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  1. The 2019 Kia Forte spiced things up at this year’s (typically frigid) Detroit Auto Show with a hot new look and some fancy new tech under the hood that will help the car achieve 35 mpg combined. The Forte is now in its third generation and over those years, the Korean automaker has learned a lot about what compact car buyers want. This new model seems to incorporate all of those lessons and the result is this sleek new sedan that looks ready to do battle with the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. The biggest news is that this car takes a few styling cues from the well-received Kia Stinger sport sedan. The automaker moved the cowl point, essentially where the hood is, backward about five inches to give the car a more sporty appearance, mimicking the long hood, short deck profile of the Stinger. An aggressive front end is made possible with the sharp creases in the hood and the lower valence, which is blacked out. The design of the lights are also inspired by the Stinger, and so is the new “tiger nose” grille. Around back, the LED tail lights are connected by a thin horizontal piece, like the Sportage (and also the Stinger … who would’ve guessed!?). ALSO SEE: 2018 Detroit Auto Show Coverage The car is 3.2 inches longer than before and that growth translates into a more spacious cabin in terms of legroom. There’s also more cargo space with 15.1 cubic feet of storage in the trunk, which Kia says is best in class. There’s an improved layout design that looks more upscale and stylish, with circular vents and soft-touch points. Kia has also minimized the number of buttons under that standard eight-inch touchscreen. That infotainment system comes with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and there’s also an available wireless charging system. To make things even more interesting, Kia is now offering a 320-watt Harmon/Kardon sound system with a stylish speaker grille. In terms of driver assistance features, the Forte has everything you can think of: blind spot collision warning, lane keeping assist, forward collision-avoidance assist, and adaptive cruise control are all available. Under the hood is one of the Forte’s biggest change: a new continuously variable transmission that’s been built from the ground up by Kia. The automaker says that by waiting to make its own CVT, it was able to address certain criticisms and concerns that consumers have about the transmissions, like the dreaded rubber-band feeling of acceleration. Kia says that by using a chain-type belt with a unique “adaptive” shift logic, the transmission won’t have this issue. They have also wrapped the transmission case with a sound-insulating cover to cut down on the annoying CVT drone that most of these transmissions are known for. If you’re not sold on the CVT, a six-speed manual will still be available. While the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will retain its output ratings of 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque, the engine does have a few new tricks that will improve its efficiency. The engine can use an Atkinson Cycle now, and it also features a cooled EGR technology that is expected to help the car deliver 35 mpg combined, an improvement of 3 mpg. ALSO SEE: 2018 Kia Stinger Review | Kia Stinger GT Review The bones of the Forte have also been revised to ensure it is safer, more responsive, and less noisy than before. That’s a tall order considering the current Forte has a Top Safety Pick Plus rating by the IIHS. High-strength steel makes up 54 percent of the frame, and the car is 16 percent stiffer as well. Kia also says it has improved the steering feel of the car so that it will feel less numb and artificial, two common complaints with the current model. The compact car segment isn’t as hot as it once was, thanks to the rise in popularity of crossovers, but Kia has designed a great new Forte that’s full of enhancements. While pricing is not yet known, we’d wager that it’d be pretty competitive with the current crop of compact sedans. Discuss this article on our Kia Forte Forum The post 2019 Kia Forte Debuts Looking Like a Small Stinger appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
  2. 2019 Kia Optima Spied Fully Undisguised For The First Time

    Kia Optima midsize sedan is expected to receive a mid-cycle refresh in 2018. Latest reports coming from South Korea suggest the official unveiling is scheduled for summer this year, while domestic sales should commence shortly after. It is not known … Continue reading → Lees volledige artikel
  3. “Called the Niro EV Concept, it claims an impressive 238-mile range on a full charge and is capable of charging up to 115 miles in 30 minutes.” Click to Read More Lees volledige artikel
  4. 2019 Kia Forte Sedan Teased Ahead Of Its Official U.S. Debut

    The North American International Auto Show starts next week, and Kia will be there with a fully redesigned version of their popular Forte 4-door sedan. The good news is that you don’t need to wait till next week to get … Continue reading → Lees volledige artikel
  5. [See image gallery at www.autoguide.com] Kia has released design sketches for its new Forte sedan ahead of the vehicle’s debut in Detroit next week. The Korean automaker says the new Forte has adopted styling cues inspired by the Stinger sedan. As such, it has moved from a cab-forward design to a more swept-back look. It also wears Kia’s tiger nose grille and will feature separate reverse and turn signal indicators beneath the taillights. Speaking of the taillights – their horizontal layout was inspired by the Sportage CUV. SEE ALSO: Kia Niro EV Helps Usher in a New Generation of Technology The interior layout has a “horizontal” theme and is minimalistic and airy. A digital display with a tacked-on-the-dash look will appear, along with circular air vents that sort of remind us of Mercedes’ turbine vents. No word on powertrains yet, but the current Forte is offered with a 2.0-liter and a 1.6-liter turbo. Full details on the 2019 Forte will be available following its debut in Detroit next Monday at 11:35 a.m. Stay tuned! Discuss this story on our Kia forum. The post The 2019 Kia Forte Sedan Will Debut in Detroit Next Week appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
  6. Under Kia’s new ‘Boundless for all’ vision, we are previewing a future in which the potential of mobility and transportation is limitless at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 9th to the 12th. To broaden horizons with mobility services, we are demonstrating a range of new technologies as part of our new ‘ACE strategy’ to make cars more Autonomous, Connected, and Eco/Electric, alongside our ‘WiBLE’ car-sharing service. At CES 2018, we will reveal the fully-electric subcompact SUV Niro EV Concept featuring a first-ever Human-machine interface (HMI) and an advanced new ‘motion graphic’ lighting system, previewing the potential ahead of these technologies for market introduction in the near future. The Niro EV Concept’s aerodynamically-efficient body allows air to slip over, around and beneath the vehicle with ease. The traditional grille – no longer required for engine cooling – is replaced by a smooth interactive display panel, combined with ultra-slim lamp technology in the front. Inside, the cabin interior has been designed with a pure, minimalist and digital appearance, creating greater user interaction with new technologies and features. The Niro EV Concept is powered by a next-generation electric vehicle powertrain using new production technologies earmarked for near-future EVs, and suggests a driving range of 383 kilometers with zero tailpipe emissions. Energy is provided by a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, paired with a powerful 150 kW electric motor. With a silent powertrain, and in anticipation of the car’s frequent urban and suburban driving, the concept boasts new technologies to enhance pedestrian safety, one of them being the new Active Pedestrian Warning System (APWS). The APWS features a combination of front view cameras, object recognition technology and front speakers that sound an alert specifically targeted at the pedestrian crossing in front of the car to warn them of the car’s presence. APWS is matched by the concept’s new interactive lighting system, which offers users and pedestrians highly-intuitive visual communication with the vehicle. In conjunction with the Niro EV Concept reveal, we are presenting a range of interactive exhibits that combine existing and future technologies to demonstrate how vehicles could be optimized for enhanced connectivity as they become more autonomous. Introducing three interactive, cockpit-style exhibits, the first cockpit gives visitors a chance to experience the Niro EV Concept’s new human-machine interface (HMI) with enhanced interaction with the vehicle. The second cockpit presents the Concept’s Separate Sound Control System that enhances the occupant comfort. And the third cockpit enables visitors to interact with our developing autonomous drive technologies through Virtual Reality (VR) simulators. Enabling urban and suburban mobility, we are announcing plans for the ‘WiBLE’ car-sharing service, which offers vehicles to customers who need to drive but may not own a car of their own or who desire more driving convenience in city centers. ‘WiBLE’, first launched in Korea in 2017, is short for ‘Widely Accessible’. It will be introduced to certain European markets and cities from late 2018. We are also adding UVO Agent to compatible Kia vehicles in America, allowing owners to interact with Google Assistant on their phones or Google Home to execute a variety of remote commands. Kia’s integration with the Google Assistant is now available on the 2018 Niro PHEV, Soul EV, Optima PHEV and K900 with compatible UVO hardware. Stay tuned for more news of the Kia Niro EV Concept car and the brand’s vision for future mobility on BUZZ and throughout our social media platforms! Lees volledige artikel
  7. [See image gallery at www.autoguide.com] Kia has released a series of new teaser images for its Niro EV Concept, set to debut at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. The all-electric concept car will make its world debut in Las Vegas at CES 2018 and the Korean automaker will also use the show to outline its vision for future mobility and technology strategies. Not only does the new concept represent the next step in the company’s ongoing journey to electrification, it also features a never-seen-before human-machine interface (HMI), along with an advanced new “motion graphic” lighting system. Attendees to the show also get a chance to see three interactive, cockpit-style exhibits that are designed to show how Kia will incorporate new technologies to enhance communication and interaction between occupants and vehicles. Those new technologies include new advanced driver assistance technologies and pioneering HMI functions, along with the world’s first in-car 5G connection. All of Kia’s presentations at CES 2018 fall under the automaker’s new “Boundless for all” vision, which Kia says will bring a future in which opportunities for mobility and transportation are limitless. The company is also demonstrating a range of new technologies as part of its new “ACE” strategy to make its cars more Autonomous, Connected, and Eco/Electric. SEE ALSO: 2017 Kia Niro Review Kia says it plans to commercialize Level 4 autonomous driving technology with “Smart City” autonomous vehicle testing scheduled to start in 2021. By 2025, the automaker will adopt connected car technologies across every vehicle segment, with the goal of making every single model a connected car by 2030. As for the Eco/Electric element, Kia will introduce 16 new advanced powertrain vehicles by 2025, including a range of new hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles, as well as an all-new fuel cell vehicle in 2020. One of those vehicles will be the Kia Niro EV, previewed by the concept in Las Vegas. Details haven’t been revealed just yet, but Kia did say the EV offers 238 miles of driving range on a single charge. The company also announced the addition of UVO Agent for compatible Kia vehicles that allows Kia owners to interact with the Google Assistant on their phones or Google Home to execute a variety of remote commands. The Korean automaker says the integration with Google Assistant is now available on the 2018 Niro PHEV, Soul EV, Optima PHEV, and K900. Simple voice commands such as, “Tell UVO to start my Soul EV,” or “Tell UVO to lock my Niro,” can be executed remotely through the new feature. Other commands include remote start/stop engine, remote climate control, remote charge start/stop, remote horn and lights, and remote lock. In addition, the Google Assistant can provide owners with real-time answers, activate streaming music services, smart home devices, and smart car and connected car technology for seamless connectivity directly into Kia vehicles. Discuss this story on our Kia Niro Forum The post Kia Releases More Teasers for its New Electric Vehicle Concept appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
  8. Top 10 Cheapest Cars to Crash

    You might believe the cheaper a car, the less it costs to fix after a collision. But that’s not necessarily the case. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released a new report that uses the latest claims information from HLDI to determine collision losses for 2014-2016 model year passenger vehicles. To determine which cars are cheapest to repair following a collision, IIHS looked at claim frequencies per 100 insured vehicle years, the average loss payment per claim (claim severity), and the average payments per insured vehicle year (overall losses). SEE ALSO: Top 15 Safest Cars of 2018 According to IIHS Some of the results may surprise you, especially with the amount of pickup trucks on the list. 10. Subaru Outback The Subaru Outback starts things off as one of the cheapest cars to crash, with the wagon having a claim frequency of 6.0, claim severity of $3,692, and overall losses of $222. 9. Subaru Outback with EyeSight Technically a tie with the same overall losses of $222, the Subaru Outback equipped with the Japanese automaker’s EyeSight technology has a claim frequency of 5.9, but its claim severity is slightly higher at $3,750. 8. Ford F-350 SuperCab One of several pickup trucks on the list, the Ford F-350 SuperCab comes in eighth place with overall losses of $221. Claim frequency registers at 4.6, while claim severity is $4,789. 7. Ram 2500 Crew Cab The Ram 2500 Crew Cab is cheaper to crash than the Ford F-350 SuperCab, with overall losses averaging $215. Claim frequency for the Ram 2500 is higher however at 6.2, but the claim severity is quite a bit lower than the F-350 at $3,451. In fact, the Ram 2500 Crew Cab has the lowest claim severity of all the vehicles on the list. 6. Jeep Wrangler Two-Door The Jeep Wrangler is the sixth cheapest car to crash on the list, with a claim frequency of 3.1 and overall losses of $205. Claim severity is second highest on the list however, at $6,555. 5. Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible Perhaps the most surprising car on the list is the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible. Not surprising, however, is its low claim frequency of 2.8, and its claim severity of $7,145 — highest of all cars on the list. Overall losses, however, are $204, landing the droptop ‘Vette on the fifth spot. 4. Kia Soul Electric The funky Kia Soul EV has overall losses of $189, making it one of the cheapest cars to crash. Claim frequency is 5.0 for the electric crossover, while claim severity is $3,786. 3. Ford F-250 The cheaper of the two Ford Super Duty pickups to crash is the F-250, with overall losses at $187. Compared to the F-350, however, the F-250 has a higher claim severity at $4,940. Its 3.8 claim frequency value is lower than the F-350 though. 2. Ram 1500 Ram’s popular 1500 pickup is one of the cheapest vehicles to crash, with overall losses of $185. Claim severity, at $4,065, is higher than the 2500 while claim frequency is lower at 4.5. 1. Smart ForTwo Electric The cheapest car to crash according to IIHS and HLDI data is the Smart ForTwo Electric. It’s probably not very surprising, considering the subcompact doesn’t even look like a car to some people. Claim frequency is 3.3, while overall losses are $162. Claim severity, however, isn’t the lowest on the list at $4,921. The post Top 10 Cheapest Cars to Crash appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
  9. [J.D. Power] Test Drive: 2018 Kia Stinger

    “Rakish and low-slung, the Stinger blends Kia’s handsome styling themes with classic long-hood, short-deck, rear-drive, gran turismo proportions.” Click to Read More! Lees volledige artikel
  10. [See image gallery at www.autoguide.com] The inspiration for the new Kia Stinger came from grand touring cars of the 1970s. These cars took people on long trips from London to Paris or New York to Los Angeles. GT cars have to successfully blend four characteristics that are usually mutually exclusive: They need to be comfortable yet quick, and stylish yet able to carry a bunch of luggage. Cars typically can do one but not the other. The Kia Stinger is the Korean automaker’s first attempt at a grand touring car that blends style, performance, comfort, and versatility, and they did such a good job with it that we at AutoGuide.com recently awarded it as our 2018 Car of the Year. We celebrated the Kia Stinger’s win by doing exactly what it was created for: a grand tour. We took the Stinger GT on a road trip across four American states. Starting and ending in Las Vegas, we drove it through Utah, Arizona, California, and Nevada. We loaded up the sportback with a full-sized roller luggage, a carry-on, two backpacks, a case of water and had plenty of room to spare. Kia Stinger: biggest trunk ever l. Our road trip continues! Driving from Zion National Park to Moab today! pic.twitter.com/FDFxvt6LgW — Jodi Lai (@DrivingMissJodi) December 27, 2017 ALSO SEE: Kia Stinger Wins AutoGuide.com 2018 Car of the Year Award Driving down the Las Vegas strip, which is the world’s biggest distraction, the Stinger was still able to grab a weird amount of attention. Driving behind a lime green Lamborghini Gallardo, someone shouted, “Hey, nice car!” I naturally assumed they were taking to the Lambo driver, but then they pointed their camera in the Stinger’s direction and gave me a thumbs up. I caught the Lamborghini driver scowling at me from his rear-view mirror. Anxious to get out of the manufactured circus that is Las Vegas and stretch the Stinger’s legs, we left Nevada and booked it to Zion National Park in Utah, a common bucket list destination famous for its staggering views and monumental rock formations. Flipping the Stinger into Sport mode, the pre-dawn drive up the curvy mountain roads to see the sunrise at Zion was doubly rewarding. Adaptive headlights made sure I was able to see into the next corner, making the drive in the dark faster and a lot less stressful. One way to describe the Kia Stinger is as a budget Audi A7. Although the A7 is a superior car, most people can’t afford an A7 and the Stinger is able to do a convincing job for much less money. The Stinger GT that accompanied us on our trip was a rear-wheel-drive, twin-turbo V6-powered model with 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. The precise and responsive steering, the V6’s healthy amount of power, rear-drive architecture, and well-engineered, balanced chassis made the twisty canyon roads legitimately entertaining to pilot, while the adaptive cruise control and active lane keep assist made long slogs on the interstate much more bearable. Our trip took us from freezing cold and snow to the heat and sun of the desert and the heated and ventilated seats made each climate much more comfortable and we used the USB ports often to keep our devices charged. The head-up display was also handy. Through our 2,100-mile trip, the Stinger averaged 23.5 mpg, which is surprising since we were driving as if we were in Cannonball Run, but we made it through our trip without a single speeding ticket. Two things the Kia Stinger could improve on would be more comfortable seats (although it does have a decent driving position, the seats could be more supportive for long drives), and a better navigation system. The voice recognition can be pretty dim at times and the navigation system seems to be missing some key map information. The Stinger also has too many fake vents, but that’s just a personal pet peeve. On our drive from Zion to Moab in Utah to see Arches National Park, we were getting tired and stopped at a random rest stop at the side of the interstate to get some fresh air. What met us was even more refreshing than we hoped. An enormous canyon dotted with alien-looking rock formations and trees that were twisted by decades of abuse by the wind were glowing in the in the golden hour sun. Even compared to Zion and the famous Arches National Park, it was one of the most stunning things we saw and it was completely unplanned, barely a blip on anyone’s radar and definitely not on anyone’s bucket list. ALSO SEE: 2018 Kia Stinger Review | Kia Stinger GT Review Heading south toward Navajo Nation to see Monument Valley at the border of Utah and Arizona where the road that the iconic scene from Forrest Gump was filmed, we took a wrong turn and ended up driving the Stinger through a decrepit little town called Bluff in Utah, where we discovered an abandoned gas station and trading post. Sitting out front was a rusty 1950’s Buick Eight with rotted-out tires and the best patina I’ve ever seen. Parking the Stinger next to this relic, it was a stark reminder of how far cars have come in a few decades. And how much Kia has progressed in just a few short years. Stumbling onto forgotten little towns and abandoned buildings became quite common the more we drove. Taking an unplanned detour, we found ourselves along the historic Route 66, once a shining gem of America during the post-Second World War boom. Today, much of Route 66 is now crumbling after being rendered obsolete by faster and better-maintained interstates. This left many towns that dotted the iconic route in various stages of decay. Many once-booming towns that catered to travelers doing road trips have been abandoned due to lack of traffic, leaving a graveyard of crumbling buildings, burnt-out and peeling fluorescent signs, and a glimpse of what the U.S. was like in the height of the 1950s. We discovered abandoned diners with sugar and cutlery still on tables but covered in a thick layer of desert dust, retro gas stations with worn down pumps that looked more like tombstones, and even a deserted school and an abandoned mining town. Making a random stop on our way back to Las Vegas to end our trip, we drove through a town called Amboy, California. We stopped because I desperately needed to use the restroom, but something about this place was off and a bit spooky. Although we admired the funky but crumbling 1950s architecture and fading signage, we left without thinking too much about it, but later learned that Amboy is officially listed as a ghost town. At one point, someone tried to sell Amboy on eBay and currently, only four people are listed as living there. Amboy was a booming town when Route 66 was at its peak, but people stopped driving through and the town slowly lost its luster. Learning about the history of forgotten places like Amboy and experiencing them in their current state of decay was much more eye-opening to me than any of the National Parks and planned bucket list destinations we visited. More than 2,100 miles, 44 hours behind the wheel, and countless memories later, two things surprised me the most. The first was how interested people were with the Kia Stinger. Nearly everywhere we stopped — and we stopped a lot — someone was curious about the Stinger, was really excited to learn about it, or just wanted to tell us how cool it was. I have not gotten this type of interest in a car since I drove a Lamborghini. Every time we parked it, went for a meal, got gas or a car wash, went to a rest stop, or were sitting in traffic, people wanted to ask us about it. “I had never seen a Kia with Brembos before,” someone at a gas station told us on our way to the Grand Canyon admiring the bright red brake calipers. “It looks like a Maserati, and then I thought it was an Audi. I thought they only made Optimas and stuff.” At a rest stop in Arizona, I exited the restroom to see a group of people surrounding the Stinger. One guy shouted across the parking lot to his friend, “It’s a Kia … it’s like what would happen if Koreans made a BMW.” He told me later that his friend didn’t believe that Kia made performance cars and was even more surprised to find out it had a twin-turbo V6 and was rear-drive. “Kia’s come a long way,” he said before we drove off. Some people we met at a rest stop checking out the Kia Stinger. They were super interested to hear about it. This happens literally EVERYWHERE we go. 1500 miles in so far. pic.twitter.com/1SLuobyPfw — Jodi Lai (@DrivingMissJodi) December 31, 2017 The other surprise was that the best experiences during our road trip weren’t the destinations we had planned, but all the random people we met and strange places we stumbled onto while we were getting there. The Kia Stinger helped us discover so much during our seven days on the road. Discovering abandoned and forgotten places that are scattered across America along the once grand Route 66 and the stories they hide, meeting the characters in between, and finding beauty in decay brought new meaning to our road trip. The Kia Stinger got us there and the journey wouldn’t have been the same without it. This grand touring car has earned its name and has proven that it’s a worthy road trip companion and a very deserving Car of the Year. Get the Flash Player to see this player. Get the Flash Player to see this player. Discuss this article on our Kia Stinger Forum The post Kia Stinger Road Trip: Celebrating Our 2018 Car of the Year with a Grand Tour Adventure appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
  11. Experiencing Kia by Sound

    When talking about cars, the focus tends to heavily fall on physical qualities. Today, however, we will be zeroing in on the sound. Let’s talk about experiencing Kia by sound – more specifically- the Stinger by sound. The Stinger, as Kia’s very first fastback sport sedan, sings with a low, thrilling hum under its hood and a powerful growl through its exhaust pipes. The Stinger offers a choice of three different turbocharged engines that feature sounds designed to be consistent with their layout: 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine, a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6, and a 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine. As the first Kia to be outfitted with a new active sound system, sound engineers paired the system with the five drive modes of the Stinger to satisfy customers’ desire to fully enjoy the sound of the engine. Drivers can adjust the level of engine noise in the cabin to be louder and more aggressive in tone by switching between the system’s eco, comfort, smart, sport, and custom modes. When talking about engine sounds in general, there are three contributing features: the sound of air flowing into the engine, the mechanical sound of the engine, and the sound from the exhaust system. Turbochargers act as extra filters and the pathway for sound. The extra plumbing and gates ensure a more consistent flow and a long detour for the sound going in and out of the engine through the system. This results in a more sensual sound reverberating from the engine and a clean, powerful growl through the exhaust. And what happens if you have not just one, but two turbochargers? It means that the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 has double the amount of extra plumbing and gates for the sound to travel through – the more room, the more possibilities. Twin-turbochargers also equally split the amount of entering and exiting air travelling through the system before coming together again. It is, simply put, engineered in a way so that “noise” is reduced, creating a sportier sound. The sound of Stinger was orchestrated a bit further by Air Design USA to really hit the spot for car enthusiasts at the 2017 SEMA Show held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The modified Stinger in orange, Stinger GT Federation, had its exhaust sound enhanced with a K&N cold-air intake and a low-restriction, quad-tipped Borla exhaust. This modification allowed the Stinger to breathe more freely, giving it more space to reverberate, adding more depth to the growl of the exhaust. Overall, sound is an incredibly important element in bringing a vehicle together as a whole. “The sound and the vibrations that a car has, those are the things that make you crazy”. With or without the modifications, the Stinger is a melodic fastback sport sedan guaranteed to exhilarate all car enthusiasts. *Please note that engine options varies by region Lees volledige artikel
  12. Kia has teased a new electric concept car based on its Niro crossover that will debut at CES 2018 next week. Kia says the EV concept car combines its “design strengths” with a highly efficient battery-electric powertrain. It represents the next step in the Korean brand’s electric vehicle efforts, and is a signal of where the Kia brand will be headed in coming years. The concept will also feature a “human-machine interface” or HMI from Kia that has never been seen before. It’s not clear what it will entail, but we’re expecting some sort of large interior touchscreen that allows you to change the car’s various settings and drive modes. Kia also says it will have a new “motion graphic lighting system” that it says could potentially come to market sometime in the future. SEE ALSO: Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid Variant Arriving Dealerships Before 2018 In addition to the concept vehicle, Kia will also detail its autonomous vehicle strategy at CES. This will come in the way of an exhibit called “Beyond Autonomous Driving” that will display Kia’s existing autonomous vehicle technology alongside future self-driving technologies that it hopes to one day bring to market. The exhibit will also feature three cockpit displays, showing different ways the automaker could incorporate new technologies into an autonomous vehicle’s cabin. “Virtual reality, self-driving cars, and full vehicle connectivity were all once considered technologies of the distant future. As they rapidly become a reality, Kia is exploring how to adapt these new technologies for its customers. At CES we will share our strategy and vision for future mobility, and exhibit a range of advanced technologies that our customers can look forward to,” said Kia R&D boss Dr. Woong-cheol Yang. The concept vehicle will debut on January 8th, 2018. Discuss this story on our Kia forum. The post Kia Will Debut a new Electric Concept Car at CES 2018 Next Week appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
  13. 2018 – Happy New Year!

    Another year has passed in the blink of an eye. What was last year like for you? 2017, for Kia, was a year full of passion for driving, sports, dance, music, and people. How did you celebrate? We celebrated through our various social media platforms – Please check out a few special posts! The Kia family welcomed the new year with spectacular fireworks enjoyed from the warmth and comfort of the wide range of our vehicles, guaranteeing a fantastic view of the bedazzled night sky. Our vehicles blended right into the celebration, sporting vivid colors that seldom go unnoticed even on the darkest of nights. With the new year beginning full of energy and dreams, we can already tell that 2018 is going to be a good one. And, as per tradition, the start of the new year is a time for resolutions. Here are some that we propose – learn how to drive, own your first car, and experience new adventures. Whether or not your resolution is included on our shortlist, know that Kia is always by your side. With that, we wish you all a very happy new year. We look forward to the next 365 days filled with new surprises! Tell us about your new year celebrations in comments below! Lees volledige artikel
  14. “Obviously, I’m a big fan of the Kia Sorento, and you should be, too. Now that I’ve had a chance to check out the new 2019 model, I’m more likely to recommend it to anyone who will listen. Especially if they’re buying a crossover SUV for family duty.” Click to Read More Lees volledige artikel
  15. Looking back: Keywords for 2017

    2017 was a big year for Kia – one that was filled with passion, new challenges and many milestones. Riding a wave of momentum on the back of breathtaking new product launches, memorable fan interaction events and numerous awards over the course of the past twelve months, the year was one of excitement and inspiration. Read more about some of the most noteworthy moments of 2017! What’s new with Kia? Kia started the year big – debuting the Stinger to a global audience at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January, thereby creating international buzz. The Stinger is Kia’s very first true gran turismo, directly evolving from the GT concept showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011. The GT concept, in Peter Schreyer’s words, “was a dream project”. Six years down the road of sleepless nights and endless loops around the Nurburgring during development, what was once a dream car became Kia’s first-ever GT production car. The fastback sport sedan delivers everything a gran turismo car should and more – muscular confidence and an eye-catching streamlined silhouette, powerful engine options, a spacious but intimate cabin and top tier safety and driving features. ▶ Learn more about the Stinger’s performance, design and drive modes! Following the momentous reveal of the Stinger, the curtains drew back to reveal the Stonic compact crossover at the Kia media lounge event in Amsterdam and to the entire world at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) in September. The Stonic is currently Kia’s most customizable vehicle to date, able to cater to the wide range of buyer needs. Styled by design centers in Europe and Korea, the Stonic features strong horizontal lines and soft, sculpted surfaces resembling the Kia Provo concept car first revealed at the Geneva Auto Show back in 2013. Inside, the car is armed with plenty of smart technology to enhance comfort and convenience while providing ample leg and head room for drivers and passengers. KIActive Kia remained evermore passionate about sports again this year, actively participating in major sporting events around the world. We supported the Australian Open as the major sponsor for the 16th consecutive year, hosted the 2017 Kia Classic, and much more. We also ventured on a journey to give fans, car enthusiasts and influencers a chance to get up-close-and-personal with the Stinger. We enhanced everyone’s experience through the Stinger Blind Test Drive in Mallorca, Spain, collaboration with BBC Top Gear, collaboration with GQ, and other special events. The results? Priceless. This year also marked the 10th anniversary for Kia Buzz! Globally recognized Throughout 2017, Kia’s efforts were recognized with several awards. For the sixth consecutive year, Kia was named one of the most valued brands in the world according to the 2017 Best Global Brands report by Interbrand. Kia’s products also shared the spotlight. The Optima Sportswagon, Niro and Rio’s designs were recognized by the Red Dot Design Awards. Kia also was one of the very few brands to earn three segment wins in this year’s J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study with the Niro, Soul and Cadenza. This study evaluates and accordingly awards vehicles that satisfy new consumers’ wants and needs in a vehicle. Additionally, the Kia Stinger is a finalist for both the 2018 European Car of the Year and North American Car of the Year awards. We hope you stay tuned to see whether the Stinger succeeds in bringing home one of both of these coveted awards. ▶ Read more about these honors here! Overall, 2017 was a year of turning dreams into reality. It was a year of many firsts during which we turned many heads across the industry. In line with our global brand slogan, the Power to Surprise, we promise to bring you more exciting news in 2018. So stay tuned and have a very happy new year! Lees volledige artikel