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Kia to Add First Sports Sedan

Production version of Novo aiming at likes of Audi A5.

by on Feb.04, 2016

Kia is looking to challenge Japanese and European brands with its new Nova sports car.

Expect to see a production version of the Kia Novo sports sedan concept come to market next year as part of the Korean carmaker’s increasing push to take on more exclusive Japanese and European competitors.

The production model will be the first sporty model from either Kia or sibling Hyundai since the not-so-sporty Veloster and will be slightly smaller than the current Hyundai Genesis Coupe, according to several sources. A report by the Reuters news service said project is codenamed CK and is expected to reach market by May 2017.

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Once known for its small, affordable – and bland – products, Kia has been trying to reposition itself, much like Hyundai, which is just launching the all-new Genesis luxury brand. Kia is putting more of an emphasis on sporty products after getting a tepid response to its own luxury model, the K900. (more…)

Kia’s Telluride Concept is “Grounded in Reality”

Show car features Swipe Command, a light-emitted rejuvenation system and a fingerprint reader.

by on Jan.11, 2016

Technically, it's a concept vehicle, but the Kia Telluride signals the brand's desire to get into the large SUV segment.

You can call the Kia Telluride a “concept” vehicle, if you wish, but the Korean carmaker is quick to suggest the show car is “grounded in reality.”

Also known as the KCD12, the 7-passenger SUV is more than a bit likely to reappear in production form in the not-too-distant future, Kia officials said as they prepared to roll out the Telluride at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

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“The Kia Telluride makes an aesthetic statement for the Kia brand,” said Tom Kearns, chief designer, Kia Design Center America. “Longer, wider and taller than the recently redesigned Sorento CUV, Telluride allows us to envision what a full-size seven-passenger SUV from Kia could look like.” (more…)

Kia Looks to Stand Out with 2017 Forte

New sedan offers upscale technology a lower price point.

by on Jan.11, 2016

The 2017 Kia Forte is looking to separate itself from the competition with a mix of new technology, comfort and performance.

Knowing that the competition in the compact sedan market is tight, Kia introduced its 2017 Forte at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit with a slew of upgrades to try to stand out from the group.

Perhaps chief among those is the inclusion of infotainment and safety technology that is often associated with more expensive vehicles.

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Forte’s S and EX trims come standard with Kia’s UVO3 telematics, which is displayed on a 7-inch color touch screen. They also boast Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, although the latter won’t be available right away. (more…)

Kia Plans Extended Phase-In of Autonomous Vehicles

“Partially automated” models to debut in 2020, driverless cars a decade later.

by on Jan.06, 2016

Kia EVP Seung Ho-Hwang outlined the automakers plans for autonomous vehicles at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Kia has become the latest automaker to lay out plans for introducing autonomous vehicles to its line-up, though the maker is taking a more cautious approach than some of the leaders in the field.

During a news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, officials from the Korean carmaker said they will offer their first “partially autonomous” vehicle by 2020, with “highly autonomous” technology to follow five years later. Vehicles capable of driving under all conditions hands-free, even without a driver at all, would follow in 2030.

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“Kia will invest up to $2 billion in developing these new technologies,” said Seung Ho-Hwang, the Kia executive vice president overseeing the autonomous vehicle program. (more…)

Kia Makes Big Splash with Little 2017 Sportage

Next-gen compact SUV ready to run in tough segment.

by on Nov.18, 2015

The fourth-generation Kia Sportage gets a new exterior look as well as improved capability.

Kia’s longest running nameplate, the Sportage, is getting a major makeover inside and out to compete with what may be the most difficult segment in the industry these days: compact sport-utility vehicles. The new ute made its U.S. debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show today.

The South Korean maker produced a fourth-generation ute that not only gets contemporary, stand-out exterior styling, but also the performance capabilities and technology to live up to the look.

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“Simply put, the Sportage is a breed apart in the compact CUV segment,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “Instead of bland utility, the Sportage combines distinctly European and sporty styling with thoughtful design and functionality, including innovative packaging, premium materials, a turbocharged engine and surprising features. (more…)

Kia Recalling 260,000 Late-Model Soul Crossovers

Steering system can fail unexpectedly, maker tells NHTSA.

by on Nov.16, 2015

The Kia Sould is one of the Korean automaker's most popular product lines.

Kia has announced the latest in a string of major recalls plaguing the auto industry this year, this one impacting nearly 260,000 late-model Soul crossovers.

The maker says that a faulty steering gear assembly could cause the vehicle’s steering system to fail, the steering wheel itself even coming lose.

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It’s just the latest in a string of six- and seven-figure recalls that are pushing the industry close to a new record, potentially topping the all-time high 64 million vehicles affected by safety-related issues n 2015.

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Kia Just Latest to Face Rollaway Problems

Korean maker recalls 377,000 Sorento CUVs because of transmission problem.

by on Oct.16, 2015

The recall covers 2011-2013 Kia Sorentos.

Kia has announced a recall covering nearly 400,000 late model Sorento crossover vehicles because the vehicles can unexpectedly pop out of the “Park” position and roll away.

The move comes in the wake of numerous complaints about the problem and the report of at least three injuries, including one in which a 10-year-old was hospitalized for three weeks as a result of a rollaway Sorento.

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Kia is just the latest in a long list of manufacturers who have faced rollaway problems, most due to defective transmissions that can unexpectedly jump out of Park – though Ford recently recalled nearly 500,000 vehicles at risk of rolling away because their engines wouldn’t shut off.

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Kia Remains Hungry as Sales Continue to Rise

Brand grows in era of strong truck sales – with no truck in line-up.

by on Oct.16, 2015

Kia's Michael Sprague noted the company is growing sales in the U.S. despite not having a pickup truck in its line-up.

Despite a dramatic surge in truck sales due to lower fuel prices and the revival of Japanese brands, Kia has managed to grow sales – despite not having a truck – and is looking forward to more success in the future.

Michael Sprague, Kia Motor Sales chief operating officer, said this week that the South Korean brand continues to expand its sales despite the challenges it faces.

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Kia sales increased by while 22% during September and are up 7% so far this year while sales in the U.S. market, Sprague noted during a briefing as the South Korean automaker rolled out 2016 Kia Optima, midsized sedan that will replace one of most important models. (more…)

Kia Making a Splash with All-New Sportage for 2017

Upscale interior matches redesigned exterior in Frankfurt debut.

by on Sep.15, 2015

The 2017 Kia Sportage gets an exterior redesign giving it a more aggressive look.

Realizing the importance that midsize crossovers and sport-utes mean to the bottom line of automakers, Kia’s looking to make a splash in the segment with the redesigned Kia Sportage for 2017.

The Korean maker promised a substantially different look for the new model, which is now in its fourth generation, and it appears from early pictures that the company’s design chief, Peter Schreyer, has been putting in some time on the CUV.

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The new model not only adopts Kia’s uniform front end, like that of the new Sedona, but also the headlights are higher up on the hood than the previous model. It also has longer rear doors and a higher beltline giving it a more aggressive stance while also improving access to the back seat. (more…)

Kia Reveals New Sportage

“The new face of Kia.”

by on Aug.28, 2015

New headlights and a modified "tiger nose" grille distinguish the gen-four Kia Sportage.

Kia is giving us a more detailed look at the next-generation Sportage, following up on the early renderings it released a couple weeks ago.

Set to make its formal debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, the 2016 Kia Sportage will pick up on some of the cues we first saw in the form of the Niro Concept two years ago. The overall look offers a strong hint of where Kia’s global design chief Peter Schreyer will be taking the look of the brand in the years to come.

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The biggest changes to the design of the fourth-generation Sportage can be seen in its face, notes Kia, “with the car’s headlamps no longer integrated with the grille for the new model, instead sweeping back along the outer edges of the more sharply-detailed (hood) and bolder wheel arches.”

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