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Kia tops J.D. Power 2016 IQS, quality rises for brands across the board

Kia tops J.D. Power 2016 IQS, quality rises for brands across the board

After 21 years on the market as a car company, Kia Motors has topped this year's J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. This makes Kia the top company on the J.D. Power 2016 IQS study out of all 33 makes in the United States, marking the first time in 27 years that this list was topped by a non-premium vehicle brand. This year was also a good year for vehicle quality across the board. "Manufacturers are currently making some of the highest quality products we’ve ever seen," said vice president of U.S. automotive quality at J.D. Power, Renee Stephens.

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2017 Kia Cadenza boasts lighter body, first FWD 8-speed transmission

2017 Kia Cadenza boasts lighter body, first FWD 8-speed transmission

At the New York Auto Show 2016, Kia is unveiling the second generation Cadenza. Like its predecessor, it boasts of a spacious cabin and a strong aggressive exterior. Naturally, Kia isn't content with just keeping the status quo. The 2017 Cadenza builds on the success of its forebear, bringing a new, distinctive design, a new lighter yet stronger construction, and a lot more brains to the table. In addition, the new Cadenza showcases Kia's first FWD eight-speed automatic transmission, promising improved power and efficiency in Kia's latest large car model.

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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid brings fuel economy in a familiar body

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid brings fuel economy in a familiar body

These days, cars aren't just designed to be powerful or sleek. They're also designed to be eco-friendly from the ground up. Especially with Volkswagen's epic blunder, car makers are putting even more emphasis on fuel efficiency and environment friendliness. At the Chicago Auto Show, Kia is unveiling its own on the trend, blending new and old in one package. With the 2017 Optima Hybrid, the car maker is putting forward its newest fuel efficient powertrain, top of the line intelligent systems, all wrapped in a body inspired by last year's gas-powered Optima sedan.

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Kia unveils the 2017 Optima PHEV, its first plug-in hybrid

Kia unveils the 2017 Optima PHEV, its first plug-in hybrid

Kia is really serious about reaching its 25% fuel efficiency milestone by 2020. How serious, you ask? Serious enough to unveil three hybrids at this week's Chicago Auto Show, two of which come from the car maker's popular Optima lineage. While the 2017 Optima Hybrid already exemplifies Kia's vision of fuel economy, the 2017 Optima Plug-in Hybrid Elecric Vehicle, or PHEV, takes things even further, not only with a more powerful hybrid engine but also by adding an all-electric range, allowing drivers to enjoy as much as 27 miles on the electric motor alone.

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2017 Kia Niro HUV brings fuel economy to crossovers

2017 Kia Niro HUV brings fuel economy to crossovers

Who says only sedans can have all the environment friendly fun? At the Chicago Auto Show, Kia is definitely showing that hulking utility vehicles can also join the party. The 2017 Kia Niro, which was already teased November last year, is a first of many things for the car maker, but what sets this Hybrid Utility Vehicle or HUV apart is exactly that. The Niro combines the engaging driving experience and functionality of a crossover with the fuel economy of hybrid engines, packaged in a design that will make you think twice about how hybrids look.

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Kia Telluride concept is a health-conscious luxury SUV

Kia Telluride concept is a health-conscious luxury SUV

With the North American International Auto Show or NAIAS well on the way, car makers all over the globe are rolling out their latest and greatest, both for future models as well as ideas for the future. Kia, of course, is straddling both. The new Telluride concept might not ever become an actual production model itself, but it might serve as the blueprint, if not the inspiration, for Kia's future SUV's. Taking design cues from the Sorento crossover, the Telluride expands to accommodate not just one row of passengers but also some health-oriented technology inside the cabin.

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2017 Kia Forte5 hatchback gets sportier look, more digital content

2017 Kia Forte5 hatchback gets sportier look, more digital content

At NAIAS 2016, alongside the Telluride concept SUV, Kia has unveiled this year's two new Forte models. While the 2017 Forte refreshes the car maker's sedan, both inside and out, the 2017 Forte5 give the hatchback a new look and some new tech to boot. Kia has endowed the upcoming Forte5 with design details found in the all new 2016 Optima, which adds a sleeker and bolder design to its distinctly European personality. Inside, Kia has also added a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and compatibility with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, opening up new worlds of digital content.

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2017 Kia Forte sedan boasts more changes under the hood

2017 Kia Forte sedan boasts more changes under the hood

Kia has refreshed its Forte lineup, both the Forte sedan and the Forte5 hatchback, which it is now showing off at the Detroit Auto Show. Like its hatchback sibling, the 2017 Forte is also given a sleeker design inspired by Kia's new 2016 Optima. However, they say that looks can be deceiving and that is very much true here, with the 2017 Forte hiding far more changes and new features than the eye can see, as well as a new trim option to satisfy sportier drivers.

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Kia’s making self-driving cars more human: I went for a ride

Kia’s making self-driving cars more human: I went for a ride

Autonomous driving is often spoken of in absolutist terms: cars either drive themselves, or they don't. In reality, there's a huge technological grey area that occupies the space between those two poles, and at least for the foreseeable future, it's this undiscovered country that is going to play the biggest role in the eventual transition to self-driving landscape.

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Kia lands license to test autonomous cars on Nevada roads

Kia lands license to test autonomous cars on Nevada roads

Many major automakers are already testing autonomous cars on public roads around the country, and some tech firms are as well. Google operates one of the biggest fleets of autonomous cars and they have been testing for years on public roads. Kia has announced that it has now been granted permission to test its own autonomous cars in Nevada.

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Kia unveils new Cadenza (K7) set for 2016 launch

Kia unveils new Cadenza (K7) set for 2016 launch

Kia has unveiled the new Cadenza sedan that is known as the K7 in Korea. The Cadenza will go on sale in overseas markets outside Korea in 2016. Exactly which overseas markets the car will be offered in is unknown. Kia says that the new Cadenza maintains the image of the current model with more defined lines and a wider and lower stance.

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2017 Kia Sportage debuts UVO3 with Android and iPhone support

2017 Kia Sportage debuts UVO3 with Android and iPhone support

Kia isn't short on promises for the 2017 Sportage. Billed as being more capacious than its predecessor, more powerful, better equipped, and with a more refined interior, the compact CUV also debuts a new infotainment system and a bevy of driver-assist aids.

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