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2021 Kia Stonic Australian details – UPDATE: Launch delayed to February

UPDATE, November 17, 2020: The Australian launch for the 2021 Kia Stonic has been postponed until February 2021, rather than December this year. According to Kia's Australian arm, the decision was made to ensure a greater volume of vehicles would be available from launch...

2022 Kia Sportage spy photos

The next-generation 2022 Kia Sportage mid-size SUV has made its European prototyping debut, ahead of a rumoured unveiling in April 2021. The example spotted by our spy photography partners on Germany's Nurburgring racetrack – used by manufacturers to develop vehicle handling and driving dynamics – wears considerably less camouflage than previous Sportage prototypes spied in their home market of South Korea in recent months...

2021 Kia Carnival: Australian engine details surface in government database

Details of the upcoming 2021 Kia Carnival people mover's engine range have surfaced in a government database, ahead of the new-generation model's anticipated arrival in the coming months...

Hyundai and Kia to partner with computing giant Nvidia on infotainment

Charlie Bullis • Hyundai and Kia have joined the list of car companies to introduce over-the-air updates on future vehicles, among the list of new features its next-generation infotainment system – developed in partnership with computing giant Nvidia – will offer...

Electric cars should pay their way and sell on merit, not handouts: Kia

Kia Motors Australia – one of the nation’s fastest-growing car brands – says it supports moves to create fairer and more equitable ways to charge road users, whether they are driving an electric vehicle, or one powered by petrol or diesel...

Kia hires ex-BMW designer as new innovation design chief

Kia has appointed Won Kyu Kang as vice president and head of its design innovation group. Kang spent the past 15 years working at BMW, where he started out as an exterior designer. He later rose through ranks to become creative director of BMW Group's Shanghai-based design centre, prior to joining Kia...

Kia's LandCruiser rival could come with military credentials

Kia Australia has been pushing for a ladder-frame SUV and ute for our local market for some time now, with proper off-road capability to compete against the dominant Toyota LandCruiser. The obvious choice would be to use the Kia Mohave's ladder-frame chassis to develop such models. This idea was all but confirmed recently when The Korean Car Blog spotted a prototype out testing, using a raised Mohave chassis...

Kia boss to electrify brand with relaunch – report

Kia CEO Ho-Sung Song is preparing to relaunch the company as it begins rolling out a range of electrified cars. In an interview with Automotive News, Mr Song revealed the Korean car company would align itself with a younger customer base as it transitions away from traditional combustion powertrains...

2020 Kia Stinger recalled with fuel pump fault

Kia has recalled 372 examples of the Stinger, citing a potential fault with the fuel pump's jet nozzle housing. The affected vehicles are designated MY2020, and all were sold between May and July of this year. The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says “a plastic burr may remain after the moulding process of the fuel pump's jet nozzle housing, potentially blocking the nozzle"...

Kia Optima badge exits Australia

The Kia Optima, which survived through four generations in Australia, has now left local showrooms. It was only a couple of years ago that Kia's Australian division said it would stand by the slow-selling Optima, promising to "work harder" on its positioning. Then, in March last year, Kia confirmed the fourth-generation Optima (the second was sold here as the Magentis) would be the last offered in Australia...

Kia closes in on Top 4 sales spot in 2020, prepares to overtake Ford, Mitsubishi

Korean car maker Kia is on track to finish fourth outright in 2020 – behind market leader Toyota, long-standing number two Mazda and third-placed Hyundai. A decade ago, Kia wasn’t even inside the Top 10. It has been the fastest growing car company in Australia over the past 10 years...