series pickups. The models affected also include certain Expeditions, Econoline vans and Lincoln Navigators, all of which are popular among trailerists. Nissen stated that there is an oil-seepage problem, but that it does not affect every engine. Owners should contact their dealer for further information or questions.

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