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Brands related to this company: Hyundai, Kia, Genesis

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Kia's 'hedgehog' B-SUV makes its UK debut

17 October 2017

So, someone asked someone from Kia: "Where did the name Stonic come from?" Before the official answer, came the media comedian: "Stonic the hedgehog." Official answer: "It's a made-up name." Hence I will never look at a Stonic again without thinking 'hedgehog' but it would not be a bad nickname for a cute little car that is Kia's first lob into the growing B-SUV segment.


Picanto 1.0-litre and Kia's plans for A segment

7 August 2017

Known as the Morning in the country of its manufacture, the Picanto is one of Kia Motors Europe's best sellers. As an import from South Korea it won't ever be the regional segment's number one against the likes of the built-in-Europe VW up! and Fiat Panda. That doesn't mean that the new shape model isn't as good as these two or other A segment hatchbacks.


Are three cylinders enough for the Hyundai i30?

26 June 2017

It’s been six months since series production of the new i30 started in Europe. Hyundai’s regional sales performance reflects the arrival of this fresh C segment hatchback, ACEA data showing an 8.2 per cent rise in May when the market rose by 7.6 per cent.


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.

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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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LA AUTO SHOW - Porsche 718 GTS world debuts

18 October 2017

Another two motor show world premieres for the 2017 LA auto show have been named: the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS.


CES 2018 - First world debuts announced

17 October 2017

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will host multiple car, concept and automotive technology world premieres. Fisker, Future Mobility Corporation, Hyundai and Rinspeed have announced their debuts.


South Korean domestic sales jump 20% in September

11 October 2017

Domestic sales by South Korea's five mainstream automakers combined jumped by over 20% to 133,551 units in September from weak year earlier volume of 111,159 units, according to preliminary data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.


just-auto Plus only Kia Design China appoints new head

11 October 2017

Kia Motors has appointed prominent car designer Oleg Son, 56, as head of Kia Design China leading the brand’s design activities in China and strengthening its design capability in the rapidly expanding Chinese market. Son will be based in Shanghai as...


just-auto Plus only Hyundai sells 400,995 units globally in September

11 October 2017

Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea's largest automaker, announced its global sales results for September 2017, recording a total of 400,995 units sold. Overseas sales decreased by 1.3% year-over-year, posting 341,281 units despite a 45.8% increase in...


Hyundai develops new rear occupant alert system

5 October 2017

Hyundai Motor has showcased a Rear Occupant Alert system ahead of launch in 2019.


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors US sales up 6.6% in September 2017

5 October 2017

Kia Motors America (KMA) announced best-ever September sales of 52,468 vehicles, up 6.6% over the same period last year. The brand's first monthly sales record of the year included: The highest September sales total in company history for the Forte...


just-auto Plus only Hyundai Motor America sales up 14% in September

4 October 2017

Hyundai Motor America reported September sales of Hyundai and Genesis branded vehicles of 57,007 units, a 14% decline compared with the company's best all-time September in 2016. CUV sales continue to grow with both Tucson and Santa Fe up compared with a...


Hyundai Motor opens 'Big Data Centre' in China

26 September 2017

Hyundai Motor has opened its first global Big Data Centre (BDC) in Guizhou Province, China, which it says will 'gather and analyse massive volumes of data collected from the company's connected cars'.


Iranian customs hold up 15,000 new imported cars

19 September 2017

Some 15,000 cars are held up at customs in Iran for regulatory reasons, according to a local media report.


Iranian car output up 22% in five months

19 September 2017

Fresh data on Iranian car production showed a 21.8% growth during the first five months of the current fiscal year that started in March, a local report said.


Hyundai Motor America names new president and CEO

18 September 2017

Hyundai Motor America has named Kyung Soo Lee as president and CEO effective today (18 September).


Kia appoints new styling chief

14 September 2017

Kia Motors has named Pierre Leclercq as its new Head of Styling. Based at Kia’s design headquarters in Namyang, Korea, Kia says Leclercq’s appointment will accelerate the establishment of a consistent design DNA across the expanding Kia model range.


2017 Frankfurt motor show - all the world debuts

13 September 2017

All the world premieres from the 2017 Frankfurt IAA are listed below. The most important production models making their motor show debuts were the Volkswagen Polo and Volkswagen T-Roc, Porsche Cayenne, Opel Grandland X, Škoda Karoq and SEAT Arona.


FRANKFURT - Kia tops rivals for IAA debuts

12 September 2017

One of the most satisfied car chiefs at the Frankfurt IAA must be Michael Cole, chief operating officer of Kia Motors Europe. His list of vehicle introductions was longer than most of his rivals' entire model ranges.


Hyundai, Kia close US plants due to hurricane Irma

12 September 2017

Hyundai and Kia announced the temporary closure of their vehicle assembly plants located in the south-eastern US, to minimise any damage from hurricane Irma.


Hyundai appoints new China CEO

7 September 2017

Hyundai Motor has appointed a new head of China operations in the hope of turning around its fortunes in the world's largest vehicle market.


just-auto Plus only ANCAP scores Mazda CX-5/Mercedes C-Class five star

7 September 2017

Three new safety ratings covering a range of vehicle segments have today been published by independent safety authority, ANCAP. The Mazda CX-5 which was released into the Australasian market in April has carried through the brand’s safety commitment...


just-auto Plus only Hyundai joins Technion/KAIST over future mobility

6 September 2017

Hyundai Motor has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) to conduct joint R&D projects around future mobility technologies. The company and...


Hyundai Motor hit by further disruption in China

5 September 2017

Hyundai Motor in China has been further hit by the disruption of parts supply due to a dispute with a supplier over payment.


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors America sells 53,323 vehicles in August

5 September 2017

Kia Motors America (KMA) announced August sales of 53,323 vehicles, led by the Forte Family of compact cars with 10,693 units sold, marking the best-ever August performance for the Forte nameplate. Rio: August 2017 - 1,643 units; August 2016 - 3,325 units;...


just-auto Plus only Hyundai US sales dip 25% in August 2017

4 September 2017

Hyundai Motor America reported August sales of Hyundai and Genesis branded vehicles of 54,310 units, a 25% decline compared with the company's best all-time August in 2016. The monthly sales decline continues to be attributed to a substantial reduction in...


just-auto Plus only New Hyundai Sonata earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+

1 September 2017

In one of the industry's most demanding vehicle tests, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata earned the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety's highest accolade for safety, receiving a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award when equipped with optional front crash prevention...


Hyundai resumes China operations

31 August 2017

Hyundai Motor has said it has resumed vehicle production in China after it was forced to shut down its operations because local component manufacturers had stopped deliveries over payment arrears.


2017 CHENGDU SHOW - world premieres [updated]

30 August 2017

The following concepts and production vehicles were world debuts at CDMS 2017, the 20th Chengdu motor show. This list has now been updated with Qoros' premieres.


just-auto Plus only Hyundai US appoints communications group manager

29 August 2017

The communications team at Hyundai Motor America has added Hyundai veteran Brandon Ramirez as the senior group manager of Product Communications. In this role, Brandon is responsible for communicating the attributes of Hyundai's entire product lineup to...


just-auto Plus only Hyundai names new product public relations manager

25 August 2017

Hyundai Motor America named Michele Tinson manager of Midwest product public relations. Tinson is responsible for furthering Hyundai's presence and products in the Midwest and will be responsible for ride and drive events, product launches, press...


just-auto Plus only Hyundai India launches next gen Verna

25 August 2017

Hyundai Motor India, the country’s second largest car manufacturer and leading passenger car exporter, launched the much-awaited 5th Generation Super Performer Brand - The Next Gen ‘Verna’. With over 8.8m customers in 66 countries....


Hyundai Santa Cruz pick-up will be built

23 August 2017

An executive with Hyundai Motor America has stated in an interview that the division will gain a pick-up truck. This ends speculation which has been rife ever since the company developed the Santa Cruz, a concept which debuted at the 2015 Detroit auto show.


just-auto Plus only New 2018 Kia Sorento earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+

23 August 2017

The 2018 Kia Sorento, a midsize SUV, qualifies for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick+ award, thanks to the newly available acceptable-rated headlights. The 2017 Sorento qualified for the Top Safety Pick award but fell short of...

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LA AUTO SHOW - Porsche 718 GTS world debuts

18 October 2017

Another two motor show world premieres for the 2017 LA auto show have been named: the Porsche 718...


Kia's 'hedgehog' B-SUV makes its UK debut

17 October 2017

So, someone asked someone from Kia: "Where did the name Stonic come from?" Before the official an...


CES 2018 - First world debuts announced

17 October 2017

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will host multiple car, concept and automotive te...


South Korean domestic sales jump 20% in September

11 October 2017

Domestic sales by South Korea's five mainstream automakers combined jumped by over 20% to 133,551...


just-auto Plus only Kia Design China appoints new head

11 October 2017

Kia Motors has appointed prominent car designer Oleg Son, 56, as head of Kia Design China leading...


just-auto Plus only Hyundai sells 400,995 units globally in September

11 October 2017

Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea's largest automaker, announced its global sales results fo...



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