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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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Kia's fourth-quarter profit drops 54% on ruble plunge

Jan. 23, 2015 11:31 CET
Kia posted a 54 percent fall in quarterly profit as a weakening ruble reduced income earned in Russia where Kia ranks No. 2 after Lada. Kia expects sales in the market to fall 12 percent this year, because the ruble's decline could force further price rises, denting demand....
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BILL COLE, DEALER, COLE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

A voice for dealers, business in West Virginia Senate

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Dealer Bill Cole, 58, is poised to become president of the West Virginia Senate next year, and the state's lieutenant governor....
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Kia needs India plant to offset slowing sales in Russia and China, report says

Jan. 22, 2015 12:10 CET
Kia needs to set up a factory in India to tap growth in the fast-growing market and offset slowing sales in Russia and China, a Korean newspaper reported the automaker's CEO as saying. India may become the world's No. 3 auto market by next year....
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Kia challenges you to out-stare NBA star Blake Griffin

8:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
Kia is inviting people to a digital stare-off with NBA star Blake Griffin --- “Blink Griffin” -- with an interactive site using webcam technology that recognizes and responds to blinks....
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DEALER COUNCIL LEADERS

Kia dealers expect big things from Sedona

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Crossovers may have displaced minivans as America's most popular people-hauler, but Kia dealers have big hopes for the reworked Sedona that went on sale last fall.
Kia has increased U.S. dealers' allocation of the Sedona for 2015 based on a projection that they can sell 50,000 or 60,000 units annually, said Don Hobden, the departing chairman of the Kia National Dealer Council....
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Hyundai Mobis to build $418 million parts factory in Mexico

6:29 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Hyundai Mobis, an automotive parts affiliate of Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors, said it has signed a deal to build a $417.71 million factory in Mexico to meet demand from the South Korean automakers....
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A good year, but not for everyone

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Thirteen brands set U.S. sales records last year. The lucky 13: Honda, Subaru, Porsche, Nissan, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Land Rover, Hyundai, BMW, Audi, Jeep and Ram....
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Hyundai Motor Group plans to invest $73 billion by 2018

6:38 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2015
South Korea's Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-largest automaker, said it would spend $73 billion over four years on expanding capacity, building a new headquarters and developing new vehicles....
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13 sales records, but that's no record

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
There are lots of ways to gauge really good years in the auto industry, but here's one of the best: how many brands set sales records....
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KIA

A wave of new products

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Kia executives, seeing minority groups as a growth opportunity, hired a dedicated agency last year, Chicago-based Lime Green, to handle multicultural communications....
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SECRET SERVICE

Inside the hush-hush competitive world of concept cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2015
Protecting the secrets of industry rivals while simultaneously working with them to outshine one another can be a peculiar position....
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Hyundai, Kia forecast slowest global sales growth in 9 years

9:49 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 1, 2015
Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors forecast their weakest sales growth in nine years as they run out of capacity to increase output and competition intensifies in major markets....
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Hyundai to build 2 factories in China to better compete with VW, GM

7:41 am U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2014
Hyundai will build two factories in China, its first new manufacturing plants since 2012 as the South Korean automaker bets on growth in the world's biggest car market even as the economy slows....
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