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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...

Toyota Corolla hits the brakes, Hyundai i30 and Kia Cerato outsell it for first time

The Toyota Corolla – the last passenger car to top the Australian market before utes began to dominate – is under siege after posting three of its weakest monthly sales results in 20 years. The Hyundai i30 and Kia Cerato small cars outsold the Toyota Corolla in September, as sales declined by 34 per cent in a market that was down by 20 per cent...

New automatic cars priced under $20,000 in Australia

There's an old saying that you should spend three months' salary on an engagement ring. According to consumer advice site finder.com.au, a similar rule applies when buying new cars. Ideally, it suggests, you shouldn't spend more than 15 per cent of your annual income on the purchase price of a car...

Kia to launch seven electric cars by 2027, first model due here next year

Kia has announced its intentions to launch seven new electric cars across several segments globally before 2027, with the first all-new model set to land in 2021 and an Australian electric-car launch also on the cards for next year. During a recent event in South Korea, Kia revealed it is accelerating its efforts to become a "leading EV brand", kicking things off in 2021 with the launch of its first-ever dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV), code-named CV...

Kia and Suzuki commit to sub-$20,000 cars as rivals leave the segment 

The two heavyweights of the sub-$20,000 small-car class – Kia and Suzuki – have pledged to continue selling vehicles in the most affordable end of the market, as an increasing number of rivals have vacated the segment. Brands that have recently priced themselves out of the sub-$20,000 category include market leader Toyota, second-placed Mazda, and former budget-car king Hyundai...

Expert forecasts weakest annual new-car sales since 2002

One of Australia’s biggest-selling car brands has forecast the industry will finish the year with the weakest annual sales result since 2002. Kia Australia – the second-biggest seller of passenger vehicles locally and sixth best-selling brand outright – says its data shows the national tally of new-car sales will dip to 876,000 for calendar year 2020...

Serenity now! New Kia Sorento has built-in calming sounds to ease the daily grind

Do you love the sound of rain, the ocean, a fireplace, or crisp footsteps through snow? The 2021 Kia Sorento aims to transport owners to a place of peace and quiet even while they are battling the daily grind. Kia has installed a choice of six built-in calming sounds in the top-of-the-range Sorento seven-seat SUV...

2021 Kia Sorento V6 petrol delayed by two months

The more affordable petrol-powered versions of the 2021 Kia Sorento will arrive two months after their diesel siblings. The 2021 Kia Sorento went on sale in Australia this week and dealers have already begun delivering cars. However, initial shipments will only include diesel variants which are $3000 dearer than their respective petrol V6 equivalents...