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Plug-in hybrid crossover should strike a just-right balance for many

Plug-in hybrid crossover should strikes a just-right balance for many.

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Plus Ford's new train station, Chevy's new Blazer and Tesla's big pickup

Plus Ford's new train station and Tesla's big pickup.

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It still looks a lot like the concept, if not an exact replica

It still looks a lot like the concept, if not an exact replica.

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Just make sure you get the optional headlights

Just make sure you get the optional headlights

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Kia does not have a fix yet, but it and Hyundai have recalled 1.1M cars

Kia does not have a fix yet, but it and Hyundai have recalled 1.1M cars.

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Korean market sales have already begun.

Korean market sales have already begun.

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Another motorist waves her over just in time

NBC Nightly News recently carried the above segment on a video showing a 2012 Kia Sorento spewing flames as its driver travels at highway speed on Interstate 4 in Orlando. Another motorist, Meredith Olinger, drives alongside, shooting the video while trying to warn the driver to pull over. She does, just in time. Seconds later, the Kia is cooked.

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On track and off, it’s almost a killer app

On track and off, it's almost a killer app.

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European customers get a choice of two diesel mild hybrid systems

European customers get a choice of two diesel mild hybrid systems.

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It first launches on diesels in Europe

Kia has announced that it will join an expanding line of automakers, including Audi, Ram, Volvo and others, adding ultra-mild 48-volt hybrid systems to their engines. The system works like other systems in that it has a combination starter and generator connected to the engine crank via a belt. It allows the engine to be shut off earlier than simply at a stop, and provides a bit of electrical assistance to reduce how much the engine has to work on takeoff.

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The most passenger capacity in the smallest package

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Kicks vs C-HR, Kona, Soul, HR-V and Renegade

Anyone else have "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People stuck in their heads? Well, you do now. I couldn't be the only one. Anyway, the 2018 Nissan Kicks is a thing. It replaces the Nissan Juke, which Mr. Stocksdale thought was a bad idea and Mr. Myself thought was a smart idea. Nevertheless, neither of us were especially pumped up by the Kicks.

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It's just a test, for now

As the industry continues to build out electric vehicle charging infrastructure, parallel projects are working to improve it as quickly as it's deployed. Now we're seeing some groups launching fast charging stations capable of 350-kW, and more. Meanwhile, wireless charging is making advances, which would allow drivers to simply park and charge without fussing with a cable. Kia is the latest to test inductive charging, and has announced that it has deployed a fleet of Soul EVs capable of rechargi

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Kona vs HR-V vs Soul vs C-HR vs Crosstrek vs Renegade

The 2018 Hyundai Kona is the hottest new thing in the hottest new segment: subcompact crossovers. Or B-segment SUVs. Or whatever you might want to call this hodge-podge collection of vehicles of vaguely similar specs. Each is pretty much just a raised hatchback in some form (or literally in the case of one entry), skewing the increasingly vague line between car and SUV. If there was ever a segment that deserved the term "crossover" for more reasons than just its car-based unibody architecture, t

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