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LA auto show world debuts list - BMW M340i xDrive

13 November 2018

Multiple new model and concept world premieres which will take place at the LA auto show. A new variant for the G20 BMW 3 Series sedan range is the latest of these to be added to just-auto's preview list.


2019 Detroit auto show: world premieres list

30 October 2018

Manufacturers have begun to drip feed the first details of concepts and production models which will be world debuts at the North American International Auto Show. The first round-up of what has been confirmed is below, with the list to be constantly updated over the coming weeks.


Kia overtakes Hyundai in EU thanks to Sportage

25 October 2018

WLTP changes made for a strange September, with Opel-Vauxhall Europe's number one ahead of BMW, Mercedes and Ford with Volkswagen plunging to fifth. Of all the brands in the top ten, Kia, in ninth place ahead of Hyundai, was the only one to post higher sales. That wasn't due to a fluke month either, it was thanks to multiple new models and a freshened Sportage in particular.


2018 Paris motor show - world debuts list

3 October 2018

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the 2018 edition of the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile are named below.

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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.

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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.


just-auto Plus only IIHS scores 2018 Kia Rio top safety pick+ rating

8 October 2018

The 2018 Kia Rio, a minicar, earns the Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when equipped with front crash prevention and newly available good-rated headlights. To qualify for the 2018 Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must...


South Korean sales fall 18% in September

3 October 2018

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five largest automakers combined fell by over 17.5% to 110,130 vehicles in September from 133,551 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.


Paris - Kia goes to Hollywood for eNiro promoter

2 October 2018

Kia's star of the Paris show came all the way from Hollywood - although not literally.


Kia global sales slide 6.4% in September

1 October 2018

Kia Motors said its September 2018 global sales fell 6.4% year on year to 233,708 units.


Hyundai-Kia ponders exports to SE Asia from China

3 September 2018

Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors are considering exporting cars from China to south east Asia as they struggle with overcapacity in the world's largest vehicle market, according to South Korean reports.


Kia global sales flat in August

3 September 2018

Kia Motors Corporation sales worldwide in August 2018 of passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles dipped 0.2% year on year to 223,648 units.


just-auto Plus only IIHS announces ratings for 2018-2019 model minivans

16 August 2018

The Toyota Sienna stumbled, the Chrysler Pacifica turned in an acceptable performance and the Honda Odyssey finished strong in the Institute's passenger-side small overlap front crash test. The 2018–19 model minivans are the latest group to be put...


Carmakers keeping the diesel faith - Kia

25 July 2018

Diesels may have been demonised over the past couple of years but carmakers are keeping the faith even though sales have dipped in many markets.


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.

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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...


LA auto show world debuts list - BMW M340i xDrive

13 November 2018

Multiple new model and concept world premieres which will take place at the LA auto show. A new v...


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 (onlin...


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 offli...


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...


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 #SaferC...



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