Four all-new customised Kia vehicles have been unveiled at the opening of the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.
A range of upgrades to the latest Kia Soul SUV include the introduction of a 201 bhp 1.6-litre engine.
Kia Motors has reached historic new heights in the US, topping an Auto Industry poll for Initial Quality.
Kia is voluntarily recalling all Soul and Soul EV vehicles produced between 18 January 2014 and 30 September 2015, as a precautionary measure.
The Kia Soul electric vehicle is being used to test a new wireless system capable of transferring high power.
The wireless charging systems, which don't need precise alignment between the charger and the vehicle, are currently under development for electric vehicles in America. The test is being developed between HATCI and Mojo Mobility - a wireless power technology company, after being awarded a funding grant from the U.S Department of Energy (DOE).
The scheme has the potential to significantly enhance the convenience of electric vehicles - and so increase the appeal and acceptance among consumers - while possibly enabling smaller battery pack sizes and reduced vehicle weight.
"HATCI is honoured to be selected as a partner with the DOE" said Dr. Sung Hwan Cho, President, HATCI. "Innovative technologies such as this align well with one of our core goals, which is to create a vehicle experience that is intuitive and easy for the consumer."
Having already gone through several stages of development, this final phase will use five Soul EV's to test how wireless technology works in real-world performance, including durability, safety, and performance.
KMA and Mojo Mobility have not yet announced when the system will be available for purchase.