Kia News

  • Kia Forte Koup - Kinetic Motorsports Grand-Am Race Cars

    It is no secret that Kia is trying to change their image. The company has come out with vehicles that will make you do a “double-take.” If you aren’t sure what I am talking about I have one word for you—Soul. Then of course there is the Spectra replacement—Kia Forte. The Forte is really the focus of our attention today as news comes across the wire that Kia has one its first-ever motorsports event at the Barber Motorsports Park. Racing you say? Yes, indeed we do and Kia is serious with their entry of the Forte Koup (actually a pair of Koups) into the Grand-Am...

  • 2011 Kia Naimo Concept
    Kia Reveals Naimo Electric Crossover Concept, Announces Real-World Tests

    Kia has taken the wraps off its third electrified concept car in the space of a year (the previous being the Pop and Ray), strongly suggesting that we’re at the start of what could eventuate into an electric car revolution within the South Korean automaker. The latest concept is the 2011 Kia...

  • 2010 Kia Soul
    Kia Doubles Down On Smaller Engines, Plans Soul Convertible

    Kia has some major plans in the pipeline, with the introduction of new hybrid models, a brand new Rio hatchback and range of downsized engines combining turbocharging and direct fuel injection technologies. And, with every new model introduction, Kia has been downsizing its engines--without any...

  • Ford B-Max Concept
    Green Car Roundup: Production Cars At 2011 Geneva Motor Show

    This year's Geneva Motor Show was absolutely crammed with concept cars. But amidst all the outrageous styling and one-of-a-kind features, several important production cars showed up as well. Not all of them were called production cars, mind you. Toyota, Ford, and Audi all showed off new models...

  • 2011 Kia Sportage
    2011 Kia Sportage EX Review: A Sport Beaut?

    Kia's Sportage spec sheet is loaded with abbreviations: AWD, ABS, TCS, ESC, DBC, HAC, and ROPS. The latter letters stand for rollover protection system. It's just one of the numerous extras packed into the all-wheel-drive EX with navigation system, leather trim, panoramic sunroof, rear sonar and...

  • 2011 Kia Optima
    Success or Failure: 2011 Kia Optima Goes Turbo

    There is no doubt that the folks driving Kia today have a sense of humor. There is also no doubt that they have an agenda to get noticed by consumers and go head to head with their Japanese competition—not to mention competition from the American contingent like Ford. That said, performance...

  • 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid

    Kia has been on a roll lately. The younger, lower-priced sibling of Korean car colossus Hyundai has received rave reviews for the styling, features, and general competence of its its new 2011 Optima midsize sedan. Now Kia has iced the cake by adding a hybrid-electric model of the Optima to the lineup, along with a turbocharged and direct-injected version as well. The company launched the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid yesterday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Despite the radically different styling, though, the Optima Hybrid shares essentially its entire powertrain with the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid...

  • Kia Forte Hybrid Concept
    Kia Teases 2012 Forte Hybrid Concept at SEMA Custom Show

    One of the joys of the huge, splashy, raucous SEMA show in Las Vegas is seeing what manufacturers toss up in the air to show off. Kia brought several customized cars, one of which falls into the green category: a propane-fueled mild hybrid version of its new, and well-received, Forte compact sedan...

  • Kia Soul Flex
    Kia Soul Flex Is Korea’s First Flex-Fuel Vehicle

    At this week’s 2010 Sao Paulo Auto Show in Brazil Kia has taken the wraps off its new Soul Flex hatchback, which the automaker claims is the first vehicle of its kind to be launched by a South Korean brand. The Kia Soul Flex, if you haven’t already guessed, is a fully flex-fuel capable...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Aveo Hatchback
    It's a B-Car Baby Boom for 2012

    If there was one good thing that came out of the gas price spike of 2008 and subsequent fuel economy regulations, it's that it encouraged more automakers to offer B-segment (subcompact) models or to improve their existing offerings in the segment. The 2011 model year brought the U.S. debuts of the...

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    Keep the Used Car, Buy a New One Or Try Pre-Owned?

    Making the Decision Can Be As Frustrating As the Repair Bills

  • SoundRacer V-10
    Now, For Your Fuel-Efficient Little Green Car, V-8 Sound!

    If you drive a small car or, heaven forfend, a hybrid or a clean-diesel, you may have heard the jokes. And the jibes. "Hey, Mister, how many rubber bands that thing have?" And so on. But we've got a foolproof way for you to grin all the way past the gas pumps. Suppose your fuel-efficient green car...

  • Kia Ray plug-in hybrid concept car

    Slick Lines And a Potential For 202 MPG

  • 2010 Kia Ray Concept Teaser, to be introduced at 2010 Chicago Auto Show
    Kia Previews Plug-In Hybrid Concept To Debut at Chicago Show

    With the 2010 Detroit Auto Show behind us, we're fast coming up on the Chicago Auto Show, which starts February 10.  Now we've gotten our first teaser image, for the Kia Ray concept car that will be unveiled in the spacious precincts of McCormack Hall. Kia says the Ray is meant to demonstrate how...

  • 2010 Kia Rio
    Kia UVO Voice-Controlled System To Launch in 2010

    Ford Will No Longer Be the Sole Microsoft Auto Platform User

  • 2010 Kia Soul 5dr Wagon Auto Sport Angular Front Exterior View
    Kia Soul 1.6-Liter Is Sure To Be a Hard Find

    The Quirky and Cool Soul Wants To Have the Big Engine

  • 2011 Mazda2
    2011 Mazda2 Subcompact To Launch At Los Angeles Auto Show

    We previewed the upcoming 2011 Mazda2 subcompact a couple of months ago, but now we have more details, along with photos of its updated styling. The five-door hatchback will be officially unveiled in early December, at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2011 Mazda Mazda2 will go on sale in the U.S. and...

  • 2010 Kia Soul
    Why Small Is a Four Letter Word In the American Automotive Market

    Small Cars in America May Be Mid-size Car Anywhere Else

  • IIHS side crash test of 2004-2006 Toyota Prius

    It's almost sold out in some areas, the solar sunroof is smashing sales projections, and now the 2010 Toyota Prius had added a further laurel to its overflowing cap: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded the 2010 Prius its "Top Safety Pick" designation. That award goes to vehicles that do the best job of protecting their occupants in front, rear, and side crashes. The frontal offset crash simulates an accident at 40 miles per hour, the side test mimics an SUV slamming in at 31 mph, and the rear-ender is at 20 mph. The IIHS ratings are increasingly important, and have gained...

  • 2009 Pontiac Vibe
    2010 Pontiac Vibe: The Last Pontiac Is The Greenest

    As the world's battered automakers gear up for the 2010 model year, we say goodbye to a few outgoing models. Among them are the last Pontiacs, a brand General Motors will dispense with after 2010. The sole car offered to the public for the new model year will be the 2010 Pontiac Vibe, a five-door...

  • 2010 Kia Soul
    2010 Kia Soul: Just Another Box or Step Above the Rest?

    The New Kia Soul Tries to Out Shine the Cube and xB

  • Kia Forte hybrid
    Kia to Unveil Forte LPI Hybrid at Seoul Auto Show

    The opening of the Seoul Auto Show in South Korea is just days away now and several unveilings will take place.  Notably, the unveiling of the Kia Forte LPI hybrid has garnered a lot of interest.  Kia, owned by Hyundai, will introduce the Forte LPI Hybrid to the public at the Seoul Auto Show...

  • 2009 Kia Spectra LX
    Korean Rivalry: 2009 Kia Spectra Vs. 2009 Hyundai Elantra

    Most people today are fully aware of both the Kia and Hyundai brands--and when asked they would probably attribute them to inexpensive, small cars that have really, really long warranties. What the general consumer may not be aware of, is that both Kia and Hyundai have been siblings for a...