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Paris motor show world debuts list - 300hp RenaultSport Megane Trophy

19 July 2018

The public world premiere of the Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy will take place at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile.


Interior design and technology – Kia Niro PHEV

18 June 2018

Hybrid sales in the UK and mainland Europe have doubled over the past five years and are expected to reach 700,000 annually by the end of the decade. The Kia Niro – the Korean carmaker’s third plug-in hybrid (PHEV) after the Optima and Optima Sportswagon - slots into this blossoming market place. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we slip inside this compact crossover to see if this is just another small SUV or something different.


Is Kia's CK project as strong a Stinger as intended?

1 June 2018

The sales collapses in China and the USA are now behind Hyundai and Kia, thanks mainly to the arrival of new SUVs. Things should get even better for Kia Motors America from the fourth quarter as SK3, the Soul, arrives in dealerships, reinvented as a crossover. Cars are still the brand's mainstay though, with one of the most recently added models also doing a lot of stealthy work as an image changer for the brand.


BEIJING MOTOR SHOW - Final world debuts list

8 May 2018

Multiple brands revealed concept, prototype and production model world premieres during the press preview days of AutoChina 2018. The show has just closed its doors to the public.

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


Kia Niro EV with 280 miles range on sale in Korea

20 July 2018

Kia says its new fully electric Niro - with a claimed range of 280 miles on single charge - has now gone on sale in its home market. The car gets its European debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, with European sales to commence at the end of this year.


Hyundai targets further growth in India

4 July 2018

Hyundai Motor said it expected its vehicle sales in India to exceed 500,000 units for a third consecutive year in 2018 thanks to a strong and diversified model line.


South Korean sales down 5.7% in June

3 July 2018

Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers combined fell by 5.7% to 131,827 vehicles in June from 139,842 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.


Hyundai and partner to recycle EV batteries

27 June 2018

Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) said it had selected Wartsila for a technology and commercial partnership designed to use second-life electric vehicle (EV) batteries in the growing energy storage market.


2018 Busan motor show - list of world debuts

11 June 2018

BIMOS 2018, the biennial Busan International Motor Show, opened its doors to the media on 7 June. Below is list of world premieres.


Kia adds half million cars to US airbag recall

11 June 2018

Kia Motors said on Friday it was recalling a further 507,000 vehicles sold in the US due to a possible electronic fault which may prevent airbags from deploying in a crash.


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors America sales up 1.6% in May 2018

5 June 2018

Kia Motors America announced May sales of 59,462 vehicles, representing a 1.6% increase over the same period last year and the brand's highest monthly sales total in 2018. May sales were led by the Forte and Sorento, with 11,261 and 10,370 units sold,...


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors America announces executive promotion

5 June 2018

Kia Motors America (KMA) announced the promotion of Greg Silvestri to vice president, service and aftersales operations. In his new role, Greg will report to Michael Cole, chief operating officer and executive vice president, and will continue to elevate...


South Korean sales down 1.3% in May

4 June 2018

Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers combined fell by 1.3% to 133,663 vehicles in May from 135,443 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.


Michael Cole appointed COO of Kia ops in US

30 May 2018

Kia Motors America (KMA) has announced the appointment of Michael Cole to the role of chief operating officer (COO) and executive vice president. Cole – the chief operating officer of Kia Motors Europe since November 2012 – will serve as the central point of contact for all sales, marketing, service and corporate and product planning functions in the US, and will report to KMA's president and CEO, Sean Yoon.


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors America names new chief operating officer

30 May 2018

Kia Motors America (KMA) announced the appointment of Michael Cole to the role of chief operating officer and executive vice president. Cole – the chief operating officer of Kia Motors Europe since November 2012 – will serve as the central point of...


New Kia Sportage fitted with 48V diesel mild-hybrid system

23 May 2018

Kia Motors says its new Kia Sportage, to be launched later this year in Europe, will be the brand's first to equipped with a new 'EcoDynamics+' 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain.


Hyundai-Kia boosting sales forecast 

8 May 2018

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors were expected to upgrade their global sales outlook for the second quarter and for the whole of 2018 after sales in China began to recover from last year's sharp declines.


Ayala to take control of Philippines' Kia assembler

8 May 2018

The Philippines' Ayala Group is to acquire a controlling stake in Columbian Autocar Corporation, the local assembler and sole distributor of Kia Motors, according to local reports.


South Korean sales rise fractionally in April

3 May 2018

Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers combined increased by 1.2% to 134,197 units in April from 132,675 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors America sells 50,585 vehicles in April 2018

3 May 2018

Kia Motors America announced April sales of 50,585 vehicles, led by the Forte family of compact cars and Sorento SUV. The month also saw the highest April sales total in company history for the Sportage CUV at 7,653 units, and a 34.2% year-over-year increase...


just-auto Plus only Hyundai Mobis to begin worldwide testing of its AVs next month

20 April 2018

Hyundai Mobis kicks off testing of its autonomous car M.Billy on the roads around the world. The company now has three test cars, but will increase the number to over ten by the end of this year and increase engineers in the autonomous driving field more than...


Kia completes wireless EV charging trial

11 April 2018

The Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center in Superior, Michigan, (HATCI) and Mojo Mobility (Mojo) have completed a three year project to develop a fast charging wireless power transfer system on a test fleet of Kia Soul EVs.


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors America chief operating officer resigns

6 April 2018

Michael Sprague, chief operating officer and executive vice president, has announced his intent to leave Kia Motors America (KMA) to pursue new opportunities, effective 17 April 2018. KMA has not yet appointed his successor. During his nine years at KMA,...


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors America sales up 2.5% in March 2018

4 April 2018

Kia Motors America announced March sales of 50,645 vehicles, a 2.5% increase over the same period last year. The month was highlighted by best-ever March sales of the Sportage CUV, which were up more than 41% over the same period last year. In addition, four...


NEW YORK AUTO SHOW - Global debuts list

29 March 2018

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the 2018 New York International Auto Show are named below.


just-auto Plus only New 2019 Kia Optima debuts at the New York show

29 March 2018

The refreshed 2019 Kia Optima debuted at the New York International Auto Show today. Kia’s best-selling midsize sedan was unveiled with new design cues inside and out, expanded ADAS technology, a new UVO infotainment strategy and available...


Kia builds 3m cars (and counting) in Slovakia

27 March 2018

Kia has now built 3m cars in Europe.


UK buyers waver over diesel - survey

16 March 2018

Research for the Automobile Association (AA) here in the UK has shown a growing number of car buyers have yet to make up their mind what fuel their next car will use, highlighting the 'confusion' now regularly noted to just-auto by automaker insiders.


2018 GENEVA SHOW - World premieres list

7 March 2018

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the Geneva motor show are named below.


GENEVA SHOW - Diesel taxes minds in 2018

6 March 2018

The demonisation of diesel was taxing the minds of automakers at the Geneva show today.


just-auto Plus only Kia Soul surpasses one million sales in the US

6 March 2018

Kia Motors America (KMA) announced the one-millionth sale of the Soul urban passenger vehicle in the US. As the first production vehicle in Kia's design-led transformation under the watchful eye of president and chief design officer, Peter Schreyer, the...


South Korean domestic sales fall 12% in February

5 March 2018

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five largest automakers combined fell by 11.9% to 105,432 units in February from 119,612 units a year earlier, according to preliminary data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors America sells 40,672 vehicles in February 2018

2 March 2018

Kia Motors America announced February sales of 40,672 vehicles, highlighted by best-ever February sales of the Sportage CUV. The month also saw the third straight monthly increase in retail deliveries of the all-new Stinger sportback sedan. “Kia...


Kia aims for 500,000 pa sales in Europe with new Ceed

15 February 2018

The new Kia Ceed (note name subtly changed from predecessor cee'd) will enter production in Q2 2018 at Kia’s Žilina manufacturing facility in Slovakia. Kia is aiming to boost its annual European sales to 500,000 units in the medium term, boosted by the Ceed product which is aimed squarely at European drivers in the C-segment.

Kia news

Kia Niro EV with 280 miles range on sale in Korea

20 July 2018

Kia says its new fully electric Niro - with a claimed range of 280 miles on single charge - has n...


Paris motor show world debuts list - 300hp RenaultSport Megane Trophy

19 July 2018

The public world premiere of the Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy will take place at the Paris M...


Hyundai targets further growth in India

4 July 2018

Hyundai Motor said it expected its vehicle sales in India to exceed 500,000 units for a third con...


South Korean sales down 5.7% in June

3 July 2018

Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers combined fell by 5.7% to 131,827 vehicles...


Hyundai and partner to recycle EV batteries

27 June 2018

Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) said it had selected Wartsila for a technology and commercial partnersh...


Interior design and technology – Kia Niro PHEV

18 June 2018

Hybrid sales in the UK and mainland Europe have doubled over the past five years and are expected...



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