Kia

 Green Vehicles
OEMs Name Model name Launch Supplemental Information
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Kia (Hyundai Group)

Soul EV/e-Soul image

2019 A compact electric MPV
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KOR


Kia (Hyundai Group)

Niro EV

2018 A compact electric crossover SUV
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KOR


Kia (Hyundai Group)

Sportage

2018 A compact 48V hybrid crossover SUV
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KOR


Kia (Hyundai Group)

KX3 EV

2018 A subcompact electric crossover SUV
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KOR


Kia (Hyundai Group)

Niro Plug-in Hybrid

2017 A compact plug-in hybrid crossover SUV
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 News
Apr 19, 2019

On April 16, Kia Motors Corporation’s Chinese venture, Dongfeng Yueda Kia Motors Co. (DYK), revealed the new Kia K3 and K3 Plug-in Hybrid at Auto Shanghai 2019.
The latest version of the mid-sized sedan has been designed and engineered specifically for the Chinese market.
The car is offered with two gasoline engines, a 1.5-liter gasoline engine, and a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline direct injection (T-GDi) engine.
Following their debut at Auto Shanghai 2019, the K3 will go on sale across China in the second quarter of the year.
The all-new K3 measures 4,660mm long, 1,780mm wide, 1,450mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,700mm.
In addition, all-new K3 is equipped with advanced features such as front-end collision aiding (FCA), driver attention warning (DAW) and lane departure prevention assist as well as various functions provided by Baidu based smart multimedia system.


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Apr 19, 2019

On April 17, Kia Motors America unveiled the fully-electric, all-wheel drive, four-seat HabaNiro concept with an all-electric range of more than 300 miles, a level-five autonomous mode, and butterfly wing doors at New York International Auto Show.
Designed in its California studio, Kia describes the HabaNiro as an all-electric Everything Car or ECEV – commuter, crossover, sport utility, state-of-the-art technology workroom and adventure vehicle.
The HabaNiro is 171 inches long, 77 inches wide and 63 inches high, with a wheelbase of 111.5 inches.
Its e-AWD system consists of two electric motors, fore and aft, and advanced battery technology.
When HabaNiro’s part-time level-five autonomous driving system is engaged the steering wheel and instrument panel retract forward to provide more room for the front occupants.
The HabaNiro’s interior features a heads-up display, 180° rearview video display in place of physical mirrors, full windshield entertainment video system with surround sound, 3D speed readout display, full width acrylic touch panel with Sensory Light Feedback (SLF) with Technical Option Sharing System (TOSS), and AI-based R.E.A.D. technology Eye Tracking System (ETS) that enables 180° rearview video display when it senses the driver is looking upward.
HabaNiro’s occupants are kept comfortable by a slim Perimeter Ventilation System (PVS) that quietly and evenly blows a curtain of air throughout the cabin.

(Kia press release on April 17, 2019)

Apr 04, 2019

On April 1, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced it would open a new safety defect investigation into three million Hyundai and Kia vehicles for fires not caused by crashes.
The investigation is in response to a petition by the Center for Auto Safety, which since 2007 has been investigating some Hyundai and Kia vehicles for fire risks.
The latest probes cover the 2011-2014 Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe, 2011-2014 Kia Optima and Sorento, and 2010-2015 Kia Soul.
Engine failure and fire problems with Hyundai and Kia vehicles have affected more than 6 million vehicles since 2015, with the two companies recalling approximately 2.4 million vehicles to fix problems that can cause fires and engine failures.
One death was reported involving a Kia vehicle.
Most of the engine failure recalls involve Hyundai’s 2.4-liter and 2-liter Theta II four-cylinder engines, in which debris left from manufacturing can clog a port and cut off oil flow, causing the connecting rod bearings to fail and damaging the engine block and causing oil to leak and catch fire.
Separate from its latest announcement, on March 29 NHTSA announced a recall of approximately 20,000 Hyundai Veloster cars with 1.6-liter engines in the U.S. and Canada because fuel can prematurely ignite in the cylinders around the pistons, which can cause excessive pressure and damage the engine, causing vehicles to stall and in some cases catch fire.

(Detroit News article on April 1, 2019)