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Third-Gen Kia Forte Hitting All the Marks

The new sedan is best handling, most efficient model yet.

by on Jan.15, 2018

The third-generation Kia Forte is the automaker's best version of the sedan yet.

Kia Motors America revealed during the press preview for the North American International Auto Show an all-new the third generation Forte, which the South Korean automaker’s executives described as more comfortable, more fuel-efficient and equipped with more sophisticated technology in the compact segment.

The 2019 Kia Forte also comes with a more polished exterior design and is longer and wider than the previous iteration of the Forte, which is still one of the company’s most popular vehicles even amid the steady movement of cars buyers into crossover and sport utility vehicles.

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It also integrates new driver assistance technology. In addition, the Forte comes with an all-new powertrain that utilizes Kia’s own version to a continuously variable transmission set to deliver an estimated 35 MPG combined.  (more…)

Kia Niro EV Set to Deliver Tesla-Like Range

Production model joins Kia hybrid and plug-in later this year.

by on Jan.09, 2018

The Kia Niro EV will be available later this year and boasts range comparable to the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3.

Late to the “eco” party, Kia is rushing to catch up, revealing the new member of its Niro family during a preview at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Like much of the Korean carmaker’s current line-up, the new EV features stand-out styling – while not opting for the sci-fi look that many competitors have adopted for their own battery-based models. Instead, the Kia Niro EV is designed to address several problems that have put off many potential battery-car buyers: range and charging times.

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The production version of the Niro EV, which will reach showrooms later this year, will deliver an estimated 238 miles per charge, roughly the same as the Chevrolet Bolt EV and more than the Tesla Model 3. Meanwhile, using a Level 3 charger, the Korean electric vehicle will be able to extend its range by 115 miles in 30 minutes. (more…)

CES Focus Shifts From Smartphones, Smart TVs to Smart Cars

“The potential applications of...technology are incredible."

by on Jan.08, 2018

A Nissan engineer monitors a volunteer's brain activity while testing new brain-to-vehicle software.

Anyone who has driven a relatively recent-vintage vehicle has probably experienced the benefits – and occasional snags – of using voice control to plug in a destination, dial a call or change the radio station. But Nissan’s IMx concept vehicle aims to take things a step further. It uses brain-to-vehicle technology to respond to what the driver is thinking.

“The potential applications of the technology are incredible,” helping motorists relax more while driving, while also improving vehicle safety, said Dr. Lucian Gheorghe, senior innovation researcher at the Nissan Research Center in Japan.

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While you’re not likely to see Nissan’s B2V technology wind up in showrooms for at least five to 10 more years, the automaker plans to demonstrate its potential during the CES show in Las Vegas next week. And Nissan won’t be alone. Formerly known as the Consumer Electronic Show, the annual gathering traditionally focused on gizmos and gadgets, smartphones, TVs, computers and drones. But over the last few years, it has become a showcase for the auto industry, as well.

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Kia to Reveal New EV Concept at CES

Niro derivative expected to deliver over 100 miles per charge.

by on Jan.04, 2018

Kia's offered a teaser look at its latest concept vehicle, which will debut at the Consumer Electronics Show next week.

Kia plans to reveal an all-electric concept vehicle during a news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week.

CES 2018 will see a flood of presentations by automakers as they reveal what they expect to be tomorrow’s breakthrough technologies, with an emphasis on electrification, autonomous driving and mobility services. Kia will not only roll out an EV concept but also show its “vision” for other technologies and services, the company said.

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“Virtual reality, self-driving cars, and full vehicle connectivity were all once considered technologies of the distant future,” said Woong-cheol Yang, vice chairman and head of Hyundai-Kia R&D Center. “As they rapidly become a reality, Kia is exploring how to adapt these new technologies for its customers. At CES we will share our strategy and vision for future mobility, and exhibit a range of advanced technologies that our customers can look forward to.” (more…)

Hyundai, Kia See Pressure on Sales in 2018

South Korean automakers predicting tough sales year ahead.

by on Jan.02, 2018

Hyundai's efforts to expand into new market segments comes as sales growth is expected to get tougher.

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors expect only limited growth in 2018 as global auto sales slow perceptibly during the new year, the company’s senior executives said in a “New Year’s Day” message to employees.

The South Korean auto giant, which ranks fifth by global sales, is targeting sales of 7.55 million vehicles. However, Hyundai-Kia is likely to have missed its sales target for the third consecutive year in 2017 as it sold 7.25 million units this past year, according to estimates by analysts.

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“Global auto demand growth is expected to stagnate this year, with demand seen shrinking in major markets like the U.S., China and Europe,” Yoon Yeo-chul, Hyundai’s vice chairman, said in a New Year’s speech to employees. (more…)