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Review: Kia Niro is the anti-hybrid hybrid ready to take on Prius

Take heed, Toyota Prius. Kia's new built-from-the-ground up Niro hybrid crossover is ready to duke it out for your sales title.

Well, yes and no. Kia officials won't specifically say so, lest it not work out the way they hope.

And while John Adzija, Kia Canada's national manager of corporate communications, believes the Niro will indeed lure customers away from the Prius, he says the South Korean auto maker isn't specifically targeting the hybrid universe's long-time reigning champ.

"No, not per se," he said, following a product briefing deep in the heart of Texas. "You alienate a lot of people when you focus on the 'cult' of Prius customers."

See more here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/reviews/new-cars/review-2017-kia-niro-is-the-anti-hybrid-hybrid-and-ready-to-take-on-prius/article33908580/

Kia Canada Goes Big In 2017

Kia was a relative latecomer to the Canadian automotive market. Now it's outpacing brands whose strong presence in Canada goes back decades.

Kia Motor Corporation first entered the Canadian market in May of 1999, shipping its first models to Vancouver before expanding nationwide. In its first full year, 2000, the company offered only two models, selling approximately 15,000 across the country.

Nearly 18 years later, Kia Canada and its 190 dealers from coast to coast celebrated the sale of 750,000 cars this past September. With that sale, Kia set a new record in the Canadian market, becoming the fastest car manufacturer to reach three quarters of a million sales in the country.

"As one of the mainstream brands in Canada now, our goal is to get up to that one million level," said Ted Lancaster, the vice president and chief operating officer of Kia Canada Inc. "We have a goal to do that by 2020, and I think we can."

See more here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/partners/advthepowertosurprise022017/kia-canada-goes-big-in-2017/article34021740/

Kia's refreshed and surprisingly sporty Forte5 SX pushes the compact segment benchmark upward

In a highly competitive segment, all manufacturers have to move fast or get left behind in a hurry - Kia is not resting on its laurels when it comes to the Forte lineup. It not only gets more equipment for 2017, it also arrives with a nicer cabin and stronger style.

In the compact hot hatch segment, having the right mechanicals wrapped in boring sheet metal just does not work. The 2017 Forte5 brings a sharp Euro-inspired look. Yes, it's still the typical of a two-box hatchback design, but the sweeping roofline, strong character lines and, in SX form, HID headlights, LED positioning lights and light-bar technology rear lamps transform the hatch from frumpy to fancy. The red trim line sitting in the front grille even mimics the Volkswagen Golf GTI!

With the looks having invited a potential customer to look a little closer, it is important the car have a classy interior with the right features. Here, the Forte5 SX shines. The list of equipment is too long to list here, but the highlights include heated and cooled leather-wrapped front seats, a power moonroof, smart instrumentation and an all-encompassing infotainment system that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

See more here: http://driving.ca/kia/forte/reviews/road-test/car-review-2017-kia-forte5-sx

2017 Kia Sorento SX+ V6 Review

For the last couple decades, Kia has made significant inroads in terms of becoming a significant player in the Canadian automotive market. While their earlier offerings were almost direct imports of international models that didn't quite fit in as well as they should have, their situation today caters very well to the North American car buying market. With reliability, build quality, and refinement improving with every model, Kia is doing wonderful things, which is exactly what they're going to need to do to shed their "cheap but mediocre" reputation. Case in point, the 2017 Kia Sorento SX+ V6 was a very pleasant surprise during its week on test. Not only can the Korean mid-size crossover do battle with the big boys at Honda and Toyota, it can win the fight in a series of areas.

See more here: http://doubleclutch.ca/2017-kia-sorento-sx-v6/

A dream car realized – Kia Stinger arrives at 2017 NAIAS

This year at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, Kia captured the attention of the media and spectators with the unveiling of our long awaited and highly anticipated Kia Stinger. As the brand’s highest performing vehicle yet, the all-new 2018 Stinger is the first step in a new direction for the Kia brand.

A true gran turismo, the Stinger boasts an instantly recognizable shape and name for long-time Kia fans. The newly unveiled Stinger is a direct evolution of the GT concept showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011 and a successful outcome of dedicated development and fine-tuning by Kia designers and engineers.

Revealed to global audiences through a livestreamed event, the world premiere of the Kia Stinger came as a delightful surprise to kick off the New Year. Armed with muscular confidence and an eye-catching streamlined silhouette, the five-seater fastback features powerful engine options, a spacious but intimate cabin and top-of-the-line safety and driving assistance features.

Built for the journey not the destination, the Stinger was brought to life at Kia’s European studio in Frankfurt, designed with optimized luxury and driving experience in mind. Created for a heart-pounding and captivating long-distance driving, the sports sedan was tested on the legendary Nurburgring circuit where it proved to deliver stunning and throttling performance.

See more here: http://kia-buzz.com/kia-stinger-at-2017-naias/

Meet Niro, Kia's 'Un-Hybrid' Hybrid

Kia Niro, our first ever dedicated Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV) model, made its global debut last February at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. Since then, all eyes have been on the soon-to-be-launched eco-friendly SUV.

The Niro gets its name from the combination of two words, ‘Near Zero,’ to indicate the flawlessness of the vehicle, and ‘Hero’ to signal its heroic emergence in the CUV market segment. To beat the drum of Kia Motors next big eco-friendly leap, Kia BUZZ is sharing the reasons why the Niro HUV is an up-and- coming superstar.

Exceptionally engineered to house a cutting-edge Kappa 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder engine, the hybrid platform of the Niro provides powerful yet eco-friendly performance. The engine’s power is transmitted through a newly developed, second-generation six-speed dual-clutch transmission, which boosts efficiency through smooth and quick shifts for stable and confident cruising. This seamless delivery of power to the front wheels makes for an ‘un-hybrid’-like driving experience. A compact, lightweight 1.56-kWh Lithium Ion Polymer battery located under the rear seat brings the whole system together. Thanks to this powerful and energy dense high-voltage battery, Niro can further maximize fuel economy and reduce emissions.

Kia Niro will be fully equipped with Kia’s newest driving assistance technologies. An important feature of note is the Eco-Driver Assistance System (Eco-DAS) feature, which applies Coasting Guide and Predictive Energy Control for the first time in Kia’s vehicles. Both functions aim to optimize overall fuel efficiency, with the Coasting Guide guiding drivers on when to coast and brake and Predictive Energy Control anticipating topographical changes on the road ahead to determine when to recharge the battery and expend stored energy. While similar systems have been previously introduced by other auto brands, Kia’s system will be the first to monitor and adjust for uphill and downhill driving situations.

Hybrid vehicles are often subject to scrutiny for being unattractive. With the Niro, consumers need not sacrifice style for function as the good-looking HUV brings the best of both worlds. Kia Niro boasts a sophisticated and sporty profile accentuated by its wide and low proportions and long roofline. Bearing Kia’s signature ‘tiger nose’ grille, the face of the Niro is further highlighted by its broad and bold headlights. Additional styling cues on the hood, wheels, and undercarriage all contribute to the sporty look of the HUV. Niro’s craftily shaped bodywork also allows for impressive aerodynamic performance. The high-tech, modern interior features and maximized space also increase driving comfort. Addressing inherent noise, vibration & harshness (NVH) issues with hybrids, Kia took measures to incorporate various insulation and sealant padding measures to keep unwanted noise in check.

See more here: http://www.kia.ca/niro

Kia officially opens Mexico production facility

(SEOUL) September 8, 2016 – Kia Motors officially opened its new production facility in Mexico today at a grand opening ceremony attended by over 500 people.

Construction of Kia’s new manufacturing plant, located in Pesquería in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Léon, began in October 2014. The facility – Kia’s sixth overseas production base – represents an investment by Kia and suppliers of US$3 billion.

The ceremony, which took place in the plant’s new assembly shop, was attended by Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo Villareal; the Nuevo Léon State Governor, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón; and the Mayor of Pesqueria, Miguel Ángel Lozano Munguía. The delegation of around 100 visitors from Korea included Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Mong-Koo Chung and Kia Motors Corporation Vice Chairman and CEO Hyoung-Keun Lee.

“The new plant here in Mexico represents the next step in Kia Motors’ ambition to become one of the world’s leading automakers,” said Mong-Koo Chung, Chairman of Hyundai Motor Group, during his speech at the ceremony. “The innovative design and world-class quality possessed by the cars produced at the Kia Motors Mexico plant will be embraced by our valued customers not only here in Mexico but also in export-bound countries of Latin America and North America.”

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