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Kia will build a plant specifically for purpose-built vehicles

Kia has revealed it will be constructing a plant specifically for building purpose-built vehicles (PBVs). The company claims it will be a smart manufacturing plant located within the Hwaseong facility in Korea. Construction is scheduled to start in 2023 with commercial production beginning in the second half of 2025. Kia says this new plant will […]

by Stefan Ogbac
5/20/2022
Kia Niro Plus is a purpose-built people mover

Kia has revealed its first purpose-built vehicle or PBV and it’s based on the previous generation Niro EV. Called the Kia Niro Plus, it’s essentially the outgoing car modified with a taller roofline and a rear end that’s completely vertical. It will be tailored specifically as a general model or a zero-emission taxi in Korea. […]

by Stefan Ogbac
5/2/2022
2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid first drive: Softer sporting intentions

It’s trivia time. What’s the longest-running nameplate from the Kia brand? Is it Spectra? Sephia? Amanti? Nope. It’s actually the Sportage. In production since 1993, which was before Hyundai Motor Group absorbed Kia, this compact crossover is now in its fourth decade of existence. Since then, the Sportage has undergone multiple transformations from a small […]

by Stefan Ogbac
5/2/2022
U.S.-spec 2023 Kia Niro family debuts in New York, will be available in all 50 states

The 2023 Kia Niro family made its North American debut at the 2022 New York Auto Show sporting its cool new look complete with contrasting colored side blades. It now features the tiered headlight setup and lots of design cues from the HabaNiro Concept first shown at the 2019 installment of the New York Auto […]

by Stefan Ogbac
4/13/2022
2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid gets over 40 mpg

The 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid is now one of the most efficient compact SUVs on the market. With an EPA rating of 42/44/43 mpg city/highway/combined for the FWD model, it tops the previous champ, the Ford Escape Hybrid. The latter was rated at 44/37/41 mpg. However, there’s a caveat: this is only available on the […]

by Stefan Ogbac
4/11/2022
U.S.-spec 2023 Kia Niro family to debut at the 2022 New York auto show

The second generation of Kia’s dedicated eco-minded crossover will finally make its North American debut at the 2022 New York auto show. Already on sale in Korea, the 2023 Kia Niro crosses the Pacific in three versions: hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric. It forms part of Kia’s Plan S electrification strategy, which includes vehicles like […]

by Stefan Ogbac
4/5/2022
2022 Kia Niro EV review: The quiet pioneer

Sometimes pioneers are quiet and unassuming. They don’t bring attention to themselves yet in the background, they do more to advance a cause or technology than the ones being extremely vocal. The 2022 Kia Niro EV is exactly that. It’s the battery-electric vehicle that didn’t hog the limelight and secretly gave consumers an attainable option […]

by Stefan Ogbac
3/23/2022
You’ll soon be able to charge your Kia BEV using a mobile charging service

Kia has announced that it has partnered with the mobile charging service called Currently to provide on-demand service for battery-electric vehicle owners. The pilot program will launch in three major California cities, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose. It will then be expanded to other cities around the United States based on the customer […]

by Stefan Ogbac
3/17/2022
2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid review: Strengthened value

The definition of value has changed when it comes to vehicles. Once associated exclusively with low costs, that’s no longer the case because the overall quality is now just as important as the amount of content you get. Kia is one of the driving forces in that transition because the Korean brand has mastered giving […]

by Stefan Ogbac
3/16/2022
Here’s why my go to recommendation is no longer Tesla

Prior to today, Tuesday Mar. 15, 2022, my go to recommendation for a new electric vehicle had a Tesla badge on the hood. Why? Because normal people who don’t know much about electric cars have the easiest time transitioning when the car they are driving is a Tesla. The Supercharger network is reliable, and Tesla’s […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/15/2022