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2018 Kia Niro EV spied

The all-electric Kia Niro EV has been spied during development testing in Germany this week. Despite being shrouded in heavy camouflage, we'd suggest the Niro EV will bear a strong resemblance to the Niro hybrid and plug-in hybrid (below)...

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Kia tops US JD Power quality survey again, VW beats Toyota
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Kia tops US JD Power quality survey again, VW beats Toyota

Kia has once again come out on top of the JD Power Initial Quality Study in the United States, making it the second year in a row the Korean manufacturer has ranked highest in the independent survey. Last year the company was the first non-premium automotive brand in 27 years to outdo the competition, and once again Kia has beaten premium manufacturers like Porsche, Lexus and Audi, along with mainstream players like Ford, Hyundai and Toyota...


2017 Kia Optima Sportswagon, Niro plug-in hybrids unveiled at Geneva
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2017 Kia Optima Sportswagon, Niro plug-in hybrids unveiled at Geneva

Following in the footsteps of the Kia Optima plug-in hybrid sedan revealed in early 2016, Kia has taken the covers off two new plug-in hybrid production models at the 2017 Geneva motor show, with the dual-powered Optima Sportswagon and Niro set to bring greater efficiency and practicality to the PHEV fraternity...


Kia Niro to get Hyundai Ioniq electric powertrain in 2018 – report
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Kia Niro to get Hyundai Ioniq electric powertrain in 2018 – report

The Kia Niro hybrid SUV sold in the US and Europe is set to get an all-electric variant next year, according to a new report. An article by Dutch publication AutoRai, translated by Carscoops quotes the company's European CEO, Michael Cole, saying the Niro EV will use the running gear of the all-electric version of the Hyundai Ioniq...


Kia Rio GT, SUV spinoff could be on the cards
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Kia Rio GT, SUV spinoff could be on the cards

Kia is examining the possibility of a performance variant and SUV offshoot of the recently revealed 2017 Rio range, with at least the latter a very real possibility. Speaking to CarAdvice at last week’s Paris motor show, Kia Motors Europe’s chief operating officer, Michael Cole, said that while there are no plans for the hot hatch Kia Rio GT for the moment, a styling-focused GT Line model will likely start the process first...


Kia Australia leaving door open to Niro and Optima hybrids
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Kia Australia leaving door open to Niro and Optima hybrids

There’s a chance that Kia Australia may offer two hybrid models within the next 24 months, with the brand considering the potential of both the Kia Niro small SUV and Kia Optima Hybrid. The company’s chief operating officer, Damien Meredith, said such a strategy would make more sense than just offering one hybrid on its own...


Kia small SUV role likely to be filled by repositioned Soul, Niro unlikely for Oz
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Kia small SUV role likely to be filled by repositioned Soul, Niro unlikely for Oz

Kia is expected to reposition the Soul crossover hatch as its entry-level SUV model within months - but it will mainly come down to price, rather than ride height. Ever since the current-generation Soul arrived on sale in Australia in 2014, it has been considered too dear for what it offered in the market. There has also been a non-existent marketing spend around that model...


Kia Australia rival for Mazda CX-3 may not appear until late 2017
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Kia Australia rival for Mazda CX-3 may not appear until late 2017

Kia Australia’s much-needed baby crossover SUV rival to the Mazda CX-3 is not expected to appear until around the end of 2017. With its larger new Sportage now on-sale, it means Kia Australia looks set to be without a dedicated small SUV to compete in one of the market’s fast-growing segments for a few more years yet...


Kia Niro hybrid SUV unveiled
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Kia Niro hybrid SUV unveiled

The Kia Niro crossover, the brand's first dedicated hybrid, has been unveiled ahead of the 2016 Chicago auto show. Anyone hoping for a Nissan Juke-sized SUV with distinctive styling in the vein of the 2013 concept may be a little disappointed...


Kia Niro hybrid SUV teased ahead of February debut - UPDATE
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Kia Niro hybrid SUV teased ahead of February debut - UPDATE

Kia has handed down a new pair of teaser images for the 2016 Kia Niro compact SUV - or "Hybrid Utility Vehicle" - ahead of an official debut at next month's Chicago auto show. These new images follow the release in December of two streamlined sketches, which offered the first clear look at what we can expect from Kia’s long-overdue small SUV...


Kia Niro compact SUV spied in Austria
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Kia Niro compact SUV spied in Austria

A disguised Kia Niro compact SUV prototype has been spotted undergoing testing at the Grossglockner mountain pass in Austria ahead of its predicted debut at the 2016 Geneva motor show. The sub-Sportage SUV model was spotted testing its cooling and brakes on the high mountain road, hence why in some of these images the Niro prototype is towing a Kia Picanto hatchback...


Kia small SUV imminent, will take cues from Niro concept
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Kia small SUV imminent, will take cues from Niro concept

Kia is set to launch a sub-compact SUV based on the Niro concept that was revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show. In the past two years, work has been underway to bring a production car to market. Speaking with CarAdvice at the Kia design centre in Europe, chief designer Gregory Guillaume said the brand's B-segment SUV contribution was is "not far away"...


Kia sub-compact SUV spy photos
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Kia sub-compact SUV spy photos

The upcoming Kia sub-compact SUV has been spotted and snapped by our spy photographers whilst undergoing testing on the streets of Europe. We believe that the vehicle seen here is a close relation to Kia KX3 concept, which made its debut at the Guangzhou auto show in November 2014. Last year's KX3 concept looked practically production ready, except for maybe its headlight internals...


Kia's sub-compact SUV in the works
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Kia's sub-compact SUV in the works

Kia is actively working on a sub-compact SUV that will be unveiled in China early next year before its speculated international debut. Speaking to CarAdvice at Kia headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Kia’s vice president of overseas marketing, Soon-Nam Lee, confirmed Kia has plans for a small SUV to rival that of the Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur, Holden Trax and the soon to arrive Mazda CX-3 and Jeep Renegade...


Asia's small SUVs to put pressure on European rivals
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Asia's small SUVs to put pressure on European rivals

Europe’s thriving subcompact SUV segment has become a sales bonanza for brands such as Opel, Peugeot and Renault, but Asian rivals are now primed for a slice of the pie. Hyundai, Kia and Toyota are readying a range of new entries to compete with strong-selling models such as the Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur and Opel/Vauxhall Mokka...


Kia Niro: city SUV concept revealed
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Kia Niro: city SUV concept revealed

The Kia Niro concept could give life to a city-sized production SUV if it receives a positive reaction from the public at next month's Frankfurt motor show. Kia says its dramatically styled Niro concept hints at a possible future B-segment contender, designed to rival the likes of the Nissan Juke and other sub-compact SUVs...