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  • 2018 Kia Soul EV

    Kia has announced it will build an all-electric version of its Niro hatchback for 2019, but that apparently isn't stopping the company from planning an update for the Soul EV the following year. A spy photographer has captured images of an electric version of the redesigned 2020 Soul testing in Europe. Although the car is covered with heavy camouflage, the photos clearly show the new Soul with a charge port in the grille and no tailpipe. DON'T MISS: Kia Niro EV specs revealed at latest Korean car show The 2018 Soul EV has an estimated range of 111 miles between charges, which was one of the...

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid
    2018 Kia Niro PHEV gas mileage review: outrunning expectations

    Competition improves the breed. And that’s exactly what the Kia Niro brings to hybrids like the Toyota Prius and Prius Prime. Compared with the Prius, the Niro is taller and roomier. Likely to its benefit, it looks like a small crossover SUV, though with only front-wheel drive, it's no kind...

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
    2018 Kia Niro hybrid nets top Safety Pick+ award, when properly equipped

    Tick all the right boxes and the 2018 Kia Niro earns a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, the crash-testing agency said last week. To get to the highest-rated Niro, buyers need to opt for LED headlights and automatic emergency braking, features that can be paired together only on the Niro EX...

  • 2019 Kia Niro EV
    Kia to build electric cars in India by late 2019

    Kia will spend $1 billion on a new assembly plant in southern India to build an electric car for that market by late 2019. The move comes just over a decade before India intends to ban the sale of fossil-fuel vehicles. Just what form an Indian-market electric Kia will take remains unknown...

  • Kia Niro EV in Korea
    Kia Niro electric car debuts in Korea

    Based on the Niro hybrid and plug in hybrid already sold stateside, the Niro EV takes the concept one step further by dispensing with the gas engine altogether.

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
    2018 Kia Niro preview

    Most highly fuel-efficient dedicated hybrids are compact five-door hatchbacks, the most popular vehicle segment globally. When Korean maker Kia was drawing up plans for its first dedicated hybrid vehicle, it took a different path. The wagon it came up with—it calls the Kia Niro a crossover...

  • 2017 Kia Soul EV

    Updates to conventional cars come in a predictable pattern. Once a new model is launched, it gets only minor tweaks to features, prices, and paint colors for two or three years. Then in the third or fourth year, it gets what the industry calls a "mid-cycle refresh": some updated sheetmetal, perhaps a redesigned dashboard, and other more visible changes. DON'T MISS: Kia Niro EV concept at CES: 238 miles of range from 64-kwh battery That version lasts for another two or three years, then an entirely new generation is launched. Rinse and repeat, for years and decades. But the pace of improvement...

  • Kia Niro EV concept shown at 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas
    Kia Niro EV concept at CES: 238 miles of range from 64-kwh battery

    It's well known that a battery-electric version of the Kia Niro will join the lineup soon, completing a range that now comprises the Niro Hybrid and the recently launched plug-in hybrid. Most observers had assumed the Niro EV would use the same underpinnings as its corporate sibling the Hyundai...

  • Teaser for Kia Niro EV concept debuting at 2018 Consumer Electronics Show
    Concept for Kia Niro EV all-electric wagon to appear at CES

    We've long known that the Kia Niro wagon would get an all-electric version to accompany the 2017 Niro Hybrid and the just-launched 2018 Niro Plug-In Hybrid. The battery-electric Niro will fill out the suite of six cars sharing the same underpinnings, with the others being the same three versions of...

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid, Six Flags Magic Mountain, California, Dec 2017
    2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid first drive review (pricing from $28,840)

    Some plug-in hybrid models are easily distinguishable from the rest of the cars their maker sells. Others, like the 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid, are all but invisible. It takes a sharp eye to see the charging port door on the left-front fender or the trim and badging differences that distinguish...

  • Tesla Semi
    Awake at the wheel: Tesla is far from alone in electric trucks

    This time, Elon Musk is not alone. In mid-December, Daimler delivered its first 14 Fuso eCanter electric delivery trucks to customers in Germany, a reminder that while Tesla caught car companies flat-footed in 2012, incumbent truck makers are already preparing their countermeasures. In...

  • 2018 Hyundai Kona
    Electric Hyundai Kona, Kia Niro production to rise again: report

    Both Hyundai and Kia planned to approach the electric and plug-in car market aggressively, but now the Korean siblings plan to boost production even over totals announced earlier this year. This past summer, both brands said they would increase their electrified car production to 50,000 units next...

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

    Last month, the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid went on sale in the United Kingdom, offering British buyers a mass-priced compact wagon with 25 to 30 miles of electric range. While it shares its underpinnings with the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In model, the Niro has more of a wagon shape than Hyundai's five-door hatchback—good for European markets where wagons still sell well. So when will U.S. buyers be able to buy the same car? DON'T MISS: 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid goes on sale in UK Industry sources tell us Korean production of Niro Plug-In Hybrid models for the U.S. actually began on October...

  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
    Which company's electric-car success will surprise us? Poll results

    Predicting the future is always hazardous, but for the auto industry, this is a particularly uncertain time. Four trends—electrification, connectivity, autonomy, and sharing—are coming together in a whirlwind that could rearrange the industry and its businesses within a decade or two...

  • Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid (U.K. version)
    2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid goes on sale in UK

    The Kia Niro Hybrid has been on sale in the United States since early 2017, but at its launch, the brand promised a plug-in hybrid version would arrive by the end of this year as well. Ahead of its U.S. launch, the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid has now arrived in the United Kingdom with a 36-mile rated...

  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric - frame from video road test
    Hyundai-Kia: eight electric cars by 2022, dedicated EV platform

    It's long been said in the auto industry that Hyundai-Kia is the only competitor that truly scares industry colossus Toyota. Thirty years ago, the Korean company was a bit player, producing designs adapted from obsolete Mitsubishi technology. Today it's a major global player, reacting fast to...

  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, Ioniq Electric, and Ioniq Plug-In
    Hyundai-Kia electric-car production to soar to 50,000 next year

    Korean siblings Hyundai and Kia will aggressively increase production of electric cars next year, according to a report in the Korean press. The production increase comes amid the combined automaker's goal to become the second largest maker of green vehicles (hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric...

  • 2017 Kia Niro Touring, Catskill Mountains, NY, March 2017
    Chatbot for Kia Niro hybrid vs driving the actual car

    A chatbot would never lie to you, right? That’s what I wanted to find out when I tested a Facebook Messenger chatbot for the 2017 Kia Niro crossover, which recently won the Guinness Book of World Records for the lowest fuel consumption for a hybrid vehicle. (It was an interesting competition...

  • 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, April 2017

    The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid is one of a pair of hybrid mid-size sedans from the Korean maker Hyundai-Kia. It shares its underpinnings, though not a single body panel or styling flourish, with the higher-volume Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. We found it to be a comfortable, stylish sedan that gave us good fuel economy—almost as good as the car's EPA rating. DON'T MISS: 2017 Kia Optima Hybrids: Details On 27-Mile Plug-In Hybrid, Live Photos, Video (Feb 2016) The hybrid version of the Kia Optima sedan is EPA-rated at 39 mpg city, 46 highway, and a combined 42 mpg. Over 340 miles, comprising our...

  • 2017 Kia Niro Touring, Catskill Mountains, NY, March 2017
    2017 Kia Niro: gas mileage review

    However you choose to view the 2017 Kia Niro hybrid—Kia says it's a crossover utility, we call it a wagon—it's a good-looking and relatively capacious small car. The debate over segments comes because the Niro has neither the ground clearance of a utility vehicle nor available all-wheel...

  • 2017 Kia Niro, San Antonio, Texas, Dec 2016
    All-electric Kia Niro EV to come in 2018, says Kia exec (updated)

    South Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia often share the underpinnings of their vehicles, though there's no "badge engineering" and the two brands compete in the marketplace. The recent Kia Niro hybrid wagon and the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid hatchback, for instance, share the same powertrain, platform...

  • 2017 Kia Niro
    2017 Kia Niro hybrid 'crossover' wagon priced from $23,800

    Almost a year after it was unveiled at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, the 2017 Kia Niro hybrid is finally going on sale. The Niro is Kia's first dedicated hybrid vehicle, and the Korean carmaker has taken an unusual tack in describing its new model. Kia calls the Niro a crossover, but its relatively...

  • 2017 Kia Niro, San Antonio, Texas, Dec 2016
    2017 Kia Niro hybrid: first drive report

    According to its maker, the 2017 Kia Niro is the first "crossover hybrid vehicle" sold in the U.S.—but what does that really mean? We drove150 miles in two different versions of the top-of-the-line Niro Touring model two weeks ago, and concluded that the Niro represents an interesting package...

  • DC fast charging 2015 Kia Soul EV
    Kia to boost hybrid, electric offerings, add fuel cell in 2020

    Kia will add a fuel-cell car around 2020, as well as more hybrid and plug-in electric models.