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Suzuki Vitara and Kia Optima get five-star ANCAP ratings

Front-drive versions of the Suzuki Vitara small SUV, plus the Kia Optima mid-sized sedan range, this week received five-star ANCAP safety ratings. Neither of these mid-tier sellers had ratings before. The Hungary-sourced Suzuki Vitara managed a good rating of 35.79 out of 37 against 2015 ratings (for reference, the top-selling Mazda CX-3 managed 36...

2017 Kia Optima Sportswagon unveiled

The Kia Optima Sportswagon, the company's largest wagon ever, has been revealed and detailed ahead of its full debut at the 2016 Geneva motor show at the end of this month. Styling aft of the C-pillar is derived from last year's Sportspace concept with wraparound LED tail-lights. The top-end GT model also boasts a Sportspace-inspired diffuser integrated into the rear bumper (photos here)...

Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid revealed in Chicago

The Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid has been unveiled and detailed on the media day of the 2016 Chicago auto show. As we revealed in November 2015, the Optima Plug-in Hybrid features a 2.0-litre direct-injection four-cylinder petrol engine with 115kW/189Nm, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that includes a 50kW electric motor...

2017 Kia Optima Sportspace wagon spied testing in final body

The recent four-door convertible version of the all-new 2016 Kia Optima will likely remain a show-car concept, but this much we know: the newly launched sedan will soon be joined by a wagon counterpart. The new Optima sedan was first teased as the Sportspace wagon concept, back in February, but it wasn’t until August that Kia confirmed it would introduce a second member to the family...

2016 Kia Optima Hybrid revealed, plug-in hybrid detailed

The latest-generation Kia Optima Hybrid has been revealed, while the company has also detailed the Optima Plug-in Hybrid that's due to be launched globally next year. The Optima Hybrid features a 115kW/189Nm 2.0-litre direct-injection four-cylinder engine under the bonnet. This is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a built-in 38kW electric motor...

2016 Kia Optima pricing and specifications

The 2016 Kia Optima launches in Australia this week, giving the South Korean company an all-new challenger in the country's medium sedan segment that's undergone huge change this year. The fourth-generation Optima replaces the stylish and impressive third-gen sedan, a car that cemented Kia’s ability to design attractive vehicles that were also technologically up to date...

Kia Optima A1A four-door roadster concept heading to SEMA

The Kia Optima A1A roadster concept is one of six concepts that the Korean car maker will have on display at the 2015 SEMA show. Based on the latest generation Optima, Kia has removed the sedan's roof, shortened its windscreen, and added reinforced steel tubes within the body to ensure that rigidity is retained...

Kia Optima Sportspace: new wagon gets green light for production

The all-new 2016 Kia Optima, revealed in March ahead of an Australian debut later this year, will soon be joined by a wagon sibling. The new sedan makes its European premiere this week, and it’s with that launch that Kia has confirmed plans for “a new body style inspired by the Sportspace concept” unveiled in February...

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

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

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...