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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 11, 2016

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...

Ten cars that flew off dealer lots in October

It was a bit of a flat sales month in October according the latest VFACTS data, a comprehensive CarAdvice dissection of which you can read here. But there were a number of models that had massive sales success compared to October 2015, be it a result of discounting, marketing, updates/new-generation launches or a combination of each...

Kia Sportage GT, light hot-hatch on the cards - report

Kia is considering a go-fast GT-badged version of its Sportage SUV, according to reports overseas, along with at least one new hot hatch. Albert Biermann, Kia and Hyundai's performance development boss, told press in Korea this week company hopes to add performance variants for most of its core models...

Kia tops US J.D. Power quality survey: Soul, Sportage the big winners

Korean car maker Kia has become the first non-premium brand in 27 years to top the Initial Quality Survey conducted by J.D. Power in the United States. Now in its 30th year, the J.D. Power IQS is an annual survey that analyses responses from vehicle owners in 26 segments, evaluating driving experience, engine and transmission performance, and a broad range of quality-related problems within the first 90 days of ownership...

Holden Spark, Jaguar XF, Kia Sportage, Skoda Superb score five-star ANCAP safety rating

The latest round of ANCAP safety ratings heralds maximum five-star ratings for a quartet of newly launched cars — the Holden Spark, Jaguar XF, Kia Sportage, Skoda Superb. The new Holden Spark - our class leader in the micro car segment - is the first in class to get five stars against ANCAP’s most strenuous 2016 rating criteria. It managed 33...

Evolutionary design changes 'dangerous', says Hyundai and Kia's Peter Schreyer

The head of design for Kia and Hyundai says that the big changes to the look of each brand's cars from one generation to the next are a necessity for both, and that continuing a slow evolutionary design path like some other automotive manufacturers would be dangerous...

2016 Kia Sportage pricing and specifications

The new 2016 Kia Sportage has been launched today with a more refined package across the board, but, most specifically, an increase in cabin refinement and passenger comfort. This is also the safest Sportage yet, thanks to a stronger body structure and new active safety technology...

Medium SUVs coming in 2016

Mainstream medium SUVs Kia Sportage – January Haval H6 — Q2 Mahindra XUV 500 update – January for the manual, Q2 for the auto Jeep Cherokee 75th Anniversary – Q2 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV update – mid 2016 Renault Koleos – Q4 Ford Kuga update – late 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan – Q4 Luxury medium SUVs Porsche Macan GTS – January Audi SQ5 TDI Plus – Q2 Range Rover Evoque Convertible – July Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe – late 2016/early 2017  ...

Kia adds some Mystique to 2016 Sportage for X-Men film

Last year we saw Kia produce a Wolverine themed Sorento to promote the X-Men: Days of Future Past film. Another year and another X-Men movie results in another curious one-off promotional Kia. The 2016 Kia Sportage X-Car is now themed around shape-shifting mutant Mystique and will be on display at the 2016 Australian Open Tennis tournament in Melbourne...

Kia Australia's sales on an upward march

Kia appears to be hitting its stride in Australia in 2015, given its annual growth rate of almost 20 per cent, or five times the market-wide figure. It was up 36 per cent in November alone. The Korean brand, which has been garnering critical respect for a number of years now, has nevertheless stagnated in sales over the past few years while sister company Hyundai has boomed...

2016 Kia Sportage styling: "no point in being vanilla"

Kia's all-new 2016 Sportage SUV has been given an official world premiere this week, with the company promising more of the same sharp styling that made the outgoing model so popular - melded with more than a little new-generation flair. Although the profile and rear of the new mid-sized SUV give an impression of evolution at work, it's the front end that truly sets the new 2016 Sportage apart from its predecessor...