Archives – January 28, 2017

2017’s Kia Niro’s Starting Price is less than $23,000

2016-03-01_Geneva_Motor_Show_1057The 2017’s Kia Niro will be available in the market before this year’s end of first quarter. Prior to officially going on sale, the manufacturer states that the base price for will be $22,890, which is not inclusive of the destination fee. The automaker, through an email failed to reveal the destination prices and fee for the two trim levels. This crossover has a dedicated hybrid design from the bottom to the top and it will be a stiff competitor to the current established hybrids. Niro is a base crossover, whose combined EPA-rating is 49 mpg comprising of 46 mpg highway and 51 mpg city.

Niro FE is a step up from the base model with a rating of 52 mpg for city driving and 46 mpg for highway driving, which gives 50 mpg as the combined EPA-rating. The fuel economy of the Niro Touring is the lowest of the three. Its combined EPA rating is 43 mpg, with 46 mpg for highway driving and 46 mpg for city driving. While the full pricing details for Niro will be released by Kia at a later date, initial figures indicate that this model will be one of the strongest competitors in the segment. For instance, a comparison between Niro and Toyota’s RAV 4 hybrid shows that the Niro comes out ahead, at least on paper.

The starting price of RAV XLE base hybrid is around $29,970 with a destination charge of $940. Its combined rating is 32 mpg. This car’s city rating is 34 mpg, while the highway rating is 30 mpg, figures that are slightly below those of Niro. However, for those who are looking to buy Toyota’s crossover, it has the advantage of all-wheel drive.

Advertisements have been released to clearly indicate how the car is presented by Kia. The Niro will come with all the latest features of the automaker including Lane Change Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Smart Cruise Control, and much more.

When Niro finally hits the market, the expectation is that it will be available in five trim levels. These levels are EX, LX, Touring, FE and finally a special edition will also be launched. It has been confirmed that in the near future the automaker is set to release a plug-in hybrid car variant of this model. Rumor has it that a fully-electric version of the car is also under consideration. Niro is clearly one of the models that customers need to look forward to because it has a lot to offer. Moreover, it will be a major competitor to giant automakers such as Toyota.

 

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Global Plug-in Car Sales Hit the Two-Millionth Mark

CalCars_Plug_in_100+_June_2006At the beginning of this decade, plug-in electric car sales were almost zero and it is amazing that the global count is now slightly above two million units. To be more specific, the figure through the end of last year was approximately 2,032,000 passenger cars, including light-duty plug-in electric vehicle vans. Excluded from this figure is heavy duty plug-ins, as well as other light-duty electric cars or commercial plug-ins. The numbers would definitely fluff up slightly if the mentioned cars are included. Nevertheless, there has been a measurable progress for the types of cars driven by consumers.

Petroleum has been dominating for more than a century, with up to 1.4 billion gas motor cars being driven on global roads. This means that two million plug-in electric cars would make up only 0.15% of the total cars in the world. However, this percentage has increased from 1.10% in the year 2015. Therefore, while plug-in electric cars are still few, advocates of green cars might still consider the glass to be half full. Basically, this is just the beginning with 2016 being the year that major car manufacturers committed to producing plug-in electric cars. These manufacturers promised that in the next 8 years, 15-25% of their total sales will be accounted for by plug-in electric vehicles. Other automakers have also set the goals of advancing this market.

The half-full glass scenario is justifiable since the plug-in electric vehicle market was not there until six years ago. The current decade is when the mainstream car manufacturers started to shift from conventional powered vehicles to computer-powered plug-in electric and hybrid cars that use electric motors and lithium-ion batteries. About 1,720 plug-in passenger car sales were recorded across the globe. The figure then increased to 6,560 in 2010. After that 118, 690 plug-ins were sold in 2012, 192,010 in 2013 and in 2014, 325,090 cars were sold. In 2015, 550,570 units were sold while in 2016, 775,000 plug-in electric car units were sold globally. China, the United States, and Europe are the top markets. China and Europe’s plug-in electric vehicle market share is about 1% with the United States’ share being about 0.9%. For the initial years of this decade, the United States was leading in plug-in electric vehicle sales. In November and December of 2016, the U.S. PEV market share went above 1% with December’s share being the highest at 1.39%. More than 250,000 units in the U.S are in the state of California. California alone surpassed the whole of China in the year 2014 in terms of PEV sales.

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