Posts Tagged ‘Kia’

Latest Recall Shouldn’t Diminish Kia Quality Drive

October 16th, 2015

2016 Kia Optima photoKia announced that it will recall more than 377,000 of its 2011 to 2013 Sorentos. The popular crossover has a defect that could cause the car to move out of Park if enough pressure is applied on the gear lever, even without the brake being engaged.

The recall came just as Kia was introducing its new 2016 Kia Optima midsize sedan (left) to the automotive press in Colorado. A big part of the message is how far the Korean automaker has come in terms of quality.

Michael Sprague, Kia America’s chief operating officer and executive vice president, said the brand 10 years ago had little respect for quality. Kia was a brand you brought new as a last resort, with no money down and all credit levels accepted.

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From Germany mit Love – 5 Frankfurt Show Models Worth Watching

September 17th, 2015

Kia Sportage, front dynamicSure, there are some exotic vehicles on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show, including the Bentley Bentayga and the Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder. However, there are plenty of models coming to the U.S. that made their debut overseas and could impact your buying choices in the near future.

Kia Sportage
It seems hard to believe, but the 2017 version will be the fourth generation of the Kia Sportage. The European version was introduced in Frankfurt, but there’s little reason to believe the U.S. version will look substantially different on the exterior.

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The New Optima and the Future of Kia

April 17th, 2015

2016 Kia Optima

Kia Motors introduced the 2016 Kia Optima at the New York International Auto show a couple of weeks ago as part of an effort to revitalize the brand. As the lesser arm of the mighty Hyundai Motor Group, Kia Motors has struggled to distinguish itself from the South Korean automotive giant’s larger arm (by which we mean Hyundai itself, of course). Kia owes a lot to Hyundai, having been rescued from bankruptcy and absorbed into the conglomerate back in 1998. Kia first introduced its rebranded Hyundai Sonata in 2000 as the Kia Optima in North America, and Kia has since been doing what it can to set the Optima apart from the Sonata and other midsize sedans, in much the same way it’s trying to distinguish itself from Hyundai.

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Kia’s Quality Up, But Buyers Haven’t Noticed

October 16th, 2014


Remember the Sephia?

The oddly named Kia was one of the first cars the company sold in the United States. Its low cost and low quality quickly became synonymous with the Kia name. In the overview on CarGurus, there are “complaints of numerous repair problems, particularly with the brakes and transmission, along with a cheap plastic interior, an easily dented body, small backseat, and labored acceleration when the A/C is on.”

While the vehicles produced by Kia in recent years have increased in quality to rival some luxury automakers, the perception of Kia is still stuck on the early impressions of cars like the Sephia.

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Can a Kia Compete with a Mercedes-Benz?

July 31st, 2014


I pulled up to the bank yesterday and parked nose to nose with a Mercedes-Benz.

It was kind of weird at first glance but I only looked for a moment and didn’t give it a second glance until I passed it again, on foot, on the way into the bank.

The car was an “Anniversary Edition,” at least according to the crudely applied stickers near the front fender. That’s when I paid more attention and realized the car wasn’t a Mercedes at all.

It was a Kia.

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Cars Coming Soon: Kia Quoris Heading for Global Release

July 19th, 2012

Kia Quoris

A blog post about car names may be in order soon.

The latest in head-scratching nonsense words being affixed to the tail end of cars comes from Kia, with its flagship sedan being branded with the made-up word “Quoris.” It’s hard to spell, hard to say and doesn’t really mean anything. According to Kia, the word was derived from the words “core” and “quality,” which still doesn’t make any sense, since that would make a word more like “Corality.”

Regardless of its name, the Quoris will likely come to the States as Kia’s best effort so far at a flagship car.

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