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Kia GT Concept to Enter Production in 2013

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With the companies current shift towards inspired design, Kia motors will produce the GT concept which was first shown at the Frankfurt auto show in 2011. The GT’s slick design is clearly aimed at competing with European luxury brands such as Audi. Kia is saying that the introduction of the GT will not be a… Continue Reading...

Hyundai, Kia To Establish Distinct Brand Identities

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For a long time, the only brand with a poorer reputation than Hyundai was Kia. Despite being a subsidiary of Hyundai, Kia‘s vehicles were often a grade lower in quality, using decade-old Mazda engineering and projecting an image of cheap vehicles for those with poor credit (or poor taste). Now, Kia is on a roll,… Continue Reading...

Hyundai May Bring Elantra Touring, 5-Door Veloster, To America

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Hyundai has already admitted that they have two sets of tooling for their three-door Veloster, so that Hyundai can switch the door’s location for either left or right-hand drive markets, and the company has admitted that a Veloster with two rear doors is a possibility for the future. Hyundai is apparently planning a five-door version… Continue Reading...

Hyundai Elantra Touring Plug-In Hybrid Under Development

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Although our German isn’t too great, Auto Motor und Sport, the automotive publication of record in Germany, is reporting that the Hyundai i30, also known as the Elantra Touring, will get a plug-in hybrid version in 2013. Hyundai has hinted at a competitor to the Toyota Prius before, and the i30, designed with the ultra-competitive… Continue Reading...

Kia GT May Not Get Turbo V6

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Kia‘s heart-stoppingly cool GT concept was was powered by a 3.3L turbo V6 packing 400 horsepower – but the production version might not get such an exotic powertrain. Speaking with Auto Express, Kia styling boss Peter Schreyer said that “I think done in the right way, with a smaller engine or hybrid technology, it would work,”… Continue Reading...

Kia To Launch Electric Vehicle By 2012

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Kia will unveil its first electric vehicle by the start of 2012, but did not say whether the vehicle would be sold in the United States. The EV will reportedly be based on the Hyundai i10, a vehicle considered much too small for North American tastes. A production run of just 2,000 units is expected… Continue Reading...

Kia To Focus On Quality Ahead Of Lineup Expansion

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Kia will hold off on expanding its production facilities and sales targets in favor of improving the quality of its vehicles, CEO Lee Sam-ung told Automotive News at a launch event for its new Rio hatchback. “Quantitative growth is important, but qualitative growth is also important. We plan to focus on improving product quality and… Continue Reading...

Ssangyong Wants To Become Korea’s “Most Innovative” Automaker

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While Hyundai and Kia are the best known Korean automakers,  Ssangyong, still exists in the rest of the world, and the automaker (who has never sold vehicles in North America) has some very ambitious goals for the near future. Ssangyong wants to sell 160,000 vehicles worldwide by 2013, and hopes to raise that number to… Continue Reading...

2012 Kia Rio Hatchback Priced From $13,600

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Kia will launch their 2012 Rio Hatchback with a starting price of $13,600, plus a $750 destination charge (bringing the total to $14,350). The base car will come only with a manual gearbox, while an automatic transmission equipped version will cost $14,700 ($15,540 with destination included) while the top-of-the-line SX model will set you back… Continue Reading...

Hyundai Veloster To Start At $17,300 For Manual, $18,550 For DCT [Full Pricing Released]

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While Hyundai CEO John Krafcik didn’t give us full pricing on the upcoming Hyundai Veloster, a tweet by Hyundai’s head honcho did reveal that the highly anticipated sports coupe will start at $17,300 for a 6-speed manual version, while the Dual-Clutch Transmission will cost $18,550, while delivering 40 mpg on the highway. In addition to… Continue Reading...
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