The Kia Sportage, now beginning a year-long hiatus, plans to return to the U.S. market in mid-2004 with a unibody structure, company insiders tell Ward’s. The first-generation Sportage is a body-on-frame compact SUV, but many of its competitors, such as Toyota Motor Corp. with its RAV-4, have favored a car-based offering for that segment. The last units of the Sportage are being sold off. The Sportage replacement is due to arrive sometime after June 2004 as an ’05 model and ...

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