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CES 2018: Kia Adds Google Assistant To Its Infotainment Systems 9
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in CES, Google, Kia, Kia K900, Kia Niro, Kia Optima, Reports, Tech on 01 9th, 2018

Kia Motors has made their UVO infotainment systems compatible with the Google Assistant, enabling customers to execute a variety of remote commands.

So far the integration with the Google Assistant is available for models equipped with the UVO system, including the 2018 Niro PHEV, Soul EV, Optima PHEV and the K900 flagship.

Through an UVO agent, customers can set up the Google Assistant or Google Home app, allowing for simple voice commands to access a variety of functions. The new commands include “Tell UVO to start my Soul EV,” or “Tell UVO to lock my Niro.”

The UVO agent offers remote functions such as Remote Start/Stop Engine, Remote Climate Control, Remote Charge Start/Stop, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Lock. Add to that the ability of the Google Assistant to provide real-time answers and activate streaming music services, smart home devices and you got a pretty much seamless experience.

“With more people using smart technology at home and work, it was a natural extension to bring this easy to use and widely adapted platform to the driver’s seat,” said Henry Bzeih, director, connected car & mobility services, strategy & planning, KMA. “With a simple voice command, Kia owners can interface with their vehicles in the same manner they use the Google Assistant in their homes.”


£32,645 PHEV Version Joins Kia’s Optima Sportswagon Range In UK 4
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Galleries, Hybrids, Kia, Kia Optima, PHEV, prices, UK on 09 4th, 2017

Kia's growing fleet of alternative powertrain models is gaining a new recruit in the UK, in the shape of the Optima Sportswagon PHEV.
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U.S. Feds To Investigate Hyundai And Kia Recalls 22
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Kia Sportage, Recalls, Reports on 05 22nd, 2017

Safety regulators in the United States have opened an investigation into the recall of almost 1.7 million vehicles issued by Hyundai and Kia in the country.
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Hyundai And Kia Recall 1.3 Million Vehicles In The US For Engine Stalling 8
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Sonata, Kia, Kia Optima, Kia Sorento, Kia Sportage, Recalls, Reports on 04 8th, 2017

Hyundai and Kia have been hit by a massive recall in the United States, which is estimated to cost both companies a few hundred million dollars.
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Behold The Four Best Automotive Designs Of 2017 4
Posted by Carscoops Staff in audi, Audi Q2, Car Of The Year, Ferrari, Kia, Kia Optima, Mazda, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 / Miata on 04 4th, 2017

There's a number of organizations that seek to identify the best designs in the automotive sphere. But the first and last word belong to the Red Dot, and it has just announced the finest designs for 2017.
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The 10 Best Cars Of 2017, According To Consumer Reports 2
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Audi Q7, Chevrolet Cruze, Consumer Reports, Honda Ridgeline, Kia Optima, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, subaru forester, Top Picks, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Prius, Toyota Yaris on 03 2nd, 2017

In order to figure out how to put together a top 10 list featuring the year's best vehicles, several factors had to be taken into account.
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Kia Giving NBA Fans Free Uber Rides During All-Star Weekend 17
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Kia, Kia Optima, Kia Sorento, Reports, Uber on 02 17th, 2017

With the NBA All-Star festivities set to take place this weekend in New Orleanse, Kia will provide basketball fans with free Uber rides.
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2017 Green Car Of The Year Finalists Announced, Which One Do You Think Should Win? 8
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 3-series, Car Of The Year, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Bolt, Chrysler, Chrysler Pacifica, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Kia, Kia Optima, LA Auto Show, PHEV, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Prius on 11 8th, 2016

With a little over a week separating us from the 2017 Green Car of the Year awards that will be hosted at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the GreenCarJournal announced today its five finalists.
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Kia Recalls 12k Optima Sedans With Cracked Driveshafts 14
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Kia, Kia Optima, Recalls on 10 14th, 2016

Kia has issued a recall on 12,214 of its Optima sedans across America due to a driveshaft problem.
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Family Mid-Size Sedan Sales Plummet As Demand Reaches 5-Year Low 5
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, Reports on 09 5th, 2016

In the US, despite this year being one of the industry's best ever through August, demand for mid-size family saloons is at a five-year low.
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Kia Launches Optima PHEV And Sportswagon In The UK 25
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hybrids, Kia, Kia Optima, new cars, PHEV on 08 25th, 2016

Kia has released its first plug-in hybrid model in the UK in the form of the 2017 Optima PHEV, complementing the local launch of the Optima Sportswagon.
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Kia Considering To Drop Plans For A Diesel Hybrid Powertrain 22
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in diesel, Hybrids, Kia, Kia Optima, Reports on 08 22nd, 2016

Kia might cancel its planned hybrid diesel powertrain as VW’s Dieselgate scandal continues to unfold.
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Kia Let Basketball Fans Enjoy Their Cars During 2016 NBA Season 13
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in commercials, Kia, Kia Optima, Kia Sorento, Kia Videos, NBA, video on 08 13th, 2016

As the official vehicle sponsor of the National Basketball Association (NBA), Kia is well-versed at generating all sorts of content revolving around one of the world's greatest sports leagues.
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Kia To Launch An Array Of Sporty Models With ‘GT’ Badge 4
Posted by Brad Anderson in Kia, Kia Optima, Kia Pro-cee'd, Reports on 08 4th, 2016

Kia has revealed that it will soon begin offering performance-focused variants of many of its staple models, all set to be adorned with a 'GT' badge.
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Kia’s European Range To Get Android Auto, Apple CarPlay As Standard 2
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Android, Apple, Gadgets, Google, Hybrids, Kia, Kia Niro, Kia Optima, PHEV, Tech on 08 2nd, 2016

As popularity of in-car connectivity is increasing, Kia is getting ready to introduce Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity across its entire European model range, over the next 18 months.
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