Kia’s new Rio has gone on sale, with prices starting at just under £12k. Larger than the outgoing model, the new Rio will be sold as a five-door only and promises improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions thanks to new high-tech engines. Regular trim levels are badged 1, 2 and 3 for simplicity, but from launch the range is topped by a limited-run, First Edition model, seen here in Blaze red which comes with 17-inch alloys, faux leather interior and a 6-speed manual gearbox, priced at £17,445 OTR.
Following on from its World debut in Detroit, Kia’s new high-performance sports saloon – the Stinger - has been revealed in European spec. The fastest production Kia to date features a long bonnet, short overhangs and a fastback roofline. The rear-wheel-drive five-seater is powered by a choice of two petrol engines or a diesel - all turbocharged - mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Kia says it’s targeting a 0-62 mph time of 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 167 mph. The new Stinger is set to arrive in Europe later this year.
Kia has revealed its first plug-in hybrid model for the UK - the Optima PHEV. With an all-electric range of up to 33 miles the new model combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with a 50kW electric motor for a total power output of 202bhp. Model specific aerodynamic, styling and technology contributes towards the hybrid Optima’s low CO2 emissions of 37g/km and potential fuel economy of up to 176mpg. The Kia Optima PHEV is priced at £31,495 after applying the Government's £2,500 plug-in car grant.
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Kia has reveal its Trail'ster e-AWD concept at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The Soul EV-based show car features a bold design with a fully retractable canvas roof and LED lighting. Powered by a 188 PS 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, an electric motor is housed on the rear axle offering the option of all-wheel drive for enhanced launch acceleration, improved off-road traction and electric-only low speed driving.
Kia's all-new, second-generation Soul is now on sale. The compact SUV crossover offers more space in its revitalised cabin, says Kia, as well as enhanced safety and sharper driving dynamics thanks to a new chassis based on the Kia cee'd's. The new Soul is available with either a 1.6-litre petrol or turbodiesel engine - the latter returning over 56 miles per gallon on the combined cycle - while an all-electric model joins the line-up later this year. Prices start from £12,600 on the road.
With the 2014 New York Auto Show just around the corner, we take a look at some key cars that will be making their debuts. Kia is set to unveil an all-new Sedona midsize MPV - with room for up to eight passengers while Nissan is teasing us ahead of the global premiere of the next generation Murano SUV. Mercedes will debut the V8 biturbo-powered S 63 AMG Coupe. With 585bhp on tap, it promises true supercar performance -- and while we're on the subject, McLaren's new 650S Coupe and Spider will make their North American debuts in the Big Apple. The New York Auto Show runs from 18-27 April.