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Kia's design bosses in Detroit: The best bits

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Kia's design bosses in Detroit: The best bits

Travelling with Kia to this week's Detroit motor show, Australian media were given the opportunity to chat with design supremos, Peter Schreyer and Gregory Guillaume. If you've been living under an old Cerato, here's a catch-up on these two fellows...

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Optima: Kia Australia to stand by its only slow seller
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Optima: Kia Australia to stand by its only slow seller

The past couple of years have seen the Kia brand stand out as a clear performer in the Australian new car market, with all but one model delivering marked sales growth. That one sore point is the Optima, a very good car in a dying segment, and now challenged from within by the four-cylinder Stinger liftback. By the end of 2017, Optima sales had fallen 46...


Kia Telluride in development, Aussie arm keen
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Kia Telluride in development, Aussie arm keen

The very big and very bold Kia Telluride concept is now being developed for a market debut, a pair of senior executives have confirmed this week, and the Australian arm has its hand up. In conversation with Australian press at this week's Detroit motor show, the news was confirmed by Kia Motors Corporation president and chief designer Peter Schreyer, and Kia Motors Europe chief designer, Gregory Guillaume...


Kia planning no N division, no powered-up Stinger... for now
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Kia planning no N division, no powered-up Stinger... for now

The Kia Stinger GT is all the car it needs to be right now, says Hyundai Motor Group's chief of high-performance engineering, Albert Biermann - and so are the rest of Kia's GT models. Biermann was on hand at this week's Detroit motor show to talk with Australian press about his team's targets for Kia's sporting range...


2018 Kia Cerato GT confirmed for Australia, turbo looks likely
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2018 Kia Cerato GT confirmed for Australia, turbo looks likely

A new 2018 Kia Cerato GT model will headline the Korean brand's Australian line-up this year, sitting atop an otherwise familiar model spread. While some other model ranges in the Kia family are topped by a GT-Line variant, those are mere styling kits to give the car a more sporting look. But, as with the flagship Optima GT, removing the 'line' adds power and handling tweaks for a more sporting drive...


2018 Kia Cerato: AEB or sub-$20k, don't bet on both
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2018 Kia Cerato: AEB or sub-$20k, don't bet on both

The operations boss for Kia Australia says he is all too aware of the "nearly compulsory" status of autonomous emergency braking in today's new cars, and the situation has left his team with a dilemma. Last year, Kia Australia chief operations officer Damien Meredith was "pretty confident" buyers could expect to find autonomous emergency braking (AEB) at every level of the new 2018 Cerato range, revealed in Detroit this week...


2018 Kia Cerato revealed in Detroit
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2018 Kia Cerato revealed in Detroit

The new-generation 2018 Kia Cerato has been unveiled in Detroit today, debuting in its US-market 2018 Kia Forte form. Only the sedan body has been revealed, although earlier spy photos reveal what we can expect from the hatch design. Slightly bigger in every direction, the Forte also debuts a new variant of Hyundai-Kia's 2...


2019 Hyundai Veloster N revealed among leaked images
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2019 Hyundai Veloster N revealed among leaked images

Images of the new 2018 Hyundai Veloster have surfaced online, revealing not only the regular car but also the top-shelf, high-performance Veloster N. This isn't our first look at the new Veloster without disguise, although it is certainly the clearest sight yet. Likewise, the N variant had previously been seen only in heavy camouflage, spied during test...


2018 Detroit motor show: What to expect - UPDATE
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2018 Detroit motor show: What to expect - UPDATE

With 2017 now done and dusted, we turn our eyes to the new year. The first cab off the rank on the global motor show circuit is Detroit, and we'll be on the ground to bring you the latest news. Opened in 1899, Detroit's big show lays claim to being the second oldest event of its kind, with only the one year-older Paris motor show outdoing it...


Toyota reveals 735kW GR Super Sports hypercar concept
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Toyota reveals 735kW GR Super Sports hypercar concept

If there were ever a car that embodies Toyota boss Akio Toyoda's passion for sports cars, this is surely it. Say hello to the GR Super Sports Concept, a powerhouse hypercar developed by Toyota's motorsport arm Gazoo Racing (hence the 'GR' in its name). Looking every bit the Le Mans 24 Hour entrant, the GR Super Sport is driven by a 2...


New Cars: 2018 New Car Calendar
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New Cars: 2018 New Car Calendar

Last year was a huge one for new-model launches in Australia, bringing us cars like the all-new Giulia, the Volvo XC60, Hyundai i30, the Stinger and the... well, the list goes on, and you can find it here. What can we expect in 2018? Catch our list below of newly launched models and everything that's still to come...


Mazda CX-8 confirmed for Australia, here second-half 2018
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Mazda CX-8 confirmed for Australia, here second-half 2018

UPDATE (10/1): Mazda Australia has officially confirmed the CX-8 will be launched Down Under, with the new three-row crossover to arrive sometime in the second half of 2018. See bottom of article for details. The new 2018 Mazda CX-8 SUV, revealed in July last year as a slightly smaller and more sporty-looking alternative to the familiar CX-9, is on its way to Australia...


The neat little features every new car should bloody have by now
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The neat little features every new car should bloody have by now

It was only when I sat down to begin writing this rant that I realised the immense pettiness of it… but, you know what, I'm running with it. Let's start 2018 with a big bloody whinge. Here it is. Nothing grinds my gears more in a new car than the absence of a little feature that ought to be standard by now...


Kia Niro EV concept to be revealed next week
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Kia Niro EV concept to be revealed next week

Kia has handed down a series of shadowy teasers for its expected Niro EV, first reported in February last year. Based on the petrol-electric Niro hybrid SUV revealed a full year before reports of an all-electric model surfaced, next week's unveiling is described as a concept - although the preview images suggest we can expect a design very similar to the existing Niro...


2018 Kia Cerato spied without disguise
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2018 Kia Cerato spied without disguise

Images of what appear to be the next-generation 2018 Kia Cerato and/or Cee'd have surfaced online, showing the new small hatch parked without disguise on a South Korean street. These photos, posted to South Korean online community MotorGraph just before Christmas, were sent to CarAdvice by the keen KDM fans behind the Kia GT Australia facebook page...