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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 23, 2017

  Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

Kia tops US JD Power quality survey again, VW beats Toyota

Kia has once again come out on top of the JD Power Initial Quality Study in the United States, making it the second year in a row the Korean manufacturer has ranked highest in the independent survey. Last year the company was the first non-premium automotive brand in 27 years to outdo the competition, and once again Kia has beaten premium manufacturers like Porsche, Lexus and Audi, along with mainstream players like Ford, Hyundai and Toyota...

2018 Kia Stonic revealed, not coming to Australia

The Kia Stonic crossover has been revealed not long after official photos were leaked online. Designed in Europe, the Stonic is Kia's first competitor in the European B-segment SUV class, which the company says accounts for 1.1 million sales in Europe or around seven per cent of the overall market. This segment, Kia forecasts, will grow to around two million cars by 2020...

2018 Kia Stonic leaked online

UPDATE: The Stonic has now been officially revealed. Details and images here. The upcoming 2018 Kia Stonic has been leaked online by Spanish media this week, giving us a first look at the company's first compact SUV - though don't expect to see it in Australia anytime soon. Autodato...

Kia Optima, Sorento recalled for engine fix

Kia Australia has issued a recall for 4963 examples of its previous-generation 2011-2014 'TF' Optima sedan, and 16 units of its 2013 'XM' Sorento SUV, over concerns the 2.4-litre 'Theta' petrol engine could suddenly stall. The Korean manufacturer reports a manufacturing fault could cause premature bearing wear within the engine...

Kia Stinger to fix exhaust note with bi-modal exhaust system

The upcoming Kia Stinger will have an aftermarket and specifically Australian-designed exhaust system as an option, in order to meet the local demand for a more muscular sound not available from the factory. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Nurburgring race track in Germany, Albert Biermann, Kia Motors’ head of vehicle testing and high-performance development, admitted the Stinger needs a better exhaust note...

Kia Stinger a strong candidate for NSW and QLD Police force

The upcoming rear-wheel-drive turbocharged Kia Stinger liftback sedan is a very strong candidate to replace the Holden Commodore as the car of choice for numerous police forces around the country, with the South Korean company confirming the vehicle is under active assessment...

Kia Stinger AWD and diesel ruled out... for now

Kia Australia says that, for the foreseeable future, it will not bring the AWD and diesel versions of its Stinger sports sedan to our market, in order to maintain some simplicity in the line-up. The Kia Stinger, which launches in Australia in September, will have a choice of a four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a V6 twin-turbo 3...

Kia Stinger not a ‘cut-price car’, low-$40k to mid-$50k price expected

Kia Australia says its upcoming Stinger liftback sedan will not be a 'discount car', given its popularity and its unique position in the Australian market, which is unlike anywhere else in the world. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the Kia Stinger at the Nurburgring race track in Germany, communications manager Kevin Hepworth noted that while final pricing is yet to be officially confirmed, the Stinger will be positioned between the low 40s for the base spec 2...

Kia initially unprepared for Stinger interest

Kia Australia says it had initially underestimated the interest and demand for its rear-wheel-drive turbocharged Stinger sedan, with stock levels for the halo model likely to run short for the first few months. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the Kia Stinger at the Nurburgring race track in Germany, communications manager Kevin Hepworth said that around 100 pre-orders have already been taken, making the Stinger the most popular Kia model to date...

The Shortlist: SUV with space for tall teens and luggage with a petrol-auto drivetrain

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. But… where to from there? In this series, we look at these cases and single out three cars that fit the brief...