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Kia's New Concept Offers an Overdose of Digital Screens

Kia’s New Concept Offers an Overdose of Digital Screens

We could be looking at one of the best concept cars to appear at the Geneva Motor Show

The race to showcase the fanciest concept interior at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show is heating up, and Kia might be sitting in pole position already. The automaker’s first pure electric four-door passenger car — the name hasn’t been announced yet — is headed to the year’s biggest auto show with 21 screens in tow. That’s not a typo, nor is it a joke. The concept really has 21 screens in the interior. Fortunately, the concept isn’t all about these screens; the exterior also features a unique lights signature, specifically in the front end of the concept. More details are expected to be revealed once the 2019 Geneva Motor Show kicks off on March 7, 2019.

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2019 Kia Performance EV Concept

2019 Kia Performance EV Concept

Is the concept previewing a new design language for Kia?

Kia has a few surprises in store for us that it will unveil in full at the 89th Geneva Auto Show and the hottest of them all is this muscular concept that will "get your pulse racing," according to the Korean manufacturer. If it’s a two-door coupe done following the recipe of the Stinger GT, then we’re surely looking forward to it.

Kia let go of two separate teasers almost at the same time in the past couple of days: first, there was a sketch of the upcoming xCeed that’s already been spied testing on wintery roads. The crossover that’s supposed to split the Stonic and the Sportage in terms of size will share its engines with the standard Ceed and PHEV version is to be expected as well. The second teaser, though, is what got us wondering because it doesn’t really resemble anything in Kia’s current portfolio. Is the automaker hinting at a potential shift in its design language or did it just let its European design team based in Frankfurt to have a little fun in the eve of the major Swiss auto show?

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Kia Pits The Forte Against The Lamborghini Aventador in Hilarious Ad

Kia Pits The Forte Against The Lamborghini Aventador in Hilarious Ad

Korean automaker makes a lot of fair points!

The Kia Forte and the Lamborghini Aventador are two cars that couldn’t be more different from each other. One is a compact four-door sedan while the other is, well, you know what the Aventador is. On the surface, the Aventador beats the Forte in just about every meaningful discussion. But is the Lamborghini really that much better than the Forte? Kia (obviously) doesn’t think so, and believe it or not; it actually makes a compelling case for its own sedan.

Go ahead and watch the video. Tell me you didn’t get a good laugh out of it. I certainly did. Kia’s justifications for the Forte are all fair. The sedan does have two more doors than the supercar. It also has a big advantage in rear seating, cargo space, touch-screen capability, and wireless charging. It even has the Aventador beat in fuel efficiency and cost. It’s true that you can buy a Forte for a tenth of the price of an Aventador. You can even use the money you saved on something else, including that villa in Italy the voice-over guy suggested. By these metrics, the Forte wins hands down!

In all seriousness, the “rivalry” between the Forte and Aventador is tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek humor. Give credit to Kia for thinking outside the box with the angle for this commercial. It takes a certain kind of confidence to roll out an Aventador opposite a Forte, and then actually make a compelling case for the latter as the better car.

Well done, Kia. It’s a great commercial, though, I think it would’ve probably been better if you saved this one for Super Bowl LII. Just a thought.

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2020 Kia Stinger Coupe

2020 Kia Stinger Coupe

Kia, please make this happen!!!

Kia shocked a lot of people when it pulled the sheet off the Kia Stinger earlier this year, and things only got better once folks got a chance to sit down in the most comfortable vehicle Kia has ever built. Offered here in the U.S. with a 255-horsepower four-cylinder or a 365-horsepower V-6, the newest four-door on the block is set to compete against models like the BMW 4 Series, the Audi A5 Sportback, and even models like the Lexus GS or Infiniti Q50. But, what if Kia didn’t stop there? What if it wanted to take on the two-door segment too? Well, there’s no reason at all that it shouldn’t, and we decided to give Kia a head start by designing our own take on what a Kia Stinger Coupe would look like.

When the Stinger we all know and lust for (that’s weird to say about anything with a Kia badge, right?) has four doors, our coupe has an extended front door and a large chunk of rear quarter glass that hints toward the best passenger room of any two-door currently on the market. Plus, it retains that rear hatch and sharp roofline that makes the four-door model so attractive. With that said, let’s take a closer look at this rendering and discuss some of the finer details before Kia decides to steal our idea and run with it.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming Kia Stinger Coupe.

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2016 Chicago Auto Show – Best And Worst In Show

2016 Chicago Auto Show – Best And Worst In Show

Winners and losers from CAS 2016, plus what went missing

The gates are open at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, and with those pesky journalists finally out of the way, the public can now enjoy all the vehicular goodness that North America’s “largest” auto show can muster. Special editions, refreshes, and brand-new models all dropped cover this year, with crossovers and SUVs served up as the main course, and new sedans and sports cars added as a tasty side dish. Picking winners and losers here is not exactly easy, but hey, this isn’t some elementary school talent show. Time to be ruthless.

There were a few clear standouts for Best In Show right from the start, but cutthroat competition to fill the remaining slots quickly followed. Picking vehicles for Worst In Show was also pretty tricky, but that’s why they pay me the big bucks.

So, without further ado…

Continue reading for the Best and Worst In Show at CAS 2016.

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New Models Coming From Kia

New Models Coming From Kia

Kia has been doing a pretty good job lately of showing us some interesting concepts, but this hasn’t carried over into actually rolling out new models in the way you expect. We did fairly recently get a new 2016 Kia Optima, and that is certainly an attractive car, but Kia will be rolling out several new cars in the immediate future as existing models reach the ends of their production cycles. The most exciting of these will no doubt be a new sports car, although it’s not known exactly what form this car will take.

Recent concepts like the 2011 Kia GT and the 2014 Kia Stinger GT4 will supposedly influence the design of the upcoming car, but the GT is a four-door and the the Stinger GT4 is a small 2013-2015 Scion FR-S competitor, so it’s not entirely clear what we can expect. Or indeed when we can expect this car, as Kia has simply said “by the end of the decade.” What we do know a bit more about is the upcoming B-segment crossover that Kia is building to compete with the Nissan Juke. This will debut within the next two years and draw on the influence of the 2013 Kia Provo concept of 2013. This will be accompanied by a new Picanto in 2017.

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New Kia GT Concept Will Preview Production Version

New Kia GT Concept Will Preview Production Version

Kia unveiled its rear-wheel-drive 2011 Kia GT concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show back in 2011. Since then, Kia has revamped a few things and plans for it to be ready in time for the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, or the North American International Auto Show early in 2016. The GT concept has been modified for U.S. crash safety standards and is said to be production-ready. It will most likely lose the suicide doors, and exhibit other minor changes that will tone down the body design a bit. Kia expects the U.S. to be the largest market for the new GT sedan when it goes into production.

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Kia GT Sedan Inches Toward Production, GT4 Stinger Unlikely

Kia GT Sedan Inches Toward Production, GT4 Stinger Unlikely

It’s been almost four years since the Kia GT Concept was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but the rear-drive, coupe-like sedan is back in the news again. Drive.com.au sat down with Orth Hedrick, Kia’s head of product planning in the U.S., who said that a production version of the concept car is in the works and there is “an announcement coming soon” on the matter.

A good indication of this is the fact that Kia just recently unveiled the Kia Novo Concept at the Seoul Motor Show, which has the same fastback shape as the Kia GT, but a more production-ready front-end design. This new concept is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder, while the Kia GT Concept had a turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 rated at 390 horsepower.

On the flip side, coupe fans don’t have as much cheery news to rejoice over. Hedrick goes on to say that the 2014 Kia GT Stinger is still under consideration, but such a dedicated coupe isn’t likely to make it to make it to production. This car would have been a perfect rival for the Scion FR-S and Hyundai Genesis Coupe, but as Hedrick points out, the popularity of such cars fades fast.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2011 Kia GT Concept and the 2014 Kia GT4 Stinger Concept.

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2015 Kia Novo Fastback Concept

2015 Kia Novo Fastback Concept

Kia has already proven its ability to go after big luxury sedans with the Kia Cadenza and Kia K900, but now it looks like the automaker is going to pump some new life into its small-car lineup too. Introduced at the Seoul Motor Show, the 2015 Kia Novo Concept “provides a glimpse into Kia’s plans for its future compact car line-up,” which means that this concept could well be a glimpse at what the next-gen Kia Forte will look like.

More importantly, Kia also says that this concept gives “clear hints at future Kia styling and strategy” indicating that additional models – beyond a compact car – will be inspired by the Novo Concept. While Kia’s current design language is already one of the best among the entry-level brands, the elements and proportions shown on the Novo Concept shows that cars like the Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Golf still have a long way to go when it comes to styling.

Continue reading to learn more about the Kia Novo Fastback Concept.

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2014 Kia Forte

2014 Kia Forte

Much like its sister company, Hyundai, Kia has been designing cars that not only offer its customers low-cost options to higher-priced brands, but also cars that offer high-quality workmanship and stylish appearances. We all knew that the Kia Forte is going to be up for a significant redesign when its 2014 model year debuts at the 2012 LA Auto Show, but we were not too sure what direction Kia would take it.

But now that the covers have been officially pulled and we have our answer.

We want to say that the Forte blew us away, but that just wouldn’t be fair to it. Sure, there are things about it that we like, but some elements of the car still leaves a lot to be desired. Then again, a car like the Forte, or any other in this segment for that matter, isn’t subject to an all-or-noting affection level.

There are things about it we liked. There are things we didn’t like. At the end though, the Forte received good marks from us because the things we liked outweighed the things we didn’t like.

Not by much. But hey, that’s still worth some salt to us.

Updated 02/24/2014: TopSpeed editor in chief, Justin Cupler, spent a week with a Kia Forte EX with all sorts of goodies installed. Did he love it? Check out the "Driving Impressions" section after the jump.

Find out what we think of the new 2014 Kia Forte after the jump

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2014 Kia GT4 Stinger

2014 Kia GT4 Stinger

About two weeks ago, Kia announced that would head to the 2014 Detroit Auto Show with a 2+2 concept car that will preview the long-rumored Kia sports car. Today the company revealed the concept’s official name and a new image of the concept.

This new concept is named the GT4 Stinger and, according to the details that Kia gave us, it will bring into focus the latest version of Kia’s signature "Tiger Nose" grille.

Along with the revised grille, the GT4 Stinger will also feature vertical LED headlights flanking the white surround of the grille, brake cooling vents, 20-inch wheels and a carbon fiber front splitter mounted below the bumper. This first image really gives us a nice look at this striking front end, and we simply cannot wait to see it.

On top of this awesome-looking nose, this concept will carry a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 315 horsepower to the rear wheels through a six-speed, close-ratio manual transmission. If this potent four-pot finds its way into a production model, then Kia will officially put Toyota, Scion and Subaru on notice to get off their rumps and add some much-needed power to the GT 86, FR-S and BR-Z triplets.

Stay tuned for more details on the concept, which Kia plans to release on January 13th, shortly before the official unveiling.

Click past the jump to read more about this awesome concept.

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Kia Will Unveil A 2+2 Sports Concept In Detroit

Kia Will Unveil A 2+2 Sports Concept In Detroit

Kia revealed the first teaser image of a 2+2 sports car concept set to be unveiled in January 2014 at the Detroit Auto Show. The company described the concept car as a "stunning sports car," specially designed to deliver "head-turning looks whilst providing superb driving enjoyment whether on the road or at the track."

No other details were revealed, but the teaser image reveals a car with a sporty character, featuring the design lines we’ve seen on all the latest Kia vehicles. The concept appears to feature a long hood and pronounced wheel arches. The nose seems to feature a new headlight design for a Kia model.

More details on the concept will be released in the upcoming weeks, but the full specifications figures will be unveiled during the car’s official debut in Detroit. Stay tuned!

Click past the jump to read more about the rumored Kia sports car.

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Kia Design Boss Wants a Toyota GT86 Fighter

Kia Design Boss Wants a Toyota GT86 Fighter

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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2014 Kia Forte Koup SX

2014 Kia Forte Koup SX

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.

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2013 Kia CUB Concept

2013 Kia CUB Concept

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.

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Kia will Expand its GT lineup with a New Sports Car

Kia is getting ready to tackle the Germans again with a production version of the 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 Could be Headed for Production

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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Report: Hyundai and Kia Working on Strapping a Turbo To a V-6

When Hyundai and Kia strapped some boost to a 2.0-liter engine and bumped its output to over 270 horsepower, we took notice. Hyundai then released the all-new 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and we thought, “What’s going on here?” Now Hyundai and Kia are working on yet another turbocharged engine and it’s likely to turn heads and twist faces.

According to reports, at Hyundai-Kia’s International Powertrain Conference, the automakers confirmed that they are currently working on a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine. The likely recipient of this new boosted V-6 engine is the next-generation Genesis.

This engine is expected to feature direct fuel injection and at least 350 ponies. With the combination of a turbocharger, direct fuel injection, and other creative engineering, Hyundai-Kia expects this engine to get somewhere in the 33 mpg range. We’re not too sure which Genesis Hyundai is talking about, but we assume this would see use in the coupe model.

The existing Genesis 3.8 R-Spec uses a 3.8-liter V-6 that produces 348 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. With turbos being as effective as they are now, we would expect to see torque nearing 350 pound-feet at super-low rpm – maybe sub-2,000. That would make the Genesis quite the screamer. Given its existing 5.3-second sprint to 60 mph, we would anticipate that to drop near the 4.5-second range with the added horsepower and torque.

For now, this is all speculation and we don’t expect to see the next-gen Genesis Coupe until at least the 2016 model year, maybe even later. If Hyundai is planning on this engine going into the Genesis sedan, we could see it as early as 2014. That would be very upsetting to see this engine wasted in the sedan’s body…

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