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Kia’s New Stonic SUV Ready for Prime Time

Automaker fills hole in product portfolio.

by on Sep.12, 2017

Kia unveiled its new Stonic small SUV, which will help the maker fill a gap in its product portfolio.

Kia took another step toward expanding its product portfolio with the debut of the Stonic, a new subcompact crossover, at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Stonic, which is a blend of “speedy” and “tonic,” helps the South Korean automaker fill a gap in one of the more popular auto segments in Europe as well as the U.S. The new model features a European design flair even though it was designed in Europe and Asia.

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Kia claims the Stonic is “one of the smartest cars in its class,” as it’s laden with technologies designed to improve the crossover’s handling, safety, comfort and convenience. The car’s intelligent packaging results in a spacious cabin and enables a high level of storage versatility. (more…)

Kia Proceeds to Uncover New Wagon

“Aromas that any petrolhead will instantly recognize.”

by on Sep.12, 2017

Kia's Proceed concept could re-ignite a fervor for station wagons — if it comes to the United States.

Kia is Proceed-ing with plans to get big into the station wagon segment — whoops, make that “extended hatch” segment with the debut of the new Proceed model at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Whether you prefer that term, or some other euphemism, like “shooting brake,” “carryall,” “depot car,” or even “estate car,” the new model has been generating plenty of buzz since the Korean carmaker released the first teaser images of the Proceed last week.

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As with the new Stinger, the Kia Proceed is the sort of vehicle that will further enhance the reputation for cutting-edge styling that has been achieved under the guidance of Peter Schreyer, the one-time Audi styling chief, who has worked magic for a brand one known for bland and forgettable econoboxes. (more…)

Kia Proceed Concept Could Trigger Love Affair With Wagons Again

Oops, make that “extended hatches.”

by on Sep.07, 2017

Kia's Proceed Concept, which will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, is the latest of an onslaught of station wagons.

Depending upon where you live you might be tempted to call it a “shooting brake,” a “carryall,” a “depot car,” or even an “estate car.” For its part, Kia is calling the Proceed Concept its bringing to the Frankfurt Motor Show next month an “extended hatchback.” For our part we’d dub it a “station wagon,” and a stunning one, at that.

Kia isn’t saying exactly what it has in mind for the concept vehicle, whether it will replace or supplement a line of hatchbacks it has offered in Europe under names like the Cee’d and Procee’d. And, sadly, it is not revealing whether there might just be an opportunity to bring the Proceed Concept to the United States where the once popular wagon body style seems to finally be regaining a market toehold.

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Like the new Kia Stinger, the Proceed is the sort of vehicle that will further enhance the reputation for cutting-edge styling for a brand that, barely a decade ago, was more commonly seen as the maker of boring econoboxes. (more…)

Baby, Kia Has a Turbocharged Soul

Newborn hamster helps push third Soul model.

by on Jun.30, 2017

Baby Turbo can't wait to check out the new turbocharged Kia Soul Exclaim in the latest hamster ad.

They’re back. The Kia hamsters have returned in the latest in an ongoing series of promotions for the Kia Soul. And they’ve got a new baby to help celebrate Kia’s new baby: the long-awaited Soul Turbo.

The track-suited rodents probably should have taken the advice of W.C. Fields, who said one should never work with children. In this case, it’s a brand new baby who escapes the maternity ward to check out the new car – all to the sounds of Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades.”

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As to the 2018 Kia Soul, it’s the higher-performance model everyone seems to have been asking for since the first version of the ungainly yet appealing crossover first appeared in 2009. It punches out a reasonable, if not exactly tire-squealing 201-horsepower from its turbo four, with buyers offered either a manual or automatic transmission.

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Hyundai Motor America Recalling 600,000 Vehicles

Problems with hood latches, warning lights force action.

by on Jun.08, 2017

Both Santa Fe and Sport are being recalled due to a faulty hood latch cable.

Hyundai announced it will recall nearly 600,000 vehicles by the end of June to resolve two separate issues: faulty hood latches and parking brake warning lights.

Both recalls will begin June 30.

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The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration said the company 437,400 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport crossovers due to a faulty cable for the secondary hood latch. The cable may corrode and prevent the hood from latching. (more…)

Kia Gets Stonic With its New, Subcompact Crossover

Korean carmaker’s answer to Hyundai Kona set for sale in late 2017.

by on Jun.07, 2017

Kia sketches out plans for its entry into the subcompact SUV segment with new Stonic.

Even before we had a chance to check out the three renderings of Kia’s new subcompact crossover, the Korean carmaker’s press release got our minds working overtime. What exactly is a “Stonic”? What could it be trying to convey with that curious name – and how might it resonate with consumers.

“Strong” and “Supersonic,” perhaps, or “Speedy” and “Bionic”? Well, we were getting warm. The name actually blends the words “Speedy” and “Tonic,” it turns out. And, if nothing else, we’re betting Kia’s legal team likes it because it’s likely not going to conflict with any existing trademarks anywhere in the world.

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The Kia Stonic appears to be the smaller Korean carmaker’s answer to bigger sibling Hyundai’s new Kona – of which we got a pair of teaser images just a few days ago. Both models are believed to share the same, underlying platform as the redesigned Hyundai Accent coming out later this year.

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First Drive: 2017 Kia Soul EV

Zippy performance overrides limited range.

by on May.25, 2017

The 2017 Kia Soul EV provides plenty of oomph to get around town while keeping its popular exterior design.

Driving a pure battery electric vehicle in the heartland can be a challenge.

But after a spending a week with the 2017 Kia Soul in around and around Detroit, I found it could be done with a little bit of planning and forethought.

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For starters, I enjoyed driving the Kia Soul. The electric motor is fitted into the shape of the gasoline version of the Kia Soul, which has become popular in recent years and is consistently one of the South Korean-brands most popular and best-selling models. (more…)

Kia Spices Up 2018 Rio with New Design, Updated Engine

Next-gen models make U.S. debut.

by on Apr.12, 2017

The 2018 Kia Rio gets an updated exterior and engine for the new model.

Kia’s fifth generation Rio is everything you want the next version of a vehicle be: bigger, better, faster, smarter and better on gas.

The new South Korean maker’s new subcompact for 2018 gets a new-look exterior that centers on a longer vehicle and a new take on the company’s well-known tiger-nose grille as well as an improved powerplant and an influx of infotainment and safety technology.

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The company rolled out the sedan and five-door at the New York International Auto Show to make their U.S. debut. The value-based subcompact hits dealer showrooms later this year, executives said. (more…)

Hyundai, Kia Recall 1.4M Vehicles Due to Stalling Engines

Debris in the engine can restrict oil flow.

by on Apr.07, 2017

Hyundai and Kia are recalling more than 1.4 million vehicles, including 2013-2014 Santa Fe models.

Hyundai and Kia are recalling more than 1.4 million cars and SUVs in the U.S., Canada and South Korea because the engines in the vehicles may stall, creating a potentially dangerous situation for drivers.

The effort includes some of the automakers’ most popular models including 2013 and 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUVs and Sonata midsize cars. Also covered are 2011-2014 Kia Optima, Kia Sportage from 2011-2013 and Kia Sorento 2012-2014.

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The South Korean recall includes Hyundai’s Grandeur and Sonata sedans and Kia’s K5, K7 and Sportage with engines produced from 2009-2013. (more…)

Hyundai Belatedly Plugging In

Korean maker planning array of plug-ins, EVs and FCVs for Hyundai, Kia, Genesis brands.

by on Mar.31, 2017

Hyundai will roll out its first EV, the Ioniq Electric, next month, but plans a wave of new EVs.

Slow to charge into the electric vehicle market, Hyundai Motor Co. is about to get charged up, with an assortment of electrified models set to debut for the Hyundai and Kia brands, as well as the new Genesis luxury marque.

The three brands will add a number of new battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. Hyundai also plans to launch an all-new fuel-cell SUV model next year that, it claims, will offer greater range than any hydrogen car now on the market.

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Hyundai has been slow to enter the electric vehicle market and is now racing to catch up. Key to its new program will be an all-new platform specifically dedicated to battery-based vehicles, the automaker said this week.

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