Kia

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Hyundai eyes Mexico output of new Accent car next year, report says

8:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Hyundai is planning to build the new version of its Accent small car at a Mexican plant owned by sister company Kia Motors, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters, shifting some output of lower-margin vehicles out of high-cost South Korea.... Read More »

Kia concept hints at a large SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Kia will show a concept at the Detroit auto show this week that hints at the styling of "a possible future premium large SUV."... Read More »

Kia packs Forte with technology as it shifts to Mexico plant

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Kia's freshened, technology-packed 2017 Forte will inaugurate its soon-to-open assembly plant in Monterrey, Mexico, and join a growing list of inexpensive compact cars being produced at Mexican factories for the U.S. market.... Read More »

Kia's Telluride concept signals revived interest in SUV

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

A once-burned Kia signaled that it's thinking of getting back into the SUV business with the Telluride, a concept with an efficient, plug-in hybrid powertrain and a cushy cabin for rear passengers.... Read More »

Beacons help brands target consumers on the show floor

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2016

This year's Detroit auto show will use beacons, wireless digital transmitters located around the exhibition hall that can track the movements of show visitors and communicate with them through their smartphones via Bluetooth as they wander the floor.... Read More »

Kia taps Telluride for new SUV concept, promises 3-D-printed components

11:16 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Kia Motors named its new SUV concept the Telluride and says the vehicle will feature the brand's first use of 3-D printed components. The three-dimensionally printed parts will add a “distinct, modern” flair to the interior, Kia promises.... Read More »

Kia's Slovak car factory hits record output in 2015

Jan. 7, 2016 12:56 CET

Kia says production at its Slovak plant rose 4 percent in 2015 to a record 338,000 cars. Engine production jumped by 18 percent to 582,000 units, the automaker added.... Read More »

Kia concept hints at return to large SUV market

8:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2016

Kia Motors is eyeing a return to the large SUV market with plans to introduce a new concept vehicle at the 2016 Detroit auto show.... Read More »

Kia brands its future autonomous-car offerings

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2016

Kia Motors doesn’t expect to sell self-driving vehicles for at least 15 years, but it has already cooked up a marketing maxim for them: “Drive Wise.”... Read More »

Hyundai, Kia deliveries reach all-time highs in U.S.

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2016

A slightly down December didn't stop the Hyundai brand from having its strongest year to date in 2015 after moving 761,710 vehicles in the U.S., a 5 percent gain from 2014. The news was just as good at stablemate Kia, which tallied its best annual sales ever with 625,818 vehicles.... Read More »

Hyundai, Kia forecast slowest sales growth in 10 years

Jan. 4, 2016 11:04 CET

Hyundai and sibling brand Kia forecast their weakest sales growth in ten years for 2016 as a slump in China and a stronger won cuts profits. The automakers missed their sales target set for 2015.... Read More »

KIA

Bargain brand no more

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Eye-catching designs have changed some customers' minds about Kia, but the brand still is overcoming an old reputation for unsophisticated economy cars.... Read More »

 
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