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The Week That Was - August replenishes batteries

5 August 2016

August's dog days are well and truly on us up here in the Northern hemisphere and in the soporific heat of a British summer – well OK – it's warmish – industry tends to take a well-earned break and recharge the batteries ready for an autumn which will rapidly see the Paris Motor Show loom large.


Kia eyes roadmap to automated driving

29 February 2016

As the auto industry embraces advanced technologies in connectivity and active safety, the prospect of automated driving is being brought closer. Roger Stansfield recently caught up with Kia for an update on their perspective of the road ahead.


Vehicle analysis - Kia soon to release Sportage 4G

26 January 2016

Kia is set to launch its fourth generation Sportage, which made its global debut at the 2015 Frankfurt show, across European markets in this first quarter of 2016.


Briefing - ADAS highlights at CES

18 January 2016

Among those traditional automakers taking space at this year’s consumer electronics show (CES) – and stealing much of the limelight - were Audi, BMW, Ford, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Hyundai-Kia and VW. Presentations from new names such as Faraday Future and potential disrupters Google and Apple gave the show an extra buzz. The accent was on personalisation of the driver experience via cloud connectivity, shared autonomous vehicles and even drone technology. In this month’s management briefing – the first of two parts – we draw on automakers’ plans for partial- and fully-autonomous cars to see what we can learn from it all. Our second part turns the spotlight on supplier ADAS innovations - from Autoliv to ZF TRW - that caught our eye in Vegas and Detroit over the past few weeks.

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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.


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

23 July 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.

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Kia adds Optima PHEV in Europe

26 August 2016

The European launch of the Optima Plug-in hybrid is an an important part of Kia's mission to lower the average CO2 of its range by 25% before the end of the decade. With a range of up to 33 miles in all-electric mode, the car can complete many regular urban commutes with no tailpipe emissions.


just-auto Plus only Kia UK presents the new Optima Sportswagon

26 August 2016

A stylish and spacious large estate car, the Optima Sportswagon, joins the Kia range in the UK, priced from GBP22,295 (US$29,493) on 15 September 2016. Kia's first ever D-segment estate car comes to the UK at the same time as a plug-in hybrid version of...


Paris show debuts list - Opel Ampera-e

25 August 2016

The world premiere of the Opel Ampera-e will be at the Paris motor show.


Kia readies Rio 4G for Paris show

24 August 2016

Kia's fourth-generation Rio -  a model assembled and sold widely across the world - will make its world debut on 29 September at the Paris show.


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors UK appoints new marketing director

23 August 2016

Kia Motors (UK) Limited has appointed David Hilbert, 38, as its new marketing director with effect from 1 September, 2016. Hilbert has joined Kia from Toyota (GB) where he was general manager of vehicle marketing for the last three years. Prior to that he...


BW expands transmissions business with Hyundai

15 August 2016

BorgWarner has announced that it supplies clutch modules for Hyundai’s 8-speed automatic front-wheel drive transmission.


just-auto Plus only Strattec posts sales of US$108.3m in Q4 2016

12 August 2016

Strattec Security Corporation on 11 August 2016, reported operating results for the fiscal fourth quarter and year ended 3 July 2016. Fourth quarter Net sales for the fourth quarter ended 3 July 2016 were US$108.3m, compared to net sales of $98.4m for the...


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors invests in green initiatives

12 August 2016

Kia Motors had expanded the amount of green space around its production facilities. In 2015 Kia created an additional 136,289m2 of green space around its manufacturing plants worldwide, the equivalent of 33 soccer pitches. This is a rise of 3.9% and brings the...


OEMs to beware "cultural imperialism" in China

10 August 2016

Overseas companies should be wary of establishing "cultural imperialism" in China says one prominent ex-auto CEO, as the drive to consolidating the plethora of automotive OEMs in the country looks to gather momentum.


BorgWarner supplies Hyundai VTG turbochargers

9 August 2016

BorgWarner says it is providing its latest variable turbine geometry (VTG) turbocharging technology for a wide range of Euro 6 diesel engines used for Hyundai and Kia models worldwide.


just-auto Plus only Kia July 2016 global sales up 5.4%

8 August 2016

Kia Motors Corporation announced on 5 August, its July 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 242,758 units sold....


South Korean domestic sales fall 11% in July

4 August 2016

Domestic sales among South Korea’s five main automakers declined 10.6% to 121,144 units in July, from 135,516 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 sales jumps 6.5% in July 2016

3 August 2016

Following the best first half performance in company history, Kia Motors America (KMA) on 2 August 2016, reported best-ever July sales of 59,969 units, up 6.5% over the same period last year. The brand's sixth monthly sales record in seven months...


Kia launches Niro hybrid crossover; PHEV to follow

21 July 2016

Kia is hoping to appeal to a new set of car customers with its new Niro hybrid compact crossover. Kia says it is the first to this segment and that a plug-in hybrid version will follow in 2017.


BW supplies Hyundai group hybrids' EGR valve

21 July 2016

BorgWarner has announced it is supplying compact EGR valves for the Hyundai-Kia 1.6-litre GDI Kappa petrol engines used in the recently launched Hyundai Ioniq sedan and Kia Niro crossover SUV vehicle ranges.


Kia Motors reduces environmental impact

15 July 2016

Kia Motors has made significant progress in reducing the environmental impact of its production facilities, according to the company's annual Move sustainability report.


No big market impact due to Brexit – Kia

13 July 2016

Kia Europe COO Michael Cole has told just-auto that he does not see a big market impact from Brexit and that initial indications from the company’s UK dealers show no adverse impact since the referendum result.


South Korean domestic sales jump 29% in June

4 July 2016

Domestic sales among South Korea’s five main automakers jumped by 28.7% to 161,061 units in June, from 125,173 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the country’s vehicle manufacturers.


Kia marks a year in Mexico

1 July 2016

Kia Motors Mexico has celebrated its first anniversary with the announcement it will launch the Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV) at the end of the year. This will be its first hybrid vehicle in the country.


Hyundai and Kia units consolidated in China

22 June 2016

Hyundai Motor Group has recently (re)merged separately run Hyundai and Kia units into one in China, according to a Korean report.


South Korean domestic sales jump 20% in May

6 June 2016

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five main automakers jumped by 20% to 145,815 units in May, from 121,497 units in the same month of last year, according to data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.


Kia America adds Apple CarPlay to more models

16 May 2016

Kia Motors America said the 2017 Sportage and 2016 Optima, when equipped with a compatible navigation system or UVO3, will be offered with Apple CarPlay compatibility during this second quarter of 2016.


South Korean domestic sales continue rise in April

3 May 2016

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five main automakers continued to rise in April, up 4.2% year on year to 139,617 units from 133,935, according to data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.


South Koreans' sales continue growth in March

5 April 2016

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five main automakers continued to grow strongly in March, by 11.7% to 148,848 units from 127,216 units a year earlier, according to data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.


Kia America launches UVO Luxury Services in K900

4 April 2016

Kia Motors America (KMA) has launched a new generation of its UVO infotainment and telematics system, known as UVO Luxury Services.


Kia extends Total lubricants partnership to Europe

4 April 2016

Kia Motors and Total Lubrifiants have renewed their partnership agreement for another five years with Total remaining Kia's "preferred" aftermarket lubricants supplier exclusively across a network of 5,500 dealers in 180 countries - including west European markets from 1 January, 2017.


Kia plans to enter Indian market - report

29 March 2016

Kia Motors is planning to enter the Indian car market and supply it from a new car plant in India, according to media reports in India.


Hyundai Steel starts operations in Mexico

9 March 2016

Hyundai Steel is ready to start operations at a new US$44m steel plant in Mexico this month.


Vietnam sales rise 16% in February

8 March 2016

The new vehicle market in Vietnam continued to expand in February, by over 16% to 11,168 units from 9,604 units a year ago, according to data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association.


NZ new vehicle sales continue to rise

2 March 2016

An expected slowdown in new vehicle registrations did not materialise in New Zealand which saw a record 10,313 February new vehicle registrations last month, up 4.4% year on year.

Kia news

Kia adds Optima PHEV in Europe

26 August 2016

The European launch of the Optima Plug-in hybrid is an an important part of Kia's mission to lowe...


just-auto Plus only Kia UK presents the new Optima Sportswagon

26 August 2016

A stylish and spacious large estate car, the Optima Sportswagon, joins the Kia range in the UK, p...


Paris show debuts list - Opel Ampera-e

25 August 2016

The world premiere of the Opel Ampera-e will be at the Paris motor show. Information on the ma...


Kia readies Rio 4G for Paris show

24 August 2016

Kia's fourth-generation Rio - a model assembled and sold widely across the world - will make its...


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors UK appoints new marketing director

23 August 2016

Kia Motors (UK) Limited has appointed David Hilbert, 38, as its new marketing director with effec...


BW expands transmissions business with Hyundai

15 August 2016

BorgWarner has announced that it supplies clutch modules for Hyundai's 8-speed automatic front-wh...



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