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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 Sorento previewed in official sketches

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2015 Kia Sorento previewed in official sketches

Official design sketches of the 2015 Kia Sorento have been released, previewing its exterior styling for the first time...

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2015 Kia Cerato Review: S Premium hatchback
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2015 Kia Cerato Review: S Premium hatchback

The newly added Kia Cerato S Premium may miss out on a gruntier engine, but it makes up for it with plenty of equipment.


2015 Kia Sorento renderings revealed
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2015 Kia Sorento renderings revealed

The unveiling of the 2015 Kia Sorento may still be more than two months away, but these sketches are believed to give an accurate impression of the next-generation SUV’s exterior styling. The renderings, first published by enthusiast blog Kia World, are an artist’s impression of the new Kia Sorento based on spy shots of a heavily camouflaged prototype captured earlier this month...


Medium SUV Comparison : Jeep Cherokee v Mazda CX-5 v Toyota RAV4 v Nissan X-Trail v Ford Kuga v Subaru Forester v Hyundai ix35 v Honda CR-V v Mitsubishi Outlander v Kia Sportage
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Medium SUV Comparison : Jeep Cherokee v Mazda CX-5 v Toyota RAV4 v Nissan X-Trail v Ford Kuga v Subaru Forester v Hyundai ix35 v Honda CR-V v Mitsubishi Outlander v Kia Sportage

Assembled for this mega-test are 10 models that represent one-third of total SUV volume in Australia – and that’s without including sales for the newest contender here and catalyst for this test, the Jeep Cherokee. It looks bold, it’s available only with petrol engines (for now), and it’s priced under $40,000 to compete with the mainstream...


Kia Cerato sales levels "not acceptable", says COO
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Kia Cerato sales levels "not acceptable", says COO

Kia Australia’s recently appointed chief operating officer Damien Meredith says the company is about to embark on a big push to boost what it considers unacceptably low sales of the Cerato small car. Expanding on Kia’s ambitious plan to almost double its market share in Australia to five per cent before the end of the decade, Mr Meredith singled out the under-performing, 15-month-old Cerato sedan and hatch, as well as the Koup derivative, as the key to making the dream a reality...


Kia targets perception shift and improved sales
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Kia targets perception shift and improved sales

Kia Australia’s new chief operating officer is set to take the South Korean brand in a new product-focused direction as it seeks to increase its market share. Speaking with Australian media in Sydney today, Damien Meredith, a nine-year veteran of sister brand Hyundai, admitted that Kia needed to lift its brand profile and stop focusing on price as a way of getting sales...


Kia Australia considering seven-year warranty
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Kia Australia considering seven-year warranty

Kia is considering a new benchmark for factory warranties in Australia that would back its vehicles for seven years. The Korean brand introduced a seven-year/150,000km warranty across Europe in late 2006 and is now looking to bring the peace-of-mind offering to Australia after years of tinkering with the idea...


2015 Kia Sorento spied prior to Paris motor show debut
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2015 Kia Sorento spied prior to Paris motor show debut

The all-new 2015 Kia Sorento has been caught ahead of the car’s global debut at the 2014 Paris motor show in October. The South Korean brand’s seven-seat SUV was spotted by CarAdvice’s spies in the European Alps, and unlike the previous spy shots we’d seen of the Sorento, this version appears to be a heavily camouflaged production model...


Kia Cerato S Premium added to enhanced range
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Kia Cerato S Premium added to enhanced range

The Kia Cerato S Premium has joined the local line-up, bolstering the brand’s small-car range with a well-equipped second-tier variant. The $24,590 Cerato S Premium automatic fills a hole between the entry-level $22,290 Cerato S auto and the previous mid-spec $28,490 Cerato Si auto...


Kia Rondo Review : Platinum
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Kia Rondo Review : Platinum

Dan DeGasperi plays family man to see if the Kia Rondo people mover can outsmart the compact SUV trend.

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Kia Grand Carnival Comparison : Petrol v Diesel
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Kia Grand Carnival Comparison : Petrol v Diesel

Tegan Lawson and David Zalstein cover city and highway miles in two versions of Kia's big people-mover to find out which engine choice is best.


Kia Pro_cee'd GT awarded five-star ANCAP safety rating
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Kia Pro_cee'd GT awarded five-star ANCAP safety rating

The Kia Pro_cee’d GT has been awarded the maximum five-star rating from independent safety authority ANCAP. The new South Korean hot-hatch scored an impressive 36.19 points out of 37, making it one of the highest-rated small cars assessed by the local crash test authority...


Sporty hatch comparison : Kia Pro_cee`d GT v Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo v Renault Megane RS265 Sport
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Sporty hatch comparison : Kia Pro_cee`d GT v Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo v Renault Megane RS265 Sport

Hot-hatches these days are priced anywhere from the $26,000 to nearly $75,000, from the tiny terror city cars to the new breed of premium-branded European mega-hatches. In between those two price points there’s a lot of space to be occupied, and there’s an emerging class of warm-to-hot-hatches that aim to offer more balanced abilities than their three-chilli compatriots...


Kia Sorento Review: V6 SLi
Rating: 7.510 /10
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Kia Sorento Review: V6 SLi

Jez Spinks sees if the ageing Kia Sorento still stacks up in the competitive seven-seat SUV segment.

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Sporty hatch comparison: Kia Procee`d GT v Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo v Renault Megane RS265 Sport
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Sporty hatch comparison: Kia Procee`d GT v Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo v Renault Megane RS265 Sport

Two warm hatches from South Korea take on a cut-price version of France's hero hatch...


Kia Sportage pricing and specifications
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Kia Sportage pricing and specifications

The updated Kia Sportage compact SUV has gone on sale in Australia, bringing a revised range and pricing, a new petrol engine and subtle cosmetic tweaks. The new 2.0-litre four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine replaces the existing 2.0-litre mill with multi-point injection. It produces 122kW of power at 6200rpm and 205Nm of torque at 4000rpm, upping its pulling power over the old engine by 8Nm...


Best Cars for P-Platers: city car options

Best Cars for P-Platers: city car options

Learning to drive is one of the most eagerly anticipated rites of passage for any young adult. Freedom, fun and adventure are all finally within reach and getting the keys to your first car is something you’ll never forget. Choosing the right first car is vital. The statistics are scary: P-platers are the highest risk group when it comes to road crashes, particularly in the first six months...

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Best Cars for P-Platers: We take a look at four of the best options for city driving
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Best Cars for P-Platers: We take a look at four of the best options for city driving

It's something you'll never forget. Getting your license and getting behind the wheel of your first car. There are so many options and for young drivers it can be overwhelming. We asked a group of L-Platers and P-Platers, doing a Driver Dynamics training day, to give us their thoughts on 4 small cars.


Kia Carnival Design Interview with Peter Schreyer
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Kia Carnival Design Interview with Peter Schreyer

Alborz Fallah chats with Peter Schreyer, Kia's Chief Design Officer, about the difficulties he faced making a good looking large people mover.


Kia roadster dreams shelved for higher-volume models
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Kia roadster dreams shelved for higher-volume models

Kia designer Peter Schreyer’s dream of creating a roadster has seemingly been dashed, with a leading company executive ruling out a convertible for the foreseeable future. Kia overseas marketing chief Lee Soon-nam told Automotive News the South Korean car maker needed to focus on strengthening its image and brand awareness before toying with niche models...


Kia Rio Special Edition arrives in Australia
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Kia Rio Special Edition arrives in Australia

The Kia Rio city car line-up has seen the addition of a new Special Edition model. The Kia Rio Special Edition is based upon the 1.4-litre four-cylinder entry-level S model, but according to the South Korean brand it gains $1000 worth of extra equipment...


People Mover Comparison : Citroen Grand C4 Picasso v Honda Odyssey v Kia Rondo v Toyota Prius V
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People Mover Comparison : Citroen Grand C4 Picasso v Honda Odyssey v Kia Rondo v Toyota Prius V

People movers are unlikely to rate a mention when manufacturers talk of ‘niche’ products. Yet seven-seater medium-sized vans sell only 10 per cent the volume of similarly priced SUVs in this country, so they really are the alternative option for families needing to move more than five...


Kia GT4 Stinger Concept at  NYIAS 2014
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Kia GT4 Stinger Concept at NYIAS 2014

Alborz Fallah takes a look at the gorgeous GT4 Stinger concept car that shows the future direction of Kia design.


Family SUV Comparison : Toyota Kluger v Nissan Pathfinder v Jeep Grand Cherokee v Ford Territory v Holden Captiva 7 v Kia Sorento v Mazda CX-9
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Family SUV Comparison : Toyota Kluger v Nissan Pathfinder v Jeep Grand Cherokee v Ford Territory v Holden Captiva 7 v Kia Sorento v Mazda CX-9

In 2013 large SUV models formed the fourth most popular segment in the country. Fast forward to first quarter 2014 and the large SUV class is now the second most popular, overtaking utes and light cars. Australians clearly love big, high-riding practical cars, purchasing more than 10,000 large SUVs each month. Seven of the top 10 selling large SUV models are tested here...


2015 Kia Carnival : "Considerable changes" from KV7 concept
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2015 Kia Carnival : "Considerable changes" from KV7 concept

Kia’s head of design says the production version of the new Kia Carnival had to be modified substantially from the concept car in order to accommodate the additional seating capacity required. Admitting the Carnival’s look was majorly changed midway through the design process, Peter Schreyer says the changes were necessary for the people mover’s requirements...


Kia Carnival at NYIAS 2014
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Kia Carnival at NYIAS 2014

Alborz Fallah takes a first look at the all-new Kia Carnival eight-seat people mover headed for Australia. With fresh styling, an upmarket interior and loaded with tech, it's set to top the sales charts.


Kia sub-compact SUV under consideration
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Kia sub-compact SUV under consideration

With the unveiling of the sub-compact Hyundai Ix25 SUV only days away, it appears that sister brand Kia is also working on a small city-sized SUV to compete in the fast growing segment. The company’s design boss, Peter Schreyer, told media at today’s New York Auto Show that the sub-compact SUV (B-SUV) segment is something Kia is certainly interested in...


Peter Schreyer on Kia design : "We will keep going in the same direction"
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Peter Schreyer on Kia design : "We will keep going in the same direction"

With the unveiling of the 2015 Kia Carnival, the Peter Schreyer design revolution at Kia has been completed. What started in 2006 with the former Audi designer stepping in to the main design role at Kia has been one of the fastest and most successful brand transformations in automotive history...


2015 Kia Carnival unveiled
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2015 Kia Carnival unveiled

The 2015 Kia Carnival people mover has been unveiled in New York as the Korean brand finalises its design transformation across its model range. The new Kia Carnival, which has dropped the “Grand” from the previous model’s badge and is referred to as the Kia Sedona in other markets, will launch in Australia late this year or very early in 2015...


2015 Kia Carnival teased again; name confirmed
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2015 Kia Carnival teased again; name confirmed

A second teaser of the all-new Kia Carnival has been released along with confirmation of the car’s name and initial powertrain and specification details. The latest sketch, which follows last week’s first look at the front end, reveals the Carnival in profile, highlighting its new wraparound glasshouse with disguised D-pillars and horizontally positioned rectangular LED tail-lights that span the rear quarter panels and tailgate...