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Geneva motor show world debuts - Golf GTI

20 February 2020

Confirming the rumours, Volkswagen has just announced that the Golf GTI will be a world debut at the Geneva motor show.


EU CO2 edict sends small Kia model variant packing

18 February 2020

"From 2021, phased in from [1 January] 2020, the EU fleet-wide average emission target for new cars will be 95 g CO2/km." Thus says the rule from Brussels. Failing to comply with that could wipe an auto brand off the map.


2020 Chicago auto show - the world debuts

6 February 2020

With the NAIAS shifting from January to June, Chicago became the first major US auto show of 2020. Below is a list of world debuts, although some vehicles were revealed at events ahead of the show or else have been seen before but with a different model name to what is used for the US market.


2020 India Auto Expo - the world debuts

5 February 2020

The following vehicles were world premieres at the New Delhi Auto Expo.

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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 group develops first ICT Connected Shift System

20 February 2020

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors claim to have developed the world's first predictive Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Connected Shift System, enabling the vehicle to automatically shift to the optimal gear after identifying the road and traffic conditions ahead.


Kia details more of new Sorento

19 February 2020

Kia Motors' drip-feed of images and details of its redesigned Sorento has continued with more on the new powertrains, including hybrid, transmissions and platform. The model makes its public debut at the Geneva show on 3 March.


Kia reveals redesigned Sorento ahead of Geneva debut

17 February 2020

Kia Motors has revealed first official images of the redesigned Sorento ahead of its public debut at next month's Geneva show.


just-auto Plus only Hyundai Motor Group, Canoo to co-develop all-electric platform for future electric vehicles

13 February 2020

Hyundai Motor Group and Canoo announced today that Hyundai has engaged Canoo to jointly develop an electric vehicle (EV) platform based on Canoo’s proprietary skateboard design for upcoming Hyundai and Kia models. As part of the collaboration, Canoo...


Hyundai buys a California skateboard to underpin new EVs

12 February 2020

Hyundai Motor has contracted Canoo to jointly develop an electric vehicle (EV) platform based on Canoo's proprietary skateboard design for upcoming Hyundai and Kia models.


Hyundai-Kia resumes production in South Korea

12 February 2020

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors on Tuesday said they have restarted production at their domestic plants after component shortages began to ease.


Hyundai expands US hydrogen activity

11 February 2020

Hyundai Motor is expanding its partnership with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and its support of the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program.


Automakers plan gradual resumption of China output

10 February 2020

Some carmakers were likely to have restarted output at China factories after shutting temporarily due to the coronavirus, media reports on Monday ( February) said.


Hyundai chairman to be inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame

6 February 2020

Hyundai Motor Group chairman Mong-Koo Chung will be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame, the industry's top honour, in, as the Americans put it, "the class of 2020".


Hyundai to shut down South Korean plants this week

5 February 2020

Hyundai Motor said it would suspend production gradually at all seven of its assembly plants in South Korea this week due to a shortage of components from Chinese suppliers, according to local reports citing a company statement.


Redesigned Kia Sorento to make debut in Geneva

5 February 2020

The redesigned Kia Sorento will have its world premiere at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show next month.


South Korean automakers suspend production due to coronavirus

4 February 2020

Hyundai Motor Group has suspended production on a number of assembly lines in South Korea due to component shortages from some of its Chinese suppliers following last month's coronavirus outbreak, according to local reports.


South Korean sales plunge 15% in January

4 February 2020

Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers plunged by over 15% to 99,602 units in January 2020 from 117,464 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the companies.


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors announces January global sales

4 February 2020

Kia Motors Corporation has announced its January 2020 global sales results for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles, which saw 215,112 units sold, representing a 2.5 percent rise from January 2019. Sales in Korea decreased to...


Kia pushes expansion strategy for India

29 January 2020

Kia Motors is set to unveil its new concept compact SUV at the upcoming Auto Expo 2020 in India as part of an expansion strategy for what it sees as a high potential market.


Kia workers agree pay deal

20 January 2020

Kia Motors workers have accepted a revised pay for 2019 offer by company management, ending months of protracted wage negotiations and industrial action.


Kia Plan S targets 500k global EV sales by 2025

16 January 2020

Kia Motors this week announced details of its Plan S mid to long term strategy aimed at establishing leadership in key growth segments of the automotive industry, including powertrain electrification, mobility services, connectivity and autonomous driving.


Hyundai, Kia invest in Arrival to co-develop electric commercial vehicles

16 January 2020

Hyundai-Kia has announced a strategic investment of EUR100m (USD110m) in a new partnership with Arrival, a UK-based electric vehicle startup.


just-auto Plus only Kia marks another record sales year

7 January 2020

Kia Motors (UK) Limited hit another record figure for sales during 2019 – reaching a total of 97,323 – up by 1.6 per cent on the 2018 total and an eighth successive annual record total. Despite a wide range of challenges in the UK new car...


Hyundai and Kia debut virtual reality (VR) design evaluation system

23 December 2019

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation have debuted a new virtual reality (VR) design evaluation system at the brands’ global design headquarters.


Kia workers on strike after rejecting pay offer

19 December 2019

Kia Motors’ workers launched a series of strikes this week after the majority of the unionised workforce rejected the company's wage hike proposals last week.


Kia Motor relaunches sales in Indonesia

16 December 2019

Kia Motors relaunched its sales operations in Indonesia in the third quarter of 2019 after an absence of almost two years.


Redesigned Kia K5/Optima goes on sale in South Korea

16 December 2019

Kia Motors' redesigned K5 [Optima] mid-sized compact car went on sale in the South Korean market last week with the global roll-out to follow in 2020.


Kia to produce two new models in India in 2020

6 December 2019

Kia Motors announced it will begin production of two new vehicle models in India next year to help lift local sales.


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors officially opens new India production facility

6 December 2019

Kia Motors Corporation has officially opened its new Indian production facility today in Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh. Following a USD 1.1 billion investment by Kia, the new Kia Motors India (KMI) manufacturing plant is now fully...


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors announces November global sales

3 December 2019

Kia Motors Corporation today announced November sales of 248,942 units led by popular RV models including the Seltos and Sportage. The November results were slightly higher than the 246,942 sold in the same month a year earlier. Sales in...


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors reveals all-new KX3 at the Guangzhou Motor Show

25 November 2019

Kia Motors has unveiled its all-new KX3 at the 17th China Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition. Specifically targeting China’s competitive SUV market, the all-new B-segment compact SUV, known as Seltos in other markets, goes on sale at the...


Guangzhou show - Kia revives older nameplate for China's Seltos

22 November 2019

Hyundai Motor affiliate Kia Motors has unveiled a Chinese version of the Seltos crossover - which it calls the 'all-new KX3' - at the 17th China Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition.


just-auto Plus only KIA named 2020 Best SUV Brand by U.S. News & World Report

20 November 2019

Kia Motors America (KMA) has been honored as the 2020 Best SUV Brand in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Vehicle Brand awards, knocking Honda from the #1 position it has held since 2016. The awards evaluate 35 automakers and recognize...


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors celebrates decade of manufacturing in Georgia

20 November 2019

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) today celebrated its 10th anniversary of vehicle production in West Point, Georgia. The facility was the company’s first manufacturing hub to open in North America. It has so far helped create more than 15,000...

Kia news

Geneva motor show world debuts - Golf GTI

20 February 2020

Confirming the rumours, Volkswagen has just announced that the Golf GTI will be a world debut at...


Hyundai group develops first ICT Connected Shift System

20 February 2020

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors claim to have developed the world's first predictive Information...


Kia details more of new Sorento

19 February 2020

Kia Motors' drip-feed of images and details of its redesigned Sorento has continued with more...


EU CO2 edict sends small Kia model variant packing

18 February 2020

"From 2021, phased in from [1 January] 2020, the EU fleet-wide average emission target for new ca...


Kia reveals redesigned Sorento ahead of Geneva debut

17 February 2020

Kia Motors has revealed first official images of the redesigned Sorento ahead of its public debut...


just-auto Plus only Hyundai Motor Group, Canoo to co-develop all-electric platform for future electric vehicles

13 February 2020

Hyundai Motor Group and Canoo announced today that Hyundai has engaged Canoo to jointly develop a...



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