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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 Teases New Multi-Purpose Vehicle

Replacement for Sedona due to debut at NY Auto Show.

by on Apr.03, 2014

Kia teases the replacement for its all-but-forgotten Sedona minivan, due to debut in NY this month.

With less than two weeks left before the New York Auto Show’s annual media preview begins our e-mailbox is suddenly getting flooded with news about new production models – and a raft of concept vehicles that could offer a hint of models to come.

Among the planned debuts, expect to see a new “midsize multi-purpose vehicle” from Kia, apparently a more acceptable alternative to the oft-derided term, minivan.

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The Korean carmaker isn’t saying much, issuing little more than this teaser image and a terse release that suggests, “This global debut will challenge the segment and will offer the functionality to transport as many as eight passengers and their belongings while also serving as a purposeful offering for adventure seekers.” (more…)

Kia’s New Luxury Flagship Slow-Rolling into Dealers

Just 30% of dealers eligible to sell the new K900.

by on Feb.28, 2014

Kia is counting on the K900 to help reshape the maker's image among luxury buyers.

When Kia announced it was bringing the K900 to the to the market it wanted its new luxury flagship sedan to be seen on the same lofty level as a S-Class Mercedes or 7-Series BMW, including the dealership experience.

Well, some of the dealers are having some difficulty making the grade. In fact, according to an Edmunds.com report, only 30% of Kia dealers will be eligible to sell the K900 when it his showrooms in a few weeks.

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Dealers wanting to sell the new marque ponied up $30,000 for specialized training and showroom display upgrades. The training is aimed at helping sales staffers relate all of the high-end features available on the new car: features not available on other Kia products. (more…)

Kia Charges Up Optima Hybrid

Battery-based offering belatedly catches up.

by on Feb.07, 2014

Kia's Michael Sprague shows Chicago Auto Show attendees the newly updated Kia Optima Hybrid.

When Kia announced a mid-cycle refresh of its midsize Optima sedan for 2014, something was clearly missing. For reasons that went unexplained, the hybrid-electric version of the four-door maintained the old Optima styling.

The maker will finally correct that omission, previewing a late-entry 2014 Optima Hybrid this week at the Chicago Auto Show. But for those who were hoping to see Kia upgrade the underlying hybrid technology, well, that’s not in the cards for the moment.

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The basic update matches the tweaks given the mainstream Optima model, though there are some specific details designed for the Hybrid to help improve aerodynamics and allow it to alert viewers that it’s a green machine. (more…)

Kia Niro Concept Hints at Possible Urban Hybrid Vehicle

Show car features electric all-wheel-drive system.

by on Feb.06, 2014

The Kia Niro Concept uses a new B-segment platform likely to soon show up in production.

While a teaser image of the new Kia Niro suggests the show car is capable of doing some serious off-roading, the Korean maker is really exploring the possibilities of a “cutting-edge urban hybrid vehicle.”

Making its debut at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, the prototype “hints at” something Kia clearly has under development, a small, high-mileage crossover that would target younger, environmentally minded buyers living in urban environments much like the Windy City.

The goal is to come up with something that has more attitude and a more fun-to-drive feel than the typically stodgy hybrids of today that seem focused only on maximizing mileage.

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“Ten years ago people wanted understated style in the SUV market, but increasingly, as more people migrate to the B-segment, they are looking for strong character and individuality,” said Gregory Guillaume, Chief Designer at Kia’s Frankfurt, Germany-based Design Center Europe which developed the Niro concept.

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Kia Joins Battery Brigade With New Soul EV

Limited sales begin later this year.

by on Feb.06, 2014

Kia's first battery-car, the Soul EV, goes on sale during the third quarter, but only in a handful of markets.

Korean carmaker Kia is the latest to plug-into the growing market for battery-electric vehicles, introducing the all-new 2015 Kia Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show.

The Soul is one of three battery-based models Kia is showing at this year’s event in the Windy City, the maker also rolling out an updated version of its Optima Hybrid sedan, as well as the new Niro Hybrid Concept.

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Most major automakers have, or soon plan to add plug-based vehicles to their U.S. model lines – at least in part due to the strict new Zero-Emission Vehicle, or ZEV standards going into effect in California and a handful of other states.  But while sales have fallen well short of proponents’ expectations, plug-in hybrids and pure battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs, generated just short of 100,000 sales last year, an all-time record.

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It’s All in the Concept: Show Cars Pack Them in at NAIAS

But what you see might soon be what you get.

by on Jan.16, 2014

Kia's GT4 Stinger Concept was developed in a bid to enhance the Korean carmaker's image.

It’s all in the concept – at least for many automotive show-goers who can’t wait to check out the latest concept vehicles that are on display at this year’s North American International Auto Show.

Nearly a dozen new ones are making their debut this year.  Some, like the new Toyota FT-1, are pure fantasy, designed to stretch the minds of automotive designers and the public alike.  Others, like the Acura TLX Concept, are thinly disguised production vehicles that will reach showrooms in a matter of months.

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“They’re one of the best reasons to come to a show like this,” said Charlie Vogelheim, a California journalist who stuck around after the official NAIAS Media Days this week to get a second, more casual peek at some of the vehicles making their debut in Detroit.

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Carmakers Connect at CES

An overview of the event's automotive high-tech news.

by on Jan.08, 2014

BMW's Autonomous 6-Series shows its stuff at CES.

While the Detroit Auto Show has traditionally been the New Year’s kickoff for the automotive industry, the annual Consumer Electronics Show has increasingly upended that role, this year eight different manufacturers trumpeting their presence in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, hoping to connect with a new audience.

This year’s CES saw brands like Audi, Chevrolet, Toyota and Kia cover a wide spectrum of high-tech topics, from advanced lighting to in-car entertainment, as well as what has become one of the most talked-about technologies in some time: autonomous driving.

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Audi even crossed the Atlantic Ocean with some 30 European journalists to present their news ahead of the Detroit auto show, while Mercedes and BMW also brought representatives of the automotive media to Las Vegas. Those, who have never attended CES were taken aback by the size of the largest trade show in Las Vegas, one that hosts 3,200 exhibitors who distribute some 20,000 new products. They will likely never complain of crowded car shows anymore.

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Kia Displays Latest Electronic Innovations at CES

User-Centered Device gives info in 3-D display.

by on Jan.07, 2014

Kia's User-Centered Device (UCD) uses a wide-screen, head-up display to give drivers information such as speed, navigation or traffic information.

Kia continues to find ways to grow its customer base whether its with pricing, improved quality and now it’s looking toward interactive technologies to differentiate the company and its vehicles from the pack.

The Korean maker showed a couple of concepts at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that can be used with its UVO system. The first is a User-Centered Device (UCD). The UCD uses a wide-screen, head-up display to give drivers information such as speed, navigation or traffic information across 18 inches above the instrument cluster. It’s joined by a 12.3-inch TFT-LCD display that provides the data in 3-D.

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Additionally, the system charges mobile devices wirelessly and uses hand-gesture recognition for additional information. (more…)