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As Kia’s first dedicated hybrid, the Niro blends very good fuel economy, sporty intentions, and crossover styling. Proof that it hits a sweet spot is best shown by how many people are buying them, and thus far the 43-50 mpg compact crossover has surpassed three dozen entries in the U.S. hybrid market to fourth-best-seller through […]

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No other automaker has been nearly as successful in proliferating hybrids as Toyota, but a few are determined to change that. Entering this year, Toyota proclaimed it had sold 10 million hybrids globally since introducing the 1997 Japan-market Prius, and in North America the count is over 3.2 million, but signs of weakening can be […]

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Americans finally get a chance to see the fourth-generation Kia Rio at the 2017 New York Auto Show. The model was actually introduced in September, 2016 at the Paris Motor Show, but makes its U.S. debut in the Big Apple. Both the sedan and five-door hatchback models are present, sporting larger bodies than their predecessors. […]

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Quietly introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid will go on sale in the U.S. before the end of this year. Geneva is most well known for supercar and hypercar debuts, so it’s easy to forget a more pedestrian model like a plug-in hybrid crossover. The model will go on […]

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Kia’s 2017 Niro Hybrid small crossover SUV has just reached dealer showrooms, and the Korean automaker is already talking about a battery electric version. This information was revealed to the UK’s Car Dealer Magazine by Kia Motors’ chief operating officer, Tae-Hyun Oh, at the opening of a new flagship dealership in London. “We have just […]

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Korean automaker Kia is considering putting aside its planned diesel-engine mild hybrid program as emissions regulations become tighter and Volkswagen’s Dieselgate has heightened scrutiny of diesel engines. Albert Biermann, Kia’s performance development chief, told British publication Autocar it’s becoming more difficult to support the development of the more costly diesel engine as emissions regulations become […]

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Korean carmaker Kia is working on a battery-electric version of its just-released Niro Hybrid crossover SUV, while at the same time preparing a new fuel cell vehicle. The Niro Hybrid recently went on sale in Kia’s home market and Europe but won’t be sold in the U.S. until late this year or early 2017. Kia […]

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Hyundai-Kia is expanding its electrified vehicle portfolio, planning to have at least 26 hybrids, plug-in hybrids, fully electric and hydrogen fuel cell powered cars by 2020. If the Korean automaker can accomplish this feat, it will make them the second largest producer of electrified cars behind Toyota. We can expect at least 12 hybrids, six […]

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Hybrid technology patent holder Paice and the affiliated Abell Foundation have settled an infringement suit with Hyundai and Kia over technology used in their hybrid Sonata and Optima. After an eight-day jury trial in October, Maryland-based Paice said its suit filed in 2012 over 2011 model year cars was ruled in its favor and it […]

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Next year, Kia plans to begin delivering the Kia Niro, an all-new hybrid SUV. Kia said it designed the Niro from “the ground up as a dedicated hybrid” to satisfy two growing markets: low emission vehicles and compact SUVs. The Niro is also one of the first vehicles to be launched under Kia’s new green […]

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