Kia

Kia's new bosses have a tough act to follow

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

The departure of Kia's top U.S. executive, Byung Mo Ahn, marks a pivotal moment for a brand that has enjoyed unprecedented growth and stability. Successor Jang Won Sohn and the just-promoted Michael Sprague are confronting intensified competition in small and midsize cars, where Kia has specialized.... Read More »

Kia's top U.S. exec leaves posts in shake-up; Sprague promoted to COO

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

In a shake-up at Hyundai-Kia, Byung Mo Ahn, group vice chairman and CEO of Kia Motors America and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, will leave those posts for an advisory role. Meanwhile, Michael Sprague, 49, was promoted to the newly created role of COO of Kia Motors America.... Read More »

New York's bright stars ... and lesser lights

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Under the bright lights of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the vehicles at the New York auto show are a lot like the performers on Broadway, making grand entrances and gunning for attention — some more successfully than others.... Read More »

NEAL E. BOUDETTE

BLOG: Apple is a no-show at the New York show

10:19 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto are finally here! Well, almost here.... Read More »

Kia debuts Novo coupe-styled sedan at Seoul show

8:00 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Kia unveiled a compact coupe-styled sedan concept at the Seoul Motor Show that previews future design directions with sporty creasing and a new nose.... Read More »

Kia fine-tunes Optima with slight design changes, new tech

1:30 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

The 2016 Optima looks fairly similar from the outside, aside from athletic-looking creases on the hood and more angular headlight assemblies. In crafting the fourth-generation Optima, so critical to Kia's position in the U.S., the company embraced an old adage: Don't fix what isn't broken.The more substantial changes to the Optima are under the skin.... Read More »

Kia to build Forte compact and a small car at Mexico plant

9:53 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Kia Motors plans to make its Forte compact and an unidentified small car targeted at the local market at its planned factory in Mexico.... Read More »

Optima's prime

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Kia Motors flashed these renderings of the fourth-generation Optima midsize sedan that it will unveil next week at the New York auto show.... Read More »

Kia's redesigned Optima retains racy, sleek profile

9:30 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

With the redesigned 2016 Optima, Kia hopes to build on the recent success of the midsize sedan, which now leads the funky Soul hatchback as Kia's best-selling model in the United States.... Read More »

Kia recalls 2014-15 Soul in U.S. for accelerator glitch

8:47 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Kia is recalling almost 209,000 Soul compact cars in the United States because the accelerator pedal may bend or break, according to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators.... Read More »

Hyundai mulls measures to improve corporate governance

4:34 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Hyundai will consider a shareholder proposal to set up a corporate governance committee to improve its decision-making, co-CEO Kim Choong Ho said.... Read More »

Hyundai-Kia ride Sonata, Genesis to 7% gain

4:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

Korean siblings Hyundai and Kia, which combined are the seventh-largest seller of cars in the U.S., posted a 7 percent sales increase in February, giving the group a better result than any top-six automaker except Toyota.... Read More »

Kia to roll out 1.0-liter turbo engine in Cee'd GT

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

This week at the Geneva auto show, Kia plans to unveil the Cee'd GT, the first Kia model to use Hyundai Motor Group's new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged engine. Kia says the engine puts out 118 hp and 127 pounds-feet of torque despite its scant displacement.... Read More »

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Station wagon concept previews new Kia Optima

Feb. 18, 2015 14:35 CET

Kia released images of the Sportspace concept, a midsize station wagon that will debut at the Geneva auto show. The concept is meant to preview the next-generation Optima. The current Optima has been on sale in various markets since 2010.... Read More »

Kia's hybrid for rough terrain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Beneath its outdoorsy styling, which includes a rollback canvas roof and aluminum skid plates on the body of a Soul subcompact, Kia's Trail'ster concept sports an electric all-wheel-drive system and is powered by an electric motor combined with a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine.... Read More »

Kia showcases electric awd with Trail'ster concept

10:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015

Kia is out to prove that fuel economy does not have to be sacrificed by all-wheel drive with the Trail'ster concept unveiled Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show.... Read More »

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Kia concept may preview new Optima

Feb. 11, 2015 06:01 CET

Kia teased a concept car that it will fully unveil at the Geneva auto show. The concept previews the next Optima midsize car that could have a station wagon variant for the first time, according to reports.... Read More »

A little taste of the Chicago Auto Show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

Kia Motors Corp. will unveil a rugged concept car with electric all-wheel drive next week at the Chicago Auto Show. The automaker released a teaser image that shows only the front third of the concept. It appears to be based on the Kia Soul, America's No. 1 selling subcompact car in 2014.... Read More »

MAKE MEETINGS

Kia restructures as No. 2 sales exec departs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

Kia has restructured its U.S. sales organization by splitting the country into two regions instead of four, with Percy Vaughn leading the Eastern region and Phil Kelley leading the Western region, the Korean automaker told dealers at the NADA convention. That shuffle, combined with the departure of Kia's No. 2 U.S. sales executive, marks the second major shake-up in the course of a year.... Read More »

WATCH THE VIDEOS

Emotion, celebs -- and a surprise by Chevy -- in automakers' Super Bowl ads

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015

On a night filled with emotional themes and celebrities in automakers' Super Bowl ads, Chevrolet pulled out a trick play just before the kickoff: A momentary attempt to fool America into mass hysteria.... Read More »

2015 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Kia to unveil off-roader concept at Chicago show

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015

Kia Motors will unveil a rugged concept car with electric all-wheel drive at the Chicago Auto Show, the automaker said today as it released a teaser image.... Read More »

Kia returns to Super Bowl for 6th consecutive year

6:26 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015

Kia's 2015 Super Bowl commercial will star Pierce Brosnan parodying his role as James Bond.... Read More »

At Kia, the No. 2 sales exec for U.S. is out

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015

A year after the last major shakeup at Kia Motors America, the Korean automaker's No. 2 U.S. sales executive parted ways with the company last week.... Read More »

Kia recalls nearly 87,000 Forte sedans in U.S. due to fire risk

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015

Kia is recalling 86,880 Forte sedans in the US because a cooling fan resistor may overheat and melt, increasing the risk of a fire, according to documents filed by federal auto safety regulators.... Read More »

DON HOBDEN, KIA NATIONAL DEALER COUNCIL

Kia dealers prepare for an off-lease blitz in 2015

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015

Several years after Kia Motors America hit the gas on leasing to accelerate its growth, Kia dealers are readying their certified pre-owned programs for a wave of cars. Kia's lease penetration rose from 6 percent in 2010 to 19 percent by the end of 2013, meaning that a larger-than-usual number of off-lease vehicles will return to dealerships in 2015.... Read More »

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