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First Drive: 2017 Kia Niro

Hybrid performance with bigger car comfort and technology.

by on Feb.03, 2017

The 2017 Kia Niro boasts a slick 0.29 coefficient of drag, helping deliver an estimated 50 mpg,

A handful of carmakers have made half-hearted stabs at challenging Toyota’s leadership in the hybrid segment, but that appears to be changing with the arrival of the 2017 Kia Niro.

Kia, the ambitious South Korean carmaker, is intent on mounting a challenge to the iconic Toyota Prius on its home turf with a new a compact utility vehicle that offers a smooth-running hybrid system as well as appealing exterior styling and an interior calibrated to offer a generous amount of space for the driver, passengers and any of their assorted stuff.

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Under the tutelage of Peter Schreyer, the prolific head of advanced design for both Kia and Hyundai, its South Korean partner/rival, Kia has succeeded in bringing a succession of vehicles with distinctive styling and the new Niro fits in with the company’s growing reputation for well-designed vehicles. (more…)

Kia Expanding Green Car Line-up for 2020

Korean maker looking to add seven new green models.

by on Feb.01, 2017

Kia's Michael Sprague said the automaker plans to expand its alternative powertrain line-up to 11 vehicles by 2020.

Kia Motors America expects to increase the number of “green” vehicles with alternative powertrains that it offers in North America from four models to 11 models by 2020.

Michael Sprague, KMA chief operating officer, said the line-up of 11 new green vehicles will include hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles.

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Kia’s newest green vehicle, the hybrid 2018 Kia Niro, which is starring in a spot on the upcoming telecast of the Super Bowl this month even as the company builds up the inventories of the new vehicle. (more…)

Kia Floats Like a Butterfly, Stings Like a Bee with New Stinger Sport Sedan

Koreans turn GT concept into reality.

by on Jan.08, 2017

Kia generated a bit of excitement last night with the debut of its new Stinger sport sedan.

If there’s anyone left who thinks Kia is all about mundane econoboxes they’re in for a shock when they get a good look at the Korean carmaker’s new Stinger sport sedan.

The fastback is based on the wildly popular Kia GT that made its original debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011, the work of Kia’s design chief – and now vice chairman of both Kia and sibling Hyundai – Peter Schreyer.

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Offered with a choice of turbo-four or twin-turbo V-6 options, the new five-door gran turismo debuting at the North American International Auto Show promises to be not just one of Kia’s most visually distinctive models, but also its fastest. It will also be one of the automaker’s most lavishly equipped offerings when it hits the road later this year.

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Kia Bringing Picanto to Geneva Motor Show

New A-segment offering jumping into crowded pool.

by on Jan.06, 2017

Kia's new replacement for the Rio, the Picanto, will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

After an early tease of the Picanto – the replacement for the Rio – Kia decided to provide a little more insight about the new hatchback and where it can be seen this car show season — as well as new pictures.

Kia is unveiling its new Stinger sports car in Detroit and plans to follow that up with the Picano debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The released pics show the Picanto in GT-styling.

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Created by Kia’s design centers in Namyang, Korea, and Frankfurt, Germany, the new Picanto brings youthful and energetic character to the A-segment, claims the automaker. However, city cars are hanging in there despite low gas prices. (more…)

Kia Ready to Spice Up Hot Hatch Market with New Picanto

Maker replacing Rio with updated model.

by on Dec.22, 2016

Kia is offering up an artist's take on its new subcompact hatchback, the Picanto. It plans to reveal the new model early next year.

Kia is looking to make a little noise above and beyond its new sports car, the Stinger, it plans to show off at the Detroit Auto Show — with the new Picanto.

The South Korean automaker released some artist renderings of the new A-segment city car it plans to reveal sometime early next year. No word if that reveal will come at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit or perhaps in Chicago, Geneva or even New York.

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It could be after the Detroit auto show, which would allow the maker’s new Stinger to enjoy the spotlight alone. (more…)

Kia Set to Sting With GT-Inspired Sports Car

Carmaker set to debut Kia Stinger at NAIAS.

by on Dec.22, 2016

After several teases, Kia appears ready to unleash the Stinger, the brand's fastest car ever, in Detroit.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, or so said the late, great Muhammed Ali.

Kia seems to have had a similar philosophy in mind as it went to work on the new sports car it will unveil at the North American International Auto Show in less than three weeks. Set to be the Korean carmaker’s most powerful model ever, it will be dubbed the Kia Stinger, TheDetroitBureau.com has confirmed.

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The fastback is based on the wildly popular Kia GT that made its original debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011, the work of Kia’s design chief – and now vice chairman of both Kia and sibling Hyundai – Peter Schreyer. (more…)

Kia Puts a Little Zip into New Soul

Maker adds turbocharged model to line-up.

by on Nov.15, 2016

Kia unveiled a new, more powerful turbocharged Soul crossover at the L.A. Auto Show.

The Kia Soul has been around for years but even though its basic shape has changed the ambitious South Korean automaker has continued to keep the popular crossover vehicle fresh.

So during the Los Angeles Auto Show, Kia plans to roll out a turbocharged version of the Soul capable of producing 201 horsepower giving one of Kia’s most-popular and most beloved vehicles plenty of zip to go with its easily recognized exterior pizzazz.

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Fans of the Soul had long lobbied for a little more zip in their favorite ride and the 2017 Soul Exclaim delivers, noted Orin Hedrick, Kia Motor America vice president of product planning. (more…)

Kia Wants You to “Live the Autonomous Life” with Four Self-Driving Concepts

Korean carmaker's SEMA Show stand also reveals possible full-size SUV.

by on Nov.03, 2016

Kia is bringing four autonomous vehicle concepts to SEMA, including the Niro Triathlon, which aims to let elite athletes travel comfortably between events.

Like it or not, the age of autonomous driving is fast approaching. And that eventually will mean more than just letting a motorist take hands off the wheel. It could mean some major changes in the way tomorrow’s cars are engineered, with interiors designed to let you do other things while on the road.

Kia is exploring some of those options with a set of four new concept vehicles the Korean carmakers put together for this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas. These range from an autonomous off-road SUV to a mobile recording studio.

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“This year’s SEMA show gives us the opportunity to ponder what the future of living the autonomous life may one day resemble,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president and marketing chief for Kia Motor America. (more…)

Hyundai and Kia Pay $41 Mil to Settle Mileage Case

Korean makers overstated mileage by up to 6 mpg.

by on Oct.28, 2016

Kia overstated the mileage of its Soul by 6 mpg, according to the EPA.

Four years after the two automakers admitted overstating the fuel economy of many of their models by up to 6 mpg, Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motor Corp. will pay $41.2 million to resolve an investigation by 33 state attorneys general.

That’s on top of $350 million the two Korean carmakers paid as part of a settlement with federal regulators two years ago, and millions more in compensation and settlements paid to vehicle owners.

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While the maker made no admission of violating any laws, the latest settlement “recognizes that fuel economy is a consideration in many car-buying decisions, and (Hyundai) remains committed to being responsive to customer concerns about our revised fuel economy ratings,” said David Zuchowski of the company’s U.S. operations. (more…)

Kia Brings Rio to Paris

Maker ready to make impact in Europe's biggest market.

by on Sep.29, 2016

Kia's new Rio subcompact, which competes in Europe's toughest market, features a new exterior design.

Kia, which has used a combination of eye-catching design and new technology to win over customers, rolled out a updated version of its Rio subcompact passenger car during previews for the Paris Auto Show.

The new Kia Rio, one of the ambitious South Korean automaker’s key vehicles – it accounts for 16% of the company’s global sales – made its world debut in Paris at the 2016 Mondial de l’Automobile.

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The fourth generation offers B-segment buyers, with new design both inside and out, a package of practicality and convenience, safety technology, new connectivity features and more engaging ride and handling in keeping with the automaker’s efforts to improve its suspensions and chassis in the wake of some intense criticism. (more…)