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2019 New York auto show - list of world premieres

18 April 2019

The media preview of the 2019 New York International Auto Show took place on 17 April: just-auto lists all the world debuts below.


Auto Shanghai 2019 - world premieres list

17 April 2019

Auto Shanghai took place across 12 halls, each of which has two levels, with total floor space of 360,000 square metres quoted by the organiser. There were 136 scheduled press conferences on 16 and 17 April plus multiple events which took place in the days (and weeks) beforehand as OEMs attempted to have their brands' voices heard in the welter of announcements.


Europe - Kia poised to outsell Hyundai

17 April 2019

Europe looks set to soon become the world's first region in which Kia is more successful than Hyundai. This is one of the many trends visible in ACEA's passenger vehicle registrations data for Q1 which also show an overall 3.3% decline for the quarter.


ANALYSIS - Kia future models

2 April 2019

Kia Motors might be the official number two brand in the Hyundai Motor Group empire yet it doesn't always behave that way, outselling Hyundai in many countries and gaining on the H-logo brand in others.

Latest interviews


GENEVA INTERVIEW - Kia Motors Europe's Michael Cole

6 March 2018

Kia Motors Europe is cautiously optimistic that it can break through the 500,000 sales barrier this year with numbers already running 6% ahead of last year which ended with 472,000 sales.


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.

Latest news


Hyundai-Kia mobile app controls EV customisation

23 April 2019

Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors have jointly developed a claimed world first: mobile-based tuning technology for electric vehicles (EVs).


Shanghai debut for China-only Kia K3 and PHEV

16 April 2019

Kia Motors' Chinese venture, Dongfeng Yueda Kia Motors (DYK), revealed the new K3 and K3 Plug-in Hybrid at Auto Shanghai 2019.


South Korean sales fall in March, rise YTD

2 April 2019

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five largest automakers declined by 0.8% to 138,288 units in March from 139,432 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.


Kia UK expanding import centre

25 March 2019

Kia Motors (UK) has announced a deal to create additional storage capacity at its UK import and distribution centre in Stallingborough, North Lincolnshire.


just-auto Plus only Hyundai and Kia invest in Ola to develop unique fleet and mobility solutions in India

21 March 2019

Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) and Ola ? one of the world’s largest ride-hailing platforms ? announced a strategic partnership under which Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) and Kia Motors Corporation (Kia) will make their biggest combined investment to...


just-auto Plus only NHTSA and IIHS reports on AEB equipped by automakers

14 March 2019

Ten automakers report equipping more than half of the vehicles they produced between 1 September 2017, and 31 August 2018, with automatic emergency braking (AEB), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for...


South Korea deregulates LPG car segment

13 March 2019

South Korea enacted legislation this week which allows private motorists to buy vehicles powered by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), in response to rising environmental concerns in the country.


Kia considers plant closures in China

11 March 2019

Kia Motors revealed at the weekend it was considering closing one of its main vehicle assembly plants in China in response to weak local demand.


South Korean sales fall 1% in February, +2% YTD

5 March 2019

Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers declined by 1.1% to 104,307 units in February from 105,432 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.


GENEVA - Political headwinds dampen sales growth hopes

5 March 2019

Political headwinds across Europe are dampening any hopes of growth in vehicle sales this year.


Hyundai-Kia to fit black boxes, develops app key

4 March 2019

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors announced jointly all future vehicles will come with built-in video recording systems, more commonly referred to as black boxes.


Hyundai-Kia recall 533,000 vehicles in US

4 March 2019

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors announced plans to recall around 533,000 vehicles in the US due to a risk of engine fire, according to media reports.


JLR supplier opens new Slovakia factory

26 February 2019

Shenda-owned Auria, the global supplier of vehicle acoustical and fibre-based products, has opened its new Vrable, Slovakia factory producing automotive flooring systems and decorative trim parts for Jaguar Land Rover and "other premium OEM customers".


VW, Kia, Slovakia to cut staff

29 January 2019

Volkswagen's Slovakia unit, the country’s biggest car plant and largest private sector employer, plans to reduce staff this year for the first time since the 2009 global downturn as part of an efficiency drive, a media report said.


just-auto Plus only ANCAP scores Kia Cerato S five-star rating

14 January 2019

Australasia’s independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, has completed its assessment of the Kia Cerato, awarding two separate ratings for the popular small car. A five-star ANCAP safety rating has been achieved by all variants with the exception of...


CES 2019 - Kia to show 'emotion recognition tech'

20 December 2018

Kia Motors says it will preview a range of new technologies developed for the post-autonomous driving era at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next month.


Hyundai, government to provide support for struggling suppliers

17 December 2018

Hyundai Motor has set aside KRW1.67 trillion (US$1.47bn) to support struggling small and mid sized suppliers and help strengthen research and development across its domestic supply chain, according to local reports.


South Korean sales flat in November, exports drop

3 December 2018

Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers combined rose by just 0.3% to 139,862 units in November from 140,132 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.


just-auto Plus only Hyundai-Kia announces overseas leadership appointments

30 November 2018

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation have announced leadership appointments at key overseas operations to strengthen organisational agility to adapt to a rapidly changing business environment. The appointments will take effect 1 December...


New Kia Soul EV world debut electrifies Los Angeles show

29 November 2018

Kia Motors unveiled the new Soul EV in Los Angeles with a new liquid cooled, lithium ion polymer 64kWh battery which is expected to mean much less need for daily charging, and with Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast-charge as standard equipment.


Kia drip feeds more of its new Soul

21 November 2018

More details of Kia's full redesign of the Soul model line have been announced ahead of its global debut the Los Angeles auto show which opens next week.


Hyundai-Kia sales recover in China, struggle in US

20 November 2018

South Korea's Hyundai Motor and its domestic affiliate Kia Motors have enjoyed moderate sales rebounds in China this year after suffering sharp declines in 2017, after dealers were targeted by boycotts and protests following the Beijing government's anger at Korea's deployment of the US THAAD missile defence shield.


Hyundai and Kia enter new pan-European strategic partnership with Vodafone

14 November 2018

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors have entered a new pan-European strategic partnership with Vodafone to provide customers with fully-connected in-car infotainment and connected car service.


Hyundai-Kia to invest another US$250m in Grab

7 November 2018

Hyundai Motor Group and Grab Holdings, which claims to be southeast Asia's leading O2O (online to offline) mobile platform, announced an agreement under which Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation will invest an additional US$250m into Grab and establish a partnership to pilot EV programs in the region.


just-auto Plus only Hyundai Motor and Grab to improve EV adoption in Southeast Asia

7 November 2018

Hyundai Motor Group and Grab Holdings (Grab), Southeast Asia’s leading O2O (online to offline) mobile platform, announced an agreement under which Hyundai Motor Company (“Hyundai”) and Kia Motors Corporation (“Kia”) will invest an...


South Korean sales rebound 24% in October

5 November 2018

Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers combined rebounded by over 24% to 139,557 units in October from 112,332 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.


just-auto Plus only Global NCAP announces four new crash test results

5 November 2018

Global NCAP and the Automobile Association (AA) South Africa launched the second round of #SaferCarsForAfrica crash test results with the welcome support of the FIA Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The four models tested show a wide range of safety...


Hyundai-Kia makes leadership changes

2 November 2018

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation have announced key leadership appointments to drive global product strategy, design and R&D innovation as well as sales in the Russia and CIS region, effective 1 November 2018.


Hyundai Motor to introduce solar charging technology on vehicles

31 October 2018

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors have announced plans to introduce solar charging technology on selected Hyundai Motor Group vehicles. Electricity-generating solar panels will be incorporated into the roof or the hood of vehicles, and will support internal combustion, hybrid and battery electric vehicles with additional electrical power, increasing fuel efficiency and range.


Hyundai Motor Group testing wearable exoskeleton in US plants

22 October 2018

Hyundai Motor Group (HMG), together with affiliate Kia Motors, said it was innovating with robotics technology through development of the Hyundai Vest Exoskeleton (H-VEX) wearable industrial robots.

Kia news

Hyundai-Kia mobile app controls EV customisation

23 April 2019

Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors have jointly developed a claimed world first: mobile-based...


2019 New York auto show - list of world premieres

18 April 2019

The media preview of the 2019 New York International Auto Show took place on 17 April: just-auto...


Auto Shanghai 2019 - world premieres list

17 April 2019

Auto Shanghai took place across 12 halls, each of which has two levels, with total floor space of...


Europe - Kia poised to outsell Hyundai

17 April 2019

Europe looks set to soon become the world's first region in which Kia is more successful than Hyu...


Shanghai debut for China-only Kia K3 and PHEV

16 April 2019

Kia Motors' Chinese venture, Dongfeng Yueda Kia Motors (DYK), revealed the new K3 and K3 Plug-in...


South Korean sales fall in March, rise YTD

2 April 2019

Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers declined by 0.8% to 138,288 units in Marc...



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