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The week's top news stories, May 27

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The week's top news stories, May 27

The automotive news wheel is always turning. If you’re not constantly checking CarAdvice – which you should be doing, by the way – it can be easy for some headlines to slip through the cracks...

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2018 Kia Sportage facelift unveiled
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2018 Kia Sportage facelift unveiled

The updated Kia Sportage has been unveiled with a lightly updated exterior design, and a bevy of new drivetrains. As we saw in a recent set of spy photos, the revised Sportage has new front and rear bumpers. Up front, the Sportage has a more aggressive design, new headlamp internals, a splash of chrome, and a sportier-looking "tiger nose" grille...


2018 Kia Stinger 330S review
Rating: 7.810 /10
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2018 Kia Stinger 330S review

Big-car space and turbocharged performance are the calling cards of the Kia Stinger. So, if you’re chasing maximum bang for your buck, the Stinger 330S has your number with the biggest engine for the cheapest price. But do the compromises balance the savings?

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$48,990

2019 Kia Sportage facelift spied undisguised
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2019 Kia Sportage facelift spied undisguised

The Kia Sportage facelift has been spied doing a spot of spring testing on the Nurburgring. Unlike earlier prototypes, this latest vehicle is running around with zero camouflage. The only bits of tape we can see serve to hold testing equipment in place. Up front, the headlight internals have been reorganised, while the signature "tiger nose" grille is shorter and has been given a more aggressive edge...


Kia reveals new mild-hybrid system
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Kia reveals new mild-hybrid system

Kia has detailed its new EcoDynamics+ diesel mild-hybrid system, which will debut in the Sportage SUV later this year – but it won't be coming to Australia. Combining a turbo-diesel engine with a 48V electric motor, Kia says the mild-hybrid setup "provides electric power and reduces engine load under acceleration", while also recuperating energy during in-gear deceleration and braking...


Cars We Own: 2017 Kia Stinger 330Si diary

Cars We Own: 2017 Kia Stinger 330Si diary

The Kia Stinger ignites passionate debate like few other cars we've driven at CarAdvice. With a big engine up front, loads of space in the middle and power going to the rear, there was no shortage of hype. As soon as it arrived in Australia, we knew we wanted to buy one. Here it is, resplendent in Hichroma Red...


Kia channels Peter Pan in new 'boundless for all' campaign - video
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Kia channels Peter Pan in new 'boundless for all' campaign - video

Car manufacturers have a knack for stretching to create interesting metaphors for their technology. Kia is no stranger to creative marketing campaigns, having featured Stephen Tyler in a Benjamin Button-style Stinger commercial earlier this year. Instead of Aerosmith, the Korean brand has this time turned to Peter Pan...


2018 Kia Stinger range gets five-star ANCAP rating - UPDATE
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2018 Kia Stinger range gets five-star ANCAP rating - UPDATE

The 2018 Kia Stinger now wears a five-star ANCAP rating across the entire model range, thanks to the addition of safety technologies like autonomous-emergency braking (AEB) and lane-keep assist to entry-level 200S and 330S variants...


Kia Stinger stability control: I was wrong
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Kia Stinger stability control: I was wrong

Well, it turns out I was wrong. When we shot our Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore SS-V Redline comparison at the end of last year, I claimed that stability control can't be switched off completely in the Kia Stinger. These comments made it all the way to Albert Biermann's office. He's the bloke that was poached by Kia to head the Hyundai/Kia performance division...


2018 Kia Stinger: Traction control test
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2018 Kia Stinger: Traction control test

Last year when we compared the Kia Stinger to the V8 Aussie muscle car, the Holden Commodore SS-V Redline, Paul Maric said that you couldn't switch stability control off in the Stinger. A lot of you suggested that he was wrong. So, in the hunt for the answer, we hit the track and switched everything off!


2018 Kia Niro EV revealed in Korea
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2018 Kia Niro EV revealed in Korea

Kia has whipped the covers off its production Niro EV at the International Electric Vehicle Expo in Korea, ahead of a wider market launch later in the year. The car unveiled in Korea has a 64kWh battery pack, good for 380km per charge, with a 32kWh model likely to be offered later in the year...


Kia Rio 1.0-litre turbo could come to Australia after all
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Kia Rio 1.0-litre turbo could come to Australia after all

One of the major shortcomings of the Australian-market Kia Rio is its uninspiring powertrain and transmission combination, but that could be about to change. With the launch of the facelifted Hyundai i20 range a fortnight ago – which shares various components with the Rio – a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic option was added to the car's 1...


2019 Kia Carnival review
Rating: 8.610 /10
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2019 Kia Carnival review

Kia has added more tech and more safety to its already segment-leading people mover. But is the 2019 Kia Carnival proof an MPV can be sexy?

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$42,490 - $62,790

2019 Kia Carnival pricing and specs
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2019 Kia Carnival pricing and specs

Kia has revealed local pricing and specifications for its updated Carnival people mover, which now kicks off at $42,490 before on-road costs. Power comes from a choice of 3.3-litre V6 petrol or 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engines, both of which are hooked up to a new eight-speed automatic transmission...


Kia Stinger: AEB coming to base models
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Kia Stinger: AEB coming to base models

Kia Australia has confirmed it will be adding driver assistance technologies like autonomous-emergency braking (AEB) to entry-level variants of its Stinger liftback. Speaking with CarAdvice, the Korean manufacturer's local communications boss, Kevin Hepworth, said base 'S' variants have seen the addition of AEB along with adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist from February production...


2017 Kia Rio recalled for door lock fix
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2017 Kia Rio recalled for door lock fix

Kia has recalled the 2017 'YB' Rio, over concerns the rear door lock assembly could be out of specification. According to the company, the rear door lock cable might be the wrong length, which could mean seemingly active child locks aren't activated. If occupants are able to open the doors from the inside when they shouldn't be, there's a heightened risk of accidents for the driver and other road users...


Kia ditches hybrid, straight to pure electric from 2021
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Kia ditches hybrid, straight to pure electric from 2021

Kia Australia is planning to skip importing existing hybrid models altogether as it seeks to bring at least two pure-electric vehicles to market by 2021. Speaking to CarAdvice in Brisbane this week, Kia Australia's chief operating officer, Damien Meredith, said that the decision to skip hybrid vehicles in its entirety makes sense for the brand, as there is currently no demand for either type of alternative fuel vehicles, so it may as well start with the better option...


Kia Stinger attracting Commodore buyers
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Kia Stinger attracting Commodore buyers

The Kia Stinger has attracted former Commodore owners as its primary target market based on research conducted by the company in Australia. Of the first 200 sales of the Kia Stinger in Australia, 18 per cent of the trade-ins were Commodores, making it the most popular trade-in model type of car for Stinger buyers...


Kia Australia considering 10-year warranty
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Kia Australia considering 10-year warranty

Kia Australia says it'll do what's required to protect its unique selling point (USP) of offering the best warranty in the business, with consideration for a longer warranty already underway. Speaking to CarAdvice in Brisbane this week, Kia Motors Australia chief operating officer, Damien Meredith, said the company believes it already offers the most comprehensive warranty in Australia, but will look at other options if that becomes threatened...


2019 Kia Ceed GT spied
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2019 Kia Ceed GT spied

A prototype believed to be the upcoming Kia Ceed GT has been spied this week, ahead of an anticipated reveal at the Paris motor show later this year. Key design changes between this vehicle and the base car include a bodykit under the heavy black sheeting and false body panels, larger alloy wheels and a dual exhaust system out the back...