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Kia Stonic: Australian launch confirmed for late 2020

The compact SUV segment, despite ever more competition, shows no sign of slowing down in Australia – and now Kia has confirmed the arrival of its new Stonic compact SUV for the fourth quarter of 2020. The Stonic, as mentioned in our 2020 sales projection story, will fill a void in the Kia line-up to take on the likes of Mazda's Mazda 2-based SUV, the CX-3...

2020 Kia Rio facelift spied

An updated version of the Kia Rio hatch has been spied undergoing testing in Europe. Given the current Rio made its debut at the 2016 Paris motor show, the city hatch is about due for its mid-cycle refresh. Although this prototype has black cladding over its entire front end, we can see a few changes...

Kia forecasts record 2020 after bucking the trend during last year's market slump

Kia, the only brand inside the Top 10 to post a sales gain in 2019 – the weakest market in eight years – believes there is still room to grow in 2020 for companies that have cars buyers want at prices they're prepared to pay. Kia believes the recently-released Seltos city-SUV (pictured below) will help deliver another record year for the brand, but promises to not be complacent when it comes to the competition or the rest of its model range...

Kia says demand for its electric cars overseas could delay their arrival in Australia

Kia Australia was hoping to go electric for the 2020 Australian Tennis Open – with a fleet of electric vehicles to shuttle sports stars and support screws during the event before the cars arrived in local showrooms. However, those plans were scuttled by strong demand overseas, pushing Australia down the queue for Kia's electric-car rollout...

Kia has partnered with Uber to offer free trips to the Australian Open

Sponsored by Kia Kia's Australian Open courtesy fleet expands for 2020, with a fresh twist: a designated "fan fleet" providing free trips for tennis fans. The fleet, comprised of 30 new Kia Seltos compact SUVs, will be available to tennis-goers via Uber's app and will offer courtesy trips to Melbourne Park from anywhere in the CBD...

Kia's Australian Open Fleet hits the road

It's tennis time in Melbourne again, which means the streets are swarming with Kias. For the 19th consecutive year, Kia is supporting the Australian Open with a squadron of branded vehicles to transport, players, officials and VIPs to and from the Melbourne Park facility...

Hyundai and Kia working on joint electric van rollout

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation have co-invested 100 million euros (about $160m AUD) into UK electric-vehicle startup Arrival. A joint release says this venture will enable both companies to develop "competitively priced" small and mid-sized battery-powered vans for logistics, on-demand ride-sharing and shuttle service operators...

Kia plans 11 EVs by 2025, headlined by 500km-range crossover

Kia plans to have 11 battery-electric vehicles in its global stable by 2025, headlined by a dedicated EV crossover with a Porsche Taycan-matching 800V electrical architecture and 500km of driving range due next year. The ambitious company plans to sell 500,000 EVs around the world by 2026 (oddly, excluding China where it runs a joint-venture presumably with its own separate targets), equal to 6...

So, which car brands are growing in Australia?

As you can read in much more detail here, overall new vehicle sales fell nearly 8 per cent in Australia year to their lowest level since 2011. Just one of the top 10 car makers managed to grow its sales - that would be Kia - and some fell away by double digits. Moreover, almost every segment (passenger, SUV and commercial) went backwards...

Kia Imagine to enter production in 2021/22

The eye-catching Kia Imagine concept revealed at the Geneva motor show will be put into production in 2021 or 2022, according to a new report from Automotive News Europe. Speaking with the industry journal, Kia COO Emilio Herrera said "the plan is for [the Imagine] to become a mass-produced vehicle in one or two years and to have a dedicated electric platform"...

2020 Kia Seltos scores five stars in ANCAP testing

The 2020 Kia Seltos has scored top marks in the final crash test of 2019 from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) . The Seltos, which goes head-to-head with the Hyundai Kona and Mazda CX-3 in the compact SUV segment, has a five-star rating across its entire line-up...