SAN FRANCISCO – Kia Motors of America Inc. launches its all-new Sportage small cross/utility vehicle (CUV) at its 650 U.S. dealers this month, signaling a return to the marketplace after a 2-year hiatus. Introduced in 1994 along with the now-discontinued Spectra, Sportage sales peaked at 62,400 in 2000, but it was discontinued after the ’03 model year. Sportage exterior styling lacks "wow" element but is clean and contemporary. Kia officials say Sportage was held back because the ...

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