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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

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

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...

CarAdvice podcast 99: An insight into car wrapping

This week Mandy Turner, Mike Stevens, and Scott Collie are in the studio. In car news, pricing and specs have been released for the Kia Picanto GT-Line and the Toyota HiLux Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X. The Volkswagen Amarok is capable of 200kW thanks to a new V6, the BMW M2 Competition has been revealed, and the ACT Government will lease only zero-emission cars by 2021...

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...

2018 Kia Picanto GT-Line pricing and specs

Australian pricing and specifications for the new 2018 Kia Picanto GT-Line have been announced this week, with the sporty-looking micro hatch kicking off from $17,490 drive-away. Basically a permanent version of the AO Edition launched earlier this year, the GT-Line brings a raft of visual upgrades inside and out for a more athletic feel...

Kia testing inductive charging on Soul EV

Kia has used its popular (in America, at least)  Soul EV to trial a new wireless charging system, making it easier to keep your battery-powered vehicle topped up at home. Developed in tandem with the Kia America Technical Centre (HATCI) and Mojo, a wireless technology company, the charger is the culmination of a three-year development process...

2019 Kia Ceed GT spied

Images of a Korean vehicle believed to be the Kia Ceed GT have surfaced on social media this week, ahead of a likely reveal later this year. The prototype in question is a camouflaged Kia hatchback wearing red exterior highlights, bigger brakes with red-painted calipers, and alloy wheels borrowed from the now-defunct Cerato Koup Turbo...

Kia Cerato GT spied

A camouflaged prototype believed to be the Kia Cerato GT has been spied in South Korea this week, ahead of an Australian launch later this year. Posted on social media, the images shows a new-generation Kia Cerato sedan – known in its home market as the K3 – featuring a mismatched rear bumper finish and dual exhaust outlets protruding from the diffuser-style rear apron treatment...

2019 Kia K900 fully revealed in New York

The 2019 Kia K900 has made its public debut at the New York motor show this week, with new details of the flagship luxury car revealed. In addition to what we already knew about the new model's design and powertrains, Kia has finally released new information regarding the K900's technology and features – including some new driver assistance technologies...

2019 Kia Carnival revealed

The upgraded 2019 Kia Sedona – known here as the Carnival – has been revealed this week at the New York motor show, ahead of an Australian launch later this year. Along with minor exterior and interior design changes, the facelifted people mover gets a new eight-speed automatic transmission and a new rear-seat entertainment system...