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02/03/14 - Kia Soul EV earns world automotive industry’s first UL Environment Validation for Bio-based Organic Carbon Content

Kia Motors Corporation has announced that the company’s new Soul EV (electric vehicle), which will have its world premiere at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show starting later this week, has achieved UL Environment validation for bio-based organic carbon content for 10% of its interior materials. UL Environment is the environmental business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global independent safety science company.
Environment|Kia Motors Corporation|2015 Soul EV

02/03/14 - Kia Soul EV earns world automotive industry’s first UL Environment Validation for Bio-based Organic Carbon Content

Kia Soul EV earns world automotive industry’s first UL Environment Validation for Bio-based Organic Carbon Content
Environment|Kia Motors Corporation|Other|2015 Soul EV

09/10/12 - SPECIAL-EDITION 2013 RIO 5-DOOR SX M/T ARRIVES IN LIMITED QUANTITY

Until now, driving enthusiasts couldn't get their hands on the Rio they were most eager to own--that's about to change. The 2013 Rio 5-door SX is now offered with a 6-speed manual transmission (M/T). Arriving in dealerships in limited quantity with a MSRP of just $17,9004, the Rio SX M/T is a fun-to-drive subcompact that satisfies enthusiasts' desires for a more engaging drive experience without sacrificing the comfort and convenience offered by the subcompact model's highest trim level. The Rio SX M/T is inspired by Kia's championship winning motorsports efforts and the recently-introduced Rio B-spec race car. Enthusiasts should get in line now as less than 500 Rio SX M/Ts will be initially offered for sale during the 2013 model year.
Environment|Models

03/15/12 - KIA MOTORS POSTS LARGEST GAINS IN FUEL ECONOMY AND CO2 REDUCTION AMONG ALL AUTOMAKERS IN THE U.S. ACCORDING TO 2011 EPA FUEL ECONOMY TRENDS REPORT

In its commitment to produce sustainable and fuel-efficient vehicles, Kia Motors America (KMA) has "had the biggest improvement in adjusted CO2 and fuel economy performance from MY 2009 to MY 2010" of any automaker, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) latest fuel economy trends reporttitled, "Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2011." Kia's fuel economy gain from 2009 to 2010 was 11.6 percent, while its reduction in CO2 emissions was 10.1 percent, beating all other major manufacturers by considerable margins based on the EPA's most recent data. In addition, the report shows Kia as tied for the highest Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) at 27.0 miles-per-gallon for MY 2010. Kia is ranked number two for MY 2010 CO2 values, ahead of traditional leaders such as Honda and Toyota.
Environment

03/07/12 - 2013 KIA RIO SEDAN AND RIO 5-DOOR

With class-leading horsepower1, the 2013 Rio sedan and Rio 5-door hatchback continue to infuse style, value, technology and spirited road manners into the Kia Motors America (KMA) model lineup. All-new last year, these award-winning subcompacts have played a vital role in achieving Kia's record sales and market-share growth since the launch of the Soul in 2009.
Environment|2013 Rio 5-Door|2013 Rio

01/09/12 - KIA MOTORS' FIRST-EVER PRODUCTION ELECTRIC VEHICLE TO MAKE NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT AT 2012 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW

When the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) opens tomorrow in Las Vegas, show goers will glimpse into Kia Motors' electrified vehicle future as the Ray production Electric Vehicle (EV) and Naimo EV concept car are displayed for the first time in North America. Both vehicles feature advanced lithium polymer battery packs, and the Naimo introduces an all-new and groundbreaking User Centered Driving (UCD) telematics concept which previews future possibilities in safety, media and entertainment in-vehicle technologies.
Environment|Technology

12/13/11 - KIA MOTORS' NEW 1.6-LITER GASOLINE DIRECT INJECTION ENGINE NAMED TO WARD'S "2012 10 BEST ENGINES" LIST

For the 2012 model year, Kia Motors America (KMA) equips the all-new Rio subcompacts and enhanced Soul urban passenger vehicle with a state-of-the-art 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder Gamma powerplant, which was recently honored as one of Ward's "10 Best Engines." The editors of WardsAuto recognized the engine's combination of performance and fuel efficiency with a class-leading 138 horsepower4 while maintaining class-leading fuel economy of 30/40 mpg (city/highway)5 in the Rio 5-door and sedan.
Awards|Environment|Technology|2012 Rio|2012 Soul

11/22/11 - KIA OPTIMA HYBRID NAMED TO "TOP 10 CARS OF THE YEAR" LIST BY HISPANIC MOTOR PRESS ASSOCIATION

The 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid recently was named to the Hispanic Motor Press Association's (HMPA) "Top 10 Cars of the Year" list as the top Alternative Powerplant vehicle. The HPA award reflects the unique and distinctive preferences and needs of the influential Hispanic population in the U.S., with jurors selected by invitation only following strict criteria, including years of experience, demonstrated knowledge of vehicle technology, and proof of audience.
Awards|Environment|Technology|2012 Optima Hybrid

11/01/11 - KIA MOTORS AMERICA UNVEILS TRICKED-OUT OPTIMA HYBRID AND SOUL INSPIRED BY SPORTS AMBASSADORS BLAKE GRIFFIN AND MICHELLE WIE AT 2011 SEMA SHOW

Kia Motors America (KMA) takes the field at the 2011 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show with a pair of outrageous sports-themed vehicles built by the world famous West Coast Customs (WCC) shop in Corona, Calif. Working together, KMA and WCC have created two one-of-a-kind show cars – Optima Hybrid and Soul – inspired by KMA's official ambassadors and their respective sports: basketball all-star Blake Griffin and Michelle Wie of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). Following the SEMA Show, television audiences will have a front row seat for the Kia builds on an upcoming episode of Inside West Customs on VELOCITY.
Auto Shows|Environment|LPGA Partnership|2012 Soul|2012 Optima Hybrid

10/11/11 - ALL-NEW 2012 KIA RIO 5-DOOR BRINGS A DIFFERENT KIND OF HORSEPOWER TO TEXAS

With class-leading horsepower and fuel economy of up to 40 miles per gallon (mpg), the all-new 2012 Rio 5-door hatchback officially debuted today in Texas Hill Country. Set to join the Kia Motors America (KMA) lineup in the coming weeks and be joined by its sedan sibling later this year, the Rio 5-door offers world-class design to style- and environmentally conscious consumers along with class-leading fuel efficiency, cutting-edge technology and fun-to-drive performance. Unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the sub-compact is the latest introduction in Kia's aggressive transformation, which has resulted in record sales and market share growth since the launch of the Soul in 2009.
Environment|2012 Rio 5-Door
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