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  • 2015 Kia Soul EV First Drive  -  Portland  -  November 2014

    The hamsters are back in Kia’s ads for its new Soul EV all-electric hatchback. And while their geeky, sexy, danceable 'science experiment' is definitely memorable, after driving the 2015 Kia Soul EV we have to wonder if perhaps the Energizer Bunny would have been a better cheer-creature. More than any non-Tesla-badged, all-electric car so far, the Soul EV keeps going, and going, and going. To an EPA-rated 93 miles. And it has what it takes to ease range-anxiety worries, with a predictable, even-tempered range meter that doesn’t skip a beat. As we observed, it’s more likely...

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    Hyundai, Kia To Pay $300 Million For Gas-Mileage Testing Errors

    The penalty paid by the two Korean carmakers is reportedly the largest ever for a Clean Air Act violation.

  • 2015 Kia Soul EV launch at 2014 Chicago Auto Show
    2015 Kia Soul EV: Best Car To Buy 2015 Nominee

    The fourth of our five nominees for Green Car Reports' 2015 Best Car To Buy award is the new 2015 Kia Soul EV. It's the Korean maker's first-ever electric car sold in the U.S., and an adaptation of the popular compact "tall wagon" that was entirely redesigned for the 2014 model year. DON'T MISS...

  • 2015 Kia Soul EV launch at 2014 Chicago Auto Show
    2015 Kia Soul EV Electric Car Rated: 93 Miles Range, 105 MPGe

    The very first 2015 Kia Soul EV electric cars are now being sold in California, adding a 19th plug-in vehicle to that state's market. And its final EPA range and efficiency ratings may drive buyers in other states to demand that they get the chance to buy it too. Given the apparent desire for...

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    Hyundai And Kia Evaluate Offering Diesels For Fuel Economy In U.S. Cars

    Hyundai and Kia are reportedly considering offering diesels in the U.S.

  • 2015 Kia Soul EV launch at 2014 Chicago Auto Show
    2015 Kia Soul EV: Animals, Electrons, Maroon 5 (Video)

    Well, it's about time: An electric-car maker is using straight-out sex appeal to market a new electric car. Even if it is, errrmmmm, rodent sex appeal. A new video posted last Wednesday uses Kia's now-familiar supersized hamsters to market the new 2015 Kia Soul EV. DON'T MISS: 2015 Kia Soul EV...

  • 2015 Kia Soul EV enters production

    Kia's Soul hamsters haven't just got fitter with the latest generation car--they've gone green, too. The Korean company has now begun volume production of the Soul EV, an electric version of the popular hatchback and the first such car to be exported worldwide. At the heart of the Kia Soul EV is a 192-cell, 27 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. That's larger than many electric cars its size, and that's borne out in the official European-rated range of 131 miles. While European figures have to be taken with a pinch of salt, that's still greater than offered by the volume-selling Nissan Leaf, whose...

  • 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, April 2013
    Hyundai-Kia Topples Honda For UCS 'Greenest Automaker' Title

    Honda has long had the reputation of offering fuel-efficient, relatively green vehicles--but this year, it has lost the "Greenest Automaker" laurels that it's held since 1998 to an upstart: Hyundai-Kia. The latest award, detailed in a report that's now been issued six times by the Union of...

  • 2015 Kia Soul EV launch at 2014 Chicago Auto Show
    2015 Kia Soul EV: 'Recharge Your Soul' Video Kicks Off Marketing

    The first 2015 Kia Soul EV electric cars won't reach U.S. dealers until sometime between July and September, and then only in selected regions (for which read "California"). But the company has already started some lowkey marketing, with yesterday's release of a YouTube video titled, "Recharge Your...

  • 2015 Kia Soul EV launch at 2014 Chicago Auto Show
    2015 Kia Soul EV: Details From Execs Who Brought It To The U.S.

    The upcoming 2015 Kia Soul EV is not only the Korean carmaker's first battery-electric vehicle sold in the U.S., it's also one of less than a dozen all-electric cars offered for sale. Launched last week at the Chicago Auto Show, it adds a new and much greener model to the very popular second...

  • 2015 Kia Soul EV launch at 2014 Chicago Auto Show
    2015 Kia Soul EV Electric Car: Chicago Auto Show Live Photos

    Yes, they're still selling these things with hamsters. If you can get over the rodent-based adverts, Kia's new electric Soul, the 2015 Soul EV, is quite an interesting vehicle, and it's the first electric car sold by Kia in the U.S. It's making its debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, and gives...

  • 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid
    2014 Kia Optima Hybrid Updated: Aerodynamic Tweaks And More

    The 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid was unveiled at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

  • 2015 Kia Soul EV

    Call it electric Soul: Kia took the wraps off its first electric car to be sold in the U.S. this morning, officially launching the 2015 Kia Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show. The Soul EV was one of three Kia vehicles featured at the Chicago show. It was shown alongside the Kia Niro Concept, a hybrid subcompact urban utility vehicle, first shown last fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show, as well as an updated 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid sedan. MORE: 2015 Kia Soul EV To Be Sold In U.S.: First Korean Electric Car The Kia Soul EV uses an air-cooled 27-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack mounted under...

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    Kia Niro: Subcompact Hybrid Urban Concept At Chicago Auto Show

    Kia's Niro concept, a subcompact-sized urban hybrid, is making its U.S. debut at the Chicago Auto Show today. First unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, the Niro points the way to possible future models for Kia, a potential rival for models like the Nissan Juke and upcoming Honda Fit-based...

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    Hyundai, Kia To Pay Owners $395 Million For Overstating Gas Mileage

    In recent years, Korean twins Hyundai and Kia have lain claim to some of the best average fuel efficiency figures in their respective sectors. That all changed in late 2012 when it was discovered that the two marques had been overstating the EPA mileage figures on a wide range of vehicles. Now...

  • 2014 Kia Soul  -  First Drive, August 2013
    2015 Kia Soul EV To Be Sold In U.S.: First Korean Electric Car

    We saw the Kia Soul EV spy shots almost three months ago, and now Kia has officially announced that its first battery-electric car will go on sale in the U.S. next year. It's an electric conversion of the new-for-2014 second generation of its "funky and iconic" Soul tall wagon, which Kia calls an...

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    2014 Kia Soul Priced, $15,495 For Funky Compact

    Kia has released pricing details for the all-new Soul, set to go on sale in the fourth quarter. No really, despite appearances it's a new car--Kia just didn't want to play around too much with such a distinctive design. It hasn't played around too much with pricing either, starting at $15,495...

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    2014 Kia Soul Revealed At NY Auto Show, Live Photos

    It might not look too different from the old model, but the car you're looking at here is the new 2014 Kia Soul. The Sould might have dropped a few MPG in Kia and Hyundai's gas mileage fiasco but there was little wrong with the way it looked, and the new car simply incorporates a few cues from last...

  • 2014 Kia Forte

    Kia has retained its talent for styling and nose for value with its 2014 Kia Forte Sedan, but the same can't be said of the new car's fuel efficiency. The company has released pricing details for the new sedan, which slots in as the lowest-priced car in the segment, starting at $15,900--excluding a mandatory $800 destination fee. The 2014 Kia Forte sedan debuted at last fall's Los Angeles Auto Show, and Kia went on to reveal a Forte five-door hatchback during February's Chicago Auto Show as well. The hatchback hasn't yet been priced, however. The most basic 2014 Forte LX sedan comes with a...

  • 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid
    2013 Kia Optima Hybrid: More Space, Improved Gas Mileage

    Kia has announced details of its updated Optima Hybrid, new for the 2013 model year. Just about every aspect of the car has been improved, resulting in a car that now offers greater fuel efficiency, improved space, better performance and a higher standard of equipment. Central to the changes are...

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    Kia Provo Hybrid Crossover Debuts At 2013 Geneva Motor Show

    In opening up a class for compact crossovers, the Nissan Juke has unwittingly made it a requirement that any competing vehicle must scare the average child at fifty paces. That's the best explanation we can come up with for the Kia Provo concept, due for unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show when it...

  • 2014 Kia Forte 5-door hatchback, 2013 Chicago Auto Show
    2014 Kia Forte Five-Door: Chicago Auto Show Live Photos

    It's a lot of fun attenting auto shows. We get to see the latest cars the second they're unveiled, hear the reactions of other show-goers, and write about it to audiences eager to see where their next car is coming from. But it's also hard work, which is why we rather appreciated Kia's offer of...

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    2014 Kia Forte 5-Door: 2013 Chicago Auto Show

    Kia Motors America has today unveiled a new 5-door version of the Forte at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. The sleek five-door hatchback has what Kia describes as 'European styling', and goes head-to-head with cars like the Ford Focus with its hatchback practicality. Topping the engine range is a...

  • Kia Provoke concept car
    Kia Provoke Concept Debuts Geneva, Joins Small Crossover Party

    Hot on the heels of Honda's Urban SUV concept shown at Detroit, Korean automaker Kia is also getting in on the urban crossover act. The Kia Provoke Concept is set to appear at the Geneva Motor Show in early March. It's described as a "provocative and racy new urban concept car, and while the...