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The iPhone 5's New Lightning Interface May Cause Fits For i-Ready-Car Owners

The iPhone 5’s New Lightning Interface May Cause Fits For i-Ready-Car Owners

We understand all too well that companies tend to change things up just for the sake of change in some cases. We see it every year in the automotive world. Fortunately, in our world, this typically doesn’t affect you all too much if you had a car just before a drastic and utterly meaningless upgrade occurred. You just keep on motoring.

Well, when it comes to some electronics, these changes can spell disaster if you are not well informed and prepared. Case in point is the new iPhone 5, which iFolk are iTrading their iPhone 4s like iHotcakes to get their iHands on, but there is a problem that they may run into when trying to dock up their flashy new iPhone 5 to their iPhone-ready car… The new “Lightning” interface connector will not connect, even if you just snagged up a 2013 model year.

The only way to rectify this issue is to go to the store and pick up $29 (Apple licensed) adapters for your car and the other numerous doo-dads that you hook it up to. Additionally, for those that have ever tried using cellphone adapters of any sort, please think of the last one you bought – licensed or not – that actually worked the way it was supposed to. Not too often, huh?

So this may, create a small tizzy in the automotive industry, as owners may take to the dealerships up in arms as to why the car companies had no idea that the iPhone 5 would not fit their massive 30-pin receptacle. This could result in automakers like Kia, Hyundai, Audi, and VW, all of which have the old-style iPhone connector, having to offer all of its new-car buyers these adapters – possibly free of charge to avoid legal issues.

This just shows how something as little as a change in the connector for seemingly no reason at all can lead to serious headaches for your customers. Apple really should have included the adapter with the iPhone 5 and very well may decide to retroactively do so in the future, if the issue becomes too big.

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Kia Names its New Luxury Flagship the Quoris

Kia Names its New Luxury Flagship the Quoris

Kia has been working on a flagship luxury sedan to compete with the likes of BMW and Mercedes. Yeah, we know... A Kia competing with BMW and Mercedes? Believe it or not, it is really true. The company that brought us disposable cars through the 1990s and early-2000s is stepping up in the world.

We first brought the idea of this car to you in April, but at that time it was simply known as the K9. We also knew that it was set to boast a slew of powerful engines, including a 333-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6, a 385-horsepower 4.6-liter V-8, and a range-topping 5.0-liter V-8 that punched out 429 horsepower. Despite all of that information, we did not have an official name for it.

Well, Kia has officially announced the name for this new sedan, and it’s a wild one. Kia has dubbed it the Quoris in all markets except the Korean market. This nonsense name is claimed to be a combination of the words “core” and “quality,” but aside from having a few of the same letters, we just don’t see the connection.

Then again, this name isn’t much odder than its sister company’s flagship sedan, the Hyundai Equus. Well, at least Equus is a word...

Back on topic here... The Quoris – that’s even hard to type – is all set to debut later on this year, but pricing has yet to be released. We will continue to update you on this new luxury Kia as more info becomes available.

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2011 Kia Sorento being recalled due to faulty brake calipers

2011 Kia Sorento being recalled due to faulty brake calipers

Kia’s Sorento SUV has officially found its way into the recall watch list after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration discovered that certain models of the 2011 Kia SUV carried improperly machined rear brake calipers. As a result, 8,000 models of the Sorento that were manufactured from September 14, 2010 to October 4, 2010 are being subjected to the recall to avoid the risk of accidents happening on the road.

According to the NHTSA, the defective brake calipers will result in the brake fluid leaking, followed by illumination of the malfunction indicator light. That’s going to be followed by a soft or spongy brake pedal feel, which, if not taken care of quickly, will lead to a reduced braking power that will eventually lead to an increased risk of a crash occurring.

Owners of affected Sorento models are encouraged to head over to their Kia dealerships and have the brake calipers fixed. Repair and replacement of the rear brake calipers will come at no cost to the vehicle owner.

NHTSA statement after the jump.

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Kia design chief hints at future sports car for the company

Kia design chief hints at future sports car for the company

It wasn’t that long ago when Kias were parading around our streets in those little Pride hatchbacks. Simple, discrete, and plain bland, these cars never got your attention because, quite frankly, it didn’t warrant them.

Times have sure changed, haven’t they?

Since those humble times, Kia has grown to become a major force in the automotive industry and one that has seen its vehicular portfolio expand at an increasingly rapid rate.

According to Automotive News, the Korean manufacturer just might be preparing for another company breakthrough in the near future.

In an interview with Peter Schreyer, Kia’s design head mentioned that “sooner or later”, the Korean-based company would develop a sports car that will become its new halo model. Schreyer stopped short of making any promises or guarantees, but did stress that at some point, Kia needs to take its brand and make it edgier and sportier that it has ever been.

And given Schreyer’s background as the man behind the highly successful Audi TT, we have no qualms about him taking the lead in building and developing this soon-to-be Kia sports car. Let’s just hope that he still has that ‘Schreyer design magic’ that has made him one of the top auto designers in the world.

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Kia Keeps ‘Em Coming With Swoopy Future Models

Kia Keeps ‘Em Coming With Swoopy Future Models

Back in 2006, Korean car manufacturer Kia pulled a masterstroke: It nabbed former Audi design chief Peter Schreyer from Volkswagen AG. Now that four years have passed, Schreyer’s influence on Kia’s design teams can been seen in a lineup of elegant cars. In this article we will take a look at what to expect from Kia over the next few years.

Already on the road is the new 2011 Kia Sportage, and it presents a vastly more elegant look than the preceding model. Besides dripping with style, the Sportage is dripping with available features like a navigation system with Sirius traffic data, LED daytime running lights, heated and ventilated front seats, backup sensors, rearview camera, a panoramic sunroof, and push-button start. The standard 176HP engine will be joined by a turbo offering in the not so distant future.

Next up is the 2011 Kia Optima sedan. Dramatic styling propels this mid-sizer into the big leagues. Like its sister, the Hyundai Sonata, look for naturally aspirated, turbo, and hybrid variants. A configurator is already online for those of you who want to play with the sedan a little early. Could other Optima body styles such as a wagon or coupe be in the wings?

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Kia Rondo's Demise In USA: Can Small People Movers Sell Here?

Kia Rondo’s Demise In USA: Can Small People Movers Sell Here?

With the Kia Rondo, it seems like it came in like a lamb and went out like a lamb. Nobody even noticed until someone sent in a tip to Autoblog. Even in its demise, Kia has been wishy-washy, simply stating that “Kia has not yet decided on a 2011 model, but the 2010 is still available in dealerships” even though the website makes it abundantly clear that the Rondo is gone in the USA, stating: “All good things must come to an end.”

Kia isn’t the only manufacturer with reservations about this segment in the United States. Chevrolet has recently announced that it will not bring its people mover, the Chevrolet Orlando, to the USA. When pressed for details as to why, GM staffers offered few concrete details and hinted that they felt it would not have competed well in the U.S. market. Do they mean the product or the concept?

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Kia hits 1 million (vehicles sold) mark in the first half of 2010

Kia hits 1 million (vehicles sold) mark in the first half of 2010

While the rest of the auto industry is slowly gaining their way back to respectability, no other car brand can say that they’ve posted as big a turnaround in 2010 like Kia.

The Korean manufacturer’s global sales numbers this year for all of its vehicles, including passenger cars, recreational, and commercial vehicles have been astounding, to say the least. In only six months, Kia has already sold over 1 million vehicles all over the world, which is an increase of over 34.1% from its sales numbers a year ago.

Kia’s sales gain covers a lot of the world’s biggest car markets, including those of China, which posted a staggering 75.6% gain from the same time last year. In Europe, Kia likewise posted a 26.7% bump in sales volume and in North America, a 16% increase from its numbers in 2009. As for the rest of the world, which pretty much covers all markets from South America, Asia – excluding South Korea and China – the Middle East, Africa, and the Pacific region, Kia’s sales increase for the first six months of 2010 broke the 50% plateau, settling in at 57.3%.

Needless to say, the unprecedented success of the brand comes as a great source of delight for the company. “I am encouraged to see sales of Kia vehicles around the world eclipse the 1 million unit annual mark faster than ever before in our company’s history,” said Hyoung-Keun Lee, President of Kia Motors Corporation.

“All of our major markets are now gearing up for retail sales of the completely redesigned and re-engineered Sportage CUV, which will certainly add to our momentum and help continue strong sales for the brand in the second half of the year."

With momentum firmly on their side, the second half of 2010 is fast shaping up to be a strong period for Kia, which, if form holds, would make their year about as awesome as any automaker has had in recent memory.

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Kia looking to switch model names to alphanumeric variety

Kia looking to switch model names to alphanumeric variety

With the increasing popularity of naming vehicles with alphanumeric tags, a Korean manufacturer may jump on the bandwagon when they release their new line-up of cars for the US market.

According to Chung Eui-sun, Hyundai Motors’ Vice Chairman, Kia may very well drop the current product names of its vehicles in favor of using alphanumeric names for future models. Incidentally, Kia is already using that practice as far as the names of their vehicles are concerned in their homeland of South Korea - the Kia Optima is called the K5, the Cadenza is called the K7, and the soon to be released Forte is expected to be called the K3.

While no official decision has been made on the matter, Chung admitted that with American preference on cars being called by alphanumeric names makes it less confusing to buyers, switching to alphanumeric names, as far as Chung is concerned, could strengthen the brand’s image in the US market, something the company has long tried to do.

If you ask us, we really don’t see the whole point of changing Kia’s product names to the alphanumeric variety because, well, names don’t really mean much compared to how these cars perform out on the streets. And last time we checked, performance - and safety - is still the name of the game in the auto industry. But that’s just us. Let us know what you guys think.

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Kia celebrates first US-built vehicle

Kia celebrates first US-built vehicle

Sure, it wasn’t necessarily a cure for cancer but judging from the elaborate celebration Kia hosted after rolling out production car no.1 in the US, it sure looked like one.

The 2011 Kia Sorento made history of sorts in the US after it became the first ever vehicle to be rolled out of the Kia Motors Manufacturing plant in Georgia. The occasion marks a milestone achievement for Kia as the Sorento likewise became the first-ever Kia vehicle to be built in America.
Kia’s vision to become a major player in the US took a huge step forward after the Korean automaker officially opened the 2,200 acre facility in Georgia. As it stands, the plant has over 2,500 employees and, more importantly, has the potential to produce 300,000 cars per year.

According to B.M. Ahn, president and CEO of Kia Motors America and KMMG, “The start of production at our first manufacturing facility in the United States further demonstrates our commitment to growth in North America and we are proud to be adding 2,500 jobs to the local economy.”

With the opening of the KMMG, Kia has spiked its global production capacity to over 2.56 million units year after the Georgia plant joins other production plants located in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Relatively speaking, this occasion is monumental given the circumstances surrounding the auto industry over the past couple of months. Opening a state-of-the-art facility amidst strenuous times shows that Kia is moving on to become one of the major players in the industry now and in the future.

Congratulations Kia!

Press release after the jump.

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Rendering of the Kia VG-Sedan released

Rendering of the Kia VG-Sedan released

The VG is in and the Amanti is out. That’s the word coming out of Kia Motors where the company recently released images of its brand-new VG-Sedan, a highly sophisticated top-end vehicle that is set to roll out on U.S. soil in the not-so-distant future. The VG-Sedan’s entry in American means that its predecessor, the Kia Amanti, is on its way out of Kia dealerships in Korea, Europe and North America.

First introduced at the Seoul Motor Show – where else – the VG Sedan drew a lot of attention because of its rather, upscale look, something Kia isn’t necessarily known for. In any event, Kia is putting their eggs on the new VG-Sedan, which is expected to be based on the Hyundai Azera platform that comes with a 3.5 Liter V6 Lambda engine making upwards of 250 HP, with the hopes that it can hold its own against its more established domestic rivals like the Buick LaCrosse and the Ford Taurus.

Based on what we’ve seen and heard so far, it seems like Kia is pretty confident with the VG-Sedan package and how it can compete with the rest of the field and give them a run for their money. The only question is: how will the new car translate to the tastes of American consumers?

Only time will tell.

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Kia is taking it on Audi

Kia is taking it on Audi

Kia will introduce a concept car designed as a competitor to the Audi TT. It will first show that car in Audi’s home turf: the Frankfort Motor Show in Germany. Moreover, the new Kia is being designed by the man that designed the first TT for Audi. That man, Peter Schreyer, is now the chief of design for Kia. The car that he is designing, however, will be rear wheel drive. Rumors say that the rear wheel drive components will come from Hyundai. Kia is shooting for a price of about $40,000 (...)

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TopSpeed Headline News

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