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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.


Management briefing - Paris motor show preview

23 September 2016

This, the first of two management briefing reports concerning the 2016 Paris Mondial de l’Automobile, offers a sneak preview of the confirmed and likely world debut cars and concept vehicles.

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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.


Kia UK MD on how to raise brand pricing

23 July 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.

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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.


Geneva show debut - BMW, Jaguar & Opel premieres

17 January 2017

The Opel Crossland X and Jaguar XF estate will have their motor show debuts in Geneva, as will facelifts for all variants in the BMW 4 Series range.


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.


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors global sales up 9.1% in November 2016

6 December 2016

Kia Motors Corporation announced its November 2016 global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, recording a total of 283,660 units sold. This figure represents a 9.1%...


South Korean domestic sales rise 2% in November

2 December 2016

Domestic sales among South Korea’s five main automakers rose by 2.2% to 144,814 units in November, from 141,711 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 America November 2016 sales up 15.3%

2 December 2016

Kia Motors America (KMA), on 1 December, announced record November sales of 52,504 units, a 15.3% increase over the same period last year. The brand’s seventh monthly sales record of the year included: Best-ever November sales of the Forte family of...


2016 Guangzhou motor show - world premieres list

21 November 2016

The following cars, crossovers, MPVs, SUVs and concepts were world premieres at the 2016 AutoGuangzhou motor show.


just-auto Plus only All-new Kia Niro crosses 23,000 orders in Europe

18 November 2016

The new Kia Niro is proving an early sales success for Kia Motors, with more than 23,000 orders placed across Europe since the low-emissions hybrid crossover went on sale from the middle of this year. Since the start of European sales in July up to the end...


just-auto Plus only Kia announces US pricing for 2017 Cadenza

10 November 2016

Kia Motors America (KMA) on 9 November 2016 announced pricing for the all-new second-generation 2017 Cadenza full-size premium sedan. When the Cadenza arrives in dealerships later this month it will be offered in three trim levels, Premium, Technology and...


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors global sales up 4.9% in October 2016

8 November 2016

Kia Motors Corporation announced on 7 November 2017 its October 2016 global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, recording a total of 263,854 units sold. This figure represents...


just-auto Plus only Kia America sells 48,977 units in October 2016

4 November 2016

In a month that saw Kia Motors ranked in the top five in the US auto industry for reliability in the largest independent survey of its kind, and rise five spots to become the world’s 69th most valuable brand in Interbrand’s 17th annual Best Global...


South Korean domestic sales fall 13% in October

3 November 2016

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five main automakers declined 13.3% year on year to 126,660 units in October, from 146,106 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the country’s vehicle manufacturers.


Kia Europe YTD 2016 sales grow 14.4%

24 October 2016

Kia Motors has recorded its best-ever Q3 sales in Europe, according to data released by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors September 2016 global sales up 3.5%

11 October 2016

Kia Motors Corporation announced, on 10 October 2016, its September 2016 global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, recording a total of 252,586 units sold. This figure...


Kia boosts Interbrand brand value and ranking

10 October 2016

The global value of the Kia Motors brand grew 12% over the last year, according to Interbrand's 100 'Best Global Brands.'


Valet-parking car shows Kia on track to AD by 2030

6 October 2016

Kia Motors does not expect fully autonomous cars to be on the road until 2030 and thinks social acceptance is among the issues to be overcome. Nonetheless, the Hyundai Motor Group affiliate is making good progress and can now demonstrate, albeit with some interruptions, a car that can travel along an access road and steer itself down a level to park in a designated space.


just-auto Plus only Kia UK September 2016 sales rise 10%

6 October 2016

Kia Motors (UK) limited out-performed the UK new car market with a near 10% improvement compared to September last year by delivering 15,340 new cars to customers Official figures showed Kia recorded a 9.7% improvement compared to the market’s 1.6%...


just-auto Plus only Kia America September 2016 sales rise 3%

4 October 2016

With 49,220 units sold last month, including best-ever September performances by the Forte family of compact cars and the Sportage CUV, Kia Motors America (KMA), on 3 October, 2016, announced the highest sales total through the first three quarters in company...


just-auto Plus only Kia UK recalls Sedona over bonnet latch issue

3 October 2016

Kia Motors (UK) is recalling 9,955 Sedona models built between June 2005 and April 2014 to check the operation of the vehicle’s secondary bonnet latch, which may not operate effectively if corroded. As part of Kia’s continuous safety monitoring...


2016 Paris motor show - premieres list

30 September 2016

The Audi Q5, Citroën C3, Hyundai i30, Kia Rio, Land Rover Discovery, Nissan Micra, Peugeots 3008 & 5008, Porsche Panamera, Renault Alaskan and Škoda Kodiaq were the most important production models at the 2016 Paris motor show. As for design studies and prototypes, the BMW Concept X2, Generation EQ SUV from Daimler, Lexus UX, Renault Trezor and Volkswagen I.D. were the main show stoppers. Surprisingly, the BMW 5 Series, Infiniti QX50 and a mid-life facelift for the VW Golf did not appear.


just-auto Plus only New 2017 Kia Sedona earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+

30 September 2016

The 2017 Kia Sedona qualifies for the highest award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, thanks to the addition of optional automatic braking technology. Like earlier models, the 2017 Sedona earns good ratings across the board in IIHS...


Kia Europe sees eighth year of growth - Paris show

29 September 2016

Kia Europe chief Michael Cole had plenty of reasons to be cheerful at the Paris show, his brand has seen record sales numbers every month this year making it one of the fastest growing car companies.


just-auto Plus only Kia Picanto retains five-star ANCAP rating

27 September 2016

Leading independent vehicle safety advocate, the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP), on 27 September 2016, released the results of an audit test conducted on the locally-sold Kia Picanto. The audit test revealed a higher risk of serious...


just-auto Plus only Kia UK reveals features of upgraded 2017 Carens

26 September 2016

Kia has announced details of a range of upgrades to the Kia Carens MPV. The updated Carens will be available in the UK from late 2016. The enhancements have refreshed the appearance and functionality of the Carens, bringing it up-to-date with Kia's latest...

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Kia launches new generation Morning/Picanto

19 January 2017

Kia Motors launched a fully-revised Morning sub-compact car this week with enhanced safety featur...


Geneva show debut - BMW, Jaguar & Opel premieres

17 January 2017

The Opel Crossland X and Jaguar XF estate will have their motor show debuts in Geneva, as will fa...


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 beli...


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. Th...


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....


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 he...



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