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Hyundai, Kia appoint former Bentley man as new design chief

Hyundai Motor Group, which includes Kia and Genesis, has reshuffled its management ranks with Chung Eui-sun, son of the current chairman, close to succeeding his father in the top job at the automaker...

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Kia compact SUV to begin testing in Australia
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Kia compact SUV to begin testing in Australia

Kia has confirmed that it will launch a new sub-Sportage compact SUV within the next 18 months, and Australia is likely to play a role in its development. While the car is yet to be named, it's expected to look similar to the Kia SP Concept revealed at the 2018 Delhi motor show...


Kia SP concept revealed in Delhi
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Kia SP concept revealed in Delhi

The Kia SP concept has been officially revealed at the 2018 Auto Expo in New Delhi, offering a look at a small SUV model aimed primarily at the Indian market. According to the Korean manufacturer, the SP concept "provides a glimpse of what's in store for motoring enthusiasts once Kia kicks off retail sales in India" during the second half of 2019...


Kia's design bosses in Detroit: The best bits
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Kia's design bosses in Detroit: The best bits

Travelling with Kia to this week's Detroit motor show, Australian media were given the opportunity to chat with design supremos, Peter Schreyer and Gregory Guillaume. If you've been living under an old Cerato, here's a catch-up on these two fellows...


Kia Telluride in development, Aussie arm keen
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Kia Telluride in development, Aussie arm keen

The very big and very bold Kia Telluride concept is now being developed for a market debut, a pair of senior executives have confirmed this week, and the Australian arm has its hand up. In conversation with Australian press at this week's Detroit motor show, the news was confirmed by Kia Motors Corporation president and chief designer Peter Schreyer, and Kia Motors Europe chief designer, Gregory Guillaume...


Hyundai dual-cab ute still not in the pipeline "at the moment", says design head
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Hyundai dual-cab ute still not in the pipeline "at the moment", says design head

It seems the dual-cab ute Hyundai Australia so very dearly wants is still a way off, with the Korean brand's design head saying such as model is not in the pipeline just yet. Speaking exclusively to CarAdvice at this week’s 2017 Seoul motor show, Hyundai and Kia chief design officer Peter Schreyer said, while he and his team are working on a number of vehicles, a ute is still not currently one of them...


Kia needs no performance sub-brand, says engineering boss
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Kia needs no performance sub-brand, says engineering boss

Kia has a younger and more flexible brand image than Hyundai and therefore doesn’t need a separate performance division, according to the chief vehicle tester and high-performance head of both companies, Albert Biermann. Ruling out a Hyundai N-style sub-brand for Kia, 30-year BMW veteran Biermann said the ambitious Korean marque “can stretch much more than the Hyundai brand”, seemingly differentiating the latter as a more conservative unit...


Kia development chief plots next-gen Soul GT
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Kia development chief plots next-gen Soul GT

The Kia Soul has ensconced itself within the hearts of senior management as a design icon, and will therefore almost certainly continue into an evolutionary third generation. Moreover, Kia’s head of vehicle testing and high-performance development – ex-BMW M executive Albert Biermann – wants to make a hotted-up one with go-kart handling...


2017 Hyundai i30 five-door will be the first model in an extended range
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2017 Hyundai i30 five-door will be the first model in an extended range

In Frankfurt for a media preview of the new 2017 Hyundai i30 ahead of its public release at the Paris motor show next month, CarAdvice learned that the five-door vehicle we saw will be only one part of an 'extended family', according to Hyundai representatives. Among those new family members will be a wagon, and what could be a more fastback coupe-like version of the hatch...


Evolutionary design changes 'dangerous', says Hyundai and Kia's Peter Schreyer
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Evolutionary design changes 'dangerous', says Hyundai and Kia's Peter Schreyer

The head of design for Kia and Hyundai says that the big changes to the look of each brand's cars from one generation to the next are a necessity for both, and that continuing a slow evolutionary design path like some other automotive manufacturers would be dangerous...


2015 Kia Optima : Diesel hybrid, wagon variant and turbo models all likely
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2015 Kia Optima : Diesel hybrid, wagon variant and turbo models all likely

The next-generation 2015 Kia Optima – which is expected to debut in 2015 – will remain true to the current car in terms of its design, but is expected to bring with it a wealth of technical changes including a high-tech diesel hybrid drivetrain, a wagon body style and new turbo models for Australia...


Kia roadster dreams shelved for higher-volume models
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Kia roadster dreams shelved for higher-volume models

Kia designer Peter Schreyer’s dream of creating a roadster has seemingly been dashed, with a leading company executive ruling out a convertible for the foreseeable future. Kia overseas marketing chief Lee Soon-nam told Automotive News the South Korean car maker needed to focus on strengthening its image and brand awareness before toying with niche models...


Kia Cub concept revealed in Seoul
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Kia Cub concept revealed in Seoul

The Kia Cub concept has made its world debut at the Seoul international motor show in Korea, revealing a turbocharged compact four-door 'coupe'. Designed in Seoul under the direction of Kia president and chief design officer Peter Schreyer, the sub-4m-long Kia Cub combines a pillar-less mid section and rearward-opening rear doors with a luxuriously trimmed four-seater cabin...


Kia Soul: all-new generation revealed
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Kia Soul: all-new generation revealed

The second-generation Kia Soul has made its debut at the 2013 New York auto show. With strong visual links to the Kia Track’ster concept unveiled at last year’s Chicago show, the all-new Kia Soul was penned in California with, according to chief designer Tom Kearns, “guidance from Peter Schreyer in Frankfurt and assistance from our studio in Korea”...


Kia GT eyeing production
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Kia GT eyeing production

The rear-wheel-drive Kia GT performance sedan concept is looking like a strong contender to become a production reality. The four-seater, four-door Kia show car revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show is arguably the South Korean brand’s most ambitious car yet. Nearly two years on at this week’s 2013 Geneva motor show, Kia’s design boss Peter Schreyer told a group of Australian media that the Kia GT may be built...


Kia, Hyundai must be separate beyond styling, says new design boss
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Kia, Hyundai must be separate beyond styling, says new design boss

The design director now responsible for both South Korean sister brands Kia and Hyundai, says their vehicles must be differentiated by more than just styling. Recently promoted from being solely responsible for design at Kia to also assuming control of the styling direction of Hyundai, Peter Schreyer is only two months into his dual role and says he does face a challenge to ensure the two brands have sufficient individuality...


Hyundai design to evolve under Schreyer
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Hyundai design to evolve under Schreyer

The new president of design at Hyundai, Peter Schreyer, is planning to evolve the Korean giant’s design rather than revolutionise it, in the same way he did with Kia. Having been in the job at Hyundai for just two weeks, Schreyer says he will need to spend time getting to know and understand Hyundai design before pushing for any change in design direction...


Peter Schreyer: 'I won't forget Kia'
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Peter Schreyer: 'I won't forget Kia'

The world's most publicised car designer, Peter Schreyer, says he won't forget Kia as he takes up his additional role as chief design officer for Hyundai. Schreyer, who currently holds the title of Kia president and chief design officer as well as president of design for Hyundai, has been largely credited with turning the Kia brand around since being appointed to the job in 2006...


Kia style guru Schreyer appointed design president for Hyundai, Kia
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Kia style guru Schreyer appointed design president for Hyundai, Kia

Hyundai has announced that Peter Schreyer, Kia's hugely successful chief design officer, will now head both Korean companies' design centres in a bid to streamline resources and create synergy between the two sister brands...


Kia designer Peter Schreyer promoted to role of president
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Kia designer Peter Schreyer promoted to role of president

Revolutionary vehicle designer Peter Schreyer has been elevated to the position of president at Kia Motors Corporation. German-born Schreyer is the first foreigner to assume the role at the South Korean company, and becomes one of three presidents at Kia in the management board headed by Hyundai-Kia Group chairman Chung Mong Koo...