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Frankfurt IAA world debuts - Cupra concept

15 July 2019

SEAT's Cupra division has confirmed a world premiere for the Frankfurt motor show in September.


Interior design and technology – Kia ProCeed

11 July 2019

Remember the days when Kia was the butt of jokes? How things have changed. From the funky Soul to the hybrid Niro to the flagship Stinger, all have helped lift the Korean carmaker’s position in the global market place. Meet the third and latest member of the Kia Ceed family: ProCeed, an estate car that’s impersonating a coupe. Carrying the name over from the second-generation pro_cee'd three-door coupé, the ProCeed is a product of Kia's European design, product development and R&D teams. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we slipped inside to see what distinguishes it aside from the punctuation.


ANALYSIS - Hyundai and Kia face overcapacity in China

2 July 2019

China has been a tough market for Hyundai and Kia in the last few years. The most recent data released by the Hyundai Motor Group, comprising the Hyundai and Kia brands, shows sales in the country fell by 22% to 343,383 in the first five months of 2019 from 438,364 units in the same period of last year.


Kia ready for the return of diesel demand with Stonic

13 June 2019

May saw Kia setting yet another sales record in its largest European market. Surprisingly, that's not Germany, but Britain, where the brand is ahead of not only its parent, but Nissan too. The Sportage is much of the reason for the ongoing rise but another, smaller crossover is playing an ever greater role in the growth.

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 claims world first for new hybrid transmission

19 July 2019

Hyundai Motor Group claims to have developed the world's first active shift control (ASC) transmission.


Hyundai Motor Group transforming its R&D organisations and development processes

10 July 2019

Hyundai Motor Group (Hyundai-Kia) has begun a series of 'sweeping changes' to its R&D organisations and development processes, enabling - it says - greater responsiveness to the changing future mobility technology landscape.


Rolec EV supplies 1,000 EV charging points to Kia UK

5 July 2019

Rolec EV says it has recently manufactured and supplied more than 1,000 electric vehicle charging points for KIA Motors UK’s Head Office, dealership network and domestic EV customers.


just-auto Plus only Euro NCAP scores six new cars five star rating

4 July 2019

Euro NCAP releases safety ratings of six new cars. Four of those have achieved five stars: the much talked about Tesla Model 3, the new Skoda Scala, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class and the latest GLE from the same stable. The new Kia Ceed and crossover SUV DS 3...


South Korean market down in June

3 July 2019

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five largest automakers fell by 5.2% to 124,963 units in June 2019 from 131,827 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the companies.


just-auto Plus only New 2020 Kia Soul earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating

26 June 2019

The redesigned 2020 Kia Soul, a small car, earns a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights. The redesigned Soul earns good ratings in all six IIHS...


Kia to stop production at Chinese plant on weak demand

14 June 2019

Kia Motors announced it would cease production at one of its vehicle assembly plants in China this month due to weak local demand, according to South Korean news agencies.


Hyundai steps up collaboration with Aurora Innovation

13 June 2019

Hyundai Motor said it was expanding its collaboration with US self-driving technology developer Aurora Innovation to accelerate co-development of autonomous vehicle technology.


Plugsurfing and Kia team for Europe EV charger network

10 June 2019

Plugsurfing and Kia Motors Netherlands are to provide a Europe-wide solution for all Kia electric vehicle drivers.


South Korean sales up slightly in May

4 June 2019

Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers increased by just 0.5% to 133,719 units in May 2019 from 133,062 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the companies.


Kia names new compact SUV

4 June 2019

Kia Motors announced Seltos as the name of its new global compact SUV due to be launched in the summer.


Kia Motors global sales slip in May

3 June 2019

Kia Motors Corporation said 239,059 units of global sales in May 2019 was a 3.4 % decrease compared to the same month last year.


Kia prepares for India launch later this year

22 May 2019

Kia Motors is currently making final preparations for its launch later this year in India, a country with a domestic vehicle market of over 4.3m units last year.


Kia reveals first image of new small SUV

16 May 2019

Kia Motors has revealed the first image of its new small SUV. Due to be revealed fully in the summer, it says the new vehicle possesses the space and capabilities of a traditional SUV in a compact package.


South Korean sales up slightly in April

2 May 2019

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five largest automakers increased by 1.6% to 136,296 units in April 2019 from 134,197 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the companies.


NHTSA eyeing TRW airbag control units in millions of cars

24 April 2019

A US investigation into airbags using TRW (absorbed into ZF) control units now includes millions of additional cars, according to US media reports.


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.

Kia news

Hyundai claims world first for new hybrid transmission

19 July 2019

Hyundai Motor Group claims to have developed the world's first active shift control (ASC) transmi...


Frankfurt IAA world debuts - Cupra concept

15 July 2019

SEAT's Cupra division has confirmed a world premiere for the Frankfurt motor show in September....


Interior design and technology – Kia ProCeed

11 July 2019

Remember the days when Kia was the butt of jokes? How things have changed. From the funky Soul to...


Hyundai Motor Group transforming its R&D organisations and development processes

10 July 2019

Hyundai Motor Group (Hyundai-Kia) has begun a series of 'sweeping changes' to its R&D organis...


Rolec EV supplies 1,000 EV charging points to Kia UK

5 July 2019

Rolec EV says it has recently manufactured and supplied more than 1,000 electric vehicle charging...


just-auto Plus only Euro NCAP scores six new cars five star rating

4 July 2019

Euro NCAP releases safety ratings of six new cars. Four of those have achieved five stars: the mu...



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