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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.


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.

Latest interviews


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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Paris show world debuts list - Volkswagen I.D.

28 September 2016

Volkswagen has revealed I.D. as the name of its main concept for the Paris motor show. This design study, a preview of the brand's first bespoke electric car due in 2020, is said to have a range of between 400 and 600 kilometres.


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...


Kia chief designer marks 10 years

22 September 2016

Peter Schreyer has now headed new car design at Kia for 10 years, a period during which the brand’s global sales have risen from around 1.1m cars in 2005 to 3.05m in 2015.


just-auto Plus only Kia UK August 2016 sales up 81%

14 September 2016

Kia Motors (UK) enjoyed its best-ever August sales month with 3,849 new cars delivered to customers, a massive 81% up on the same month in 2015. That took Kia to a year-to-date sales performance of 57,609, again a best-ever figure by this point in the year...


just-auto Plus only Kia August 2016 global sales rise 4.8%

12 September 2016

Kia Motors Corporation announced on 9 September, its August 2016 global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, recording a total of 224,533 units sold. This figure represents a...


Kia Motors officially opens new plant in Mexico

8 September 2016

Hyundai Motor Group's subsidiary Kia Motors has officially opened its new production facility in Mexico with a ceremony attended by over 500 people.


2016 CHENGDU SHOW - world premieres

7 September 2016

The following concepts and production vehicles were world debuts at CDMS 2016, the 19th Chengdu motor show.


Kia details 8-speed FWD automatic transmission

6 September 2016

Hyundai Motor Group's Kia Motors has revealed details of a new eight-speed automatic transmission engineered for front-wheel drive vehicles.


South Korean domestic sales fall 11% in August

5 September 2016

Domestic sales among South Korea’s five main automakers declined by 10.6% to 107,677 units in August, from 120,400 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 August 2016 sales climb 4%

5 September 2016

Kia Motors America (KMA), on 1 September 2016, announced August sales of 54,248 units, led by Soul and Optima. Sedona minivan sales more than doubled over the same period last year, and the Forte family of compact cars posted their best-ever August...


just-auto Plus only IIHS LATCH hardware evaluation shows improvement

2 September 2016

Buckling precious cargo into a late-model vehicle has gotten a bit easier in the past year, the institute's LATCH ease-of-use ratings show. IIHS launched its ratings of child seat installation hardware in vehicles in June 2015. Out of 102 vehicles rated...


just-auto Plus only Euro NCAP announces test results of four new cars

31 August 2016

The safety ratings of four new cars are published by Euro NCAP on 31 August 2016: the Kia Niro, Renault Scenic, Subaru Levorg and the Toyota Hilux.  The Renault Scenic and the Subaru Levorg, both equipped as standard with Autonomous Emergency Braking...


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...


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 news

Paris show world debuts list - Volkswagen I.D.

28 September 2016

Volkswagen has revealed I.D. as the name of its main concept for the Paris motor show. This desig...


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...


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 b...


Management briefing - Paris motor show preview

23 September 2016

This, the first of two management briefing reports concerning the 2016 Paris Mondial de l'Automob...


Kia chief designer marks 10 years

22 September 2016

Peter Schreyer has now headed new car design at Kia for 10 years, a period during which the brand...


just-auto Plus only Kia UK August 2016 sales up 81%

14 September 2016

Kia Motors (UK) enjoyed its best-ever August sales month with 3,849 new cars delivered to custome...



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