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Hyundai Kona EV, Kia e-Niro range downgraded

The long-range Hyundai Kona EV has had its range downgraded on the WLTP test cycle, after the company discovered its external test agency hadn't followed the correct test procedure. Kia last week downgraded the range of its e-Niro for the same reason...

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Kia Niro EV Australia bound in 2019
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Kia Niro EV Australia bound in 2019

Kia Australia is set to begin selling its first electric car before the end of next year, once its dealer network is up to speed on how to sell and maintain them. The EV in question is the newly revealed e-Niro, which appeared this week at the Paris motor show. It’s a small SUV with a WLTP-tested driving range of 485km on one charge...


Kia Niro EV: New details revealed at Busan motor show
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Kia Niro EV: New details revealed at Busan motor show

The Kia Niro EV has been presented at the Busan motor show in Korea this week, accompanied by new details regarding additional variants and the driver-assistance technologies on offer. It appears the Niro EV has a lot in common with the Hyundai Kona Electric, with Kia confirming the electric SUV's 150kW/395Nm electric motor which exclusively drives the front wheels – contrary to previous coverage suggesting it would feature the Ioniq Electric's lower-output 88kW/295Nm unit...


2018 Kia Niro EV revealed in Korea
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2018 Kia Niro EV revealed in Korea

Kia has whipped the covers off its production Niro EV at the International Electric Vehicle Expo in Korea, ahead of a wider market launch later in the year. The car unveiled in Korea has a 64kWh battery pack, good for 380km per charge, with a 32kWh model likely to be offered later in the year...


Kia Niro EV concept revealed at CES
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Kia Niro EV concept revealed at CES

The Kia Niro EV concept has been unveiled this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, likely previewing an upcoming production model. After being previewed with a set of shadowy teaser images last week, the Niro EV concept doesn't really offer too many surprises, looking like a dark and pumped-up version of the production Niro hybrid SUV (below)...


Kia Niro EV concept to be revealed next week
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Kia Niro EV concept to be revealed next week

Kia has handed down a series of shadowy teasers for its expected Niro EV, first reported in February last year. Based on the petrol-electric Niro hybrid SUV revealed a full year before reports of an all-electric model surfaced, next week's unveiling is described as a concept - although the preview images suggest we can expect a design very similar to the existing Niro...


2017 Good Design Awards, Chicago: Genesis, Kia, Mitsubishi the big winners
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2017 Good Design Awards, Chicago: Genesis, Kia, Mitsubishi the big winners

The winners of the 2017 Good Design Awards have been announced, with several automotive manufacturers snagging multiple titles - including Genesis, Kia and Mitsubishi. In addition to the aforementioned brands, awards were won by Bentley, Ferrari, Hyundai and Range Rover...


2018 Kia Niro EV spied
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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). The Niro prototype was also spied alongside a camouflaged version of the upcoming Hyundai Kona EV...


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...