Kia

Kia Motors Corporation, or simply Kia or Kia Motors, is South-Korea’s second-largest car manufacturer after Hyundai, which is also its sister company. Kia’s roots trace back to 1944, when Kyungsung Precision Industry was founded. At that time, the company was making steel tubing and bicycle parts, which in 1951 led to the R&D of Korea’s first domestic bicycle, named Samchully. One year later, Kyungsung Precision Industry changed its name to Kia Industries and started building Honda-licensed motorcycles and Mazda-licensed trucks and cars.

Kia is also owner in 22 different Hyundai companies, while Hyundai owns a 33.88% stake in Kia Motors. Kia’s central office is located in Gangnam District in Seoul. In 1992, Kia set foot on U.S. soil, with the first Kia-branded cars to be sold here reaching the customers through four dealerships in Portland, Oregon, beginning with February 1994. By 1995, Kia operated 100+ dealerships across the U.S., managing to sell 24,740 cars. From 2005 onwards, the company has been focusing on design as a future growth engine. In this regard, Kia hired Peter Schreyer, who coined the Tiger Nose front grille design.

We Don't Know Why, But Kia Is Doing Stunts with the new K5 (Optima) Sedan

We Don’t Know Why, But Kia Is Doing Stunts with the new K5 (Optima) Sedan

That was a sweet flat spin in the K5, but why?

For the 2021 model, Kia redesigned the Optima inside out and gave it a new moniker as well – K5. The South Korean automaker is marketing this revised package as a sporty sedan, and perhaps, that explains the reason behind this new video.

Kia released a short forty-second clip that shows the K5 doing a flat-spin. It looks like the automaker wants to break the association of the repackaged sedan as just an executive car used by owners to be chauffeured around and more like the car you can also have fun with over the weekends.

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You're Going to Like the New Mid-Range Four-Cylinder In the 2021 Kia Stinger

You’re Going to Like the New Mid-Range Four-Cylinder In the 2021 Kia Stinger

The 2021 Kia Stinger arrives with new 2.5-liter engine and bigger displays inside

The Kia Stinger is barely three years old as of 2020, but the Korean automaker decided it’s time for facelift. As most mid-cycle upgrades, it doesn’t add much in terms of styling, but it brings a brand-new engine and some tech. The range-topping, 3.3-liter V-6 remains largely unchanged, while the old 2.0-liter four-banger carries over with no changes, but the Stinger now comes with a new mid-range option in the form of the 2.5-liter turbo-four.

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2021 Kia Stinger – Revitalized and Enhanced

2021 Kia Stinger – Revitalized and Enhanced

The Second-Gen Kia Stinger Isn’t Here, But The Updated Stinger Is Almost As Good
Updated Kia Stinger to Launch in Korea for the 2021 Model year Global Launch, Including North America, will Happen in 2021 as a 2022 Model New Powertrains Could Provide More Power Improved Appearance and Interior Materials New Infotainment Tech

In Mid-April we reported that the second-gen Kia Stinger was coming for the 2021 model year, but just a week or two later, we found out that the Kia Stinger might end up being canceled, along with hopes that a second-generation model would arrive. Then, in May of 2020, we learned that the next-gen Kia Stinger was delayed and might morph into an all-electric vehicle, but a facelifted model would launch in late 2020 as a 2021 model. Now, Kia has released a handful of images so we can see what the slightly refreshed Stinger looks like and we have a few tidbits of information to share. The real question, however, is whether or not the 2021 Kia Stinger will end up with updated, more powerful engines.

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Kia's Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) Explained

Kia’s Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) Explained

Is Kia’s intelligent manual transmission a game changer or just needless technology?

Hyundai and Kia are two peas in a pod. As sister companies, they share technology, drivetrains, and platforms, among other things. So, when we broke down Hyundai’s Intelligent Manual Transmission – you know, the one with no clutch pedal – we figured Kia would be quick to follow suit. And, it has, but only to a certain extent. We’ve now learned that the mild-hybrid versions of the Kia Ceed Hatch, Xceed crossover, and the facelifted Rio will all be available with an iMT. But Kia’s version is a little different compared to Hyundai in that it still has a clutch pedal. This is getting interesting, huh?

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2021 Kia K5

2021 Kia K5

Kia’s Optima replacement has arrived

It’s been almost a decade since Kia introduced the 2011 Optima in the U.S. and the time has come for a generation swap. Call it a model swap, actually, as the new 2021 Kia K5 mid-size saloon is here to take over from where the Optima left off.

Kia will assemble the K5 next to the crisp-looking Telluride SUV at its plant in West Point, Georgia. Before the first cars roll off the production line, let’s look at what customers will be getting from the 2021 K5 sedan.

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2021 Kia Seltos - Driven

2021 Kia Seltos - Driven

The Kia Seltos - a car that avoids the flaws commonly found in the subcompact crossover market

The subcompact crossover class has so much potential. Best-selling “compact” models like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, and Chevrolet Equinox have gotten fantastically spacious, refined — and expensive. A modern CR-V or RAV4 is just as big, fancy, and costly as midsize models used to be. For lots of people, they’re still a great deal: for as little as $25,000, you get ample space for four or even five adults and their stuff, all the latest advanced safety features, a fully featured touchscreen infotainment system, and great gas mileage. But lots of people don’t need or even want something this big, or at least aren’t eager to pay for it. So most automakers now offer a subcompact model that’s smaller and less expensive than their compact.

What’s puzzling, though, is how flawed most of these subcompact crossovers have proven to be. Many of them are polarizing styling statements, sometimes with looks that compromise their utility even more than their scaled-down dimensions do. A surprising number of them offer no all-wheel-drive. Some suffer from execution flaws like underpowered yet inefficient engines, compromised interior layouts, or clumsy driving dynamics. Each model that gets a lot right has also had at least one serious flaw — whether it’s the fun-to-drive but cramped Hyundai Kona and Mazda CX-3 and CX-30; the spacious but slow, noisy Honda HR-V; the pleasant but overpriced Nissan Rogue Sport; the off-road-ready, on-road-jerky Jeep Renegade and Subaru Crosstrek; or a host of other would-be contenders. That’s to say nothing of the ones that, well, don’t get a lot right. Why, oh why, couldn’t someone just take everything that people love about a compact crossover and simply make it a little smaller and less expensive?

At long last, that call has been answered. The all-new 2021 Kia Seltos is a mechanical cousin to the Hyundai Kona, but it’s taller and longer. And that’s just what was needed to address the Kona’s lower, more car-like seating position and its tight rear seating. This makes the Seltos the first truly well-rounded subcompact crossover, delivering all-around competence with no disastrous downsides. It’s handsome, functional, fun to drive, fuel-efficient, and affordable. While no car is perfect — certain buyers will gravitate toward the specific advantages of some Seltos competitors — this is the only subcompact crossover that has something for just about everyone.

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Here's What A Kia Mohave-Based Pickup Truck Would Look Like

Here’s What A Kia Mohave-Based Pickup Truck Would Look Like

A truck with these aesthetics will be trouble for rivals

Back in 2019, Kia announced that it will enter the pickup market with a mid-size truck. The truck is still a few years away, but that doesn’t mean rendering artists won’t let their creative juices flow to imagine what it could look like.

This rendering by SRK designs is based on the Kia Mohave SUV, and we must admit, it looks pretty tough for a compact truck. But we’re not complaining.

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In Order to Survive, The Next-Gen Kia Stinger Will Drastically Evolve in Unexpected Ways

In Order to Survive, The Next-Gen Kia Stinger Will Drastically Evolve in Unexpected Ways

If the Kia Stinger is going to survive beyond this generation, drastic changes are necessary

In less than one month, we’ve gone from telling you that much better Kia Stinger is coming in 2021 to reporting that the Stinger is in trouble and may disappear entirely in the next few years. Now, a recent conversation between Top Gear and Kia’s Design Boss, Karim Habib, has taught us that the Stinger will be facelifted for 2021 but what happens after that could change your view on the Stinger forever.

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A New Report Says the Kia Stinger is in Trouble

A New Report Says the Kia Stinger is in Trouble

Things have, apparently, escalated quite quickly for the Stinger

About a week ago, in the middle of April 2020, we told you that you should hold off on buying a new Kia Stinger because the next-gen 2021 Stinger was going to be so much better. The highlights of the next-gen model were said to include a larger, more powerful four-cylinder in the base model with the high-end model expected to see some tweaks, power upgrades, and improved technology. Now, a new report out of South Korea has cast shade on the previous report in the very worst way. As it turns out, the Kia Stinger might not be long for this world….at least not in the short term.

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Don't Buy a Kia Stinger Now – Something Much Better is Coming in 2021

Don’t Buy a Kia Stinger Now – Something Much Better is Coming in 2021

Kia is looking to improve sales of its resident sports sedan by giving it some very juicy updates

When I witnessed Kia pull the sheet off the 2018 Stinger, I was both shocked and confused. Two questions hit me like a kick to the teeth: How did the decision to built a sports sedan pass the higher-ups when SUVs seem to be the big focus right now, and secondly, how the hell is Kia expecting to compete with the Germans? Well, an hour or so later, I sat down inside the Stinger and immediately I realized it was significantly more comfortable that the new BMW 5 Series I had just sat in. Then a few months later, I got behind the wheel of one, and sure enough, the Stinger was a BMW, Mercedes, and Audi Fighter through and through. Kia did it. The company managed to put itself in a position to compete with other luxury and performance brands. However, the Stinger hasn’t exactly lived up to sales expectations, and new reports are indicating that Kia is about to do something about it. Something big, as a matter of fact.

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Kia Wants to Do the Impossible, and It All Starts With Its Next EV - A Halo Car

Kia Wants to Do the Impossible, and It All Starts With Its Next EV - A Halo Car

Kia wants to prove to the world that you can have very high performance without paying a premium

Kia is set to introduce 11 new electric models in the next five years, most of which will probably be based on current models, but the next one that’s coming will pack quite a punch. Its next EV is due to arrive in 2021 (probably as a 2022 model) and should be based on the Imagine Concept. So, you can expect a coupe-SUV of sorts, but one that’s probably not quite as ugly as the BMW X4 or X6 or their Mercedes-branded counterparts. There’s a twist, though: Kia is dedicated to making it a high-performance halo car.

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2020 Kia Telluride - Driven

2020 Kia Telluride - Driven

We put Kia’s newest and largest SUV to the test - is it noteworthy?

The Telluride joined Kia’s lineup for the 2020 model year as its biggest SUV yet. It’s positioned in the midsize class, despite the fact that it’s not much larger than the Kia Sorento. As is the usual case, it shares a lot of core DNA with a Hyundai product – in this case, the Hyundai Palisade – but it still features its own distinct styling. It’s only available with a V-6, but it does provide ample power, towing up to 5,000 pounds, and it comes at a price that gives it a competitive edge over models like the Honda Pilot and Volkswagen Atlas.

As Kia’s newst SUV, we’ve been itching to see what it’s like to live with the new Telluride, and we finally got out chance. This is what we’ve learned after a week of driving the Hyundai Telluride.

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