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IIHS gives awards TOP SAFETY PICK+ to redesigned 2017 Kia Cadenza

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given its Top Safety Pick+ award to the redesigned version of the 2017 Kia Cadenza. This was a result of excellent a front crash prevention system and good crashworthiness ratings with headlights being considered as acceptable.

In order to achieve the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, a vehicle should be able to get good rating in all of the five crashworthiness tests. It should also have a front crash prevention system that will get either an advanced rating or superior rating. Finally, the headlights should have a good rating, or at the least an acceptable rating.

This redesigned version is the first Cadenza to have undergone the small overlap front protection conducted by IIHS. What this test does is to duplicate the situation wherein the front corner, on the driver side, crashes against another vehicle or even an object. The results was that the driver space remained to be maintained well with the maximum intrusion of the parking brake pedal measured to be 4 inches.

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Kia reveals the latest Niro, Optima Sportswagon Plug-In Hybrids in Geneva

Kia Motors has officially unveiled the plug-in versions of the Niro compact crossover and Optima Sportwagon at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Including the lithium-ion battery packs, both models will be covered by Kia’s 7-year / 100,000-mile warranty which could offer some assurance to hybrid shoppers who are interested in Kia but are also concerned over the brand’s limited history in the hybrid genre.

Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors says that the new Kia vehicles on display in Geneva highlight the ambition and increasingly broad appeal of the company and its cars. He further commented that new plug-in hybrid versions of the Niro and Optima Sportswagon will help Kia achieve its 2020 target to improve fuel economy by 25 per cent over 2014 levels.

Featuring more convenient options like touchscreen infotainment system that controls the hybrid system to show total range and nearby charging stations, Niro and Optima Sportswagon models are expected to go on sale in the third quarter of 2017.

Read the entire article Kia reveals the latest Niro, Optima Sportswagon Plug-In Hybrids in Geneva

Melissa McCarthy stars in Kia’s Super Bowl ad for the Niro hybrid crossover [w/videos]

Kia Motors’ campaign for the upcoming Super Bowl LI is turning out to be an epic one while sending the right message across its intended audience. And that is not just because Melissa McCarthy is in this particular spot.

As a comedian, McCarthy has been one of the many celebrities who really know how to make people laugh. Her role as the sweet and caring Molly in the six-season sitcom Mike & Molly was one of the defining moments of her career. In this particular ad for Kia, McCarthy remains as sweet and caring, but for the environment – a character made more obvious by the fact that she drives a 2018 Kia Niro hybrid crossover.

Titled as “Hero’s Journey,” this 60-second commercial ad shows the saga of McCarthy as an eco-warrior. While driving her Kia Niro, McCarthy is repeatedly called to take up an active role in several environment-related protests. The first task involved a cause for protecting endangered whales from scrupulous whalers. McCarthy and her team were able to successfully place orange banners – with “Protect the Whales” sign -- on a whaling ship. As she and her team were making the escape, a large whale suddenly surfaced and smacked McCarthy’s boat, sending her flying back to the whaling ship.

Read the entire article Melissa McCarthy stars in Kia’s Super Bowl ad for the Niro hybrid crossover [w/videos]

2017 Kia Niro hybrid utility vehicle is priced from $22,890 in the US

South Korean carmaker Kia Motors is just about to commence selling its 2017 Kia Niro hybrid utility vehicle in the United States, and it has revealed the pricing for all available models just in time for the much awaited Super Bowl LI.

The new 2017 Kia Niro is not your ordinary SUV. When a consumer needs practicality, an SUV would be a proper proposition. However, in terms of fuel economy, a buyer may go for a compact car or better yet, grab a hybrid vehicle. But since the new Kia Niro is both an SUV and a hybrid vehicle, its primary attributes include both practicality and fuel economy. As a utility vehicle with hybrid capability, the new 2017 Kia Niro sure doesn’t come cheap.

At launch, the new 2017 Kia Niro will be available in five versions, including the Launch Edition. The regular versions are the FE, LX, EX and Touring. The Launch Edition of the Kia Niro is slotted between the EX and the Touring models. As the base version, the Niro FE is also the most affordable with a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $22,890. Even if it is the base version, the Niro FE is decently equipped as it is loaded with features like seven-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, power windows, reversing camera and audio system as well as keyless access and 16-inch wheels.

Read the entire article 2017 Kia Niro hybrid utility vehicle is priced from $22,890 in the US

When a car has been in the market for nearly six years, it loses some of its luster and its customers tend to go for the all-new model with a whole new level of features offerings instead. Good thing the South Korean carmaker isn’t ignorant of the fact that the second generation of its Kia Picanto small car is nearing the end of its life cycle.

This is why for the model year 2017, Kia will be releasing the new and third generation of the Kia Picanto small car. The Picanto has been repeatedly spied, although it was in its camouflage form in a bid to conceal its new looks. As planned, the South Korean carmaker will unveil the all-new 2017 Kia Picanto in the early part of next year. But before that, Kia has released a set of images providing a better view of the 2017 Picanto small car.

According to Kia, the new Picanto is a fusion of a youthful and energetic new exterior as well as interior design. Moreover, the new Kia Picanto offers customers the chance to personalize their rides when it comes to both the exterior and the interior. Kia added that the new Picanto now boasts of a more assertive stance thanks to its bolder body lines and a wide array of exterior colors to choose from.

Read the entire article Kia teases its next-generation 2017 Picanto with rendered images

The 2017 Detroit Auto Show (2017 North American International Auto Show) has been exciting and thrilling. Several new concepts and production vehicles were announced and unveiled, with a number of reveals proving to be stunning as well as exciting. One of these reveals is a sedan from South Korea – the new Kia Stinger that will be offered as a 2018 model.

Intended and offered as a five-occupant fastback sports sedan, the Kia Stinger was one of the highlights at the Detroit Auto Show, thanks to its one-of-a-kind GT design and the promise of power for its future endeavors. Many are already expecting resounding success for the Kia Stinger even before the South Korean carmaker has commenced its sales.

Its stunning looks perhaps could be one of the reasons why X-Tomi Design, an auto styling specialist from Tard, Hungary has chosen it as the subject of its new rendition project. Perhaps mesmerized by its evolutionary appearance, X-Tomi Design rendered not only one, but two versions of the Kia Stinger fastback sedan. In a sense, X-Tomi Design is helping us find out how Kia Stinger fastback sedan would have looked like when created as another body style – a coupe and a wagon (estate) in particular.

Read the entire article X-Tomi renders coupe and wagon versions of the 2018 Kia Stinger fastback

After showing its first concept in 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany, it has always been Kia’s wish to launch a GT production vehicle. After over 5 years, the Korean automaker this year introduces the “Stinger”, Kia’s production-ready Gran Turismo model.

Interestingly, the 2018 Kia Stinger is almost similar to the GT4 Stinger it introduced in 2014 at the North American International Auto Show. It’s as if history keeps on repeating itself as Kia is now once again embarking on great things in Detroit.

The 2018 Kia Stinger is probably the largest one in the segment, considering its measurements are at 4.8 meters long and 1.87 meters wide. Also at 2.9 meters, the new Kia sedan probably has the longest wheelbase since it is longer than any other competing models. In other words, this would be an advantage as far as cargo and cabin space is concerned. Likewise, Kia reassures everyone that the Stinger has enough room for your golf bags and luggage. It even has the handy power lift gate for added convenience.

Read the entire article NAIAS: 2018 Kia Stinger – a 365hp RWD sports sedan that aims to challenge the Germans

Nearly two weeks after teasing us with two rendered illustrations of the next generation of the Kia Picanto small car, the South Korean carmaker has released official images of the new vehicle.

The teaser images released in December provided us some good ideas on how the next gen PIcanto would look like. Those images worked as they should be, teasing us and telling us the third generation of the Picanto looks more aggressive and sportier than the current generation small car from Kia.

Now, Kia has released more images with clearer renditions of the upcoming third-gen Picanto. Unlike the initial teaser images, these new ones present both the exterior and interior appearances of the new Picanto. If there are any differences between the first images and the new ones, it is that the third-gen white Kia Picanto – in GT-Line specs -- on the recent renditions doesn’t look as mean and as aggressive as the black version on the initial renders. Well, this could be because of the differences in the color of the small cars, the angling of the renders and the background used. Nevertheless, the third-gen Picanto has a more aggressive stance and bolder lines than the current generation.

Read the entire article Here are the official images of third-generation Kia Picanto

Can a vehicle travel from West Coast of the United States to the East Coast using less than 50 gallons of gas? Well, if that is possible, then it would have a place in the Guinness World Records, even if involves a hybrid unit.

That is what actually happened when a hybrid car made a trip from Los Angeles, California to New York. It was Kia’s newest hybrid offering underpinned by a dedicated eco-car platform and a distinct hybrid system that grabbed a place in the Guinness World Records. And there was nothing stopping the 2017 Kia Niro urban crossover hybrid vehicle to set this new world record for lowest fuel consumption by a hybrid vehicle.

Selected for the attempt is an EX model of the new 2017 Kia Niro. To note, Kia didn’t alter the hybrid vehicle in any way just for the attempt – it is an untouched model that could be actually purchased from dealerships. The new Kia Niro -- piloted by Wayne Gerdes (Carlsbad, California) and co-driver Robert Winger (Williamsburg, Virginia) -- commenced its record-setting trip from one of the main landmarks in L.A., the Los Angeles City Hall.

Read the entire article 2017 Kia Niro has lowest fuel consumption, sets Guinness World Record

Back at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in September, Kia Motors of South Korea provided us with a preview of the latest version of its B-segment fighter, the new 2017 Kia Rio. Marking the first of the next generation Rio, the model previewed in Paris has been designed and engineered to cater to the demands and wants of a broader group of customers, with global sales set to commence in the first quarter of 2017.

However, what we saw in Paris is the five-door hatchback version of the Kia Rio. The South Korean carmaker has yet to unveil the sedan form of the Kia Rio, which will be due for the 2018 model year. While we are frustrated that we couldn’t see – for now – how the new Kia Rio sedan would look, perhaps the new Kia K2 sedan unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China will tide us over.

But don’t get us wrong. The Kia K2 sedan unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show is intended for the auto market in China. However, the K2 sedan we just saw in China could provide a good preview of the design of the sedan version of the Kia Rio that would be marketed in the United States and Europe. The K2 and the 2017 Rio share several characteristics. For instance, the hood and the headlights of both models are very similar. Moreover, both models feature the general tiger nose grille design of the front end, although that of the Rio hatchback is bigger. Moreover, the rear end of the K2 features the new quarter-flanking taillights found on the Rio hatchback. Overall, the rear end of the K2 looks very similar to that of the 2017 Cadenza, primarily because of the duckbill spoiler and sleeker trunk design. This could mean that the design of these parts could be also be seen on the 2018 Rio sedan.

Read the entire article 2017 China-only Kia K2 provides early glimpse into 2018 Kia Rio sedan

South Korean carmaker Kia Motors has chosen the upcoming 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show at the venue for the unveiling of a turbocharged version of its new Kia Soul compact crossover to the North American market. For the 2017 model year, Kia’s Soul range has been made more appealing with the addition of the 2017 Soul Exclaim, a compact crossover with a sporty and dynamic feel. With this, the 2017 Kia is now offered in three versions – base, Plus and Exclaim.

The Soul is one of the reasons why Kia made a sudden surge in the United States, especially in the crossover segment. With a design distinct from fellow compact crossovers, the Kia Soul also managed to attract more customers to Kia by offering a satisfying fuel economy and comfortable ride in a package that is available in a very reasonable price.

Power had been provided for by 1.6- and 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engines, but was not enough to provide a higher level of thrill and excitement. The 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine found in the base Soul delivers only 130 hp of output while the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated powerplant in the Soul Plus offers a higher 161 hp. The Exclaim package for the refreshed 2017 Kia Soul is the answer that the carmaker has found to further the SUV’s appeal to customers in North America.

Read the entire article Kia unveils 2017 Soul Turbo at 2016 LA Auto Show

Kia Motors believes that in the future, cars will not only be customized to fit our lifestyles but will also be able to drive on their own.

Thus for the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association, Kia put on display four concept models meant to explore diverse and active lifestyle from business travel or even sports entertainment.

According to KIA exec Michael Sprague, Kia has been in the U.S. market for 22 years and has been proud of the fact that the brand has helped people meet the demands of a diverse and active lifestyle. The 2016 SEMA Show, he added, is a way for the brand to showcase what the future can be.

Read the entire article Kia unveils 4 custom autonomous models for 2016 SEMA

South Korean carmaker Kia Motors has unveiled the fourth-generation Kia Rio at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The latest generation of the Rio is calling out to B-segment customers to carefully consider this newly designed great ride that boasts of first-in-class safety technology and new connectivity features as well as high levels of practicality and convenience.

The B-segment is currently the biggest segment in the new car market in Europe, and Kia expects to sell over 100,000 units of the newest iteration of the Rio on its first full year. Such a sales figure will place the Rio alongside the carmaker’s other hit models in the continent like the Sportage and cee’d.

In 2015, the Rio ranked as the brand’s best-selling model in the world selling over 473,000 units or 16 percent of its annual sales. Kia sold 12,115 Rios in the United Kingdom in the same year, which account for around 15 percent of overall sales in the country.

Read the entire article 2017 Kia Rio presented at Paris Motor Show

The 2016 Paris Motor Show has been hosting various automotive surprises for more than a century. Held every October, the Paris Motor Show has become a popular venue for car manufacturers to showcase to their newest concept cars and brand new or updated models. This year’s show is not an exception as some companies have dropped a few hints of what is in store for their most loyal customers. One of them is none other than South Korean automaker, Kia.

This year, Kia will be presenting the 2017 Kia Soul – a quicker and trendier version of its five-door compact crossover. What makes this year’s Soul extra special is the fact that it went all the way to Europe to get its upgrades. Yes, you read that right. The Soul apparently got itself a facelift and some styling upgrades, new technology, and the highlight of them all, a new engine and transmission combination.

Rumours of the Soul’s upgraded turbo power have circulated for a while and this time, it has finally been confirmed. The new Soul will now have a 1.6-liter T-GDI four-cylinder engine courtesy of Cee’d GT and Pro_Cee’d GT, and is capable of giving 201 horsepower on the front wheels via its new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This year’s model is now considered as the most powerful Soul that was ever made by the South Korean automaker. It is expected to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 122 mph. It also comes with larger brakes for more stopping power and will come in three driving modes: Normal, Eco, and Sport.

Read the entire article 2017 Kia Soul gets 1.6 turbo engine and design upgrades straight from Europe

Considered as a significant improvement over the current model, the all-new 2017 Kia Cadenza has been unveiled at the 2016 New York International Auto Show.

For the upcoming model, Kia’s engineers aim to have it get an overall five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration as well as a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Passenger safety is being taken care of by nine airbags including a driver’s knee airbag, as well as innovative driver assistance features like the Advanced Smart Cruise Control with stop-and-go functionality, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning.

Read the entire article Second-generation Kia Cadenza unveiled at the 2016 New York Auto Show

Kia Niro is the brand’s newest low-emissions hybrid crossover created using its first-ever dedicated eco-car platform. This latest offering from Kia will officially be introduced to Europe through the 86 Salon International de l’Automobile or the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show.

Created from scratch as a hybrid vehicle, it has the modern design that makes it stick out when compared with other conservatively-styled hybrid in its class. While it does have high fuel efficiency due to its advanced hybrid powertrain, it has the road appeal and practicality of a crossover.

The platform utilized for the Niro was based from current Kia models though it was made from the ground up. It is aimed at being able to contain not only the next-generation powertrains but also an array of environmentally-conscious technologies.

Read the entire article Kia to debut Niro hybrid crossover at 2016 Geneva Auto Show

The all-new Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid will likewise be premiered in the prestigious 2016 Geneva Motor Show. A key feature to this new vehicle is its new hybrid powertrain, which the company will introduce in all its D-segment line-up highlighting the company’s effort in providing low-emission options for buyers.

This new Optima Plug-in Hybrid can go 33 miles of pollution-free travel using an all-electric power, which is a longer pure electric range then pervious hybrid models. This is achieved by the higher battery capacity of the vehicle while a highly efficient 2.0-litre GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine provides additional power when needed.

This efficient combination results in a low CO2 emission of just 37g/km. Michael Cole, Kia Motors Europe Chief Operating Officer, stressed the need for Kia to join the hybrid market in Europe noting that hybrid sales for the last five years alone have more than doubled.

Read the entire article Euro-spec 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid confirmed for 2016 Geneva Motor Show

The motoring world is abuzz with excitement on the March 1 global premier of the all-new Kia Optima Sportswagon during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. This would be Kia's first D-segment tourer, with the D-segment being the European Commission classification for large cars, and is inspired by the 2015 SPORTSPACE concept which made its debut last year during the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

Optima Sportwagon bears a striking resemblance to the well-received 2016 Optima Saloon in terms of exterior appeal and the premium interior. However, being a wagon, it has that added cargo capacity which makes it more practical and certainly more appealing to those tourer-inclined buyers. Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe, explains that the Optima Saloon signals the brand's design-focused shift for its next generation vehicles.

The SPORTSPACE concept was just a prelude as to what Kia planned to do next with the high-successful Optima Saloon which is to morph it into a sporty station wagon to introduce more practicality and style. For the moment, this eye-catching Sportswagon seems to be specifically targeted to the European market.

Read the entire article Kia is set to launch its new Optima Sportswagon at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

With the global debut of the 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV), Kia Motors America (KMA) introduced the latest addition to its Green Car Roadmap at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. The all-new Niro boasts a set of highly-integrated features in styling and functionality as well as the outstanding efficiency of a hybrid.

The 2017 Kia Niro, which falls under Kia’s EcoDynamics lineup, embodies a number of firsts for the car maker. It was developed with an enhanced eco-car platform following its predecessors such as the Soul EV and the Optima Hybrid. The vehicle is a vital leap in fulfilling the company’s vision to triple its environmental roster by 2020.

Moreover, a plug-in hybrid powertrain is also to be added to the Niro’s succeeding lineup. The new Kia Niro, developed and assembled at Kia Motors’ design centers in Namyang, Korea, and Irvine, California, is a clear indication of the brand’s desire to offer functional utility and efficiency without one compromising the other.

Read the entire article 2017 Kia Niro presented at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show

The enhanced 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), which comes with a new hybrid powertrain that aims to surpass the fuel economy of its predecessor by 10%, was launched at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show as one of Kia Motors America’s (KMA) EcoDynamics offerings.

2017 Optima Hybrid is equipped with the new driver assistance system, Eco-DAS, highlighting the car maker’s first use of Coasting Guide.

The purpose of the feature is to maximize fuel economy by instructing the driver about when to coast and brake through the instrument panel. The system has an icon that blinks for four seconds and gives off a one-time audible alert.

Read the entire article 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid offers new powertrain with 10% better fuel economy

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