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Oct 15 2014 04:15 PM | Kia NewsThe Kia GT concept was quite the stunner at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, receiving many praises from journalists and industry folks. Since then, there have been murmurs of Kia possibly sending the GT into production or not. A new report from Edmunds says the GT has been given the go ahead.
Speaking with Kia executives at the Paris Motor Show, Edmunds learned that GT has been given the green light and will be in U.S. showrooms by the end of 2016. The production will lose out on the suicide doors, but keep the turbocharged 3.3L V6 and eight-speed automatic. Europe is expected to get a version of the GT as well with a diesel engine.
William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He...
Sep 30 2014 02:35 PM | Kia NewsOne of Kia showings at this year's Paris Motor Show is a intriguing hybrid concept housed in the current Optima. The Optima T-Hybrid Concept pairs a 1.7L diesel four-cylinder featuring a turbocharger and electric supercharger, and a a small electric motor with a 48-volt lead-carbon battery. The mild-hybrid setup allows the vehicle to travel on all-electric at low speeds and when cruising. When slowing down, the setup helps recharge the battery pack. Kia isn't talking about fuel economy or emissions as the company is still developing the powertrain.
“In future, our mild hybrid powertrain could offer Kia customers greater performance and lower running costs, without sacrificing the qualities they expect of a Kia car – enjoyable...
Oct 23 2013 09:45 AM | Kia NewsWilliam Maley
Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
October 24, 2013
Kia made a big splash with the GT Concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. With its distinctive coupe styling and a turbocharged 3.3L V6, the GT Concept got a lot of love. Now a new report from Auto Express says that the GT may have been given the greenlight.
“We have plans to build a GT – we spoke about it at our global marketing conference in Singapore. We’ll be mainly targeting the end of 2016 or early 2017,” said Soon-Nam Lee, Kia’s vice-president of overseas marketing.
Now Auto Express reports that the GT will carry the four-door coupe shape as seen on the concept, but will...
William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com October 2, 2013 At the press launch of the 2014 Soul this week, Kia announced that an electric version of the Soul would be coming out sometime next year. This is Kia's first electric vehicle that...
William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com September 20, 2013 As we were expecting, Kia told its dealers this week that the K9/Quoris flagship sedan will be coming to the U.S. in early 2014. The flagship will wear the K900 nameplate (WHY?!)...
By William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com May 21, 2013 The folks at Automotive.com got their hands on some interesting information concerning what's in store for Kia. We'll start with the Quoris, Kia's la...
By William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com March 30, 2013 What Car? recently had the chance to chat with Kia U.S.' design chief Tom Kearns at the New York Auto Show this past week. Kearns revealed that the company is...