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2013 Kia Sorento announced

2013 Kia Sorento

Earlier this week, the Korean automaker Kia has unveiled the 2013 Sorento which has been modestly updated. What did Kia change? Well, a more prominent front fascia, 17-inch alloy wheels and body color accents. The more expensive SX version brings bigger 18-inch alloys, LED taillights and a chromed exhaust tip.

2013 Kia Sorento

Inside the cabin of the SUV it comes as standard with power windows, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel and air conditioning. Some of the new options available for the Sorento include a Convenience Plus Package that brings 8-way power driver’s seat, along with a first aid kit, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an UVO infotainment system.

2013 Kia Sorento

The 2013 Kia Sorento EX has dual-zone climate control and leather seats in the standard configuration, while the more premium SX adds illuminated scuff plates, stainless steel pedals and heated/cooled front seats.

2013 Kia Sorento

Customers will be able to pick from one of the following three engines: a 4-cylinder 2.4-liter MPI with 175 hp (177 PS / 131 kW) and 169 lb.-ft (229 Nm) of torque; a 4-cylinder 2.4-liter GDI that produces 191 hp (194 PS / 142 kW) and 181 lb.-ft (245 Nm); along with a beefier V6 3.5-liter that generates 276 hp (280 PS / 206 kW) and a peak torque of 248 lb.-ft (336 Nm).

2013 Kia Sorento

All three engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. As standard, the 2013 Kia Sorento comes with a front-wheel drive configuration, while the AWD system will cost you extra.

Source: KIA

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2013 Kia Cee’d goes official

2013 Kia cee'd

Kia has big plans for the new generation of the cee’d since this model is the company’s best-selling car in Europe. Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the all-new cee’d brings interior and exterior updates, more powerful engines and more goodies in the cabin.

2013 Kia cee'd

The front end of the new generation has an entirely different look, with a different style for the headlights that now feature integrated LED daytime running lights (mandatory in EU), along with a new look for the front bumper that includes fog lights. The hood too has also been modified, while at the back the taillights are way nicer than what the outgoing model has. The rear bumper has been updated as well.

2013 Kia cee'd

Compared to the model it replaces, the new Kia cee’d is 10 mm lower and 50 mm longer. The body is 10 mm narrower and the track is wider (17 mm front / 32 mm rear). Thanks to these modifications, the car is now more aerodynamic (Cd 0.30) while inside the cabin it offers 21 mm more leg room and 12 mm more head room. In addition, the shoulder room in the back has increased by 5 mm. The cargo room is also up by 40 liters, for a grand total of 380 liters.

2013 Kia cee'd

Some of the goodies available for the new cee’d include multi-mode trip computer, telescopic steering wheel adjustment, USB/iPod/AUX connectivity along with a bunch of optional features, such as dual-zone climate control, TFT “Supervision” Cluster, a large panoramic glass roof as well as powered adjustments for the driver’s seat.

2013 Kia cee'd

Safety-wise, the 2013 Kia cee’d comes with six airbags, ABS with BAS, PPAS – Parallel Park Assist System, HAC – Hill Assist control, ESS – Emergency Stop Signal, VSM – Vehicle Stability Management and ESP. Keep in mind that some of these safety features are an optional feature.

2013 Kia cee'd

In Geneva, Kia also brought the SW version of the cee’d, while the three-door pro cee’d will be launched later on this year.

Source: KIA

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Kia Cee’d unveiled before Geneva debut

2012 Kia Cee'd

The Korean automaker Kia has published new photos of the all-new generation of the Cee’d which is scheduled to make its public debut next month during the Geneva Motor Show. The five-door hatchback has been developed for the European market and borrows a few of the styling ideas implemented in the new versions of the Rio and Optima models.

2012 Kia Cee'd

Compared to the Optima, the new wing-shaped grille in the Cee’d is more rounded, while the upswept lower front valence and the sculpted bonnet look similar. The new generation of the model brings wraparound headlamps as well as LED daytime running lights which as far as we know are now mandatory in the European Union.

2012 Kia Cee'd

In comparison to the model it replaces, the new Cee’d is longer, lower and wider, but the wheelbase has remained the same, resulting in a sporty profile that we totally like. As far as the interior cabin is concerned, Kia has focused on implementing materials of higher quality compared to the outgoing model, along with improving switchgear and enhancing driving position ergonomics. In addition, the new version of the hatchback will be offered with touchscreen technology for the more expensive versions of the car.

2012 Kia Cee'd

We don’t have any official details about the engines that will power the new generation of the Cee’d but it’s safe to assume that the car will be getting a lineup of 4-cylinder gasoline and diesel power units, along with both manual and automatic transmissions. We will be able to provide more information in March when the car will make an appearance at the Geneva show.

2012 Kia Cee'd

We are also eager to find out how the three-door version of the Cee’d looks like. Known as the pro cee’d, the sportier model will probably be launched later on this year. If we look at the differences between the hatchback and the three-door version of the current Cee’d, the new pro cee’d will probably look even more attractive than the model that it will be replacing.

Source: Kia via Motor Authority

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Chicago Auto Show – KIA Optima SX Limited

Kia Optima SX Limited

At this year’s edition of the Chicago Motor Show, the Korean automaker Kia has launched the Optima SX Limited which will feature additional chrome trim, LED daytime running lights, bespoke 18-inch alloys and red brake calipers.

Kia Optima SX Limited

Inside the cabin we find Nappa leather seats, a new headliner and wood trim. Also on board are heated and cooled front seats, illuminated scuff plates, panoramic sunroof and a navigation system with backup camera.

The Kia Optima SX Limited is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that pumps out 274 hp (278 PS / 204 kW) and 269 lb.-ft (364 Nm) of torque.

Kia Optima SX Limited

It is scheduled to hit the dealerships in the United States next month for a base price of $34,900.

Source: Kia

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Three-door Kia Rio priced from 9,995 pounds

3-door Kia Rio

The Korean carmaker Kia has introduced the three-door version of the Rio model in United Kingdom where it will cost 600 pounds less than its five-door sibling. Priced from 9,995 pounds, the car is offered with the same engines and trim levels as its five-door cousin, a model that was launched back in September 2011.

3-door Kia Rio

The 1.25-liter Kappa power unit pumps out 83 hp and 89 lb.-ft of torque, and it is the same engine that motivates the tiny Picanto model. It has CO2 emissions of 114 g/km and can return 56.5 mpg UK in the combined cycle.

3-door Kia Rio

It can also be ordered with a bigger 1.4-liter Gamma engine that produces 107 hp and 101 lb.-ft of torque. With this engine, the three-door Kia Rio returns 51.4 mpg UK and has CO2 emissions of 128 g/km. This version of the Rio can be ordered with an automatic transmission, but with this one it can return only 44.1 mpg UK.

3-door Kia Rio

Those of you who prefer diesels, there’s a 1.1-liter CRDi engine that generates 74 hp and a maximum torque of 125 lb.-ft. This version of the Rio returns an impressive 74.3 mpg UK and 99 g/km of CO2. Also available is a beefier 1.4-liter CRDi with 89 hp and 162 lb.-ft of torque, emitting 105 g/km of CO2 and returning 70.6 mpg UK.

3-door Kia Rio

The Rios fitted with a diesel engine are also available in the EcoDynamics trim that packs a rear spoiler, gearshift indicator, a drag-reducing front grille, low rolling resistance tires and the stop/start technology.

3-door Kia Rio

The 3-door Kia Rio is available in four trim grades, named 1, 1 Air, 2 and 3. The car has the same dimensions as the 5-door version, with a length of 4045 mm, a width of 1720 mm and a height of 1455 mm, while the wheelbase measures 2570 mm.

3-door Kia Rio

The cheapest version of the Kia Rio is the 1.2-liter gasoline model in the 1 trim which will set you back 9995 pounds. The most expensive one is the 1.4 CRDi EcoDynamics 3 that carries a retail price tag of 14,295 pounds.

Source: Kia

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2012 Kia Ray EV announced

2012 Kia Ray EV

The car you see in these pictures is the first EV coming from Korea and it will stay there because Kia has announced that for next year all of the 2,500 units of the Ray EV will be sold on the local market for public offices and government agencies. This boxy electrical car follows the footsteps of the all-new Ray CUV with a tiny 1.0-liter power unit that came out last month in Korea. This is going to be the first car in the world which will be assembled on the same production lines as the regular Ray models.

2012 Kia Ray EV

The 2012 Ray EV features a high capacity 16.4 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery that has been installed under the rear seat and cabin floor and it powers a 50 kW electric motor in order to generate 123 lb.-ft (167 Nm) of torque. That electric motor is capable of achieving a 93% efficiency which according to the automaker is the best in this class.

2012 Kia Ray EV

Compared to the gasoline version of the car, the electric Ray is 412 lbs (187 kg) heavier and it needs 15.9 seconds to do the 0-62 mph sprint, en route to a maximum speed of 81 mph (130 km/h). Recharging the battery at a maximum level takes 6 hours through a regular 220V outlet and only 25 minutes in the fast-charging mode which gives the car a maximum range of 86 miles (139 km).

2012 Kia Ray EV

The car has been fitted with a recharging station locator that can find the closest station thanks to the use of the navigation system. At the moment, there are 500 slow/fast recharge stations in Korea and the plans are to increase this figure to 3,100 by 2013.

2012 Kia Ray EV

Other goodies of the Ray EV would have to be the Virtual Engine Sound system for speeds below 12 mph (20 km/h), a regenerative braking system, two inlet charging ports installed in the car’s front grille, Hill Assist Control for preventing roll-back, along with a fuel filler cap for normal and fast charging.

2012 Kia Ray EV

There are no details at the moment regarding the availability of the car outside its homeland.

Source: Kia via WCF

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Kia Ray announced

Kia Ray

With the introduction of the Ray model, Kia wants to take a piece of the city car pie in its homeland. This A-segment “practical and innovative” model will be available starting with the spring of next year in Korea and it will cost somewhere around 7000 pounds.

We don’t know for sure which engines will be available for the Ray, but most likely it will get the 3-cylinder 1.0-liter and 4-cylinder 1.25-liter units from the new Picanto. Due to the more stringent emission targets, Kia will probably launch an electric version of the Ray in 2013 when these new regulations will kick in.

Kia Ray

According to the journalists from Autocar, the Ray is not based on the Picanto platform but most likely it will borrow a lot of the hardware in order to lower the production costs as much as possible. On the outside, the car looks quite boxy and comes with the company’s signature chrome-rimmed radiator grille while the headlamps house the LED daytime running lights.

To permit an easy entry inside the car, Kia has fitted the Ray with a rear sliding door on the passenger side while on the driver’s side there’s a regular rear door. Out in the back this city car has vertical bumper reflectors and LED lights.

We don’t have any information about the possibility of this model to reach other markets, but most likely it will probably be sold in China in a few years.

Source: Kia via Autocar

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2012 Kia Rio Sedan priced from $14,150

2012 Kia Rio Sedan

Approximately one month ago Kia revealed the price list for the 2012 Rio hatchback and this week they’ve published the same information about its sedan sibling which costs from $14,150, including the $750 destination fee. This means that the sedan is $200 more affordable than the hatchback if you opt for the entry-level model that comes with a manual transmission. If changing gears is not your thing, you can opt for the automatic gearbox version that will set you back at least $15,250.

2012 Kia Rio Sedan

The 2012 Kia Rio Sedan can be ordered in one of the three trim levels available: LX, EX and SX, all of them which are powered by the same 1.6-liter GDI, 4-cylinder engine that outputs 138 hp. This engine is linked as standard to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic.

2012 Kia Rio Sedan

According to the estimations made by EPA, the car is able to return 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Next year, the automaker will implement the Idle Stop and Go system which should be able to improve fuel efficiency.

2012 Kia Rio Sedan

Some of the standard features of the car include electric power steering, air conditioning, SiriusXM satellite radio with three months of complimentary service, MP3 audio system with USB and AUX, along with ESC, ABS, Vehicle Stability Management and Hill-start Assist Control.

2012 Kia Rio Sedan

The high-end Rio Sedan EX is available starting with $18,250 and comes with extra goodies like LED front accents and taillights, metal pedals, a steering wheel and shift knob wrapped around in leather, bespoke meter cluster, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, power-folding mirrors, along with a voice-activated infotainment system that has a rear view camera.

Source: Kia via Carscoop

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Top-spec Kia Cee’d Launched In UK

Kia Cee'd "4"

The Korean car manufacture Kia has unveiled this week the top-spec trim level of its popular Cee’d model. The new “4” trim level costs from 19,195 pounds for the hatchback model while the SW version is a little bit more expensive, priced at 20,345 pounds.

What you’ll get if you order this version is a leather interior, cruise control, a 7-inch color touchscreen satellite navigation system, color revising camera, along with exterior goodies like tinted rear windows, black bezel headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The car’s 1.6 CRDi diesel engine has been tweaked and it now produces 126 hp, up by 13 hp from the previous 113 hp. As standard, the power unit is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, while for 1,100 pounds more you can order your Cee’d  SW with a 4-speed automatic transmission. Keep in mind that this is available only for the estate version.

Fitted with the manual gearbox, the Cee’d “4” will be able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 10.6 seconds for the hatchback and 10.8 seconds for the SW, while top speed is 122 mph. Regarding fuel consumption, the hatchback manages to return 62.8 mpg UK while the CO2 emissions stand at 119 g/km. The estate model returns 48.7 mpg UK (20% less than the hatchback) and has CO2 emissions of 154 g/km.

Source: Kia via Autocar

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5-door 2011 U.S.-spec Kia Rio Priced From $14,350

U.S.-spec Kia Rio

The five-door version of the U.S.-spec Kia Rio was unveiled earlier this year at the New York International Auto Show along with its 4-door sedan sibling. The hatchback is going to have a starting price in the United States of $13,600, without taking into consideration the $750 destination & handling charge. For this money you’ll get the model fitted with the manual gearbox. If you don’t want to change gears, the automatic transmission model starts from $15,450 (including fees). The top-spec SX will set you back $18,750 (including fees).

The U.S.-spec Kia Rio is available in three trim levels: entry-level LX, mid-level EX and the aforementioned high-end SX. The cheapest one will have electric power steering, air conditioning, audio system with USB + SiriusXM satellite radio, ESC – Electronic Stability Control, HAC – Hill-start Assist Control, VSM – Vehicle Stability Management and ABS.

Regardless of the trim level, all the Rios get a 1.6-liter GDI 4-cylinder engine that produces 138 hp and manage to return 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. An optional feature for the Rio is the ISG start/stop technology that improves fuel economy in the city to 31 mpg while on the highway the figure remains the same.

Source: Kia via Carscoop

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2012 Kia Soul Debuts At Frankfurt Motor Show

Kia Soul

The Korean automaker Kia has brought to this year’s edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show a fresh new version of its funky Soul model that brings additional engine options, a higher specification, along with a more premium interior cabin.

Kia Soul

Clients will be able to order it with either a 1.6-liter engine that fires 140 hp and has a peak torque of 122 lb.-ft @ 4,850 or a CRDI diesel that churns 128 hp and 192 lb.-ft. In the vast majority of the European markets, the 2012 Kia Soul will be available with the new 6-speed manual gearbox or an automatic transmission. Moreover, the company offers the optional EcoDynamics pack that includes a stop/start system and alternator management which promises to shave off the CO2 emissions to 139 g/km for the gasoline engine and 125 g/km for the diesel.

Kia Soul

As far as the design is concerned, the Soul will have a 15mm longer nose compared to the outgoing model, which makes the car 4120 mm long. It has larger fog lamps and a bigger front air intake, while the alloys measure 18 inches. Aside from these changes, the car gets redesigned side mirrors and updated door handles.

Kia Soul

At the back, the new Soul’s black-painted bumper inset panel has been extended while the fog lamps have been repositioned. As standard, it has twin-bulb headlamps that have black bezels along with twin-bulb daytime running lights. The more expensive models come with LED lights for both the front and back.

Kia Soul

The interior cabin now has a refreshed center console with circular-type LCD heater controls. Clients will be able to choose from a wider selection of interior fabrics while the higher-spec variants will benefit from a hi-def instrument cluster.

The car is scheduled to hit the market in October.

Source: Kia via Autocar

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Kia Brings To Frankfurt Its Three-door Version Of The Rio

2012 Kia Rio

The Korean automaker Kia showcases this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show its 3-door version of the all-new Rio model. Just like its more practical brother, this one has been created primarily with the European consumer in mind. It has the exact same dimensions as the 5-door model, measuring 4,045 mm long, 1,720 mm wide and it is 1,455 mm tall, while the wheelbase is 2,570 mm.

2012 Kia Rio

In most of the markets where the car will be launched, it will share the same engines and equipment as the 5-door version. Clients will get to choose from one of the four 3- and 4-cylinder engines that produce between 75 and 109 hp. With the most powerful engine in the lineup, the 3-door Kia Rio will be able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 11.5 seconds, en route to a maximum speed of 114 mph (183 km/h).

2012 Kia Rio

The most frugal model will be the one fitted with the EcoDynamics diesel engine that will be capable of returning 73.5 mpg (88.2 mpg UK or 3.2 liters / 100 km) and CO2 emissions of only 85 g/km.

2012 Kia Rio

Kia said that the new 3-door version will account for approximately a quarter of all the Rios sold in Europe.

Source: Kia via Carscoop

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Kia GT Concept Confirmed For 2013 Production

Kia GT Concept

Kia is making a very bold appearance at this year’s edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show, showing its most interesting model in the company’s entire history, the GT concept. The Korean automaker stated today that the car will spawn into a production version which will be out in 2013 and they also said that they’re working on a hot version of the popular Cee’d.

Kia GT Concept

This stunning GT Concept is powered by a turbocharged V6 3.3-liter gasoline engine that fires 390 hp and has a peak torque of 394 lb.-ft. All of those ponies are sent to the back wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Kia GT Concept

The concept was born in the company’s Frankfurt design studio and offers us a glimpse about the automaker’s upcoming expansion plans. The GT has a very bold front-end that incorporates the firm’s new “Schreyer grille”. Other than that, it features heavily sculpted sides, a gently sloping roofline and a very interesting design for the taillights.

Kia GT Concept

Next year at the Detroit Motor Show, Kia will exhibit a drop-top version of its funky Soul model while in Geneva they’ll bring a small FWD roadster which will be based on the mechanicals of the aforementioned Cee’d. This week at Frankfurt, the Korean automaker will exhibit the facelift version of the Soul and the 3-door Rio.

Source: Kia via Autocar

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Current Generation of Telematics is not enough for Kia

2012 Kia UVO for US can be considered a success and there is no reason to question this, as it provides a wide range of options based on voice-commanding. In this context, although hard to believe, Kia is determined not to waste time and returns to the lab, decided to come up with a second-gen UVO interface which not to require a smartphone to become functional and which to be suitable for all its markets.

The car would feature a screen, like a tablet computer, and allows the user to choose from a series of icons and screens. In addition to this, the system will be fully voice controlled, will provide the option of downloading applications. According to Kia’s representatives, the information could be accessed by only using a paired phone; unlike UVO, the smartphone connection remains optional.

“You can hook your phone up and integrate your phone into it, but the phone is not necessary for this system to operate. (…) (But) if you hook your smartphone up to it, you can view the contents of what’s on your cell phone on the touchscreen.” said Kia spokesman Michael Choo.

The good news is that this new technology should be available into all Kia’s international markets, although it was developed specifically for the United States.
“As of now, UVO is only for North America, whereas the next-generation is intended to be globally applicable.” (Choo)

So, Kia’s new telematics is currently in the works, so we will probably find out more details in time.

What do you think about such a development for Kia?

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Kia Rio Priced From 10,595 Pounds

2012 Kia Rio


Set to go on sale in the UK next month, the fourth generation of the Kia Rio has a starting price of 10,595 pounds for the 1.25 “1” model while the top-spec 1.4 CRDi “3” EcoDynamics will set you back at least 14,895 pounds. At first, the car will be available in only a 5-door configuration but in the beginning of next year a 3-door variant will be launched.

2012 Kia Rio


The car will have to face some serious competition coming from the Fiat Punto EVO, the Vauxhall Corsa and the Ford Fiesta, but I’m sure that it will do one hello a job thanks to its very good price tag and great looks.

2012 Kia Rio


UK customers will be able to choose from one of the four engines that are going to be available, two gasoline units and another two which will run on Devil’s fuel. The smallest gasoline engine is a 1.25-liter Kappa unit that produces 83 hp and a peak torque of 121 Nm, while the beefier 1.4-liter Gamma engine unleashes 107 hp and 137 Nm of torque.

2012 Kia Rio


The first diesel available is a tiny 1.1-liter CRDi with 74 hp and a peak torque of 170 Nm, an engine that manages to return up to 88.3 mpg UK. The other one, a 1.4-liter CRDi unit generates 89 hp and 220 Nm and returns up to 70.6 mpg UK. These two diesel models will be equipped with the company’s EcoDynamics package of fuel-saving technologies, like the low rolling resistance tires, stop/go system, gearshift indicator, drag-reducing front grille and a rear spoiler.

2012 Kia Rio


The 2012 Kia Rio will be available in three trim levels, starting with the entry-level “1” model that will feature a height-adjustable driver’s seat, front electric windows, trip computer, two-way steering column adjustment (only for the gasoline versions, while the diesels get height-adjustable only), split folding rear seats, Bluetooth (gasoline models only) and RDS radio with CD player, AUX and USB ports, with support for MP3 files.

2012 Kia Rio


If you opt for the “1 Air” you get AC, while the mid-range “2” variants come with bigger 16-incy alloy wheels, chrome radiator grill surround, front fog lights, a bespoke interior trim, cooling glove box, rear electric windows, electrically-adjustable heated & folding door mirrors with side repeaters, a center console armrest, while the gearshift and the steering wheel will be wrapped around in leather.
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The top-spec “3” will come with 17-inch alloys that have low-profile tires, automatic AC, LED daytime running lights & rear combination lamps, cruise control, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlights, six speakers and heated front seats.

Source: Kia

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