Kia News

  • 2012 Hyundai Veloster: Six-Month Road Test

    Hyundai and Kia's recent EPA mileage overstating scandal has attracted sharp criticism from one top Honda Motor Co. U.S. executive. John Mendel, executive vice president of Honda's U.S. car sales, feels the Korean duo betrayed the trust of customers under competitive pressure. Mendel told industry representatives during the Automotive News World Congress that the industry's reputation is at stake, reports The Detroit News. "We have to be mindful that the actions we take reflect on the industry as a whole — how something that happens to one of us can undermine public trust in all of us,"...

  • 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
    Hyundai And Kia Detail MPG Reimbursement Plans

    Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia have revealed details on reimbursement for the owners of 1.1 million vehicles affected by overstated EPA mileage. The EPA found the quoted gas mileage of 13 Hyundai and Kia vehicles to be greater than official testing could achieve. Hyundai models affected included...

  • 2014 Kia Forte sedan, launched at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show
    2014 Kia Forte: Los Angeles Auto Show Live Photos

    Today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Kia took the wraps off its new compact car, the 2014 Kia Forte. As our live images from the show floor demonstrate, the 2014 Forte is a sleeker, more aerodynamic four-door sedan than the car it replaces--now much closer in shape to its Hyundai Elantra sibling...

  • 2011 Hyundai Elantra
    Hyundai-Kia Gas Mileage Fiasco: What Does It Mean For You?

    Now the recriminations--and lawsuits--will start. And we expect the focus on real-world gas mileage to increase, following news that Hyundai and Kia will revise gas-mileage figures downward on 13 different models from the 2011, 2012, and 2013 model years--and reimburse buyers for the extra money...

  • 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe
    Hyundai, Kia Face Federal Lawsuits For Overstated Gas Mileage

    Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia are being sued in U.S. courts over inflating gas mileage ratings on 2011-2013 vehicles. It was revealed on Friday that both automakers had reported higher numbers on EPA window stickers than the cars were actually capable of in EPA economy testing. Both companies...

  • 2013 Kia Soul
    Hyundai, Kia Rapped By EPA Over Misstated MPG Stickers

    The EPA has ordered Kia and Hyundai to amend window stickers on 13 models from the 2011, 2012 and 2013 model years after the two companies were found to be misstating the cars' true efficiency. The companies will also have to pay damages to 900,000 owners across the U.S. According to Associated...

  • 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid on economy challenge

    What do you do if you want to promote your latest high-MPG offering to consumers? You could report the model's official EPA figures, if you think they look good enough. Or, if you're Kia, you send two professional drivers on an 8,000-mile, 48-state journey around the U.S. and report their spectacular gas mileage. The number? 64.5 mpg, which sets a Guinness World Record for the highest mpg for a drive through the contiguous 48 states. Quite a specific record then, but a record nevertheless. The drivers, Wayne Gerdes and Chris Bernius, actually set their record last year, having set off from...

  • 2013 Kia Rio 5-door
    Official: 2013 Kia Rio Will Come With Optional Stop-Start System

    More often than most automakers would care to admit, that new car that you see debuted at a major auto show will undergo some minor -- and sometimes major -- alterations before it hits the dealer forecourt. Take the 2012 Kia Rio, for example. Officially launched at the 2011 New York Auto Show, Kia...

  • Teaser for 2012 Kia Track-ster Concept
    Kia Trackster Concept: 2012 Chicago Auto Show Preview

    Like much of the auto press, we'll be at next week's Chicago Auto Show to see the covers come off the concepts and production cars. While Chicago has traditionally been a truck show, at least one maker is unveiling a concept for a small and economical--but still sporty and cool--compact car. The...

  • 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
    Hyundai, Kia To Expand Hybrids, Electrics With New Investment

    If you're looking to buy a hybrid or electric car in the next few years, you could certainly do worse than to keep your eye on the Korean carmakers. Hyundai Motor Group, the company in charge of both Hyundai and Kia, has announced heavy investment into hybrid and electric technology this year...

  • Kia Ray EV electric car
    Forbidden Fruit: Kia Ray Electric Car Not Due In U.S.

    Kia might be a car company growing in quality and reputation in North America, but it seems we aren't in line for every vehicle the company produces. While the U.S. is one of the strongest markets for electric cars, Kia's new Ray EV won't be hitting American shores, according to USA Today. Instead...

  • 2011 Kia Forte hatchback, Catskill Mountains, Nov 2011
    2011 Kia Forte SX Five-Door Hatchback: Weekend Drive

    While it may come from the same company as the Hyundai Elantra, our 2011 Kia Forte hatchback weekend test car is nothing like that curvaceous, fuel-efficient compact. Instead, the Forte is aiming for a kind of European performance niche--closer to a Volkswagen Golf or Jetta than the Toyota Corolla...

  • 2012 Kia Rio

    The new-from-the-ground-up Kia Rio sedan offers 40 mpg highway fuel economy, a wide range of standard safety features and a segment first idle stop and go system, all for a relatively low point of entry.

  • 2012 Kia Rio Hatchback
    2012 Kia Rio Hatch: Five Doors, 40 MPG Starting At $14,350

    Kia has priced its 2012 Rio Hatchback, which gets 40 mpg on the highway and comes standard with start-stop, to start at a base price of $14,350.

  • Kia Rio Ecodynamics live photos, 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show
    Kia Rio Ecodynamics: Forbidden Fruit At 2011 Frankfurt Show

    For fans of ultra-economical vehicles living in the United States, life just isn't fair sometimes. While the European market gets to play with dozens of high MPG turbodiesels, we're often told to make do with small capacity gasoline engines that don't come close to matching diesel, even if they're...

  • 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid, road test, Aug 2011
    2011 Kia Optima Hybrid: First Drive Review

    If any brand has emerged from the bottom of the market into awareness lately, it's Kia. The Korean brand is halfway through introducing an entirely refreshed line of smart, stylish, and inexpensive vehicles that are getting noticed--and selling well. The 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid we recently...

  • 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid on economy challenge
    2011 Kia Optima Hybrid On Economy Drive, 69 MPG So Far...

    We've learned to take official EPA gas-mileage ratings with a pinch of salt in the past. They're useful for comparing model to model, but not always representative of the figures real people out in the real world will achieve. That's not to say that the EPA's fuel efficiency numbers can't be...

  • Renault Frendzy Electric Concept
    BREAKING: Renault Teases Frendzy Concept Before 2011 Frankfurt Show

    Renault has just unveiled its latest electric car creation ahead of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Called the Frendzy, and looking a little like the Kia Soul, the concept is a just under 14 feet in length and features a whole host of technology worthy of any concept car, including the ability to...

  • Barack Obama

    We've heard this script before. Some agency of the Federal Government proposes a new rule that will affect the design and performance of cars in some way, sometime in the future. Instinctively, reflexively, automatically, viscerally, the industry lashes out. Horror, catastrophe, misery, bankruptcy! It will cost BILLIONS of dollars! Consumers will pay THOUSANDS more per car! Sales will plummet! Jobs will vanish! It will DESTROY the industry !!! It happened with the earliest safety requirements, with every round of emissions and gas-mileage regulations, with new roof-crush standards, and so on...

  • 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid
    2011 Kia Optima Hybrid To Cost $26,500, Less Than Camry, Fusion Hybrids

    Kia has announced that its 2011 Optima Hybrid midsize sedan will carry a starting price of $26,500 when it arrives at dealers in June. (That price does not include a mandatory $750 destination fee.) The car is the first-ever hybrid electric vehicle from the Korean carmaker, which is owned by...

  • GAC Zoyte Electric SUV
    Chinese SUV Tries to Make it in U.S. Despite Taxi Fire

    Yesterday Dallas-based electric vehicle firm Green Automotive Company announced it was sending two of its all-electric Zotye electric SUVs to be tested for compliance with Federal Motor Safety Standards at independent engineering firm Roush Industries. But while GAC’s website promises it is...

  • 2007 Kia Spectra LX
    2003 to 2007 Kia Spectras Recalled For Fuel Tank Issue

    Recalls aren’t exactly most manufacturers favorite things, but they are necessary to make sure that consumers stay safe. The most recent recall news in the small car arena affects the Kia Spectra. Kia will be recalling some 58,000 Spectra compact cars in colder climates for an issue with the...

  • 2012 Kia Rio
    2012 Kia Rio Brings Start-Stop, 40 MPG: NY Auto Show

    Kia has redesigned its popular Rio small car for 2012, offering buyers more space, more power and up to 40 mpg fuel economy on the highway. The vehicle made its U.S. debut this past week at the 2011 New York Auto Show and is set to go on sale this fall in both sedan and five-door hatchback...

  • Kia 'Hamsters' commercial
    2011 New York Auto Show: Kia Hamsters Take Top Honors From Nielsen

    The 2011 New York Auto Show has been full of surprises in new car announcements, but as we mentioned earlier this week the auto show has more than just announcements—they also have awards. Nielsen, a respected name in the advertising industry and responsible for rating and measuring the...