Top 5 Kia News Stories Of The Month – March 2014

1. Whenever you have a pair of hot ticket items going head to head in the same category, you invariably have to put them both to the test in a head to head challenge.

That is exactly what the LA Times did with the Kia Soul and Fiat 500L.

While many may have expected a real battle between these two subcompact favorites, the results went heavily in the favor of the Kia Soul.

The reviewers even went as far as saying that the 500L was one of the worst new car options in recent memory.

Kia Optima SX Turbo Accessory2. Last month, we took time out to talk to Kia Optima owner Casey who told us about the great ownership experience that he has had to date.

He went with the Optima SX model as he was looking for a sporty ride that he could add some custom touches to in the future.

He also told us about some of the changes that he had made to the Optima to this point, and we helped out a little by suggesting a list of accessories that would help seriously pimp his ride.

3. The big news out of Australia last month was the release of the Pro_cee’s GT turbo, with a starting price of just $29,990.

Kia pro_cee'd GT colorWe compared it to some of the models that it would have to compete against in the hot hatchback segment and decided that the Pro_cee’d GT hot-hatchback may well win the pricing battle, especially when you look at the list of standard features it comes with.

This is a car that is loaded with safety and tech features that are sure to please any drivers looking for a little flash while out on the road.

4. Kia have been working hard in recent years to produce technologies that will not only benefit the driver, but which will also be good for the environment.

Kia's new hybrid electric drivetrainOne of the results of that research was delivered and shown off at the Geneva Motor Show last month.

Kia’s mild hybrid powertrain that employs a 48-volt lead carbon battery wowed the crowds at the show, especially when they learned how the addition of such a system would dramatically improve performance and lower emissions.

Look for this powertrain to start showing up in all new Kia releases in the coming years.

5. Another Kia display at the Geneva Motor Show was one that probably came as a real surprise to many, even though it really shouldn’t have.

Best Electric BikeThe Koreans showed off a pair of electric bikes (City and MTB versions) that showed visitors to the show the future, whilst also telling a little bit about the past of Kia.

You see, the Koreans started out in the bicycle game before eventually becoming the automotive giants that they are today.

Both pedelec electric bikes are lightweight, powerful little units that can hit speeds of 25 km/h with a riding range of 40 km. All in all, not a bad way to get around the city when you want to leave the car at home.

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