Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid detailed for Europe, arriving in early 2021

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The Kia Sorento crossover is getting a plug-in hybrid powertrain option for the first time. Kia released specifications for European-market models Wednesday, but hasn't said whether it will offer the Sorento Plug-In Hybrid in the United States.

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Hyundai and Kia reveal solar roof tech for electric cars—or gasoline ones

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In Korea on Wednesday, Hyundai and Kia revealed some production-bound examples of that. As solar cells get more efficient, powerful panels can fit on smaller areas. For those looking to use renewable energy for transportation, that means solar panels can now move from home rooftops used to power car chargers to cars themselves. solar roof charging solar

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New Kia Sorento SUV and first Sorento Hybrid; plug-in option to come

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In Frankfurt, Kia unveiled the new Sorento, the fourth generation of its mid-size SUV, including for the first time a hybrid option. Sorento is at the heart of Kia’s reinvigorated global SUV line-up, which also includes the Seltos, Stonic, Telluride and Sportage. The Sorento’s evolution over the last 18 years echoes that of the Kia brand as a whole. —Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe.

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Kia introducing bi-fuel gasoline-LPG Picanto in Europe

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Responding to growing customer demand in Europe for small cars with low running costs and low emissions, Kia is introducing a bi-fuel gasoline-LPG model to its Picanto small car range. Picanto LPG is powered by a special version of Kia’s three-cylinder 1.0-liter Kappa engine which produces 67 ps (66 hp, 49 kW) and 90 N·m (66 lb-ft) of torque. Drivers can switch from gasoline to LPG (and vice-versa) by pressing a button on the dashboard. Picanto Click to enlarge.

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2020 Kia Optima Hybrid, shorter-range Audi E-tron, Tesla Megapack: Today's Car News

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The Kia Optima Hybrid merges back in for 2020 with minor changes. And a California startup company wants to turn CO2 into gasoline. Audi plans a more affordable, shorter-range E-tron in Europe. Tesla is introducing a larger stationary battery pack for businesses. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Audi's new version of the electric E-tron. Today in Car News

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Kia announces new platform and powertrain details for next-generation Sorento; hybrid, GDI and diesel; PHEV to come

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Kia Motors Corporation revealed details of the next-generation Sorento’s new platform and powertrains. The latest Sorento will be the first SUV to be based on Kia’s new platform when production commences later this year.

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2019 Kia Niro EV: first drive of 239-mile electric crossover

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Just before reaching a tight series of esses on the Monterey Peninsula’s famous 17 Mile Drive, I clicked the left steering-wheel paddle to bump the Niro EV up a regeneration level—a motion that mimics downshifting in a gasoline vehicle—then clicked the right paddle to ease things for my passenger as we breezed slowly by a quiet

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Smartphone-based customization coming to Hyundai and Kia electric cars

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Fully electric cars have a great potential to be customized and personalized, to a level that’s not entirely possible with gasoline models. Unlike anything with a tailpipe, EVs don’t have to go through reams of emissions-test paperwork every time some of the basic parameters are changed. Today, Hyundai Motor Group (which includes.

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2012 Kia Soul

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It's a compact car that could arguably be called a wagon, but the 2012 Kia Soul's styling, attitude, and options lists position it as something far, far different--not to mention the music-loving hamsters who appears in its TV ads. The compact "small box" hatchback is roomy, inexpensive, and relatively frugal on gasoline.

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Kia upgraded 2018 Sportage features new 1.6L diesel, 2.0L diesel 48V mild-hybrid technology

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Kia Motors’ upgraded 2018 Kia Sportage ( earlier post ), the brand’s global best-selling vehicle, offers a 2.0-liter diesel engine now available with Kia’s new eight-speed automatic transmission, and—in certain markets—48-volt mild-hybrid power ( 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. Developed by Kia’s European R&D centre, the new hybrid system employs a 48V lead-carbon battery, which powers a small electric motor to increase the engine’s power output and cut exhaust emissions. The mild hybrid powertrain will be available on new diesel and gasoline production cars from Kia in the near future.

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BMW synthetic gasoline, Hyundai heat-pump tech, Sonata Hybrid deal: Today’s Car News

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Kia and Hyundai keep refining heat-pump technology. BMW invests in synthetic fuel for internal combustion engines. And a lease deal already applies to the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. This and more, here at Green Car Reports. The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is only starting to reach dealerships, and yet an impressive discount already. Today in Car News

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You Shouldn't Want To Buy A Kia Soul EV, Says Kia Dealer

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Among plug-in car shoppers, stories abound of salespeople who know little or nothing about electric vehicles, misrepresent their abilities, and aggressively steer shoppers away from them toward gasoline alternatives. It''s often said that one of the bigger impediments to sales of electric cars is car dealerships.

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Kia outlines 5-year plan for more green vehicles; Optima PHEV, Niro hybrid, FCV; $10.2B investment

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Kia Motors outlined its mid- to long-term plans for the development of a greatly increased range of environmentally friendly vehicles, with the goal of becoming a leader in the low-emissions car market by 2020. Kia said it intends to expand its green car line-up from four current models to 11 by 2020, including hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery-electric and fuel cell electric vehicles. The new investment by Hyundai Motor Group, Kia’s parent company, totals 11.3

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Electric-Car Owner Loyalty, Tesla Car Sharing, Hyundai And Kia Do It All: Today's Car News

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Today, a Ford survey shows that electric-car drivers don't want to go back to gasoline, the possibility of a Tesla-run autonomous electric-car sharing service, and Hyundai and Kia plan a wide variety of new green models. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Virginia tells Tesla to alter its electric-car buyer bounties, claiming they run afoul. Today in Car News

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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid on sale this fall

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Although it may be hard to tell from its design and styling, the Kia Optima mid-size sedan recently received a complete redesign. And for the 2017 model year, the Optima Hybrid model gets the same upgrades as the gasoline versions launched for 2016. Unveiled last month at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, the 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid uses the new Optima. Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars

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Hyper-miler Wayne Gerdes targeting record with Kia Optima Hybrid

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Hyper-miler Wayne Gerdes and his colleague Chris Bernius, driving a factory-standard 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid ( earlier post ), aim to set a new record for lowest fuel consumption in a gasoline hybrid car while driving an 8,000-mile route through all 48 adjoining states of the US. The Optima Hybrid is Kia’s first hybrid vehicle in the US market and went on sale in East- and West-coast regions in June 2011, priced from US$26,500, with national availability by the end of 2011.

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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. Kia also highlighted its Niro hybrid concept along with the 2014 Optima hybrid at the event. Kia expects the pack to support a range of approximately 80-100 miles (129-161 km) of real-world driving on a full charge. Soul EV. Click to enlarge.

Kia launching new diesel 48V mild-hybrid powertrain in 2018 on Sportage; more models to come

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Kia Motors will introduce its first 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain in the second half of 2018. The Kia Sportage will be the first model to offer the new EcoDynamics+ diesel mild-hybrid powertrain later in 2018. The new third-generation Kia Ceed will be the second among a range of Kia models to offer the new powertrain from 2019. Kia’s mild-hybrid technology features a compact 0.46 The powertrain will also be adapted for use in gasoline engines.

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

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Following the launch of the Soul EV ( earlier post ) late last year in California, along with sales beginning in Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii earlier this year, Kia Motors America (KMA) is expanding availability of its fully charged urban runabout into four new states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland. Kia has partnered with three charger providers—Bosch, Leviton and AeroVironment.

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More details on the coming new Kia Optima hybrid and plug-in hybrid

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Kia Motors has provided a few more details on the new hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains planned for the all-new Optima, as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to broaden its global range of low-emission vehicles. A new addition to the Kia model line-up, the Optima Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) will be Kia’s first plug-in hybrid for global markets when it goes on sale in the second half of 2016, offering increased battery capacity and pure electric range.

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Kia introduces Niro Plug-in Hybrid crossover and Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid at Geneva

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At the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Kia Motors unveiled four new models. The new Kia Stinger fastback sports sedan makes its European premiere, alongside the all-new Kia Picanto city car, which makes its global debut. Advanced powertrain technology features in two other new Kia models on show for the first time—Niro Plug-in Hybrid crossover and Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid. —Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe.

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Kia introduces 2018 Niro PHEV crossover to US at Los Angeles Show

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Kia introduced the 2018 Niro Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) ( earlier post ) to the US market at the Los Angeles Auto Show. As Kia’s third plug-in model after the Soul EV and the Optima PHEV, and anticipated in retailer showrooms by the end of this year, the Niro PHEV offers an estimated 26 miles (42 km) of all-electric range, 105 MPGe, 46 mpg combined, and Super Ultra-Low Emissions. The Niro PHEV pairs an all-aluminum 1.6-liter GDI (gasoline direct injection) four-cylinder engine with an 8.9

New Gen 3 Ceed first Kia sold in Europe to offer level-two autonomy Lane Following Assist technology; new Kappa turbo, U3 diesel

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Kia Motors revealed the new Ceed ahead of its world debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Since the first-generation Kia cee’d started production at Kia’s new Slovakian manufacturing facility in December 2006, more than 1.28 As it enters its third generation, the new Ceed is expected to account for an even greater proportion of Kia’s European sales. In 2006, Kia’s share of the European market was around 1.5%.

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Four new engines for next generation Kia Picanto

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The new Kia Picanto. Click to enlarge.

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Kia to display coming 48V mild hybrid system at Geneva; lead carbon battery

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As well as showcasing the new Soul EV (earlier post) and refreshed Optima Hybrid at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Kia will display a standalone exhibit of a new 48V mild hybrid technology, developed by the brand’s European R&D center for use in future Kia models. The technology also enables Kia engineers to reduce the size—and weight—of its vehicles’ existing 12V battery.

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2015 Kia Soul EV Electric Car Recalled For Fragile Accelerator Pedal

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Another recall for a low-volume electric car: 2015 Kia Soul EV tall wagons--as well as a much higher number of 2014 and 2015 Soul gasoline models--are being recalled to replace fragile accelerator pedals. The pedals in the affected cars can break, making it difficult for the driver to control the vehicle''s speed and increasing the risk of loss of. Green acceleration pedal plug-in cars

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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 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. the two power sources (front gasoline engine and rear electric motor) meet “through the road,” as opposed to inside the transmission with a common mechanical driveline connection.

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BorgWarner supplying EGR valve for 1.6L Kappa GDI engine in Hyundai Ioniq and Kia Niro

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BorgWarner is supplying its advanced exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve for the new Hyundai Ioniq sedan and the Kia Niro crossover sport utility vehicle. These gasoline and hybrid vehicles are powered by the 1.6-liter gasoline direct-injected (GDI) Kappa engine, expected to drive a growing line-up of hybrid models from the automakers.

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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 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 unveiling new cee’d GT line with new 1.0L T-GDi and 7-speed DCT at Geneva

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Kia Motors Europe will unveil a new Kia cee’d GT Line specification at the 85 th Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva on 3 March. In addition to a range of visual upgrades, the new cee’d GT Line features the debut of Kia’s all-new downsized 1.0-liter T-GDi (turbo gasoline direct injection) “Kappa” engine and new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in Europe. This is the first of Kia’s upcoming range of downsized engines to make its debut in Europe.

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Kia upgrading Sorento; revised Theta II GDI and R diesel engines

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When the new upgraded Kia Sorento CUV goes on sale later this year in most markets, it will incorporate changes which include a completely new platform and enhanced powertrains for better fuel economy with lower emissions. Kia’s upgraded Sorento will be manufactured in Korea with a range of different gasoline and diesel engines (from 150 to 280 ps) for different markets. Kia has fine-tuned both the Theta II 2.4 GDI gasoline and R2.2

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Kia reveals flex-fuel Soul in Brazil

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Kia is to launch a new flex-fuel model of its popular crossover Soul model. Able to run on 100 per cent ethanol, 100 per cent gasoline [.]. Tags: Biofuels Kia Brazilian Motor Show Flexible Fuel Vehicel Sao Paulo Soul FLex The model, called the Soul Flex, has been unveiled at the Brazilian Motor Show in São Paulo and is scheduled to go on sale in Brazil early next year.

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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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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. The new Optima shares the new Theta II-based powertrains featured in the new Hyundai Sonata: a 2.4-liter GDI (gasoline direct injection) four-cylinder; a 2.0-liter GDI turbo engine ( earlier post ); and the 2.4-liter hybrid ( earlier post ).

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Gasoline Obsolescence, Malibu Mileage & Electric Taxis: Today's Car News

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Today on Green Car Reports: London explores the use of range-extended taxis, Hyundai and Kia have decided on a gas mileage settlement and one futurist says gasoline cars could be obsolete in just a few years. All this and more on Green Car Reports. If you''ve ever been to London, you''ll have seen one of the famous black cabs. Now, the city is set

Kia introduces 2017 Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle, Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-in Hybrid at Chicago

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Kia unveiled three major hybrid offerings at the Chicago Auto Show: the 2017 Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle; the new Optima Hybrid; and the new Optima Plug-in Hybrid. While the Niro Hybrid was preceded by clean mobility products such as the Optima Hybrid and Soul EV, Niro is the first Kia to make use of an all-new, dedicated eco-car platform and is an important next step on the path to nearly tripling the brand’s global green car line-up by 2020.

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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.

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Hyundai-Kia Developed Its First CVT for the LPI Hybrids

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Hyundai-Kia developed the CVT applied in the Elantra and Forte LPI Hybrids. Hyundai-Kia developed its first, independent Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for application in the Hyundai Elantra LPI Hybrid ( earlier post ) and the Kia Forte LPI Hybrid ( earlier post ). The Elantra LPI HEV emits 99 g/km of CO 2 and 90% fewer emissions than an equivalent standard gasoline-powered Elantra. L/100km or 42 mpg US); gasoline-equivalent fuel economy is 22.7

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Kia to Debut Venga at Frankfurt Show; Stop-Start Technology Available for All Engines

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Kia will debuts its new B-segment Venga, which is based on the No. All engines in the Venga line-up will be available with Kia’s Intelligent Stop and Go stop-start technology and will comply with Euro 5 emission standards.

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