Kia Sportage 2011 SUV of the Year Finalist

From a smaller crossover vehicle to the big time, Kia Sportage has come a long way since its introduction. And now, the sport utility vehicle from Korea is on its way to being named a Motor Trend Car of the year.
Kia has made huge strides in building potentially segment-leading vehicles. The new 2011 Kia Sportage is no exception, with an upgraded exterior, interior, and drive train upgrades.

As Motor Trend describes it: "The latest…
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Kia Pop Details from Paris Auto Show

Kia revealed their all new Pop concept vehicle at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. After months of teasing online, we finally get official specs on the concept car. For now, Pop looks more like a design study, but who knows what the future will brings with Kia.

Here are some of the specifications:

The automaker's electric vehicle is capable of 87 mph and has a battery that can be recharged by a high-voltage connection in only 30 minutes. 

A standard European 230-volt electrical outlet will recharge the 18 kWh lithium polymer gel battery in six hours.  At full charge…
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Kia Optima Hybrid To Debut in LA

The new 2011 Kia Optima is getting ready to launch later this year. But even bigger news is coming from the Korean auto maker - Optima is going hybrid.

The 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid will make its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, with sales slated to begin in early 2011.

The Optima Hybrid should achieve around 37 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. Power will likely come from a 2.4L four-cylinder engine, producing 209 horsepower and 195 ft-lbs of torque, with electric speeds of up to 62 mph.

2011's Kia Optima EX (the gasoline version…
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Kia Pop EV Comes to Life

Kia Motors has introduced their new eye-catching EV, the POP electric car concept at the 106th Mondial de l'Automobile (Paris Motor Show) in France.

The chrome-colored, three-seater POP includes electric drive train, oblong-shaped side windows and front-hinged doors took center stage on Kia's Paris Show stand.

Engadget had its own look at POP: Unconventional features of POP - the striking side-window design, the high-tech feel of the dot-pattern head and taillights, back-lit front grille, rear-view cameras in each door, full-length glass roof, and the simplistic look of the wheels - all point to inspiration from outside the usual automotive spheres…
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