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Lada No Longer Has Russia’s Best-Selling Car



Lada Granta, front side

For the first time since the 1970s, a Lada is not the best-selling car in Russia for any given month, with the Kia Rio outselling the top-dog Lada Granta in November 2014.

The Rio outsold the Granta 10,834 to 10,520, making it the most popular car for the month. However, AvtoVAZ, the Russian carmaker behind the Lada brand, attributed the relatively poor sales to supplier problems and not declining demand.

“In November we had some problems with several suppliers. We had to stop the production on the Granta/Kalina line for a couple of days. Less production means fewer sales, logically,” a company spokesman told .

The supplier problems have supposedly been resolved, so we should expect the Granta to be at the top of the heap once again.

Despite being toppled for one month, Lada’s overall dominance of the Russian car market remains largely uncontested, having sold nearly 400,000 vehicles in 2014 compared to second-placed Kia’s approximately 192,000 cars. On a similar note, the Lada Granta’s retained its top spot as Russia’s best-selling car in the year with 139,405 units sold, ahead of the No. 2-ranked Hyundai Solaris (105,142) and the No. 3 Kia Rio (84,350).


Hyundai, Kia Show Off Wireless EV Charging, Automated Valet Parking



Hyundai EV Wireless Charging, Automated Valet Parking System

After essentially charging itself, the vehicle automatically reparks itself in an empty spot.

Hyundai and Kia have revealed a new Automated Valet Parking System that makes it easier for electric car owners to charge and park their EVs.

The innovative feature informs the driver of the vehicle’s remaining battery charge and automatically finds wireless charging stations. When instructed, the vehicle then proceeds to drive on its own to an available charging station and charges wirelessly via magnetic induction, before navigating to another vacant parking spot so that other EVs have access to the charging station.

Once the driver is ready to go, the car autonomously returns to his / her location. Watch it in action…

Hyundai and Kia hope that their new Automated Valet Parking System will alleviate crowding at charging stations once electric cars gain prominence. But despite combining several technologies that are already under development, it isn’t expected to be ready until 2025.

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New Kia Niro EV Debuts With 239 Mile Driving Range



New 2019 Kia Niro EV

The new electric vehicle sounds like a spaceship.

Having shown the concept version early at the Consumer Electronic Show, Kia used the 2018 LA Auto Show unveil the fully-electric Niro SUV.

The North American-spec Kia Niro EV is equipped with a 64 kWh battery and has a driving range of 239 miles (385 km), which places near the top of its category. An electric motor that producs 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque drives the front wheels.

Charging the Niro EV with a fast charger provides 100 miles (161 km) of range in half an hour, or an 80-percent charge in 75 minutes, and using a level two (240-volt) charger yields a full charge in 9.5 hours.

To help recharge the battery while driving, Kia developed a regenerative braking system that automatically adjusts the level of regeneration based on the distance between the Niro and the vehicle in front of it.

Styling is more closely aligned to the Niro Hybrid and PHEV models than it is to the sleek concept. Distinct touches include unique grille, daytime running lights shaped like an arrowhead, modified side sills. and a redesigned bumper.

The Niro EV may not not look like an ‘electric’ vehicle, but it certainly sounds like one. Kia programmed its pedestrian warning system to supposedly sounds like a “speedy sci-fi craft.”

Inside, the UVO infotainment system is displayed on a seven-inch touchscreen and provides information about the battery pack and real-time charging station updates. It also lets users to schedule charging to take advantage of off-peak hours and send a navigation destination from their phone to the car. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are both standard.

As with other Kia models, the Niro EV comes with an impressive list of standard features, including 7-inch wheels, frontal collision avoidance assistance, lane departure assistance, smart cruise control, and rear collision warning.

The new Kia Niro EV is made in South Korea and goes on sale in early 2019.

New Kia Niro EV SUV

New 2019 Kia Niro EV

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All-New, 2020 Kia Soul Arrives With More Funk, Fun And Tech



New 2020 Kia Soul GT Line Turbo

Kia’s segment-defying compact hatchback gets a bit more soulful.

The funky Kia Soul has returned for round three with a more interesting styling, a roomier interior, and fancier tech.

Kia decided to keep everything that buyers loved about the Soul, particularly its boxy, space-maximizing proportions, so the Soul’s deign updates are fairly conservative compared to the previous model. However, a larger, more aggressive grille flanked by slimmer headlights, C-pillars shaped like airplane wings, and new wraparound boomerang-shaped taillights give it a more modern look.

The interior, on the other hand, has been thoroughly redesigned, complete with a 10.25-inch touchscreen and an available 8-inch head-up display and a 640-watt Harman Kardon audio system. The infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 1.2-inch longer wheelbase means slightly more cargo capacity for hauling things.

The 2020 Soul is also available with a long list of safety tech that includes Forward Collision Avoidance, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Changing Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Blind-spot Collision Warning, Rear Cross Collision Warning, and Smart Cruise Control.

Buyers will have the choice of several engines, include a base 2.0L four-cylinder with 147-hp and 132 lb-ft. of torque that’s mated to a six-speed manual or Kia’s new Intelligent Variable Transmission, and for those looking for more power, a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 201-hp and 195 lb-ft., paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

If you really want to get funky, the zero-emissions Soul EV is motivated by a 201-hp electric motor and a 64 kWh battery pack.

The 2020 Kia Soul premiers several new trim levels, including the sporty GT-Line, rugged X-Line and EX Designer Collection with a two-tone roof. North American sales begin in the first half of 2019.

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