Kia to launch 2018 diesel 48V mild hybrid

SEOUL, South Korea – Kia Motors will introduce its first 48V diesel mild-hybrid power train in the second half of 2018 using the Sportage as the host. ‘EcoDynamics+’ is said to reduce CO2 emissions by supplementing acceleration with an additional 48-volt battery and extending combustion engine ”off time” with a new mild-hybrid starter/generator unit. KIA…

Kia reveals first images of 380km all-electric Niro

 First images of Niro electric compact SUV Sporty and versatile ‘high-tech’ design concept Promise of class-leading driving range of 380km SEOUL, South Korea – Kia has unveiled its new all-electric version of the Niro at ‘The 5th International Electric Vehicle Expo’ in Jeju, Korea. It’s described as ”sporty and versatile” with visual good looks and…

All-powerful Stinger all set to buzz in to SA

Twin-turbo V6 for Kia’s most powerful car Limited number for import during 2018 Launch to emphsise Kia’s 20th anniversary in SA JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Kia Motors SA has confirmed that its multi-award winning Stinger large sport sedan, the brand’s most powerful car yet, will arrive in the country in August 2018… but in limited numbers. The…

Kia trio tops in global Red Dot design awards – again!

Kia scores high in ‘Red Dot’ awards Design awards for Stinger, Stonic and Picanto Latest wins take Kia cars to 21 Red Dot wins SEOUL, South Korea – Kia has triumphed again in the international Red Dot car-styling with  with three prestigious awards for design – the Stinger GT, the Stonic compact crossover and the…

‘Elegant and minimalist’: Kia’s all-new K900 cabin

Kia previews interior design for new flagship sedan Wrap-around cabin, sophisticated materials combination Advanced cabin tech, new human-machine interface SEOUL, South Korea – Kia Motors has issued preview material covering the cabin of its upcoming new K900 flagship luxury sedan – and very cool it looks, too. The cabin, for instance, is said to have…

Kia ranks highest on JD Power dependability study

Korean automaker climbs 12 places in list Rio ranked highest, scoring 1.3 faults per car. Data taken from three-year-old vehicles IRVINE, California – The 2018 JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study has ranked the Kia Rio as the best in the Small Car category. Greg Silvestri, head of service operations at Kia America, told The Corner…

Kia Rio GT-Line: First images of Korea’s hot new baby

Rio joins Kia’s sporty new GT-Line family Powered by one-litre, 88kW, turbocharged T-GDi engine Special alloy wheel rims, ‘sporty’ exterior trim SEOUL, South Korea – Kia has released the first images of its Rio GT-Line ahead of its public debut at the 2018 Geneva auto show – the latest range to join GT-Line specification/ The…

More comfort, less fuel, promised for Kia’s new Cerato sedan

Compact Cerato evolves with Stinger cues New Kia variable transmission saves fuel Standard 20cm touchscreen join Cerato’s tech list DETROIT, Michigan – Kia America is presenting an all-new Cerato at the 2018 Detroit auto show here, the third generation which, the automaker says, has a more sophisticated design and features that has ”transformed the car into…

Kia hints at sexier Cerato ahead of Detroit auto show

SEOUL, South Korea – Kia Motors has released design renderings of its third-generation Cerato (Forte in the US) sedan ahead of the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. “The car,” its maker says, “has kept its sporty and youthful image while morphing into a more sophisticated shape with sleek and dynamic styling inspired…

Brilliant Kia Stinger makes a beeline for UK Coty title

LONDON, England – The new Kia Stinger has won the ‘Best Performance Car’ title in the UK’s 2018 Car of the Year awards. A panel of UK journalists put the Stinger top of its class against stiff competition in a segment normally associated with more-premium brands thanks, the judges said, “to its striking styling, excellent…

Special maintenance plan promise for new Kias

Know your service costs in advance Free maintenance plan on Cerato and Soul ‘Additional peace of mind for family transport’ JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Kia Motors SA says it will, until March 31 2018, offer buyers of a new Kia Cerato (hatch or sedan) or Kia Soul a free extended maintenance plan. Each is shipped with…

Kia Picanto top model gets even Smarter with auto

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Automaker Kia has expanded its Picanto small-car range with a 1.2 Smart auto, which now becomes top-of-the-range though it was introduced as a five-speed manual in the middle of 2017. More than 700 units of the latest Picanto (this is the third range since the cars’original launch) have, Kia SA says,…