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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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2015 Kia Soul EV priced up for all-electric drivers

2015 Kia Soul EV priced up for all-electric drivers

Kia has priced up its 2015 Soul EV, the all-electric version of its city car, offering a 93 mile range from a full charge. The Soul EV will kick off at $33,700 for the Base version, Kia has said today, though federal tax rebates could knock that down by as much as $7,500, at least in the initial launch markets.

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2015 Kia K900 First-drive

2015 Kia K900 First-drive

You can’t accuse Kia of not setting itself ambitious challenges, and the 2015 K900 is unquestionably its most provocative play in the US so far. A full-size, rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan, the new K900 is Kia’s play for the high-end market dominated by BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Lexus. Buyers of those brands have great expectations, however; SlashGear got behind the wheel to see if the K900 can play with the big boys.

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Hyundai EV in 2016 as Kia preps Soul EV for US

Hyundai EV in 2016 as Kia preps Soul EV for US

Hyundai will join rivals in offering an all-electric car, the first from the company, come 2016, having previously focused the brand's eco-friendly attentions on fuel-cell models. Kia, an affiliate of Hyundai, has pushed the group's electric car message in what Senior VP Lee Ki-sang describes as a "dividing" of roles so far. That division, however, is due to change, even though EV sales in Korea are miniscule.

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SoundHound and Hyundai team for embedded music search and discovery

SoundHound and Hyundai team for embedded music search and discovery

Automaker Hyundai Motor Group has teamed with SoundHound to bring a new music service into some of its 2014 model year Hyundai and Kia cars. SoundHound is a sound search firm that offers tech for an embedded music search and discovery system. The partnership will integrate SoundHound directly into the head unit of the car.

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KIA lump-sum fuel reimbursement program seeks to resolve MPG circus

KIA lump-sum fuel reimbursement program seeks to resolve MPG circus

KIA Motors America has agreed to pay customers an average of $667 to every claimant in the class-action lawsuit over misreported fuel economy ratings. This lump-sum fuel expense reimbursement option is in addition to KIA's existing lifetime reimbursement program. The company announced the agreement today.

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Hyundai and Kia plan Android-based navigation systems for cars

Hyundai and Kia plan Android-based navigation systems for cars

Automotive manufacturers are rushing to include more and more technology inside vehicles to help keep drivers connected and going in the right direction. While some criticized modern vehicle infotainment systems as being a distraction, it's not stopping automotive manufacturers from cramming more and more tech inside the vehicles. Hyundai and Kia have announced that they intend to be the world's first automakers to use Android-based navigation systems in future models.

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