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Kia has unveiled the new Niro, placing a heavy emphasis on sustainability.
The car has been completely redesigned, “from the ground up” and takes its inspiration from nature in the choice of design, materials, colours, and finishes.
Efficient aerodynamics and sustainable materials are used throughout the design, apparently and Kia has seen fit to introduce the “Greenzone Drive Mode.”
This new mode can automatically switch the PHEV into pure EV on the fly. For example, when driving in green zones such as residential areas, or nearby schools and hospitals, the vehicle automatically uses electric power based on navigation cues and driving history data. It can also recognise a driver’s favourite places, including home and office registered in the navigation system as a green zone.
“Kia continues to take steps towards a more sustainable future, inviting everyone to join the movement into the new mobility era,” says Ho Sung Song, President and CEO of Kia.
“The all-new Kia Niro makes it simple to practice a sustainable lifestyle with its eco-friendly materials, advanced technology and electric powertrains while it also fulfils the practical needs of customers.”
The car even uses a water-based paint, free from benzene, toluene, and xylene isomers.
The new Niro is on display at the Seoul Mobility Show until 5 December. HEV, PHEV, and EV powertrain models will be available starting from next year.