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U.S. regulators open probe into timing of Hyundai, Kia recalls

NHTSA could impose steep fines if it determines the nearly 1.7 million recalls for engine defects -- prompted by concerns raised by a South Korean whistleblower -- were not conducted in a timely manner and whether they covered enough vehicles.

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Kia picks Saad Chehab to lead marketing

Kia -- on the cusp of launching its critical Stinger performance sedan -- has hired former Chrysler advertising whiz Saad Chehab as its new marketing chief. The move, effective May 8, brings to Kia the formidable marketing mind behind some of Fiat Chrysler's most acclaimed advertising efforts.