Kia enhances 2014 Optima Hybrid

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Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the 2014 Optima Hybrid mid-size sedan at the Chicago Auto Show last week. The 2014 Optima Hybrid builds upon the advancements of its gasoline-powered sibling, which went on sale in late-fall of last year. The design upgrades on the gasoline-powered 2014 Optima are retooled for the hybrid to increase fuel efficiency.

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2014 Kia Optima Hybrid Updated: Aerodynamic Tweaks And More

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The 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid was unveiled at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show today, with aerodynamic tweaks and a few other updates. Kia''s hybrid mid-size sedan gets a few small changes to increase efficiency and keep its styling current. It''s not surprising that the changes are minor; the car had already received significant mechanical and packaging

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2015 Kia Soul EV: Animals, Electrons, Maroon 5 (Video)

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A new video posted last Wednesday uses Kia''s now-familiar supersized hamsters to market the new 2015 Kia Soul EV. DON''T MISS: 2015 Kia Soul EV Electric Car Unveiled At Chicago Auto Show The Korean

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2015 Kia Soul EV Electric Car Enters Production

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Kia''s Soul hamsters haven''t just got fitter with the latest generation car--they''ve gone green, too. At the heart of the Kia Soul EV is a 192-cell, 27 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

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2015 Kia Soul EV Electric Car Unveiled At Chicago Auto Show

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Call it electric Soul: Kia took the wraps off its first electric car to be sold in the U.S. this morning, officially launching the 2015 Kia Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show. The Soul EV was one of three Kia vehicles featured at the Chicago show.

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2015 Kia Soul EV Video Road Test

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The Hamsters are back, and they''re performing a science experiment that resulted in this: the 2015 Kia Soul EV. Let''s start with what makes the Soul EV different from any other Kia Soul to date: the powertrain. It’s one of the newest electric cars on the market, but what''s it like to use? It’s driven by an 80-kilowatt electric motor

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KIA prices 2015 Soul EV starting at $33,700

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Kia Motors America (KMA) announced pricing for the all-electric version of the Kia Soul. Earlier post.)

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Kia introduces new mild hybrid powertrain, 7-speed DCT

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Kia’s 48V mild hybrid system uses a lead-carbon battery. Kia revealed a new mild hybrid powertrain as well as its new 7-speed DCT at the Geneva Motor Show. The mild hybrid powertrain will be available on new diesel and gasoline production cars from Kia in the near future.

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TÜV Nord scores Kia Soul EV as emitting 39.7% fewer whole life GHGs than diesel counterpart

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TÜV Nord, an independent technical inspection organization, has certified the new Kia Soul EV according to the ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) standard. Kia Soul EV. Kia’s Gwangju plant has been ISO 50001-certified since 2012, with other facilities due to follow.

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2015 Kia Soul EV: 'Recharge Your Soul' Video Kicks Off Marketing

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The first 2015 Kia Soul EV electric cars won''t reach U.S. MORE: 2015 Kia Soul EV Electric Car dealers until sometime between July and September, and then only in selected regions (for which read "California").

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Kia unveils Soul EV at Chicago Auto Show

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Kia Motors America (KMA) introduced the 2015 Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show. Scheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of 2014, the Soul EV will be Kia’s first battery-electric car sold in the US. Soul EV. Click to enlarge.

2015 Kia Soul EV: Best Car To Buy 2015 Nominee

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The fourth of our five nominees for Green Car Reports'' 2015 Best Car To Buy award is the new 2015 Kia Soul EV. and an adaptation of the popular compact "tall wagon" that was entirely redesigned for the 2014 model year. It''s the Korean maker''s first-ever electric car sold in the U.S., DON''T MISS: Green Car Reports'' 2015 Best Car To Buy: The

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Kia reveals details on first electric car

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The market’s first fully electric crossover car is to come with a class-leading battery energy density of 200 wh/kg, according to the vehicle’s makers, Kia. Electric cars Kia

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Kia introduces two e-bike prototypes at Geneva

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Kia unveiled two prototype electric bikes today at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show—70 years on from the vehicle manufacturer’s inception as Korea’s first mass producer of bicycles and coinciding with the European debut of the firm’s first globally-available electric vehicle:the Soul EV.

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Kia Niro: Subcompact Hybrid Urban Concept At Chicago Auto Show

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Kia''s Niro concept, a subcompact-sized urban hybrid, is making its U.S. First unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, the Niro points the way to possible future models for Kia, a potential rival for models like the Nissan Juke and upcoming Honda Fit-based crossover. It''s the latest take on Kia''s debut at the Chicago Auto Show today.

Kia Soul EV arrives in the UK

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Kia’s new electric Soul has gone on sale in the UK, priced from £24,995 after a government grant of £5,000. Electric cars Kia Editor Pick That places it £3,445 above the price of the range-topping model of the existing combustion Soul range, with the Soul 1.6

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2015 Kia Soul EV: First Drive Of Newest Electric Car

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And while their geeky, sexy, danceable ''science experiment'' is definitely memorable, after driving the 2015 Kia Soul EV we have to wonder if perhaps the Energizer Bunny would have been a better cheer-creature. The hamsters are back in Kia’s ads for its new Soul EV all-electric hatchback.

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Electric Kia Soul coming 2014?

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A battery-powered version of the Kia Soul compact SUV will go on sale in 2014, according to Headline Auto. Based on the new generation Soul which went on sale this month, the electric Soul will mark Kia’s first fully electric model to launch in the European market. Kia admits that its experience of producing electric [.]. Kia Europe Kia Soul

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Kia Soul Electric Car Due In 2014?

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The 2013 Kia Soul hasn't really registered with those of us concerned about fuel economy and emissions. However, the Soul could get a lot greener in 2014, as Kia has apparently confirmed an electric version will make production in a few years That's despite the Soul Eco achieving a respectable 36 mpg highway and 32 combined in EPA testing.

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Kia Optima Diesel Mild Hybrid Planned, But Not For U.S. Market

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The Kia Optima Hybrid has been the Korean brand''s green-car mainstay for four years now, but now Kia is taking its hybrid technology in a new direction--at least for some parts of the world. Kia is preparing a mild-hybrid version of the Optima, fitted with a diesel engine, most likely aimed at the European market. The Kia Optima Mild Hybrid

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2015 Kia Soul EV: Estimated 93 Miles Of Range, Priced Under $35,000 Or $249 A Month

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Kia has announced pricing for the 2015 Soul EV, the company''s first mass-market electric car. The 2015 Kia Soul EV will start at $34,500 in base price, not including the $7,500 Federal tax credit for electric cars, or any available state and local incentives. That price buys a Base model that includes features such as navigation, a rearview

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Kia Soul EV achieves top environmental standard

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Kia’s new Soul EV has achieved an important environmental benchmark for its lifecycle assessment; meaning that the car’s impact on the environment is minimised throughout its lifespan.

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Kia Niro B-segment hybrid concept makes US debut in Chicago

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Kia’s Niro urban lifestyle concept vehicle, unveiled last September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, made its US debut at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. Kia Niro. The concept is powered by a variant of Kia’s turbocharged 1.6-liter Gamma engine, capable of 160 hp (119 kW).

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Hyundai-Kia Topples Honda For UCS 'Greenest Automaker' Title

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Honda has long had the reputation of offering fuel-efficient, relatively green vehicles--but this year, it has lost the "Greenest Automaker" laurels that it''s held since 1998 to an upstart: Hyundai-Kia. The latest award, detailed in a report that''s now been issued six times by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), rates the environmental

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UCS analysis finds Hyundai-Kia with best sales-weighted new vehicle environmental performance in US in 2013

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In its sixth sales-weighted analysis of emissions from 8 major automakers’ 2013 model year vehicles, the Union of Concerned Scientists’ (UCS) latest Automaker Rankings report found that Hyundai-Kia unseated Honda as the “Greenest Automaker.” Click to enlarge.

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Mercedes S-Class Plug-In Driven, Nissan Batteries, Kia Soul EV: The Week In Reverse

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We test a plug-in version of the largest, most luxurious Mercedes sedan, wonder if Nissan is charting a change in the direction of its battery sourcing, and get some of the numbers that matter for the Kia Soul EV.

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Kia Optima T-Hybrid mild diesel hybrid concept for Paris features 48V system, lead-carbon battery

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Among the vehicles Kia brings to the Paris Motor Show will be the Kia Optima T-Hybrid concept, the first demonstration of Kia’s new diesel-electric mild hybrid technology. Kia is targeting a reduction in fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions by 15-20% with the new powertrain, which is still under development. The current Kia Optima 1.7 The Kia Optima T-Hybrid is able to run on electricity alone at low and constant speeds.

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Kia launches hybrid and electric cars

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It was a monumental day for Kia at the Chicago Auto Show - as it unveiled its first ever mass production electric car and a new hybrid car. Electric cars Kia

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Kia Soul EV undergoes winter testing

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The Winter Olympics may be in full swing in Sochi, but Kia has turned to northern Sweden to put its innovative new drivetrain through its paces.

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Kia to show off Optima T-Hybrid concept in Paris

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Kia has announced that it will debut the new Optima diesel-electric mild hybrid at next week’s Paris Motor Show. Hybrid cars Kia

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Kia begins Soul EV production: coming to the UK soon

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Kia’s first fully electric car is now rolling off the production lines as the carmaker begins construction of the new model at its Gwangju facility in Korea. Electric cars Kia Editor Pick

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Kia Soul EV honoured with UL environmental certification

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Kia has been recognised for its use of bio-based materials in its first electric car; the soon-to-launch Soul EV. The Korean brand plans to launch a battery-powered version of its popular compact MPV later this year.

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Navigant Research forecasts new EV global sales of > 346,000 units in 2014; 10 predictions for the year

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During 2014, the global plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) industry is poised to grow by 86% and will surpass more than 346,000 new vehicles sold, according to a new white paper—“ Electric Vehicles: 10 Predictions for 2014 ”—published by Navigant Research.

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Hyundai And Kia Target # 2 Slot In Green Vehicles By 2020

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While they had to backpedal on misstated gas-mileage figures over the last couple of years, Hyundai and Kia are moving forward with ambitious green-car plans regardless. The corporately-conjoined Korean carmakers are aiming for the global number two slot in green vehicles by 2020 (after hybrid powerhouse Toyota, presumably). RELATED: Ford, Hyundai

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Kia using SK Innovation NCM Li-ion cells in Soul EV

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Kia is using lithium-ion polymer battery cells supplied by SK Inovation in the battery pack for the new Soul EV ( earlier post ). Engineers from Kia developed the pack with 192 SK lithium-ion polymer battery cells in eight modules, for a total capacity of 27 kWh.

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2015 Kia Soul EV: Details From Execs Who Brought It To The U.S.

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The upcoming 2015 Kia Soul EV is not only the Korean carmaker''s first battery-electric vehicle sold in the U.S., Launched last week at the Chicago Auto Show, it adds a new and much greener model to the very popular second generation of the Kia Soul "tall wagon." MORE: 2015 Kia it''s also one of less than a dozen all-electric cars offered for sale.

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More PEV pipeline hints: Hyundai/Kia PHEVs in 2015

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Hyundai is also commercializing hydrogen fuel cell technology with the Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle ( earlier post ), while Kia has recently introduced the Soul EV ( earlier post ). Adding to the list of informally announced plug-in vehicles ( earlier post ), the Yonhap News Agency last week cited Yang Woong-Chul, R&D vice chairman at Hyundai Motor Group, as saying that the group will introduce plug-in hybrid versions of its popular Sonata and K5 (Optima) midsize sedans in 2015.

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Hyundai And Kia Evaluate Offering Diesels For Fuel Economy In U.S. Cars

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Hyundai and Kia sell hybrids, an electric car, and a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle in the U.S.--the the latter two in limited numbers--but there''s one green-car avenue the Korean automakers haven''t explored yet. DON''T MISS: Fewer Gas Stations, But More Diesel Pumps, As Diesel Sales Rise Both brands offer diesels in other markets, and are now reportedly

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Kia to reveal new mild hybrid system

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While the media has been awash with reports about the new Kia Soul EV and a refreshed Kia Optima Hybrid, the Korean carmaker has also announced plans to introduce new hybrid technology at the Geneva Motor Show.

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2015 Kia Soul EV Electric Car Rated: 93 Miles Range, 105 MPGe

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The very first 2015 Kia Soul EV electric cars are now being sold in California, adding a 19th plug-in vehicle to that state''s market. And its final EPA range and efficiency ratings may drive buyers in other states to demand that they get the chance to buy it too. Given the apparent desire for plug-in family vehicles, this tall wagon may come

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2014 Kia Soul Revealed At NY Auto Show, Live Photos

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It might not look too different from the old model, but the car you're looking at here is the new 2014 Kia Soul. The Sould might have dropped a few MPG in Kia and Hyundai's gas mileage fiasco but there was little wrong with the way it looked, and the new car simply incorporates a few cues from last year's Kia Track'ster concept.

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2014 Nissan Cube: The Last Year On Sale For Funky Tall Wagon?

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While Toyota''s Scion xB really invented the modern "tall wagon" category, the runaway sales champion in the segment is the Kia Soul. And among the also-rans sits the even-funkier-than-Soul 2014 Nissan Cube, with its asymmetric wraparound rear window and small dash-top panel for growing grass. Sales figures for the Cube have been dismal--just 5,461

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Hyundai, Kia To Pay $300 Million For Gas-Mileage Testing Errors

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Gas-mileage ratings issued by Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia have been the topic of investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for some time now. The companies were accused of misstating fuel-economy figures on the window stickers of certain 2011, 2012, and 2013 models; both had previously been ordered to compensate owners

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