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Kia’s Sorento midsize sports utility vehicle is reaching its mid-cycle for the 2018 model year. Thus, its fans, enthusiasts and satisfied customers are expecting the Sorento to receive an update not just in looks, but also in technologies. Now, the 2018 Kia Sorento Facelift is arriving in Kia’s home market South Korea, and it is pretty appealing with its more upscale appearance.
Honestly, the mid-cycle cycle refresh for the third generation of the Sorento SUV features changes that are not so drastic, which means people wouldn’t be able recognize to them right away. These subtle changes include wider chrome fins for the Sorento’s tiger nose grille, making it look more glamorous. The headlights that flanked this tiger nose grille have also been revised for the 2018 model year and they now employ full LED (light emitting diode) technology. These LED headlamps are joined by daytime running lights that also make use of LED units.
In addition, the new 2018 Kia Sorento comes with some tweaks to the front bumper. For instance, the bottom of the retouched bumper now accommodates Kia’s ice cube-inspired fog lights that likewise employ LED technology. The changes up front are mirrored at the rear end, with the LED tail lights now donning a revised appearance. The rear end of the new Sorento also features more angular dual chrome exhaust finishers as well as reflectors that are repositioned higher than before. Completing the looks of the new Sorento is a pair of new running boards and a set of 19-inch glossy alloy wheels with a curved multi-spoke design.Read the entire article Kia reveals mid-cycle facelift for 2018 Sorento in South Korea
If you look at today’s trends, people seem to be leaning more towards small crossovers instead of mini MPVs, which means that automotive companies should be developing more of the former. That is what Kia has planned with the brand new Stonic that they unveiled on June 20, a week after the Hyundai Kona’s launch.
The Kia Stonic is quickly becoming popular, and is looking like the perfect car to attract new and young customers, as well as current Kia owners that are looking for an upgrade. The Korean automaker even said that almost a quarter of their buyers are upsizing from a hatchback to something with a little more height. Having said all that, it has also been confirmed by Kia’s top manager that we will no longer be seeing a successor of the Venga MPV.
As the SUV segment grows with the new Stonic, it is time to say goodbye to good old MPVs like the Kia Venga. But to make things clear, the Stonic is not a replacement for the Venga. Kia’s European Chief Operating Officer Michael Cole said to AutoExpress that the Stonic’s arrival made it “difficult to justify a next generation” for the Venga. And for the record, MPV segments have been in decline for some time now. He added that as the MPV segment shrunk, “it has created an opportunity for us and sales are going fine for us now”.Read the entire article Kia axes the Venga, makes room for the Stonic
Similar to its automotive adversaries, Kia is doubling its efforts in filling each gap in its line-up of high-riding crossovers and SUVs. Now the South Korean company has unveiled a small, city-friendly model that is called the "Stonic". The 2018 Kia Stonic will be geared to go head to head against Toyota C-HR, Ford Ecosport, Nissan Juke, Hyundai Kona and Honda HR-V. Kia claimed that this new release will be one of its hottest crossovers to date.
According to the Korean vehicle manufacturer, 21% of consumers are choosing to upgrade their beloved hatchback into a taller and bigger vehicle, and its new 2018 Stonic might address these needs and be a strong contender in the crossover range. The Kia Stonic has a significant advantage – its much desired ride height. That’s because the crossover was based on the same platform as of the new Kia Rio.
Its plastic cladding and contrasting roof rails add a more tough aesthetic. The latest crossover is seen sporting the familiar "tiger nose grille" that is located between a pair of detailed headlights, and the new car can be fitted with an eye-catching roof that has an array of 20 different two-tone color combinations to choose from. For the interior space, Kia has given a high priority in this area, with the new crossover offering a class-leading shoulder room. Although the cabin is fitted with some scratchy plastics, don’t worry as the cabin is solid enough to tolerate a high force impact, including tantrums from a toddler.Read the entire article 2018 Kia Stonic unveiled for Europe
Kia is taking things a step further with the new Kia Stinger, which they first introduced at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. With the specs given to us by the company, it seems like the sports sedan will be at par with Mercedes and BMW’s new offerings.
Firstly, the said model has been equipped with a powerful 3.3 liter biturbo V6 engine, which is capable of producing as much as 365 horsepower (272 kilowatts). To prove those numbers, the company decided to take the Stinger out for a drive at no other than the Nurburgring. One thing we know is that only the good sports sedans head to that track to prove themselves worthwhile.
So, the Kia Stinger proved itself right as it went through 480 laps and over 6,200 miles (10,000 kilometers) around the Nurburgring in a span of a few weeks. But that’s not all, as the diesel-powered Stinger also sprinted around the Green Hell for double the distance - that is 12,400 miles (20,000 kilometers). We owe thanks to the Kia designers and engineers for ensuring that the aerodynamically sport sedans were made to perform as we expect them to. With all that mileage used up during the test phase, we are pretty confident with the Kia Stinger’s stamina.Read the entire article Prototypes of the Kia Stinger took on the Nurburgring with 480 laps of hard testing
Less than a week ago, Hyundai revealed to us the new Kona. And now, photos of the brand new Kia Stonic subcompact crossover have been leaked just before its official reveal at Amsterdam.
At first glance, you will be able to tell that both the Kona and the Stonic are related in some way, though the latter has a more mainstream design, reminding us of a Rio light hatch. We are well aware that Hyundai is trying its best to give each one of its cars a distinct look on the outside, especially up front where the cars indicate their brand's styling features.
Both cars have a similar silhouette, and the Korean company offers the same two-tone schemes so buyers could customize their cars, with different coloured roofs to contrast with the colour of the body. What's new is that the mirror caps can now be customized as well depending on the buyer's preference.Read the entire article Kia introduces the Stonic and reminds us of a Hyundai Kona
Kia will soon unleash a new compact SUV that will try its luck in the already highly competitive B-segment crossover segment – the new 2018 Kia Stonic.
According to the South Korean carmaker, the new Kia Stonic takes inspiration from its larger SUV siblings in its current lineup – both in terms of form and function. Thus, just like its larger siblings, the new Kia Stonic features a design with a splash of European taste.
People may wonder why this new compact crossover is dubbed as Stonic. It is not because it is as solid or as archaic as a stone. Rather, the moniker Stonic is a fusion of two different words – “Speedy” and “Tonic,” which usually refers to the first and the last note in the musical scale. Thus, in a sense the Stonic moniker was given to Kia’s newest compact crossover to suggest that this new product isn’t just quick and agile but is also a vehicle that offers something new and fresh in its segment. After all, the new Kia Stonic will have to challenge more renowned compact SUVs like the second generation of the Nissan Juke as well as the Renault Captur.Read the entire article Kia teases its most customizable vehicle – the Stonic compact SUV
Over a year ago, Kia gave its Forte lineup a good old update, with little bits of tweaks here and there, and a bigger 2.0 liter engine, plus a new S trim. The new Kia Forte lineup, including a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback was then showcased at the Detroit Auto Show. The sleeker version of the Forte Koup was said to receive the same treatment later that year, but we never got any update from the company. Now we know why - James Hope, Kia spokesperson said to CarsDirect that the 2016 Forte Koup will not have another successor.
The reason behind this discontinuation is the fact that the company had a difficult time selling the 2016 model, and it is not aligned with customer’ purchasing trends. The Korea-based company has also stopped taking orders for the particular model. But if you’re still thinking of getting a two-door Forte Koup, hurry up and head to showrooms as they still may have a few stocks left at a discounted rate.
The Forte Koup came in two trims: the EX with the 173 horsepower 2.0 liter engine and the SX which came with the bigger 1.6 liter turbocharged engine that generates 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 pound-feet of torque from 1,750 to 4,500 rpm. Both are listed on the company’s website with prices ranging from $19,890 MSRP (for the EX) to $20,690 (for the SX), which do not include the destination and handling fees. But the good thing is that if you’re interested in these models, there is a $2,500 rebate applicable. And to sell out the remaining 2016 models, the dealers may even include an extra discount for you, who knows?Read the entire article Kia announces discontinuation of the Forte Koup
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given its Top Safety Pick+ award to the redesigned version of the 2017 Kia Cadenza. This was a result of excellent a front crash prevention system and good crashworthiness ratings with headlights being considered as acceptable.
In order to achieve the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, a vehicle should be able to get good rating in all of the five crashworthiness tests. It should also have a front crash prevention system that will get either an advanced rating or superior rating. Finally, the headlights should have a good rating, or at the least an acceptable rating.
This redesigned version is the first Cadenza to have undergone the small overlap front protection conducted by IIHS. What this test does is to duplicate the situation wherein the front corner, on the driver side, crashes against another vehicle or even an object. The results was that the driver space remained to be maintained well with the maximum intrusion of the parking brake pedal measured to be 4 inches.Read the entire article IIHS gives awards TOP SAFETY PICK+ to redesigned 2017 Kia Cadenza
Kia Motors has officially unveiled the plug-in versions of the Niro compact crossover and Optima Sportwagon at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Including the lithium-ion battery packs, both models will be covered by Kia’s 7-year / 100,000-mile warranty which could offer some assurance to hybrid shoppers who are interested in Kia but are also concerned over the brand’s limited history in the hybrid genre.
Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors says that the new Kia vehicles on display in Geneva highlight the ambition and increasingly broad appeal of the company and its cars. He further commented that new plug-in hybrid versions of the Niro and Optima Sportswagon will help Kia achieve its 2020 target to improve fuel economy by 25 per cent over 2014 levels.
Featuring more convenient options like touchscreen infotainment system that controls the hybrid system to show total range and nearby charging stations, Niro and Optima Sportswagon models are expected to go on sale in the third quarter of 2017.Read the entire article Kia reveals the latest Niro, Optima Sportswagon Plug-In Hybrids in Geneva
Kia Motors’ campaign for the upcoming Super Bowl LI is turning out to be an epic one while sending the right message across its intended audience. And that is not just because Melissa McCarthy is in this particular spot.
As a comedian, McCarthy has been one of the many celebrities who really know how to make people laugh. Her role as the sweet and caring Molly in the six-season sitcom Mike & Molly was one of the defining moments of her career. In this particular ad for Kia, McCarthy remains as sweet and caring, but for the environment – a character made more obvious by the fact that she drives a 2018 Kia Niro hybrid crossover.
Titled as “Hero’s Journey,” this 60-second commercial ad shows the saga of McCarthy as an eco-warrior. While driving her Kia Niro, McCarthy is repeatedly called to take up an active role in several environment-related protests. The first task involved a cause for protecting endangered whales from scrupulous whalers. McCarthy and her team were able to successfully place orange banners – with “Protect the Whales” sign -- on a whaling ship. As she and her team were making the escape, a large whale suddenly surfaced and smacked McCarthy’s boat, sending her flying back to the whaling ship.Read the entire article Melissa McCarthy stars in Kia’s Super Bowl ad for the Niro hybrid crossover [w/videos]
South Korean carmaker Kia Motors is just about to commence selling its 2017 Kia Niro hybrid utility vehicle in the United States, and it has revealed the pricing for all available models just in time for the much awaited Super Bowl LI.
The new 2017 Kia Niro is not your ordinary SUV. When a consumer needs practicality, an SUV would be a proper proposition. However, in terms of fuel economy, a buyer may go for a compact car or better yet, grab a hybrid vehicle. But since the new Kia Niro is both an SUV and a hybrid vehicle, its primary attributes include both practicality and fuel economy. As a utility vehicle with hybrid capability, the new 2017 Kia Niro sure doesn’t come cheap.
At launch, the new 2017 Kia Niro will be available in five versions, including the Launch Edition. The regular versions are the FE, LX, EX and Touring. The Launch Edition of the Kia Niro is slotted between the EX and the Touring models. As the base version, the Niro FE is also the most affordable with a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $22,890. Even if it is the base version, the Niro FE is decently equipped as it is loaded with features like seven-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, power windows, reversing camera and audio system as well as keyless access and 16-inch wheels.Read the entire article 2017 Kia Niro hybrid utility vehicle is priced from $22,890 in the US
When a car has been in the market for nearly six years, it loses some of its luster and its customers tend to go for the all-new model with a whole new level of features offerings instead. Good thing the South Korean carmaker isn’t ignorant of the fact that the second generation of its Kia Picanto small car is nearing the end of its life cycle.
This is why for the model year 2017, Kia will be releasing the new and third generation of the Kia Picanto small car. The Picanto has been repeatedly spied, although it was in its camouflage form in a bid to conceal its new looks. As planned, the South Korean carmaker will unveil the all-new 2017 Kia Picanto in the early part of next year. But before that, Kia has released a set of images providing a better view of the 2017 Picanto small car.
According to Kia, the new Picanto is a fusion of a youthful and energetic new exterior as well as interior design. Moreover, the new Kia Picanto offers customers the chance to personalize their rides when it comes to both the exterior and the interior. Kia added that the new Picanto now boasts of a more assertive stance thanks to its bolder body lines and a wide array of exterior colors to choose from.Read the entire article Kia teases its next-generation 2017 Picanto with rendered images
The 2017 Detroit Auto Show (2017 North American International Auto Show) has been exciting and thrilling. Several new concepts and production vehicles were announced and unveiled, with a number of reveals proving to be stunning as well as exciting. One of these reveals is a sedan from South Korea – the new Kia Stinger that will be offered as a 2018 model.
Intended and offered as a five-occupant fastback sports sedan, the Kia Stinger was one of the highlights at the Detroit Auto Show, thanks to its one-of-a-kind GT design and the promise of power for its future endeavors. Many are already expecting resounding success for the Kia Stinger even before the South Korean carmaker has commenced its sales.
Its stunning looks perhaps could be one of the reasons why X-Tomi Design, an auto styling specialist from Tard, Hungary has chosen it as the subject of its new rendition project. Perhaps mesmerized by its evolutionary appearance, X-Tomi Design rendered not only one, but two versions of the Kia Stinger fastback sedan. In a sense, X-Tomi Design is helping us find out how Kia Stinger fastback sedan would have looked like when created as another body style – a coupe and a wagon (estate) in particular.Read the entire article X-Tomi renders coupe and wagon versions of the 2018 Kia Stinger fastback
After showing its first concept in 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany, it has always been Kia’s wish to launch a GT production vehicle. After over 5 years, the Korean automaker this year introduces the “Stinger”, Kia’s production-ready Gran Turismo model.
Interestingly, the 2018 Kia Stinger is almost similar to the GT4 Stinger it introduced in 2014 at the North American International Auto Show. It’s as if history keeps on repeating itself as Kia is now once again embarking on great things in Detroit.
The 2018 Kia Stinger is probably the largest one in the segment, considering its measurements are at 4.8 meters long and 1.87 meters wide. Also at 2.9 meters, the new Kia sedan probably has the longest wheelbase since it is longer than any other competing models. In other words, this would be an advantage as far as cargo and cabin space is concerned. Likewise, Kia reassures everyone that the Stinger has enough room for your golf bags and luggage. It even has the handy power lift gate for added convenience.Read the entire article NAIAS: 2018 Kia Stinger – a 365hp RWD sports sedan that aims to challenge the Germans
Nearly two weeks after teasing us with two rendered illustrations of the next generation of the Kia Picanto small car, the South Korean carmaker has released official images of the new vehicle.
The teaser images released in December provided us some good ideas on how the next gen PIcanto would look like. Those images worked as they should be, teasing us and telling us the third generation of the Picanto looks more aggressive and sportier than the current generation small car from Kia.
Now, Kia has released more images with clearer renditions of the upcoming third-gen Picanto. Unlike the initial teaser images, these new ones present both the exterior and interior appearances of the new Picanto. If there are any differences between the first images and the new ones, it is that the third-gen white Kia Picanto – in GT-Line specs -- on the recent renditions doesn’t look as mean and as aggressive as the black version on the initial renders. Well, this could be because of the differences in the color of the small cars, the angling of the renders and the background used. Nevertheless, the third-gen Picanto has a more aggressive stance and bolder lines than the current generation.Read the entire article Here are the official images of third-generation Kia Picanto
Can a vehicle travel from West Coast of the United States to the East Coast using less than 50 gallons of gas? Well, if that is possible, then it would have a place in the Guinness World Records, even if involves a hybrid unit.
That is what actually happened when a hybrid car made a trip from Los Angeles, California to New York. It was Kia’s newest hybrid offering underpinned by a dedicated eco-car platform and a distinct hybrid system that grabbed a place in the Guinness World Records. And there was nothing stopping the 2017 Kia Niro urban crossover hybrid vehicle to set this new world record for lowest fuel consumption by a hybrid vehicle.
Selected for the attempt is an EX model of the new 2017 Kia Niro. To note, Kia didn’t alter the hybrid vehicle in any way just for the attempt – it is an untouched model that could be actually purchased from dealerships. The new Kia Niro -- piloted by Wayne Gerdes (Carlsbad, California) and co-driver Robert Winger (Williamsburg, Virginia) -- commenced its record-setting trip from one of the main landmarks in L.A., the Los Angeles City Hall.Read the entire article 2017 Kia Niro has lowest fuel consumption, sets Guinness World Record
Back at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in September, Kia Motors of South Korea provided us with a preview of the latest version of its B-segment fighter, the new 2017 Kia Rio. Marking the first of the next generation Rio, the model previewed in Paris has been designed and engineered to cater to the demands and wants of a broader group of customers, with global sales set to commence in the first quarter of 2017.
However, what we saw in Paris is the five-door hatchback version of the Kia Rio. The South Korean carmaker has yet to unveil the sedan form of the Kia Rio, which will be due for the 2018 model year. While we are frustrated that we couldn’t see – for now – how the new Kia Rio sedan would look, perhaps the new Kia K2 sedan unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China will tide us over.
But don’t get us wrong. The Kia K2 sedan unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show is intended for the auto market in China. However, the K2 sedan we just saw in China could provide a good preview of the design of the sedan version of the Kia Rio that would be marketed in the United States and Europe. The K2 and the 2017 Rio share several characteristics. For instance, the hood and the headlights of both models are very similar. Moreover, both models feature the general tiger nose grille design of the front end, although that of the Rio hatchback is bigger. Moreover, the rear end of the K2 features the new quarter-flanking taillights found on the Rio hatchback. Overall, the rear end of the K2 looks very similar to that of the 2017 Cadenza, primarily because of the duckbill spoiler and sleeker trunk design. This could mean that the design of these parts could be also be seen on the 2018 Rio sedan.Read the entire article 2017 China-only Kia K2 provides early glimpse into 2018 Kia Rio sedan
South Korean carmaker Kia Motors has chosen the upcoming 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show at the venue for the unveiling of a turbocharged version of its new Kia Soul compact crossover to the North American market. For the 2017 model year, Kia’s Soul range has been made more appealing with the addition of the 2017 Soul Exclaim, a compact crossover with a sporty and dynamic feel. With this, the 2017 Kia is now offered in three versions – base, Plus and Exclaim.
The Soul is one of the reasons why Kia made a sudden surge in the United States, especially in the crossover segment. With a design distinct from fellow compact crossovers, the Kia Soul also managed to attract more customers to Kia by offering a satisfying fuel economy and comfortable ride in a package that is available in a very reasonable price.
Power had been provided for by 1.6- and 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engines, but was not enough to provide a higher level of thrill and excitement. The 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine found in the base Soul delivers only 130 hp of output while the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated powerplant in the Soul Plus offers a higher 161 hp. The Exclaim package for the refreshed 2017 Kia Soul is the answer that the carmaker has found to further the SUV’s appeal to customers in North America.Read the entire article Kia unveils 2017 Soul Turbo at 2016 LA Auto Show
Kia Motors believes that in the future, cars will not only be customized to fit our lifestyles but will also be able to drive on their own.
Thus for the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association, Kia put on display four concept models meant to explore diverse and active lifestyle from business travel or even sports entertainment.
According to KIA exec Michael Sprague, Kia has been in the U.S. market for 22 years and has been proud of the fact that the brand has helped people meet the demands of a diverse and active lifestyle. The 2016 SEMA Show, he added, is a way for the brand to showcase what the future can be.Read the entire article Kia unveils 4 custom autonomous models for 2016 SEMA
South Korean carmaker Kia Motors has unveiled the fourth-generation Kia Rio at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The latest generation of the Rio is calling out to B-segment customers to carefully consider this newly designed great ride that boasts of first-in-class safety technology and new connectivity features as well as high levels of practicality and convenience.
The B-segment is currently the biggest segment in the new car market in Europe, and Kia expects to sell over 100,000 units of the newest iteration of the Rio on its first full year. Such a sales figure will place the Rio alongside the carmaker’s other hit models in the continent like the Sportage and cee’d.
In 2015, the Rio ranked as the brand’s best-selling model in the world selling over 473,000 units or 16 percent of its annual sales. Kia sold 12,115 Rios in the United Kingdom in the same year, which account for around 15 percent of overall sales in the country.Read the entire article 2017 Kia Rio presented at Paris Motor Show
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