Kia

Kia is a South Korean brand originally established in 1944. When paired with its sister company Hyundai, the two brands rank as the fifth-largest manufacturer in the world. Kia is pitched as the more youth-oriented brand of the two, with its cars generally aimed at a younger demographic. Its most famous vehicle is the Rio city car, though nameplates such as Cerato, Optima, Sportage and Sorento also continue to gain popularity as the company continues to transcend its budget image with a range of attractively designed models. Kia is one of only a handful of manufacturers in Australia to offer a five-year factory warranty.
2015 Kia Pro_cee’d GT track day review : Sandown Raceway

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2015 Kia Pro_cee’d GT track day review : Sandown Raceway

The uniquely styled Kia Pro_cee’d GT has a 150kW/265Nm turbocharged engine, and suspension that was developed with the aid of over 480 laps of Germany’s Nurburgring. It also comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission and sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres...

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2015 Kia Pro_cee’d GT Review: Sandown Raceway weekender
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 Kia Pro_cee’d GT Review: Sandown Raceway weekender

Dave takes Kia's first-ever hot-hatch to Sandown Raceway to test its potential as a weekend warrior...

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$29,990 - $34,990

Kia Novo concept previews next Cerato
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Kia Novo concept previews next Cerato

The Kia Novo concept is the latest in a long line of show-stopping concept cars from the Korean manufacturer. This one, revealed today at the 2015 Seoul motor show, is a fastback-style sedan based on its global C-segment (small car) platform that “provides a glimpse into Kia's plans for its future compact car line-up”...


Kia's seven-speed dual-clutch transmission on its way
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Kia's seven-speed dual-clutch transmission on its way

The introduction of a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for the Kia Optima range in the North American market has showcased the technology before it heads to Australia in future Kia models. The question of which Kia models are initially set to get the DCT remains unconfirmed with Kia Australia opting not to take the 1.6-litre turbo petrol Optima...


Kia Optima 1.6-litre turbo 'wouldn't make sense' for Australia
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Kia Optima 1.6-litre turbo 'wouldn't make sense' for Australia

The 2016 Kia Optima comes with the option of a much-discussed a new 1.6-litre turbocharged engine for the North American market — an engine, we have learned, which will not make it to Australia. The decision to leave out the 1.6-litre turbo - which is coupled to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission - appears to be due to local positioning and weakening demand in the medium-car segment...


2016 Kia Optima: Bigger sales expectations
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2016 Kia Optima: Bigger sales expectations

Kia Australia is aiming to increase sales of its Optima sedan with the launch of the all-new model later this year. The current-generation Kia Optima has struggled in the medium car segment since its local launch in 2011. Last year (2014) the Optima managed 1274 sales in Australia, which meant it was outsold by the Ford Mondeo, Holden Malibu, Honda Accord, Hyundai i40, Mazda 6, Nissan Altima, Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Passat as well as the unbeatable Toyota Camry...


2016 Kia Optima specifications & details
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2016 Kia Optima specifications & details

The 2016 Kia Optima sedan has made its official debut at today’s New York International Auto Show. The upcoming mid-sized sedan will be in Australia late this year with a choice of two engines, including a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo previously unavailable for our market alongside the existing 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol. The 2...


2016 Kia Optima Turbo: A 'gentleman's WRX'
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2016 Kia Optima Turbo: A 'gentleman's WRX'

Kia Australia hopes the 2016 Kia Optima Turbo will appeal to the grown-up enthusiasts that want a family-friendly performance sedan without the negative attention or stereotype. Speaking to the Australian motoring media on the eve of the launch of the new Optima at the New York International Auto Show, the company’s public relations chief Kevin Hepworth said the best way to think of the new Optima turbo is as a grown-up enthusiast’s car...


2016 Kia Optima Hybrid a no go for Australia
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2016 Kia Optima Hybrid a no go for Australia

Kia Australia says it can’t make the business case work for the new-generation Optima hybrid when the model arrives later this year. On the eve of the official unveiling of the 2016 Kia Optima, the decision has been made to bring the naturally aspirated 2.4-litre as well as the 2.0-litre turbo, but the hybrid model remains off the cards for the foreseeable future...


2015 Kia Optima Turbo Review
Rating: 710 /10
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2015 Kia Optima Turbo Review

The Kia Optima in getting a turbo...


Kia Carnival four-star ANCAP result not just a seatbelt reminder issue
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Kia Carnival four-star ANCAP result not just a seatbelt reminder issue

The new-generation Kia Carnival’s much-publicised four-star ANCAP safety result appears to be down to more than just the lack of a rear seatbelt reminder, as was first thought. ANCAP data released today also showed a less-than-desirable performance in the frontal offset crash test — something that Kia Australia’s internal data suggested would not be the case...


SUV v MPV: Kia Carnival v Ford Territory
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SUV v MPV: Kia Carnival v Ford Territory

SUVs are more popular now than ever before – and seven-seat models remain a top choice for buyers with young kids.

But for similar money, those who need practicality ahead of potential off-road ability have options they may not have previously considered.

We’ve brought together two closely priced models to see which is a better family buy – the Ford Territory Titanium and the Kia Carnival Platinum...


2015 Kia Carnival Review:: Platinum diesel
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2015 Kia Carnival Review: Platinum diesel

It's the dearest model in the 2015 Kia Carnival range, but the Platinum variant is a lot of car for the cash.

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$57,490 - $59,990

2016 Kia Optima revealed in first official image
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2016 Kia Optima revealed in first official image

The 2016 Kia Optima has shown its face for the first time just days out from its official unveiling at next week’s 2015 New York auto show. The new-generation Optima represents a design evolution, building on the styling of the current model that kicked off Kia’s uprising in 2010...


2015 Kia Optima previewed ahead of Big Apple debut
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2015 Kia Optima previewed ahead of Big Apple debut

The 2015 Kia Optima will premiere at the New York motor show on April 1, but to tide us over, the Korean brand has issued a pair of teaser renderings. These images, as well as the Sportspace wagon concept from the Geneva motor show earlier this month and spy shots we have previously run, show that new next-generation Optima will sport an evolutionary design that will retain the signature sharpness of the current model...


Kia Carnival v Honda Odyssey : Comparison review
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Kia Carnival v Honda Odyssey : Comparison review

Shifting a big family on a budget must rate as one of the toughest and most rewarding tasks in the automotive landscape. Here the brand new Kia Carnival and the most popular contender in the people-mover class, the Honda Odyssey, pack in eight seats with space to spare all for the price of a demonstrably less roomy SUV...


Emergency Stop Signal explained
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Emergency Stop Signal explained

Vehicle safety is becoming ever more paramount, so it's reassuring to know that high quality technology is filtering its way down from high-end models into more affordable vehicles...


Kia Pro cee'd GT Emergency Stop Signal
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Kia Pro cee'd GT Emergency Stop Signal

Stop suddenly? In many new cars like the Kia pro cee'd GT, the brake light will flash rapidly to give other drivers additional warning.


Kia Rio v Toyota Yaris : Comparison review
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Kia Rio v Toyota Yaris : Comparison review

Buying a light car on an extreme budget is something that thousands of buyers do every year in Australia, and here we’ve assembled two of the picks of the crop to see which value-focused five-door hatchback deserves your dollar. The just-updated 2015 Kia Rio S has seen a range of changes inside and out – revised bumpers, a new-look grille and a re-trimmed interior being the chief talking points...


Production Kia Sportspace now on Australian agenda, will be 2016 Optima wagon
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Production Kia Sportspace now on Australian agenda, will be 2016 Optima wagon

The production version of the stunning Kia Sportspace concept — aka a wagon version of the new-generation Optima —  will come to Australia by mid-2016, something that until recently appeared unlikely...


Kia Sportspace concept details released
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Kia Sportspace concept details released

New images and details of the Kia Sportspace concept wagon have been released ahead of the car's international debut at the 2015 Geneva motor show next week. The stylish new Kia Sportspace mid-sized show car is claimed to be "neither saloon car nor wagon", "neither hatchback nor shooting brake", stating that "it is neither meant to be, nor does it look like, a load-lugger"...


2015 Kia Carnival review
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2015 Kia Carnival review

The 2015 Kia Carnival is the most practical and technologically-advanced people mover for the money, but do its paper credentials justify its purchase?

As far as people movers go, it’s a segment that has been eroded by the popularity of SUVs, which provide similar levels of practicality without van-like characteristics...


2015 Kia Carnival Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 Kia Carnival Review

Is this the best people mover in the segment? We find out.

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$41,490 - $59,990

2015 Kia Carnival pricing and specifications
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2015 Kia Carnival pricing and specifications

The 2015 Kia Carnival is available in four grades with pricing starting from $41,490 for the base model S in petrol and tops out at $59,990 for the platinum diesel. The new Kia Carnival, which drops the ‘Grand’ from its predecessor’s name, is an entirely new vehicle from the ground up, with the South Korean brand using the same platform as the upcoming Sorento for its latest people mover...


2015 Kia Cerato Review : LT1
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 Kia Cerato Review : LT1

On paper the Kia Cerato hatch is one of the best value-for-money small cars on the market.

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$24,990

Kia to refund owners after ACCC rules on 'misleading' capped-price servicing program
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Kia to refund owners after ACCC rules on 'misleading' capped-price servicing program

Kia Australia will refund customers who have been misled and unfairly charged by its capped-price servicing program following an investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The South Korean car maker agreed to make changes to the terms and conditions of its capped-price servicing program and reimburse existing owners who were forced to pay above the service price that applied when they purchased their vehicle...


Kia Cee'd GT Line revealed with 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine, seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox
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Kia Cee'd GT Line revealed with 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine, seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox

It looks a lot like a five-door version of the Kia Pro_cee'd GT, but the new 2015 Kia Cee'd GT Line is something of a sheep in wolf's clothing. The new model debuts the brand's 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine produces 90kW and 172Nm and is available with a six-speed manual gearbox. GT Line models powered by the brand's 1...


Kia Sportspace concept to premiere in Geneva, previews Optima wagon
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Kia Sportspace concept to premiere in Geneva, previews Optima wagon

This is the Kia Sportspace, a luxurious concept car that will preview a new Optima wagon when it makes its public premiere at the Geneva motor show on March 3.  Announced last week but revealed in full today, the D-segment concept — parlance for a mid-sized car — is the 11th concept car created by Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt...


Kia Trail'ster takes Soul off-road with turbo e-AWD drivetrain
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Kia Trail'ster takes Soul off-road with turbo e-AWD drivetrain

The Kia Trail'ster concept has been unveiled at the Chicago motor show with a turbocharged motor and an electric all-wheel-drive system. Based on the Kia Soul, the Trail'ster concept takes the tall-boy hatchback and adds a whole bunch of off-road styling cues. The concept isn't all show and no go, though. Under the bonnet, the Trail'ster houses a 1...


Kia Optima concept to be revealed at Geneva motor show
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Kia Optima concept to be revealed at Geneva motor show

A new concept sedan that is set to form the basis for the next-generation Kia Optima will be uncovered at the 2015 Geneva motor show in March. A teaser image of the new model has been released by the brand, with Kia stating the "new D-segment model" - which is the 11th concept car created by Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany - offers up "confident, powerful lines that sweep elegantly from Kia’s hallmark ‘tiger-nose’ grille towards the rear of the vehicle"...