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Kia Motors has always been an automaker quick to embrace change it seems. Their lineup is one of the most expansive and welcoming of alternative fuel vehicles. They have the Kia Soul EV, the Kia Niro hybrid, and Kia Niro Hybrid Plug-in. The 2020 Kia Telluride went into production, and one day Kia Motors spoke of turning it into a hybrid SUV. We thought Kia was going to take a break from alternative fuel after they made a lot of commotion at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show with the 2020 Kia Soul EV, and the 2019 Kia Niro EV finding its way to city streets soon enough. Why take a break with all that success? Kia Motors teases a new electric concept for the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
That’s right, Kia Motors is also bringing a new concept to Geneva. Oddly enough, Kia Motors in Mitsubishi Motors seem to be in-sync these days. Both automakers brought new autonomous technology to the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, and now Kia will be debuting a new model at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show alongside Mitsubishi. Maybe it’s just a coincidence?
What makes the Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid so great? Well, there’s a couple of things that make it stand out. For one, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, also known as a PHEV, does more than the standard hybrid vehicle due to its rechargeable battery, and that gives it a real advantage when it comes to fuel economy, tax credits, and greenhouse gas emissions.
Engine and Fuel Economy
With only one trim, the Kia Optima PHEV is powered by a 2.0-liter I4 Full Parallel Hybrid system made up of a 2.0-liter DOHC engine, with gasoline direct injection (GDI) and continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) technology, and an electric motor powered by a 9.8 kWh lithium polymer battery. Together, the engine and hybrid generate 202 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque. The majority of that torque actually comes from the electric motor!
Because the Kia Optima PHEV has an electric motor powered by a battery, the Optima PHEV can be driven on pure electricity for up to 30 miles. So that means the vehicle can travel 30 miles with little-to-no tailpipe emissions and without using a single drop of gas. When using the battery and engine together in hybrid mode, the Optima PHEV has a fuel economy of 103 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) and it has a total driving range of 610 miles when the vehicle starts out with a fully charged battery and full tank of gas.
Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group are going to be bringing some pretty interesting vehicles and technology to the road in the coming years. In 2020, Kia Motors will get its very own hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, and soon enough, Kia vehicles will also have artificial intelligence (A.I.) technology, too. Partnered with Kakao, a well-known technology firm in Korea, the Hyundai Motor Group (which includes Kia Motors) and Kakao are working together to bring A.I. tech to cars.
Kakao, best known for its messaging app “Kakao Talk”, is a business built around communication, media and content, entertainment, transportation, and really anything that makes one’s lifestyle a little better and a little easier. These days, many auto brands are hooking up with outside sources to improve their lineup with state-of-the-art technology. Lately, it would seem Mitsubishi Motors and Kia Motors are racing to see who will bring out A.I. self-driving vehicles first, with the technology in the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross already pushing the envelope.
Kia Motors is one automotive brand that has fully embraced the green market. There are several hybrid vehicles in their lineup, including the popular Kia Optima and brand spankin’ new Kia Niro crossover. Wouldn’t you know, with how well Kia has been doing so well in the past two years, showered with awards and earning the top spot in the JD Power Initial Quality Study, Kia has recently outpaced Ford to take the number two spot for hybrid vehicles in the US market.
Part of the Hyundai Motor Group, both Hyundai and Kia sold 4,796 hybrid vehicles in July alone. That’s a large number for sales for a single month, a 9 percent increase from June, and twice that of July 2016. In addition, the two automakers make up a whole 17.1 percent of the hybrid market. To think about a decade ago barely anyone wanted to drive a vehicle that made use of both, an internal combustion engine and electric motor. The high fuel mileage is finally popular enough that more and more consumers are going green.
The Kia Cadenza is mid-sized sedan designed with comfort in mind. For the 2017 model year, the all-new Kia Cadenza was completely redesigned and it has luxury features and a comfortable cabin, while looking a bit sporty. From the engine to the interior, there are a variety of new features on the all-new 2017 Cadenza.
Perhaps the most noticeable change on the all-new 2017 Kia Cadenza is its styling. The redesigned Cadenza looks more expressive and sportier than previous models. An interesting new exterior feature for the 2017 model is the option of two different grilles. Additionally, exterior features like the LED “piano key” taillights, a wider and lower body, and chrome accents help to give it a more athletic appearance style.
The Cadenza’s new interior is where luxury comes into play. The interior features soft materials and shear surfaces and a wraparound dash that flows into the door panels. The vehicle features a 360-degree surround view display of the vehicle, which is seen on the touchscreen on the dashboard. Additionally, for the 2017 model year, there are more interior color combinations available and buyers now have the option of upgrading to Nappa leather seating. (more…)
Kia has been kicking up dust for awhile now with it’s eco-friendly vehicles such as the Kia Optima Hybrid, the Kia Niro, and Kia Soul EV. Well, what’s better than a hybrid for eco-sustaining enthusiasts? A PHEV vehicle, Kia’s first to be exact, and they’re putting the name on one of its best and brightest – the Kia Optima PHEV is coming to town.
Originally teased back in June, Kia released a single webpage discussing some of the outstanding features and design choices for the Kia Optima PHEV. First off, plug-in hybrids have a charging port, so that will be a new exterior feature. Second, the Optima PHEV will have re-profiled front and rear bumpers that enhance airflow over the body and improve aerodynamics.
Deciding on your next car is a big decision, so you shouldn’t rush the car buying process. It is imperative to do plenty of research before getting into a car contract. There are several different sources of information that shoppers should use to get informed about a prospective new car — online research of car specs and professional reviews, word of mouth, and personal testing like a test drive.
Before you can begin your research, the first thing to determine is your budget, car style, and the features that are “must haves.” Once you have these things narrowed down, it will be easier to figure out some other decisions like are you paying cash, financing or leasing. Are you considering a new car or a used car? What is best and what fits your budget?
After this you can begin online research. Focus on a few similar cars that fit your needs, and do the research to find out which works for you for you. A few of the important factors to find out are price, fuel economy, engine type, tech features, car insurance estimates, warranties, and safety ratings. (more…)
With the 2017 model-year right around the corner, it’s a good time to take a look at some of the 2016 models before they’re replaced. Today we’re putting the spotlight on the Kia Optima and some of the benefits a driver can still get before showrooms and dealership lots are flooded with 2017 models. Take a look at some of the specs drivers don’t want to miss out on with the 2016 Kia Optima.
Three Engines to Choose From
It’s not uncommon to see a vehicle available with different engines on different trims, and the Kia Optima is no exception. Starting with the base trim, Kia Optima LX, the standard engine is a 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4 engine. The same engine also comes standard on the Kia Optima EX series. “DOHC” stands for “Double Overhead Camshaft”, meaning the engine has two camshafts versus one, and will outperform vehicles with a single overhead camshaft due its optimization of performance and fuel efficiency.
For an award winning car, drivers know to look towards Kia. For several years in a row, many Kia models have received Top Safety Picks from the IIHS, and this year Kia ranked highest out of 33 car brands during the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. The Kia Optima is one of the more well-known cars by Kia, but we’re going to review two lesser-known sedans to put them in the spotlight.
Recently, AutoPacific kicked off the 20th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSAs) by announcing that the most satisfyingly popular brand on the market today is none other than Kia. The brains over at Kia have been making waves with their eco-friendly cars and now they’re bringing home the medal for the entire brand. Before we get to that though, let’s take a second to talk about how AutoPacific came to this conclusion.