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CES 2018: Kia Adds Google Assistant To Its Infotainment Systems 9
Jan
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.”

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Kia Niro EV Concept Plugs Into CES 9
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in CES, concepts, Electric Vehicles, HMI, Kia, Kia Concepts, Kia Niro on 01 9th, 2018


The Consumer Electronics Show continues as Kia has unveiled the new Niro EV concept.

Designed to represent the company’s next step in its “ongoing journey to electrification,” the Niro EV concept was created by the company’s design studio in South Korea and it features a more stylish appearance than the production model.

The styling changes are pretty noticeable and one of the biggest modifications is the elimination of the grille which is no longer required for engine cooling. It has been replaced by an interactive display panel which can show various messages such as “Hello, CES.” Designers also installed new headlights, a sportier front bumper, and a redesigned rear end with “clean and sharp trailing edges allowing air to flow more easily off the back of the car.”

The unique styling carries over to the cabin as the interior has a “pure, minimalist, and digital appearance.” Drivers sit behind a unique steering wheel which has been equipped with sensors that allow people to making swiping gestures along a perforated leather area at the base of the wheel. Kia says the sensor allows drivers to switch between music tracks, turn up the volume, and adjust the climate control system.

Elsewhere, the concept has a digital instrument cluster, an infotainment system, and a unique shifter. Another notable feature is the concept’s Human Machine Interface (HMI) which allows drivers to “log-in” using facial and voice recognition technology. When the system recognizes a driver, it will automatically adjust the vehicle’s settings to their presets.

On the performance front, the crossover is powered by an electric powertrain that consists of a 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery and a 201 hp (150 kW) electric motor. Kia says this will enable the Niro to have a range of approximately 238 miles (383 km).

Kia is already working on a production variant and the automaker revealed plans to offer a total of 16 electrified vehicles by 2025. Kia Vice Chairman and R&D Center boss Dr. Woong-chul Yang said this figure includes “five new hybrids and plug-in hybrids, five new battery EVs, and an all-new mass market FCEV” which will be launched in 2020.

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Kia Niro EV Concept Plugs Into CES 9
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in CES, concepts, Electric Vehicles, HMI, Kia, Kia Concepts, Kia Niro on 01 9th, 2018


The Consumer Electronics Show continues as Kia has unveiled the new Niro EV concept.

Designed to represent the company’s next step in its “ongoing journey to electrification,” the Niro EV concept was created by the company’s design studio in South Korea and it features a more stylish appearance than the production model.

The styling changes are pretty noticeable and one of the biggest modifications is the elimination of the grille which is no longer required for engine cooling. It has been replaced by an interactive display panel which can show various messages such as “Hello, CES.” Designers also installed new headlights, a sportier front bumper, and a redesigned rear end with “clean and sharp trailing edges allowing air to flow more easily off the back of the car.”

The unique styling carries over to the cabin as the interior has a “pure, minimalist, and digital appearance.” Drivers sit behind a unique steering wheel which has been equipped with sensors that allow people to making swiping gestures along a perforated leather area at the base of the wheel. Kia says the sensor allows drivers to switch between music tracks, turn up the volume, and adjust the climate control system.

Elsewhere, the concept has a digital instrument cluster, an infotainment system, and a unique shifter. Another notable feature is the concept’s Human Machine Interface (HMI) which allows drivers to “log-in” using facial and voice recognition technology. When the system recognizes a driver, it will automatically adjust the vehicle’s settings to their presets.

On the performance front, the crossover is powered by an electric powertrain that consists of a 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery and a 201 hp (150 kW) electric motor. Kia says this will enable the Niro to have a range of approximately 238 miles (383 km).

Kia is already working on a production variant and the automaker revealed plans to offer a total of 16 electrified vehicles by 2025. Kia Vice Chairman and R&D Center boss Dr. Woong-chul Yang said this figure includes “five new hybrids and plug-in hybrids, five new battery EVs, and an all-new mass market FCEV” which will be launched in 2020.

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Kia Niro EV Coming To CES 2018 In Concept Form 4
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in CES, concepts, Electric Vehicles, HMI, Kia, Kia Concepts, Kia Niro on 01 4th, 2018


Kia is previewing the Niro EV with a new concept car that will make its world debut in Las Vegas, on January 8, during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The automaker wasn’t keen on releasing any details about it so far, except that it has “a highly efficient battery-electric powertrain“, “features a never-seen-before human-machine interface (HMI)”, and has “an advanced new ‘motion graphic’ lighting system”.

However, from previous scoops and reports, we know that it will likely make use of the same zero-emission powertrain that’s found on the Hyundai Ioniq Electric.

In the latter, the electric motor is good for 118hp (120PS) and 218lb-ft (296Nm) of torque, and it’s backed up by a 28kWh battery that allows it to cover a range of 124 miles (199km), as per EPA.

On the visual front, the new Kia Niro EV features a slightly updated front end, with a revised grille that incorporates the charging port, repositioned fog lamps, and probably a tweaked bumper. Other noticeable features include a set of Y-shaped LED lights on both ends, along with the illuminated ‘Niro EV‘ lettering incorporated into the rear bumper, which is also new.

The production version of the car is expected to debut later this year.

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The Kia Niro Hybrid Could Become Toyota Prius’ Worst Nightmare 18
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Hybrids, Kia, Kia Niro, Kia Videos, reviews, UK, video on 12 18th, 2017


With people increasingly turning to hybrids and SUVs, the new Kia Niro appears to be a very clever new car and probably the biggest rival to the Toyota Prius.

Based on the same underpinnings with the Hyundai Ioniq and using the same hybrid powertrain, the Kia Niro has already managed to outsell its cousin by nearly 3 to 1 in the US market.

The Korean crossover is powered by a 146hp petrol-electric powertrain which combines a 103hp 1.6-liter GDI engine with a 43hp electric motor. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission sends the power to the front wheels exclusively. There’s also a new plug-in hybrid version that offers up to 36 miles of EV range.

It might not be as fuel efficient as the Toyota Prius, but the Kia Niro has a style that will not divide opinions as much as the Japanese hybrid, while the SUV bodystyle gives it plenty of room given its size.

So, is it as clever as Kia wants the Niro to be? Let’s hear what Mat Watson from Carwow has to say.

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2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Makes U.S. Debut, Promises 26-Mile EV Range 30
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Galleries, Hybrids, Kia, Kia Niro, LA Auto Show, new cars, PHEV on 11 30th, 2017


After posing for the cameras at the 2017 LA Auto Show, the 2018 Niro PHEV, is expected in retailer showrooms by the end of this year.

The Niro PHEV boasts an EPA-estimated 26 mile (42 km) all-electric range, while its total driving rage is estimated at 560 miles (901 km).

“The Niro Plug-in is the exciting next step in Kia’s progression toward offering more alternative fuel vehicles by 2020,” said KMA exec, Orth Hedrick. “Consumers who are intrigued by the Niro hybrid’s fantastic versatility and design, but want even more EcoDynamics technology and the ability to drive only using electric power, will find more to love in the Niro Plug-in Hybrid.”

Like with the Niro hybrid, the PHEV version also seats five people, offering strong functionality and generous cargo capacity. Buying into the range will mean choosing between three trim levels – LX, EX and EX Premium. As for driver assistance and convenience systems, you get the following: Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist and front and rear parking sensors. Meanwhile, Smart Cruise Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Keep Assist are all standard.

Powering the Niro PHEV is an all-aluminum 1.6-liter GDi petrol unit, working alongside an 8.9 kWh (59 kw) lithium-polymer battery pack and a 60 HP (44.5 kW) electric motor. The total power output is 139 HP (141 PS) and 195 lb-ft (265 Nm), which should help the Niro PHEV hit 60 mph in around 10.5 seconds.

According to Kia, this very efficient crossover boasts an MPGe rating of 105, while also having EPA-estimated MPG ratings of 48 mpg (4.9l/100km) city, 44 mpg (5.3l/100km) highway and 46 mpg (5.1l/100km) combined – similar to what you get in the Niro Hybrid.

As for charge times, owners can juice up their Niro PHEV completely in about 2.5 hours using a 240V (Level 2) charger, and in under 9 hours with a 120V (Level 1) charger.

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Kia Niro EV Spotted Testing Alongside The Kona Electric 6
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, Kia, Kia Niro, Kia Scoops, Scoops on 11 6th, 2017


The Kia Niro has been a surprise hit for the company as it has been outselling the Hyundai Ioniq by nearly 3 to 1 in the United States. The crossover’s appeal is expected to grow in the future as Kia is putting the finishing touches on the Niro EV.

Set to debut early next year, the Niro EV closely resembles the standard model but it has apparently been equipped with a unique front fascia and repositioned fog lights. The model also appears to have a modified rear bumper but it’s hard to be certain underneath all that camouflage. Of course, one of the more noticeable changes is the revised grille which features a charging port.

Little is known about the model but previous reports have suggested the Niro will borrow its powertrain from the Ioniq Electric. The latter vehicle features an electric motor that develops 118 hp (88 kW) and 218 lb-ft (295 Nm) of torque. It is powered by a 28 kWh battery which enables the car to have an EPA-estimated range of 124 miles (199 km).

However, it is interesting to note the vehicle was spied testing alongside the Kona EV which is slated to debut next year with a range in excess of 240 miles (386 km).

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CR’s 10 Most Reliable Cars For 2017 22
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Audi Q3, Consumer Reports, featured, Infiniti Q70, Kia Niro, Lexus ES, Lexus GS, Lexus IS, Reports, Subaru BRZ, Toyota 86, Toyota GT 86, Toyota Prius C, Toyota Prius V, Toyota RAV4 on 10 22nd, 2017


If you want to buy the most reliable new car in the market, then you should probably check this out.
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New Kia Niro Plugs Into The UK Market, Prices Start At £27,995 5
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Kia, Kia Niro, new cars, PHEV, prices, UK on 09 5th, 2017


Following its premiere in Geneva earlier this year, the new Kia Niro PHEV is now available to order in the United Kingdom.
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Kia Niro Outselling The Hyundai Ioniq By Nearly 3 To 1 6
Jul
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Hybrids, Hyundai, hyundai ioniq, Kia, Kia Niro, Reports, USA on 07 6th, 2017


When Hyundai and Kia started to develop dedicated eco-friendly vehicles nearly six years ago, Kia U.S. pushed the company to build a crossover instead of a car. That decision is now paying off as the Kia Niro is outselling the Hyundai Ioniq by nearly 3 to 1.
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Kia Tops J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, Fiat Finishes Last 22
Jun
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW 2-Series, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Chrysler, Chrysler Pacifica, Ford, Ford Mustang, Kia, Kia Cadenza, Kia Forte, Kia Niro, Kia Sorento, Kia Soul, porsche, Porsche-911, Reports, Study, Toyota Camry on 06 22nd, 2017


J.D. Power has released its Initial Quality Study which found that new-vehicle quality has risen eight percent to its highest level ever recorded.
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Review: Kia Niro Isn’t Love At First Sight, But It Makes A Lot Of Sense 20
May
Posted by Zac Estrada in First Drive, Galleries, Hybrids, Kia, Kia Niro, new cars, reviews on 05 20th, 2017


Despite not being its maker’s first hybrid, the Kia Niro has the task of being the one that gets it right.
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Kia’s First Ever Dedicated Hybrid Seems To Be A Winner 30
Apr
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Hybrids, Kia, Kia Niro, reviews on 04 30th, 2017


With the Niro being the first Kia model designed specifically as a hybrid vehicle, according to this review, it's almost as if the Korean manufacturer got its hands on some cheat codes. Which is good.
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CR: 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Is A Good Alternative To The Toyota Prius 25
Mar
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Consumer Reports, Hybrids, Kia, Kia Niro, Kia Videos, new cars, reviews, video on 03 25th, 2017


Kia are looking to challenge Toyota in the hybrid market with the all-new Niro, a dedicated compact crossover with subtle styling.
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Kia Niro PHEV Presented, Goes On Sale In Europe This Year 7
Mar
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Geneva Motor Show, Hybrids, Kia, Kia Niro, new cars, PHEV on 03 7th, 2017


Kia have applied the plug-in hybrid treatment to the Niro, which celebrates its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
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