News & Events

Kia Unveils New Electric Vehicle, Hybrid at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show

MEDIA INFORMATION
Contact:
Mark Bilek
Director of Communications and Technology
Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Office: (630) 424-6082
Cell: (847) 652-0632
Email: mbilek@drivechicago.com

Contact: Jennifer Morand
Senior Public Relations and Social Media Manager
Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Office: (630) 424-6084
Cell: (630) 391-1986
Email: jmorand@drivechicago.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2015 Soul EV and 2014 Optima Hybrid Unveiled

CHICAGO (February 6, 2014) – Kia introduced a trio of new vehicles this morning during the 2014 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview. The new line-up includes the 2015 Soul EV and the 2014 Optima Hybrid. Also making an appearance was the Niro Hybrid concept car. 

“Kia is changing the tune,” said Michael Sprague, vice president of marketing and communications of Kia Motors America. He says the new features will be music to your ears.

The all-new 2015 Soul EV can recharge in 33 minutes on a DC fast-charger and was designed for the global market. It is the first all-electric car Kia has introduced in the United States. The new Soul EV features LED lights in the interior, friction reducing tires, navigation, hands-free technology and a back-up camera. Other features include activation heating and cooling from a remote location on a smartphone. The electric motor provides 109 horsepower. Pricing and official launch of the 2015 Kia Soul EV will be released later this year.

Kia also introduced the all-new 2014 Optima Hybrid that delivers a harmonious blend of European influences. This sedan was designed for the eco-friendly market in mind. The 2014 Optima Hybrid features a fresh new look with more aerodynamic qualities; useable trunk space, LED lighting and can get up to 38 mpg. This car has 199 horsepower and is updated to the touchscreen infotainment system. The 2014 Optima Hybrid is expected to go on sale within the next few weeks.

“Opening people’s minds is what we do at Kia,” said Sprague.

To watch complete coverage of the 2014 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview press conferences, please visit http://www.ustream.tv/channel/chicago-auto-show-2011. The manufacturer press conferences are also available at www.youtube.com/chicagoautoshow. For more information about the Chicago Auto Show, please visit www.chicagoautoshow.com.

###

About the Chicago Auto Show
The Chicago Auto Show is the largest on the continent, spanning more than 1 million square feet of production, concept, and exotic vehicle exhibit space. In addition to hosting multiple world and North American vehicle debuts, the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity raises more than $2 million annually for 18 worthy Chicago organizations in a single night. The 2014 public show will be February 8-17. For more information, visit ChicagoAutoShow.com or Facebook.com/ChicagoAutoShow. Media can register for the Chicago Auto Show Media Preview at chicagoautoshow.com/media/.

About The Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is the nation’s oldest and largest metropolitan dealer organization. It is comprised of more than 400 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group’s dealer members employ nearly 20,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the Chicago Auto Show since 1935. For more information, visit CATA.info.

Back to News

Follow Us Socially Using #CAS16

Blog

More

Wednesday, April, 20, 2016

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Honda is encouraging safer driving habits with a social media campaign titled #PhoneDownEyesUp. The campaign ...

Wednesday, April, 13, 2016

Ford Now Accepting Applications for GT Supercar

For the first time, 2015 Chicago Auto Show goers were able to see the Ford GT supercar in person at the show and ...

Wednesday, March, 30, 2016

Cars are the Star of the Big Apple

Automakers lit up the Big Apple last week with an assortment of flashy vehicles that debuted during the New York ...

Monday, March, 14, 2016

Buick Presents Cascada to Midwest Automotive Media Association

Buick Vice President of Marketing Tony DiSalle spotlighted the all-new Buick Cascada during the Midwest Automotive ...

Monday, February, 29, 2016

Chevy Inspires Kindness in #DayItForward

Today is a unique day in history, one that does not come around often but has inspired goodness throughout ...

Friday, February, 19, 2016

Test Tracks Are A Gear Shifter

Of everything to see and do at the Chicago Auto Show, some of the most popular attractions are the test tracks, ...

Wednesday, February, 17, 2016

Women's Day Revs Up Excellence

Women's Day at the Chicago Auto Show is a revolutionary way to bring a diverse group of women with a common ...

Monday, February, 15, 2016

Nonstop Action at Family Fun Day

Presidents Day at the auto show featured an enthusiastic selection of family fun and appealed to all family ...

Saturday, February, 13, 2016

Acura Showcases New Concept Vehicle

As a wood panel walkway spins to unveil a luxury car, you know you are about to witness something truly ...

Saturday, February, 13, 2016

The new 2017 Genesis Vision G hits the floors of the Chicago Auto Show

Luxury is all about satisfying the senses. From cars to homes, leather seats to killer sound systems, these are ...

More

5/5/2016 1:36:48 PM

Look at how the Ford Motor Company #GT transformed over the years...1965 & 2016 Chicago Auto Shows! #FordGT #ThrowbackThursday

5/3/2016 3:25:18 PM

Virginia won its last Miss USA crown in 1970. Since 46 years, the quest for Miss USA crown is awaited. Here is to why Desiree Willimas can be next Miss USA

5/3/2016 1:30:40 PM

Only a month left for Miss USA 2016. Please show your support towards your state representative by casting your vote. It will take just a moment.

5/3/2016 11:15:36 AM

Did you check out these "must-see debuts" while at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show? http://onforb.es/21tzPjE - via Forbes

4/29/2016 8:33:00 AM

Look how far Jeep has come since the '61 Chicago Auto Show! #FlashbackFriday

4/28/2016 1:21:25 PM

How many LEGO pieces does it take to build this Porsche 911 GT3 RS? http://cnet.co/1qYJwJU

4/26/2016 10:07:28 AM

The Chicago Auto Show Changed their cover photo.

4/22/2016 11:41:35 AM

#FlashbackFriday to the 1967 Chicago Auto Show! #Globe #EarthDay

4/19/2016 9:31:03 AM

#TriviaTuesday! In the 60s, Ford Motor Company's robot's name was Freddie. Can you name Ford's current robot (that was at #CAS16

More

5/5/2016 10:59:20 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: @KitchnWhisperer Hey are you at #CAS16 now?! Join the #ispyatCHI challenge to win #freebies!

5/5/2016 7:11:31 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: Check out the @Ford #GT transformation over the years...1965 & 2016 Chicago Auto Shows! #ThrowbackThursday #TBT https://t.

5/5/2016 3:43:59 PM

@GiveMeAProject We believe so but double-checking with our historian!

5/5/2016 3:14:05 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: @KitchnWhisperer Hey are you at #CAS16 now?! Join the #ispyatCHI challenge to win #freebies!

5/5/2016 1:58:32 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: Check out the @Ford #GT transformation over the years...1965 & 2016 Chicago Auto Shows! #ThrowbackThursday #TBT https://t.

5/5/2016 1:57:40 PM

@ChiAutoShow Did you have the '05-'06 there?

5/5/2016 1:38:13 PM

Check out the @Ford #GT transformation over the years...1965 & 2016 Chicago Auto Shows! #ThrowbackThursday #TBT https://t.co/3EBtcRjG6g

5/4/2016 8:24:27 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: @KitchnWhisperer Hey are you at #CAS16 now?! Join the #ispyatCHI challenge to win #freebies!

5/4/2016 2:48:29 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: @KitchnWhisperer Hey are you at #CAS16 now?! Join the #ispyatCHI challenge to win #freebies!

5/4/2016 1:53:07 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: @KitchnWhisperer Hey are you at #CAS16 now?! Join the #ispyatCHI challenge to win #freebies!