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VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Sorento 2.2D & future Kia SUVs

The Sorento must surely be one of Kia Motors’ most profitable vehicles, especially in Europe. British market prices now stretch beyond the G...

ANALYSIS: Kia 'thinks globally, acts locally'

One of the major reasons for Kia's phenomenal rise in recent years is its ability to produce specific models in and for the markets where th...


ANALYSIS: Kia 'thinks globally, acts locally'

Roger Stansfield | 29 Jul 2015

One of the major reasons for Kia's phenomenal rise in recent years is its ability to produce specific models in and for the markets where they are sold. It's a 'think globally, act locally' approach.


ANALYSIS: MY2015 Rio & future Kia models

Glenn Brooks | 8 Jul 2015

In South Korea it's always been the Pride, in China it's the K2, while in Europe and the Americas, Kia's B-hatchback is called Rio. The recently updated model is a solid cornerstone for its maker's future small car ambitions, worldwide.


Briefing: Active safety systems

Matthew Beecham | 25 Jun 2015

Driver assistance systems use a combination of warnings and some degree of active intervention to help steer the driver away from trouble. Although the accent is on giving assistance to the driver rather than take control away, motorists are still wary about cars that supposedly drive themselves. While active intervention clearly holds many possibilities, it is also fraught with difficulty. Matthew Beecham considers the stage we have reached with three advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), rearview cameras, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems and head-up displays (HUDs) in cars. This second instalment considers AEB and HUDs.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of start-stop engines

Matthew Beecham | 17 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews the blossoming market for start-stop applications and some implications for batteries and lubricants.

Latest Interviews

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.


Q&A: Kia MD sees 100,000 sales in UK

Glenn Brooks | 23 Jul 2015

There years ago this month Paul Philpott became the managing director of Kia Motors for the UK and Ireland. This followed a stint at Kia Motors Europe (KME) in Frankfurt and prior to that, senior roles at Ford of Britain and Toyota GB.

Latest News

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.


UK: Kia is “ready for a [global] sports car" - MD

Glenn Brooks | 23 Jul 2015

Kia UK’s MD Paul Philpott has told just-auto that the brand is “ready for a sports car” but that such a vehicle “has to work globally”.


Hyundai's Kia sets sales records in 2015

Graeme Roberts | 16 Jul 2015

Kia Motors Europe said it achieved record quarterly and half-year 2015 sales with year on year growth rising to 7.6%, according to the latest ACEA data (from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association).


Hyundai-Kia cuts global sales forecasts

Tony Pugliese | 14 Jul 2015

Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors have reduced their internal global sales forecasts for 2015 by up to 10%, according to local reports.


China vehicle sales decline 2.3% in June

Tony Pugliese | 13 Jul 2015

New vehicle sales in China fell by 2.3% to 1,803,000 units in June, from 1,845,800 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).


Korea domestic sales jump 11% in June

Tony Pugliese | 6 Jul 2015

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five main automakers jumped 11.5% year on year to 135,218 units in June, from 121,221 units in the same month last year, according to data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers and compiled by just-auto.


SUVs continue driving US sales growth

Bill Cawthon | 2 Jul 2015

June was another good month for the auto industry as US light vehicle sales continued to grow.


Kia US recalls 7,722 Sportages

Graeme Roberts | 2 Jul 2015

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling 7,722 2011 Sportage vehicles made from 7 March to 8 June 2011 for a switch check.


Kia approaches 15m exports

Graeme Roberts | 18 Jun 2015

Hyundai Motor affiliate Kia Motors has announced that it expects to reach the 15 millionth cumulative export (from South Korea factories) milestone later this month.


Kia Mexico details launch plans

Graeme Roberts | 10 Jun 2015

The Hyundai Motor affiliate has officially launched the Kia brand in Mexico.


Kia won't share $1bn Mexico plant with Hyundai

Graeme Roberts | 9 Jun 2015

Kia Motors does not plan to share its upcoming Mexico plant with parent Hyundai Motor.


US May light vehicle sales set all time record

Bill Cawthon | 3 Jun 2015

It seems American new vehicle buyers went out of their way to confound the analysts in May.


Hyundai Motor hails Blatter resignation

Simon Warburton | 3 Jun 2015

Hyundai Motor is welcoming last night's (2 June) dramatic decision by FIFA president, Sepp Blatter to resign his presidency of the body responsible for global football as the drama surrounding the Switzerland-based association continues to unfold.


BMW to start X4 Kaliningrad build with Avtotor

Simon Warburton | 2 Jun 2015

BMW says it is to start assembling X4 models in Kaliningrad in partnership with Avtotor.


South Korea domestic sales rise 0.7% in May

Tony Pugliese | 2 Jun 2015

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five main automakers increased just 0.7% to 121,497 units in May, compared with 120,644 units in the same month of last year, according to data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers compiled by just-auto.


Hyundai "extremely concerned" by FIFA crisis

Simon Warburton | 28 May 2015

Hyundai has added its voice to the weight of concern surrounding the crisis currently engulfing FIFA as world football's governing body faces arguably its greatest challenge ever.


Magna supplies AWD system to new Kia Sorento

Dave Leggett | 19 May 2015

Magna has said that it is supplying its 'intelligent Dynamax' all-wheel drive coupling on a global basis to power the all-wheel-drive (AWD) system of the all-new Kia Sorento.

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

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Kia Motors Corporation (Korea)

Kia Motors Corporation (Korea)

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