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Drag Race: Kia Stinger GT Vs Volkswagen Arteon R Shooting Brake

Drag Race: Kia Stinger GT Vs Volkswagen Arteon R Shooting Brake

Can the more powerful RWD Kia Stinger GT beat the lighter AWD Volkswagen Arteon R Shooting Brake in a drag race?

It’s another drag race from our UK colleagues from Carwow and this time, the Kia Stinger GT goes up against the Volkswagen Arteon R Shooting Brake. Although both cars compete in the same segment, they are propelled by very different drivetrains. Will more power and torque prevail over less weight, all-wheel drive, and a DSG gearbox?

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Kia Fires A Few Shots At BMW In Its New K5 Sedan Commercial

Kia Fires A Few Shots At BMW In Its New K5 Sedan Commercial

Kia could rue the day that it threw the gauntlet at the feet of BMW

If there’s anything we know about Kia, it’s that the automaker isn’t afraid to crosshairs with its rivals as it did in this new commercial for the new K5 sedan. The K5 is Kia’s latest pride and joy; it’s a four-door premium sedan that’s set to compete with some of the most entrenched models in its segment, including the BMW 3 Series.

Yes, Kia is packaging the K5 as a competitor to the 3 Series, so much so that this K5 commercial isn’t really so much about singing the K5’s praises as it is mocking Bimmer’s 330i sedan. They say that one should never tug at Superman’s cape, but it seems that Kia didn’t get that memo, or at least it did but completely ignored it.

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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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Every 2020 Superbowl LIV Car Commercial We've Found

Every 2020 Superbowl LIV Car Commercial We’ve Found

Even if you’re not into football, there’s one thing we can all agree on – the Superbowl usually hosts some pretty awesome car commercials. While there are plenty of commercials during the big game (they cost huge money, by the way) none of the companies that partake in the advertising craze seem to be as competitive as automotive companies. It’s almost like there’s a constant battle for all of them to one-up each other, and it ends up being pretty awesome for the rest of us.

It’s not often that advertisements come off as something we’re excited about, but this is one of those cases. So, with the big game just days away (kickoff happens on February 2,) we thought we’d compile all of the Superbowl LIV commercials released thus far. This includes commercials from Hyundai, Audi, Genesis, Kia, and – believe it or not – Porsche. The latter on that list hasn’t advertised during the big game in decades, so that’s kind of a big deal. Anyway, go ahead and scroll on down to get a sneak peak at Superbowl LIV’s car commercials.

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First Reviews of the 2020 Kia Soul Are Overwhelming Positive

First Reviews of the 2020 Kia Soul Are Overwhelming Positive

All-new Kia Soul review roundup within

The Kia Soul is a car that looks tall and boxy, but it doesn’t really look like an SUV. It melds excellent practicality with a good drive and quirky looks to attract buyers, and the all-new 2020 Soul continues this tradition, only it does it better in every single area. The car debuted at the 2018 Lost Angeles Auto Show, and it is just now starting to hit showrooms.

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Superbowl LII Throwback: All of the Car Commercials From the Big Game

Superbowl LII Throwback: All of the Car Commercials From the Big Game

Maybe your team lost, or maybe you sided with the Patriots before they started to make that massive comeback. One thing that was sure to make you happy either way was the various car commercials that debuted during the game. There was certainly something for everyone, like the Lamborghini Monster ad for supercar freaks or, if you’re into Offroad, the Jeep commercials. Hell, the Ram commercials hit us right in the feels on a number of levels. Needless to say, if you didn’t watch the game, you should probably catch up on all of the car commercials. They didn’t all have the pizzazz that we’ve come to love from the past, but they are all worth their weight, that’s for sure. So, with that said, we’ve compiled them all down below. If you haven’t watched them, take a half hour or so out of your day to enjoy each one. You might be happy that you did.

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Kia Previews Super Bowl Ad Spot Featuring Emerson Fittipaldi And A Pair Of Stingers

Kia Previews Super Bowl Ad Spot Featuring Emerson Fittipaldi And A Pair Of Stingers

The brand goes big time to push its sexy four-door sports machine

South Korean brand Hyundai is once again returning to the big game this February, dropping a 60-second ad spot during the third quarter of the 52nd Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots. The ad is set on an old abandoned race track, where we find a pair of Kia Stingers staged up for what we can only assume to be a race. Leaning up against one of the high-powered four-doors is none other than the mutton-chopped two-time Formula One and Indy 500 champion Emerson Fittipaldi. Meanwhile, in the other car, we have a mystery celebrity, who kicks over the Stinger’s twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 with a single, slender, be-ringed and nail polished finger.

Kia provides few cues as to who’s driving the other Stinger, merely stating the ad features “two eternally youthful legends who have logged seat time in some of the most powerful and exotic cars in the world.” Based on that description, plus the silver ring and two-tone nail polish, there’s really only one candidate here – Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler. It makes sense, considering Tyler’s previous rides have included such insane machines as the Hennessey Venom GT and Shelby Cobra, among others.

Either way, make sure to tune in on February 4th to see the entire 60-second ad spot. Something tells us that rubber will be burned.

As a reminder, the Kia Stinger GT produces 365 horsepower and can hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

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Video of the Day: Watch the Kia Stinger Level With the Panamara; Kick BMW's Ass

Video of the Day: Watch the Kia Stinger Level With the Panamara; Kick BMW’s Ass

It really has to suck for BMW to get beat out so badly by a Korean economy brand.

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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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Video of the Day: Kia Jumps Over Another Car

Video of the Day: Kia Jumps Over Another Car

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2017 Kia Sorento SXL – Driven

2017 Kia Sorento SXL – Driven

Kia’s broad stroke at the crossover market

It’s hard to believe the Kia Sorento has been around since 2002, but this body-on-frame SUV turned unibody crossover has gained a respectable foothold in the American market thanks to its growing size and continually improvement refinement with each generation. Kia last reworked the Sorento for the 2016 model year. This third-generation crossover now wears a handsome exterior with a surprisingly supple and spacious interior. A few minor changes happen for the 2017 model year, including the addition of automatic emergency braking and making the Technology Package and V-6 standard equipment in the range-topping SXL.

Kia sent me such a model to test for a week. It came loaded with just about every option available, including all-wheel drive and that 3.3-liter V-6. Also packed in back is the Sorento’s optional third row seat, which actually comes standard on the SXL. Prices have also increased for 2017, with the base trims seeing as little as $290 and a whopping $4,000 for the SXL. The huge price jump on the SXL is patricianly explained by the $2,500 Technology Package being made standard, as well as the V-6. AWD is now the SXL’s only major option, though several smaller accessories can be purchased.

The 2017 Sorento is positioned to compete in two vehicle categories and in a higher pricing bracket than most would expect. It can be stacked against the two-row Ford Flex or the spacious, three-row Dodge Durango. It can compete with the family-friendly and affordable Hyundai Santa Fe Sport or the middle-class Jeep Grand Cherokee. It all depends on how the Kia Sorento is optioned. But how well does the Sorento perform at all these tasks? That’s what we’re here to find out.

Continue reading for the full driven review.

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Super Bowl XLIX: Kia Reveals "Perfect Getaway" Featuring Pierce Brosnan

Super Bowl XLIX: Kia Reveals "Perfect Getaway" Featuring Pierce Brosnan

Although we’re used to seeing him drive a super-secret Aston Martin or the occasional BMW, Pierce Brosnan’s latest on-screen adventure comes from behind the wheel of the 2016 Kia Sorento. Best known for his role as everyone’s favorite British spy, James Bond, Kia hired Brosnan to ironically poke fun at his own action-packed typecasting in Kia’s latest Super Bowl commercial, titled “Perfect Getaway.”

Ahead of this weekend’s game, Kia has released an extended version (72 seconds) of the commercial, although it will be whittled down to 60 seconds when it airs during the third quarter of the Super Bowl. Even if you don’t planning on watching the game (even for the commercials), you will surely see this Sorento commercial somewhere as part of a broader campaign titled "The Perfect Getaway Vehicle" that Kia will air on television, in cinemas, on social media and even in digital ads.

Brosnan might seem about as likely a pitchman for Kia as Matthew McConaughey does for Lincoln, but in the case of Kia’s latest Super Bowl commercial, that’s exactly the point. With a few exceptions, Brosnan tends to be in action movies where snipers, explosions and missile launchers replace real-world situations. He does get to use a little of his Bond charm, though.

“Perfect Gateway” was created by Kia’s ad agency, David&Goliath, which is also responsible for various other Kia spots recently including “Reunion” (highlighting the Cadenza) and “Apologize to You” with Blake Griffin and Jack McByer.

Click past the jump to read more about Kia’s Super Bowl XLIX commercial.

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The 2015 Truck of Texas Competition Preview

The 2015 Truck of Texas Competition Preview

Not much goes together quite like Texas and trucks. It’s the U.S.’ largest truck market by a long shot and it’s plain to see as you peruse any given parking lot. Texans love their trucks. That’s why the Texas Auto Writers Association crowns a Truck of Texas winner every year after an extensive evaluation process.

As a member of TAWA, I spent the better part of a week in the dusty hills outside San Antonio testing 75 contenders vying for the prized top spot. Eighteen automakers from around the world were in attendance, the majority bringing more than a handful of vehicles.

Ground zero for testing was the famed Knibbe Ranch, with hundreds of acres of sprawling across the Lonestar state. Muddy creek crossings and rocky hill climbs, combined with twisty country roads and newly paved highways provided the test beds. Those trucks, SUVs and crossovers brave enough to tackle the off-road section were subjected to rock-strewn dirt roads that punished suspension parts and underbody skidplates. More road-biased crossovers were thrown around narrow roads and up steep hills. The new pavement along the Texas highway was still covered in loose asphalt with orange caution cones proving a tempting (yet highly illegal) slalom course. Thankfully no one attempted that obstacle.

The 60 journalists judging the event had a huge decision to make. What truck, SUV or crossover would be crowned the Truck of Texas? Well, you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out. We’ll announce the top winner and the winners of sub-categories on Wednesday.

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Car Ad Compilation of Super Bowl XLVIII

Car Ad Compilation of Super Bowl XLVIII

Super Bowl XLVIII ended with tears for some fans and with joy for others, and the tears were especially salty, considering the huge difference in score, as the Sehawks gave the Broncos quite a whooping 43-8. On a good note, at least there were some cool car commercials to enjoy during this total blowout.

Just like with the game, we had some winners and some looser. Commercials like Budweiser’s "Puppy Love" Jerry Seinfeld’s Reunion/Crackle received rave reviews and millions of views online, but we’re more interested in what happened in the automotive section.

Many consider Audi hit a home run with its "Doberhuahua" commercial, while Maserati’s "Strike" or Chevrolet’s "Romance" were total failures, but what do you think? In your opinion, which ad was the best this year?

In my humble opinion, I found Volkswagen’s "Wings" the funniest one of the year. As for the stinker of the year, I have to vote for Chevrolet’s "Romance" ad, as it seemed nearly pointless.

Click past the jump to see all of the Super Bowl XLVIII car ads.

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Super Bowl XLVIII Ad: Kia's "The Truth" With Laurence Fishburne

Super Bowl XLVIII Ad: Kia’s "The Truth" With Laurence Fishburne

Most of you know Laurence Fishburne for his great Morpheus role played in The Matrix trilogy. Well, he now returns with the same role in Kia’s latest "The Truth" ad prepared for this year’s Super Bowl.

In the ad, Fishburne presents a couple a Matrix-like option while tending the valet stand at an upscale restaurant: “Take the blue key, you go back to the luxury you know. Take the red key, and you’ll never look at luxury the same again.”

Of course the couple chooses the red key, which leads to them cruising in a Kia latest K900 luxury sedan. From there is takes an off turn, as Fishburne singing "Nessun dorma" in the back seat of the K900. We’re not too sure what this has to do with the K900, but it is apparently Kia’s idea of what luxury sounds like.

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Super Bowl Ad: Kia's "Space Babies" Have Arrived

Super Bowl Ad: Kia’s "Space Babies" Have Arrived

A few days after releasing a teaser of their Super Bowl ad, Kia has officially unveiled their "Space Babies" commercial commercial. Now, we’ve seen some pretty interesting Super Bowl ads over the years, but this one by Kia for the Sorento is probably right up there as far as making you "aww...oh, wait, ok I get it!"

The ad starts off with a little boy asking his dad where babies come from. Dad, apparently caught off guard with the question, goes on a soliloquy about how babies come from a planet called Babylandia and come to Earth nine months later to meet their families. Fantastic storytelling, might we say.

Apparently, the son was a lot smarter than the dad gave him credit for and just as the little one was about to say where babies really come from, dear dad interrupts him by asking the Sorento’s sound-activated infotainment system to play a kiddie song.

At that point, you’re lost on what the connection of the story is to the SUV. That is until Kia rolls out their slogan that essentially says the Sorento has "an answer for everything".

It’ll make you snicker, but it’s certainly not on the level of Little Darth Vader. In any case, good job by Kia on this ad. Money well spent, we say.

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Super Bowl Ad: Kia's "Space Babies" are Set to Launch During the Super Bowl

Super Bowl Ad: Kia’s "Space Babies" are Set to Launch During the Super Bowl

It’s not a trailer for a new space-cadet movie, nor is it an ad for diapers. What it is, though, is a teaser of what Korean automaker Kia is planning for the Super Bowl.

We’re not quite sure what the direction Kia is taking with this one, but we do know that when it comes to the Super Bowl, all conventional thinking when it comes to commercials flies right out the window.

Kia’s theme this year is all about "Space Babies,” a concept that we still can’t wrap our heads around. That’s probably what the Korean automaker was hoping for in the first place, so we keep talking about the ad before its scheduled launch during the Super Bowl.

If that is indeed what they were going for, consider it a job well done. The sight of a baby boy in a space suit accompanied by baby animals in similar space suits in a sort of intergalactic version of Noah’s Ark has left us very perplexed. And the most confusing part; the commercial is set to promote the 2014 Kia Sorento.

Not sure how the SUV can be tied into this, but then again, the beauty of it all lies in the suspense.

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