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  1. 2019 Kia K900 Shown in Full Ahead of NYC Debut

    The 2019 Kia K900 has been shown in full ahead of its debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show later this month. The 2019 K900 is the new flagship luxury sedan for the Kia brand and is set to go on sale globally this year. It was styled by designers at Kia’s two global design studios in Namyang, Korea and Irvine, California and follows a minimalist ethos both inside and out. The exterior features simple, smoothed over styling and an abundance of chrome trim. The cabin is similarly minimalist and features a wrap-around dash that is intended to “cocoon” the driver and front seat passenger, Kia says. Some light details on the new K900 have also been shared by Kia. It will be 2.3 inches longer than the outgoing model, making for additional cabin and cargo space. There will also be a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster display, along with an analog clock mounted in the dashboard that is manufactured by Swiss luxury watch brand Maurice Lacroix. SEE ALSO: 2019 Kia Sorento Review and First Drive A brochure intended for the South Korean market may have also let some details on the K900’s powertrain leak out before its NYC reveal. In its home market, the K900, which is called the K9 in South Korea, will be offered with Kia’s 3.8-liter GDi V6 engine, a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6, or a 5.0-liter V8. It will also be offered with all-wheel drive, but the brochure indicated it may only be available on the V6 versions of the sedan. We’ll have full details on the 2019 Kia K900 when it debuts on March 28th. Stay tuned. Discuss this story on our Kia Forum. The post 2019 Kia K900 Shown in Full Ahead of NYC Debut appeared first on News. Lees volledige artikel
  2. Hyundai and Kia are being investigated by safety watchdog groups in the United States due to multiple reports of airbag failures in the Korean brands’ vehicles. According to Reuters, the National Highway Traffic Saftey Administration has received reports of six crashes in which six separate people were injured when the airbags failed to deploy in Hyundai and Kia cars. Four of the accidents were in 2011 Hyundai Sonata sedans, while two were in 2012 and 2013 Kia Fortes. Hyundai-Kia also said it was aware of two deaths linked to the crashes, which were reportedly the result of high-speed head on collisions. NHTSA is currently looking at recalling 425,000 2012-2013 Kia Forte and 2011 Hyundai Sonata vehicles. The airbag modules in the affected cars are supplied by German automotive supplier ZF-TRW, and the safety group is investigating whether or not the modules were used in cars from different manufacturers. SEE ALSO: Hyundai Veloster N Spotted with a Dual Clutch Transmission Last month, Hyundai recalled 154,753 Sonata sedans in the US after airbag non-deployments were linked to electrical problems in the airbag control unit. It hasn’t found a fix for that recall yet, however. In a statement, Hyundai-Kia said it has “carefully monitored the quality and safety performance of the 2012-2013 Kia Forte,” and “has not confirmed any airbag non-deployments arising from the potential chip issue,” that plagued the Sonata. It also said it will work with NHTSA on the investigation “including monitoring and conducting additional crash testing as appropriate.” More to come. [Source: Reuters] Discuss this story on our Hyundai Forum. The post Hyundai, Kia Being Investigated for Air Bag Failures appeared first on News. Lees volledige artikel
  3. [Kelley Blue Book] 2018 Kia Stinger Buyer’s Guide

    “By constantly altering which wheel(s) power flows to, based on steering input and available traction, the Stinger retains the nimble nature of a traditional rear-wheel-drive sport sedan while adding additional front-wheel grip when it benefits traction and driver control.” Click to Read More Lees volledige artikel
  4. Updated 2019 Kia Sorento Gets a $90 Price Bump

    [See image gallery at] Kia has announced U.S. pricing for the 2019 Sorento, which is available in five trim levels. The standard 2019 Kia Sorento L is priced from $26,980 including destination, marking an increase of $90 compared to the outgoing model. Powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, the Sorento now comes standard with a new seven-inch touchscreen audio head unit and a revised six-speed automatic transmission. In addition, the 2019 model receives new front and rear fascias, giving it a more sophisticated appearance. The interior is also noticeably more upscale, while adding new technology such as available Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, and a premium Harman Kardon surround sound system. More importantly, seven-passenger three-row seating is now standard across all trim levels. The 2019 Kia Sorento LX starts from $28,480 for front-wheel drive. Those looking for more performance can opt for the 3.3-liter V6 model with the Sorento LX V6 sporting a base price of $32,280 with front-wheel drive. SEE ALSO: Kia Sorento Gets a Pretty New Face for its Hollywood Debut The Sorento EX builds on the LX V6 with newly-offered projection fog lights, along with Driver Attention Warning and Lane Keeping Assist. That model has a starting price of $36,580 for front-wheel drive. Options for the Sorento EX include Parking Distance Warning – Forward, an AVN 5.0 navigation system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, and a Harman Kardon surround sound system. Slotted above the EX is the SX trim, with a price of $40,980 with front-wheel drive. That model offers optional LED headlights with High Beam Assist and Low Beam Assist. New standard equipment includes two-way powered lumbar support for the front passenger seat and a wireless phone charger, while Parking Distance Warning – Forward, the AVN 5.0 navigation system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a Harman Kardon surround sound audio system are all standard features on the Sorento SX. The range-topping Sorento SXL incorporates all of the new additions to the SX trim and adds LED headlights with High Beam Assist, Low Beam Assist, and LED fog lights as standard features. The 2019 Kia Sorento SXL starts from $45,680. All-wheel drive is available on all models except the base L for $1,800 additional. Discuss this story on our Kia Forum The post Updated 2019 Kia Sorento Gets a $90 Price Bump appeared first on News. Lees volledige artikel
  5. The 2019 Kia K900 appears to have leaked ahead of its debut, with sharp-eyed car enthusiasts photographing it on the back of a flatbed. These images were making their rounds on Twitter today and while extremely grainy, show the new K900 completely uncovered. Not surprisingly, the full-size sedan’s design stays true to the sketches Kia released earlier this month, with rounded headlights and taillights and a beltline seam splitting the car just beneath the side windows. There’s also integrated dual exhaust outlets, multi-spoke alloy wheels and an abundance of chrome trim. Kia today released a sketch of the interior of the new K900, showing a Mercedes-Benz inspired horizontal dash, along with a floating infotainment screen, digital gauge cluster and diamond-quilted leather upholstery. The full-size sedan is expected to share Hyundai/Kia’s large architecture with the Genesis G80 and G90, and should also utilize the automaker’s 3.3-liter Lambda V6. SEE ALSO: New Kia K900 Previewed in Official Design Sketch The 2019 Kia K900 is said to debut in April, but we may just see it rear its head at the 2018 New York International Auto Show later this month. Discuss this story on our Kia Forum. The post 2019 Kia K900 Photographed on the Back of a Flat Bed appeared first on News. Lees volledige artikel
  6. The 2019 Kia K900 Interior Will Look Like This

    Kia has released a design sketch showing the dashboard layout and interior of its new K900 full-size sedan. The 2019 Kia K900 will make its debut later this month at the 2018 New York Auto Show. Kia already released sketches previewing the exterior of the sedan, but this is the first time we’ve gotten a look at the redesigned cabin. While certainly not a bad thing, we sense some heavy Mercedes-Benz influence with the new K900’s interior. The diamond-quilted stitching on the doors is very Mercedes-Benz, as are the silver row of buttons located just below the floating infotainment screen – another design trend Mercedes pioneered. Other standout design features include the four-spoke steering wheel, the center console rotary dial-gear selector combo and the digital dash display. SEE ALSO: New Kia K900 Previewed in Official Design Sketch There’s no word on what platform may underpin the K900, nor what engines it may offer. It seems likely, though, that it will ride on Hyundai and Kia’s large architecture used in the current K900 and Genesis G80 and G90. Its 3.3-liter Lambda V6 engine also seems to be a good candidate to power the redesigned four-door. We’ll have full details on the new Kia K900 after its debut in NewYork later this month. Discuss this story on our Kia Forum. The post The 2019 Kia K900 Interior Will Look Like This appeared first on News. Lees volledige artikel
  7. Kia at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show

    Kia excited fans and car enthusiasts all over the world at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show with the unveiling of its latest models. The all-new Kia Ceed and Ceed Sportswagon took center stage making their world debut next to the upgraded Optima range and new Rio GT Line. Read on for more details! New Kia Ceed and Ceed Sportswagon The third-generation Ceed and Ceed Sportswagon were designed, developed, engineered, and being built in Europe. This generation sports a new naming format – with the c’eed becoming the Ceed – consolidating its reputation as a car for the Community of Europe with European Design. The all-new Ceed is lower and wider than its predecessor, boasting a striking and contemporary new design. The essence of the earlier Ceed GT and GT Line models remain through the standard ice cube LED daytime running lights. In profile, the sharp, straight lines visually lengthen the bonnet, giving the car a more upright stance. At the rear, new LED daytime running lights give the car greater visibility and recognition on the road. Straight lines in the bodywork and a subtle rear boot spoiler add stability to its overall presence. The tourer shape of the Ceed Sportswagon ensures more cargo capacity. Buyers will have a wide choice of powertrains for both the Ceed and Ceed Sportswagon – all engines paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Behind the wheel, the Drive Mode Select system enables drivers to tailor engine and steering characteristics with Normal and Sport modes. The Ceed is also equipped with Kia’s latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) featuring a new Driver Attention Warning (DAW) system, High Beam Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and Forward Collision Warning with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist. The Upgraded Optima The upgraded Optima sedan and Sportswagon offer two new powertrain options: Kia’s all-new U3 1.6 liter CRDi diesel engine and a new 1.6 liter T-GDi engine, both paired with a seven-speed double-clutch transmission. Modifications of its exterior design include revised bumper designs, new LED tail-lamps, and a revised head and fog lamp design. Kia’s signature tiger-nose grille is now finished in bright chrome, creating a more sophisticated appearance. The design of the Optima GT Line and high-performance Optima GT are also upgraded with new LED fog lamps, 18-inch aluminium alloy wheel designs, and subtle gloss black mirror caps, side sills, and air intake grille, giving them a greater road presence. GT Line models are distinguished by new dual twin exhausts from the chrome twin exhaust tips fitted for the Optima GT. The Optima also features Kia’s latest touchscreen infotainment system and ADAS. New Rio GT Line The Rio is the latest Kia model to be available with GT Line specifications. Similar to other GT Line models in the Kia line-up, the Rio GT Line features a stylish exterior design with upgrades including a gloss-black and chrome tiger-nose grille, a new 17-inch alloy wheel design, ice cube and LED fog lamps. The exterior is finished with twin exhaust tips, LED daytime running lights, chrome window trim, a gloss black roof spoiler, and sill highlights. And with one of the most spacious cabins in its class, the Rio features a split-level boot floor, enabling owners to change its height to fit items under the floor and prevent them from rolling around. The Rio GT Line is currently powered by Kia’s lightweight 1.0 liter T-GDi engine with either 100 or 120 ps and manual transmission. However, the 120 ps 1.0 liter Y-GDi engine will be available with a seven-speed double-clutch transmission later in the year. 1.2 and 1.4 liter gasoline engines also will be available in GT Line specifications in this time-frame as well. The new Rio is the safest B-segment car Kia has ever made, featuring an Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) body construction with six airbags fitted as standard. With a five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating when fitted with optional ADAS technology, the Rio offers Forward Collision-avoidance Assist with pedestrian recognition. Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) will also be available later this year. Kia’s exciting new launches will be on display, along with many other Kia vehicles, at the Geneva International Motor Show at Palexpo, Le Grand-Saconnex in Switzerland until the 18th of March. Make sure you stay tuned as Kia continues to surprise! Lees volledige artikel
  8. [AutoTrends] At a Glance: 2019 Kia Forte

    “Those ported design elements provide the Forte with perhaps the most handsome sheet metal amongst small cars, something certain to capture the attention of car shoppers.” Click to Read More Lees volledige artikel
  9. Smart tips for night time driving

    Driving at night, or in other dark conditions, can prove to be very difficult and dangerous. To ensure a safe and pleasurable evening drive, we’ve put together a short checklist of things you should keep in mind while driving. In part, we introduce you to how the Kia LED Full Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFLS) can improve your nighttime driving experience*. This system combines full LED lamps and Adaptive Full LED Headlamps that allow the angle of the beam to change, avoiding visibility impairment of oncoming vehicles, provide optimal beam patterns according to the speed of the vehicle to make your drive safer and more comfortable. Continue reading for more tips! Use your high beams High beams are most often associated with obstructing oncoming drivers’ vision but this does not mean that you should avoid using them altogether. High beams can extend your visibility range most effectively in clear weather conditions. Carefully choose to use your high beams in the rain, snow, or fog because they tend to reflect away from the car when there is moisture on the road, instead of reflecting back to give you more visibility. Watch video! With Kia, you no longer have to be concerned about when and where to turn on/off your high beams with the high beam assist. A camera installed on the windshield of your Kia senses ambient lighting and the brightness of other cars, automatically adjusting your high beam to improve your night-time drive. Avoid oncoming vehicle’s headlights And vice versa – make sure you avoid staring into the oncoming vehicle’s headlights. Being human, your eyes are naturally attracted to light, which can be very dangerous for night time drivers. Although headlights probably won’t blind you, they will ruin any night vision you may have developed or are developing while driving in the dark.. After looking at the headlights, your eyes will have to adjust to the darkness again – this can easily be avoided by looking at the shoulder of the road as the car passes. Don’t overdrive your lights Over-driving your headlights occurs when you are driving much faster than your brain is able to process what is actually being illuminated by the lights, leading you to believe that you are seeing much farther than you actually can. This can be a dangerous situation where you do not give yourself enough time to make a safe stop. Speed limits on roads are generally set based on daytime driving conditions – when roads are clearly lit by the sun and your range of visibility is much greater than it is in the dark, giving you much more time to react to a hazard. So make sure to be extra careful of your speed when driving at night. Watch video! Better yet, let the low beam assist-dynamic help you by adjusting your vehicle’s low beam pattern according to your speed, giving you better visibility. This system will improve your visibility to your right and left when you drive at 40km/h or slower, ensure the visibility of on-coming traffic and your own when driving between 40km/h to 110km/h, and increase your visibility range in all directions when going 110km/h or faster. The pattern of the low beam will also adjust according to the direction of the steering wheel and the speed of your car in any drive mode with the dynamic bending light. The most important part of driving, whether at night or day, is staying safe. Was our shortlist helpful? Perhaps you have some tips of your own. Share with us your night time driving tips in comments below! *Specifications may differ by region Lees volledige artikel
  10. The next Kia K900 has been previewed in an official design sketch released by the Korean automaker this week. The new K900 was designed by experts at both Kia’s global design headquarters in Namyang, Korea and the brand’s US design studio in Irvine, California. Some standout details on the new sedan, according to Kia, include the ‘Quadric pattern’ grille, which it says has 176 jewel-shaped cells, along with the ‘Duplex comet’ headlamps and various chrome trim. SEE ALSO: Kia Stinger GT Already has a Limited Edition Model The new K900 will go on sale in the second quarter of 2018 following a debut that will likely occur at the 2018 New York International Auto Show later this month. There’s no word on the platform or engine lineup, but it seems likely it will ride on Hyundai and Kia’s large architecture used in the current K900 and Genesis G80 and G90. Its 3.3-liter Lambda V6 engine also seems to be a likely candidate to power the redesigned four-door. We’ll have full details on the new Kia K900 after its upcoming debut. Discuss this story on our Kia Forums. The post New Kia K900 Previewed in Official Design Sketch appeared first on News. Lees volledige artikel
  11. [See image gallery at] Kia is celebrating its cross-Atlantic collaboration on the development of the Stinger with a special edition model. The development of the Stinger sports sedan was a joint effort between the U.S. and Germany, and it stole the show as‘s 2018 Car of the Year. According to Kia, the Stinger has ushered in a new era for the brand, and now there’s a limited-edition Stinger GT Atlantica to celebrate. Limited to 500 units, the Atlantica special edition model is based on the Stinger GT2 AWD and wears a Deep Chroma Blue metallic paint job. It wears 19-inch wheels that come directly from the European Stinger, while the large-font Stinger badge across the rear deck lid is inherited from the Korean-spec vehicle. SEE ALSO: Kia Stinger Wins 2018 Car of the Year Award Inside the cabin is an exclusive Espresso Brown Nappa leather interior, contrasted by a rich black suede-type headliner. Unique features of the limited edition model include a Surround View Monitor, a wireless phone charger, and heated rear outboard seats. There are also three Stinger Atlantica badges, one on the front center console, and two flanking both front fenders. Lastly, an exclusive numbered badge will be found inside and outside. The Kia Stinger GT Atlantica is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. this summer, with pricing announced closer to its release. “We recognize Stinger is something special and wanted to commemorate the 2019 model year with a stand-out variant,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America. “Out of the box, the Stinger is a tried-and-true sport sedan with much of its development taking place on Germany’s grueling Nürburgring race circuit. The Atlantica edition introduces more European flare while distinguishing itself with exclusive badging and features not previously offered by Kia in the U.S. market.” Discuss this story on our Kia Stinger Forum The post Kia Stinger GT Already has a Limited Edition Model appeared first on News. Lees volledige artikel
  12. “The SP SUV concept – showcased here in a bright orange and white combination, is quite the looker.” Click to Read More Lees volledige artikel
  13. Get the Flash Player to see this player. The Mazda CX-5 has won the 2018 Utility Vehicle of the Year award, but here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how the editors came to that decision. The Mazda CX-5 won the most points in’s scoring against a field of extremely competitive crossovers and SUVs: The 2018 Volvo XC60, Subaru Crosstrek, Jeep Wrangler, and Kia Niro. Of course, these vehicles weren’t scored against each other, rather were evaluated in regards to how they stacked up against their natural competitors in their respective segments. This video gives some insight into how the Mazda CX-5 won and where the other contenders might have fallen behind in scoring. This video was recorded live on Facebook, so the editors were able to answer questions from the audience. Discuss this article on our Mazda CX-5 Forum The post Watch Our Editors Debate the 2018 Utility Vehicle of the Year Contenders appeared first on News. Lees volledige artikel
  14. 2018 iF Design Awards – three trophies for Kia

    The Kia Stinger fastback sports sedan, Stonic compact crossover, and Picanto city car brought home three prestigious ‘iF design’ Awards for 2018. Since its launch in 1953, the iF design Award has been one of the world’s most important prizes for excellence in design. The award originates from the Formergrechte Industrieerzeugnisse (Good Industrial Design) product shows initiated by the Hannover Messe and is now one of the world’s largest design competitions. This year, the iF design Award 2018 received a total number of 6,402 product submissions from 54 countries to be judged by an independent international jury of 63 design experts. The awards are presented across seven categories: product, packaging, communication, service design/UX, architecture, interior design, and professional concept. The three new Kia models were awarded in the product design category. Designed at Kia’s European design centre in Frankfurt, Germany, the Stinger’s combination of classic gran turismo design with a spacious, comfortable interior won the praise of the judges. It takes inspiration from the grand tourers of the 1970s, featuring elegant fastback proportions and a muscular ‘coke bottle’ shape down its flanks, highlighting its rear-wheel-biased power delivery. The Stonic, Kia’s debut compact crossover also designed in Frankfurt, snagged the second award for Kia with its striking and bold exterior design, combined with an elevated seating position and practical SUV format. The Stonic is the most customizable Kia ever, offering customers a wide variation of two-tone paint combinations and interior colors. And last but certainly not least, Kia’s smallest car – the third-generation Picanto – took home the third of the prizes for its youthful and energetic character within A-segment vehicles. This compact car boasts a distinctive new design and high-quality, high-tech cabin, with huge potential for customization and plenty of space. This year marks the second consecutive year that Kia has won three iF awards and the ninth consecutive year receiving at least one. The three awards of 2018 brings the total number of iF design prizes to 15. With continued focus and dedication on design, we hope to steadily increase this number throughout the upcoming years. So make sure you stay tuned and keep your eyes peeled for the evolution of Kia’s designs! Lees volledige artikel
  15. “The artfully rendered climate controls are unique to the Rio, unshared with other Kias and adding visual zest. Compared to many modern automobiles, the Rio’s relative simplicity is delightful.” Click to Read More Lees volledige artikel