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Kia Cranks Up the Attitude for SEMA Show

Make brings hopped up Stinger GTs and Cadenza to show.

by on Nov.01, 2017

The Kia Stinger GT Federation gets creamy orange exterior to highlight its high-performance add-ons.

Kia made a splash at SEMA this week by rolling out three modified vehicles aimed at giving attendees a thrill and a new perspective on the South Korean brand.

The unveiled two Stinger concepts and a Cadenza that revealed just what one can do with the new model – the Stinger was just introduced for 2018 – and the faithful standby, the Cadenza.

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The company’s Stinger GT Federation is outfitted with parts and accessories from leading aftermarket suppliers, and marks Kia’s foray into making high-performance aftermarket parts available for purchase after a vehicle has been launched.  (more…)

First Drive: 2018 Kia Stinger GT

Sometimes it feels good to get stung.

by on Oct.09, 2017

The 2018 Kia Stinger GT features a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 pushing the rear or all four wheels.

It was a formidable line-up baking there in the Mojave Desert sun: an assortment of Audis, BMWs, Lexus (Lexii?) and, perhaps most intimidating of all, a Porsche Panamera. But we hadn’t driven out to the California badlands for a shoot-out among traditional luxury brands. Across the tarmac, poised like the new sheriff in town: a line-up of new Kia Stinger GTs sat waiting to challenge the established order.

Kia? Really? Yep, really. The brand, long known for its no-frills subcompacts, has made some surprising strides in recent years with larger, more lavish offerings like the Optima sedan and Sorrento SUV. It’s even tried its hand in the luxury market with the full-size K900 sedan. Kia has already kicked sand in the faces of some of the industry’s most exclusive brands, handily topping the charts in a series of recent quality and customer satisfaction surveys.

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And if any new model reveals what Kia’s plans for the future might be, it is certainly the new Stinger. First shown in concept form at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the five-door hatchback will be rolling into U.S. showrooms in the coming weeks with only the most modest of changes.

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First Drive: 2018 Kia Rio

Nothing to be embarrassed about here.

by on Oct.02, 2017

Kia's latest generation of the Rio reveals how far the automaker's come since arriving in the U.S. more than two decades ago.

We all have stages of life that we regret. Usually, most of us face up to that at a high school reunion, when embarrassing stories reappear to remind us of how far we’ve come. It’s no different for automakers. Some won’t admit those little embarrassments, but others will.

“We’re very honest about our past,” said James Bell, director of communications for Kia Motors America. “This company recognizes that at one point, a little less of a reputation was something that was deserved. But we’re moving past that.”

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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…)