KIA has revealed details of the intensive hot weather development tests for the all-new Kia Sportage
KIA has revealed details of the intensive hot weather development tests for the all-new Kia Sportage — part of its rigorous vehicle testing programme.
The all-new Sportage made its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show, and will go on sale next year.
Engineers have been testing the Sportage in Death Valley — one of the hottest places on earth, with temperatures rising as high as 56C (132F) in the summer months.
This stage of testing means Kia can develop cars designed to operate in the harshest environments.
For the all-new Sportage’s hot weather test, particular focus has been placed on developing its heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
In addition to the demands placed on the car by the extreme conditions of Death Valley, Kia also carries out a series of hot weather tests at the company’s own North American testing facility — the Mojave Proving Ground located deep within California’s Mojave desert.