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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...

Every car leaving the Australian market in 2020 – UPDATE

It's been a big year for automotive in 2020, with the exit of Holden, the cancellation of international motor shows and the Australian Grand Prix due to coronavirus, and the steady decline of new car sales. In a challenging climate, it's perhaps unsurprising that carmakers are reducing their ranges, discontinuing under-performers and replacing older models with hybrids, electric cars or new creations altogether...

2020 Kia Optima (K5) revealed, not for Oz

Kia has revealed the first images of its all-new K5/Optima mid-sized sedan, which is a marked departure from the vehicle that preceded it. Measuring 4905mm long and 1860mm wide, the new Optima is 50mm longer and 25mm wider than the current model, while the longer 2850mm wheelbase is claimed to provide a "stable driving character", while the 20mm lower roofline (1445mm) ensures a "low-slung sporty profile"...

Car News Daily podcast: Your daily download

Plenty has happened in the world of car news over the last 24 hours. If you haven't had time to read all the news on CarAdvice.com, catch up on your way home with Car News Daily, as Mandy Turner reads each news story word-for-word...

2020 Kia Optima teased, but we won't see it in Australia

The next-generation Kia K5, the South Korean version of the car sold elsewhere as the Optima, has been teased in a series of shadowy sketches. Before local fans of the short-lived Optima line get too excited, however, Kia Australia has confirmed today that the current LHD-only (left-hand drive) program for the mid-sized sedan will continue into this new generation...

2018-20 Kia Optima recalled

Kia Australia has issued a recall for the 2018-2020 model-year Optima sedan over concerns the autonomous emergency braking system may fail to activate. According to the Korean manufacturer, the 'Frontal Collision-Avoidance Assist' software may have an error, which means the emergency brake function may not work when approaching a stationary vehicle...

2018 Kia Optima pricing and specs

UPDATE, 20/06/18: We've added new images of Australian-spec MY18 Optimas to this article. Head to the galleries section for more pictures Local pricing and specifications for the updated 2018 Kia Optima have been released this week, bringing a fresh look, some new equipment, along with price revisions...

2018 Kia Optima Sportswagon revealed

The revised 2018 Kia Optima has been revealed for Europe, with the company showing off the facelifted Sportswagon variant and detailing new powertrains for the first time. While the exterior revisions largely mirror that of the Korean-market 'K5' sedan, the European version is set to get a pair of new turbocharged engines – one petrol and one diesel...

CarAdvice podcast 87: What do our readers think of the new Commodore? 

This week you are joined by Mandy Turner and Mike Costello. In car news, reports have surfaced about the the Alfa Romeo 6C sports car being prepared for 2020, while 2018 BMW X2 pricing and specs have been released. Also, Kia Australia is standing by the slow-selling Optima, QLD police union says hidden speed cameras are ‘revenue raisers’ and don’t save lives, the Range Rover SV Coupe has been confirmed for Geneva, and reports the 2019 Jaguar XJ goes electric...

2018 Kia Optima facelift revealed in Korea

The facelifted 2018 Kia Optima has been revealed for the Korean market, ahead of an Australian launch later this year. Compared to the current version, the new Optima - named K5 in its home market - gets revised front- and rear-end treatments, new alloy wheels, and some technology updates...

Optima: Kia Australia to stand by its only slow seller

The past couple of years have seen the Kia brand stand out as a clear performer in the Australian new car market, with all but one model delivering marked sales growth. That one sore point is the Optima, a very good car in a dying segment, and now challenged from within by the four-cylinder Stinger liftback. By the end of 2017, Optima sales had fallen 46...