Kia smothers plans to bring Sorento diesel to America

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The Kia Sorento may not get a diesel version for the U.S. On the eve of the Paris Motor Show and the introduction of the production-spec Kia Niro EV, company officials have confirmed that it’s shelved plans to bring any diesel model Stateside for now. after all. The hold is officially temporary, but it's hard to see how it changes anytime

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Hyundai and Kia EVs may just avoid "compliance car" stigma, but is that enough?

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The Kia Niro EV that we drove earlier this week is one of the year’s best new green vehicles, and a great long-range electric car. Based on conversations with officials at both Hyundai Motor America and Kia. Kia Niro EVHowever, unless you happen to live in one of several specific states and regions, the chances that you’ll see one are quite low.

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Kia Motors America expands Soul EV availability to four additional states; 10 total

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Nineteen Kia dealers will be certified to sell and service the Soul EV across these four states, and customers will have access to charging stations installed at these facilities. Kia has partnered with three charger providers—Bosch, Leviton and AeroVironment.

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Hyundai-Kia America and Mojo Mobility partnering on wireless fast-charging project

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Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc., HATCI and Mojo Mobility are developing, implementing and demonstrating a wireless power transfer (WPT) system on a test fleet of Kia Soul EVs ( earlier post ) over three phases, at HATCI in Superior Twp.,

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Kia teases release of electric AWD concept at Chicago show

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Kia Motors America will unveil an electric all-wheel drive (e-AWD) concept vehicle at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show. The concept was conceived by Kia’s California design studio and built for city dwellers.

Kia Motors America pricing Optima hybrid with MSRP of $26,500

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Kia Motors America is pricing the 2011 Optima Hybrid—its first hybrid in the US market—with an MSRP of $26,500. The Optima Hybrid employs a Kia-developed powertrain including advanced lithium polymer batteries from LG Chem to deliver up to 35 miles per gallon in city driving and 40 miles per gallon on the highway.

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Kia Motors America providing 6 Soul EVs to UC Irvine for V2G and smart charging development

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Kia Motors America (KMA) and Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. Kia will provide six Soul EVs with the shared goal of creating software algorithms for use in coordinating the charging of plug-in electric vehicles to support grid resource operation. Kia has partnered with three charger providers—Bosch, Leviton and AeroVironment—which give Soul EV buyers an opportunity to select the unit best suited to their in-home needs.

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Kia Niro EV crossover now on sale in Korea; N American sales in Q1 2019

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The new Kia Niro battery-electric CUV (crossover utility vehicle) has gone on sale in Korea, featuring an expected driving range of up to 385 kilometers (239 miles), as calculated by SAE J1364 in the United States.

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Kia introduces two electric vehicles

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The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas,Nevada, will be the setting for Kia Motors to unveil two electric vehicles. The Korean carmaker will use the event to showcase both its Kia Ray Electric Vehicle, for the first time in North America, and its Naimo Electric Vehicle concept car. Electric cars Green cars Kia Latest news electric vehicles Kia Motors Kia Naimo Kia Ray

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.

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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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Forbidden Fruit: Kia Ray Electric Car Not Due In U.S.

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Kia might be a car company growing in quality and reputation in North America, but it seems we aren't in line for every vehicle the company produces. is one of the strongest markets for electric cars, Kia's new Ray EV won't be hitting American shores, according to USA Today. Instead, it's only due on sale in Kia's homeland.

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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.

2014 Kia Forte 5-Door: 2013 Chicago Auto Show

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Kia Motors America has today unveiled a new 5-door version of the Forte at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. The sleek five-door hatchback has what Kia describes as 'European styling', and goes head-to-head with cars like the Ford Focus with its hatchback practicality. Topping the engine range is a 1.6-liter gasoline direct injection, turbocharged

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Kia unveils Cross GT hybrid concept at Chicago show

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Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the Cross GT concept at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Purely conceptual, the Cross GT reveals Kia’s intentions for the possible offer of a larger premium CUV than the current Sorento. Kia Cross GT Concept Click to enlarge. Backing the V6 is an evolution of Kia’s parallel hybrid system, a pancake-shaped electric motor sandwiched between a 3.8-liter V6 and 8-speed automatic transmission.

BMW batteries, Toyota electrification plans, electric-car charging stations, Kia Niro Plug-In driven: Today's Car News

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Today, we've got news about VW's Electrify America charging-station project, BMW's solid-state battery research, and a big pledge by Toyota, as well as our first drive of the 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Over the weekend, as we do every seven days, we ran down last week's most important green-car stories. Today in Car News

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Kia Optima Hybrid achieves fuel economy world record

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The record has been achieved by hypermiler Wayne Gerdes and his colleague Chris Bernius while driving through all 48 adjoining states in a Kia Optima Hybrid. They drove the vehicle through a 7,899mile route across America with [.]. Green cars Kia Latest news fuel economy fuel economy world record Guinness World Record Kia Optima HybridA new Guinness World Record has been set for the lowest fuel consumption in a hybrid petrol vehicle.

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Hyundai and Kia settling litigation over fuel economy reductions; valued at up to $395M

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Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America have entered into settlement agreements with current and former owners and lessees of vehicles affected by the Hyundai/Kia November 2012 lowering of fuel economy ratings. The reductions in fuel economy affected approximately 27% of Hyundai 2011-13 model year vehicles, reducing their combined city/highway fuel economy by 1-2 mpg; the adjustment affected approximately 300,000 2011-13 model year Kia vehicles.

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Nissan now Nº 2 Asian brand in the Americas; new $2B manufacturing complex in Mexico to grow B platform capacity

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Nissan Americas manufacturing plants. points of market share over the 2010 calendar year and advanced to become the Nº 2 Asian automotive brand in the Americas. billion for an all-new manufacturing complex in Aguascalientes, Mexico, to support the company’s Americas growth strategy.

Kia introduces more fuel-efficient Gen 3 2019 Forte; first “Smart Stream” powertrain

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At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the third-generation 2019 Forte compact sedan. The new powerplant can be paired with either a six-speed manual or Kia’s all-new Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). The engine and in-house-built IVT are the first of a new line of efficient “Smart Stream” powertrains that will make their way into the Kia lineup in the future.

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Kia to introduce Soul EV in US in 2014

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At the media launch of the all-new 2014 Soul, Kia Motors America (KMA) also announced plans to offer an all-electric version of the company’s iconic Soul urban passenger vehicle in select markets in 2014. Soul EV will be the second alternative-fuel Kia vehicle to be offered for sale in the US.

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Kia confirms development of battery-electric Soul for US; on sale in 2014

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p> Kia Motors has confirmed the development of a battery-electric version of the Kia Soul for the US market, scheduled to go on sale in 2014. The Kia Soul EV will be Kia’s first all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle marketed outside of Korea. The Soul EV takes its design cues from the recently-launched second-generation Kia Soul. —Kia Motors America’s executive director of product planning, Orth Hedrick.

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Kia Motors sees 18.6% increase in global sales in 2011

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Kia Motors Corporation announced today that its global sales for passenger cars (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants), recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles for 2011 reached an all-time high of 2,478,959 unit, representing an annual year-on-year increase of 18.6%. By region, Kia posted year-on-year sales increases in North America (550,615 units, a 34.2% Kia includes both Western and Eastern European markets in its “Europe” category.

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Kia unveils Soul-based e-AWD Trail’ster Concept; through-the-road hybrid

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Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the Trail’ster e-AWD concept at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

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Hyundai & Kia to pay record $100M penalty for GHG conformity violations & lose $200M+ in emission credits

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Hyundai and Kia will pay a combined $100-million civil penalty, the largest in Clean Air Act history, to resolve violations concerning the testing and certification of vehicles sold in the US (“Conformity Violations”) and will spend approximately $50 million on measures to prevent any future violations. Hyundai and Kia will also forfeit 4.75 Kia will pay a $43.2-million civil penalty and forgo the use of approximately 2.05

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Kia Motors unveils Forte 5-door with 1.6L GDI turbocharged engine

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Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the new Forte 5-door SX equipped with a new 1.6-liter gasoline direct-injected (GDI) turbocharged four-cylinder engine at the Chicago Auto Show. With output of 201 hp (150 kW) and torque of 195 lb-ft (264 N·m of torque, the Forte 5-door SX is the most powerful Forte from KMA to date. The Forte 5-door is expected to go on sale in the third quarter of 2013, and pricing will be announced closer to launch. 2014 Forte 5-door. Click to enlarge.

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Kia Launches 2011 Optima with Hybrid Option

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Kia Motors America (KMA) has launched the all-new 2011 Optima midsize sedan, first seen during the 2010 New York International Auto Show. Earlier post.) Set to arrive in retail showrooms in early fall, the next generation Optima features three new powertrains including the brand’s first-ever hybrid in the US (available in 2011).

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Kia Motors integrating Google Maps into 2nd-generation UVO eServices telematics system

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Kia Motors America (KMA) will work with Google to provide content and search-based solutions enabled by Application Program Interfaces (APIs) for the second-generation of the automaker’s UVO (“Your Voice”) eServices telematics system, introduced in November 2012 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new Google-powered UVO system will serve Kia owners whether they are in their cars or away from them.

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Kia unveils Optima Hybrid sedan at LA Auto Show

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Kia Optima Hybrid. Kia Motors Corporation premiered the hybrid version of its new Optima sedan ( earlier post ) at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Created primarily with the US market in mind, the Kia-developed powertrain delivers an estimated combined cycle fuel economy is 38 mpg US (6.2 Arriving in Kia dealer showrooms early next year, the 2011 Optima Hybrid is the brand’s first hybrid for North America and uses a full parallel hybrid system to deliver a 40.7%

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Kia updates Optima hybrid for MY2013; more power, better fuel efficiency

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Kia Motors America (KMA) has introduced the updated 2013 Optima Hybrid, featuring a more performance-driven and fuel-efficient powertrain as well as more cargo space and premium features. Kia first introduced the hybrid in 2011. For 2013, the Optima Hybrid features numerous powertrain refinements including a more robust 35 kW (47 hp) electric traction motor; a stronger Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG); and a more powerful 47 kW Lithium Polymer battery.

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Kia Motors Debuts New Optima at New York Show; Powertrains Aligned with New Sonata

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Kia Motors Corporation unveiled its all-new Optima midsize sedan at the New York International Auto Show. This represents Kia’s first application of GDI technology. Outside Europe and North America, Optima offers a 2.0

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LG Chem and Eguana partner on Li-ion residential energy storage system for North America

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LG Chem supplies the Li-ion cells for a number of automotive applications, with customers including Volkswagen, Ford, Hyundai, Renault, Audi, Chevrolet, Kia, Daimler and GM. Eguana Technologies, a supplier of power control and conversion solutions for distributed energy storage systems and Li-ion manufacturer LG Chem have combined their technologies under a multi-year agreement to deliver a certified, fully integrated energy storage system (ESS) Eguana calls “AC Battery”.

Kia Optima Hybrid sets a new Guinness World Record for fuel economy; Gerdes and Bernius achieve average 64.55 mpg through 48 US states

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A Kia Optima Hybrid ( earlier post ) driven by hypermiler Wayne Gerdes and his colleague Chris Bernius set a new Guinness World Record for the lowest fuel consumption in a hybrid gasoline vehicle while driving through all 48 adjoining US states. Gerdes and Bernius successfully piloted a factory-standard 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid sedan through a 7,899 mile (12,712 km) route across America and achieved an average fuel consumption of 64.55

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New 2012 Kia Rio and Soul feature 1.6L GDI engines; stop-start on the Rio

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Kia Motors America (KMA) staged the premieres of the all-new 2012 Rio sub-compact sedan and the upgraded 2012 Kia Soul at the New York International Auto Show. Rio also offers ISG technology, new to the Kia line-up. Kia calculates that fuel economy for the 1.6-liter is 28/34 mpg (city/highway), three miles per gallon more than the previous engine.

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Kia displays Ray EV and Naimo EV concept at Consumer Electronics Show

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Kia Motors is showcasing its Ray production Electric Vehicle (EV) ( earlier post ) and Naimo EV concept car ( earlier post ) for the first time in North America at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Where the Naimo EV concept looks into the future of zero-emissions vehicles from Kia, the Ray EV is the first realization for the brand and represents exciting new possibilities for the future in the North American market.

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Kia Motors Unveils Ray Plug-in Hybrid Concept at Chicago Auto Show

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The Kia Ray plug-in hybrid. Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the Ray Plug-in Hybrid concept compact sedan during a press conference at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show. Designed with lightweight and recycled materials, as well as hexagonal roof-top solar cells embedded in the glass roof panel that power extra lighting or climate control systems, the Kia Ray is the fifth vehicle from the Irvine Calif.-based Click to enlarge.

Hyundai/Kia to correct overstated fuel economy claims of MY 2012 and 2013 models as result of EPA investigation

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Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America will reduce their fuel economy (mpg) ratings for a number of 2011-13 model year models in showrooms after EPA testing found discrepancies between agency results and data submitted by the company. With the changes, the 2012 Hyundai/Kia fleet fuel economy level is reduced by an average of 3%—from 27 to 26 mpg US. Hyundai - Kia MY 2013 Fuel Economy Label Changes. Hyundai - Kia MY 2012 Fuel Economy Label Changes.

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Transportation sector stakeholders launch Veloz in California to accelerate adoption of EVs

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Its first project, “Electric For All,” is the largest multi-stakeholder, multi-million dollar public awareness campaign in North America. Veloz also announced major commitments from utilities and Electrify America. Veloz members include: Automakers, including GM, BMW Group, Honda, Nissan, Kia, Subaru, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ford. Charging network providers, including EVgo, Greenlots and Electrify America.

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JATO: 2018 record year for EVs; sales up 74% to 1.26M units; overall market stable, as SUVs rule

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The Model 3 became the world’s best-selling EV, as it was boosted by sales in North America, where it first became available. Meanwhile, Latin America outsold Japan, recording 5.6

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2016 Optima midsize sedan gains new 1.6L engine

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Kia Motors America (KMA) introduced the re-designed Optima midsize sedan at the New York International Auto Show. Kia’s connectivity system, UVO, comes standard with four additional eServices not previously available on Optima: Geo-fencing; Speed Alert; Curfew Alert; and Driving Score.

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Volkswagen introduces transferable 6-year, 72K mile bumper-to-bumper warranty on 2018 Atlas and Tiguan SUVs

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While Hyundai and Kia offer a five-year/60,000 mile basic warranty and a higher time and mileage limit on their powertrain limited warranties, if the car is sold to a second owner, the powertrain limited warranty is not transferable beyond five years or 60,000 miles from the date it was first sold new. Woebcken, President and Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Group of America.

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Hyundai begins rollout of Ioniq Hybrid, PHEV and EV; most efficient non-plug vehicle, most efficient EV in US; powertrain discussion

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Nevertheless, technical executives and engineers from Korea and from the Hyundai-Kia America technical center in the US were on hand to provide market and technical background. We are the highest in EV efficiency of any car sold in America.

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VW, BMW and ChargePoint partner to create SAE Combo DC fast charging corridors on the East and West Coasts

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These newly installed DC Fast chargers will be added to the growing ChargePoint network of more than 20,000 charging spots in North America. —Robert Healey, Head of EV Infrastructure at BMW of North America.

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