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2014 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

Subaru Legacy, Kia Soul EV and Chevy's Transit Connect fighter set to debut in Chicago

8:16 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2014
Subaru's redesigned Legacy sedan, Kia's Soul EV, Chevrolet's new Nissan-built small commercial van and two high-performance Volvos highlight the world debuts next week at the Chicago Auto Show.
Kia hopes to lure buyers from the Nissan Leaf sedan, the top-selling electric vehicle, with the larger Soul EV. Kia is targeting a 120-mile range on a single charge from teh vehicle's lithium ion battery pack.... Read More »

 

Snow, ice hamper auto production in the South

1:26 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2014
Auto plants in the southeastern United States, where cities were gridlocked by snow and ice this week, canceled some shifts, and parts shortages caused by the storms have slowed production in other regions of the country.... Read More »

 

Kia's Super Bowl ad features Fishburne and The Matrix

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2014
Actor Laurence Fishburne returns to his dark glasses and trenchcoat as Morpheus from "The Matrix" in Kia's Super Bowl effort this year.... Read More »

 

Ford aims to get jump on GM, rivals on Super Bowl Sunday

2:33 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Ford is aiming to get out ahead of rival automakers on Super Bowl Sunday with a spot featuring actor James Franco that will break after the coin toss but before the kickoff.... Read More »

 

Kia will boost supply to reverse sales slip

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2014
Kia dealers will see vehicle availability and marketing funds increase in 2014 as the brand seeks to reverse its first annual sales decline in the United States since 2008.... Read More »

 

Kia profit hit as stronger won hurts car exports

Jan. 24, 2014 06:01 CET
Kia posted fourth-quarter profit that missed estimates as a stronger won cut exports.... Read More »

 

Q&A: DON HOBDEN, KIA NATIONAL DEALER COUNCIL

Kia's rising brand loyalty could boost new flagship sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
Don HobdenKia's seemingly unstoppable growth trend proved to be stoppable in 2013 with the brand posting a 4 percent sales decline. Don Hobden, a Kia dealer with six rooftops and the brand's dealer council chairman, spoke recently with Staff Reporter Ryan Beene about Kia's performance last year and what its dealers face in 2014.... Read More »

 

Kia's fourth-quarter profits rise 29%

8:34 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2014
Kia's fourth-quarter profit rose 29 percent, beating analysts' estimates, after sales of pricier models increased at home. The higher sales of Sportage and Soul vehicles are a bright spot in a year in which a stronger won damped revenue in the United States, Kia's biggest market, and the company agreed to settle lawsuits for overstating fuel-economy ratings.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

Gesture controls: Give me a break and a knob

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Henry Bzeih, the chief technology strategist for Kia Motors America Inc., patiently guided me through the various controls at the International CES, the consumer electronics show here. They all worked well enough, but I began to wonder about all this technology when we tried out the gesture controls -- using hand motions to, say, turn the stereo volume up.... Read More »

 

DEALER COUNCIL LEADERS

Kia dealer wants marketing shift

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Kia's dealer council chairman expects sales to rebound in 2014 after the brand last year posted its first annual sales decline since 2008. Don Hobden, executive manager of six Kia dealerships in Kentucky, Alabama and Indiana and chairman of Kia's dealer council, says Kia's marketing budget last year was consumed by a busy launch schedule while rivals spent heavily on incentives and marketing designed to drive showroom traffic.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

One reporter's take on what worked, and what didn't, at the Detroit show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2014
West Coast Editor Mark Rechtin, who walked the floor of the Detroit auto show gathering first impressions of new cars and concepts, is convinced that this was a show of missed opportunities.... Read More »

 

Kia Europe names former VW exec Martins as marketing chief

Jan. 14, 2014 10:04 CET
Kia's European marketing chief, Benny Oeyen, is being replaced by former Volkswagen executive Artur Martins. Oeyen, who has held the post since 2009, will leave the company in April, Kia said.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Kia calls GT4 a 'throwback' to era of untamed sports cars

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Kia Motors America revealed its GT4 Stinger concept sports car at the Detroit auto show, a car that the company says pays tribute to affordable sports cars of the past.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Aluminum F-150, sporty cars from Chevy, BMW, Lexus add pizzazz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2014
Ford will make the biggest splash of the Detroit auto show with the redesigned 2015 F-150. At other brands, sporty cars will dominate the headlines. Chevrolet will show the high-performance Corvette Z06. BMW will unveil redesigned M3 and M4 cars. And Lexus will show a sporty car whose V-8 delivers 460 hp, sources say.... Read More »

 

Hyundai-Kia forecast slowest sales growth in 8 years

10:02 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 1, 2014
Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors forecast their weakest sales growth in eight years as competition intensifies and the stronger won hampers exports.... Read More »

 

Hyundai, Kia appoint new global r&d chief to 'solidify' quality

8:28 am U.S. ET | Dec. 27, 2013
Hyundai and affiliate Kia named a new president of their joint research and development division, a month after the previous chief resigned over quality issues.... Read More »

 

Hyundai, Kia reach settlements over inflated mpg ratings

4:29 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2013
Hyundai and Kia agreed to pay up to nearly $400 million to settle consumer lawsuits related to overstated fuel economy ratings on some 900,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. market. The value of Hyundai Motor America's proposed settlement totals about $210 million, while Kia Motors America agreed to pay up to $185 million, according to statements issued by the companies.... Read More »

 

Hyundai, Kia expect to top 2013 global sales goal

7:45 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2013
Hyundai and affiliate Kia said Monday that they are on track to sell more than 7.5 million vehicles globally this year, higher than their earlier target of 7.41 million vehicles, after overseas sales growth offset lackluster domestic shipments.... Read More »

 

Bosch, Continental, Denso fined by South Korea for price fixing

6:31 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2013
South Korea's antitrust regulator fined units of Denso, Continental and Bosch a total of $107.99 million, saying they had fixed prices of parts sold to Hyundai and Kia. The fine comes as antitrust regulators from the United States to Europe and Japan crack down on price collusion among auto parts makers.... Read More »

 

Bosch, Continental, Denso fined by South Korea for price fixing

Dec. 23, 2013 12:31 CET
South Korea's antitrust regulator fined units of Denso, Continental and Bosch a total of $107.99 million, saying they had fixed prices of parts sold to Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia. The fine comes as antitrust regulators from the United States to Europe and Japan crack down on price collusion among auto parts makers.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Stop the phony 'sales'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013
With so many people depending on sales numbers, why do some automakers feel it's OK to distort them?... Read More »

 

Kia's race to sell off '13 Souls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
Kia's best monthly sales gain of the year came with an 11th-hour push from the factory, one that could leave dealers with thousands of "sold" cars that will have to be sold again.... Read More »

 

THE DEALER SPEAKS: DOUG MORELAND

Message to Chrysler: Let dealers handle local marketing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013
The very first car Doug Moreland sold was a Chevrolet Corvair in Reno, Nev., in 1969. It had belonged to the woman who would one day be his wife.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Dealer thanks staff with customized coins

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013
Lots of dealers walk their stores with coins in their pocket. But when Keith Kocourek does so, at least one of his 250 employees is about to be rewarded for reaching a goal or taking special care of a customer.... Read More »

 

2013 L.A. AUTO SHOW: ANALYSIS

Stars come out in L.A.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2013
The Los Angeles Auto Show proved fertile ground for four important world debuts. Here are the highlights.... Read More »

 

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