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Kia eyes Europe growth and sportier image

Roger Stansfield | 18 Sep 2015

Kia will post a seventh successive record year for sales in Europe in just over two months’ time, with every confidence that there is more to come. We received an update on Kia’s Europe strategy at Frankfurt.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Confidence, demonstrated

Graeme Roberts | 4 Sep 2015

Some of the news is just in today so, you may not have seen all of the stories yet but, after a slight rattling of investors' cages by the recent stock market shenanig..., er, 'correction' in China, this week we have seen automotive investment confidence in three key markets. From Mazda, in Russia, Daimler, in alliance with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, in Mexico and, Nissan again, right here in the UK, for Europe.

Baking Kias at 45C

Roger Stansfield | 2 Sep 2015

When you think about it, modern cars are cheap. It might not seem that way when assessing the amount of metal, plastic, glass and rubber you get for your money, but things look different when taking into account everything else involved in their creation.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Sorento 2.2D & future Kia SUVs

Glenn Brooks | 17 Aug 2015

The Sorento must surely be one of Kia Motors’ most profitable vehicles, especially in Europe. British market prices now stretch beyond the GBP40,000 mark, which arguably makes the latest model a premium brand vehicle.

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Kia sets its supply strategy for market aims

Roger Stansfield | 29 Oct 2015

When Kia opens its new factory in Mexico next year it will have all the production capacity it needs for its short- and medium-term new model plans, says the company’s vice-president of overseas marketing, Soon Nam Lee.

Kia UK MD on how to raise brand pricing

Glenn Brooks | 23 Jul 2015

In the second of a two-part Q&A, Paul Philpott reveals when Kia will launch a B-crossover, how he won't rule out one day outselling Toyota, and the secret of how a cheap cars brand became one now selling GBP40,000-plus models.

Latest News

Kia races to first manufacturing plant in Mexico

Dave Leggett | 20 Nov 2015

Kia Motors has announced the completion of construction on its first manufacturing plant in Latin America located in the municipality of Pesquería in the state of Nuevo León, Mexico. The construction took just 13 months.

Kia sets out ‘low emission cars roadmap’

Dave Leggett | 16 Nov 2015

Kia has set out a new strategy for green cars that it says will expand its green car line-up from four to 11 models by 2020. It is also aiming to improve average fuel efficiency by 25% over 2014 levels.

Kia plans new hybrid utility vehicle

Dave Leggett | 16 Nov 2015

Kia has announced its plans to introduce an all-new low emissions vehicle to its growing model line-up. It says the ‘Niro’ – labelled a Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV) – represents a new concept from the Korean car brand, and marks the development of Kia’s first dedicated eco-car platform.

Tax cut lifts China passenger vehicle sales 13%

Tony Pugliese | 12 Nov 2015

Sales of new passenger vehicles in China jumped by over 13% year on year to 1.94m units in October, lifted by a sales tax cut at the end of September, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. The data covers sales of passenger cars, SUVs and MPVs but not commercial vehicles.

Vietnam sales rise 44% in October, 58% YTD

Tony Pugliese | 10 Nov 2015

Vietnam’s new vehicle market continued to expand rapidly in October, with deliveries to dealers rising by 44% to 19,181 units from 13,324 units a year earlier according to data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association.

Hanon Systems to add Mexico plant for Kia supply

Dave Leggett | 29 Oct 2015

Hanon Systems, a provider of thermal solutions in automotive, plans to start production at a new plant in Monterrey, Mexico, to support the company's growth strategy and support major customer Kia.

Kia recalls Sorento vehicles on transmissions

Dave Leggett | 16 Oct 2015

Kia Motors America is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Kia Sorento vehicles manufactured 19 October 2009 to 31 January 2013. In the affected vehicles, if excessive force is applied to the gear shift lever, the brake-shift interlock mechanism may chip or crack allowing the transmission being able to be shifted out of 'Park' without the brakes being depressed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, 'Theft Protection.'

Vietnam sales rise 49% in September, 61% YTD

Tony Pugliese | 9 Oct 2015

Vietnam’s new vehicle market continued to steam ahead in September, with the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association reporting a rise in deliveries to dealers of almost 49% year on year to 19,256 units compared with 12,948 units a year earlier. Sales in the first nine months of the year increased by close to 61% to 144,674 units, from 90,139 units previously, reflecting continued strong economic growth - driven by buoyant domestic consumption and manufacturing investment.

Russia car market collapse continues

Dave Leggett | 8 Oct 2015

The Russian car market is continuing to decline sharply in the face of Russia's sharp economic recession. Sales of new passenger cars and LCVs in Russia decreased by 28.6 % in September 2015 to 140,867 units, according to data released by the Moscow-based AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee.

Kia expands Soul EV sales to four more US states

Graeme Roberts | 8 Oct 2015

Following the successful launch of the Soul EV late in 2014 in California, along with sales beginning in Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii earlier in 2015, Kia Motors America (KMA) has announced that it is expanding availability of its fully charged urban runabout into four new states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland, bringing the total number of states selling the Soul EV to 10.

Hyundai-Kia fined for US patent infringement

Tony Pugliese | 7 Oct 2015

Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors have been fined US$28.9m by a US court for patent infringements related to hybrid engine technology. The complaint was made by Paice LLC, a Baltimore-based technology company established in 1992 by Russian native Alexander Severinsky.

Hyundai strengthens global sales and marketing

Tony Pugliese | 14 Sep 2015

Hyundai Motor is looking to strengthen its global dealer and distribution networks in response to slowing global sales this year. Volume fell by over 2.8% to 3,143,384 units in the first eight months of the year, mostly reflecting weakening demand in emerging markets - including China and Russia.

Kia eyes 3m sales record for 2015

Roger Stansfield | 2 Sep 2015

Kia will introduce nine all-new models between now and 2018 as it seeks to continue the momentum which will this year see it break the 3m sales barrier for the first time, including a record 385,000 in Europe.

Korea domestic sales rise 15% in August

Tony Pugliese | 2 Sep 2015

Domestic sales among South Korea’s five main automakers increased by 14.6% to 120,400 units in August, from weak year-earlier sales of 105,085 units, according to data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers and compiled by just-auto.

Uber and Kia combine for driver deals in Lagos

Dave Leggett | 2 Sep 2015

E-hailing taxi company Uber is reportedly negotiating cheaper deals for new vehicles with Kia to boost its number of drivers fivefold in the Nigerian city of Lagos.

Wraps come off fourth generation Kia Sportage

Graeme Roberts | 27 Aug 2015

Hyundai Motors affiliate Kia Motors has released the first 'official' exterior images of the redesigned, fourth generation Sportage. The medium size SUV will make its global debut at the Frankfurt show on 15 September.

LG Chem to supply EV batteries to Changan Auto

Tony Pugliese | 17 Aug 2015

South Korea's LG Chem has signed agreement to supply batteries for Changan Automobile's its next generation plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles.

NEVS inks synergy deal with Dongfeng

Simon Warburton | 17 Aug 2015

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) and Dongfeng (DFM) have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to achieve what they refer to as global industrial synergies.

Vietnam sales rise 58% in July, 65% YTD

Tony Pugliese | 7 Aug 2015

New vehicle sales in Vietnam continued to surge ahead in July, with deliveries jumping by 58% to 17,688 units from 11,183 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association.

Buyers best the analysts in US July sales

Bill Cawthon | 4 Aug 2015

Americans flocked to dealer lots in July, snapping up more than 1.5m cars and trucks, an increase of 5.3% from July 2014, well above analyst forecasts.

South Korea domestic sales rise in July

Tony Pugliese | 4 Aug 2015

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five main automakers increased by 5.4% to 135,312 units in July, from 128,338 units in the same month of last year, according to data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.

Know-how crucial to current Iran suppliers: IKCO

Simon Warburton | 28 Jul 2015

Iran Khodro says the country needs "immediate" know-how in software as the very real possibility of conducting business with foreign suppliers becomes more of a reality, although it also stresses the strength of its own domestic component sector.

Latest blogs

Kia's China-only crossover

Graeme Roberts | 2 Jan 2015

We're well used to China-only models from the long-established foreign automaker players there like Volkswagen and General Motors but now even the (relative) newcomers are getting in on the act.

How to nick three new Kias

Graeme Roberts | 14 Jan 2014

A tale of Kia thievery in the papers today.

Company research

Kia Motors Corporation (000270) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

Kia Motors Corporation (000270) - Financial and Strategic SW

Kia Motors Corporation (Kia) is a Korean automobile manufacturer. It manufactures, and markets wide variety of motor vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUVs), multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs), pa...

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Kia Motors Corporation (Korea)

Kia Motors Corporation (Korea)

This report presents quick facts about Kia Motors Corporation, which is principally involved in the Manufacture and Distribution of Automobiles....

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New Cars in Colombia

New Cars in Colombia industry profile provides top-line qualitative and quantitative summary information including: market share, market size (value and volume 2009-13, and forecast to 2018). The prof...

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