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  • 27 October 2014

    Paris Motor Show 2014: Kia Round Up

    Kia Optima T-Hybrid

    Hoping to make waves with this hybrid saloon, the diesel-electric Optima T-Hybrid concept debuts the new powertrain ready for mass production. Combining the current 1.7 litre CRDi turbo diesel engine with a compact electric motor powered by an efficient lead-carbon battery, the powertrain allows the Optima to run solely on electric power at low urban speeds or when cruising on the motorway.

    Expected to deliver an additional 20% power as well as a sizeable drop in emissions, Kia have kept quiet on the MPG so far although with the engine still under development, however it’s expected to be extremely competitive. Style wise it follows the successful aesthetics of the current Optima, although from the video clip below it’s clear there’s a few tweaks! 



    Kia Rio

    Looking to build on the already successful supermini, Kia introduced the new Rio design at the Paris Motor Show ready for sale in Europe as soon as early 2015.

    Engine wise the same options currently available will be carried over, although as standard with industry developments the efficiency will be improved for all round greener driving. Start/Stop is optional for maximised fuel economy, as well as low rolling resistance tyres and a new starter motor for refined ignition. A new chrome trim adds a bit of style to the interior dashboard, with the updated audio-visual navigation system keeping you on the right track.

    The exterior is where Kia have really gone to town, offering a full facelift including a re-styled grille, new alloy wheel designs and a rear bumper make over (all available in two completely new paint finishes; Urban Blue and Digital Yellow). 



    Kia Venga

    Following on from the fresh facelift offered with the 2015 Rio, the Venga gets the same treatment with a new look interior that’s updated with plenty of extra gadgets. Ready for retail in Europe early next year, experts predict another success for the Korean manufacturers.

    Inside the interior is bright with fresh seat patterns contrasting perfectly with a metallic trim. This model has seen a major upgrade in technology, with a 7” audio-visual satnav, heated steering wheel and rear view camera all adding that bit of ease to the driving experience. Multiple changes have also been made to the exterior, including a larger grille, lower bumper and an eye-catching chrome trim that works well with the alloy wheels.Under the bonnet efficiency gains have been made to meet Euro V emission standards. Dropping CO2 emissions from 119g/km to 114, the 1.4 litre diesel engine benefits from new Stop-Start technology that means greener driving. 

     Howards Kia Venga

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