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2015 Kia Soul EV

Posted Oct 18th 2014 12:00PM

Progressing The Game, Just Not Changing It

2015 Kia Soul EV

You'd be forgiven if you weren't fully aware of this vehicle's existence. While the Soul EV is a big deal for Kia, as it marks the Korean brand's first foray into the world of pure electric vehicles here in North America, it simply has not a been able to garner much regard from the average car fan or, really, the automotive press.

As a green car, it has to be tough to compete with Elon Musk's remarkable ability to consistently hold our attention with nearly everything he touches at Tesla. Add that to the fact that the Soul EV doesn't offer a ton in the way of aesthetics to differentiate itself from its gasoline-powered sibling – save a few tweaks here and there – and its limited initial availability (CA only for now), and you end up with a vehicle that just isn't on a lot of people's radar. And that's too bad.

You see, none of the above is meant to imply that this is a bad car. In fact, as you read through our driving notes, you'll see that the reality is actually the opposite: Kia has a genuinely solid product on its hands.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Michael Zak / AOL

LeBron James signs new deal to rep Kia K900 fit for a king

Posted Oct 17th 2014 10:00AM

LeBron James 2015 Kia K900

"I was a Kia K900 driver and fan before we decided to become partners, so I'm really excited to be Kia's first-ever luxury ambassador." – LeBron James

LeBron James is taking his talents to Kia?! The 10-time NBA all-star has signed on with the Korean automaker as a spokesman for Kia's first luxury sedan, the 2015 Kia K900. While the move isn't as shocking as his 2010 defection from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat (he re-signed with the Cavs this summer), it has raised eyebrows, as James is a noted car collector who has owned a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and some other high-end vehicles.

Still, James said that he was a fan of the K900 before he signed on as a pitchman. Perhaps telegraphing the upcoming deal, he e in August, saying: "Rolling around in my K900. Love this car!"

Kia said James reached out to the company to sample the K900. "I was a Kia K900 driver and fan before we decided to become partners, so I'm really excited to be Kia's first-ever luxury ambassador," he said in a statement. He added: "For me, a partnership has to be authentic and real to who I am, and that's what makes this one so special."

Kia is a longtime sponsor of the NBA and serves as its "official automotive partner." In 2009, James received a Kia Borrego for earning MVP honours, though he donated it to the Akron (OH) Urban League... READ MORE

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LISTED: Top 15 SUVs of 2015

Posted Oct 16th 2014 2:30PM



Motor Trend has announced the results of its 2015 SUV of the Year competition, and from a field that included some of our own personal favourites like the new Porsche Macan, Cadillac Escalade, Subaru Outback, Chevrolet Tahoe and BMW X5. But, the buff book has awarded the top spot to... wait for it... the 2015 Honda CR-V. If that result surprises you just a little, well, get to the back of the line.

The list looked at six different categories ranging from overall design to efficiency – both fuel economy and carbon footprint – to safety and value to pick its winner, singling out the refreshed Honda while paying particular praise to its new 2.4-litre Earth Dreams four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission. A tighter steering ratio was also cited as a big source of improvement.

"There was a lot of contentious debate," Motor Trend Technical Director Frank Markus told Autoblog, indicating that nearly half the judges approached the final round of voting with an eye towards the redesigned Jeep Cherokee. "This year's field included some pretty fancy and fast iron, but the thoughtful changes made by Honda to hone its best-seller entry in that crowded compact cross-over segment really did the trick."

What are your thoughts on Motor Trend's decision? Based on the full list of top 15 SUVs of 2015, would you have chosen the Honda CR-V? Click here to view the full list of contenders and finalists, then tell us what you think on our facebook page.

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2015 Tesla Model D test drive

Posted Oct 15th 2014 3:00PM

Tesla D Test Drive
With so much hype around the new AWD Tesla Model D, we caught up with our friends at Engadget to take Tesla's new D electric car for a quick spin. Click on the video above to watch our test drive with the latest Tesla, as we take a much closer look at Elon's latest work.

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Everything you missed from the 2014 Paris Motor Show

Posted Oct 15th 2014 9:00AM

2014 Paris Auto Show Recap
If the concept of performance oriented luxury cars that are getting Greener leaves you surprised, don't feel bad. We had to do a double take as well after this year's 2014 Paris Motor Show.

Click here to view our full photo gallery and recap, then watch the video above for more.

2015 Kia Rio freshens up for France
2015 Kia Rio freshens up for France

Hyundai i20 shows what brown can do for you [w/video]
Hyundai i20 shows what brown can do for you [w/video]

2015 Opel Adam S dons a red cap, gets turbo boost
2015 Opel Adam S dons a red cap, gets turbo boost

Renault Espace is the minivan that isn't [w/video]
Renault Espace is the minivan that isn't [w/video]

2015 Opel Corsa hatches slinky new style
2015 Opel Corsa hatches slinky new style

Citroen Divine DS Concept ushers in the next generation of French style [w/video]
Citroen Divine DS Concept ushers in the next generation of French style [w/video]

Rolls-Royce Phantom Metropolitan Collection wafts into the annals of exclusivity
Rolls-Royce Phantom Metropolitan Collection wafts into the annals of exclusivity

Honda Jazz Prototype is brand's latest production-ready 'concept'
Honda Jazz Prototype is brand's latest production-ready 'concept'

Peugeot Quartz concept hides a 500-hp hybrid under its rocky exterior
Peugeot Quartz concept hides a 500-hp hybrid under its rocky exterior

2016 Smart Fortwo and Forfour show their smiling new faces [w/videos]
2016 Smart Fortwo and Forfour show their smiling new faces [w/videos]

Venturi revels in its EV history with new America
Venturi revels in its EV history with new America

2015 Kia Sorento shows its new face in fashion-forward Paris
2015 Kia Sorento shows its new face in fashion-forward Paris

Peugeot Exalt concept wears a revised look for its home crowd
Peugeot Exalt concept wears a revised look for its home crowd

2015 Ford C-Max gets a corporate nose job [w/video]
2015 Ford C-Max gets a corporate nose job [w/video]

2015 Volvo XC90 proves Sweden's auto industry is alive and well [w/video]
2015 Volvo XC90 proves Sweden's auto industry is alive and well [w/video]

Fiat 500X scampers across the Alps
Fiat 500X scampers across the Alps

2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed is totally torque-tastic
2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed is totally torque-tastic

Mini Superleggera Vision Concept keeps us hangin' on [w/video]
Mini Superleggera Vision Concept keeps us hangin' on [w/video]

2015 Audi A6 spiffs up for Paris Motor Show duty
2015 Audi A6 spiffs up for Paris Motor Show duty

Honda HR-V Prototype looks awfully familiar
Honda HR-V Prototype looks awfully familiar

2015 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack jacks up onto stage
2015 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack jacks up onto stage

Citroen C4 Cactus Airflow 2L brings the fuel-sipping funk [w/video]
Citroen C4 Cactus Airflow 2L brings the fuel-sipping funk [w/video]

2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid electrifies France
2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid electrifies France

Peugeot 308 GT spices up the French Focus fighter
Peugeot 308 GT spices up the French Focus fighter

2015 Mini Hardtop 5-Door isn't for the country, man [w/video]
2015 Mini Hardtop 5-Door isn't for the country, man [w/video]

2016 Audi TTS Roadster opens up for all to see
2016 Audi TTS Roadster opens up for all to see

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration imagines future of brand's luxury flagship
Infiniti Q80 Inspiration imagines future of brand's luxury flagship

2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI is the VW hot hatch we really want
2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI is the VW hot hatch we really want

2015 BMW X6 keeps it weird
2015 BMW X6 keeps it weird

2016 Mercedes-AMG C63 has 503 hp and a backseat for scaring friends
2016 Mercedes-AMG C63 has 503 hp and a backseat for scaring friends

Ferrari 458 Speciale A trots out its 597 sun-drenched ponies [w/video]
Ferrari 458 Speciale A trots out its 597 sun-drenched ponies [w/video]

Mercedes-AMG GT joins the Just As Good In Person club in Paris
Mercedes-AMG GT joins the Just As Good In Person club in Paris

2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport spells sundown for old LR2
2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport spells sundown for old LR2

2015 Nissan Pulsar Nismo Concept is one hot hatch ready for production
2015 Nissan Pulsar Nismo Concept is one hot hatch ready for production

2016 Jaguar XE pounces on Paris Motor Show stage
2016 Jaguar XE pounces on Paris Motor Show stage

Volkswagen XL Sport brings Ducati power to 2014 Paris Motor Show
Volkswagen XL Sport brings Ducati power to 2014 Paris Motor Show

2015 BMW 2 Series Cabriolet flips its lid [w/video]
2015 BMW 2 Series Cabriolet flips its lid [w/video]

Infiniti QX70 S Design goes dark in the City of Light
Infiniti QX70 S Design goes dark in the City of Light

Audi R8 LMX illuminates the City of Light with lasers
Audi R8 LMX illuminates the City of Light with lasers

Audi TT Sportback Concept debuts with five-doors in Paris
Audi TT Sportback Concept debuts with five-doors in Paris

Toyota C-HR Concept is a high-riding hybrid hatch [w/video]
Toyota C-HR Concept is a high-riding hybrid hatch [w/video]

Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 is silent but deadly [w/video]
Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 is silent but deadly [w/video]

Honda Civic Type R Concept is the shape of hot things to come
Honda Civic Type R Concept is the shape of hot things to come

Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition is back in black [w/video]
Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition is back in black [w/video]

Take our tightly cropped car pic challenge

Posted Oct 14th 2014 6:00PM



Need something stimulating to help you get through your Tuesday? Try out our Tightly Cropped Car Pic Challenge.

It's simple: we'll show you ten close-up pictures of vehicles (they're all recent, but can come from a variety of segments and markets) and you try to guess the make and model based on the small visual hint provided. Don't get cocky, though. Since we're well aware that the Autoblog readership is the best and most knowledgeable around, we've made sure this quiz is no cakewalk. The crops on the first seven cars are pretty generous, but they get tighter and more puzzling (we think) for the final three.

Head on through to tackle the challenge. Each image is linked to the full 'answer' pic, so you can click through after you've finished, or if you're just stumped. Feel free to share your results in Comments below, but just remember: even if we don't know if you cheated and peeked, you'll always know.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 AOL

Winter tires vs. all season: When and why to make the switch

Posted Oct 14th 2014 2:00PM



It's that time of year again, as we prepare for the winter driving season and many drivers debate when (and if) they should switch to winter tires. Automobile technology is changing and cars are performing better because of things like ABS brakes and traction control. Still, those features are only as good as the grip of the vehicle's tires, especially in cold and snowy conditions.

"When choosing the right tire for the winter season, the best all-season tire doesn't compare to the worst winter tire," says John Morin, service manager for Canadian Tire's West Toronto store.

The fact is, the term 'all-season' is really a misnomer when it comes to tires. They're consistently out-performed by dedicated winter tires that increase control and decrease the average stopping distance at 80 km/h by as much as 20 metres. Snow tires are identified by a mountain/snowflake symbol branded on the sidewall.

For those wondering when you should install your winter tires and officially make the switch, you should do so before temperatures begin to consistently dip into the single digits, as industry experts agree conventional all season tires don't perform properly below 7 degrees Celsius.

If you've been thinking about making the switch to winter tires before the snow, click here to read our handy guide to answer some of your common questions.

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WATCH: Huge 1,200lb pumpkin dropped 120 feet, crushes truck for Halloween

Posted Oct 14th 2014 11:00AM

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It's fall and Halloween season is here again and organizers of the Conneaut Lake Fall Pumpkin Fest (yes, it's a real thing) have found a creative way to celebrate, kicking off this time of year with a big bang. Click on the video above to watch a giant pumpkin weighing over 1,200 pounds smash the heck out of an old truck after being dropped from 120 feet up. The odd yet captivating tradition draws loud cheers from the festival crowd and it's easy to see why, as it's pretty entertaining to watch!

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GM files trademark application for 'Chevy Bolt'

Posted Oct 14th 2014 10:00AM

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Move over Chevy Volt, a little brother could possibly be on the way.

General Motors filed a trademark application for both 'Chevrolet Bolt' and 'Bolt' earlier this year, specifically for use as automobile names. Trademark filings often hold clues for upcoming models or new products from automakers, says
Manoli Katakis, editorial director of GM Authority, an independent news source covering the latest news from The General.

"It's really hard to tell what it could be at this point. It could be a word-play off the Volt, or it could be a concept of sorts," Katakis told Autoblog. "As we've seen with the trademarks of 'Stingray,' 'MyLink' and 'Z28,' it's usually a preliminary indicator that something is coming."

Trademarked names can also lead to dead ends. Car manufacturers can apply for trademarks and sit on them for years. A company has to demonstrate use once it is granted a trademark, but the company can then file extensions on proof of use. That's how Chevrolet got away with registering the name "Barracuda" two years ago, and more than a two-and-half years later, has filed four extensions to show use without building any new Barracudas. General Motors also holds on to a trademark for "Chevelle" 35 years after the last one rolled off the assembly line.

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