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Review: 2017 Kia Niro is the anti-hybrid hybrid ready to take on Prius

Take heed, Toyota Prius. Kia’s new built-from-the-ground up 2017 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.”

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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.”

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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.”


Kia Driver - Spring 2016

We are dedicated to doing our part in making not only fuel-efficient, low-emission vehicles, but hybrid and fully electric vehicles as well. In the past couple of years, we’ve converted our widely popular Soul into the AJAC award-winning Soul EV. This all-electric model features an estimated 149-kilometre range and is the first vehicle ever to receive UL Environmental recognition for its bio-based materials. It has even been introduced into Teo Taxi’s fleet of all-electric vehicles in Montreal. Looking towards the future, we are also working on bringing a new model, the Niro, into production. Featuring an elevated ride height, this future model will offer drivers a more diverse and capable alternative we like to call a hybrid utility vehicle.

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David Hearn caught Kia Canada’s attention in 2011 when he was named SCOREGolf’s Canadian Male Pro Golfer of the Year. Hearn was a perfect fit for the Kia brand because while being an elite-level athlete, he’s also a dedicated family man. As a proud ambassador, Hearn represents Kia on the PGA TOUR, competing with the Kia logo prominently on the chest of his golf shirt, while also representing Kia off the course – using one as his family’s daily driver. See what he has to say about making the move from a K900 into the 2016 Sorento.

Kia Soul wins third consecutive Canadian Residual Value Award from Automotive Lease Guide (ALG)

(MISSISSAUGA, ON) February 10, 2016 – Kia Canada announced that it has received its third consecutive Canadian Residual Value Award for the Soul Urban Hatchback from ALG, the industry benchmark for projecting future vehicle values and depreciation data.

The ALG Residual Value Awards determined the Kia Soul as the top choice in the Subcompact Utility segment. These awards honour the vehicles and brands that are predicted to retain the highest percentage of their original price after a four-year period for Mainstream brands.

“We are very proud and thrilled by this important acknowledgment from ALG today” said Ted Lancaster, Vice President and COO, Kia Canada Inc. “Receiving this award for three consecutive years is a true testament to the world-class design, quality and value that the Soul offers to Canadians.”

ALG recognizes 27 vehicles with segment awards, along with two brands representing the Mainstream and Premium sectors of the industry. This year’s awards are based on 2016 model year vehicles.

“The 2016 Kia Soul earned its third consecutive ALG Residual Value Award in the Subcompact Utility segment by offering the economy of a small hatchback with increased utility and premium feel for the price,” said Geoff Helby, Canada Regional Director for ALG. “Infused with a distinctive personality, the Soul is successfully positioned to retain its value over time.”

Award winners are determined through careful study of the competition in each segment, historical vehicle performance and industry trends. Vehicle quality, production levels relative to demand, and pricing and marketing strategies represent key factors that impact ALG’s residual value forecasts.

Kia Novo Concept

(SEOUL) April 2, 2015 – Kia Motors unveiled its latest concept car – the Kia Novo – today at the Seoul Motor Show 2015. Featuring bold, coupé-inspired styling and a minimalist, driver-focused cabin, the Kia Novo hints at the design direction for the brand’s next-generation compact vehicles.
‘Novo’ – refreshing, rejuvenating, innovating
Taking its name from the Latin ‘novatus’ (meaning renewed or refreshed), the Kia Novo concept is aimed at modern urbanites with stressful jobs and frantic schedules. Interpreted by Kia’s designers, the name ‘Novo’ represents the concept of making something new and fresh. The Novo establishes a calming, focused environment in which drivers can refresh and rejuvenate as they transition from one life commitment to the next.
Fittingly, ‘novatus’ also provides the origin of the English word, ‘innovation’, which the Novo concept brings to life with thoroughly innovative styling and high-tech interior features. The Kia Novo takes inspiration from classic, traditional craftsmanship and vehicle design, and reinterprets it for the 21st Century using modern materials and cutting-edge production techniques to create a sharp, dynamic body over a state-of-the-art powertrain.
Dramatic coupé-inspired exterior design
Designed at Kia’s state-of-the-art Namyang design center in Korea, and based on a specially-adapted version of the Cerato (Forte) platform, the Novo bears a coupé-inspired silhouette and unmistakeable Kia styling. The Novo’s minimal front overhangs, longer rear overhangs and fastback roofline, as well as a slim, long glass area, give it a raked, sporty profile.
The smooth, geometric design of the car’s shape is blended with a series of sharp, decisive lines and forms around the body. The front of the Novo sports the latest interpretation of Kia’s hallmark ‘tiger nose’ grille, now wider and more deeply embedded, and slim new laser headlamps. Low, wide air intakes house additional laser headlamps, which frame the Novo’s bold face, emphasize its low, wide stance and give the car a unique light signature.
The large front wheel arches lead directly into a strong, consistent shoulder line to meet the rear laser lamps, whose shape echoes those of the front for an identical light signature. The rear of the car uses prominent lines and low triangular exhausts to add greater width and volume to its shape and emphasize the car’s sportiness and on-road stability. Crisp lines surrounding the rear of the car ensure a high aerodynamic efficiency.
The Novo’s sharply creased bodywork gives the car a clean, modern appearance when viewed from the side, with strong lines on the doors, skirts and aluminum wing vents. Rear-hinged doors complete the car’s striking profile appearance, with slim, central pop-out door handles running level to the finely-sculpted aluminum door mirrors. The Novo’s diamond-cut alloy wheels feature a similarly sharp design, made up of straight edges and two-tone carbon and silver finish. Completing the Novo’s thoroughly contemporary look are an aluminum rear roof line and two-tone silver and green paint finish.
Driver-oriented interior with minimalist design forms
Designed as a sanctuary from the frenzied outside world, the Kia Novo’s cabin is a relaxing space in which to temporarily escape the stresses and strains of modern life. Focused solely on the driver, the minimalist interior provides few distractions from the task of driving, while all occupants benefit from plenty of space, a result of the car’s long body and intelligent packaging.
The long, wide dashboard, whose sharp lines are embellished with the use of leather, stitching and aluminum highlights, is angled towards the driver. The instrument binnacle shows relevant information through a compact three-dimensional hologram display, while a ‘blind control’ touch pad next to the steering wheel allows drivers to control the car’s many functions without having to take their eyes off the road ahead. The touch pad incorporates a fingerprint scanner, which automatically sets up elements of the car according to the driver’s preferences, such as music selection, audio volume and the type of information displayed. A wide touchscreen in the center of the dash provides the car’s full range of functionality to occupants.
As well as the neat, simple design forms that make up the dashboard and center console, the interior’s four individual dark brown leather sports seats add to the minimalist ambience of the cabin, each made up of simple linear shapes and featuring built-in inertia reel seatbelts to minimize ‘cabin clutter’.
1.6-liter T-GDI engine mated with a new seven-speed DCT
The Novo is powered by the latest high-tech production Kia powertrain to match its dynamic looks. A 1.6-liter ‘Kappa’ turbo gasoline direct injection (T-GDI) engine has been paired with the brand’s seven speed DCT to power the front wheels. The result is decisive, sporty performance and impressive fuel economy for Kia’s latest show star.
The Kia Novo concept is fitted with innovative new ‘adaptive concave profile’ tires, with a sunken middle section between two contact points serving to cool the rubber and channel excess road water away from the wheels for greater grip. The unique 20-inch tires feature two slim contact points on the outer edges to provide lower rolling resistance and reduce road noise, while contributing to provide a high level of grip under cornering.
There are currently no plans to bring the Kia Novo concept to production, though Kia has a history of delivering production vehicles that bear a strong resemblance to concept vehicles that precede them. The Kia Novo concept provides a glimpse into Kia’s plans for its future compact car line-up.
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