With all the attention being focused on electric cars, like the Tesla Model S and Chevy Bolt, plug-in hybrids and especially regular hybrid models have had to take a back seat. But what if you aren't quite ready to make the jump to an electric car - fully electric or plug-in hybrid, but would still like to drive something a bit "greener" than the average car? Although hybrids don't the attention they did 10 years ago, there are still plenty of good options.
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Sedans continue to lose market share thanks to the growing number of crossovers that they have to compete with. This is especially true for the midsize sedan segment and even more of a problem for full size sedans. The once popular segment now either has to compete with their midsize counterparts, who aren't that much smaller or midsize crossovers, so why are they still around? Today full size sedans are positioned less as a family hauler like in the past and now as a more luxurious flagship for an automaker's lineup.
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Kia might have had the biggest debut this week at the Detroit Auto Show with the debut of the 2018 Stinger sedan. Kia's most performance focused model yet will arrive with arrive with a choice of turbocharged engines and either rear- or all-wheel drive, but there may be even more powertrain options in the works.
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Kia may have taken the crown at this year's Detroit Auto Show. The show kicks off tomorrow, but Kia has already unveiled its new real-wheel drive Stinger sports sedan. The Stinger was originally previewed by the GT concept and now the brand is ready to jump in a completely new segment.
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Kia has announced that new 2017 Niro hybrid has received a Guinness World Record title for consuming less fuel than any other hybrid car that has driven across the USA from coast to coast. The Kia Niro set the record by averaging 76.6 mpg over the 3,715 mile trip and only consuming 4.1 tanks of gas.
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Kia is getting ready to reveal a production version of the rear-wheel drive GT concept next month at the Detroit Auto Show. Kia's new high-performance sedan is going to debut on January 8, 2017, but until that date Kia is going to release teasers on the microsite - The Curve Ahead.
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Kia is adding a bit more sport to the Soul with the debut of the 2017 Kia Soul Exclaim, which is powered by a 201-horsepower turbocharged engine. Even though the new turbocharged 1.6L engine packs 40 more horsepower than the non-turbocharged 2.0L, it's more fuel efficient with a 28 mpg combined rating.
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Kia has unveiled the all-new fourth-generation 2017 Kia Rio ahead of its debut later this month at the Paris Motor Show.
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Kia has released a few teaser sketches of the all-new Rio, which is going to debut next month at the Paris Motor Show. From these teasers we can see that the subcompact Rio will adopt Ki'a latest design language, which will give it a more upscale look compared to the current model.
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Kia has unveiled the all-new 2017 Cadenza at the New York Auto Show. The all-new Cadenza looks even more luxurious than the outgoing model, which should help it stand out more in the large sedan segment.
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Last year Kia previewed the all-new Optima with the Sportspace wagon concept and thanks to the positive feedback the concept received, Kia has revealed a production version - the Optima Sportswagon.
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In addition to the new Niro hybrid, Kia has unveiled the 2017 Optima plug-in hybrid, at the Chicago Auto Show. Both models are part of Kia's plan to increase fuel efficiency by 25 percent across the entire Kia model line-up by 2020.
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Kia has unveiled its first dedicated hybrid, the 2017 Niro hybrid utility vehicle. The Niro hybrid combines the efficiency of a hybrid powertrain with a SUV body, which should help it appeal to the SUV-loving buyers.
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Kia is about to get in the sports sedan segment with a new rear-wheel drive sedan that is expected to launch some time next year. Sources have revealed to Reuters that Kia hopes to start producing the new sedan, codenamed CK, in May 2017.
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Kia has released the second teaser photo of it its new SUV concept that is going to debut next week at the Detroit Auto Show. Dubbed the Telluride, the concept previews the a possible new larger SUV for the brand.
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Kia has released the first teaser photo of its new SUV concept that is going to debut next week at the Detroit Auto Show. Kia hasn't released any big details, but does say that the concept previews a possible large SUV for the brand.
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Kia is giving its flagship K900 sedan a few updates for the 2016 model year, including styling tweaks, a new standard 311-hp 3.8L V6, navigation system, leather seats and a panoramic sunroof.
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Earlier this month Kia released a few teaser sketches of the next-generation Cadenza and now we have our first official look at the new sedan. Even though it's called the K7 in South Korea, the K7 that you see here is basically identical to the 2017 Cadenza that will arrive in the U.S. sometime next year.
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Kia has revealed the all-new fourth-generation 2017 Sportage at the LA Auto Show. The 2017 Sportage features an evolutionary design with the Kia "tiger-nose" grille and its new headlights being the most significant change.
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Kia has released two teaser photos of its new Niro Hybrid Crossover concept ahead of its debut next year. The Niro will be Kia's first dedicated hybrid model.
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Kia is going to release an all-new Cadenza in 2016 and although Kia hasn't announced when it will unveil the 2017 Cadenza, Kia has released a batch of teaser sketches.
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Kia has announced plans to reveal six new concepts next week at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, one of which will be the Forte Koup Mud Bogger that you see here. Kia says that the concept is meant to represent the adventurous side of the American South and the joy of getting dirty on four wheels.
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Kia has announced the pricing for the all-new 2016 Optima, which will start at $21,840 for the base LX with the 2.4L engine. The 2016 Optima will be offered in five trim levels - LX, LX 1.6T, EX, SX and SXL.
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We're getting close to the kick off of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and this year Kia's big reveal is the all-new fourth-generation Sportage. Last week Kia revealed the 2017 Sportage's exterior and now Kia has revealed the new Sportage's upgraded interior.
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Kia has released the first official photos of the all-new Sportage, which is going to debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
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Kia is going to reveal the all-new 2017 Sportage next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but a batch of official photos have already leaked online.
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Kia has released a few teaser sketches of the all-new 2017 Kia Sportage, which is going to debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The all-new fourth-generation Sportage will feature a bolder design than the current model and an even more refined interior.
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With the exception of the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima hybrids and the Kia Soul EV, Hyundai and Kia haven't really played very much in the "green" segment, but that's about to change. It's being reported that between the 2016 and 2018 model years, Hyundai and Kia are going to introduce four hybrids, two plug-in hybrids and an electric car in the U.S.
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Kia has revealed the updates to the 2016 Soul EV, with the biggest update being a new entry-level Soul EV-e trim level. Kia hasn't revealed the pricing, but the new trim level should drop the entry price of the Soul EV a bit.
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Even though the minivan continues to be one of the most versatile vehicles on the market, the stigma that's attached to the people mover continues to hamper its appeal. In the 1990s almost every automaker had a minivan, but since then the number of offerings continues to disappear as more buyers flock to crossovers. So how can an automaker make their minivan stand out? By targeting a different segment altogether - active buyers that may not actually have kids. According to Kia, almost half of all minivan buyers don't even have kids, but actually buy minivans because of the added space and versatility that comes with them.
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The small coupe segment continues to shrink as more buyers choose more practical sedans and even compact SUVs. But there are a few options left on the market if you want something a bit sportier. Here we have the 2015 Kia Forte Koup, which competes primarily with the Honda Civic Coupe and Scion tC. The Civic Coupe has been the mainstay of the segment since it was introduced in the early 1990s and since then several competitors have come and gone. How does the Kia Forte Koup stack up against the Civic and tC? Read on to find out.
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While you may not realize it, the Kia Sorento has been around since 2003. In it's early years the Sorento was a crude body-on-frame based but in 2010 it switched to unibody construction and grew into Kia's first midsize SUV offering, albeit on the smaller end of the spectrum. Now the all new 3rd generation 2016 Sorento has grown in every way to make it a truly formidable player in the midsize SUV market. While most dimensions grow fractionally, what really sets it apart is it's styling and levels of refinement.
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Hyundai has announced that the Genesis will be getting a new twin-turbocharged V6 engine in 2017 or 2018. The move is part of Hyundai's plan to offer more smaller turbocharged engines across its lineup.
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Kia is soon going to offer a new four-door sports coupe, which was previewed by the GT concept back in 2011. Production rumors have been circling since the concept debuted and now Kia's head of product planning, Orth Hedrick has confirmed that an announcement will be made soon.
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Kia is giving the world a preview of its next-generation compact vehicles with the debut of the Kia Novo concept at the 2015 Seoul Motor Show. The Novo concept borrows some styling cues from the GT concept and features coupe-like styling.
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After launching the Kia Soul EV in California last year, Kia has announced that the electric car will now be available in Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. Electric vehicle demand has been growing in these states, and consumers there have expressed significant interest in Soul EV.
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Kia has released the first official photo of the all-new 2016 Kia Optima ahead of its debut at the New York Auto Show on April 1st. The overall look of the new Optima isn't a drastic change from the current Optima, but its styling does have a more refined look than before.
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Kia's new K900 flagship sedan is literally the new kid on the block. With a full plate of formidable players, from the BMW 7-series to it's own stable mate, the Hyundai Equus, the K900 really has to bring something different to the table, and luckily it does.
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Kia has announced that the next-generation 2016 Kia Optima is going to debut next month at the New York Auto Show. Kia hasn't released any details about the new Optima other than two sketches that give us a preview of the 2016 Optima's exterior.
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The Kia Soul is easily one of the best models in Kia's lineup, which explains why it's also one of the brand's best-sellers. Its combination of style, fun to drive nature and low entry price should put it on any one's shopping list. Now how well does it hold up if you take out the four-cylinder engine and swap in Kia's first electric powertrain? Well it actually gets better.
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