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Kia’s Splashy New Designs Re-Ignite Sales

Maker showing increase in 2014 after last year’s slide.

by on Sep.25, 2014

The 2015 Kia Sedona marks the maker's first major overhaul of the vehicle since 2009.

After losing ground, Kia, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary selling cars in the U.S., grabbed some of its mojo back as its sales are growing once again, rising 6.9% so far this year after falling by 3% in 2013.

Coming out of the 2008-2009 recession, Kia was one of the hottest brands in the industry as more and more American buyers found its emphasis on style and value appealing in the aftermath of the financial crisis and steep economic downturn.

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It didn’t hurt that Kia was also in the right place at the right time as Toyota was engulfed in a recall scandal and Honda, the other major Japanese brand, faltered with a series of uninspired designs left buyers less than excited. (more…)

Kia Straddles Minivan/Crossover Line

Touts new Sedona as a ‘multipurpose vehicle.’

by on Apr.15, 2014

The 2015 Kia Sedona marks the maker's first major overhaul of the vehicle since 2009.

The mystery is gone regarding the 2015 Kia Sedona minivan, er, multipurpose vehicle. After dropping a few hints and dark pictures of the new version, the maker unveiled the details about new Sedona it plans to show in New York this week.

One of the questions floating around was would it be a minivan at all. Given the fact that the minivan segment is shrinking and dominated by a couple of makers, wondering if Kia would stay there was a valid question. Now the answer is, uh, well…maybe.

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Touting its “European-inspired” styling and other features, it seems Kia’s plans to differentiate the Sedona from other minivans is to simply suggest that it’s not a minivan at all, but a crossover. (more…)

Kia Shares More Details about 2015 Sedona

New MPV features sliding doors like a minivan.

by on Apr.11, 2014

Kia dropped more hints about the 2015 Sedona, including that it will have sliding doors.

After a little tease for the curious a week ago, Kia decided to drop a few more details about its mysterious multi-purpose vehicle debuting at the New York International Auto Show next week today.

The first detail? The Sedona name lives on.

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The all-new 2015 Sedona also gets a new powerplant: a 3.3-liter gasoline direct injected (GDI) V6 engine.
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Kia Brings New Carens People Mover to Geneva

Koreans take another stab at minivan segments.

by on Mar.04, 2013

Kia hopes a more stylish entry like the Carens will help it gain traction in the global "people-mover" category.

Kia is bringing its penchant for stylish design to the people-mover segment at this year’s Geneva Motor Show with a new model that will eventually be sold around the world.

The all-new Kia Carens is a compact MPV designed and engineered from the ground-up to meet the needs of modern families, the maker claims, with a cab-forward design, choice of four powertrains, up to seven seats and a broad range of convenience and safety features.

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“I wanted to give the new Carens a sleeker look and feel, to create a design that envelops its functionality and versatility in something altogether more athletic and dynamic,” says Peter Schreyer, president of Kia and Hyundai design. “This new-found visual dynamism is important – this car needs to look appealing and attractive – but during its design and development stages, we never lost sight of the fact that its packaging flexibility and adaptability are why people buy these cars.”

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Can Kia Reinvent the Van?

Maker offers a tease of its KV7 concept.

by on Jan.07, 2011

Is Kia readying a new minivan based on the KV7 concept debuting at the Detroit Auto Show?

Reports of the minivan’s demise have been greatly exaggerated and, if anything, the proliferation of new product, such as the all-new Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, and updates of the Chrysler vans, have started pumping new life into the niche.

But other players continue to find it a hard slog to carve out share of their own.  Just ask General Motors, Ford – and the Koreans, who haven’t done very well with their initial attempts to gain traction in the minivan market.

With segment sales still topping 1 million and showing signs of a modest rebound, Kia is ready to give it another try.  Or so it hints.  The smaller of the two Korean carmakers is offering up this less-than-revealing tease of the KV7 concept, which it plans to reveal during its Monday afternoon news conference at the Detroit Auto Show.

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