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Can Kia pick Prius' lock on hybrid market?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2016

Many automakers have tried and failed to lure customers away from the Toyota Prius hybrid. Kia thinks it can succeed with the Niro, its first built-from-scratch hybrid.... Read More »

Kia adds plug-in hybrid to Optima lineup

10:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

Kia today unveiled the 2017 Optima Hybrid and Optima PHEV alongside the Niro, the company's first dedicated hybrid nameplate. The new models look similar to the Optima, yet they signal the scope of Kia's ambitions.... Read More »

Kia hybrid crossover aims for Prius-like mpg

10:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

With gas prices under $2 a gallon, fewer people are hunting for hybrids. But they are clamoring for crossovers, which may give Kia Motors a leg up in launching its first dedicated hybrid.... Read More »

Hyundai freshens Santa Fe family amid U.S. production boost

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

As it retools its U.S. factory to build more crossovers for truck-loving Americans, Hyundai is updating the midsize Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Jeep joins Nissan, Honda and others getting big benefit from European production

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

Fiat Chrysler's decision to build the new Jeep Renegade in Italy is paying off, helped by strong demand from local customers. Other automakers including Nissan, Honda, Kia and Suzuki have also has been rewarded in the European countries where they have opened factories. Volvo hopes to do the same in the U.S.... Read More »

VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: Hyundai's Super Bowl blitz scored big

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Hyundai wanted to make a splash in its first Super Bowl as the NFL's automotive sponsor, but it didn't just throw money around with reckless abandon.... Read More »

Kia plans 1st sport sedan, sources say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Kia Motors Corp. plans to launch its first sport sedan next year, sources told Reuters. Kia aims to start producing the sedan, code-named CK, in May 2017 and will target annual output of 60,000 vehicles, said two people with direct knowledge of the matter.... Read More »

Stars and cars, Jeeps and sheep: Super Bowl auto ad roundup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Beneath the glamour of 2016's star-filled auto Super Bowl ads sat a group of vehicles that will be pawns crucial to each brand's product lineup.... Read More »

Christopher Walken was the only choice for Kia's Super Bowl ad

12:28 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Only one person could've done Kia's “Walken Closet” Super Bowl spot. Christopher Walken was the lone option. There was no Plan B.... Read More »

RED CARPET TREATMENT

Auto brands hope famous faces pay off in Super Bowl ads

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016

A buzzworthy celebrity appearance is often the price of admission for advertising on gameday, but not any celebrity will do.... Read More »

Kia plans first sports sedan next year as it seeks younger, more hip image, report says

10:13 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Kia Motors plans to launch its first sports sedan next year, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, seeking to burnish a sporty, younger image as larger sibling Hyundai Motor builds up its premium offerings.... Read More »

Kia's Super Bowl campaign to draw on star power of Christopher Walken, social media influencers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

In Kia's Super Bowl 50 ad, the redesigned 2016 Optima is like the world's most exciting pair of socks. The spot is all about standing out from the pack as Kia hopes to do with the Optima in a midsize sedan segment that the automaker says is boring and basic.... Read More »

Hyundai, Kia post slight gains to set January records

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

January U.S. sales at Hyundai-Kia were mostly flat but rose just enough to give the brands their best-ever starts to a year.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Sergio's plan to sell rebadged Dart, 200 replacements could work -- if he chooses wisely

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

FCA just may be able to replace the Dart and 200 with more salable vehicles. The key to success: The replacements must not be available here from any other manufacturer.... Read More »

WHAT COMES AFTER M?

BMW's top tuner relishes his new role at Hyundai

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Hyundai, which began building its own engines only in 1991, has laid out a full-fledged product plan for its new Genesis luxury brand, with help from a cadre of executives poached from Bentley, BMW and Lamborghini. Albert Biermann may be the most important of those hires.... Read More »

Hyundai posts first monthly global sales decline since July

6:25 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Hyundai's sales fell for the first time in six months in January, dragged down by demand in emerging markets including China, Brazil and Russia.... Read More »

Service dept. tunes up satisfaction scores

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Texoma Hyundai is tops in Hyundai service satisfaction scores for three years running. The dealership is a converted lumber store and has no dedicated service drive, but its staffers' rapport with customers makes all the difference.... Read More »

Hyundai soft-pedals slogan on Super Bowl stage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2016

Hyundai, which shook up its U.S. marketing operation in a push for a clearer brand identity, plans to use the Super Bowl to launch a yearlong marketing campaign with a new motto of its own: “We Make Things Better.” Yet the advertisements will merely hint at Hyundai's new mantra, not plaster it across the screen.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Nissan claims win in Europe, but Toyota had more sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

Nissan claims it has achieved a long-stated goal of becoming the No. 1 Asian automaker in Europe by outselling Toyota last year. But Nissan's total was nearly 100,000 less than Toyota's. So which automaker won?... Read More »

Hyundai's Super Bowl blitz reflects work of new marketing team

9:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Whether the Denver Broncos or Carolina Panthers end up winning the Super Bowl, Hyundai wants to come away as the winner of the advertising free-for-all that surrounds America's most-watched live event.... Read More »

Butch Cassidy, wackadoo tech and Range Rover whispers: What people think of Kia's Telluride concept

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

It's nearly covered the car market from side to side and top to bottom, and now Kia appears to be making bold plans to raise its game on the crossover/SUV side. Here's what some critics and journalists are saying about the full-size Telluride concept, the brand's biggest crossover or SUV since the Borrego.... Read More »

LATEST LAUNCHES

Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom

Jan. 28, 2016 06:01 CET

Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design and upscale features and equipment. The SUV has become the brand's fastest-selling model in Europe since its launch in September.... Read More »

Hyundai posts lowest profit in 5 years on China slump

Jan. 26, 2016 09:40 CET

Hyundai posted its lowest annual profit in five years after a slump in China deliveries overshadowed gains in Europe, the U.S. and South Korea. Net income declined 13 percent to 6.42 trillion won ($5.3 billion) in 2015.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Eight things to know about the new Hyundai Ioniq hybrid

1:02 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

Hyundai is pitching its new Ioniq hybrid vehicle as the anti-hybrid hybrid: A green car with gusto and good looks. And the compact hatchback delivered on the promise during a recent test drive on the northern outskirts of Seoul.... Read More »

Kia's high-riding hybrid set for Chicago debut

2:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

Kia plans a Chicago Auto Show debut for the crossover-styled Niro that will be the brand's first dedicated hybrid model.... Read More »

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