Kia Soul EV joins electric car ranks

Kia chose the Chicago Auto Show, beginning this week, as the debut venue for the Soul EV, the electric version of Kia's boxy little hatchback SUV thing. The standard Soul model received a major update for the 2014 model year. The Soul EV will be Kia's first electric car.

As one of Kia's more distinctive models, the Soul seems a good choice on which to base an electric vehicle. It will go up against cars such as the Chevy Spark EV, Fiat 500e, and the veteran Nissan Leaf.

In that crucial measure of EV performance, range, the … Read more

Morpheus sings opera to matriculate you into a Kia

They'll try anything to get you to pay attention during the Super Bowl.

It's as if all the lady guests in "The Bachelor" house started screaming at once.

Kia, conscious of the difficulty in twinning the concepts of "Kia" and "luxury," has reached into the Matrix to find its voice.

And by "voice," I mean Laurence Fishburne -- Morpheus himself -- singing opera.

Oddly, the choice of aria is "Nessun Dorma" from "Turandot" rather than something from "Morpheus and Eurydice."

Still, before he bursts … Read more

10 must-see videos of the week

Hot on the heels of CES 2014, we're right back at it with another great week of fresh video content presented to you here, for your viewing pleasure.

In the latest episode of Adventures in Tech, we go back in time to explore the life and death of the Sega Dreamcast and try to understand why this quirky game machine ultimately flopped so hard that it forced Sega to quit the console market entirely. Apple Byte digs into more iPhone 6 rumors. And are some very popular Apple products about to get bigger screens? We also round up some … Read more

Top 11 videos from the Detroit auto show

The Detroit auto show, officially known as the North American International Auto Show, is the first car show of the year. Held each January in the home of US car culture, it brings shiny new models, new car technology, and loads of automotive eye candy. CNET's Car Tech team was hard at week in Detroit over the last three days to cover the show and we're happy to show you the video highlights below.

1. 2015 Ford F-150 An all-aluminum body frame, a fuel-efficient engine, and some new body styling cues are highlights of the 2015 Ford F-150. … Read more

Sport rules the Detroit auto show

With the global economy on a rubber band for the past couple of decades, automakers circled the wagons, taking a conservative approach to their model lineups. But at the 2014 Detroit auto show, it looks like we can have fun things once again.

Toyota, that hallmark of sensible cars, showed off an exciting new concept called the FT-1. Although not meant as a production prototype, it shows that Toyota is letting its designers have fun, and hopefully presages new models with a more emotional appeal.

Likewise, Toyota's luxury brand Lexus gave its new RC coupe its North American debut, … Read more

Kia electrifies its Soul

Ditching hamsters for electrons, next year Kia will offer its boxy Soul model with an electric drivetrain, according to a statement by the Korean carmaker.

The statement was made as Kia readies the 2014 version of the gasoline Soul for dealer showrooms. Kia showed off the update earlier this year for the first time at the New York auto show.

Given its size, the Soul looks like a good choice for an electric drivetrain. The company had no details to offer about power or range, but the car would likely conform to the offering of other automakers, such as the … Read more

Three cool coupes and compact SUVs, in Frankfurt

FRANKFURT -- The Frankfurt auto show was good news for automotive enthusiasts, as it played host to the debuts of three new coupes and a boodle of compact SUVs. The best cars in the world have been coupes, and for good reason. The format allows breathtaking design and sporty handling.

Compact SUVs, a new segment, are cool, too. They tend to be nimble, but offer utility and comfort. Judging from the show, premium brands are showing huge interest in compact SUVs.

So let's take a look at what is on offer in Frankfurt this year.

Volvo Concept Coupe Volvo … Read more

Kia teases 'mischievous' concept car for Frankfurt

Gearing up for the International Motor Show in Frankfurt next month, automakers are releasing half-lit photos showing a bare portion of the cars they will unveil. Kia merely described its entrant as a B-segment concept and did not release a name.

However, a couple of high-resolution images revealed a few details. The front shot looks like a coupe with a high stance. LED lights up front are a staple of concept cars, but are also making their way into production cars.

Kia's press release calls the car "mischievous" and describes it as having a "clearly robust … Read more

Kia Forte makes a strong tech showing

It's got keyless entry and start, puddle lights, and automatic folding side mirrors that illuminate and fold out as you approach. The driver's seat is heated and ventilated with power adjustment and two-position memory; the cabin is bathed in dual-zone automatic climate control. It's got two LCDs on the dash powered by a fantastic infotainment system.

No, this isn't a luxury sedan. It is the 2014 Kia Forte EX and it's come a long way, baby.

Inside and out, fit and finish are quite good all around the Forte. The small sedan manages to be … Read more

Kia Sorento lets you set steering response

Looking like a pill bug, the squat body of the 2014 Kia Sorento hides seating for seven, an economical engine, and an easy driving character, making it the perfect mobile bunker for the modern suburban family. The Sorento fits squarely into the class of crossover vehicles replacing the minivans and SUVs that once sat in every suburban driveway.

Inside, the Sorento made me feel safe and secure with its thick sides and small windows, a seeming appeal to that strain of American paranoia leading to gated communities and an irrational fear of home invasions. A vast panorama sunroof seems to … Read more