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Kia covers the B-segment bases with redesigned Rio

6 February 2017

Kia UK is covering all engine, fuel, transmission and trim bases with the launch of its fully redesigned Rio, the fourth generation of the B-segment 'supermini' to be sold here.


2018 Stinger and other future Kia models

4 January 2017

Hyundai Motor and Genesis were the the first and second of Hyundai Motor Group's divisions to be explored in a three-feature series, and now comes Kia Motors Corporation. The company has multiple future models on the horizon, including Project CK, the Stinger, a big sports hatchback which will be revealed on 9 January.


New Optima PHEV & wagon help Kia outsell Hyundai

4 November 2016

While other car makers are scaling down their model ranges in Europe’s non-premium D segment, Kia is doing the opposite. A new estate and a PHEV saloon are new additions to the Optima range. Last month, they even helped Kia to outsell Hyundai in the UK.


Back to school with Kia

21 October 2016

It is a long time since I darkened the door of any university, and then only for the odd social visit, so it was interesting to get a glimpse, courtesy of Kia, to Hyundai Motor Group's facility to see what overseas PR chief Michael Choo called the "more human side" of the automaker.

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Chief designer for Kia Motors Europe on the Optima

3 April 2017

The arrival of Kia’s fourth-generation Optima as an estate in the UK last year – along with a plug-in hybrid version - gave the Korean automaker two new opportunities to expand its business in Europe. Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed an Optima Sportswagon to take a closer look and got the inside story from Gregory Guillaume, Kia Motors’ chief designer for Europe.


Hyundai-Kia design chief's design philosophy

18 October 2016

There is a corner of the Korean auto industry which, if not forever German, is taking on an increasingly strong Teutonic influence. just-auto catches up with Hyundai-Kia design chief Peter Schreyer and his colleagues.


Why hydrogen is coming, according to Kia

3 December 2015

"In future, all energy will come as electricity." Those words are not from some environmental activist or soundbite politician, but from a senior figure within the auto industry, which perhaps makes them all the more surprising.


Kia sets its supply strategy for market aims

29 October 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.

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2017 Auto Shanghai motor show world premieres

24 April 2017

Auto Shanghai 2017 did not disappoint, with a vast number of concept, prototype and production model world debuts. The most important vehicle premiere will probably prove to be the Wuling Hong Guang S3, this being the first SUV for the number one brand in the world's largest market.


Kia to build 300k plant in India

19 April 2017

Kia Motors is close to announcing a major investment in a new vehicle assembly plant in the southern Indian state of Andra Pradesh, according to reports in India and South Korea quoting government and company sources.


Hyundai-Kia recalls 1.47m cars

10 April 2017

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors have issued a recall notice affecting around 1.47m vehicles sold in South Korea, the US and Canada due to engine problems.


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors sells 238,222 units globally in March

5 April 2017

Kia Motors Corporation announced its March 2017 global sales figures for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles, recording a total of 238,222 units sold. In March, Kia posted month-on-month sales increases in domestic Korean...


South Korean domestic sales fall 2% in March

4 April 2017

Domestic sales among South Korea’s five main automakers fell by 2% to 145,903 units in March 2017, from 148,848 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the country’s vehicle manufacturers.


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors US recalls 2017 Cadenza vehicles

4 April 2017

NHTSA campaign number: 17V190000 Manufacturer: Kia Motors America Components: Service Brakes, Hydraulic Potential number of units affected: 47 Summary Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2017 Cadenza vehicles. The brake vacuum hose on the...


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors America sells 49,429 units in March

4 April 2017

Kia Motors America announced March sales of 49,429 units, led by the Forte family of compact cars with 10,289 units sold. The month also saw sales of the all-new Niro climb to 2,704 units in the crossover’s second full month of availability. Rio:...


just-auto Plus only Kia Asian premieres Stinger at Seoul Motor Show

30 March 2017

The new Kia Stinger fastback sports sedan makes its Asian premiere at the 2017 Seoul Motor Show. Shown in a new colour and specification specially prepared for the show, the car is displayed alongside the 2011 Kia GT Concept, the vehicle which provided a...


Kia Picanto focuses on what matters to buyers

28 March 2017

When you try to say everything, in the end you say nothing - targeting the best in class everywhere does not sell cars.


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors America recalls 2017 Niro vehicles

28 March 2017

NHTSA campaign number: 17V159000 Manufacturer Kia Motors America Components Steering Potential number of units affected 135 Summary Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2017 Niro vehicles. The affected vehicles may have a damaged Motor Driven...


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors global sales down 3.6% in February 2017

10 March 2017

Kia Motors Corporation announced tits February 2017 global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles, recording a total of 206,438 units sold. In...


2017 Geneva motor show - world debuts list

8 March 2017

All the world premieres from the 2017 Geneva motor show are listed below. The most important models this year were the Range Rover Velar, Kia Picanto, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Opel Crossland X & Insignia, Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, SEAT Ibiza, Subaru XV, Volkswagen Arteon and Volvo XC60.


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors reveals four new models at Geneva show

8 March 2017

On 7 March at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Kia Motors unveils four new models. The new Kia Stinger fastback sports sedan makes its European premiere, alongside the all-new Kia Picanto city car, which makes its global debut. Advanced powertrain...


GENEVA - Kia chief remains bullish on Europe

7 March 2017

It doesn't seem to matter what obstacles are thrown in the path of Kia, the brand seemingly goes from strength to strength in Europe.


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors America sells 42,673 units in February

2 March 2017

Kia Motors America announced February sales of 42,673 units, led by the Optima midsize sedan with 8,892 units sold. The month also saw the best February sales performance in company history for the Forte family of compact cars, and 2,143 units of the all-new...


Hyundai Mobis joins Auto-ISAC

21 February 2017

Hyundai Mobis joins the global alliance for a coordinated response to cyber threats, such as hacking, in the age of connected cars and smart cars.


Kia Europe shows off redesigned Picanto

16 February 2017

Kia's redesigned Picanto city car has been unveiled ahead of its public debut at the Geneva show in March. The new, entry level tiddler will go on sale across Europe from 1 April. It made its domestic debut, as the Morning, in January.


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors sells 190,002 units globally in January

9 February 2017

Kia Motors Corporation announced its January 2017 global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles, recording a total of 190,002 units sold. In...


South Korean domestic sales flat in January

3 February 2017

Domestic sales among South Korea's five main automakers were flat at 106,210 units in January, compared with 106,281 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the country's vehicle manufacturers.


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors America sells 35,626 units in January

2 February 2017

Kia Motors America in 1 February 2017 announced January sales of 35,626 units, led by the Optima and Soul with 7,849 and 7,792 units sold, respectively. The first month of the year also marks the first retail deliveries of the all-new Niro crossover. Rio:...


Kia UK has alternatives to under-siege diesel

31 January 2017

It’s not been a good 12 months for diesel. There was the VW emissions scandal in the US, followed by accusations against other carmakers in Europe, and now cities are planning to penalise diesel drivers.


Kia dealers in China seek compensation for losses

24 January 2017

Kia Motors’ Chinese dealers are demanding compensation for what they claim to be unfair business practices by the South Korean automaker’s local distributor.


Kia launches new generation Morning/Picanto

19 January 2017

Kia Motors launched a fully-revised Morning sub-compact car this week with enhanced safety features including a stronger body structure and additional safety systems.


EXCLUSIVE - Kia B-SUV to be called Stonic

13 January 2017

According to a trademark filing, 'Stonic' will be the name of a new Kia model. It is believed that this will be applied to the YB-SUV due out later in 2017.


2017 Detroit auto show - world debuts list

11 January 2017

All the world premieres from the 2017 North American International Auto Show are listed below. The most important models this year were of course the ninth generation Toyota Camry, which will also be the first vehicle using the (TN)GA-K architecture to be manufactured in the US; and the updated Ford F-150 which gains fresh engines, including a diesel.


just-auto Plus only Kia UK 2016 annual sales rise 13.8%

10 January 2017

Kia Motors (UK) set yet another new record in 2016 with sales for the year totalling 89,363 a 13.8% growth compared to 2015’s record total of 78,489. With Sportage, Picanto, cee’d, Rio and Venga continuing to lead Kia’s performance table...


just-auto Plus only Kia UK names its new sales director

10 January 2017

Kia Motors (UK) has appointed Steve Hicks to the role of sales director at the company’s head office in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. Leading a team of 73, Steve will oversee all sales channels including retail, fleet and new and used cars through the 187...


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors global 2016 sales up 3.2%

10 January 2017

Kia Motors Corporation announced on 6 January, 2017, its full-year 2016 global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles, recording a total of 3,007,976...


just-auto Plus only Kia America 2016 annual sales up 3.5%

5 January 2017

Capping off an historic year that saw the Kia brand collect more third-party awards and accolades for quality and reliability than ever before, Kia Motors America (KMA), on 4 January, 2016, announced all-time best annual sales of 647,598 vehicles in 2016, up...


Kia marks a decade of production in Slovakia

20 December 2016

Kia Motors has marked the tenth anniversary of production in Europe, with more than 2.5m vehicles and 3.8m engines coming off production lines at the automaker's Slovakia plant in Žilina.

Kia news

2017 Auto Shanghai motor show world premieres

24 April 2017

Auto Shanghai 2017 did not disappoint, with a vast number of concept, prototype and production mo...


Kia to build 300k plant in India

19 April 2017

Kia Motors is close to announcing a major investment in a new vehicle assembly plant in the south...


Hyundai-Kia recalls 1.47m cars

10 April 2017

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors have issued a recall notice affecting around 1.47m vehicles sold in...


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors sells 238,222 units globally in March

5 April 2017

Kia Motors Corporation announced its March 2017 global sales figures for passenger cars, recreati...


South Korean domestic sales fall 2% in March

4 April 2017

Domestic sales among South Korea's five main automakers fell by 2% to 145,903 units in March 2017...


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors US recalls 2017 Cadenza vehicles

4 April 2017

NHTSA campaign number: 17V190000 Manufacturer: Kia Motors America Components: Service Brakes, H...



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