Kia cars

Over the past few years, Korean automaker Kia has been on a mission to change public perception of its brand. No longer is it the quirky Korean brand that’s attached to the hip with Hyundai. Granted, it is still attached to Hyundai and you can trace nearly every Kia model back to Hyundai roots; it simply has a little more design freedom these days.

Now, it’s ready to take on the big boys. To its credit, it’s doing so with a full armada of new vehicle offerings that’ll cater to a wide range of consumer palettes.

One such model that Kia has high hopes for is the 2013 Rio Sedan . First introduced in 2000, the Rio has since spawned three generations, a remarkable achievement in itself considering that despite being a relative neophyte in its segment, it has managed to hold its own against the Corollas and Civics of the world.

Make no mistakes, though; the Rio still has its work cut out for it, given the tradition and popularity of its Japanese competitors.

Yet that has been a challenge that Kia has fully embraced, if only for the rather simple reason that if you’re going to make a name for yourself in the industry, you’re going to need to target the heavyweights and give them some reason to look in their rear-view mirrors.

The Rio definitely has the tools to take the battle to its rivals. The question is does it have the tools to attract the most important group of people: buyers.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Kia Rio Sedan

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The Kia Forte5 is the forthcoming hatchback variation of last year’s new Forte sedan but packs some interesting and timely updates that make this one of the few hot hatches offered in the U.S. market. The highlights include a powerful turbocharged engine, sophisticated front and rear LED lighting, and a cabin with some boy-racer appeal via carbon-fiber-style surfaces and a six-speed manual box.

Let’s face it: hot hatches just aren’t sexy here. As much as our Euro counterparts get excited about the Fiesta ST , there’s a collective “huh?” in U.S. showrooms over the same car. It just seems too tall, too narrow and diminutive for someone to commit to years of payments. The Honda Civic Si is about as close to the recipe as possible and even this is only offered in staid sedan or also-staid coupe bodywork.

This is set to change with the new Forte5. The name is the dorkiest part: the style of low, crisp and wide proportions makes this car look more like a slammed Sportage or Cayenne than an econobox. The mechanical packages on the Kia show a half-step improvement versus corporate sibling Hyundai , with the turbo engine finally delivering some of the sportiness Kia says defines its products.

So where does the Forte5 site within the Forte line that also includes sedans and coupes? Right in that hot-hatch sweet spot, just moved a little further toward “cool” from the embarrassing current hatchbacks: the Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Spark .

Click past the jump for the full review of the Forte5 ahead of its arrival in U.S. dealers at the end of summer 2013.

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The Kia Quoris or K9 was unveiled by the South Korean automaker in 2012 as a replacement for the Opirus sedan in its home market. The Quoris is already sold in many countries around the Globe and it looks like the U.S. will be next.

In an interview with Automotive, one Kia official confirmed that the Quoris will arrive is the U.S. in 2014 and will be priced somewhere between $50k and $70k. If you are wondering how a company can sell models with such a wide price spectrum, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Michael Sprague, has the answer: "How is that any different than Mercedes-Benz selling cars from $30,000 to $150,000?"

While we await the Quoris arrival, Kia will remain busy by unveiling seven refreshed or all-new vehicles, plus slightly updated 2014 Kia Sedona minivan that Kia hopes will help improve sales.

Click past the jump to read more about the Kia Quoris.

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Kia GT Concept

Kia has been playing with the idea of offering a sports coupe for quite some time now.

In the past few years this idea has been brought up quite a few times, but at the 2013 New York Auto Show Tom Kearns, the head of Kia’s California design studio, stated emphatically that he feels the company should develop a sports car. His dream sports car would offer a rear-wheel-drive configuration and would be a similar style as the Toyota GT86 and FR-S.

He would like to see it offered in both coupe and convertible, with both versions having their own advantages: a convertible is fun to drive, while a coupe with an affordable price can prove very popular in the U.S. market.

In true Kia fashion, they would also try to keep the model very affordable in an attempt to attract younger buyers.

Will it ever happen, not likely, but Kia’s done it before…

Hit the jump to read more about the first rumors on a possible sports car and Kia’s sports car past

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The latest installment of Kia’s superhero lineup was finally unveiled at the New York Auto Show.

This time, DC’s Wonder Woman was the recipient of the Korean automaker’s superhero-themed vehicles.

The Sportage Wonder Woman is actually the seventh of an eight-vehicle partnership between Kia and DC and for what it’s worth, it’s one of the better ones we’ve seen come out of the unique collaboration.

The exterior of the Sportage features a truly unique aerodynamic look with a red and blue exterior scheme that comes accented with the same stars Wonder Woman has in her get-up. Notice also the gold trim found throughout the vehicle; that’s a nod toward the heroine’s golden lasso. On the front, Wonder Woman’s famous eagle chest plate is prominently featured and integrated into the Sportage’s grille with matching blue headlight beams representing her eyes.

Rounding out the exterior modifications is Wonder Woman’s tiara, which is clearly visible on top of the Sportage’s windshield. The chrome side panels on the vehicle that serve as graphical interpretations of her invisible jet and the five-spoke wheel design complete the wonderful work done on the exterior to pay homage to DC’s resident super heroine.

Moving inside, Kia continued the Wonder Woman-inspired theme with red upholstery and dash pieces, as well as blue LED lighting to match the exterior treatment. There are also custom seats bearing Wonder Woman’s costume with embroidered logo prominently featured. Last but not least is the cargo area of the Sportage, which has a see-through panel displaying Wonder Woman’s full list of crime fighting accessories, including her tiara, bracelets and a glowing Lasso of Truth.

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The 2014 Kia Optima SX Limited made its debut at the New York International Auto Show and offers a sporty package for the mid-sized sedan market.

The Kia Optima line is the best-selling line for the Korean automaker and the SX Limited model offers a more upscale feel. The cars styling has subtle details that set it apart from the other cars in the model’s lineup.

The SX Limited offers a high performing engine and a lot of tech goodies. The more powerful engine option is given away with styling cues such as larger chrome alloy wheels, red brake calipers and chrome accents. Kia is hoping that this model will help give the car a bit more excitement than the lower level cars in the model’s lineup.

The design of the car was out of Frankfurt Germany to help ensure a pleasing European design. The Limited is styled to compete with sporty mid-size sedans from Europe and Japan and looks like it will give them a run for their money.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Kia Optima SX Limited.

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At the 2013 New York International Auto Show , Kia has debuted the 2014 Kia Forte Koup SX. The car promises much better performance over the standard model as well as a sportier look and feel.

With the debut of this new performance-minded model, Kia is hoping to give buyers interested in a Kia Forte a much sportier option. This model will have a more aggressive appearance and promises better performance to back up the looks. With this new performance-oriented model, Kia’s gunning for other sporty coupes from Europe and Japan.

The more powerful engine in the SX model should lead to a better 0-to-60 mph time. Because of the added power, the new model will require bigger brakes that will be housed by enlarged wheels that help fill out the wheel arches nicely. The more aggressive styling combined with the better performance seems to add up to a pretty impressive model.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Kia Forte Koup SX.

The attention generated by the Kia Provo Concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show wasn’t an accident. Neither is the Korean automaker’s follow-up concept, the CUB Concept.

Scheduled to make its debut at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show, the CUB Concept is described as a compact four-door coupe whose styling reflects the attitude of "trend-setting urban dwellers".

Although it doesn’t have the same revolutionary concept design as the Provo Concept, the CUB Concept does have a whole lot going for it, at least as far as what the lone teaser of the concept is showing us.

The most striking deal of the teaser is the headlight design of the CUB Concept, which looks a lot like what the automaker has on its Quoris luxury sedan. There’s also a distinctive strip running the length of the concept, which usually equates to a car with a sporty and racy character to it.

Not much else was divulged, but fortunately, the Seoul Motor Show is fast approaching and we’ll have all the details of the CUB Concept when they become available.

Kia GT Concept

At the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Kia unveiled the GT sports car - a concept rumored to be put into production shortly after its official debut. Still, no details have been offered on the new concept until recently, at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Benny Oeyen, Kia’s boss of European product planning, confirmed that in the next few years we will see a production version of the GT sports coupe and a new Rio GT.

Talking about the production version Kia GT, Benny Oeyen confirmed it will be a rear-wheel-drive sports coupe, "a little less pure than the Toyota GT86, more of a comfortable cruiser."

He also confirmed that the GT lineup will be expanded with a new Rio GT model that will be powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that is capable of delivering around 200 horsepower. Still, Kia will limit the output to about 180 horsepower in order to offer a clear hierarchy in its lineup — the new Rio GT needs to be placed under the C’eed GT, which delivers a total of 210 horsepower.

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Kia Provo Concept

Well that didn’t take long, did it?

Fresh off of wowing the crowd at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , Kia’s Provo Concept may be headed to production faster than anybody anticipated.

Benny Oeyen, Kia’s European Vice President of Marketing and Product Planning, recently told Auto Express that the Korean automaker is seriously considering building a production model of the Provo Concept.

“The Provo is a possible niche we can venture into," Oeyen said. "Our brand is currently rational, but there’s space for a B-Coupe."

While there’s no immediate timetable for the production of the Provo, Kia’s next step in determining the concept’s production future would be to conduct market research to determine if the model will have the kind of demand that warrants a production model being built.

The automaker’s admission that it has no problem venturing into the B-Coupe market should be a big plus in the side of those wanting to see the Provo get its production green light.

Here’s our two cents on it: if Kia decides to retain the concept’s fantastic exterior while simplifying the interior to adhere to production standards, then we have no qualms about saying that it’s a car the automaker has to have out on the road.

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