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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...

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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
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2015 Kia Optima Turbo Review

The Kia Optima Turbo is a grown-up enthusiast’s family sedan that is yet to make it to the Australian market. Considering a new Kia Optima is just around the corner, it’s also not coming in this current-generation. This will soon change, however. Kia Australia has confirmed that a new-generation Optima Turbo will be headed our way late this year, and since the current Optima Turbo’s 2...


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...


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 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 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"...


2015 Kia Optima : Diesel hybrid, wagon variant and turbo models all likely
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2015 Kia Optima : Diesel hybrid, wagon variant and turbo models all likely

The next-generation 2015 Kia Optima – which is expected to debut in 2015 – will remain true to the current car in terms of its design, but is expected to bring with it a wealth of technical changes including a high-tech diesel hybrid drivetrain, a wagon body style and new turbo models for Australia...


Kia Optima T-Hybrid: diesel hybrid concept to debut in Paris
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Kia Optima T-Hybrid: diesel hybrid concept to debut in Paris

A new type of Kia Optima will be showcased at the 2014 Paris motor show, with the South Korean brand to unveil the new Kia Optima T-Hybrid "ahead of future mass production". The Optima T-Hybrid combines the existing 1.7-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder engine offered in the mid-size sedan in the European market with a 48-volt lead-carbon battery, electric motor and electric supercharger...


2015 Kia Optima : First look at updated medium sedan
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2015 Kia Optima : First look at updated medium sedan

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped a prototype of the heavily updated Kia Optima testing on public roads in Germany. The shots show a silver prototype with black cladding across all major panels, suggesting Kia’s designers have made big changes to the 2015 Optima’s exterior...


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

The Kia Optima has been refreshed for 2014, with a revamped interior, more equipment and an exterior nip-and-tuck. The previous version was hardly the ugliest mid-size car on sale, but the new-look Kia Optima – tested here in Platinum trim – introduces a sleeker front end with quad LED fog lamps, xenon headlights and integrated LED running lights, a revised grille and bumper, new tail-lights, a neater rear bumper with diffuser, a revised boot lid and newly designed 18-inch alloys...

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$40,490

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...


2014 Kia Optima facelift brings more equipment, higher prices
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2014 Kia Optima facelift brings more equipment, higher prices

Styling updates and specification enhancements will be accompanied by small price rises when the 2014 Kia Optima launches in Australia next week. The price of the entry-level Optima Si increases $300 to $30,990 before on-road costs, while the mid-spec SLi rises $1000 to $35,990 and the flagship Platinum $1200 to $40,490...


Kia Optima: mid-life facelift debuts
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Kia Optima: mid-life facelift debuts

Three years after its launch, the current generation Kia Optima has been facelifted, introducing new convenience and safety technologies and a revised styling package. The 2014 Kia Optima is identified by a new front bumper, featuring sweeping black inserts and four-bezel LED fog lights on some models, and redesigned rear diffuser with new LED tail-lights...


Kia Optima Hybrid improves efficiency
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Kia Optima Hybrid improves efficiency

The Kia Optima Hybrid has optimised its environmental performance. The South Korean brand has announced an upgrade for the petrol-electric medium car – a variant that is not yet available in Australia. Tweaks to the Kia Optima’s parallel hybrid system see fuel economy improve by 0.3 litres per 100km to 5...


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

The Kia Optima Turbo is the ideal compromise between a family-friendly sedan and a performance-orientated sports car. It’s also the first real performance car from the consistently expanding Korean brand and, as of very recently, it has become available for right-hand-drive production. From the outset the Optima Turbo may not appear all that unique...

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$30,490

Kia's Justice League-inspired Optima and Rio at LA auto show
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Kia's Justice League-inspired Optima and Rio at LA auto show

One of the highlights of this year's Los Angeles auto show is Kia's ever-expanding range of Justice League-inspired cars, which have been created with guidance from famous comic book artist and DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee. The two new cars, the Batman-inspired Optima and the Aquaman-inspired Rio five-door were a big hit with the crowd and certainly showcase what could happen if you let a bunch of car and comic enthusiasts come together...


Kia Optima Turbo under consideration for Australia
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Kia Optima Turbo under consideration for Australia

The Kia Optima Turbo has been made available to right hand drive markets for the first time and Kia Australia is considering the performance sedan to spearhead its range for 2013. The Kia Optima Turbo, which is powered by a 2.0-litre direct injection turbocharged GDI engine, puts out 204kW of power and 365Nm of torque...


Kia Optima Hybrid unveiled with new powertrain
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Kia Optima Hybrid unveiled with new powertrain

Despite the lack of popularity for hybrids in Europe, Korea's second largest vehicle manufacturer has just unveiled the Kia Optima Hybrid for the European market at the Paris Motor Show. Unlike the Kia Optima Hybrid offered in North America, the European specification Optima Hybrid uses a 2.0-litre engine coupled to an electric motor instead of a 2...


Kia Optima Review
Rating: 710 /10
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Kia Optima Review

When Kia launched the latest-generation Kia Optima in Australia in January 2011, it was hailed as a quantum leap in design next to its predecessor - the uninspiring Kia Magentis. Here was an affordable medium-size sedan from Korea with clean lines and sleek styling that had the global motoring media doing double takes...

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$30,490 - $36,990

Kia Australia adds satellite navigation to Optima, Sorento, Sportage
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Kia Australia adds satellite navigation to Optima, Sorento, Sportage

Kia Australia has announced the availability of satellite navigation in three of its vehicles for the first time in the local brand’s history. The sat-nav units will become standard in the flagship Platinum models in the Optima, Sorento and Sportage line-ups – adding $990 to the price of those models – and will be a $1500 option in the SLi variants of the two SUVs...


Kia Optima Si $30,490 new variant
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Kia Optima Si $30,490 new variant

Kia Australia has today released details of a new Optima variant, named Si. Priced at $30,490, $6,500 less than the Optima Platinum (pictured), the Si comes with the same engine and transmission, but cuts out a few of the luxury features to give customers more choice in the medium car segment. For a start, the front disc brakes are slightly smaller, measuring 11...


Mazda BT-50, Ford FG MkII Falcon, Kia Optima, Rio get five-star ANCAP rating
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Mazda BT-50, Ford FG MkII Falcon, Kia Optima, Rio get five-star ANCAP rating

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has just released its latest round of vehicle crash test results, with every vehicle tested awarded the maximum five-star rating. The latest members of ANCAP's five-star club include: the BMW 1 Series, Citroen C4, Citroen DS3, Ford Falcon FG MkII sedan and ute, Ford Kuga, Holden Captiva Series 2, Kia Optima, Kia Rio, Mazda BT-50, Mercedes Benz M-Class, Volkswagen Jetta, and the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet...


Kia Optima wins Design Award at the Australian International Design Awards
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Kia Optima wins Design Award at the Australian International Design Awards

Kia has come away with a Design Award at the 2011 Australian International Design Awards (AIDA). Held yearly, the AIDA recognises excellence in design and functionality in a number of categories, as judged by a panel of industry experts. The Automotive and Transport category featured cars from Kia (Optima), Hyundai (Elantra), Audi (A7), Peugeot (3008 and RCZ) and Ford (Ranger), with the Audi A7 taking out the best in category award...


Kia Optima Video Review
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Kia Optima Video Review

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Video: Blake Griffin slam-dunks over a Kia Optima

It’s not every day that you see someone jump over a Kia Optima to make a slam-dunk. LA Clippers basketball player Blake Griffin did just that during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest over the weekend. Kia Motors has wasted no time either, already turning the dunk into an advertising campaign for the midsized sedan...