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2016 Kia Optima bakes in Android Auto

2016 Kia Optima bakes in Android Auto

When it comes to refreshing your best-selling model, you could be forgiven for playing it safe, but Kia is taking the tech approach with the 2016 Optima. Longer and wider than the outgoing model, not to mention with a more distinctive exterior design, it's also Kia's first shipping car with Android Auto support. The gadgetry doesn't stop there, however, as the South Korean firm takes on its American rivals like Chevy and Ford.

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New Kia Optima renders betray curves, Sportspace look

New Kia Optima renders betray curves, Sportspace look

In a span of a decade, Korean car maker Kia went from almost a nobody to someone that people took notice of. That success is attributed in no small part to the Optima, which has become Kia's poster boy since then. But the first Optima is five years old and long overdue a refresh. Given it's importance of the name, Kia undoubtedly feels pressured to replicate that success in the successor as well. With these pair of renders of the new Optima, however, Kia might have very little to worry about.

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Kia Soul recalled due to bendy gas pedal

Kia Soul recalled due to bendy gas pedal

Kia has announced plans to recall its Soul SUV due to a bendy gas pedal, which can end up bending or breaking when the car is being driven. It's a fairly large recall at about 209,000 vehicles, but still smaller than some of the other automotive recall numbers we've seen thus far this year. Both the Soul and its electric counterpart have been included in the recall, both of them of the 2014 and 2015 model years. Fortunately, there are no known injuries or wrecks that have resulted from this problem.

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Kia Trail’ster takes the road less traveled with electric-AWD

Kia Trail’ster takes the road less traveled with electric-AWD

Electric cars may more commonly be found prowling the city streets than out in the wild, but Kia thinks its Trail'ster electric all-wheel-drive concept is just the thing to get millennials muddy. Shown off at the Chicago Auto Show this week, the chunky car takes not one but two powertrains into the wilderness. Dubbed e-AWD by Kia, a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is joined by electric engines at the rear for extra traction in the mud and snow, while inside the materials have gotten more rugged to match the new body kit.

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Kia Trail’ster teases e-AWD with a trad twist

Kia Trail’ster teases e-AWD with a trad twist

Kia keeps dripping out details of its new rugged concept car, now dubbed the Kia Trail'ster, though if anything we're even more confused than we were before. What started last month as the teasing bumper and chunky wheels of a concept for the Chicago Auto Show now has a name - replete with needless apostrophe - and what turns out to be not quite the electric all-wheel-drive powertrain we were expecting. Instead, it appears that the Trail'ster will be a hybrid, combining old and new technologies to make it more sure-footed in snow and mud.

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Kia takes Tesla route with e-AWD Soul EV concept tease

Kia takes Tesla route with e-AWD Soul EV concept tease

Electric cars may most commonly be found scooting around cities, but Kia has more rugged adventures planned for its new all-wheel-drive EV concept, set to be revealed next month. The unnamed off-roader will preview what Kia is calling an e-AWD powertrain, targeting the sort of athletic, outdoorsy-sorts that car manufacturers love to cite when they throw big bumpers and chunky tires on a concept. Going by the cropped photo Kia has released, however, it seems it's the Soul that has provided the core DNA for the new car, and in particular the electric version that turned up in showrooms late last year.

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2014 Kia Forte cars recalled over cooling fan resistor

2014 Kia Forte cars recalled over cooling fan resistor

Kia has joined the list of auto makers initiating recalls in the new year, and this one is over a familiar risk: fire. In this case, the issue revolves around a cooling fan resistor that could end up overheating and, subsequently, melting. When or if that happens, the car will be at risk of a fire. The information comes from documents surfaced by the NHTSA, and it concerns only the 2014 Kia Forte, of which almost 87,000 units are being recalled.

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Kia channels its inner mutant with X-Men-themed Sorento

Kia channels its inner mutant with X-Men-themed Sorento

Kia has introduced its new mutant variety 2015 Sorento, a special model made in partnership with Fox that the auto maker plans to debut a week before the Australian Open 2015 tennis championship. With it comes an X-Men theme, and though Kia is asking viewers to guess which character inspired the design, there seems little mystery left to the imagination with Wolverine's claws having prime showcasing spots on both the front and back of the vehicle. The car will be revealed by tennis pro Rafael Nadal.

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Hyundai and Kia to pay record fine for overstating mpg

Hyundai and Kia to pay record fine for overstating mpg

Two major automakers in the US, Hyundai and Kia, fell afoul of the government when it was discovered that they were overstating mileage estimates on some of their cars back in 2012. The two automakers have now agreed to a settlement with the US EPA, the Department of Justice, and the California Air Resources Board ending the investigation into fuel mileage claims against the automakers. The two automakers will pay an additional fine of $350 million.

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2015 Kia Soul EV First-Drive: A new city-car star

2015 Kia Soul EV First-Drive: A new city-car star

Kia’s 2015 Soul EV may look cute, but the company isn’t playing around when it comes to its first all-electric car for the US market. Based on the hit Soul city car, but dumping the gas engines for a torquey electric powertrain, the Soul EV may be following the Leaf, 500e, and Focus EV to market, but its clearly used that extra time to learn from what they got right - and how to avoid their mistakes.

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