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Kia revealed the Koup today at the New York auto show, prior to its fourth quarter U.S. sales debut.
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NEW YORK -- Most compact cars are engineered to be a means of affordable transportation for the masses, often sacrificing fun for practicality.
With its redesigned Forte lineup, Kia seems to be doing the opposite. The Forte will be the industry's only compact car lineup that offers sporty versions with turbocharged engines in ... Continue reading "Kia compact coupe, hatchback go turbo" » Mar 27, 2013 10:15 am U.S. ET Post Comment
It's an age-old problem: how not to screw up a smash hit when you design the successor. Thus close attention will be paid to the second-generation Kia Soul at the New York auto show this week.
The Soul, the first production vehicle done under chief stylist Peter Schreyer, helped put Kia on the design map when it arrived in 2009. The boxy subcompact with th ... Continue reading "Kia's challenge: Keep the heart in the Soul" » Mar 26, 2013 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
LOS ANGELES -- Unless you’ve been living under a rock this week, you know the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl. But which automakers’ commercials won the battle for the most eyeballs?
That’s about as unclear as the game’s outcome during that frenzied final minute. Since the game, analysts and car sh ... Continue reading "Sorting the winners, losers in Super Bowl commercial derby" » Feb 6, 2013 4:28 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
Michigan dealer Howard Cooper generously decided to cap his career by awarding employees with $1,000 for each year of service.
And as a customer of the dealership, Continue reading "Howard Cooper's lessons for rewarding employee, customer loyalty" » Sep 8, 2012 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment | Permalink
LOS ANGELES -- Mazda is teasing the production 2014 Mazda6 with videos on YouTube showing glimpses of the redesigned sedan's grille, headlamps and front fenders.
... Continue reading "Mazda's videos tease front design of new Mazda6" » Jul 14, 2012 6:52 am U.S. ET Post Comment
LOS ANGELES -- Ford wasn’t the only automaker last week to tweak General Motors.
Shortly after GM announced it would not advertise during the 2013 Super Bowl telecast, Hyundai put out a statement saying it wouldn’t miss the opportunity to advertise in next year’s game.
Continue reading "Hyundai’s Shannon: Unlike GM, we won’t miss Super Bowl" » May 21, 2012 3:23 pm U.S. ET Post Comment | Permalink
LOS ANGELES -- Another piece of evidence suggests that Kia is likely to bring its K9 flagship sedan to the United States.
A photo of an uncamouflaged K9 driving on an Orange County, Calif., roadway hit my Twitter feed this morning, thanks to @scarboy6693 and @KMA_PR’s retweet.
You ... Continue reading "Is Kia’s K9 flagship closer to U.S. showrooms?" » May 17, 2012 4:07 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
LOS ANGELES -- Kia has dropped its Sedona minivan for the 2013 model year, but the automaker expects to return to the segment.
Kia spokesman James Hope confirmed the Sedona's departure. He said Kia likely will field another people mover but he declined to say when or what it might look like.
"We're not going to get completely out of the segment," Hope ... Continue reading "Kia readies new minivan after Sedona exits in 2013" » May 14, 2012 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
LOS ANGELES -- Mitsubishi product planners are on the fence about whether to bring its new Mirage small car stateside.
Mitsubishi will launch the Mirage, a new minicar reprising a nameplate unseen in the states since 2002, in the North American market in the first quarter of 2013, according to the automaker's annual earning ...