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.

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An All-Korean Drag Race: Can The Hyundai Elantra N DCT Give The Kia Stinger GT A Run For Its Money?

An All-Korean Drag Race: Can The Hyundai Elantra N DCT Give The Kia Stinger GT A Run For Its Money?

The Elantra N is much lighter and has a dual-clutch automatic, but the Stinger GT has a big power advantage

Korean carmakers have been churning out exciting performance vehicles for a while and Sam CarLegion, recently staged a race between two of the hottest performance models from Hyundai and Kia. The cars in question are the updated Kia Stinger GT and the new Hyundai Elantra N. Both cars pack a surprising amount of performance and practicality, but which one should you go for?

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2023 Kia SOUL

2023 Kia SOUL

The 2023 Kia Soul comes with the typical facelift traits - redesigned exterior, new features on the inside, and some tweaks under the hood

Just like the Nissan Juke, the SOUL has a boxy design that helps it stand out in the crowd. Of course, over its relatively short history, the SOUL stopped being as angular as it was when launched back in 2008, but still, it is very easy to recognize for what it is.

The third generation arrived in the States for the 2020 model year, and since then, it suffered minor changes constantly, including dropping the manual gearbox for the 2022 model year. The 2023 model year will once again offer some changes, including losing the 201-horsepower, 1.6-liter gasoline engine.

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Did Kia Take A Dig At SMART With The Latest Niro?

Did Kia Take A Dig At SMART With The Latest Niro?

The all-new Niro’s styling is unconventional and is your best way to stand out in a sea of crossover’s and SUVs

Kia took the wraps off of its 2023 Niro, and folks got an up-close look at the crossover, at the recently held 2022 New York Auto show. One of the most striking aspects of the new Niro has to be its design. I have to admit, the 2023 Niro is a breath of fresh air in the crossover space, where most manufacturers - if not all - are stepping over themselves with a heavy dose of body cladding and roof rails to show off the vehicle’s so-called ‘Off-road’ credentials.

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Highlights Of The 2022 New York Auto Show

Highlights Of The 2022 New York Auto Show

Here’s a quick round-up of all the major launches and industry trends from this year’s NYIAS

After a two-year pause, the New York International Auto Show finally made a comeback for 2022. Despite the masks, the show had a decent footfall this year. Here’s a round-up and the highlights from this year’s NYIAS (April 15-24, 2022).

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2022 KIA EV6 - Driven

2022 KIA EV6 - Driven

The EV6 is a new level of awesome, and things only get better for Kia from here

Kia aims to launch 11 new electric vehicles by 2026 and the entire portfolio starts with the 2022 Kia EV6 compact crossover. It rides on the E-GMP platform, so it shares its core with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the soon-to-launch Genesis GV60. That said, the EV6 is a bit of a milestone for the Kia brand as it’s the very first EV from the company to be built from the ground up as an EV first as opposed to previous, EVs that were based on ICE-powered models. The EV6 has its work cut out for it, though, as it has to face models like the Volkswagen ID.4, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and – indirectly – the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y.

These are all very tough models to compete with, in what’s becoming a very cutthroat segment, but the EV6 isn’t coming to the game half-cocked. It starts out at just $40,900, offers up to 310 miles of range, and can be had with up to 320 horsepower with a range-topping 576-horsepower model on the way. Clearly, the EV6 is geared to be very competitive in this segment, and it’s a space we need to watch. So, we asked Kia if we could spend some time with its new EV, and they were happy to oblige. Is the Kia EV6 truly the gamechanger it seems to be and does it stand a chance against more established EVs already on the market? The answer to these questions might surprise you.

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2023 Kia Niro

2023 Kia Niro

With a range of powertrains on offer, there’s a new Niro for everyone now

The 2023 Kia Niro made its U.S. debut and was showcased at the 2022 New York International Auto Show. The SUV/wagon combo has been considerably overhauled and will now be offered in three electric-drive variants.

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2023 Kia Telluride's Butch And Blocky Makeover Elevates Its Appeal Even Further

2023 Kia Telluride’s Butch And Blocky Makeover Elevates Its Appeal Even Further

Updated tech, increased towing capacity and two new off-road trims should help the new Telluride go places

The 2023 KIA Telluride was unveiled at the New York Auto show. While the new 2023 Hyundai Palisade looks ready to conquer the urban jungle, the Telluride looks ready to go off the beaten path. It is available in two new trims

X- Line - Appears Visually Rugged
X- Pro - Packs some actual off-road kit

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If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It: 2023 KIA Telluride Teased Just Days Ahead Of New York Auto Show Debut

If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It: 2023 KIA Telluride Teased Just Days Ahead Of New York Auto Show Debut

KIA’s upcoming flagship appears to be a nip and tuck affair on the outside, but the inside has some big tech upgrades coming your way

KIA will bring a refreshed Telluride to the New York Auto show next week. The Korean automaker has released two teaser images of its upcoming three-row flagship SUV. It’s not just the Telluride, but sister brand Hyundai too that will bring an update to its Palisade,, and images of that SUV were also teased online.

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Kia Plots Two Electric Pickup Trucks to Take on the Big Boys

Kia Plots Two Electric Pickup Trucks to Take on the Big Boys

It’s not going to happen until roughly 2027, but Kia is really going to get into the electric pickup market

Hyundai and Genesis are planning to launch a total of 17 EVs between both companies by the end of the decade, so it should be little surprise that Kia is also increasing its efforts – they are all related, after all. There’s an oddity to this announcement, though, as Kia is also planning to launch not one, but two zero-emission electric pickup trucks.

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This Rendering is Proof that the Kia EV6 Should be a Three-Door Hot Hatch

This Rendering is Proof that the Kia EV6 Should be a Three-Door Hot Hatch

If Kia wanted to take on the electric Golf R of the future, this would definitely be a step in the right direction

Electric cars are certainly starting to take a hold of the evolving automotive market, but batteries are still big and heavy, range is still an issue, and packaging is still being fine-tuned. That’s why we have cars like the Porsche Taycan – it’s sporty but large enough to support a decent-sized battery – and the Ford Mach-E, which obviously has enough space to house a large battery. Automakers are venturing more into smaller cars too, but the idea of something compact and sport that can offer decent range and performance isn’t something that’s really on the menu yet. The Kia EV6 does come pretty close, though it’s more of a low-slung four-door crossover than the sport hatchback it could really have been. What would the EV6 look like if it was a sporty hatchback? This rendering from X-Tomi answers that question well.

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With 23 Million Views, This Is The Most-Viewed KIA Sedona On YouTube

With 23 Million Views, This Is The Most-Viewed KIA Sedona On YouTube

This is probably the filthiest minivan you’ve ever seen and watching it being given a new lease of life sure is satisfying

With over 23 million views, this is probably the most-viewed Kia Sedona in the world. The Detail Geek, run by Mitch, has over 2.86 million subscribers on YouTube and this is by far the most difficult vehicle that he has ever had to turn around.

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The 2023 Kia Telluride Has Been Under The Wraps For Long Now, But Don't Expect Major Changes

The 2023 Kia Telluride Has Been Under The Wraps For Long Now, But Don’t Expect Major Changes

The 2023 Kia Telluride will have the usual nips and tucks you’d see on a facelift

The Kia Telluride facelift has been testing for quite some time. It was spotted now once again, and for some reason, it is still heavily camouflaged. Either the testing is going pretty darn slow, or we can expect many changes. Or, the third unlikely option – Kia got lazy with it. Anyway, it has now been spotted testing in Northern Sweden, and here’s what seems to be new this time around.

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The Kia Seltos Goes Under The Knife For A Modest Facelift

The Kia Seltos Goes Under The Knife For A Modest Facelift

Changes will be limited to the front and rear end

The Seltos is one of the latest additions to Kia’a lineup: it was launched in mid-2019 and currently sits under the Sportage. While it may not be one of the best-selling models for Kia, it still enjoys a lot of attention from customers. For example, sales in 2021 went to 51,368 examples - up from the 2020’s 46,280 copies. So, Kia is trying to keep the model fresh in order to boost the sales.

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Here's A Compilation Of Every Car Commercial You'll Be Seeing During The 2022 Super Bowl

Here’s A Compilation Of Every Car Commercial You’ll Be Seeing During The 2022 Super Bowl

From Nissan to BMW, here are all the car commercials that have been revealed ahead of the Super Bowl scheduled for 13th February

The Super Bowl is the biggest event of the year and companies spend a lot on advertisements. At this point, it’s kind of become a tradition, and even car companies don’t shy away from spending big bucks on commercials. Last year, Jeep stole our hearts with ‘The Middle’ ad, and the year before that, GMC brought out the ‘Quite Revolution’ in the form of the reincarnated Hummer – with a new spirit, of course.

This year, automakers have been a little more proactive and many of them have come out with Super Bowl commercials. The 56th American Football Championship is scheduled for 13th February, and here are the car commercials that are already released:

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2023 The Kia Sportage PHEV Breaks Cover With 32 Miles Of Electric-Only Range

2023 The Kia Sportage PHEV Breaks Cover With 32 Miles Of Electric-Only Range

Kia debuts its first plug-in hybrid Sportage with a larger battery pack, and it will be available in two trims

With the new fifth-gen Sportage announcements, Kia promised to bring the plug-in hybrid variant of the same, and they made it. The 2023 Sportage PHEV has been announced and it will get a 1.6-liter turbo-petrol engine along with a 13.8-kWh battery pack. It will be available in the X-Line and the X-Line Prestige trims, offering a more rugged and even aggressive stance than the standard Sportage.

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The Last Thing You Want To Do Is Mess With This Sleeper GMC Yukon

The Last Thing You Want To Do Is Mess With This Sleeper GMC Yukon

Watch this old rig smoke some serious performance machines at the drag strip

The GMC Yukon is probably not the first vehicle that you think of when you want to go racing at the drag strip. The owner of this second-gen Yukon, though, had other ideas.

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2022 Kia EV6 Starts From $34K, After Federal Tax Credit

2022 Kia EV6 Starts From $34K, After Federal Tax Credit

The 2022 Kia EV6 will hit U.S. dealerships in the upcoming weeks at a starting price of $40,900. But, the EV6 is eligible for a $7,500 federal vehicle tax credit, so, the actual price goes down to $33,400.

The 2022 EV6 will be offered in three trim levels: Light, Wind and GT-Line and both RWD and e-AWD configurations. To be more precise, the Light version will only be offered in rear-wheel drive configuration, while Wind and sporty GT-Line variants will get both rear-wheel drive and Dual Motor e-AWD configurations.

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Drag Battle: Kia Stinger GT With a Tune Messes With a ROUSH Ford Mustang GT

Drag Battle: Kia Stinger GT With a Tune Messes With a ROUSH Ford Mustang GT

The Kia Stinger GT is surprisingly capable with only a tune, but a 750-horsepower, ROUSH Ford Mustang GT has something to say about it

When the Kia Stinger came out in 2017, it changed many people’s perceptions of the Korean brand. It also turned out to be a very quick car that responds very well to minor modifications. With this in mind, YoUTube channel Sam CarLegion has arranged for a tuned Kia Stinger GT to show up on the drag strip. However, it’s not going to run by itself, as it is joined by a ROUSH-modified Ford Mustang GT.

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2023 Kia Mohave Gets Updated In South Korea, Should It Make A U.S. Return?

2023 Kia Mohave Gets Updated In South Korea, Should It Make A U.S. Return?

Do you miss this South Korean body-on-frame SUV?

Remember the Kia Mohave (which was called the Borrego in North America)? Having been discontinued in 2009, the South Korean automaker initially replaced it with the unibody Sorento, and then the equally-sized Telluride in 2020, which proved to be a popular choice in the midsize crossover SUV segment. Still, with the rise in popularity of body-on-frame SUVs like the Toyota 4Runner, should this updated 2023 Kia Mohave return to North America?

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Hyundai Motor Group Shuts Down Engine Development Center To Focus On Electrification

Hyundai Motor Group Shuts Down Engine Development Center To Focus On Electrification

Even for Hyundai and Kia, the future is electric.

Hyundai Motor Group, which is composed of Hyundai itself and Kia, definitely thinks that the future is electric based on its latest move. The South Korean automaker has reportedly shut down its Engine Development Center as it will now pour all of its resources into electrifying its future vehicle lineup.

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What is the Cheapest Kia?

The cheapest Kia you can buy in the U.S. is the Rio. The small sedan starts at $15,390 and offers 130 hp channeled through a six-speed automatic gearbox. In Europe, however, the cheapest Kia you can get is the €10,290 Picanto, available with a 1-liter gasoline engine making 67 horsepower.

What is the Sportiest Kia?

The sportiest Kia is the Stinger. It its most performance-oriented iteration, the Kia Stinger adds the GT suffix and is fitted with a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 engine that makes 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. It also sits on 19-inch alloy wheels that hide Brembo brakes, with power reaching the asphalt courtesy of an eight-speed automatic transmission and the available AWD system. The V-6-powered Stinger is also fitted with a limited-slip differential.

What is the Most Popular Kia?

The most popular Kia in the U.S. is the Forte. In 2018, Kia sold 101,980 Forte units, after one year before, the carmaker managed to push 117,596 units. As of July 2019, the Kia Forte reached 57,585 customers. In Europe, however, the Sportage rules supreme when it comes to sales. For example, Kia sold 121,197 Sportage units in 2018 and 129,595 units in 2017. In July 2019, the Kia Sportage reached 10,139 new customers.

What is the Most Expensive Kia?

The most expensive Kia in the U.S. is the K900, thanks to a starting MSRP of $59,900. The K900 packs a 365-horsepower 3.3-liter V-6 married to an AWD setup (similarly to the Stinger) and represents Kia’s response to carmakers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. In Europe, however, the most expensive Kia is the Stinger, with a starting price tag of €44,490.

What is the Fastest Kia?

The fastest Kia is the Stinger GT. In its most powerful interpretation, powered by the 3.3-liter V-6 engine churning out 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, the Stinger GT can reach 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.7 seconds and continue the sprint to a top speed of 167 mph.

Are Kia Cars Reliable?

Kia cars are very reliable. Especially more recent models, which have seen the company take extra measures to ensure their dependability. The Telegraph, for example, places Kia at number three out of 20 in a top that looks at the most reliable brands of 2017, with 80 problems per 100 vehicles. According to CNN, Kia is placed in sixth place in a top ten list, but that’s an older ranking from 2015, which is still average by all means. One year later, in 2016, J.D. Power ranked Kia as the most reliable brand in the market, making Kia the first non-luxury carmaker to occupy this privileged position sine 1989.