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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.
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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...

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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...


Kia teases next-generation people-mover
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Kia teases next-generation people-mover

The successor to the Kia Grand Carnival has been teased in an official design sketch, giving us our first clear look at the styling of the new-generation people-mover. The all-new eight-seater will debut at this month’s New York auto show before going on sale in Australia at the end of 2014...


2015 Kia Grand Carnival spied in Australia
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2015 Kia Grand Carnival spied in Australia

A pair of eagle-eyed CarAdvice readers have sent through exclusive images of the all-new third-generation Kia Grand Carnival in full camouflage in Australia. A number of Kia Grand Carnival models are in the country for hot weather testing, with one of our readers spotting them in a holding yard in Sydney's western suburbs, and another catching the cars on the move in Victoria...


Kia Pro_cee’d GT Review: Video
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Kia Pro_cee’d GT Review: Video

Kia's new Pro_cee'd GT serves as a halo car for the brand, but is it a proper hot hatch?


Kia Pro_cee
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Kia Pro_cee'd GT launches from $29,990

The highly anticipated Kia Pro_cee’d GT sports hatch has landed in Australia priced from $29,990. The two-tier range includes an entry-level GT and range-topping Pro_cee’d GT Tech ($33,490), which share the same 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine generating 150kW of power at 6000rpm and 265Nm of torque from 1750-4500rpm...


Kia Pro_cee
Rating: 810 /10
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Kia Pro_cee'd GT Review

Kia's new Pro_cee'd GT serves as a halo car for the brand, but is it a proper hot hatch?

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$29,990 to $33,490

2014 Kia Optima Review : Platinum
Rating: 6.510 /10
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2014 Kia Optima Review : Platinum

Kia\'s mid-size Optima sedan sees some styling and equipment changes, but is it enough in the tough medium car market?

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$40,490

Kia unlikely to engage in ‘warranty war’ with Citroen
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Kia unlikely to engage in ‘warranty war’ with Citroen

Kia Australia is unlikely to engage in a 'warranty war' with Citroen or match the seven-year cover the South Korean brand offers its customers in Europe. Early this month Citroen announced a six-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty on select models in its local range, eclipsing the five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty offered by Kia and sister brand Hyundai, as well as Mitsubishi, Peugeot and Renault...


Kia ready to take on Euros with downsized turbo engines, dual-clutch transmissions
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Kia ready to take on Euros with downsized turbo engines, dual-clutch transmissions

Kia's next generation of mainstream passenger vehicles will feature turbocharged engines and dual-clutch transmissions similar to those offered by its European rivals. Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre powertrain manager Michael Winkler confirmed downsized turbo petrol engines were a major focus of the work currently being conducted by his team, which develops powertrains for both Kia and Hyundai...


Kia Sportage : updated SUV here in May
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Kia Sportage : updated SUV here in May

The updated Kia Sportage will offer tweaked styling, a new petrol engine, higher-quality cabin materials, new technology features, and the promise of improved refinement when it launches in Australia in late April or early May...


Kia looks to supercharged hybrid technology for future models
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Kia looks to supercharged hybrid technology for future models

Next-generation Kia models will be available with an innovative hybrid system that integrates an electric supercharger to deliver a low-down performance kick in addition to heightened fuel efficiency. Kia’s engineers are targeting reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of up to 15 per cent from the new mild hybrid system compared with conventional powertrains in its existing production cars, as well as a 15-20 per cent power boost from the electric supercharger...


Kia to launch new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic in 2015
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Kia to launch new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic in 2015

Kia will introduce a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to its passenger vehicle range from 2015. The new transmission will replace the six-speed auto that is currently available across most models in the car maker’s line-up. The new seven-speed DCT has been designed primarily for vehicles equipped with engines up to 2...


Kia KEB : Electric bicycles unveiled
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Kia KEB : Electric bicycles unveiled

The Kia Electric Bicycle (KEB) made its world premiere in Geneva today, signalling the brand’s intention to offer transportation alternatives beyond its passenger vehicle range. The South Korean manufacturer unveiled two KEB prototypes: the white urban-focused City, featuring a step-through frame, 28-inch wheels, and mudflaps; and the black MTB, equipped with 100mm Rock Shock front forks, 26-inch wheels, and all-terrain tyres for more adventurous, off-road rides...


Kia Soul: Street Talk
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Kia Soul: Street Talk

Tegan Lawson heads down to a local cafe to see what people think of the new Kia Soul.


Kia Soul Review
Rating: 610 /10
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Kia Soul Review

Born-again Soul sets its sights on the sub-compact SUV class.

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$23,990 to $25,990

Kia Soul Video Review - Lifestyle
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Kia Soul Video Review - Lifestyle

Tegan Lawson drives the second-generation Kia Soul at its launch in Sydney. With updates to its funky styling inside and out, added equipment and improved refinement, new new Soul's a better car than before, but faces a lot of competition in the sub-compact SUV class.


2014 Kia Soul : pricing and specifications
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2014 Kia Soul : pricing and specifications

The second-generation Kia Soul aims to step out of the boxy niche of its predecessor and onto the shopping lists of buyers in the booming sub-compact SUV market. Unlike the original hatch that launched in 2008 aiming to cash in on the success of slab-sided cars such as the Nissan Cube and Scion xB (Toyota Rukus), the all-new Soul debuted in New York 11 months ago with its sights set on the new breed of baby SUVs, including the Ford EcoSport, Chevrolet/Holden Trax and Nissan Juke...


Kia Optima Hybrid : facelifted mid-sizer no closer to Australian showrooms
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Kia Optima Hybrid : facelifted mid-sizer no closer to Australian showrooms

The Kia Optima Hybrid appears no closer to being offered in Australian showrooms, despite an upgraded version making its international debut at the Chicago auto show. With peak outputs of 148kW and 319Nm from its 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, the Optima Hybrid claims combined cycle fuel consumption of 6...


Kia Soul EV : 160km-plus electric hatch revealed
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Kia Soul EV : 160km-plus electric hatch revealed

Set to become the South Korean brand's first-ever mass market electric vehicle, the Kia Soul EV has been officially unveiled at the Chicago auto show ahead of its third-quarter launch. The hero car of Kia’s ‘Clean Mobility’ program, the Soul EV – spied days before its official unveiling – will initially be sold in specific EV-ready US states California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Maryland, with future expansion dependant on infrastructure and demand...


2014 Kia Sportage Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2014 Kia Sportage Review

At $40,000, does the European-made Kia Sportage make sense?

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$25,490 to $39,990

Kia Soul EV unveiled before official launch
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Kia Soul EV unveiled before official launch

The Kia Soul EV has been spied testing in Kansas City, Missouri ahead of its launch in North America next year. The full-electric Kia Soul will see the South Korean brand’s entry into the EV market and push the case to meet California’s ever-stringent zero-emission mandates. The electric Soul gains about 200kg in battery weight for a total weight of 1429kg...


Kia Sportage, Soul : 2900 vehicles recalled for seatbelt fault
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Kia Sportage, Soul : 2900 vehicles recalled for seatbelt fault

A total of 2941 Kia Sportage and Soul models have been recalled in Australia to address a seatbelt pretensioner fault that could result in occupants not being correctly restrained in a collision. Affecting 2704 Kia Sportage SUVs and 237 Soul hatches built between August 2011 and March 2012, the recall relates to a tensioning cable in the pretensioner assembly not being securely crimped...


Kia GT concept likely for production before GT4 Stinger
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Kia GT concept likely for production before GT4 Stinger

Kia's chief designer says the Korean brand is more likely to produce the four-door Kia GT concept before it brings out a production ready version of the two-door Kia GT4 Stinger that was unveiled at this month's Detroit motor show. Speaking with CarAdvice in Detroit, Kia president and chief design officer Peter Schreyer admitted the four-door GT car is the more likely candidate to reach showrooms first...


Kia GT4 Stinger : "aggressive" sports car concept unveiled
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Kia GT4 Stinger : "aggressive" sports car concept unveiled

The Kia GT4 Stinger concept is further proof the Korean brand is determined to spread its appeal beyond value shoppers to driving enthusiasts. Kia has unveiled its “most aggressive sports car” at the 2014 Detroit motor show – a concept created by the company’s Californian design studio also responsible for the 2012 Track’ster...