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Hits and Hidden Gems of the 2016 Chicago Auto Show

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2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

Kia's four-door hatch introduces a new subcompact eco-car platform optimized to accommodate hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. Hybrids are tough enough to sell in big numbers, so you might as well try marrying this pricier green hardware in a vehicle aimed at the fastest-growing segment of the market. And on the show floor we even managed to get product planning veep Orth Hedrick to say that Kia had not been approached by Hyundai about using the platform, but that now that they've seen it they might. Really, guys? They Hyundai and Kia towers in Seoul share a ground floor, and #CAS16 is the first they're seeing this thing? C'mon

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