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    Kia taking the Rio racing, Optima Hybrid selected as pace car

    Kia has only been racing for two years, but during this past season of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, the plucky Korean brand recorded both its first-ever first place finish and won the driver and team championships for the entire season. Teams don't usually win their first race and ...

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    Report: Kia readying electric minicar for late 2011 launch

    Word from the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show was that dividing lines would form in the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, with Kia to focus solely on electric vehicles and Hyundai to develop plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles. Under this strategy, Kia will soon kick off small-scale production of the ...

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    Report: Kia to focus on electric, Hyundai on plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles

    Word from the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show is that there are dividing lines forming in the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group: Kia will focus solely on electric vehicles, while Hyundai will develop plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles. This according to Yang Woong-chul, vice-president of the automotive ...

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    Wayne Gerdes hypermiles 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid to Guinness record with 64.55 mpg

    Hypermiler extraordinaire Wayne Gerdes and his colleague Chris Bernius have set a new Guinness World Record for the lowest fuel consumption in a gasoline hybrid vehicle while driving through the 48 adjoining U.S. states. At over 64 miles per gallon, Gerdes, Bernius and the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid ...

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    Wayne Gerdes starts hypermiling mpg record attempt in Kia Optima Hybrid

    Hypermiling extraordinaire Wayne Gerdes, along with colleague Chris Bernius (both friends of the site), are heading out on a big journey today. The two will leave from Kia Motors' manufacturing facility in West Point, GA on a trip through 48 states in a clockwise direction, finishing in South ...

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    South Korea pushes production of 120-mile EV up a few years

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    The government of South Korea once had a plan to develop a mid-size, all-electric sedan by the year 2017. It doesn't take much more than elementary math to realize that's six years away. Given that 10,000 Nissan Leafs are already ...

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    Kia VP says Optima Hybrid is a no-compromise vehicle

    Kia Motors' vice-president of marketing, Michael Sprague, says that the 2011 Optima Hybrid is the vehicle that will legitimize the Korean automaker as an eco-friendly company. In speaking with Ward's Auto, Sprague stated:

    In our studies, some people would reject the brand outright because ...

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    Kia to offer Picanto Bi-Fuel in Europe

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    Korean automaker Kia has announced that its Picanto Bi-Fuel compact sedan will be exported to select European markets in late 2011. Powered by both liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and gasoline, the Picanto Bi-Fuel was specifically ...

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    2011 Kia Optima Hybrid priced at $26,500*

    Kia Motors America has announced that its midsize fuel-sipping sedan, the 2011 Optima Hybrid, will be priced at $26,500, plus an extra $750 for destination and handling, when it hits U.S. dealers in June. The gas-electric Optima is Kia's first-ever hybrid vehicle. Like the Hyundai Sonata ...

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    Hyundai-Kia signs fuel cell vehicle deployment MOU with Nordic countries

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    Recently, Hyundai-Kia Motors, along with hydrogen advocacy organizations from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the deployment of hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric ...

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    2012 Kia Rio looks sharp, packs an efficient punch

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    Kia has released the first images of its 2012 Rio hatchback ahead of its official Geneva Motor Show debut, and might we say, it's quite a looker. The Korean automaker has been doing some fantastic things with styling in the past few ...

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    2012 Kia Picanto boasts 57 mpg; CO2 emissions as low as 90 g/km

    Kia's all-new 2012 Picanto, which will be unveiled to the world at the Geneva Motor Show this coming March, aims to raise the bar in the A-segment via slashed emissions and increased fuel economy. The five-door Picanto supermini will hit dealerships across much of the world (excluding the U.S.) ...

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    LA 2010: 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid is good-lookin', green-drivin'

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    Kia is just now beginning to roll out its sexy new 2011 Optima, with the 2.4-liter GDI version priced from only $18,995. Much like its sister car, the Hyundai Sonata, the Optima will be offered with a turbocharged 2.0-liter ...

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    Kia rolls out ethanol-gasoline powered Soul Flex

    The latest version of the Kia Soul, unveiled just days ago in Brazil, adds even more flexibility to the mix. Appropriately called the Soul Flex, this vehicle's ability to run on any ethanol-gasoline mixture, be it 100 percent gasoline or straight ethanol, is its main draw. Kia claims that the ...

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    Kia's radical Pop city car concept touches on company's future design

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    The Kia Pop concept that debuted at the Paris Motor Show is one slick electric city car. The company calls it, "a striking vision of future urban electric transport" that's supposedly meant, "to act as a loose nucleus, a wild atom." ...

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    Report: Kia to offer extended range plug-in vehicle by 2012?

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    Benny Oeyen, Kia's marketing and product planning boss, told What Car? that range-extending "is a fantastic thing" and confirmed that Kia (and perhaps even sister-company Hyundai), will consider bolstering its model lineup with the ...

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    Kia introducing pair of downsized engines for Sportage in Europe

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    Kia's Sportage compact crossover initially launched in Europe with a choice of either a 2.0-liter gasoline-fueled mill or an oil burner of identical size. The good news is that the CUV's engine choices will soon grow by two with the ...

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    Paris 2010: Kia Pop Concept is a "wild atom" looking for three

    Kia Pop Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The Kia Pop Concept is a slick little wedge of silver that the company calls "a striking vision of future urban electric transport" meant "to act as a loose nucleus, a wild atom." In case you're wondering about the styling, you can't ...

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    Kia releases more pics of bubbly Pop electric city car concept

    Kia Pop concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Though details are sparse, we know that Kia's wedge-shaped, battery-powered, three-seat Pop concept, will roll onto the stage in Paris any day now. According to Kia, the sub-10 foot long Pop brings, "innovative design chic and ...

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    Report: Kia Optima hybrid headed for LA Auto Show

    2011 Kia Optima – Click above for high-res image gallery
    We're still trying to stay on top of everything being officially unveiled next week at the Paris Motor Show, but it looks like we may also need to keep an eye trained on the LA Auto Show as well. Auto Guide is reporting that Kia will ...


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