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  1. [See image gallery at www.autoguide.com] Police in the United States can sometimes be seen in some pretty fast cars, such as Mustangs, Camaros and V8 Chargers and Challengers, for example. Similarly, the Queensland Police Service in Australia have now taken delivery of their own sporty police cruisers: 2018 Kia Stingers . The Queensland Police will put 50 of the 365 hp 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 Stingers into service this year. The Korean sport sedans will replace the force’s aging Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores. “This is a very important day for us,” said QPS Commissioner Ian Stewart. “We needed a special product to do a job for us, and that is what we have here. A wonderful product.” SEE ALSO: 2018 Kia Stinger Review Kia was also rather happy about the QPS acquiring Stingers due to the exposure. “This level of public exposure and endorsement from a high profile government utility is something which wouldn’t have been on the radar just a few years ago,” said Kia Australia COO Damien Meredith. “It is just a beginning, but a very important one for us.” How long before we see a Kia Stinger police car put into service in North America? American police forces are loyal to American products for obvious reasons, but with a 365 hp twin-turbo engine, rear-wheel drive and a 0-60 mph time of just 4.9s, the Stinger would certainly be up to the task of patrolling the Interstate. Discuss this story on our Kia Forum. The post Kia Stinger Police Car Goes Into Service in Australia appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
  2. Unveiled at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, the All-new Cerato (also known as Forte in some countries) has made a successful debut featuring its impressively enhanced exterior and interior design. Looking more dynamic and stylish, the All-new Cerato’s design has moved in a sportier direction while preserving the original design elements from predecessors. Let’s explore more of its eye-catching design updates. Sophisticated yet Sporty Exterior – the Mini Stinger The All-new Cerato maintains its sporty and youthful image while evolving a more sophisticated appearance that nods to a number of sleek and dynamic styling cues inspired by the Stinger fastback sport sedan. Kia Stinger & All-new Kia Cerato (from left to right) Like the Stinger, the Cerato’s long hood and short deck style built on a wider vehicle body platform recreate an overall fastback-like shape, fueling a sense of masculinity. The front end is more aggressive with a new sturdy version of the Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille and a Stinger-esque headlamp design, while the Cerato is the first model in its class to come equipped with full LED headlamps. The cowl point, base of the windshield, has been moved back to afford a more athletic and well-grounded stance. Around back, the rear bumpers are designed to look connected – Much like the Kia Sportage compact crossover, the Cerato now has a sleek horizontal trim piece that connects to the LED taillights. A Comfortable, High-tech Interior for Everyone As outstanding as its exterior design, the Cerato’s interior has been redesigned to provide an enhanced sense of spaciousness. In order to treat both driver and passengers to a more comfortable ride, the overall length, width, and height of the Cerato have been increased to allow for more head and legroom, as well as cargo room in the trunk. Simplicity is the key to the luxuriousness of the Cerato dashboard. Again drawing inspiration from the Stinger, the horizontal layout of the dashboard paints a picture of a wider interior. Minimizing clutter with clean lines and minimal buttons that are intuitively placed below an 8-inch touchscreen adds a sense of openness to the Cerato’s high-tech look. Sophisticatedly Built for Your Versatile Lifestyle A more versatile, high-end sedan with eye-catching design, the third-generation Cerato is more attractive to drivers seeking a compact sedan that can accommodate a versatile, active lifestyle. Thanks to a number of visual enhancements inside and out, the All-new Cerato is geared up to make any journey – whether a short commute or long haul – a more rewarding and decidedly upscale experience while providing a higher level of comfort. Hop in an All-new Cerato – every minute you spend in the dynamic and upscale Cerato is unquestionably quality time. Lees volledige artikel
  3. [See image gallery at www.autoguide.com] The latest sighting of the 2020 Kia Telluride has revealed the full-size SUV’s production grille and other parts of its front end. Kia is hoping the Telluride can help it to retain customers that want a crossover or SUV but have been forced to shop elsewhere due to its lack of large vehicle offerings. Seen here wearing less camouflage than ever before, the Telluride will stay true to the Telluride Concept with a boxy shape and a wide, upright grille. The rear is entirely covered, but like the front end, we’re not expecting a large departure from the design study. The full-size, three-row SUV is expected to share a platform with the new Hyundai Santa Fe and will likely feature Kia’s 3.5-liter V6 engine or 2.0-liter turbo. The Telluride Concept was powered by a 400 hp hybrid system consisting of the 3.5-liter V6 and an electric motor, but it’s not clear if Kia is seriously considering a hybrid powertrain for the production Telluride or not. SEE ALSO: Kia to Make Announcement on Production Telluride SUV Soon With three-rows and eight-seats, the Telluride will be focused on families and should have plenty of convenient features such as an abundance of cupholders, plenty of cargo space and USB ports in both the front and rear. It will have the recently released Subaru Ascent in its crosshairs when it arrives – another three-row offering that puts an emphasis on family-friendly functionality. The 2020 Kia Telluride, or whatever the production model ends up being called, will make its debut sometime later this year or in early 2019. Discuss this story on our Kia Forum. The post 2020 Kia Telluride Shows Off Production Grille in Spy Photos appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
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    [Torque News] Two Reasons to Love the Kia Niro Touring

    “Those two features – the loaded interior and the unique driving dynamics combine to make the Kia Niro Touring a great option for someone who wants a hybrid that stands out in that segment.” Click to Read More Lees volledige artikel
  5. The 2018 J.D. Power U.S. Initial Quality Study has been released and here are the top performers for each segment. The annual study examines problems experienced by original vehicle owners during the first 90 days of ownership, with initial quality measured by the number of problems per 100 vehicles (PP100). This year, the study found a four-percent improvement in quality, with Korean automakers Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis leading the way. SEE ALSO: Top 10 Best Car Brands in Initial Quality for 2018 Along with ranking all the automakers, J.D. Power has awarded the highest quality cars by segment. Small Car: Kia Rio The Kia Rio performed the best in the Small Car segment, earning top ratings in overall quality, body & interior quality – mechanical, overall quality – design, body & interior quality – design, and features & accessories quality – design. It’s one of two vehicles from Kia that made this year’s list, helping the Korean automaker rank second overall among nameplates. The Rio beat out the Nissan Versa, Chevrolet Bolt, Toyota Yaris, Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Fit, Toyota Prius c, and Mitsubishi Mirage. Small Premium Car: Acura ILX Topping the Small Premium Car segment is the Acura ILX, which earned top ratings for overall quality, but only has about average reliability. Hurting the ILX in J.D. Power’s evaluations were powertrain quality – design, overall quality – mechanical, features & accessories quality – mechanical, and body & interior quality – mechanical. Still, owners aren’t find many issues with their vehicles, helping the ILX rank best in the 2018 J.D. Power U.S. Initial Quality Study. The entry-level luxury sedan scored better than the BMW 2 Series, Mercedes-Benz CLA, and Audi A3. Compact Car: Toyota Corolla The popular Toyota Corolla is highest quality in the Compact Car segment, earning high marks in overall quality, overall quality – mechanical, body & interior quality – mechanical, overall quality – design, and features & accessories quality – design. The Corolla competed in a crowded segment, besting the Chevrolet Cruze, Kia Forte, Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Beetle, Nissan Sentra, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Mazda3, Hyundai Ioniq, Toyota Prius, Volkswagen Golf, Subaru Impreza, Chevrolet Volt, and Subaru WRX. Compact Premium Car: BMW 4 Series There’s a good reason the BMW 4 Series is a perennial best-seller in the Compact Premium Car segment. Receiving high marks in overall quality, overall quality – mechanical, body & interior quality – mechanical, and features & accessories quality – mechanical, the BMW 4 Series not only did well against its German competitors, but Japanese also offerings. Models the 4 Series beat include the Infiniti Q60, Lexus ES, Infiniti Q50, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Lexus IS, Acura TLX, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS, Kia Stinger, Lincoln MKZ, Audi A4, Audi A5, and Volvo S60. Midsize Car: Nissan Altima Nissan performed well in this year’s study, with the Altima wining an award for the Midsize Car category. The Altima received high marks in nearly all categories that were rated: overall quality, overall quality – mechanical, powertrain quality – mechanical, body & interior quality – mechanical, features & accessories quality – mechanical, body & interior quality – design, and features & accessories quality – design. Other vehicles in the segment include the Kia Optima, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Subaru Legacy, Volkswagen Passat, Toyota Camry, and Honda Clarity. Midsize Premium Car: Lincoln Continental Topping the Midsize Premium Car segment is the Lincoln Continental, which received top marks in overall quality, powertrain quality – mechanical, overall quality – design, powertrain quality – design, and features & accessories quality – design. The American automaker’s luxury sedan scored higher than the Genesis G80, Lexus GS, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Cadillac AT6, Audi A6, Cadillac CTS, and Volvo S90. Midsize Sporty Car: Ford Mustang There aren’t very many entries in the Midsize Sporty Car category, with the Ford Mustang taking home the award. The Mustang received highest marks in overall quality, features & accessories quality – mechanical, overall quality – design, body & interior quality – design, and features & accessories quality – design. Its only competitors are the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro. Large Car: Nissan Maxima Another offering from Nissan, the Maxima is the highest quality Large Car in this year’s study, scoring higher than the Ford Taurus, Chrysler 300, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger, and Toyota Avalon. Like the Altima, Nissan Maxima also received highest marks in various categories: overall quality, overall quality – mechanical, powertrain quality – mechanical, body & interior quality – mechanical, overall quality – design, body & interior quality – design, and features & accessories quality – design. Large Premium Car: Genesis G90 The Genesis brand actually ranked highest among all automakers with an IQS PP100 score of 68 in this year’s study. Helping lead the way is the Genesis G90, which took him an award in the Large Premium Car category. Top marks were received in overall quality, features & accessories quality – mechanical, overall quality – design, and features & accessories quality – design. Competitors within the segment include the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and Porsche Panamera. Minivan: Dodge Grand Caravan Surprisingly, the Minivan segment actually has more competitors than the Midsize Sporty Car category. This year, the award goes to the Dodge Grand Caravan, which received top marks in overall quality, overall quality – design, and features & accessories quality – design. The Grand Caravan beat out the Kia Sedona, Toyota Sienna, Chrysler Pacifica, and Honda Odyssey. Small SUV: Hyundai Tucson The Small SUV segment is growing and the Hyundai Tucson experiences the last number of problems, according to this year’s study. The model received top marks in every category except for powertrain quality – design. It outperformed the Kia Sportage, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Chevrolet Trax, MINI Countryman, Kia Niro, Buick Encore, Ford EcoSport, Jeep Compass, Subaru Crosstrek, Mazda CX-3, Toyota C-HR, and Honda HR-V. Small Premium SUV: Mercedes-Benz GLA/BMW X1 Two vehicles claimed awards in the Small Premium SUV category this year, the Mercedes-Benz GLA and BMW X1. The BMW X1 scored well on overall quality, overall quality – mechanical, body & interior quality – mechanical, features & accessories quality – mechanical, powertrain quality – design, and features & accessories quality – design. The GLA meanwhile, received high marks in overall quality, features & accessories quality – mechanical, overall quality -design, and body & interior quality – design. Both crossovers beat the Audi Q3 and Infiniti QX30. Compact SUV: Buick Envision Another crowded segment, the Buick Envision went home with the award in the Compact SUV category. The model received highest marks in all ratings except for features & accessories quality – mechanical and design. Still, it holds bragging rights over the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox, Jeep Cherokee, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Jeep Wrangler, Volkswagen Tiguan, Mitsubishi Outlander, Subaru Forester, and GMC Terrain. Compact Premium SUV: Lincoln MKC Lincoln MKC owners are experiencing the least amount of problems in the Compact Premium SUV category. The model scored high marks in overall quality, features & accessories quality – mechanical, overall quality – design, powertrain quality – design, and features & accessories quality – design. What’s more impressive is the MKC’s competition, which includes the Porsche Macan, Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, Lexus NX, Acura RDX, Audi Q5, Volvo XC60, Jaguar F-Pace, and Range Rover Velar. Midsize SUV: Kia Sorento In the Midsize SUV segment, the Kia Sorento ranked highest in initial quality. The Sorento received high marks in overall quality, powertrain quality – mechanical, overall quality – design, and features & accessories quality – design. It also beat out an impressive list of competitors including the Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Explorer, Nissan Murano, Toyota 4Runner, Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Edge, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9, Ford Flex, GMC Acadia, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Buick Enclave, Dodge Durango, Subaru Outback, Volkswagen Atlas, and Dodge Journey. Midsize Premium SUV: BMW X6 Sitting at the top of the mountain in the Midsize Premium SUV segment is the BMW X6, which received highest marks in all categories except overall quality – design, and features & accessories quality – design. The Midsize Premium SUV category is getting crowded, with the X6 besting the Lexus RX, Porsche Cayenne, Lincoln MKX, Cadillac XT5, Infiniti QX60, Lexus GX, Mercedes-Benz GLE, BMW X5, Audi Q7, Acura MDX, and Volvo XC90. Large SUV: Ford Expedition Not as competitive of a segment, but the Ford Expedition did take top honors in the Large SUV category. The model beat out the GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Tahoe, Nissan Armada, Toyota Sequoia, and Chevrolet Suburban. It received highest marks in overall quality, overall quality – design, body & interior quality – design, and features & accessories quality – design. Midsize Pickup: Nissan Frontier The Midsize Pickup category goes to the Nissan Frontier, which received highest marks in overall quality, features & accessories quality – mechanical, overall quality – design, and features & accessories quality – design. The Frontier competed against the GMC Canyon, Honda Ridgeline, Chevrolet Colorado, and Toyota Tacoma. Large Light Duty Pickup: Chevrolet Silverado The Ford F-150 might be the best selling light duty pickup, but Chevrolet Silverado owners are reporting less problems. Claiming the award for the Large Light Duty Pickup category, the Silverado beat out the F-150, Ram 1500, GMC Sierra, and Toyota Tundra. J.D. Power gave it high marks in overall quality, overall quality – design, and features & accessories quality – design. Large Heavy Duty Pickup: Chevrolet Silverado HD and Ford Super Duty There is however, a tie in the Large Heavy Duty Pickup category, with both the Chevrolet Silverado HD and Ford Super Duty taking home awards. That left the Ram 2500/3500 and GMC Sierra HD on the outside in this year’s ratings. The Chevrolet Silverado HD received high marks in overall quality, overall quality – mechanical, body & interior quality – mechanical, features & accessories quality – mechanical, overall quality – design, and body & interior quality – design. Meanwhile, the Ford Super Duty performed well in overall quality, overall quality – mechanical, powertrain quality – mechanical, overall quality – design, powertrain quality – design, and features & accessories quality – design. The post Top 20 Highest Quality Cars by Segment: 2018 appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
  6. J.D. Power has released its Initial Quality Study for 2018. The annually conducted study examines problems experienced by original vehicle owners during the first 90 days of ownership, J.D. Power says. The ‘initial quality’ is determined by recording the number of a certain model experiences per 100 vehicles (PP100). The lower score, the higher the vehicle’s initial quality is. SEE ALSO: Top 10 Vehicles with the Highest Three-Year Depreciation While not an indicator of long-term reliability, a vehicle’s initial quality is a good measure of how many small issues and problems it may experience over its lifetime. It’s worth noting that J.D. Power’s study takes into account tech-related issues, which account for many of the vehicle’s problem’s in the first 90 days of ownership. Problems related to infotainment systems were down in frequency compared to last year, although active safety systems, which are becoming increasingly popular in new vehicles, still proved to be a bit finicky on many new vehicles. Let’s take a look at the best automakers for initial quality for the 2018 model year. 10. Nissan Nissan was tenth in initial quality with 85 problems per 100 vehicles. This is a big win for the brand, which beat out Toyota, Honda and Mazda in initial quality. 9. Ram A surprising appearance in the top 10 was Ram with 84 problems for every 100 vehicles. 8. Lexus Lexus vehicles recorded 84 problems for every 100 vehicles, netting them eighth position. 7. Lincoln In seventh was Lincoln with 83 problems for every 100 vehicles. 6. Chevrolet Chevrolets experienced 82 problems for every 100 vehicles, landing them in sixth position. 5. Ford Ford performed well in the study, with J.D. Power recording 81 problems for every 100 vehicles. 4. Porsche Porsche, as always, ranks well in J.D. Power’s Initial Quality study with 79 problems experienced per 100 vehicles. 3. Hyundai Hyundai recorded 74 problems for every 100 vehicles, netting them the first available podium position in the study. 2. Kia Kia vehicles had just 72 recorded problems for ever 100 vehicles, landing them second in the rankings. 1. Genesis With just 68 problems recorded for every 100 vehicles, Hyundai’s luxury sub-brand, Genesis, tops this year’s J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. It was a clean sweep of the top three for the Korean brands. The post Top 10 Best Car Brands in Initial Quality for 2018 appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
  7. Hyundai and Kia have filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a high-compression, twin-supercharged four-cylinder engine. The patent, which was first filed on June 19th, 2017 and published this week, is for an engine “including one or more cylinders for generating a driving torque, a plurality of intake lines for supplying external air to one or more cylinders and one or more electric superchargers disposed on, or in, the plurality of intake lines.” The description of the engine goes on to explain the drawbacks of a traditional turbocharger, such as turbo lag, weight and limited compression ratio. By comparison, the twin electric supercharger setup is lighter and allows for increased responsiveness and higher compression, it says. The patent also explains how the output of the electric superchargers is limited to the “low and middle-speed region” and how they can help provide strong low-end torque. Hyundai also says it is “possible to increase design freedom of a vehicle and reduce manufacturing costs of the vehicle by removing a mechanical turbocharger having a relatively high volume and weight.” The engine described and shown here incorporates cylinder deactivation as well, which would operate in low-speed and low-load conditions in order to save fuel. SEE ALSO: Hyundai Grandmaster SUV Concept Previews its Future Designs It sounds as though Hyundai is looking to achieve a similar goal to what Mazda is with its supercharged spark compression ignition SkyactivX engine – providing a fuel efficient four-cylinder with a lean burn and high compression ratio that is fun to drive. There’s no guarantee this engine will ever see the light of day, but it’s interesting to see Hyundai taking an interest in internal combustion engine technology as the rest of the automotive industry focuses intently on hybrids, plug-ins and pure EVs. Discuss this story on our Hyundai Forum. The post Hyundai Working on Twin Supercharged Four Cylinder Engine appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
  8. The classic story of Peter Pan has been revived as a Sci-Fi blockbuster with Kia. Kia Motors has launched a new global advertising campaign featuring characters from the beloved story of Peter Pan, with the goal of conveying sophisticated future technologies in an easy-to-understand and friendly way. The three-minute film, entitled Peter Returns, is a re-imagining of the world-famous Peter Pan fairy tale and offers a futuristic take on Peter’s ongoing conflict with Captain Hook. In 2030, the not-too-distant-future, Peter Pan returns as a righteous hero, joined by trusted companions Wendy and Tinker Bell, to defend Neverland from the nefarious Captain Hook, who has been monopolizing the fruits of technological progress. This short film is part of Kia’s ‘Boundless for All’ vision, in which opportunities for mobility are limitless, and where everyone can enjoy the infinite value that future transportation will bring. This is Kia’s manifesto for its role as a mass mobility provider in the future, with a thoroughgoing commitment to provide broader solutions to mobility. Under the direction of award-winning French filmmaker Philippe André, Kia’s own brand identity is naturally reflected in this delightful film. Bringing this futuristic dream to life whilst capturing Kia’s unique spirit of challenge and passion for innovation, the film boasts an impressive production scale. About 200 actors, actresses and production staff members joined the project, while about 100 different costumes and a wealth of props were created. It also took around a year to make sketches of the imaginary Neverland and the future city and turn them into computer graphics (CG). “Kia is on a journey to become one of the leading mass mobility providers in the future… Much like the people of Neverland in ‘Peter Returns’, everyone deserves to benefit from technological progress, not just the few.” – Yong Won Cho, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Brand & Marketing Division at Kia Motors Corporation Throughout the film, viewers are invited to a fun-filled experience of the multiple autonomous and advanced technologies featured in the Kia Proceed Concept, which was previously unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017. Kia’s Smart Biometric Access System recognizes Peter just by his facial features and gait, the Dynamic Wireless Charging System automatically charges itself while running on the road, and the Valet Parking Pilot allows the vehicle to park on its own to help Peter and Wendy infiltrate Hook Tower. For boundless communication, Smart Pixel Light technology sends messages to other drivers or pedestrians such as, “Your Lights are on” or “Watch Out!,” to help clear up confusion on the roads. Sound Focusing allows the vehicle to target sound at a specific person to alert them of the car’s presence, while Intelligent Agent is able to understand the driver’s voice commands and respond accordingly. The technologies seen in the film are not just imaginary, but are actually being developed by Kia. Under the ‘Boundless for All’ thesis, Kia plans to commercialize Level 4 autonomous driving technology, with ‘Smart City’ autonomous vehicle testing due to commence in 2021. Kia always considers people first and is highly dedicated to developing automotive technologies that provide a safe, convenient and limitless mobility experience for all. Future technologies are coming your way very soon, so stay tuned for more surprises brought to you by Kia and share your thoughts about the film! Lees volledige artikel
  9. “The new K900 is bigger and more powerful than its predecessor, sharing the same, though slightly stretched, rear-wheel drive platform as the Kia Stinger GT.” Click to Read More Lees volledige artikel
  10. [See image gallery at www.autoguide.com] The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently conducted its passenger-side small overlap front crash test on several midsize SUVs. Introduced last year, the passenger-side small overlap front crash test has just the front corner of a vehicle striking another vehicle or object, such as a tree or utility pole. IIHS has been rating vehicles in driver-side small overlap crashes since 2012, resulting in significant improvements by automakers. But passengers aren’t always afforded equal protection, IIHS found, so it began testing the passenger side last year. The latest batch of vehicles include the 2019 Kia Sorento, 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, 2018 GMC Acadia, 2018 Toyota Highlander, 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, 2018 Honda Pilot, 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and 2018 Ford Explorer. The results weren’t pretty for some vehicles, with IIHS discovering a wide range of issues, from structural collapse to airbag nondeployment. One of the most popular models in the segment, the 2018 Ford Explorer, delivered disappointing results. According to IIHS, the 2018 Ford Explorer rates poor because its structure was seriously compromised, with intrusion reaching 15 inches at the lower door hinge pillar and 13 inches at the upper door hinge pillar and the dashboard. The door sill was also pushed in six inches towards the crash dummy, and measures taken from the dummy showed a high likelihood of injuries to the right hip in a real-world crash of the same severity. There were also signs of possible left lower leg injuries. The Explorer also had poor structural performance in the driver-side test and earns an overall rating of marginal for driver-side small overlap protection. The American automaker is redesigning the Ford Explorer and has said the new model will improve small overlap protection on both sides. SEE ALSO: IIHS Evaluates Seven Small SUVs in New Crash Test Another vehicle that struggled was the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, with maximum intrusion of 10 inches at the lower door hinge pillar. But what was more alarming was that the passenger dummy’s head hit the dash hard through the front airbag, and since the side curtain airbag didn’t deploy, the door opened. During rebound, the dummy actually moved outside the vehicle since the door was opened. Measures taken from the dummy found right leg injuries would be likely in a crash of this severity, and a head injury would be possible. The passenger dummy in the Honda Pilot also indicated possible head injuries, with the head sliding off the front airbag and moving just far enough to hit the dashboard hard. The Pilot however, does have good structural performance, helping it earn an overall rating of acceptable, along with the Toyota Highlander and the Nissan Pathfinder. Three of the models tested earned a good rating: GMC Acadia, Kia Sorento, and Volkswagen Atlas. Although the Acadia had maximum intrusion of just two inches, the passenger dummy’s head did slide off the right side of the front airbag, leaving it vulnerable to contact with the forward structure. Kia updated the Sorento for the 2019 model year to improve protection in the passenger-side small overlap front crash. The Korean automaker reinforced the passenger-side toepan and door sill, resulting in a structure that was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of four inches on the right side of the toepan. As a result, the 2019 Kia Sorento is the only one to earn an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award out of the newly-rated SUVs. Discuss this story on our Ford Explorer Forum The post Popular Midsize SUVs Disappoint in New IIHS Passenger-Side Crash Test appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
  11. Owners of older Kia vehicles may want to look out for a recall notice in the mailbox. The Korean automaker is recalling over 507,000 vehicles in the U.S. due to an electronic glitch that may prevent airbags from deploying in a crash. The recall comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed in March it was investigating why some airbags had failed to deploy in certain Kia and Hyundai vehicles. At the time, NHTSA was aware of crashes where four people were killed and another six were injured. In today, both Hyundai and Kia have combined to recall nearly 1.1-million vehicles in the U.S. to address the issue. SEE ALSO: Hyundai, Kia Being Investigated for Air Bag Failures The latest recall from Kia affects the 2010-2013 Forte, 2011-2013 Optima, and 2011-2012 Optima Hybrid and Sedona vehicles. The automaker says the airbag control unit may short circuit because they may be susceptible to electrical overstress, preventing the front airbags and seatbelt pretensioners from deploying. Currently Kia does not yet have a fix, but is working with its supplier on the issue. Hyundai issued its first recall in February, affecting 154,000 Sonatas in the U.S. In April, Hyundai added to the total by recalling an additional 425,000 vehicles in the U.S. for the same issue. The company said in March it was aware of two deaths in its vehicles, which occurred in head-on collisions at extremely high rates of speed. NHTSA has said the airbag control module that is under investigation is manufactured by ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a German auto supplier. The company is working with NHTSA on the issue. Discuss this story on our Kia Forum The post Kia Recalls Over 500K Vehicles in US for Airbag Issue appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
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    Production Kia Niro EV Shown in Busan

    [See image gallery at www.autoguide.com] The Kia Niro EV has been unveiled with some more specs at the Busan Motor Show in Korea. This time, the Korean automaker unveiled two new battery options, a U.S.-exclusive 64-kWh battery for a 236-mile range and a 39.2-kWh battery pack with a 150-mile range for other markets. These numbers translate to a 7.8-second zero-to-62-mph time and up to an 80 percent charge in under an hour using a 100kW fast charger. Last January, Kia also present the EV in concept form as the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show without providing power numbers. As has been customary with Kia, different presentations have unveiled new specs, with CES showcasing its concept and the following International Electric Vehicle Expo in Jeju, Korea, showcasing its production version. SEE ALSO: Hyundai Kona N Development Confirmed On the driver assistance side, the Niro EV will feature Level 2 autonomy, which is defined as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as having one driver assistance feature which can allow for “both steering and acceleration/ deceleration using information about the driving environment”. This translates to adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist, where the driver is expected to assume control of the wheel. Look for the Niro EV to debut in Europe at the Paris Motor Show in October before going on sale in Korea before the end of the year, followed by expansion to other markets. A version of this story originally appeared on Hybrid Cars. The post Production Kia Niro EV Shown in Busan appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
  13. “But what really stands out is how the car feels more focused towards the driver. The steering is sharp and direct (a little too much so until you’re used to it) as well as communicating what is going on beneath you.” Click to Read More Lees volledige artikel
  14. Kia is recalling 106,428 Sedona minivans for an issue with its power sliding doors. According to the recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), affected models are from the 2015 to 2018 model years, with the vehicles assembled from July 21, 2014 to December 6, 2017. The affected vehicles may have sliding doors that do not operate properly due to a software error, resulting in possible injury. “The recalled vehicles contain Power Sliding Doors with an automatic stop and reversal feature that is designed to reverse the movement of the door back to open when an obstruction is sensed,” NHTSA says in the recall notice. “Due to the Power Sliding Door Control Module’s programmed threshold level, the power sliding door may not reverse course in the presence of certain obstructions.” SEE ALSO: 2019 Kia Sedona Shows Off its Fresh New Face As of May 17, the Korean automaker had identified that 14 of 21 complaints reported an injury, and has confirmed two of them. Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified by mail on June 18 and will have to schedule an appointment with their local dealership to resolve the issue. Technicians will reprogram the module software of the power sliding doors free of charge. Discuss this story on our Kia Forum The post Kia Sedona Recalled for an Issue With its Power Sliding Doors appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
  15. “Refreshed for 2019, the Kia Sedona minivan gets a few tech upgrades and powertrain updates to keep it an enticing buy for families.” Click to Read More Lees volledige artikel