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Hyundai, Kia Hybrids To Stop Toyota’s Green Car Dominance
Toyota is the brand name that has become synonymous with hybrid vehicles, with the Prius dominating the segment.
But their reign may be a little less comfortable if Hyundai and Kia have their way.
The Koreans are planning on taking a real run at the green car market in the coming years.
All told, Hyundai and Kia will have four new hybrid models, one electric car, and a pair of plug-in hybrids coming to the United States in the next few years.
Furthermore, by the time 2020 comes around, the Koreans plan on being number two in sales of green cars!
Current Hyundai, Kia green vehicles (USA)
Hyundai already has hybrid version of the Sonata, as well as a Tucson Hydrogen Fuel Cell.
Kia has the Optima hybrid and the all-electric Soul EV.
Future Kia, Hyundai green car line-up
The expansion will center on dedicated hybrid models, all-electric vehicles, as well as hybrid versions of existing models.
2 dedicated hybrid cars coming soon
The two new hybrid cars will be built on a new platform that has been developed exclusively for the use of electric-hybrid powertrains.
Both, the Kia and Hyundai dedicated hybrids will make use of a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor and battery pack.
Hyundai plan on having their hybrid model adopting a 5-door hatchback style, while Kia hybrid will be going with more of a crossover look.
Hyundai also has plans to deliver an all-electric 4-door sedan in 2017.
Kia will continue to push the Soul EV, but they have not given any word on when they may go with an enhanced electric Soul EV that delivers even more range.
That will likely happen in the next couple of years, about the same time the petrol Soul gets a makeover.
Sonata, Optima plug-in hybrids coming soon
The very near future is when we will see a Sonata plug-in hybrid to go along with the newly refreshed Sonata hybrid.
The Kia Optima is essentially a carbon copy of the Sonata in terms of mechanics, so expect to see a hybrid and a plug-in version of the Optima arrive sometime in 2016.
Does larger number of green cars mena a guaranteed success?
While these new hybrids, EVs and fuel cell vehicles are exciting, they are not a guarantee of sales success!
People have become accustomed to the Toyota Prius, Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, so it is going to be hard to win those consumers over.
At the end of the day, though, more options in the green vehicle segment is never a bad thing.