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ANALYSIS - 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.


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.

Latest interviews


Chief designer for Kia Motors Europe on the Optima Sportswagon interior

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 outlines car design philosophy - Interview

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 - INTERVIEW

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 to meet market ambitions

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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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.


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 IAA 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 and 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.


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

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 Kia Motors America sells 53,323 vehicles in August 2017

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 New 2018 Kia Sorento earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating

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...


Indonesian motor show: new policies and more MPVs

14 August 2017

The Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show kicked off on Thursday at the International Convention Centre in the BSD satellite city just outside Jakarta.


South Korean domestic sales rise 8% in July

3 August 2017

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five main automakers rose by 7.8% to 130,611 units in July from 121,144 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the companies.


just-auto Plus only Latin NCAP scores Chevrolet N300 zero stars

2 August 2017

Latin NCAP’s fourth round of results for 2017 were released with a disappointing zero stars result for the passengers version of the Chevrolet N300, one star for the A segment Fiat Mobi and two stars for the Kia New Rio Sedan. The Chinese made minivan...


Alexa, what's a Kia Niro?

31 July 2017

Kia Motors America (KMA) has introduced the Niro skill for Amazon's Alexa home assistant.


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 with Kona, Stonic

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 - JD Power

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, Kia, ordered to recall 240,000 vehicles in South Korea

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 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.

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Iranian car output up 22% in five months

19 September 2017

Fresh data on Iranian car production showed a 21.8% year on year growth during the first five mon...


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 headqu...


2017 Frankfurt IAA motor show - all the world debuts

13 September 2017

All the world premieres from the 2017 Frankfurt IAA are listed below. The most important producti...


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 o...


Hyundai and 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 s...


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

7 September 2017

Three new safety ratings covering a range of vehicle segments have today been published by indepe...



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