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Kia's Justice League-inspired Optima and Rio at LA auto show

One of the highlights of this year's Los Angeles auto show is Kia's ever-expanding range of Justice League-inspired cars, which have been created with guidance from famous comic book artist and DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee. The two new cars, the Batman-inspired Optima and the Aquaman-inspired Rio five-door were a big hit with the crowd and certainly showcase what could happen if you let a bunch of car and comic enthusiasts come together...

Kia Optima Turbo under consideration for Australia

The Kia Optima Turbo has been made available to right hand drive markets for the first time and Kia Australia is considering the performance sedan to spearhead its range for 2013. The Kia Optima Turbo, which is powered by a 2.0-litre direct injection turbocharged GDI engine, puts out 204kW of power and 365Nm of torque...

Kia Optima Hybrid unveiled with new powertrain

Despite the lack of popularity for hybrids in Europe, Korea's second largest vehicle manufacturer has just unveiled the Kia Optima Hybrid for the European market at the Paris Motor Show. Unlike the Kia Optima Hybrid offered in North America, the European specification Optima Hybrid uses a 2.0-litre engine coupled to an electric motor instead of a 2...

Kia Australia adds satellite navigation to Optima, Sorento, Sportage

Kia Australia has announced the availability of satellite navigation in three of its vehicles for the first time in the local brand’s history. The sat-nav units will become standard in the flagship Platinum models in the Optima, Sorento and Sportage line-ups – adding $990 to the price of those models – and will be a $1500 option in the SLi variants of the two SUVs...

Kia Optima Si $30,490 new variant

Kia Australia has today released details of a new Optima variant, named Si. Priced at $30,490, $6,500 less than the Optima Platinum (pictured), the Si comes with the same engine and transmission, but cuts out a few of the luxury features to give customers more choice in the medium car segment. For a start, the front disc brakes are slightly smaller, measuring 11...

Mazda BT-50, Ford FG MkII Falcon, Kia Optima, Rio get five-star ANCAP rating

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has just released its latest round of vehicle crash test results, with every vehicle tested awarded the maximum five-star rating. The latest members of ANCAP's five-star club include: the BMW 1 Series, Citroen C4, Citroen DS3, Ford Falcon FG MkII sedan and ute, Ford Kuga, Holden Captiva Series 2, Kia Optima, Kia Rio, Mazda BT-50, Mercedes Benz M-Class, Volkswagen Jetta, and the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet...

Kia Optima wins Design Award at the Australian International Design Awards

Kia has come away with a Design Award at the 2011 Australian International Design Awards (AIDA). Held yearly, the AIDA recognises excellence in design and functionality in a number of categories, as judged by a panel of industry experts. The Automotive and Transport category featured cars from Kia (Optima), Hyundai (Elantra), Audi (A7), Peugeot (3008 and RCZ) and Ford (Ranger), with the Audi A7 taking out the best in category award...

Hyundai i45 vs Kia Optima comparison review

Models tested: Hyundai i45 Premium and Kia Optima Platinum: 2.4-litre, four cylinder petrol, six-speed automatic, four-door medium sedans. The crowded medium-size car category has two South Koreans shaking up the establishment. Based on specs alone, it's almost impossible to tell them apart; they're essentially cut from the same mould - after all it's the same parent company...

Video: Blake Griffin slam-dunks over a Kia Optima

It’s not every day that you see someone jump over a Kia Optima to make a slam-dunk. LA Clippers basketball player Blake Griffin did just that during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest over the weekend. Kia Motors has wasted no time either, already turning the dunk into an advertising campaign for the midsized sedan...

Video: Kia Optima 'One Epic Ride' Super Bowl commercial

With the American Super Bowl kick off just around the corner, companies and brands are putting their best foot forward in the direction of advertising to come up with cracker ads. Take a look at one of the latest commercials starring the new Kia Optima. Some of the best ads will be presented during the annual event, and with 30-second slots costing up to $3 million, these brands want to create something special to stand out from the rest...

Kia Optima and Kia Sportage win iF Design Awards

And so they should. The new Kia Optima in particular is a great looking car. It was designed by Peter Schreyer - a former design chief from Volkswagen and Audi (the guy behind the first Audi TT concept) - and it looks as good and as modern as any other medium sedan out there. The new Kia Sportage is also a sophisticated yet crisp design, featuring much of the same design language as the Optima...