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 |  Jul 18 2014, 9:02 AM

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Kia is calling back 51,641 of its Soul compact hatchbacks from the 2014 model year because they could experience a loss of steering ability.

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 |  Jul 11 2014, 2:00 PM

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As Kia continues to expand its range of offerings, the brand is considering the addition of diesel powerplants to its vehicles sold in the U.S. 

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 |  Jun 30 2014, 5:23 PM

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Strategic Vision has released its 19th annual Total Quality Index (TQI) and the results could surprise you.

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 |  Jun 24 2014, 11:42 AM

Kia's Gangnam-Style Luxury Car


2014 Kia K900 Five-Point Inspection

Kia is a brand that’s going places. Just a few years ago their cars were the equivalent of latex gloves; you’d use them once and throw ‘em away. But now the South Korean company is building some truly impressive, even class-leading products.

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 |  Jun 10 2014, 2:00 PM

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The analysts and number crunchers at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch released the findings of their latest Car Wars study, a report that tracks industry product trends. The results are surprising; market-share fluctuations are expected to remain small. But Ford and Honda are both projected to gain in the coming years with Nissan on track to lose share.

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 |  Jun 05 2014, 9:32 AM

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Where is in-car connectivity going in the future? A group of high-level industry experts weighed in on this pressing question yesterday at Telematics Update Detroit.

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 |  Jun 03 2014, 4:40 PM

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Building cars close to where they are sold always makes the most sense and Korean automaker Kia has plans to move production much closer to the USA.

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 |  Jun 03 2014, 3:02 PM

Tech Tuesday: Lets get Digital (Gauges)


 

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Most vehicles have some sort of screen in the gauge cluster these days, but some are better than others.

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 |  May 17 2014, 9:32 AM

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The 2011-2013 Kia Sorento is under investigation because its sunroof might randomly shatter.

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 |  May 05 2014, 9:02 AM

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Kia design boss Peter Schreyer wants more emotionally designed models for the company, but that might not materialize into much of anything in the near future.

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 |  Apr 22 2014, 1:45 PM

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Kia design boss Peter Schreyer wants more emotionally-styled flagship products for the brand.

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 |  Apr 18 2014, 9:02 PM

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Kia hosted a nice surprise leading up to the 2014 New York Auto Show, proving that there’s still some life left in the minivan segment.

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 |  Apr 14 2014, 12:51 PM

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The minivan market has taken a downturn thanks to the rise of the crossover and SUV, but some automakers still persist in the family hauling market.

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 |  Apr 10 2014, 12:15 PM

It's an Automotive Vanity Extravaganza


KBB Brand Award Winners

The folks at Kelley Blue Book have released their annual Brand Image Awards. The study, now in its seventh year, honors automakers for excelling in certain areas. Categories include things like best performance brand, most refined brand and most trusted brand. Overall there are 13 winners and the results may surprise or even appall you. You’ll need to read on to find out.

But first, according to KBB this isn’t some shady survey conducted by annoying telephone marketers; awards are actually the result of “extensive research gathered throughout the year.” Shoppers using the company’s website contribute to the results; in fact more than 12,000 of them participated, and here’s what the people have to say.

 |  Apr 10 2014, 11:00 AM

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Kia is planning to “raise the bar” in the minivan segment with the 2015 Sedona, which is set to be revealed next week during the 2014 New York Auto Show.

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 |  Mar 26 2014, 11:32 AM

The Kings of the Big Family Haulers


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Until the mid-1980s, those with large families usually bought station wagons with a who-cares-about-safety rearward facing third row of seats. But then the minivan was introduced and everything changed. For the next fifteen years, troops of kids were transported here and there in these pragmatic boxes on wheels. As is often the case though, consumer taste’s changed.

Today the three-row station wagons rival the mountain gorilla on the critically endangered species list while the minivan has become more passé than bridge clubs. Now there is a new king of big family transport – the three-row crossover utility vehicle (CUV).

And the Crossover Takes Over

After a brief foray with three-row body-on-frame SUVs in the early 2000s, the vast majority of auto manufacturers have settled on unibody crossovers to handle passenger duties of six or more. Last year, more than 1.7 million of these CUVs were sold in the U.S. compared to less than 525,000 minivans.

With nearly two million annual sales up for grabs, manufacturers are constantly tweaking their products to entice customers. Over the last year alone, all-new versions of the Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander hit the market while the Kia Sorento and Dodge Durango received significant updates. To see which CUV is the best value for the money, we gathered these five crossovers along with three older models; the large Chevrolet Traverse, the best-selling Ford Explorer and the eight-passenger Honda Pilot. Which one emerged as the victor in this stacked field? Read on to find out.

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 |  Mar 18 2014, 9:02 AM

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The Kia Soul’s success has been surprising in the U.S., but is it good enough to merit a coupe variant?

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 |  Mar 11 2014, 9:30 AM

2016 Kia Soul EV

Heads up EV fans, Kia is on track to launch its first global battery-powered vehicle in 2016.

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 |  Mar 01 2014, 3:10 PM

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Less than a third of Kia dealers will sell its new K900 flagship sedan when it goes on sale this March.

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 |  Feb 26 2014, 8:13 PM

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The next-generation Kia Sorento has been spied cold weather testing, revealing that the midsized crossover will grow in its next iteration.

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 |  Feb 25 2014, 6:04 PM

2014 Consumer Reports Brand Report Card

Consumer Reports’ 2014 Car Brand Report Card has been published and not surprisingly luxury automakers dominate the top of this list.

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 |  Feb 18 2014, 10:02 AM

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South Korean auto maker Kia is calling back 11,961 of its Sportage crossovers from the 2014 model year.

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 |  Feb 09 2014, 8:06 PM

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At the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Kia unveiled its 2015 Soul EV for the North American market.

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 |  Feb 08 2014, 2:02 PM

AutoGuide.com's Must-See List


 

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Chicago typically hosts the most heavily visited auto show in North America, so there’s a better chance you’re going to visit it than any other AutoGuide.com reports on.

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