The Kia e-Niro had previously only been offered with a 64kWh battery. The new three car line-up is now being offered at three trim levels, with ‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘4+’ grade EVs to choose from. The entry-level e-Niro 2 features smaller battery and less powerful motor.
The Kia e-Niro is available to order now, with first deliveries scheduled for the later in 2020.
The new e-Niro 2 features a new electric drivetrain using a 39kWh battery and a 134bhp electric motor, good for a claimed range of 180 miles on a single charge according to WLTP rules. 0-62mph takes 9.5 seconds and top speed is 96mph. Hooked up to a 100kW charger, a 0-80 per cent recharged takes 54 minutes, while at 50kW, Kia claims a 57 minute recharge to the same level.
It brings the starting price of the model down to £29,595 after the government plug-in car grant. Standard equipment on the e-Niro 2 builds includes an eight-inch central touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, a seven-inch digital instrument panel, a reversing camera, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors and automatic climate control. 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, plus black cloth and leather are also included.
Note added June 26, 2020 » This should have been a good news story for both Kia and Dodge. Instead the media (including this site) is focused on Tesla’s terrible ranking.
J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study, now in its 34th year, examines problems experienced by purchasers and lessees of new 2020 model-year vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. According to J.D. Power, Initial Quality has proven to be an excellent predictor of long-term reliability, which has a significant impact on owner satisfaction and brand loyalty.
This is the first time a Detroit automaker topped the list in 34 years. The Dodge Durango and Dodge Challenger models both scored very high in their segments.
Kia tied Dodge and maintained its six-year streak as top-ranked auto brand.
Tesla, which outdid perennially bottom-ranked Land Rover, has traditionally refused to cooperate with outside researchers like J.D. Power. Perhaps we now understand more the reasons for this.
The J.D. Power IQS results vindicate the many reports from owners, journalists, and analysts concerning Tesla’s persistent production quality issues. J.D. Power is well respected in the industry.
That mindset doesn’t appear to have changed as the newest Model Y is experiencing many of the same difficulties and widespread defects that have afflicted earlier models.
Hype and being first to market has proven profitable for Elon Musk and shareholders, and they have built up a fan base. However, if Tesla does not improve quality, they will not be able to grow their base into paying customers at a time when other manufacturers with much better reputations for quality products are rapidly bring EVs to market.
Tesla is not about to go the way of Edsel any time soon. But just as there will always be a market of Land Rover, there will always be a fans of Tesla.
The Dodge brand, long a quality laggard, surged to take the top spot in the 2020 Power IQS, tying Kia, while toppling traditional benchmarks including Korea’s Genesis, Japan’s Lexus and Germany’s Porsche.
If anything, Porsche plunged to the lower quartile in the latest quality study, while Lexus and Genesis also slid sharply down the list. But no one fared more poorly than Tesla. Covered for the first time in the IQS, the California EV maker was, by far, posted an industry-worst score, underscoring recent reports of endemic quality issues impacting its line-up and, in particular, the new Model Y battery-SUV.
With the automobile industry’s increased focus on development of EVs, the demand for high-performance, high-efficiency batteries is greater than ever before. Hyundai, for example, is planning to deploy 44 eco-friendly models by the year 2025, including 23 EVs.
The chosen start-ups will have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with Hyundai, Kia, and LG Chem, to develop proof-of-concept projects while leveraging the sponsors’ technical expertise, resources and laboratories. The global competition offers start-ups the opportunity to showcase their respective innovative technologies and unique business models. Through the EVBC, the three sponsors aim to identify and secure core technology capabilities that will bring more value to their customers.
The American Automobile Association announced the 2020 Volvo luxury sedan plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has earned the top score in its newly released AAA Car Guide, a consumer resource on the latest and greatest in vehicle technology.
The 175-page guide provides consumers with comprehensive reviews of each vehicle based on 13 criteria, including braking, fuel economy, emissions, handling, ride comfort, acceleration and the number of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) safety features.
All but one of the category winners for the 2020 Car Guide are either electric, plug-in electric hybrids, or hybrids. AAA states that signals that eco-friendly vehicles tend to offer the most cutting-edge vehicle technology.
Hyundai and Kia recorded a combined 9.9 percent share of the global EV market in the first quarter of this year, exceeding their 8.9 percent share of the internal combustion engine vehicle market. This was the first time that their EV market share surpassed that of the market for internal combustion engine-powered cars.
Global EV sales stood at 290,436 units in the first quarter of 2020, according to global automotive market research firm MarkLines. Hyundai and Kia sold 28,796 units, securing a 9.9 percent share. During the same period, they held a 8.9 percent share of the internal combustion engine vehicle market.
In the first quarter of 2016, Hyundai and Kia together accounted for 2.05 percent of global EV sales. At the time, global EV sales stood at 67,829 units, of which 1,392 were sold by Hyundai and Kia. Over the next four years, the overall EV market grew 4.28 times while Hyundai and Kia increased EV sales 20-fold. The two companies’ sales hit 10,328 units in the second quarter of 2018 and reached 25,612 units in fourth quarter of 2018.
The biggest increase by segment is — you guessed it — crossovers, which account for nearly half the total (49 percent). Light trucks at 28 percent are the next-biggest segment. The three passenger-car segments — luxury/sport, mid/large, and small — each comprise less than 10 percent of the total.
The BoA report also looks at each of the manufacturers and calculates their “replacement rate,” meaning their new-product intros as a percentage of their lineup. They calculate the industry average at 74%. BoA sees Honda (91%) and Hyundai/Kia (90%) with the most aggressive launch cadence over the coming four years, with FCA (57%) and Toyota (59%) at the bottom. Ford at 83% has the highest replacement rate among the Big Three, headlined by the new F-150, the new Bronco and the Mustang Mach E. Automakers with a fresher lineup historically have made gains in market share. BoA has published its study annually since 1991.
Looking only at BEVs, Tesla expanded its lead, increasing its market share by 6% and more than doubling the result of #2 Renault Nissan Alliance, which has also saw its share inflate by 5%, allowing it to jump from #4 to the runner-up spot, but the Volkswagen Group is getting closer, having jumped from 6th to 3rd, and earning 6% share, to 11%, equaling Tesla in market share growth.
Hyundai-Kia is also on the rise, jumping from #7 to #4, increasing its share by 3%, running ahead of last year’s Bronze Medalist BYD, that is now #5, with 6% share, down 3%.
Hyundai Motor Group, including Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors, was the fourth-largest global manufacturer of electric vehicles (EVs) in the first quarter of 2020, according to research carried out by the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA).
Kia will take advantage of a shift away from public transport with a new, all-electric small car set to rival Citroën’s Ami. The Ami has made waves across the automotive industry, having just gone on sale in France with a list price starting from 6,000 Euros (£5,252) or a lease deal with a 2,641 Euros deposit (£2,311) and only 19.99 Euros (£17.50) per month…
The Kia Niro EV produces 201 horsepower, and 291 pound-feet of torque, and it has a US EPA-estimated driving range of 385km (239 miles). In the US, the Niro EV is still eligible for the full $7,500 federal EV tax credit (EPA).
Pros: The Niro EV is cute, fast, and benefits from the road silence of an EV with all of the instant torque your accelerator foot could want. Its regenerative-braking paddle shifters also let the driver switch from two-pedal driving to different levels of one-pedal driving whenever they may feel like it.
Cons: It’s obvious when flooring the accelerator on the Niro EV that its instant torque is a bit too much for the front-wheel-drive crossover to handle. There are also elements of the interior that look dated and leave the car feeling like it could have benefited from a bit more time in the styling studio…