Kia Optima Si
NEWS INDEX: Kia
Kia's new Optima released
15th November, 2015
Refined new interior - higher quality materials; More space
for every occupant; 50% stronger bodyshell; a range of new active safety technologies; Smooth ride and more
agile handling; New high-powered GT model with 2.0-litre Turbo-GDI engine; wireless phone charging .....
Testing time in Death Valley
18th September, 2015
Located deep within the Californian Mojave Desert, the Proving Ground
demonstrates the lengths to which Kia goes to ensure the quality and durability of every new car it builds, including the
all-new Sportage .....
Kia Sportage: next generation revealed
28th August, 2015
Entering its fourth-generation, the all-new Kia Sportage features a
bold, progressive design, with the vehicle’s designers providing a sense of power and agility from every angle .....
Kia Sportage: the next generation
18th August, 2015
Entering its fourth-generation, the all-new Sportage features a bold,
progressive design, which exudes power and agility from every angle. The dynamic compact SUV styling provides visual
harmony out of the tension between bold, precise feature lines and dramatically-sculptured bodywork .....
Kia Picanto coming to Australia
18th August, 2015
Indicative pricing is thought to be around the $14,990* mark which
will allow Picanto to provide a starting-point model to the Kia range .....
Kia Rio Sport and SLi arrive
10th August, 2015
The Rio line-up is back to full strength with the arrival
of the high-grade SLi and Sport models to complete the range .....
Kia Sorento: new generation released
5th June, 2015
Third generation Sorento arrives in Australia; All-new bodyshell
improves ride, handling and crash safety; Improvements to NVH; 5-star ANCAP rating: Sat nav and reversing camera
standard; Priced from $40,990* for the Si petrol through to $55,990* for the Platinum diesel .....
Kia Novo Concept Car
6th April, 2015
Modern, coupé-inspired 4-door design for Kia’s latest concept;
Minimalist interior design with high-tech features; Powered by 1.6-litre turbo GDI engine matched with a new
seven-speed DCT; Hints at the design direction for Kia’s next-generation compact cars .....
Kia Optima: next generation to debut in April
22nd March, 2015
Current generation Kia Optima became a catalyst for the
brand’s tremendous growth and has been the company’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for three years running .....
Kia Carnival: new generation released locally
1st March, 2015
Sleek new model blends style and practicality; Stronger body shell
for improved safety, refinement, ride and handling; Versatile interior; Enhanced petrol and diesel engines; all-new
third generation Kia Carnival has arrived! .....
Kia Rio updated
1st February, 2015
The entry-level S, new S Premium and Si models gain a new front
and rear bumper design, new grille pattern, new centre fascia and audio unit design, and metallic look
highlights while retaining all the safety and convenience features from the outgoing models .....
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Kia Sorento earns 5 stars with EuroNCAP
5th December, 2014
Kia’s new SUV scored highly in all four areas (90 per cent Adult
Occupant Protection, 83 per cent Child Occupant Protection, 67 per cent Pedestrian Protection and 71 per cent Safety
Assist) thanks to an even stronger body shell and a wide array of passive and active safety equipment .....
Kia introduce seven year warranty, capped price servicing and roadside
28th October, 2014
Australia’s first comprehensive unlimited kilometre seven year
warranty coupled to a seven year capped-price service programme and seven year roadside assist give Kia buyers
even more reason to smile .....
Kia Sorento: third generation debuts
29th September, 2014
New design for third-generation Kia Sorento; All-new bodyshell
improves ride, handling and crash safety; Improvements to NVH and a step-change in interior quality and design;
3.3-litre petrol or the 2.2-litre turbo diesel for Australia .....
Kia Sorento third generation revealed
11th August, 2014
The front of new Sorento features a larger, more upright ‘tiger-nose’
grille, with a distinctive three-dimensional diamond pattern, and long swept-back headlamps .....
Kia Sorento 3rd generation to debut later this month
6th August, 2014
Sorento’s cabin will raise the bar for luxury in its segment, thanks to
a modern, wrap-around dashboard, high quality soft-touch materials and a range of advanced on-board technologies .....
Kia expand Cerato line-up
1st July, 2014
Sitting between the S and the Si grades, the Cerato S Premium will add
satellite navigation, rear view camera, 7-inch touch screen, 16-inch alloys, auto headlamp control, DVD player and more
for a price-leading $24,590* .....
Kia Sportage updated
12th June, 2014
Across the petrol range the new Sportage will benefit from an upgrade
to the more sophisticated and efficient 2.0-litre GDI powerplant. The popular 2.0-litre variable geometry turbo
diesel R-Series will continue in the AWD models .....
Kia's new MPV to debut this month
6th April, 2014
Kia will unveil an all-new mid-size multi-purpose vehicle at the
2014 New York Motor Show in two weeks .....
Kia pro_cee’d GT arrives
2nd April, 2014
Powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol engine,
the pro_cee’d GT guarantees engaging performance for a sports coupe designed not to be the most powerful in class but
with everyday usability and civility in mind. It can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 7.7 seconds .....
Kia Optima updated
20th January, 2014
Refining the Optima’s sculpted appearance, Kia’s Frankfurt-based
design team improved the vehicle’s front and rear fascia and the brand’s signature tabbed grille. The vehicle’s bold
stance and aerodynamic shape are further accentuated by updated rear diffusers and a sweeping boot lid .....
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Kia Cerato Koup next generation released
4th November, 2013
The top-of-the-line Koup’s 1.6-litre GDi twin-scroll Turbo, the
first forced induction petrol engine for Kia Motors Australia, underscores Kia’s determination to keep the customer
Kia Cerato hatchback
27th October, 2013
For Australia, since its belated launch in 2010, the dominant member
of the Cerato line-up has been the stylish five-door hatchback - accounting for as much as 70 per cent of all Cerato
sales in Australia .....
Kia Sportage Series II released
1st August, 2013
The Sportage Series II, on sale now, adds HID headlamps, static cornering
lamps, aero blade front wipers, partial leather seat trims, rear seat warmer, front wiper de-icer and an Active ECO mode
on the diesel automatic .....
Kia's all-new Rondo released
7th June, 2013
Priced from just $29,990*, Kia's third-generation Rondo (people
mover) is now available in Australia .....
Kia's new Cerato sedan released
21st April, 2013
It features an all-new re-engineered body shell structure and will
also boast improved quality, upgraded equipment, a more spacious cabin with enhanced quality, improved refinement
and an upgraded powertrain line-up .....
Kia Soul for 2014
9th April, 2013
Riding on a new chassis that is stiffer, longer and wider, the
all-new Soul has grown up without losing its edge, allowing for more passenger and cargo room while reducing
NVH levels .....
Kia CUB concept debuts in Seoul
31st March, 2013
The exterior styling of the Kia CUB highlights that it is both
sleek and small, with a cheerful 'face' and a daring 'character'. Design features instigated by Peter Schreyer for
the 2007 Kia Kee 2+2 concept are revisited in a new form .....
Kia pro_cee’d GT turbo coming to Australia
4th March, 2013
Powered by Kia’s high-technology 1.6-litre GDI engine boosted by
a twin-scroll turbocharger, the pro_cee’d GT puts out 150kW and 265Nm of torque. It come with a six-speed manual
gearbox and is capable of a 0-100 km/h sprint in 7.7 seconds .....
Kia Sorento's improved towing solution
17th February, 2013
This heavy duty kit will allow for an increased maximum down ball weight
of 150kg whilst the maximum braked towing capacity will remain the same at 2,000 kg for automatic and 2,500 kg for
manual vehicles .....
Kia Cerato 5-door debuts
8th February, 2013
Lower, longer and wider, the all-new Forte/Cerato 5-door combines European
style with the practicality of a hatchback .....
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Kia's new Cerato revealed
29th November, 2012
It features an all-new body shell, upgraded equipment, a host of
additional convenience and safety features, a more spacious cabin with enhanced quality, improved refinement and
an upgraded powertrain line-up that delivers class-leading performance and fuel economy .....
Kia Sorento updated
29th October, 2012
Kia’s successful and recently improved Sorento SUV is now available
in Australia. The wide-ranging changes include a re-engineered body shell, improved ride, handling and refinement,
additional convenience and safety features .....
Kia introduces "Capped Price" servicing
7th September, 2012
The new Kia Connect programme is the only one in Australia which
offers the capped-price service across a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty with annual service intervals .....
New look Kia Rondo for 2013
25th July, 2012
With a completely fresh, sleek, cab-forward design, lower
roofline, longer wheelbase, larger wheels (up to 18-inch) and chrome beltline accent, the new Rondo has been
conceived around the theme ‘responsive space’ .....
New look for 2013 Kia Cerato
25th July, 2012
The current Cerato was Kia’s global best-seller in 2011 with more
than 445,000 examples sold .....
Wheel chair accessible rental vehicles
6th July, 2012
Europcar Australia and Automobility Pty Ltd have announced an Australian first
partnership by placing Kia Grand Carnival wheelchair accessible vehicles in Europcar’s local rental fleet .....
Kia Sorento for 2013
19th June, 2012
Kia’s designers have included new headlamps with LED positioning
lights, a new tailgate with LED rear combination lamps, new bumpers (front and rear) with vertical-axis fog lights
and a larger area of body-colour surface, and an expanded choice of wheels to include larger diameter alloys .....
Kia Cerato eXtra limited edition
30th March, 2012
The Kia Cerato eXtra 6-speed manual is priced at $21,490* while the
6-speed automatic is $23,490*. That represents a premium of just $1,250 over the comparative Si model hatch and
$1,500 for the sedan .....
Kia finds satnav
15th March, 2012
Kia is joining many other brands by offering Satellite
Kia Rio gains 3 & 4 door variants
16th February, 2012
Tasked with the job of improving upon the international success
of the previous generation, Kia’s engineers and designers have designed a new Rio in three body styles, combining
European flair and Australian drivability priced from $15,290* .....
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Kia Soul updated for 2012
6th December, 2011
At the heart of the new model range is the all-new 2.0-litre
MPI petrol engine from the Nu 'family' of 4-cylinder engines. The new Nu brings a sparkling 122 kW and 200
Nm to the table and takes to three the engine choices for the 2012 Kia Soul range .....
Kia at SEMA 2011
2nd November, 2011
This year’s show cars were inspired by Kia’s growing
sports marketing portfolio that includes basketball, golf, motor sports and more .....
Kia Rio 5-door hatch released
14th October, 2011
The new Rio, which is available in S, Si and SLi trim
levels, combines European flair, Australian drivability with Korean spice and starts at just $16,290*. The
range topping SLi comes standard with LED daytime running lights and 17-inch alloy wheels fitted with a low
profile, high performance 205/45/R17 Continental tyre as standard, making it one of the most feature packed
vehicles in its class .....
Kia Optima Hybrid gains Guinness World Record
16th September, 2011
Drivers Wayne Gerdes and Chris Bernius successfully drove a
factory-standard 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid sedan through a 7,899 mile route across America and achieved an incredible
average fuel consumption of 3.64 l/100 km .....
Kia GT Concept
13th September, 2011
Although work on the Kia GT concept first started in November
2010, the idea of a powerful rear-wheel drive Kia saloon had been percolating in the minds of Kia’s European
designers for some time .....
Kia Optima Hybrid looking for record low fuel consumption
26th August, 2011
The aim is to set a new record for lowest fuel consumption (in a
petrol hybrid car) while driving through all 48 continental states of America .....
Kia's surprise sports sedan
21st August, 2011
This rear-wheel drive four-door sports sedan combines sleek
proportions with a sophisticated and elegant four-seater cabin .....
Kia Grand Carnival updated
2nd August, 2011
Australia’s most popular people mover under $55,000, the Kia Carnival,
has just received an upgrade resulting in four long wheelbase models, Bluetooth across the range and the introduction
of the legendary “R-series” CRDi turbo diesel engine to the line-up .....
Kia Soul for 2012
17th May, 2011
The globally successful Soul is fine-tuned for 2012 with a
significant number of technology and powertrain enhancements to deliver more power and improved fuel
Kia Rio sedan revealed
24th April, 2011
Kia Motors America (KMA) has celebrated the world premiere of the
all-new 2012 Rio sub-compact sedan at the New York Motor Show .....
Kia K2 for China
19th April, 2011
Kia Motors and its Chinese joint venture, Dongfeng Yueda
Kia, unveiled the K2 B-segment sedan today at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show in China. Based on the platform
of the all-new Rio .....
Kia Naimo Electric Concept
1st April, 2011
The third electric vehicle design to be unveiled by Kia Motors
Corporation in a year, the 3.9-metre long Naimo concept explores the practicalities of introducing a zero-emissions,
five-door, four-seater city car into a future niche market .....
Kia Picanto: more details
17th March, 2011
Longer than the previous model, and with an extended wheelbase,
new Picanto promises more passenger comfort and increased cargo space. Offered for the first time with a choice
of 5-door and 3-door body styles, it is set to completely redefine its position as one of the most competitive
vehicles in the global ‘city car’ category .....
Next Kia Rio revealed
3rd March, 2011
In addition to appealing to consumers’ aesthetic tastes,
the new Kia Rio will spearhead the company’s efforts to significantly grow its market share across the
globe by offering potential owners industry-leading environmental credentials .....
Kia Rio: the next generation
11th February, 2011
The new model features a wheelbase extended by 70 mm (to
2,570 mm) and promises greater passenger space and comfort, together with increased cargo capacity to 292
litres (hatchback) and 390 litres (sedan). Exterior dimensions changes include: +55 mm (overall length),
-15 mm (height) and +25 mm (overall width) to enhance the feeling of sportiness .....
Kia Picanto: more details
24th January, 2011
Making its global premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March,
new Picanto has been redesigned and re-engineered with stand-out styling that conveys a sense of solidity and
maturity. Longer than the previous model, and with an extended wheelbase, new Picanto promises more passenger
comfort and 27 per cent increased cargo space .....
Kia Optima ready for local release
21st January, 2011
The new generation Kia Optima (formerly known as the Magentis
in Australia) made its world premiere at the New York Motor Show in April 2010 and now it's about to arrive in
local Kia dealerships. It is a completely new design of Kia's mid-size sedan .....
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Kia Rio: the next generation
12th January, 2011
Longer, lower and wider than the existing Rio, the new
model is designed to inject emotional appeal into the B-segment, targeting progressive, energetic consumers
in the 25-to-49 age range .....
Kia KV7 Concept
11th January, 2011
Conceived as a modern-day “activity van,” the Kia KV7 concept
challenges the notion that vans are strictly for family transportation and reveals a vision for a vehicle with the
functionality to transport a large number of people and their belongings while also serving as a 'connected' social
hub for groups of friends and adventure-seekers .....
2010: a bumper year of sales
6th January, 2011
“This is an exceptional outcome and is the second highest
result on record and only the third time ever that the market exceeded more than one million sales,” FCAI
Chief Executive Andrew McKellar said .....
Kia Picanto: more details
4th January, 2011
Completely redesigned and re-engineered, the new car has grown
in overall length and wheelbase and is set to redefine its position as one of the most competitive vehicles in
its segment .....
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Preview: Kia KV7 Concept
24th December, 2010
For the past several years Kia Motors’ design-led transformation
has been delivering production vehicles – such as the Soul, Cerato Koup and Sportage – that bear a very close
resemblance to the original concept designs that preceded them .....
Kia's all-new Picanto
7th December, 2010
It will compete in Europe's crowded "A" segment and, following
recent Kia trends, the new model is designed to stand out from the crowd! .....
Kia Optima Hybrid
2nd December, 2010
Arriving in Kia dealer showrooms in the United States early next
year, the 2011 Optima Hybrid is the brand’s first-ever hybrid for North America and uses a “full parallel hybrid
system” to deliver a unique blend of performance .....
Kia Sorento update
9th November, 2010
Kia's medium sized SUV, Sorento, has received a 2011 model year
refresh across the range with a list of enhancements ranging from Bluetooth technology to leather wrapped
instrument cluster housing .....
Kia at SEMA
4th November, 2010
Arriving at the gateway to the 2010-2011 automotive show
season, Kia Motors America (KMA) is ready to roll at this week's 2010 SEMA Show in Las Vegas (USA) with a
diverse and attention-grabbing line-up of concept and production-intent vehicles to further showcase Kia’s
eye-catching new generation of vehicles .....
Kia Soul with "Flex-Fuel"
3rd November, 2010
Kia’s Soul Flex is the first Korean FFV (Flexible Fuel Vehicle)
which can run on an ethanol-petrol mixture, 100% ethanol or 100% petrol. It is especially designed for the
Brasilian market, where ‘flex’ models account for more than 85% of the new car sales .....
Kia prepares for Optima release
20th October, 2010
“This is a truly stylish and classy design statement that
underscores the reasons why Kia is one of the fastest growing brands in the automotive world,” Kia Motors
Australia COO Tony Barlow said .....
Kia Cerato hatch released
15th October, 2010
Kia is introducing a third member of the Cerato range – the 5-door
Hatchback, to strengthen its representation in what is arguably the world’s most important market sector – the
ultra-competitive small passenger vehicle or C-segment .....
Kia at Paris Motor Show
23rd September, 2010
Kia’s 2010 Paris Motor Show stand will major on striking design
and new technologies. Taking centre stage and making its world premiere will be the eye-catching, compact and
unique electric POP concept .....
Kia Sportage named “2010 Top Safety Pick” by IIHS
19th August, 2010
Arriving in Kia showrooms in the U.S. now, Sportage received the
organisation’s top honour by earning “Good” ratings – the highest achievable – in frontal, side, rear and rollover
impact crash safety tests .....
New Kia Sportage released
11th August, 2010
Longer, wider and lower than the previous model, the all-new
design successfully retains the key SUV features – the command drive position, heightened sense of security and
powerful road presence – which made the outgoing second generation Kia Sportage so popular .....
Kia release Limited Edition Cerato sedan
29th July, 2010
The ‘Kia Cerato Limited’ boasts all the great features of the
standard SLi Package, plus several unique enhancements including leather seats, electric sunroof, body kit and
rear spoiler .....
Kia Sportage - looking at the design
30th June, 2010
“I want to give Kia global appeal, and I want that appeal to be
about design above all else – the new Sportage is a major step towards achieving that goal” says Peter
Schreyer, Kia’s Chief Design Officer .....
Mobility solutions from Freedom and Kia
27th June, 2010
Freedom Motors Australia is giving disabled people greater
freedom and confidence in their daily lives through their quality conversion of people movers and other
vehicles for wheelchair access .....
Kia Carnival facelift
16th June, 2010
Since its launch towards the end of 2005, the current model Kia
Carnival has dominated the people mover segment, finishing each year as Australia's top-selling people mover .....
Globally, Kia sales continue to rise
8th June, 2010
Kia Motors Corporation announced today its global sales
figures for May 2010, recording a total of 175,098 units sold. This figure represents a year-on-year increase
of 23.4% .....
Kia sales up (again)
6th June, 2010
Cerato continues to impress with new vehicle sales up 14.6%
compared to May last year and up 34.9% when compared to 2009 year to date figures .....
Kia helps Healthy Harold reach regional NSW
25th May, 2010
A national education programme will be able to expand its
offering in regional NSW with the support of Kia Motors Australia .....
Increased sales continue for Kia
7th May, 2010
The popularity of Kia Motors Australia continued to increase in
April with year-to-date sales figures up 23.8% compared to the same period last year according to April VFACTS
Kia Forte is 'Top Safety Pick' by IIHS in the US
23rd April, 2010
Following in the footsteps of the 2010 Soul urban passenger
vehicle, Kia Forte (known as 'Cerato' in Australia) has been recognised by the US' Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety (IIHS) with a 2010 'Top Safety Pick' award in the Small Car category .....
Kia's top quarter
20th April, 2010
Kia Motors Australia has continued its strong start to 2010
posting year-to-date sales figures which are up 27.8% when compared to the same period last year .....
Kia reveal the Cerato hatchback
2nd April, 2010
Making its world premiere in New York this week-end is the Kia
Cerato five-door hatchback. Keeping in line with the stylish and practical Cerato compact sedan and Cerato Koup,
the new five-door adds another attractive option to the Cerato 'family' .....
New Kia Optima revealed
2nd April, 2010
From the distinctive sweeping chrome accent that stretches
through the C pillars to the sleek 'greenhouse' and flared wheel arches, every inch of the Optima projects a
distinguished and refined style and extreme attention to detail .....
Kia Venga wins red dot design award
16th March, 2010
Kia Venga has won the coveted red dot design award, marking
the second prize the car maker’s newest B-segment MPV has won since its launch .....
New Kia Magentis: more details
14th March, 2010
It’s a car that people will simply not expect from Kia .....
Kia new Sportage
5th March, 2010
The unveiling of the third generation Sportage continues Kia
Motors aggressive product refresh strategy to deliver new design with quality, safety and value to buyers .....
Kia opens US factory
1st March, 2010
Mass production of the all-new 2011 Kia Sorento CUV began in
November with the product going on sale in the US in January. Selling 7,398 units in its first month, the 2011
Sorento was Kia’s best-selling vehicle in January .....
New Kia Magentis: first details
22nd February, 2010
This new model will stretch the influence the highly successful
Korean brand has on the Australian market! .....
Kia Ray Plug In Hybrid Concept
11th February, 2010
Kia have chosen America's Chicago Motor Show to debut it's 'Ray' plug-in
hybrid concept .....
All-new Kia Sportage images released
3rd February, 2010
Kia will unveil the all-new Sportage at the Geneva Motor Show
in March .....
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All-new Kia Cerato Koup released
24th September, 2009
Building on the success on the new Cerato sedan launched locally
in January 2009, the Cerato Koup offers performance, ride and handling that is even more responsive than the
sedan. The Cerato Koup is destined to broaden the appeal of Kia to a new group of consumers who seek the
particular appeal of two-door cars .....
Value packed coupe for Kia
18th September, 2009
Many features are a highlight of this new car. Foremost is the
price. The manufacturer's list price (excluding dealer charges and state/territory statutory charges) is from
$23,690 (manual transmission) and $25,690 (automatic) .....
Euro NCAP: Five Stars for Kia Sorento
27th August, 2009
The all-new Kia Sorento, due in Australia in early 2010, has been
awarded the maximum 5-star safety rating in the latest Euro NCAP crash test results, placing the Sorento amongst the
safest SUVs on the road .....
Kia's new Venga
26th August, 2009
Kia’s stylish and uniquely spacious new premium B-segment
contender will be named ‘Venga’ when it goes on sale across Europe later this year and in the UK early in
Extra value with Limited Edition Kia Cerato
17th August, 2009
Kia has announced a Limited Edition Cerato with features
valued at $1,200 being offered to customers at no extra cost for a limited time only .....
Kia Soul earns another safety accolade
14th August, 2009
Kia's affordable car now adds a 2009 ‘Top Safety Pick’ from
America's highly respected Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to its list of accomplishments .....
Kia at Frankfurt Motor Show
13th August, 2009
With sales continually rising, Kia heads to the Frankfurt Motor
Show full of confidence. In keeping with the Kia tradition, a surprise is sure to be a component of their stand
at Germany's largest motor show .....
Kia to share in joint focus on eco-friendly growth
9th August, 2009
Kia will be fully involved in this process with petrol and
diesel hybrid vehicles set to follow the European introduction of its emission-reducing cee'd ISG models within
the next two years. Kia is also working on plug-in hybrids and has some of the most advanced fuel cell vehicles
operating anywhere in the world .....
Kia Soul (petrol/manual)
6th August, 2009
Kia's new premium sedan
30th July, 2009
The new model, currently known by its code name VG, was
shown in concept form at the Seoul Motor Show earlier this year and is set to replace the existing Opirus .....
Kia Forte LPI Hybrid Revealed
19th July, 2009
Kia Motors has unveiled its first commercialised hybrid electric
vehicle (HEV), the Forte Liquid Petroleum Injection (LPI) Hybrid in Seoul .....
Kia Soul’ster awarded 2009 Concept Truck of the Year
24th June, 2009
A two-piece top enables passengers to expose the front and back seating areas
independently, using 'elbow-grease' technology .....
Kia Motors posts 11.5% increase in May global sales
17th June, 2009
Kia announced today that its global sales figures for May 2009
recorded a total of 141,949 units. This marks a year-on-year increase of 11.5% .....
Kia Soul 3 (petrol/automatic)
14th June, 2009
New Kia is a UK Soul sensation – 1,000 sold in 100 days
14th June, 2009
Kia's new Soul has reached a major milestone in the UK as the
1,000th was delivered just 100 days after the Soul went on sale across the UK .....
Kia grows market share despite tighter Australian market
4th June, 2009
Kia has outperformed the Australian vehicle market and recorded
positive growth for the first five months of 2009 in an industry that is down 19.2 per cent against the same time
in 2008 .....
Higher spec Kia Soul models gain 5-Star Euro NCAP safety rating
31st May, 2009
The all-new Kia Soul urban crossover (in Western European
specification) has been awarded a 5-Star safety rating (the maximum score) in the latest Euro-NCAP crash test
Kia Soul 3 (diesel/automatic)
20th May, 2009
Kia sales soar in eight countries during April
14th May, 2009
Outperforming the overall market, Kia's new car sales in Western
Europe achieved significant increases in April, seeing major improvements in eight countries .....
Kia introduces Koup
10th April, 2009
With performance-inspired, aggressive and sleek styling,
Kia overnight debuted the Koup production vehicle at the 2009 New York Motor Show .....
All-New Kia Soul Released Locally
3rd April, 2009
The eagerly awaited all-new Kia Soul marks a revolutionary
expansion of the Kia product line-up and redefines the 'personality' of cars, with the so-called Generation Y
and the young-at-heart firmly in its sights .....
Kia's 2010 Sorento Debuts At Seoul Motor Show
2nd April, 2009
Longer and lower, the new Sorento brings sleek styling and a
futuristic touch to the world of the urban SUV. With its longer front overhang, wedge profile .....
Kia wins a 2009 ‘red dot’ Design Award
22nd March, 2009
Kia’s stylish and fun urban cross-over vehicle, the Soul, has
become the first Korean car ever to receive the prestigious recognition of a design award from the world renowned
‘red dot’ awards .....
New Kia No 3 concept car stars at Geneva Show
13th March, 2009
The concept features a unique extended windscreen and panorama glass roof
with a diagonal supporting bar, an automatic sun visor and the evolving 'face of Kia' .....
Kia Soul - redefines the 'personality' of cars
3rd March, 2009
With 61 factory and locally fitted options available, no
two Souls seen in the street are likely to be the same, thus expressing the individuality of their owners .....
Kia Launches Grand Carnival Diesel
27th February, 2009
The latest Grand Carnival offers the same pulling capacity as its V6
engined 'brother' but with the added benefit of 33 per cent lower fuel efficiency .....
It’s a magic number for Kia! The No 3. Concept To Debut In Geneva
25th February, 2009
Keeping up its reputation for showing concepts that lead to reality, Kia is
playing the numbers game at the Salon de l’Automobile (Geneva Motor Show) in Switzerland next week with the debut of the
all-new No 3 concept .....
Kia Motors donates mobile clinic in Ethiopia
19th February, 2009
Kia Motors today announced the donation of a mobile clinic in Ethiopia, one
of the world’s least developed countries, as a means to help improve maternal and infant health .....
Kia's New Concept Car For Geneva
8th February, 2009
Redefining the MPV genre, Kia will introduce "a great looking MPV" with a
unique glass roof treatment to provide a cool and spacious automotive 'powerhouse' .....
Kia's All-New Cerato Arrives
26th January, 2009
Modern and dynamic styling, class
leading power, class leading 4.5 stars Green Vehicle rating, six airbags standard in
every model, iPod® compatible audio system, European-standard ride and handling, 5
year/unlimited kilometre warranty for private buyers, great value and a low entry
price - the all new Kia Cerato has it all .....
Europe's Kia cee'd Adds ISG (Idle Stop & Go) Option
21st January, 2009
Made in Europe, the C-segment
cee'd ISG cars are the first Kia production models to benefit from the Korean
Corporation's continuing and massive investment in eco-friendly technologies for
the future .....
Kia Showcases Soul'ster In Detroit
15th January, 2009
Soul'ster is an efficient front-drive car based on the Kia Soul production
model, which made its world debut at the 2008 Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris in October 2008 .....
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Kia Motors wins 2008 Design Award
22nd December, 2008
Kia Motors received the President's Award
for Design at the 10th annual Korea Design Awards in recognition of the company's
design-centred management strategy implemented in multiple stages since 2005 .....
Kia At Los Angeles Motor Show
25th November, 2008
Kia reveals next generation Borrego
fuel cell vehicle and production model Soul at the 2008 Los Angeles Motor Show .....
New Cerato Introduces New 'Face' For Kia
16th October, 2008
The new model will bridge the gap
between small and medium cars with the space, performance, features and value that
many Australian car buyers are seeking, without having to pay more for a medium
sized car .....
Kia Motors Heralds Four Premieres At Paris Motor Show
26th September, 2008
Soul presents consumers with such a
broad selection of styling, comfort and equipment choices, that it redefines the
concept of freedom. It's a brand new urban car packed full of liberating ideas .....
Kia UK In The Pink
23rd September, 2008
After upgrading her Kia with the
family-owned dealership and making her request, her dream has become a reality
after picking up her newly sprayed Sorento .....
Kia Confirms Engine Line-Up For Soul
11th September, 2008
The most powerful engine will
be a 2-litre, four-cylinder petrol unit producing 106 kW at 6,000 rpm and 186
Nm of torque at 4,600 rpm .....
Sports Pack Adds Value To Kia Carnival
19th August, 2008
One of Australia's most affordable
people-movers, the Kia Carnival, is now available for a limited time with up to $5,400
worth of extra equipment at no extra cost .....
New Kia Sorento limited edition pack
is perfect for your Global Circuit
28th July, 2008
Kia's popular Sorento mid-sized SUV,
including the sought-after 2.5-litre CRDi models, is now available for a limited
time with $3,400 worth of extra equipment that makes Sorento perfect for your next
trip, whether it's circumnavigating the world or just going away for the weekend .....
New Kia Soul to feature choice of three engines
18th July, 2008
Kia Motors Corporation has
confirmed that its all-new production model, the Kia Soul, will be marketed
globally with a choice of three highly efficient engines (depending on individual
markets), when it goes on sale in early 2009 .....
Kia Motors celebrates opening of US corporate HQ and design centre
9th July, 2008
It consists of a design studio, a
modelling studio that allows up to eight vehicle models to be worked on simultaneously .....
Kia Soul production model will retain concept's name
25th May, 2008
Kia Motors Corporation has
confirmed that its all-new production model will retain the spirit and name of the
SOUL concept cars shown earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show .....
Kia cee'd certified as 'environmentally-friendly' by TUV
7th May, 2008
As further evidence of its
development as a global car maker, Kia Motors Corporation has now been presented
with two significant international certificates which confirm that the design and
manufacturing processes behind the successful Kia cee'd range of vehicles are,
indeed, "environmentally friendly" .....
Kia Rondo 7 Arrives Locally
20th April, 2008
Modern and dynamic styling,
seven seats standard in every model, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
standard in every model, European-standard ride and handling, the versatility
and seating positions of an SUV, flexible seating arrangements, 5-year/unlimited
kilometre warranty for private buyers, great value and a low entry price - the
all new Kia Rondo 7 is a car without equal in the Australian car market .....
No Dipsticks At Kia
4th April, 2008
Under the title "Kia announces new KEE_wii
concept with revolutionary wireless driving system" Kia Motors in England issued a media
release (1st April, 2008), which almost certainly would have proved why we have
'dipsticks' in this crazy world. Don't be taken in by it, as it was just an
exceptionally clever April Fools Prank (or AFP for short) .....
New Kia K2900 CRDi - New 'Workhorse'
27th March, 2008
With more than 4,200 units sold in
Australia since introduction, the K2700's popularity demanded that any replacement
for that truck would need to promise something fairly special. The new K2900 CRDi
delivers on that promise - it's the new age workhorse for tradespeople and small
fleet users .....
Kia Debuts 2009 Magentis In New York
24th March, 2008
Kia Motors America (KMA) has unveiled
the 2009 Magentis mid-size sedan at the New York Motor Show. The refreshed Magentis
(Optima in US) offers a completely modified exterior, which offers a more aggressive,
dynamic style than previous models and is outfitted with a new engine that provides
more power and better fuel economy .....
Kia KOUP Concept Revealed In New York
23rd March, 2008
Kia Motors Corporation pulled the covers
off its latest design statement in New York. Originating from the Kia Motors America
Design Centre in California, the striking KOUP concept demonstrates Kia’s ‘Power to
Surprise’ philosophy .....
Kia SOUL Concepts And eco_cee'd Appear In Geneva
10th March, 2008
The concept cars - SOUL Diva, SOUL
Burner and SOUL Searcher - were designed by Kia's European design team under the
guidance of Kia's Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer. The trio of concept cars is
closely related to a new production car which will make its world premiere at the
Paris Motor Show in October .....
Kia Picanto Sports - Sporty, Fuel-Efficient Fun For Urban Lifestyles
29th February, 2008
Kia is displaying the Picanto Sports,
the sportiest version of Kia's fuel-efficient and fun A-segment car, at the 2008
Melbourne Motor Show. Kia is considering this tiny car for the Australian market .....
Factory Five-Year Warranty Expected To Boost Kia Resale Values
22nd February, 2008
As larger volumes of Kia's 2008
model range start filtering into the market, expect to see Kia resale values begin
to rise .....
Three SOUL Concepts To Reveal 'Fun' Side Of Kia
20th February, 2008
Three new SOUL concept cars to be unveiled
by Kia at the Geneva Motor Show in March will reveal a whole new 'fun' side to the Korean
Kia Rondo Confirmed For May Release
11th February, 2008
Kia is about to release a new model
in Australia. The Rondo a 'crossover' vehicle is set for a release this coming May .....
Kia Quality And Value Now Matched By 5-Year Factory Warranty
4th February, 2008
Kia's rapid move to greater quality
and reliability as a match for its value has provided another reason for new car
buyers to consider Kia with the recent announcement that all Kia vehicles sold from
1st January, 2008, will be covered by a standard, factory-backed five-year warranty .....
Kia Motors Extends Major Commitment To Australian Open
31st January, 2008
Kia Motors Corporation has extended
its multi-million dollar sponsorship of the Australian Open tennis tournament as
the major sponsor until 2013 in a new deal which includes broadcasting the
tournament to fans at public locations in China as well as Australia .....
Kia Shows All-New Borrego V8 In Detroit
14th January, 2008
Kia Motors Corporation, from South
Korea, has announced the world debut of the all-new Borrego SUV (to be known as
"Mohave" in some markets) at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)
in Detroit, further bolstering its ever growing product line-up .....
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Adelaide-To-Sydney On One Tank Of Diesel
- Kia SUVs Meet The Challenge
7th December, 2007
Far away from the hype of the
Greenfleet technology class of the World Solar Challenge in October, Kia's new
diesel SUVs - the Sorento CRDI and Sportage CRDi - have achieved an amazing feat of
fuel economy, being driven from Adelaide to Sydney using just one tank of diesel
Kia Awarded "Top Safety Pick" By America's IIHS
22nd November, 2007
Sedona (known as Carnival in
Australia) was selected by America's IIHS as one of only 34 vehicles to earn the
"Top Safety Pick" award for its impressive performance with top ratings in frontal,
side and rear impact crash tests .....
Kia Shows KND-4 Concept Vehicle in Los Angeles
18th November, 2007
Kia Motors America (KMA) has unveiled the
KND-4 compact SUV concept vehicle at the Los Angeles Motor Show .....
Kia's V6/V8 SUV For 2008
8th November, 2007
Borrego will be available with either
a V6 engine or the company’s first V8 offering (in some markets), which will also
boast Kia’s largest towing capacity to date .....
Kia at SEMA
1st November, 2007
Kia Motors America (KMA) displayed
its sporty new concept vehicle, the Spectra 5 SX concept, at this year’s SEMA Show
in Las Vegas, USA .....
Kia plans to market 'eco' versions of cee'd models for Europe
24th October, 2007
Kia Motors has confirmed that it
will add 'eco' versions of the Kia cee'd model to its European product line-up
early in 2009 .....
Kia Rondo - The "Urban Recreation Vehicle"
12th October, 2007
Kia is previewing the forthcoming
Rondo at the 2007 Sydney Motor Show in response to a new segment dawning in the
Australian car market - the "crossover" .....
Kia to supply Slovakia Police
25th September, 2007
Kia Motors has been appointed ‘Official
Supplier’ to the Slovakian Ministry of the Interior and awarded the contract to supply
locally manufactured Kia vehicles to the country’s police forces until 2010 .....
Kee concept heralds ‘new look’ for the future of Kia
11th September, 2007
Peter Schreyer, Chief Design Officer Kia Motors Corporation, talks about
the all-new Kia Kee V6 2+2 sports coupe concept unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show today .....
New Kia Sportage - Ready For Action
2nd September, 2007
The new Kia Sportage range,
launched yesterday, continues Kia Motors Australia's revamped SUV strategy of
more choice in engines and equipment than ever before, while still delivering
quality, safety and value in SUVs that have always appealed to Australian
New Kia Sorento CRDi & 3.3 V6
15th August, 2007
The new Kia Sorento range epitomises Kia Motors Australia's
revamped SUV strategy by offering more choice in engines and equipment than ever before, while still
delivering quality, safety and value .....
Kia To Reveal Sports Coupe Concept Car At Frankfurt Motor Show
20th July, 2007
Kia Motors Corporation has confirmed that the company's all-new sports coupe concept
car will make its world premiere at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show in mid-September .....
Kia Carnival And Sorento Earn Crash Rating Praise
16th July, 2007
Kia continues to build its global
reputation for delivering quality and safety with strong value, this time
receiving high praise - a 'Good' rating - from the Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety (IIHS) of the US for the performance in rear impact collisions of the Kia
Carnival people mover (known in the US as the Sedona) and the Sorento mid-size SUV ....
Royal College Of Art Honours Kia Design Chief
9th July, 2007
Kia Motors Chief Design Officer, Peter
Schreyer, has become only the third automotive designer to receive an Honorary Doctorate
from the Royal College of Art (RCA) in the United Kingdom in recognition of his
contribution to automotive design ....
Kia Betters Non-Premium Average In JD Power 2007 Initial Quality
15th June, 2007
Kia Motors Corporation has
outperformed the non-premium average for the first time in the JD Power and
Associates' 2007 Initial Quality Study™ (IQS), a survey of the number of problems
new vehicle owners in the USA experience after three months of ownership .....
Kia Carnival Named Most Affordable People-Mover To Run
30th May, 2007
The Kia Carnival is the most
affordable people-mover to own and run according to the Royal Automobile Club of
Victoria's (RACV) annual survey of vehicle operating costs, mirroring the
Carnival's performance in the 2006 RACV survey .....
Kia Opens Slovakian Plant
26th April, 2007
Kia Motors Corporation hosted an
opening ceremony at its Zilina plant in Slovakia this week to mark the opening of
Kia’s first ever European factory .....
Kia Ex_Cee’d Cabrio Concept
23rd February, 2007
Kia’s all-new ex_cee’d cabrio concept car will be
premiered at the 77th Salon de l’Automobiles in Geneva, Switzerland .....
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The Frankness of EuroNCAP
24th December, 2006
Claes Tingvall, Euro NCAP Chairman,
said "Manufacturers like Hyundai and Kia are now a long way behind the front-runners
and it is high time that they realise that such poor results are unacceptable.” .....
Kia Kue concept car
20th December, 2006
Kia Motors Corporation has released a preview
sketch of the all-new 'Kue' concept car, which will make its world premiere at the upcoming
Detroit Motor Show .....
New Kia Carnival
13th November, 2006
The new Kia Carnival is smaller
than the Kia Grand Carnival, which was launched earlier this year .....
Kia Sportage Diesel for 2007
8th November, 2006
Kia Motors Australia previewed a diesel
version of its Sportage compact SUV at the Sydney Motor Show, ahead of a planned
introduction in mid-2007 .....
Face-lifted Kia Sorento now offers more
30th October, 2006
Kia has released a limited edition
version of its new Sorento to launch the recent facelift of its mid-size SUV model .....
Kia Pro_Ceed Concept Car
21st September, 2006
Kia has revealed the first image of its latest
concept car that is scheduled to debut at the Paris Motor Show next week .....
Peter Schreyer To Head Kia Design Teams
31st July, 2006
Kia Motors Corporation announced today that it has appointed automotive
industry designer Peter Schreyer to the new position of Chief Design Officer .....
Kia's New European Car
23rd July, 2006
Kia Motors Corporation issued
the first photographs of its all-new European car – code named ‘ED’ – at the
British International Motor Show in London .....
New Kia Carens Makes Debut In Spain
28th May, 2006
The all-new Kia Carens compact MPV made its world premiere at
the Madrid Motor Show on Friday .....
Kia Reaffirms Australian Ambitions
26th April, 2006
Australian Kia dealers have expressed their concerns about the
dodgy payments scandal which has embroiled the Hyundai Group in South Korea .....
All-New Kia Carens
14th April, 2006
Kia Motors Corporation yesterday issued the first official
photos of its all-new Carens compact MPV .....
Kia To Unveil New Carens In Madrid
3rd April, 2006
Kia Motors has announced its all-new Carens compact MPV
will make its world premiere at the forthcoming Madrid Motor Show .....
Kia Motors Announces Plans For U.S. Plant
13th March, 2006
Kia today announced plans to construct a $1.2 billion (USD)
automotive assembly and manufacturing plant in West Point, Troup County, Georgia, USA .....
Kia Cee’d Concept Car
17th February, 2006
Kia will unveil a new concept car at the Geneva Motor Show. The
show car, named Cee’d (pronounced ‘seed’) .....
Kia at Geneva Motor Show
6th February, 2006
Kia Motors Corporation will reveal three new vehicles when the
76th Salon de l’Automobiles, one of Europe’s most prestigious motor shows .....
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Kia Sorento Completes Expedition
28th December, 2005
Christer Gerlach, the record-breaking Swedish driver and adventurer,
successfully completed the Sorento Around the World Expedition¡ - a 27,000-kilometre global adventure .....
Kia's New Grand Carnival
26th December, 2005
With the launch of the Grand Carnival on 1st January 2006, Kia will
start the new year with another assault on the people mover market with an all-new vehicle that is larger in
every way .....
Kia Takes The Soul Train To Detroit
17th December, 2005
The Kia Soul concept car will be revealed to the world when
America's biggest car show opens its doors in Detroit on 9th January 2006 .....
Kia Sidewinder Hits L.A.
12th December, 2005
Kia Designer, Marc Mainville, has entered
his radical design for the Kia Sidewinder concept into the Los Angeles Automotive Show design contest .....
Kia Hatches A New Cerato
25th October, 2005
Kia is looking to boost its Cerato sales in Australia with
the launch of a five door hatch .....
Christer Gerlach has arrived in Korea
11th October, 2005
Kia Motors Corporation announced yesterday that Christer Gerlach, the
pioneering Swedish driver and adventurer, has arrived in Korea .....
Kia Cerato sedan wins major award in Canada
21st December, 2004
The Automobile Journalists Association
of Canada (AJAC) has recently crowned the 2005 Kia Cerato sedan as the Economy Car of
the Year for 2005 .....
Cerato Opens The Next Chapter On Kia's Australian Success Story
24th May, 2004
Kia may already be Australia's
fastest growing brand, with its 70 per cent increase in sales earning it a
place in Australia's top ten brands, but it won't be resting on its laurels in
the second half of 2004 with the arrival of the all-new Kia Cerato .....
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