Kia Niro chases growing hybrid market

The latest to join the UK hybrid market is Kia with the launch of the new Kia Niro. The Niro was unveiled at the Chicago Motor Show last year and this is Kia’s first dedicated hybrid model, with a plug-in hybrid version to follow soon. Under the skin it shares some of the technology with the Hyundai Ioniq hybrid hatchback.

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Kia Soul aims for wider appeal

Kia was a very different company when the first Kia Soul was launched in 2008. Then it was a budget brand that appealed mainly to the type of people who would also buy “sensible shoes”. Utterly practical transport, Kia cars appealed to those who used their head, not their heart, when choosing their next car.

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Subtle updates for Kia Sportage

I drove the Kia Sportage for this blog in 2011 and, at first glance, not much seems to have changed. That is quite deliberate. Ian Mathews, Head of Product Planning at Kia in the UK, explains it was a case of “if it aint broke…”. What a statement for Kia to be able to make!

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Pro_cee'd GT Kia's hot hatch

The design of the new Pro_cee’d GT presents a polished European style. It is an attractive, well proportioned design, with confident styling. The now-distinctive Kia corporate grille thrusts forward from the sweeping light units.

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Kia Optima a saloon for hatch prices

I almost missed it in the car park. Holding onto Kia keys I have to admit I was scanning the rows for a rather ordinary looking saloon.

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Kia Rio practical and fun to drive

I have to admit that picking up a set of keys with the name "Kia" inscribed on them has tended not to produce any emotional response in the past. No excitement. Equally, no disappointment.

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Kia Picanto asserts itself in supermini class

Yes, the Kia Picanto may not have the chic appeal of the Fiat 500, or a Mini, but it does have a crisply-designed fashionable suit of clothes that stands comparison with the likes of the Ford Fiesta.

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Kia Sportage strengthens its appeal

Compared with the rather nondescript design of previous Sportages, the new Kia Sportage has quite a sharp set of new clothes. It looks pretty good, although there are perhaps just a few angles that look not quite so cohesive. With those minor caveats, It got the thumbs up from my assembled jury of car enthusiasts.

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Kia joins the clean elite

Kia has recognised the growing customer demand and marketing potential for high economy, low emission ‘eco’-tagged versions of its mainstream models.

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