2018 Kia Ceed

2018 Kia Ceed
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New-generation hatchback comes with new tech and a new name

After six years on the market, the second-generation Kia Cee’d is getting ready to retire at the end of the year. Replacing it is the third-generation model, a more modern hatchback updated to the company’s new design language and fitted with Kia’s latest technology. On top of that, the Cee’d name was replaced with Ceed. The hatchback makes its global debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Also designed, developed, engineered, and built in Europe, the new Ceed aims to account for an even greater proportion of Kia’s European sales. Specifically, the Korean brand is hoping to sell more than 700,000 units and more than 16 percent of its European sales. Kia didn’t say why the Cee’d badge was replaced with Ceed, but it points out that it consolidates its reputation as "a car for the Community of Europe, with European Design." Well, I guess they finally realized that car names and badges need to be simple as possible, so I happy to see the apostrophe go.

As until now, the Kia Ceed will go against tough competition in Europe. Although both the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus are fairly old, they’re still highly popular and in line to get redesigned versions soon. Then there’s the Hyundai i30, a solid proposition in this niche. Let’s see what the new Ceed has to offer.

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2019 Kia Ceed GT-Line

2019 Kia Ceed GT-Line

Hot hatches are big business in Europe, but not everybody wants the stiffer ride, or the higher associated fuel bills, which is why Kia has made the Ceed GT-Line which it revealed at the Paris motor show.

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Kia Will Expand Its Electrified Lineup by Turning the 2019 Ceed and Sportage into Plug-In Hybrids

Kia Will Expand Its Electrified Lineup by Turning the 2019 Ceed and Sportage into Plug-In Hybrids

The South-Korean manufacturer seems to have a lot on its plate already.

Kia has been one of the top automakers to adopt electrification in its portfolio. At a point where other manufacturers would probably focus on stabilizing the sales of their present electrified models, Kia is relentlessly working towards increasing its fleet of plug-in hybrid models to counter CO2 emission regulations all across the globe. This is what commitment looks like: competition!

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The Kia Ceed GT Line is the Solution for Those that Want to Look Fast but Go Slow

The Kia Ceed GT Line is the Solution for Those that Want to Look Fast but Go Slow

Hot hatch looks with... regular hatch performance is the ethos behind Kia’s new Ceed GT Line models, just revealed at the Paris motor show. It is optionally available on the standard Ceed, as well as the estate, and standard on the new ProCeed.

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2019 Kia Ceed GT

2019 Kia Ceed GT

A Warm Car That Does Not Try To Be Hot

This is the new Kia Ceed GT - something called a warm hatch and is destined to reach Europe in an effort to upscale the entire Ceed family there. It will do so along with the new Proceed Shooting Brake. None of these cars will ever be available in the U.S., but they do show rather impressive effort focused on Kia’s reimagination of its brand. Kia isn’t a super-cheap car producer anymore. It has a coupe-like sedan with 373 horsepower, a grille called Tiger Nose, and now the Ceed GT that is powered by a 1.6-liter, turbocharged engine that develops 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Yup, the very same engine you can get here in the Veloster. Actually, imagine that I am whispering to you now - the Ceed GT is really, really similar to the Veloster Turbo R-Spec. Only, it has a normal number of doors.

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2019 Kia ProCeed

2019 Kia ProCeed

Kia has chosen to reimagine its next-gen ProCeed as a five-door fastback-like wagon, ditching the three-door layout of the previous model. Called a shooting brake by the company, and set to be revealed to the public next month at the Paris motor show, it is essentially a more rakish looking version of the load-lugging Ceed Sportwagon for those looking to blend practicality with making a more dramatic entrance.

This new ProCeed is slightly longer than the Sportwagon (by 5 mm) and a fair chunk shorter too (by 43 mm) and it even has a lower ground clearance too (also by 5 mm). Kia promises it’s still almost as practical as the actual wagon, though, offering only 30 liters less load volume.

Proceed will sit at the top of the Ceed lineup and Kia actually calls it “the most emotionally engaging car in the range.” It will, however, carry over all the engines found in the regular Ceed and also be offered as a sporty-looking GT Line model or warmed up GT..

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The Kia Proceed Looks Good From Behind!

The Kia Proceed Looks Good From Behind!

It’s almost here, it’s almost here, IT’S ALMOST HERE!!

Kia showcased the ProCeed Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year. The wagon-like car was an attention-seeker at the show, and made us wonder if the production version would be anywhere close to this. Fast-forward one year, and Kia has finally revealed the production-spec Proceed. Well, by ‘reveal’ we mean a teaser image. Yes, a single image is all we get for now.

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2019 Kia ProCeed GT

2019 Kia ProCeed GT

Korean automaker’s new five-door fastback model is getting a lot of hype

There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the arrival of the Kia Proceed, and new spy shots of the sporty GT model has given rise to more speculation that the five-door fastback model is getting closer to its launch date. Kia hasn’t confirmed when that’s going to be, but all signs point to the 2018 Paris Motor Show in October. If that ends up being the case, these spy photos of the five-door Proceed are arriving at just the right time.

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The Kia Proceed Shooting Brake Could Debut at the Paris Motor Show

The Kia Proceed Shooting Brake Could Debut at the Paris Motor Show

Kia’s Ceed lineup could grow to add another model in the family

The Kia Proceed Concept turned a lot of heads at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Initially thought of as a design study to determine the design direction of the next-generation Ceed, the positive reception surrounding the concept forced Kia to rethink its initial plans for the car. A production version is now in the works, and word on the street is that it will make its debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show this October.

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Visual Comparison: 2019 Kia Ceed vs 2018 Volkswagen Golf

Visual Comparison: 2019 Kia Ceed vs 2018 Volkswagen Golf

Two hatchbacks looking for segment dominance

Ahead of its world debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the third-generation Kia Ceed is already generating plenty of attention. The new model arrives with a fresh design born from Kia’s latest style language. It adopts plenty of the automaker’s distinctive features, most notably the “Tigernose” front grille that’s flanked by a pair of more aggressive swept-back headlamps. The new Ceed also has a sportier profile, emphasized in part by a more sculpted hood, aggressive body lines, and a more pronounced rear section than the model it’s succeeding. The Ceed’s new presentation sets it up nicely as a viable competitor to the Volkswagen Golf. The question then has to be asked: which looks better, the Kia Ceed or the Volkswagen Golf?

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Report: The 2019 Kia Ceed Will Offer i30 N "Agility and Playfulness" in GT Trim

Report: The 2019 Kia Ceed Will Offer i30 N "Agility and Playfulness" in GT Trim

Kia’s wants in on the hot hatch scene

The Kia Ceed family is growing by the day. Fresh off a report that revealed a new Ceed SUV is on the way, a new report indicates that the Ceed will also come in a “more agile and playful” Ceed GT that will draw similarities to the Hyundai i30 N. It’s essentially Kia’s very own hot hatch, and it’s scheduled to launch in 2019.

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2018 Kia Ceed

2018 Kia Ceed

New-generation hatchback comes with new tech and a new name

After six years on the market, the second-generation Kia Cee’d is getting ready to retire at the end of the year. Replacing it is the third-generation model, a more modern hatchback updated to the company’s new design language and fitted with Kia’s latest technology. On top of that, the Cee’d name was replaced with Ceed. The hatchback makes its global debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Also designed, developed, engineered, and built in Europe, the new Ceed aims to account for an even greater proportion of Kia’s European sales. Specifically, the Korean brand is hoping to sell more than 700,000 units and more than 16 percent of its European sales. Kia didn’t say why the Cee’d badge was replaced with Ceed, but it points out that it consolidates its reputation as "a car for the Community of Europe, with European Design." Well, I guess they finally realized that car names and badges need to be simple as possible, so I happy to see the apostrophe go.

As until now, the Kia Ceed will go against tough competition in Europe. Although both the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus are fairly old, they’re still highly popular and in line to get redesigned versions soon. Then there’s the Hyundai i30, a solid proposition in this niche. Let’s see what the new Ceed has to offer.

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Kia Marketing Boss Confirms a Ceed SUV is in the Works

Kia Marketing Boss Confirms a Ceed SUV is in the Works

New SUV will add to a growing family of Ceed models

The all-new Kia Ceed will eventually grow into an entire family of new models that will include a compact SUV. The surprising revelation came from Artur Martins, Kia’s vice president of marketing, who told Auto Express that the new SUV will sit beneath Sportage and will act as the brand’s champion against models like the Volkswagen T-Roc. Details are still unclear, but the model is expected to arrive sometime in the middle of 2019.

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Kia Shows off the All-New Kia Ceed Prior to its Geneva Debut

Kia Shows off the All-New Kia Ceed Prior to its Geneva Debut

The Cee’d is now the Ceed!

Kia is set to pull the covers off of the Ceed hatch at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. There are a lot of new details about the hatchback, but none is more important than Kia’s decision to spell the Ceed’s name the way it’s supposed to in the first place. Bye bye, apostrophe. We’re glad you’re gone.

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Kia Kills Pro Cee'd Hatchback to Make Another Dumb SUV

Kia Kills Pro Cee’d Hatchback to Make Another Dumb SUV

If we quit buying SUVs, what would automakers do?

Yet another car falls victim to the SUV craze as Kia quietly kill off the three-door Pro Cee’d Hatchback to make room in its lineup for another SUV. This SUV is expected to slip in below the Kia Stonic and Kia Sportage and will compete against models like the Seat Ateca and Nissan Qashqai. Word has it that it will be an all-new design, but will borrow cues from the rest of KIA’s SUV range. It, too, will go by the Pro Cee’d name and will be an addition next to a now-confirmed shooting brake model as well. Want to know more? Keep reading for more info!

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2017 Kia Proceed Concept

2017 Kia Proceed Concept

The company’s most daring design yet?

Launched in 2006 as a replacement for the Cerato, the Kia Cee’d is now one of the company’s most popular vehicles in Europe. Redesigned in 2012 into a more modern, better-looking car, the Cee’d, along with its Procee’d, GT, and station wagon variants, is getting a little long in the tooth, and a third-generation model is likely under way for 2018. While we don’t know much about it, Kia unveiled the Proceed concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, giving us a good glimpse of what the next-gen Cee’d might bring to the table.

Described as an "extended hot hatch that presents a new body type for Kia," the Proceed concept appears to be the bastard child of a Kia Stinger and a low, sleek shooting brake. And it’s one of Kia’s most intriguing design to date. Not surprisingly, it was penned at the company’s European design center in Frankfurt, only 500 meters (0.3 miles) from where it will be unveiled. Kia also says that the Proceed concept indicates what the next-generation Cee’d "could look like," so we might be looking at a fancier version of the upcoming hatchback.

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Kia's Upcoming Shooting Brake Concept has us Saying "Please Take our Money!"

Kia’s Upcoming Shooting Brake Concept has us Saying "Please Take our Money!"

The concept could previews the next-generation Cee’d

The 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show is just around the corner and, as usual, we’re in for a ton of debuts including both production and concept cars. Kia, which runs a design center just 500 meters from the Frankfurt Motor Show, is among carmakers that will bring new products to the event. The company’s main highlight is a concept car that presents "a new body type for Kia." It doesn’t have a name yet, but the Korean manufacturer points out that it indicates what the next-generation Cee’d "could look like."

It’s bold, athletic, and indeed brings a new body style to the current Kia lineup. While the company describes it as an "extended hot hatch," it’s actually some kind of modern shooting brake. Or a really sleek wagon with an almost fastback rear end. But it’s gorgeous, and the really wide wheel arches, the sculpted side skirts, and the rear diffuser suggest we’re looking at a performance model. Kia didn’t share any actual details about the car, but I might have an idea about what it may be. Keep reading to find out.

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2014 Kia pro cee'd GT 1st Edition

2014 Kia pro cee’d GT 1st Edition

Kia is celebrating the launch of the new pro_cee’d GT with a special 1st Edition. This special edition will be limited to only 500 units and will bring a series of updates to both the exterior and the interior.

The new pro_cee’d GT 1st Edition will be distinguished by a series of unique features, like: high-gloss door mirror housings, stainless steel scuff plates with red illuminated GT badging and unique numbering. Additionally, this special edition will be offered with 18-inch wheels painted in high-gloss.

On the interior, customers will get red foot-well lighting and premium-quality velour floor mats with red double stitching. The list of standard equipment will include: adaptive xenon headlights, automatic air conditioning, satellite navigation and a large sunroof.

The new Kia pro_cee’d GT 1st Edition will be making its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and will be put on sale in May 2013; prices will be announced closer to market launch.

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2014 Kia pro cee'd GT

2014 Kia pro cee’d GT

Shortly after Kia unveiled the new generation pro_cee’d at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, everyone started to talk about the potential of a more powerful version of it. It looks like the talk was more than just lip service, as Kia has just unveiled the first teaser image and some details on its first-ever hot hatch.

The new pro_cee’d GT will be based on the standard 2013 pro_cee’d and has been described as "a hot hatch perfectly aligned with Kia’s sportiness and "fun to drive" positioning. An aggressive body kit highlights the aesthetic program for the pro_cee’d GT, particularly the addition of a new front bumper with larger air intakes, new LED headlamps, a honeycomb grille with a "GT" logo, larger side skirts, and a redesigned rear bumper. Adding to that program are a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels with a lower suspension and front brakes measuring 300x28 mm with rear brakes measuring 262 x 10 mm (10.3 x 0.39 inches)

Find out more about the Kia pro_cee’d GT after the jump

UPDATE 01/27/2013: The first set of photos of the pro_cee’d GT have been released ahead of its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

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Spy shots: 2014 Kia pro cee’d GT Caught Testing

Just days ago, Kia unveiled the first details on the upcoming pro_cee’d GT and now our spy photographers have caught the car testing for the first time. As you can see the GT is still heavily camouflaged, meaning there is likely very slim chances of seeing it launched before the second half of 2013. The model will be available in five-door and three-door versions.

When compared to a standard pro_cee’d, the GT version will receive different grille, revised headlights and sportier bumpers with LED daytime running lights. On the back end, the car will receive a pair of larger exhaust pipes and it will sit on a set of 18-inch wheels combined with red brake calipers. On the inside, Kia will fit in Recaro seats and aluminum trimming – not too shabby for a company that once produced throw-away econo-boxes.

Pro_cee’d GT will sit atop an updated chassis and will milk power from a 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI engine that delivers a total of 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of twist. If that engine sounds eerily familiar, well, it should; it’s the same 4-pot you’ll find under the Hyundai Veloster Turbo’s hood. The engine mates to a six-speed manual gearbox and will sprint the car from 0 to 62 mph in just 7.9 seconds – just about the same 0-to-60 time as its Veloster cousin.

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2013 Kia Pro cee'd

2013 Kia Pro cee’d

After launching the second generation C’eed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Kia has unveiled the Pro_cee’d at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Sales will begin in the spring of 2013.

When compared to the previous generation, the new Pro_c’eed features a 40 mm lower roofline than the previous model, a B-pillar moved back by 220 mm, new side panels behind the B-pillar and new side windows, C-pillar, tailgate, rear light clusters and rear bumper.

On the exterior the model will be distinguished thanks to a unique dark chrome front grille, LED daylight running lights, LED rear lamp clusters and a new selection of bold alloy wheel designs. On the interior the model adds leather seats and steering wheel, a piano black dashboard and center console and alloy pedals.

As for the engine line-up, customers will have to choose between two gasoline engines: a 98 HP 1.4-litre and a 133 HP 1.6 liter; plus two diesel engines: 89 HP 1.4 liter and a 108 or 126bhp 1.6-litre. These four engines will be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox.

UPDATE 09/28/2012: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

UPDATE 02/17/13: Kia has officially unveiled the UK pricing for the pro cee’d. The base S trim level will retail from £17,495 ($27,145) while the higher trim SE model will sell from £19,495 ($30,240).

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2013 Kia Cee'd MPV

2013 Kia Cee’d MPV

At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show next week, Kia will unveil the new generation Cee’d hatchback, but they already have another variant in the works. An MPV/Crossover model will also be offered to serve as Kia’s version of the upcoming Hyundai ix30 and it has just been caught testing for the first time.

The new Kia Cee’d MPV will be built on the same platform as the upcoming Hyundai ix30 and will come as a replacement for the Carens/Rondo. The new model will be offered in both 5 and 7 seat configurations and will feature a more conventional design language than the Hyundai ix30. Expect to see an exterior design similar to the one already previewed by the new Cee’d hatchback with Kia’s new trademark "tiger-nose" grille and aggressive, wraparound headlamp clusters housing signature LED daytime running lights.

The new Cee’d MPV will be unveiled sometime in 2013 and will be fighting against the Volkswagen Touran, the Ford C-Max, and the Mazda 5, among others.

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2013 Kia C'eed

2013 Kia C’eed

The history of the Kia C’eed began six years ago at the Geneva Motor Show and Kia is repeating history with a second unveiling at the same show. The 2012 Geneva Motor Show will be the backdrop for the introduction of the second generation C’eed. The first details provided for the new sedan will be a real threat on the C-segment market.

The new Kia C’eed is longer, wider, and lower than its predecessor and features a more dynamic and sophisticated styling. At the front of the vehicle is Kia’s new trademark "tiger-nose" grille and aggressive, wraparound headlamp clusters housing signature LED daytime running lights. A steeply raked A-pillar, a very low belt-line, and an integrated rear spoiler will accentuate the sporty aesthetics of the new model.

On the interior, Kia has opted for a more premium look and feel, higher perceived quality, improved switchgear, touch-screen technology, and enhanced driving position ergonomics. The dashboard features an aircraft-theme, the main control panel has been placed around the steering wheel, and the main control groups such as audio and air-conditioning have been segregated to bring a more premium, luxurious, big car feel to the interior. The rest is all about soft and high quality materials.

There are no details on the engine line-up just yet, but we’re sure details will be revealed when the Geneva Motor Show opens its doors.

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Top Gear Season 17: Episode 5

Top Gear Season 17: Episode 5

A week after a forgettable fourth episode, Top Gear bounces back with a pretty entertaining penultimate episode that featured a review on the new Jensen Interceptor, a track day for Jeremy Clarkson with the Lotus Exos Type 125 race car, Bob Geldof as the guest celebrity, and a military house destruction challenge.

Comparing it to the previous show, the content for this week was a lot better, but in a weird twist, the show only had 59 minutes on it - the regular slot usually lasts for 62 to 63 minutes - because, apparently, BBC wanted to show the MotoGP race exactly on time.

That became a running gag during the whole episode as Hammond and May kept speeding up Clarkson in order to fill out the entire episode in the 59 minutes they were given.

In the end, the military destruction challenge proved to be the most entertaining segment of the episode - we’d argue that it’s the best one all year, too - filled with child-like shenanigans from the three hosts that make us love the work they’re doing.

Some people might slam them for wasting their precious time on something so inane, but if you were walking in their shoes, you’d be having a ball of time using military vehicles in trying to put down a cement house.

Details on Top Gear Season 17: Episode 5 after the jump

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Top Gear Season 17: Episode 4

Top Gear Season 17: Episode 4

The fourth episode of Top Gear 17 just aired and there seems to be a little confusion as to what these guys think a good episode constitutes. There were only a couple of notable segments for the episode, highlighted by a track review of both the new Jaguar XKR-S and the Nissan GT-R as well as an entertaining interview with British comedian, Rowan Atkinson, followed by one of the best laps a celebrity has had on-board the Reasonably-Priced Car.

The whole episode, however, was dominated by a rather confusing challenge between Jeremy Clarkson against James May and Richard Hammond on who could build the better automotive-pulled train. It sounds weird just thinking about it and trust us, it gets a whole lot weirder once you watch the segment. We love these guys to bits, but for all their great segments, they’re bound to have one or two that just aren’t as entertaining as we hoped.

What makes it even worse was that they decided to allot a significant chunk of this week’s episode on a forgettable challenge.

Check out full details of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 4 after the jump.

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Top Gear Season 17: Episode 3

Top Gear Season 17: Episode 3

The third episode of Top Gear was aired over the weekend and to our surprise, the show can actually put out a meaningful 60 minutes without all the usual wisecracks.

Granted, there were still jokes, but humor was somehow left in the sidelines in lieu of some pretty fascinating reviews on the McLaren MP4-12C and the Range Rover Evoque. On top of that, reigning Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel also stopped by for a quick chat with Jeremy Clarkson while also taking his talents behind the wheel of a Kia Cee’d as part of the Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car segment.

The two best segments though include the Stig’s scintillating lap of the MP4-12C, posting a lap time that you wouldn’t believe until you see it and a segment on second-hand cars that left us with an idea on the merits of owning a brand-new city car as opposed to a second-hand version of something that’s more appropriate to our tastes.

Check out full details of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 3 after the jump.

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Top Gear Season 17: Episode 2

Top Gear Season 17: Episode 2

Last Sunday, the second episode of Top Gear’s 17th season aired and like most of the shows these days, we were treated to some hilarious segments, a rather pointedly pointless car review, some canned and scripted studio jokes, and - for once - a surprisingly fast lap on the Kia Cee’d. Par for the course for Top Gear.

In this episode, James May will tell you things about the Aston Martin Virage that you already probably know. This is then followed by a highly-entertaining hot hatch triple threat madness along the streets of Italy that included finding a dog, an ice cube, and branch from a cedar tree.

Comedian Russ Noble also stopped by for a little chat with Jeremy - an entertaining interview by our measure - after which the former strapped on his helmet for his hot lap on board the show’s Reasonably Priced Car.

The show concludes with a sort of dream of dreams, at least as far as Jeremy Clarkson was concerned: three laps around the Monaco Grand Prix. It probably didn’t matter that the cars they were driving were the same three hot hatches they drove in Italy. At the end of the day - Clarkson especially - had a blast to finally drive their way around Monaco’s world famous street circuit.

Full details after the jump.

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2011 Kia VR-7 Special Editions

2011 Kia VR-7 Special Editions

As if Kias weren’t inexpensive enough, now the South Korean automaker has created two special editions based off of their c’eed and pro_cee’d models. They’re called the VR-7 Special Editions and they are currently on sale. The special editions will offer additional equipment including reversing sensors and a number of other high level features.

The VR-7 Special Editions will come with a 1.4 liter petrol engine and a manual gearbox. It will be distinguished by 16inch Style ‘A’ Alloys, body color door panels, and heated and electronically controlled door mirrors. Inside, both Special Editions will get air conditioning, remote central locking, and front electric windows, as well as Bluetooth functionality with iPod connectivity. Tweeter speakers are added for a 6 speaker surround sound system.

The exterior will be available in Arctic White, Silver Storm, Phantom Black, and Tempest Grey (which is unique to the Special Edition). The interior will get leather trim on the steering wheel, gear shift, parking lever, and the floor console/front arm rest.

Press release after the jump.

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Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz take on the Top Gear track

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz take on the Top Gear track

Who’s the next star showcasing in Top Gear’s "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car"? Well, according to The Sun, it’s none other than Days of Thunder star, Tom Cruise and his Knight and Day co-star, Cameron Diaz. THese two are said to be taking a lap around the Top Gear track in a Kia c’eed in hopes of getting on top of the leader board. Apparently Cruise and Diaz were in Britain for the premiere of their new movie Knight and Day when Cruise’s "people" gave Top Gear a call.

A Top Gear source is the root of this story and he says, "Tom knew we were filming so asked if he could give the old Kia a whirl.

"Cameron was up for it too so we’re getting two A-list stars for one show. Jeremy Clarkson and the boys couldn’t be happier."

The Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz edition of "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" is said to be airing as soon as this Sunday so make sure you keep your eyes and ears open to catch these two stars whipping it around the track.

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Top Gear returns for 15th season with new "Reasonably-Priced Car"

Top Gear returns for 15th season with new "Reasonably-Priced Car"

Top Gear’s 15th season kicked off in the UK last week and as we have come to expect from those fellas, well, we really don’t know what to expect from them because unpredictability has always been their calling card. This season figures to be no different.

That being said, one popular segment that looks like it’s going to continue for Season no.15 is the "Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car" and Top Gear, in an attempt to get something a little more up-to-date than the Chevy Lacetti they’ve been prancing around with in past seasons, is gearing up - no pun intended - to debut a new car for celebrity guests to punch in their best lap times on the Top Gear race track.

And during the first episode of the 15th season, we finally caught a glimpse of what the new reasonably-priced car is, and as fate would have it, that car turned out to be none other than Kia’s affable Cee’d, a car that, incidentally, isn’t available in America.

Whether Top Gear’s celebrity guests will have as good a time behind the wheel of the Cee’d as they did with the Lacetti, and the even older Suzuki Liana, remains to be seen. But what we do know is Top Gear’s back, which means its time for season downloads to resume.

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2010 Kia Cee'd

2010 Kia Cee’d

Kia will unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show the facelift version of the most successful model in the line-up: C’eed, in both sedan and station wagon versions.

For 2010, the new C’eed receives numerous exterior and interior design refinements, upgraded standard equipment and technical innovations. The cee’d also gets a fully-revised suspension set-up. Also Kia will focus on reducing fuel consumption (5% for all the line-up).

"The new cee’d is 25 mm longer and is more distinctive in appearance with a stronger road presence. Following our established model range line-up, customers will enjoy a thoroughly revised interior including a new-style steering wheel and gear lever, all-red instrument illumination, a new centre console and new audio systems, plus dual-zone climate control air-conditioning."

Press release after the jump.

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Kia Cee'd facelift rendering

Kia Cee’d facelift rendering

Kia will unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show a facelift version for the Kia Cee’d hatchback. The car was designed by Audi alum Peter Schreyer. The new Cee’d features a redesigned bumper with a large air intake and rectangular fog lights.

The engine line-up will include a 109hp 1.4-liter, a 122hp 1.6-liter and a 140hp 2.0-liter engine. Diesel line-up will include a 115hp 1.6-liter CRDi and 140hp 2.0-liter CRDi.

We’ll get back with more details in September.

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Kia cee'd Hybrid coming in Paris

Kia cee’d Hybrid coming in Paris

Next to the Soul Hybrid Concept, Kia will also reveal the cee´d Hybrid concept at the Paris Auto Show.

The Kia cee´d Hybrid has been created by Kia R&D to take part in ‘real-world´ test activities in Europe. Like the Soul Hybrid, the cee´d uses an upgraded powertrain with a 1.6-litre engine and 15 kW electric motor. Environmental performance targets are 4.8 l/100 km and a CO2 figure of 114 g/km.

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Kia pro Cee'd by Giacuzzo

Kia pro Cee’d by Giacuzzo

The Euro-only pro Cee’d coupe represents one of the most beautiful cars from the Korean manufacturer (of course Kia had nowhere to go but up,) and there are still many people who don’t find it perfect. In order to correct that Giacuzzo, an Italian manufacturer unveiled today its customization program for the coupe. The new kit consists in a front lip spoiler, new side sills, a roof spoiler and a rear lip spoiler with integrated air diffuser and exhaust cutters.

Also, in order to improve the stability of the vehicle new Eibach components and the vehicle was lowered with up to 20 millimeters as well as a new set of 19 inch alloy wheels fitted with 225/35 R19 tires. Giacuzzo also added a set of Foliatec black foil on the rear windows while the hood and the front grill was painted in black to create a stylish contrast.

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2008 Kia pro ceed Nurburgring 24-hour race version

2008 Kia pro ceed Nurburgring 24-hour race version

Kia’s stylish and sporty pro_cee’d is no stranger to Germany’s Nürburgring having been extensively tested there during development but this weekend is back to prove itself in the Nürburgring 24-hour race.

The barely modified three door pro_cee’d has been entered into Europe’s toughest and most legendary long-distance race by a team from Continental Italia who are hoping to triumph over the competition with as few tire changes as possible. In fitting ContiSportContact 3 standard tires to the pro_cee’d rather than race tires, the team expect to have an advantage over those that have to swap tires with each change in weather conditions.

The pro_cee’d is powered by Kia’s strong, flexible 2.0-litre diesel engine producing 138bhp at 4000rpm and 305Nm of torque all the way from 1800 to 2500rpm, giving instant, strong response throughout the rev band and outstanding performance.

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Kia Pro-cee´d production starts

Kia Pro-cee´d production starts

Kia announced today that the Pro-c’eed three doors hatchback will go into production six weeks earlier than first planned. In this way the first Pro-c’eed run out of the production line today in Zilina, Slovakia.

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Kia "eco" cee'd production version planned from December 2008

Kia "eco" cee’d production version planned from December 2008

Kia Motors has confirmed that it will add ‘eco’ versions of the Kia cee’d model to its product line-up early in 2009. Based on the green-performance eco_cee’d concept car first shown at last month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the new ‘eco’ versions of Kia cee’d will achieve better fuel consumption, with fewer emissions – while still delivering a lively, spirited drive.

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Kia Cee'd police patrol car

Kia Cee’d police patrol car

Kia Motors has been appointed an ‘Official Supplier’ to the Slovakian Ministry of the Interior and awarded a contract to supply locally-manufactured Kia vehicles to the country’s police forces until 2010.

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2008 Kia Cee'd 3door

2008 Kia Cee’d 3door

Kia today revealed the first images of the Cee’d 3door hatchback, the model that will make its world premiere in September at Frankfurt Motor Show. The new model is the production version of the ‘pro_cee’d’ concept unveiled in 2006 at the Paris Motor Show.

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Kia cee'd xR to be released soon

Kia cee’d xR to be released soon

We’ve seen the production version of the SW and prototypes of the hardtop Cabrio and the 3door hatch, but now we show you a top model called cee’d xR. Kia’s sporty version of the Cee’d should be equipped with a 2.0-liter Turbo engine pumping out approximately 200Hp.
The styling is similar to the ones of the pro_cee’d concept shown at the Paris Motor Show last fall. On the front end is a black diffuser that forces air into the lower intake, but in the back a body-colored diffuser is recessed (...)

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2008 Kia Cee'd Station Wagon

2008 Kia Cee’d Station Wagon

The all-new Kia cee’d wagon will make its world premiere at the 77th Salon de l’Automobiles in Geneva on 6 March. It will be seen in production-ready form for the first time. “The new Kia cee’d wagon retains all the attributes of the cee’d hatchback and offers consumers extra practicality and versatility, with a unique extended tailgate design, while keeping stylish stand-alone good looks with a truly sporty feel,” enthused Mr Jean-Charles Lievens, Senior Vice President Kia Motors Europe.

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Anna Kournikova in a Kia C'eed

Anna Kournikova in a Kia C’eed

Anna Kournikova born June 7, 1981 is a retired Russian professional tennis player and model. She reached the fourth round in her first Grand Slam tournament, the 1996 U.S. Open and the semifinals in her first Wimbledon appearance in 1997.
1998 was a big year for the blonde beauty: Anna became the first Russian female to be seeded at the U.S. Open since 1976, reached the Top 10 of the singles rankings, and upset Martina Hingis in the quarterfinals at the 1998 German Open, becoming the (...)

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2007 Kia C'eed Station Wagon

2007 Kia C’eed Station Wagon

Kia will unveil the all new Kia C’eed Station Wagon at Paris Motor Show.
The new C’eed will to go into full production in the middle of 2007 and on sale throughout Europe from next September.

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