Posts Tagged: Kia

Road Test: 2014 Kia pro_cee’d GT
By December 9, 2013 Read More →

Road Test: 2014 Kia pro_cee’d GT

Kia has added two completely new GT models to its European lineup. Before this, there hasn’t really been any performance-focused Kia models in Europe. The two new models are 5-door Kia cee’d GT and 3-door Kia pro_cee’d GT. We took a test drive with the Kia pro_cee’d GT, which is the tastier looking of these two.

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Road Test: 2013 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi 4WD
By March 4, 2013 Read More →

Road Test: 2013 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi 4WD

From the outside it might look pretty much the same as before, but actually Kia Sorento has changed quite a bit. The updated Kia Sorento comes with an all-new platform and a more rigid bodyshell. Thanks to the use of ultra-high-strength steels in the body construction, the torsional stiffness has been increased by 18 percent compared to the predecessor. The new body construction has also helped the Sorento to loose some weight, but the car’s kerb weight with the automatic transmission is still over 2000 kilograms.

Superman-inspired Kia Optima Hybrid
By February 9, 2013 Read More →

Superman-inspired Kia Optima Hybrid

Kia Motors America has teamed up with DC Entertainment and Super Street magazine to create a head-turning Optima Hybrid inspired by Superman’s strength and unwavering care for planet Earth. The Superman-inspired Kia Optima Hybrid was unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. “As the most recognized Super Hero in the world, Superman is a symbol of strength and integrity, making him the perfect character to join forces with Kia’s first-ever hybrid to create a customized ride powered by a robust and efficient powertrain,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing and communications, Kia Motors America.

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2014 Kia Sorento gets a new V6 engine in the US
By December 11, 2012 Read More →

2014 Kia Sorento gets a new V6 engine in the US

Kia Motors America unveiled a significantly redesigned Kia Sorento at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. The 2014 Kia Sorento comes to market with an all-new chassis, a new Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) V6 engine, a substantially redesigned interior and a next-generation infotainment system. The new 2014 Sorento sports dynamic and sophisticated design elements, inside and out. Redesigned front and rear fascias enhance the Sorento’s road presence with a lower, broader appearance up front and a visually wider stance at the rear. The ubiquitous Kia tiger-nose grille is enhanced with an anodized silver metal or black mesh appearance and the lower valance has been opened to expose an aggressive cross-hatched maw.

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New high performance Kia models set for European launch in mid-2013
By December 10, 2012 Read More →

New high performance Kia models set for European launch in mid-2013

Kia’s first high performance models for Europe, the three-door Kia pro_cee’d GT and the five-door Kia cee’d GT, will go on sale in mid-2013. The two new GT models will be powered by a new version of Kia’s 1.6-litre gasoline direct injection engine, equipped with a twin-scroll turbocharger and strengthened internal components. Power and torque […]

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Kia Optima 2013 lineup
By August 17, 2012 Read More →

Kia Optima 2013 lineup

For 2013, Kia Optima expands its popular line with the all-new Limited trim, which brings luxury and refinement to a whole new level for the already stylish and amenity-laden midsize sedan. Limited, which builds off the top-of-the-line SX with Premium Touring and Technology Packages, includes a number of unique features which further Optima’s appeal and project a sleek, high-end appearance, including unique 18-inch chrome wheels, red brake calipers, LED daytime running lights, available chrome side mirrors and chrome accents on the side sills and rear spoiler, along with black cloth headliner and pillar trim.

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Kia Optima SX Limited arrives in dealerships
By July 4, 2012 Read More →

Kia Optima SX Limited arrives in dealerships

The 2013 Kia Optima SX Limited (SXL), which is the new top-tier trim level of the ultra-popular midsize Optima sedan line, is now arriving in US dealerships. The Kia Optima SXL is based on the fully loaded turbocharged Optima SX. Offered exclusively in Ebony Black, Snow White Pearl and Titanium Metallic exterior colors, the Optima SXL features many luxury details, including LED daytime running lights, chrome-accented rear spoiler and lower door sills, and wood interior trim. Standout red brake calipers can be seen through the Optima SXL’s uniquely designed chrome 18-inch wheels while the 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine delivers class-leading 274 horsepower5 and achieves 22/34 mpg6 (city/hwy).

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Kia K9 launched in Korea
By May 11, 2012 Read More →

Kia K9 launched in Korea

Kia’s all-new luxury flagship sedan went on sale in Korea. The new Kia K9 is taking the brand into an entirely new segment of the global automotive market. The striking new rear-wheel drive sedan will be launched in a number of key overseas markets starting in the fourth quarter of 2012. Known as the K9 in Korea, the new flagship sedan will have a different name in overseas markets – to be revealed closer to its on sale date.

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Kia reveals all-new K9 flagship sedan for Korean market
By March 4, 2012 Read More →

Kia reveals all-new K9 flagship sedan for Korean market

Kia have revealed the first official photographs of its all-new flagship sedan to be launched during the first half of this year in the Korean market. Referred to by its codename ‘KH’ until now, the company also confirmed that the Korean market name will be K9 – while the name for export markets, as well as overseas launch timings, will be revealed later this year. K9 is Kia’s first rear-wheel drive sedan. This model’s Korean market name, K9, will complete Kia’s domestic market K series range of passenger cars, whose members also include the front-wheel drive K5 (Optima in overseas markets) and K7 (Cadenza in overseas markets) sedans. The letter K represents not only Kia and the company’s home country of Korea, but also refers to the Greek word Kratos (meaning powerful, domination and reign) and the English word Kinetic (meaning active, dynamic).

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2012 Kia Optima
By February 7, 2012 Read More →

2012 Kia Optima

The 2012 Kia Optima is available in two fuel-efficient and powerful Theta II powerplants featuring gasoline direct injection (GDI), including a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder or a 2.0-liter GDI turbo engine. The 2.4-liter GDI engine produces 200 horsepower while upgrading to the available 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine (EX Turbo and SX models) delivers V6-type power with a four-cylinder engine that produces 274 horsepower, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. All automatics feature Sportmatic clutchless shifting. A single six-speed manual transmission is available only on the LX model. In addition to impressive performance, both engines also offer competitive fuel economy. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder posts 24/35 miles per gallon (mpg)10 (city/highway) when mated to the manual transmission and 24/34 mpg when coupled with the automatic transmission, while the 2.0-liter turbo GDI offers 22/34 mpg11 and is available only with the automatic transmission.

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