Kia begins export production of Kia Soul EV; initial production planned to hit 5,000 units

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Kia Motors has begun volume production of its new all-electric Kia Soul EV ( earlier post ) for export sales at its Kia’s Gwangju facility in Korea. Although the Soul EV is Kia’s first electric vehicle to be marketed by the company outside Korea, it is the company’s second-generation battery electric vehicle. Acceleration to 100 km/h (62 mph) will take 11.2 seconds, while top speed is in the region of 145 km/h (90 mph).

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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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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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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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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 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. The Kia Electric Bicycle (KEB) is a ‘pedelec’ electric bike, shown in both ‘City’ and ‘MTB’ (Mountain Bike) versions. Kia Electric Bicycle, MTB version.

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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. The Picanto’s top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph) is unchanged from the standard 1.0-liter gasoline model. Picanto Click to enlarge.

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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. The system uses external sensors to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, operating between 0 and 130 km/h (81 mph). Since the first-generation Kia cee’d started production at Kia’s new Slovakian manufacturing facility in December 2006, more than 1.28 In 2006, Kia’s share of the European market was around 1.5%.

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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 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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EcoDynamics Kia Models Cut CO2 As Low As 94 g/km

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To showcase its EcoDynamics range of fuel-saving vehicles, Kia Motors displayed three new low CO 2 models at the Paris Motor Show. Kia POP EV concept. Kia Motors also premiered its electric POP concept car at the show.

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Kia introduces Ray EV in Korea; 2,500 units to be produced in 2012 for use by government agencies

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Kia Motors has introduced Korea’s first production electric vehicle from a major manufacturer. At the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year, Yang Woong-chul, vice president of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, said that within the group, Kia will focus on electric cars, while Hyundai will work on plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. The new Kia Ray EV is an electric city car with a range of up to 139 km (86 miles) on a single charge. The Ray EV.

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SK Energy to Supply Li-ion Batteries to Hyundai, Kia for EVs

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will provide Li-ion batteries ( earlier post ) to Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors for electric vehicles (EVs), beginning with the i10 ( earlier post ). The i10 will have a single charge range of 160 km (99 miles) and a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph). South Korea-based SK Energy Co. The i10 is due to be in full scale production in 2011, according to SK.

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Kia Introduces Electric Concept Version of Venga; New 98 gCO2/km Version of EcoDynamics ceed

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Kia introduced its first all-electric plug-in concept car, based on the just-arrived B-segment Venga MPV ( earlier post ), at the Geneva Motor Show. Venga EV is capable of accelerating from standstill to 62 mph in 11.8 seconds, and reaches top speed of 87 mph (140 km/h). Kia Motors also revealed a lower CO 2 version of its EcoDynamics cee’d at the Geneva Motor Show. The Venga EV concept. Click to enlarge.

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Still car addicted despite commuter hell

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Daily jams and queues blight 71 per cent of the UK workforce who make the journey to work by car, a survey by carmaker Kia has revealed. The average commuter spends 47 minutes on their journey, 12 minutes of which is spent either crawling below 5 mph or totally stationary. Kia Motors found that: • Two-thirds (66%) of commuters admitting to speeding when the traffic clears to make up time. • Tags: Kia car commuter survey Traffic Jam

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Consumer Reports testing finds many small turbo engines underperforming; fuel economy, acceleration no better than in larger conventional powertrains

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But that car’s 0-60 mph acceleration time trails competitive family sedans, and it delivers just 25 mpg, placing it among the worst of the crop of recently-redesigned family sedans, according to CR. While the 1.4-liter feels marginally more powerful in daily driving, it was barely faster to 60 mph, and got the same fuel economy as the larger engine, CR said. The Hyundai Sonata Turbo, Kia Sportage Turbo, and Ford Escape 2.0T 0-60 mph. Kia Optima. Kia Optima.

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Kia Sorento. Kia Sportage. Specifications also include the 0-60 mph figures, tow capacity and/or payload, and some warranty and safety data. Most visitors to are here for one of two reasons. Either they want to learn more about hybrid-electric SUVs, or they are looking for a sport utility vehicle that gets decent gas mileage.

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Leo Motors, Inc. Completes Successful Tests for Converted Midsize Highway Electric Vehicles

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earlier post ) has completed testing of an electric vehicle (EV) conversion solution on Kia’s “Morning” car model. The converted Kia achieved speeds of 100 mph and a range of 150 miles on a single charge, going from zero to sixty mph in six seconds. Korea-based Leo Motors , Inc. Leo’s conversion solution can be used in any type of small to midsize vehicle platform (2,000 cc engines or below), for any manufacturer.

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Hyundai introduces 3rd generation Tucson ix hydrogen fuel cell vehicle; significant increase in range and fuel efficiency

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100 mph. 100 mph. —John Juriga, Powertrain Director at Hyundai Kia America Technical Center, Inc. Hyundai Motor America has introduced its next-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the Tucson ix Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV). The Tucson ix FCEV made its US public debut at Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy 2011 in Washington, DC.

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Hyundai to begin production of ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle in December; targeting 1,000 units by 2015

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In a presentation on Hyundai’s fuel cell technology at the US Department of Energy (DOE) Merit Review in May 2012, John Juriga, Director of Powertrain Hyundai / Kia America Technical Center, said that the fuel cell system in the ix35 achieves a power density of more than 640 W/L (DOE target is 650 W/L). 160 km/h (100 mph). It accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 12.5 seconds, has a top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph) and can travel 588 km (365 miles) without refueling.

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20 automakers commit to make automatic emergency braking standard on new vehicles no later than 2022; faster than regulatory process

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Automakers making the commitment are Audi; BMW; FCA US LLC; Ford; General Motors; Honda; Hyundai; Jaguar Land Rover; Kia; Maserati; Mazda; Mercedes-Benz; Mitsubishi Motors; Nissan; Porsche; Subaru; Tesla Motors; Toyota; Volkswagen; and Volvo Car USA. The baseline performance measures are a speed reduction of at least 10 mph (16 km/h) in either the IIHS 12 or 25 mph (19 or 40 km/h) tests, or a speed reduction of 5 mph (8 km/h) in both of the tests.

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Fisker Recruits First US Dealers for PHEVs; Appoints First Distributors for Europe

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Nellemann is one of Europe’s oldest auto distributors, with ties going back to Nash and Morris, and at present time Kia, Jaguar and Aston Martin. It can reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in about six seconds and achieve a top speed of 201 km/h (125 mph).

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Hyundai delivers keys to first Tucson Fuel Cell customer; leasing for $499/mo, with unlimited free fueling; first drive

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Within the group, Kia, which is set up in North America as a competitor to Hyundai, is focusing on battery-electric vehicles. There will be no Kia analog to the Tucson Fuel Cell, said Castillo.). The Tucson Fuel Cell is equipped with a Hyundai’s latest 100 kW fuel cell stack, coupled to a 100 kW, 221 lb-ft (300 N·m) electric induction motor, allowing it to reach a maximum speed 100 mph.

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Univ. of Utah study finds many infotainment systems too distracting to be used when vehicle in motion

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When driving at 25 mph, a driver can travel the length of four football fields during the time it could take to enter a destination in navigation—all while distracted from the important task of driving. Kia Sorento LX. Many of the infotainment features in most 2017 vehicles are so distracting they should not be enabled while a vehicle is in motion, according to a new study by University of Utah researchers. The study , led by University of Utah Psychology Professor David L.

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2018 VW Tiguan and new 2.0 TSI B-cycle engine gives VW a strong offering in compact SUV segment

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mph and 19 mph, and is adjustable via brakes or throttle. Within physical system limits, Forward Collision Warning helps warn the driver of critical front-end collision situations, both acoustically and visually by a warning symbol in the instrument cluster above 18 mph. If the driver fails to brake, or if the car is below 18 mph (29 km/h), Autonomous Emergency Braking is activated to slow the vehicle.

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Calls for an international 48V electrical standard for vehicles; looming WLTP implementation

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mph] and potentially to provide torque assist at other road speeds including during engine-off coasting. At the 2 nd International Conference Automotive 48 V Power Supply Systems , held last week in Düsseldorf, Germany, Controlled Power Technologies (CPT), a major sponsor of the event, together with leading car makers and Tier 1 suppliers, argued the need for an internationally agreed 48V electrical standard.

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IIHS small overlap front crash testing finds mixed small car results; Volt wins 2014 Top Safety Pick+ award

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In the test, 25% of a vehicle''s front end on the driver’s side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph (64 km/h). The other two are the 2014 Kia Forte, a small car, and the 2012 Prius v, a mid-size hybrid. The Mini Cooper Countryman was the only small car to earn a good rating among the latest group of 12 cars subjected to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) small overlap front crash test. Two battery- electric models and a hybrid also are in the mix, with varied results.

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Major study concludes achieving EU 2050 transport decarbonization goals will require portfolio of advanced powertrains; fuel cells, battery-electric and plug-in hybrids

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Car manufacturers: BMW AG, Daimler AG, Ford, General Motors LLC, Honda R&D, Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Nissan, Renault, Toyota Motor Corporation, Volkswagen.

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