Kia has unveiled the all-new 2017 Kia Sportage at the LA Auto Show. The new Sportage has a much stiffer structure, new suspension, and advanced driver assistance systems. The Sportage is offered with intelligent AWD systems and a slew of new driver assistive tech inside. The driver assistance and safety features include autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, and rear cross traffic alert.
Kia has teased a coming car model that will be a stand-alone hybrid just as the Prius is a standalone hybrid for Toyota. The Niro will be larger than the Prius and is a crossover with room for people and stuff. Kia already has a hybrid version of the Optima, but the Niro will be offered in hybrid form only rather than being an electrified version of an existing car.
Fourteen years ago, Kia was last on J.D. Power's quality survey; today, it's second behind Porsche. That's a big deal, but what does it have to do with the new 2016 Optima? Turns out, pretty much everything, inside and out. It's Kia's best-selling vehicle for the past three consecutive years, not to mention its first model to top the 150,000 yearly sales mark, with demand up 480-percent versus 2010.
A mobile photo editing studio with slide-out seating, a mud-loving off-road buggy, and a sensible sedan turned chopped custom: Kia has gone a little crazy for SEMA 2015. The Korean car company, celebrating its fourteen year rise from the bottom of the J.D. Power rankings to its current spot in second place - just behind Porsche, fact-fans - has brought a quartet of new one-offs to the annual custom car show in Las Vegas, some more ridiculous than others.
Kia has unveiled a car that it will be showing off at SEMA and it may be a bit too crazy for a lot of SEMA show car fans. The car started life as a normal 2016 Optima and they had its top removed for some open air cruising. Kia says that to make up for the loss of rigidity, the car has extra steel reinforcements to keep the body ridged.
This week Kia is showing off a few images and behind-the-scenes video with a vehicle that'll be detailed in full at SEMA. This vehicle will be one of six "highly customized, hand-built concepts, each showcasing unique geographic regions found throughout the country." The Forte Koup Mud Bogger's region of choice is the American South "and the inexplicable joy of getting dirty on four wheels."
The Frankfurt Auto Show is kicking off on September 15 and at the show, Kia will unveil its all-new Sportage SUV. This will be the fourth generation of the Sportage and it looks very different from the first generation of the car. The biggest change to the front-end design of the SUV is that the headlights are no longer part of the grille. They are now up on the edges of the fender and remind a bit of the Nissan Juke.
When it comes to refreshing your best-selling model, you could be forgiven for playing it safe, but Kia is taking the tech approach with the 2016 Optima. Longer and wider than the outgoing model, not to mention with a more distinctive exterior design, it's also Kia's first shipping car with Android Auto support. The gadgetry doesn't stop there, however, as the South Korean firm takes on its American rivals like Chevy and Ford.
In a span of a decade, Korean car maker Kia went from almost a nobody to someone that people took notice of. That success is attributed in no small part to the Optima, which has become Kia's poster boy since then. But the first Optima is five years old and long overdue a refresh. Given it's importance of the name, Kia undoubtedly feels pressured to replicate that success in the successor as well. With these pair of renders of the new Optima, however, Kia might have very little to worry about.
Kia has announced plans to recall its Soul SUV due to a bendy gas pedal, which can end up bending or breaking when the car is being driven. It's a fairly large recall at about 209,000 vehicles, but still smaller than some of the other automotive recall numbers we've seen thus far this year. Both the Soul and its electric counterpart have been included in the recall, both of them of the 2014 and 2015 model years. Fortunately, there are no known injuries or wrecks that have resulted from this problem.
Electric cars may more commonly be found prowling the city streets than out in the wild, but Kia thinks its Trail'ster electric all-wheel-drive concept is just the thing to get millennials muddy. Shown off at the Chicago Auto Show this week, the chunky car takes not one but two powertrains into the wilderness. Dubbed e-AWD by Kia, a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is joined by electric engines at the rear for extra traction in the mud and snow, while inside the materials have gotten more rugged to match the new body kit.