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ANALYSIS - Kia Niro Hybrid and future derivatives

5 June 2017

For its first attempt at a bespoke hybrid car, Kia came up with a crossover. Even if sales are nowhere near the level of the Prius, the Niro does seem to have found itself an ever expanding pool of keen buyers.


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.

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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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IAA world debuts - Jaguar XJR575

24 July 2017

Suzuki has issued one image but no other details of the Swift Sport. The new car will have its motor show debut at the Frankfurt IAA.


Why Kia won't be building the Stonic SUV in Europe

21 July 2017

Due to the ongoing surge in sales of the Sportage, Kia Motors Europe will not manufacture the Stonic, another, albeit smaller SUV, at its Žilina plant in Slovakia.


Kia, GM Korea workers vote for strike action

21 July 2017

Workers at Kia Motors in South Korea this week voted in favour of strike action after wage negotiations with the company broke down.


just-auto Plus only New 2017 Kia Forte earns Top Safety Pick+ rating

19 July 2017

Structural improvements to the 2017 Kia Forte have boosted its performance in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap front crash test. With an optional, superior-rated front crash prevention system and available good-rated headlights,...


South Korean domestic sales fall 13% in June

4 July 2017

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five main automakers declined by 13% to 139,842 units in June from 161,062 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.


Kia June sales off over 13%

3 July 2017

Kia Motors June 2017 domestic and export sales for passenger cars, recreational vehicles and commercial vehicles fell 13.3% year on year in June to a total of 232,370 units.


Hyundai-Kia target small SUV segment

29 June 2017

Hyundai Motor launched its first sub-compact SUV in South Korea this week, as the company looks to bounce back from a disappointing first half of 2017.


Kia does RHD Stinger testing in UK ahead of launch

23 June 2017

Kia said right hand drive versions of its upcoming Stinger 'grand turismo'  have also undergone a further level of dynamic testing in the UK to optimise steering and suspension components for export markets such as the UK and Australia before the car's release.


New vehicle initial quality is best ever - JDP

22 June 2017

New vehicle quality is at its highest level ever, improving a significant 8% from last year, according to the JD Power 2017 US Initial Quality Study.


just-auto Plus only Kia presents Stonic new compact crossover

7 June 2017

Kia’s new B-segment crossover will be named ‘Stonic’. An eye-catching and confident compact crossover with true European design flair, the Stonic is inspired by the form and function of larger Kia SUVs. The name ‘Stonic’...


Hyundai-Kia sales in China plunge 65% in May

6 June 2017

Hyundai and Kia’s vehicle sales in China are reported to have dropped by a staggering 65% year-on- year in May, as a political row surrounding the deployment of the THAAD US missile shield system continues to hurt South Korean companies in China.


just-auto Plus only Kia sells 219,128 units globally in May 2017

2 June 2017

Kia Motors Corporation announced on 2 June 2017 its May 2017 global sales figures for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles, recording a total of 219,128 units sold. Kia’s bestselling model in overseas markets during May...


Hyundai Motor, ordered to recall 240,000 vehicles

12 May 2017

The South Korean government ordered Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors to recall 240,000 vehicles over safety defects reported by a whistle blower, according to a local media report.


just-auto Plus only Kia Rio/Chevrolet Onix fail Latin NCAP crash test

12 May 2017

Latin NCAP’s second round of results for 2017 were released on 11 May 2017 with a disappointing zero stars result for both the Kia Rio Sedan and Chevrolet Onix. The Chevrolet Onix is the best-selling car in Brazil and performed particularly badly in side...


POSCO opens new plant to boost auto steel sales

5 May 2017

South Korean steel maker POSCO reportedly will boost business ties with Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors after the recent opening of a new automotive steel plant in the country, company officials told the Korea Herald.


South Korean domestic sales fall 5% in April

3 May 2017

Domestic sales by South Korea's five main automakers fell by 5% to 132,675 units in April 2017, from 139,617 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the country's vehicle manufacturers.


Kia to build 300,000 unit India factory

27 April 2017

Hyundia Motor affiliate Kia Motors confirmed media reports last week with today's announcement it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the state government of Andhra Pradesh, India to build a new factory in Anantapur District.


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...

Kia news

IAA world debuts - Jaguar XJR575

24 July 2017

Suzuki has issued one image but no other details of the Swift Sport. The new car will have its mo...


Why Kia won't be building the Stonic SUV in Europe

21 July 2017

Due to the ongoing surge in sales of the Sportage, Kia Motors Europe will not manufacture the Sto...


Kia, GM Korea workers vote for strike action

21 July 2017

Workers at Kia Motors in South Korea this week voted in favour of strike action after wage negoti...


just-auto Plus only New 2017 Kia Forte earns Top Safety Pick+ rating

19 July 2017

Structural improvements to the 2017 Kia Forte have boosted its performance in the Insurance Insti...


South Korean domestic sales fall 13% in June

4 July 2017

Domestic sales by South Korea's five main automakers declined by 13% to 139,842 units in June fro...


Kia June sales off over 13%

3 July 2017

Kia Motors June 2017 domestic and export sales for passenger cars, recreational vehicles and comm...



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