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A funding grant has been awarded to Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc., (HATCI) and wireless power technology firm Mojo Mobility, Inc. for the research and development of a system that can fast charge an EV through wireless means. The grant was given by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Vehicle Technologies (VT) program.
Mojo Mobility is famous for having developed very efficient wireless charging systems that can transfer high power even when the charger and the vehicle are not precisely aligned. HATCI president Sung Hwan Cho said that it is “honoured” to be chosen as a DOE partner. He said that innovations like this goes well with a core goal, which is to “create a vehicle experience that is intuitive and easy for the consumer."
Kia's first electric vehicle in the U.S. – the all-new 2015 Kia Soul EV – was recently launched. It proves the point further that there is an increasing demand for electro-mobility, which is crucial to lessening the petroleum consumption in the U.S. transportation sector. It will be much more convenient to owners of EVs if wireless charging technology becomes available.Read the entire article US DOE to fund wireless charging technology research of Hyundia-Kia, Mojo Mobility
The Hyundai Motor Group – a multinational conglomerate that includes South Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia -- will have a new head of design. Luc Donckerwolke is the new Chief Design Officer of the entire Hyundai Motor Group, replacing erstwhile design head Peter Schreyer. Donckerwolke commenced his new role in the company on Nov. 1, 2018.
Prior to his promotion, Donckerwolke used to be the Executive Vice President of Hyundai Motor’s design center. In this role, Donckerwolke was practically working with Schreyer in influencing the design of Hyundai, Kia and Genesis vehicles. Now, his appointment means that he is taking over Schreyer’s work as chief of design operations at Hyundai Motor Group. He is now the primary overseer of the group’s global design team, which means that he will be the man behind the overall design direction of the Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brands from now on.
The appointment of Donckerwolke as the new chief design officer at the Hyundai Motor Group comes as Chung Euisun - company chairman and chief executive Chung Mong-koo – was promoted to a higher role in the company in September. The younger Chung is now the executive vice chairman of the Hyundai Motor Group, a position that allows him to oversee the entire conglomerate. He is also the heir apparent to the position currently held by his father, which means the younger Chung is now being groomed to become next chairman and CEO of the Hyundai Motor Group.Read the entire article Luc Donckerwolke is the new Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group
South Korean carmaker Kia has a new version of its Kia Ceed. It performs just like a standard Kia Ceed but it does look similar to the high-performance Kia Ceed GT. Kia believes that this new offering – the all-new Kia Ceed GT Line -- will strengthen the appeal of its new mid-size family car range.
The new Kia Ceed GT Line, which Kia has just unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, can be availed on every version of the new Ceed (Ceed five-door hatchback and Ceed Sportswagon). On the other hand, the ProCeed shooting brake variant comes standard as the Kia ProCeed GT Line.
On the exterior, the new Kia Ceed GT Line is laden with unique GT-inspired design elements a satin chrome and gloss black ‘tiger-nose’ grille surround, newly designed front and rear bumpers similar to that of the Ceed GT and ProCeed GT. Horizontal metallic ‘blades’ are found on the fog lamp surround. Available in any of the 10 available paint finishes, the new Ceed GT Line models rides on 17-inch wheels, on optional 18-inch GT Line alloy rims.Read the entire article 2018 Paris Motor Show: Kia Ceed GT Line borrows styling cues from Ceed GT hot hatch
Kia is introducing third generation of the Kia ProCeed. While the next-gen model retained its nameplate, it has changed from a three-door coupe to a shooting brake. To be available in the market in the first quarter of 2019, the new Kia ProCeed offers imposing proportions, a compact footprint and good level of versatility.
The decision to transform the ProCeed from a three-door coupe into a shooting brake was fairly easy for Kia. As explained by Gregory Guillaume, Kia’s European Head of Design, the market for three-door hatchbacks in Europe has been shrinking.
However, Kia was adamant to kill the nameplate just because of low demand. Instead, they created a shooting brake body for the ProCeed, making it more versatile while having no direct rival. While Mercedes-Benz has the CLA Shooting Brake, this offering belongs to the premium segment, while the Kia ProCeed is for the volume market.Read the entire article Third-generation Kia ProCeed evolves from a three-door coupe to a shooting brake model
A new hot hatch is ready to carry the high-performance will of South Korean carmaker Kia Motors. Designed, developed, engineered, and built in Europe, the new 2019 Kia Ceed could be considered as a more practical and more versatile version of the Hyundai Veloster Turbo, having the same engine and same power underneath their hoods.
Kia engineered and developed the new Ceed GT exclusively for European drivers and roads. It underwent six months of additional testing to ensure that the hot hatch is more agile and more engaging to drive.
The new Kia Ceed GT sits 5 mm lower than the standard Ceed and Ceed Sportswagon, allowing it to have a lower center of gravity. To offer a more assured ride without compromising drive comfort, the front and rear springs were made stiffer while the responses to steering inputs have been improved. The new Ceed GT also features softer front and rear anti-roll bars.Read the entire article 2019 Kia Ceed GT is a hot hatch with aggressive looks and 204 PS in power
At the International Electric Vehicle Expo in South Korea, Kia revealed the highly anticipated Kia Niro EV together with the the Niro Plug-In Hybrid and Soul EV. Aside from the reveal of the production version of the pure electric crossover, the automaker also gave us information on this soon to be available electric CUV.
Similar to the Hyundai Kona EV’s offerings, the electric Niro will be offered with two different battery options: a 39.2 kilowatt hour version and a 64 kilowatt hour version. Take note though that only the beefier version will be offered in the United States. According to Kia, the smaller battery will have a range of 149 miles per charge, while the bigger one is claimed to have 236 miles. The similar Hyundai Kona may be a little smaller, but it can go a little further per charge.
As for the dimensions, the Niro EV is 4,375mm long, 1,805mm wide, and 1,560mm tall, and 2,700mm in shaft.Read the entire article 2019 Kia Niro EV makes its worldwide debut
As Peter Schreyer, a former BMW executive, is now with Kia, it now appears that the Korean automaker is in a familiar path when it comes to styling and performance. Since the beginning, the Kia Stinger GT had always been a hit, and rumours of a performance sub-brand, similar to Hyundai’s N line, are on the table. Speaking of styling, Kia’s current look will remain, especially their signature “Tiger Nose” grille, says Schreyer.
As has been confirmed, the Tiger Nose grille will not be changed any time soon. If you haven’t noticed, this design element can be found in most Kia models, from the new K900 to the Stinger, and even the entry level Rio. Schreyer is adamant that this design is what will make Kia models identifiable, similar to BMW’s kidney grille that sets it apart from the others.
Schreyer shared how the tiger nose grille should serve Kia similar to how effective the kidney grilles were for the BMW brand. The design element is not just appealing as Schreyer says that it is also flexible. He then added that he could not say the same about BMW’s styling element.Read the entire article Kia’s very recognizable Tiger Nose grille is here to stay
It has been months since Kia began making noise about its new sporty Stinger, as well as the redesigned K900 flagship sedan that is among Kia’s biggest reveals at the 2018 New York Auto Show. But of course, the 2019 Kia Optima will not allow itself to be overshadowed. This is why the long standing compact sedan received a minor update that primarily adds new equipment and tech to the familiar design.
At first glance, it is not easy to spot the changes on the Optima, but if there is one thing that will truly catch your attention, it will be the new Passion Red exterior paint option that help identify the 2019 Optima. The car wears Stinger inspired LED daytime running lights. On one hand, the S models will be getting new fog lamps in a tweaked front fascia, together with LED tail lights, and a couple of gloss black trim for the grille and the side sills.
The EX trim level, on the other hand, gets new leather sport seats and a new ambient interior lighting option. Moving up the higher trims, the SX will be dressed in two-tone red/black leather “European style” sport seats, and the SXL model will be a little more upscale with a new two tone bronze/black interior with Nappa leather.Read the entire article 2019 Kia Optima gets minor refresh and technology update
At the 2018 New York Auto Show, Kia did not just reveal the luxurious K900 and the updated Optima. Alongside these two models, the South Korean automaker also decided to show off the refreshed 2019 Sedona van before it goes on sale towards the end of the year.
Under the hood of the Sedona will be a 3.3 liter V6 with 276 horsepower (206 kilowatts) and 248 pound feet (336 Newton metres) of torque. The engine, however, is paired with an eight speed automatic instead of a six speed automatic that you can find in the outgoing model. Kia expects the change to boost fuel economy and give the van smoother acceleration. The Kia Sedona also offers a three step Variable Induction System (VIS) that improves engine breathing by adjusting the intake runner lengths to optimize engine torque under different load conditions.
As we look at the Kia Sedona’s exterior, you will notice some changes on the front and rear fascias, but the changes are so subtle that they are quite difficult to spot. The lower part of the car looks a little more angular in shape, though the tweaks do not really make a huge impact on the minivan’s styling very much. From the mid-level EX grade, the vehicles get a button for activating power sliding door on the handle. The top two trims, the SX and SXL, will feature LED headlights. The range topping SXL also features skid plates, foglights, and 19 inch chrome wheels.Read the entire article 2019 Kia Sedona shows off its 8-speed auto in New Yorkda
A couple of weeks ago, we heard that Kia took the covers off its newest K900 in their homeland in South Korea. Now, the automaker does the same for the North American model at the 2018 New York Auto Show. The automaker claims that this model will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2018, and pricing details will be revealed as we come closer to the launch date.
New K900 just made its debut in the United States, looking pretty much like its South Korean sibling, where the sedan carries the name K9. The design is quite conservative and it maintains a traditional three box shape, and it seems to not want to move towards the sleeker, coupe inspired elements like that in many modern sedans.
The new grille is one thing that Kia is quite proud of, featuring a wavy mesh with 176 cells. Apparently, this design was made to release energy moving away from its center, similar to how ripples in water move away from the impact of a splash. The poetic concept is not very obvious when looking at the real thing though.Read the entire article 2019 Kia K900 debuts in New York packing lots of tech
After many years, Kia finally decided that they would get rid of the Optima’s former 1.7 liter CRDi engine to make way for their new 1.6 liter diesel engine. This new engine will be offered in the European spec model, and is substantially cleaner than its predecessor - thanks to the Selective Catalytic Reduction active emissions control technology, allowing it to meet even stricter rules than the ones applicable for the Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard.
As for output, the model develops 134 horsepower (100 kilowatts) and 320 Newton metres (236 pound feet) of torque. This gives it the exact same amount of output as its predecessor, but with 4 Newton metres (3 pound feet) less torque.
Meanwhile, if you prefer a gasoline engine, you’re in luck because Kia plans to introduce a turbocharged 1.6 liter unit with 177 horsepower channeled to the road through a seven speed, dual clutch automatic gearbox. This 1.6 liter will be positioned in between the naturally aspirated 2.0 liter and the more potent 2.0 liter turbo that you could get in the range topping model.Read the entire article European-spec 2018 Kia Optima gets new engine options
The outgoing Kia Cee’d nameplate has had a pretty huge success since it was first revealed in 2012, with sales figures of around 640,000 units. However, the segment has become more challenging for the Korean automakers because of how its rivals have improved their offerings, including the Honda Civic, Volkswagen Golf, and the upcoming 2018 Ford Focus. And this is why Kia decided to raise the model’s game as it revealed their all new model ahead of its debut at Geneva next month.
Now, the automaker made a slight change to its name, now turning it into “Ceed”, by taking out the apostrophe. The reason for this is for it to appeal to the worldwide market. Ceed actually stands for “Community of Europe, with European Design”.
Similar to its predecessor, the 2018 Kia Ceed still has the automaker’s signature “Tiger Nose” grille tradition, flanked with ice cube daytime running lights that are pretty standard for them. This model gets more straight lines instead of creases and tapering lines like that of the previous model.Read the entire article More stylish and high-tech 2018 Kia Ceed is unveiled, notice the dropped apostrophe
Immediately after the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, automakers are now shifting their focus to the next major event, and that is the 2018 Geneva Motor Show that will be taking place in March. One of the first companies that have teased us with what’s soon to come would be Land Rover, with their fancy new Range Rover SV Coupe. Now, it is Kia’s turn as they are ready to reveal the sporty GT Line specification for its Rio supermini.
To give you a refresher, some models that are members of the GT Line family include the Picanto, Sportage, Optima and Sorento, and this new Rio GT Line is simply a visual pack that will give the B-segment hatchback a sportier exterior appearance. Up front, there will be a set of four-point “ice cube” LED fog lights, as it sits on a set of 17 inch alloy wheels that you can only get in this version. Kia has also added a few glossy black accents all over the model, contrasted with a chrome window trim and twin exhaust tips.
As for the interior, there aren’t a lot of things to discuss because the Rio GT will have the same interior as the standard Rio models. In fact, the only interior upgrade it gets is that it is now covered in a black synthetic leather and cloth upholstery with grey stitching, metallic accents, and carbon fiber look for the dashboard. It also gets a new flat bottomed steering wheel that gets a “GT Line” badge.Read the entire article 2018 Kia Rio GT Line shows up ahead of Geneva Motor Show
The 2019 Kia Forte may not be as great as its bigger brother, the Stinger, in term of performance. However, the third generation sedan gets some of the Stinger’s design elements, like the more aggressive lower fascia as well as the new set of sweptback headlights. It looks more coupe-like now because of the flowing roof as well as the shorter rear.
Apart from the new style, the Forte has also been made more efficient. The automaker equips it with the so called Intelligent Variable Transmission, which is the company’s CVT gearbox that was developed in house. It also has a six speed manual as an option. This is paired to a 2.0 liter four cylinder that runs on the Atkinson Cycle, helping it produce as much as 147 horsepower and 132 pound feet of torque.
There are no exact figures for now, but Kia claims that this engine with the CVT can get 35 miles per gallon combined fuel economy, that gives it 3 miles per gallon more than the Forte with a six-speed automatic.Read the entire article 2019 Kia Forte gets Stinger-inspired cues, has combined fuel economy of up to 35 mpg
In a country where sport utility vehicles and crossover are of high demand, keeping things fresh could spell success. Kia Motors America is aware of this, which is why it has just unveiled the refreshed 2019 Kia Sorento SUV at the 2017 Los Angeles Motor Show. The tweaks made were subtle but smarter, making the vehicle more appealing to customers in the United States.
As early as July this year, Kia already revealed the mid-cycle facelift of the Sorento in South Korea. The European facelift followed in September in Frankfurt, Germany. Now, it is the US refresh that got unwrapped, and this time it was in LA.
Still as rugged, refined and capable as before, the 2019 Kia Sorento comes standard as a three-row SUV with seating for seven passengers and is offered in five trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX and SXL. Kia has tweaked both its exterior and interior, but no major design changes were made. For instance, the new Sorento is provided with new front and rear fascias that lend the SUV with a more sophisticated and mature look. Its more detailed grille is now flanked by new headlights (full LED on SX and SXL), while its newly sculpted bumper now dons redesigned ice cube-style fog lamps that employ projection bulbs for EX and SX trims and LED for the SXL trim.Read the entire article Refreshed 2019 Kia Sorento appears at LA Auto Show with minor visual tweaks and more tech
Kia first unveiled the Niro PHEV at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, where it said it would go on sale in sale in the third quarter of 2017. Now, the US version of the Niro PHEV has made its debut in LA, sales in the country expected to commence in 2018. Once sales go online, the new 2018 Kia Niro PHEV will be available in three trim levels: LX, EX and EX Premium.
The new Niro PHEV has all the same packaging and driving enjoyment offered by the Niro hybrid. However, it has a number of elements that identify it as a PHEV. These include “ECO/Plug-In” badges, hybrid blue exterior accents, a charge port door (on left front fender) as well as tweaked front grille insert and surround. It comes available with LED headlamps and seven-inch color meter cluster with digital tachometer.
As a plug-in hybrid, the new Niro PHEV employs a combination of an all-aluminum 1.6-liter GDI (gasoline direct injection) four-cylinder engine and an 60-hp (44.5 kW) electric motor for a total system output of 139 hp and combined torque of 195 lb.-ft. This is backed by an 8.9 kWh (59 kW) lithium-polymer battery pack. Thanks to the higher capacity of the battery capacity (plus 7.34 kWh more than the Niro hybrid), the Niro PHEV boasts of fuel economy rating of 105 MPGe.Read the entire article 2018 Kia Niro PHEV marks North American debut at 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
After unveiling the mid-cycle refresh for the Europe-spec Kia Sorento mid-size sports utility vehicle (model year 2018) at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the South Korean carmaker is now set to do the same for the model bound for the United States. But days before Kia takes the wraps off the US-spec Sorento at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the carmaker has released a number of images of the new mid-size SUV for fans and enthusiasts to feast on.
Kia hasn’t released any details yet on the refreshed US-spec Sorento (2019 model year), even when the 2017 LA Auto Show is peeking around the corner. But perhaps, the South Korean has decided that it would best to divulge matters related to the new US-spec Sorento during the event.
For now, these two images are what Kia has provided to satisfy the curiosity of potential customers. However, he went as far as saying the images were taken while the mid-size SUV is managing through the perilous Hell’s Revenge 4x4 trail in Moab, Utah.Read the entire article Kia previews US-spec Sorento bound to be unveiled at 2017 LA Auto Show
In a bid to get its share of spotlight in the ever-expanding SUV arena, Kia is finally sending its Pro Cee’d out the door by welcoming four new SUV models on stage. These four new SUV variants will be focused towards its European market, including a performance oriented shooting brake that is likely to be launched early next year.
While the Pro Cee’d has been discontinued, Kia is replacing the three-door hatch with exciting new models comprising of a crossover-type SUV, a sport –style wagon, a shooting brake and a long roof variant. The timing is perfect now that the Korean car maker is pushing its products more globally especially in Europe. In the previous year, Kia has sold over 89,000 vehicles in the UK where most of the sales are accounted for its SUVs --- earning the brand a larger market share versus Mini, Mazda, Land Rover, Fiat and Citroen.
With design references coming mostly from the brand’s current SUVs as well as from its popular Euro-spec Cee’d hatchback, Kia’s upcoming compact SUV line will be positioned just below its existing Stonic and Sportage models but otherwise on the same level as the Seat Ateca and Nissan Qashqai SUVs in the highly competitive ground.Read the entire article Kia gets rid of Pro Cee’d 3-door hatchback but shooting brake and SUV variants will launch next year
Don’t you agree that the most exciting thing to do before actually driving your new car is playing with the configurator? After reading and watching countless reviews about the 2018 Kia Stinger, we can finally create our dream Stingers through Kia’s official configuration tool.
For the United States market, Kia will be offering five different trim levels to customers. The entry level model, or the “Stinger”, starts at $31,900. It is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder with as much as 255 horsepower (190 kilowatts) that’s paired with an eight-speed automatic. The next trim would be the Premium, which comes with the same four-cylinder engine as the base trim.
The three other models will be the GT, GT1, and GT2 - and these are also the most popular versions that all feature a 3.3 liter V6 with 365 horsepower (272 kilowatts). If you prefer an all-wheel drive over a rear-wheel drive, you can buy an upgrade worth $2,200 throughout the entire lineup.Read the entire article 2018 Kia Stinger can now be configured online, choose from 5 trim levels
Car manufacturers have been boasting a lot of interesting cars and concepts at the ongoing 2017 SEMA Show. From BMW’s M5 Performance Parts, Chevrolet’s cool new software update for the Corvette, and Kia’s good-looking trio. Yes, even Kia stepped up their game and made a noise at SEMA, by bringing along two hot Stingers and an all-black Cadenza.
Let us get into more detail about each car beginning with the wide body Stinger. As you can see in the photo, it had been hand crafted by the people at West Coast Customs. And if you know something about car history, you would notice a slight resemblance between the custom Stinger and the GT cars of the 1970s. But despite the same wide body treatment that it got, it still has Kia’s already aggressive design.
The Stinger rides on a set of 21-inch Keen forged wheels paired with high performance tires. It also sits on a lowered suspension (by 1.4 inches up front, and 1.2 inches in the rear), and is finished in layers of pearl blue metallic paint. The body has a lightweight carbon fiber aero kit and a rear diffuser to keep the sedan close to the ground. Inside is a driver-centric cockpit with bright blue leather piping that match the handmade grey leather seats.Read the entire article Customized Kia Cadenza, Stinger will impress you at 2017 SEMA Show
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