Kia has introduced a range of design enhancements and a new engine for the new Kia Optima. Sold as a Saloon or Sportswagon, the car made its debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show and is now on sale at Kia dealers.
Kia Motors has revealed its all-new Niro EV at the 2018 Busan International Motor Show in Korea. The claimed range is 280 miles. In addition to the Niro EV, Kia Motors also unveiled two other vehicles at the show. The Kia SP Concept – first unveiled at the 2018 AutoExpo in India – makes its Korean debut, and hints at Kia’s future SUV design vision. The Kia Stinger GT Wide Body also makes its Korean debut, following its introduction at the 2017 SEMA show in Las Vegas in the USA.
Kia Motors has revealed the new Sportage, introducing a range of enhancements to the brand’s UK, European and global best-seller. The new model pairs an updated exterior and interior design with new safety and infotainment technologies. Powertrains are also fully-compliant with future emissions standards.
The all-new Kia Ceed is making its UK debut at the London Motor Show ahead of its on-sale date from 1 August this year. The Ceed will be displayed on the World Car of the Year stand at ExCel London from the 17-20 May.
Kia Motors will introduce its first 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain in the second half of 2018. The new ‘EcoDynamics+’ powertrain reduces CO2 emissions by supplementing acceleration with electric power from an additional 48-volt battery and extending combustion engine ‘off time’ using a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator unit. Kia says the compact nature of the components means the technology can be integrated into existing vehicle and powertrain architectures without impacting practicality or packaging.
Kia has unveiled a new all-electric version of Niro at the 5th International Electric Vehicle Expo in Jeju, Korea. Due to receive its global debut at the Paris Motor Show in September, the sporty and versatile Niro EV is said by Kia to combine driving enjoyment with eye-catching design and functional utility.
Kia Motors (UK) Limited is up-grading and extending its service plans for owners. Since 16 April 2018 the newly launched ‘Kia Care’ service plans – replacing the Care-3 service plans launched seven years ago – have been available across all of its dealerships. Re-named ‘Kia Care’ they have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicles life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.
Kia Motors has manufactured its three millionth car in Europe since production began in Žilina, Slovakia in 2006. The three millionth car to roll off the production line is a Kia cee’d. The car is a fusion white five-door hatchback in ‘GT-Line’ specification, built for a customer in Iceland. It is fitted with a 1.0-litre T-GDi (Turbo Gasoline-Direct injection) engine.
The third-generation Ceed and Ceed Sportswagon took centre stage at the Kia stand at the Geneva Motor Show this year. The models will go on sale later this year in five-door hatchback and Sportswagon guise and Kia is confident they will increase the Korean company’s presence in the European C-segment with innovative new technologies, a mature and athletic design, and a more engaging drive.