2017 Kia Picanto: Oh wow, what a difference!

Two engines – prices pretty much unchanged Great ride, especially with the larger wheels Really, it’s luxury at a lower price ONCE UPON A TIME, and not so long ago, did you know that Kia – at one time regarded rudely as ‘that little car from Korea’- was No.1 in the JP Power with the…

Kia hamsters make more Soul fun for 150kW Turbo launch (V)

Baby Kia causes havoc in American hospital New model has 150kW on tap with turbo engine Kia continues consecutive years of hamster videos IRVINE, California – Every year for the past eight years (from 2017) the Kia Soul and a trio of paw-tapping, music-loving hamsters have stood apart from the competition and captured imaginations through their…

Stonic: Is this the best-looking Kia yet? We think so…

Powered by a range of light and compact engines Smart packaging for ‘spacious and versatile’ cabin Strong but light body, new driving technologies KIA’S ALL-NEW Stonic is an eye-catching and confident compact crossover set to become an important conquest model for Kia in one of Europe’s newest and fastest-growing vehicle segments. The B-SUV segment currently…

Generation IV Kia Rio: Upgraded, up-specced but look at the prices!

Two engines and major cabin changes ‘Distinctive look, more mature character’ …but the best news is the Rios’ prices JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – A fourth generation of the Kia Rio will be in showrooms from June 9 2017. The local Kia operation says it regards the previous model as a best-seller. Indeed, says Kia SA’s marketing…

FIRST LOOK: Kia Stonic crossover SUV ‘will be most customisable yet’

Kia Stonic inspired by larger Kia SUVs Compact dimensions, low centre of gravity Customisable ‘like never before on a Kia’ SEOUL, South Korea – Kia’s new B-segment crossover will be named Stonic and is described by its maker as “an eye-catching and confident compact crossover with true European design flair”. “It was,” a media release…

Kia brings fresh Soul to SA crossover market

Mid-life refresh brings new turbodiesel Three models, six variants and auto Best value under R400 000 claimed KIA’S 2017 SOUL crossover has brought overall design updates and a new turbodiesel engine for its facelifted entry-level model to South Africa eight months after the car’s ‘reveal’ at the Paris auto show in September 2016. The first,…

Korea’s Kia Motors homing in on Indian production

MUMBAI, India – Kia Motors has signed a memorandum of understanding with the state government of Andhra Pradesh in India to build its first a production plant there. The MOU, signed on April 27 2017, represents a US$1.1-billion investment for building which will start the final quarter of 2017, begin production in the second half…

Drive a Kia? Some units need brakes recall check

⦁ Corrosion on electronic control unit feared ⦁ Only some imported units involved ⦁ Check here to see if your Kia for recall WHILE Ford SA is apparently still dithering about spontaneous fires in its Kuga vehicles Kia SA has joined an international recall of its Sportage SUV units to replace the vehicles’ hydraulic electronic…

Kia Picanto goes turbo with new model range

Kia’s baby’s birth at ’17 Geneva auto show New shell design and cabin, ‘floating’ touchscreen FIrst turbo engine for Picanto, diesel engine later EARLIER MODELS were some of the cutest baby-cars around but now Kia is bringing to market an all-new, third-generation, model and ‘sneak previewed’ it ahead of the March 2017 Geneva auto show. The…

Kia’s new Stinger takes Detroit auto show award

     Coveted awards selected by auto design leaders      Stinger sport sedan ‘poised to redefine segment’      ‘Fastback’ sedan realises designers’ dreams DETROIT, Michigan – Kia’s new Stinger large fastback/sedan has won the ‘EyesOn Design’ award for production car design at the 2017 Detroit auto show. The competition is usually dominated by…

Coming soon? The Stinger, Kia’s hot-shot fastback

Fastback sport sedan ‘redefines Kia brand’ Promise of GT concept car ‘fulfilled’ Stinger: Best-performing Kia in brand’s history DETROIT, Michigan – Five seats. Fastback styling. Defined as a sport sedan… that’s the Stinger (oh Kia, thank you for a name and not a letter and numbers xxx) with which the Korean carmaker is “looking to…

Picanto 3: The Remake… same size, new design, high-tech

Kia releases first images of all-new Picanto ‘Youthful, energetic design for baby-car ‘More assertive’ stance in A-segment package SEOUL, South Korea – Kia Motors has released images of its all-new Picanto, calling it “the third generation of one of Kia ’s global best-sellers”. The latest model is a child of Kia ’s design centres in…