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Breaking News: Kia Soul EV Ready for Export

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Kia has announced that production of its Soul EV, for the global export market, has begun. The fresh EV is already available in local showrooms in Korea, but the 5,000 units now on the assembly line will be the first-ever to be offered for sale abroad. By using super-efficient AC and heat pump units, Kia [...]

What Nation is Most ‘EV Friendly’?

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South Korea is now the official world leader in electric vehicle subsidies, with its government announcing a national incentive amounting to $13,900 on the purchase of electric cars. Much like the U.S. market, regional jurisdictions in South Korea add their own monetary enticements to the mix, with some provinces chipping in between $3,000 and $7,400 [...]

Kia Soul EV a Hit at Geneva Motor Show

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An electric version of the Kia Soul is drawing media and public attention at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show this week. Company spokespersons say the sleek EV will likely be on sale before 2015 and will feature an 81 kW motor, lithium-ion polymer batteries, and front-wheel-drive. Bigger news perhaps is the car’s range per charge, [...]

No More Waiting: Kia Finally Reveals Soul EV

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Kia Motors unveiled its first electric car, the Soul EV, at this week’s Chicago Auto Show. The company expects the trendy electric model to do well against competitors Ford, Nissan and Chevrolet, whose Focus Electric, Leaf, and Spark EV, respectively, are already selling well. Except for alloy wheels and a covered grille, the electric Soul [...]

Kia Optima Hybrid Wows Chicago Crowds

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Kia Motors of Korea took the wraps off the hybrid version of its popular Optima model at the Chicago Auto Show this week. The mid-size sedan offers a batch of technological enhancements along with better aerodynamic design. Both the rear and front fascia have been updated to improve efficiency. Overall, the new hybrid Optima for [...]

Kia Soul EV Spied Near Arctic Circle!

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The Kia Soul EV is set to make its debut at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show next week, but intrepid journalists have spied the sporty electric at the Arctic Circle doing a few testing runs. According to Kia, who is being mum on most of the car’s specs, the Soul EV will feature more than [...]

Super Bowl Ads Outshine the Big Game

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Car advertisements from Jaguar, Kia, Toyota and Ford dominated Super Bowl commercials this year, as fans paid more attention to the clever spots than to a contest that was only competitive for about a half-hour of airtime. It was Jaguar’s first appearance at the Big Game, and the luxury carmaker certainly hit the ground running. [...]

Kia Reveals Plans for Electrified Soul

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Korean automaker Kia has announced that it will sell an electrified version of its Soul in 2014. The company provided scant specs for the prospective EV, saying that the electric Soul would feature a top speed of 90 mph, be able to reach 62 mph in 12 seconds, and have a range of 120 miles-per-charge. [...]

GM, Toyota, Hyundai Dominate Award Nominations

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Finalists for the 2014 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year awards were announced this week, with GM snagging six nods, and Hyundai/Kia and Toyota three each. The Chevrolet Silverado and Corvette were but two of the popular favorites that made the list, as did the Chevy Impala and the Cadillac CTS. In the [...]

Kia Will Produce an Electric Soul

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Kia announced this week that it would bring an all-electric version of the Soul to market by 2014. Currently, the company offers a hybrid electric Optima sedan but does not sell a fully electric vehicle of any kind. The Korean carmaker said the new EV will look similar to the available gasoline model but will [...]

Kia Soul EV: Undercover for Now

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Kia Motors will introduce a transformed, reincarnated Soul for the 2015 model year. Although no official specs or prices have been announced, the international automotive rumor mill is ablaze with tidbits like the car’s prospective $35,000 price tag, its all-electric drivetrain (i.e., no range-extender as in Chevy’s Volt), and its electric motor that is a [...]

‘Global Green Brands’ Winners Surprise Many

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Interbrand’s 2013 Best Global Green Brands report offered up some surprises last week, as it does every year. The report looks at the gap between consumer perceptions of companies’ environmental efforts and the reality of what those brands actually do to promote sustainability. Companies that rank high on the list typically are devoted to green [...]

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