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Kia hints at next Sorento with design sketches

9:58 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Kia Motors plans to unveil the redesigned, third-generation Kia Sorento next month in Korea.... Read More »

 

Kia in talks to open $1.5 billion Mexico assembly plant, report says

6:52 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Kia is in talks with Mexico to open a new auto assembly plant worth at least $1.5 billion, officials from Nuevo Leon's state government told Reuters. The factory, which sources say will have an annual capacity of some 300,000 cars, would be built on the northeastern fringe of the city of Monterrey.... Read More »

 

Automakers await the details of EPA plan for mpg road tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
Automakers see merit in an EPA proposal that would require them to road test vehicles to verify mileage claims, but they are unclear on how the tests would be handled.... Read More »

 

EPA seeks real-world tests of mpg claims

4:00 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
The EPA plans to require automakers to road test vehicles to verify fuel-economy figures before they are published on window stickers and other sources.... Read More »

 

Hyundai, Kia tune into tuning

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
A wave of deregulation has opened the door for Hyundai and Kia to finally bring out some bling.... Read More »

 

Slow growth masks big swings in ad budgets

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
The placid flow of automakers' advertising dollars toward digital platforms last year masked some rather powerful currents below the surface.... Read More »

 

More buzz about plants in Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Recently, we toted up all of the announced and speculated Mexican production capacity due in the next few years and got to 1.5 million units — a nifty 50 percent increase over the roughly 3 million units built in Mexico in 2013.... Read More »

 

Kia confirms interest in Mexico assembly plant

3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Kia has confirmed that it's considering putting its next overseas assembly plant in Mexico. A statement from the company last week was its first official acknowledgement that it's interested in a Mexican assembly plant, following several unconfirmed news reports about the possibility.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Don't do much leasing? Better bone up

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
Leasing's not just for luxury brands anymore. It's spreading to mass-market brands too, experts say.... Read More »

 

Asian automakers still reluctant to embrace aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2014
As western carmakers such as Audi and Ford embrace aluminum to save weight and boost fuel economy, their Asian rivals remain reluctant to invest in the costly retooling required that would disrupt existing manufacturing processes and supplier relationships.... Read More »

 

What's behind Hyundai-Kia quality win?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2014
Hyundai-Kia's first-ever first-place showing in the 2014 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study is a significant milestone for a Korean manufacturer that once struggled with quality.... Read More »

 

Hyundai-Kia tops J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study for 1st time

1:00 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2014
For the first time, Hyundai-Kia group topped rival automakers in JD Power's Initial Quality Study, while last year's leader, General Motors, fell to third.... Read More »

 

WHEN THE MUSIC FADES

Ford, Kia tested as audiences shrink for 'Idol' and 'The Voice'

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 7, 2014
Ford and Kia have been intertwined with The Voice and American Idol through elaborate sponsorship deals that include vehicles given as prizes to the top performers.... Read More »

 

SEGMENT SPOTLIGHT

Large cars, after brief comeback, lose traction

4:24 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
The large car's comeback appears over. After a solid rise in 2013, U.S. sales of nonluxury big sedans dropped 5 percent through May, while car sales were flat and total light-vehicle sales jumped 5 percent.... Read More »

 

Crossovers fuel gains for smaller Asian brands

3:24 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
Strong demand for crossovers drove sales gains at smaller Asian brands in May. Kia posted its best U.S. sales month in company history with May sales of 60,087, up 15 percent from the year-ago month. Kia's banner month got a boost from a 37 percent gain in sales of the boxy Soul subcompact and a 49 percent increase in Sportage compact crossover deliveries.... Read More »

 

Kia plans first assembly plant in Mexico, report says

11:10 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
Kia Motors plans to break ground soon on a new plant in Mexico, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, a further sign that the company and its affiliate, Hyundai, are easing an unofficial moratorium on capacity growth.... Read More »

 

Study ranks Hyundai as greenest in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
Hyundai Motor Co., which has championed smaller engines, dethroned Honda Motor Co. as the greenest automaker in the United States, a report from the Union of Concerned Scientists said.... Read More »

 

Kia aims $60,400 K900 at 'confident individualists'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Kia is taking the slow and steady approach to its freshly launched K900 luxury sedan.... Read More »

 

Kia's quest: Jump into mainstream

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Kia executives in Seoul say the top-shelf K900 sedan, which hit showrooms in March, is key to a grand plan to transform Kia into a mainstream brand on par with Volkswagen or Toyota by 2018.... Read More »

 

NHTSA upgrades Kia Sorento sunroof probe

7:16 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2014
Federal safety regulators upgraded an investigation involving 65,347 Kia Sorento SUVs after receiving consumer complaints that the optional glass sunroof had shattered.... Read More »

 

$60,000 Kia K900 made for 'confident individualists,' says VP

4:06 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2014
Kia is taking the slow and steady approach to its freshly launched K900 luxury sedan.... Read More »

 

Kia Soul EV's top market will be U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2014
Kia Motors aims to sell 5,000 electric units of its boxy Soul subcompact a year worldwide. Kia expects the United States to be the Soul EV's biggest market. The Soul EV, which went on sale April 14 in South Korea, will hit U.S. showrooms in the second half of the year.... Read More »

 

Top Kia exec casts doubts on Schreyer's hopes for roadster

May 9, 2014 06:01 CET
A top Kia executive doused designer Peter Schreyer's dreams for a sporty roadster, saying it wouldn't adequately build the brand or boost profits.... Read More »

 

16 million? It's looking good

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
With signs that more car shoppers were jumping onto U.S. dealership Web sites in April, analysts expect the industry's renewed sales momentum to continue in the coming months.... Read More »

 

Kia decides sponsorship of Clippers no longer slam-dunk

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
Kia Motors America — as well as Mercedes-Benz dealers and CarMax — dropped its sponsorship of the Los Angeles Clippers following racist remarks allegedly made by team owner Donald Sterling.... Read More »

 

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