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Customized Kia Cadenza, Stinger will impress you at 2017 SEMA Show

Car manufacturers have been boasting a lot of interesting cars and concepts at the ongoing 2017 SEMA Show. From BMW’s M5 Performance Parts, Chevrolet’s cool new software update for the Corvette, and Kia’s good-looking trio. Yes, even Kia stepped up their game and made a noise at SEMA, by bringing along two hot Stingers and an all-black Cadenza.

Let us get into more detail about each car beginning with the wide body Stinger. As you can see in the photo, it had been hand crafted by the people at West Coast Customs. And if you know something about car history, you would notice a slight resemblance between the custom Stinger and the GT cars of the 1970s. But despite the same wide body treatment that it got, it still has Kia’s already aggressive design.

The Stinger rides on a set of 21-inch Keen forged wheels paired with high performance tires. It also sits on a lowered suspension (by 1.4 inches up front, and 1.2 inches in the rear), and is finished in layers of pearl blue metallic paint. The body has a lightweight carbon fiber aero kit and a rear diffuser to keep the sedan close to the ground. Inside is a driver-centric cockpit with bright blue leather piping that match the handmade grey leather seats.

Read the entire article Customized Kia Cadenza, Stinger will impress you at 2017 SEMA Show

UK sales of 2018 Kia Stonic B-SUV begin on October 23, priced from £16,295

South Korean carmaker Kia will try to follow up the success of its Sportage compact sports utility vehicle by introducing a smaller SUV (subcompact) in the United Kingdom in the guise of the new 2018 Kia Stonic. The new Stonic – Kia’s first entry into the B-SUV segment – will be available in the UK for as a low as £16,295 starting October 23, 2017.

Underpinned by the same platform used on the latest iteration of the Kia Rio, the new Kia Stonic will be available in two different trim grades (Stonic 2 and Stonic First Edition) and three different engines (a 1.4-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine, a 1.0-liter T-GDi turbocharged petrol unit and a 1.6-liter CRDi turbodiesel).

The Kia Stonic 2 trim could be powered by any of three available engines, with the version having the 1.4-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine (with output of 98 PS or 97hp) under its hood serving as the entry-level model. This base model – featuring a starting price of £16,295—is provided as standard with bi-function projection headlights, LED daytime running lights, cornering lights, electrically adjustable heated side mirrors, rear parking sensors, roof rails and 17-inch alloy wheels. It is also provided with 3.5-inch supervision cluster, multi-function steering wheel, a six-speaker sound system and all-round electric windows as well as remote locking, Bluetooth with music streaming and 60:40 split rear seats.

Read the entire article UK sales of 2018 Kia Stonic B-SUV begin on October 23, priced from £16,295

2018 Kia Stinger priced from $32,795 (Base) to $51,000 (GT2)

Pricing for the hot hatch sedan was updated only recently but may still be subject to change before the car hits US dealerships by the end of the year. As it goes, the base Stinger 2.0T should come with a sticker price of $31,900 plus destination charge of $895. That’s a total of $32,795 for the lowest-priced 2018 Kia Stinger in the lineup which has the standard 255hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Pricing for the rest of the variants will go up from here starting with the Kia Stinger Premium 2.0T at $37,000, this is followed by the GT 3.3T at $39,000. Next is the more potent GT1 3.3T at $43,500 and last but definitely not the least is the GT2 3.3 T variant that you can have for $49,500. Again, destination charge for each car will cost you around $895 plus additional $2,200 for an AWD setup for all models.

The loaded version is packed with 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces a powerful output of 365hp (272kW) and 376lb-ft (509 Nm) of torque. Marry this to an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters and the sedan hatch could go from a zero to 60mph (96km/h) in as fast as 4.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 167mph (268 km/h). The eight speed AT gearbox is the only option for transmission and will come as standard for Stinger’s entire range.

Read the entire article 2018 Kia Stinger priced from $32,795 (Base) to $51,000 (GT2)

Kia Proceed Concept arrives before 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Kia has already revealed some details about their new concept, the Proceed. And now, we are getting our first look at it. The first two generations of the Kia Proceed we have seen are both three-door coupes, and now it seems like the company is planning to significantly change the model for the third generation. The new Proceed concept will now have the look of a sporty wagon with five doors, similar to a shooting brake. In fact, it now looks more like a Stinger sedan more than anything else, and that is a good thing.

The model was designed in Europe, and the “extended hot hatch” will be sitting on a set of large 20-inch wheels that look more like a work of art, thanks to its intricate design. The new Proceed has a more rakish roofline that overall gives it a very nice silhouette, but still kind of reminds you of its coupe predecessors. By looking at the images, the IAA-bound concept is dressed in a striking Lava Red paint, equipped with the sporty GT specifications. This comes with large air vents at its Stinger-like front fascia, and with large fenders and carbon fiber details, though we do think some of these design elements will not make it to production stage.

What’s cool about this concept is the fact that the greenhouse’s outline automatically lights up, while the door handles pop out when the drive approaches the car.

Read the entire article Kia Proceed Concept arrives before 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Kia is now headed to Europe for this year’s 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show which is slated to begin next week September 14 and stay open until the 24th. Tagging along the much anticipated Proceed concept is the SUV- inspired Picanto X-Line and the refreshed 2018 Kia Sorento Facelift. While the Sorento’s first public debut is only several days from now, Kia has already revealed the new look of the seven-seater SUV along with the announcement of a new GT line.

The new Sorento features a redesigned exterior and interior and is packed with Kia’s most advanced in-car and safety technologies. Apart from the new GT line, the new SUV will come available in the new 8-speed automatic transmission which comes exclusively with the 2.2-liter diesel engine.

While the existing six speed manual will still be offered, Kia is also introducing the new 2.2 liter diesel Sorento with 8-Speed Automatic transmission as a replacement for the current 6-speed AT variant. The new transmission is expected to offer smoother and faster gear changes aside from delivering lower CO2 emissions from 172g/km to 159. The new Sorento will feature four modes of driving (Smart, Sport, Comfort and Eco) to help achieve its optimum fuel efficiency.

Read the entire article 2018 Kia Sorento gets European facelift in time for Frankfurt Motor Show debut

For the first time, Kia will be unveiling their most powerful Picanto later this month at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, dubbed the Picanto X-Line. This comes with a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that can give as much as 98 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque (172 Newton metres) spread over a broad 1,500 - 4,000 rpm rev range.

Kia plans to bring this model to dealerships later this year in Europe. In terms of performance, the Picanto X-Line can do 0-62 miles per hour in a little over 10 seconds, with an average of 4.5 liters / 100 kilometers (62.7 mpg UK or 52.2 in the US) in the New European Driving Cycle.

Despite the performance upgrade, Kia did not consider giving the Picanto that much of a physical makeover to suit the more powerful engine. The X-Line is like a mini version of the Kia Sportage, and is actually a city car that’s inspired by the SUV. As for the suspension, it has been raised by 15 millimeters (0.6 inches). It also comes with rugged bumpers that boast metal-style skid plates, as well as new black wheel arch cladding and lime green details for the grille and fog lights. If you are not a huge fan of green, then you can always opt for silver details.

Read the entire article Frankfurt Preview: 2018 Kia Picanto X-Line is a Sportage-inspired city car

South Korean carmaker Kia Motors has announced that it would be unveiling a new concept car at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. As Kia disclosed, the concept car – still unnamed up to this moment and will likely be so until its official reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show – would provide a glimpse into the possible design and appearance of the third generation of its Kia Cee’d compact car.

The last time we checked, the Kia Cee’d – a compact car especially made for European customers – is still on its second generation. The first generation Cee’d lasted for six years while the second generation has been on the market since 2012, which means that the third-generation compact car is up for introduction soon. The original Cee’d was unveiled at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show while the second-gen model was unwrapped in the 2012 edition of the event. It was named after the initials of the European Economic Community (EEC or CEE in some places) and European Design (ED). Kia, however, determined that CEEED would have too many Es, so the last E was replaced with an apostrophe mark, resulting to the Cee’d moniker.

However, Kia has made it clear that that the still unnamed concept car to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show would be just a design study indicating the possible looks of the next generation of the Cee’d. Should the South Korean carmaker decide to unveil the third generation of the Kia Cee’d next year – or six years after the debut of the second-gen compact car – it could happen at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the event that introduced the first two generations of the Cee’d.

Read the entire article Kia’s unnamed extended hot hatch concept to be unveiled at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

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
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