January 23, 2012 |
Kia will recall almost 150,000 older Optima sedans and Rondo crossover utility vehicles because of a defect that could prevent the driver's side airbag from deploying in a collision, the company said. The South Korean automaker said the recall includes 2006-2008 Optimas and Rondos from the 2007-2008 model years. The company no longer sells the Rondo. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that the clock-spring assembly used in the airbag system can become damaged over time and prevent the airbag from deploying. The problem triggers the airbag warning light to go on in an affected vehicle, according to Kia. Drivers of cars that don't have the warning light illuminated have a functioning airbag, according to the automaker.
December 23, 2013 |
Lexus and Kia are just the latest automakers to offer a peek behind the curtain for their plans at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Lexus, Toyota's fancy division, has confirmed what we originally suspected earlier this month: it will use the 2014 Detroit Auto Show to unveil a high-performance F version of its yet-to-be-released RC Coupe. Lexus hasn't revealed details about the unnamed variant, but it will build on the base RC Coupe unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in November.
November 20, 2013 |
Using a city known for luxury living as a backdrop, Kia took a bold step into the world of full-size - and full-priced - cars at today's Los Angeles Auto Show. The Korean automaker unveiled the all-new K900, a large sedan that will offer the space and trappings of German land yachts, while undercutting their prices by tens of thousands of dollars. "This is our boldest statement yet," said Tom Loveless, executive vice president of sales for Kia. "It's a true flagship sedan that symbolizes how far we've come, and we believe it will make you question everything you thought you knew about Kia. " PHOTOS: L.A. Auto Show model debuts The K900's strategy will largely mirror the car on which it's based: the full-size Equus from Kia's corporate cousin Hyundai.
April 3, 2014 |
The world of minivans hasn't had much excitement injected into it in a while, but look to Kia to change that later this month at the New York Auto Show. The South Korean automaker announced Thursday that it would bring an all-new "midsize multipurpose vehicle" to the show for a world debut on April 16. Don't let the jargon fool you, this will be the next generation of Kia's Sedona minivan. The current Sedona has been around since 2006, and its age has left it at the bottom of a competitive set that includes the Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.
October 2, 2013 |
Cue the electric hamsters. Kia, the automaker known for those dancing hamsters in its ads, has announced it will be bringing to market an all-electric version of its popular Soul compact crossover. The model will be the first all-electric vehicle from the Korean automaker. Photos of the car and details about its drivetrain weren't disclosed, with Kia saying the Soul EV would debut "at an upcoming major U.S. auto show. " PHOTOS: Kia's 2014 Soul An educated guess pegs that as the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, a venue that automakers have traditionally favored for its eco-friendly audience for similar debuts.
November 2, 2012 |
Hyundai and Kia overstated the fuel economy on more than one-third of the vehicles they sold in recent years, an embarrassing acknowledgment for two of the fastest-growing auto brands in the U.S. The South Korean automakers issued an apology and said they would give special debit cards to nearly a million owners to make up for the difference in the lower miles per gallon logged by the vehicles. The discrepancies were found by the Environmental Protection Agency, which began investigating after consumers complained.