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2019 World Car Awards: Finalists announced
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6th Feb 2019
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2019 World Car Awards: Finalists announced

The countdown to the World Car Finals has begun this week, with a list of 10 finalists announced for the overall title, along with the contenders in five specialist categories. According to the firm, a jury of 86 "distinguished international automotive journalists" selected the finalists by secret ballot, based on their own assessment of the vehicle as part of their professional work. The initial list of 40 models has been shaved to 10 finalists, with representation from around the world.
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James Wong
Kia Niro EV: New details revealed at Busan motor show
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8th Jun 2018
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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.
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James Wong
Kia Niro to get Hyundai Ioniq electric powertrain in 2018 – report
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16th Feb 2017
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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. The Ioniq Electric is powered by an 88kW/295Nm electric motor driving the front wheels via a single-speed transmission. Above: Hyundai Ioniq Electric
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James Wong
Kia Australia rival for Mazda CX-3 may not appear until late 2017
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12th Feb 2016
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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. The topic of Kia’s new sub-Sportage crossover emerged again this morning when Kia Global revealed the brand new Niro SUV at the Chicago motor show.
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Mike Costello