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November 26, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Kia is recalling nearly 80,000 Sedona minivans to fix a part of the suspension that can corrode over time and may break. The recall affects 79,867 Sedona models from the 2006 to 2012 model years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. After prolonged exposure to road salt used to melt snow and ice, the front lower control arm of the suspension can corrode and possibly break, the agency said in a statement. “A broken control arm can result in the loss of control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash,” the NHTSA said.
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April 14, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
The cozy world of minivans got a bit more competitive Monday, as Kia officially debuted its all-new Sedona. The 2015 people-mover is new from the ground up and replaces an outdated and slow-selling Sedona that's been around since 2006. “Throughout the development process, our engineers in the U.S. and Korea focused on adding the element of desire to the all-new Sedona," said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning for Kia. PHOTOS: 2015 Kia Sedona minivan Although "desire" is not typically a word associated with the minivan set, the Korean automaker designed the new Sedona with an emphasis on driving dynamics, style and features, the company said.
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BUSINESS
January 23, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
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.
AUTOS
April 8, 2014 | By David Undercoffler, This post has been updated to reflect new developments.
Some of the country's most popular midsize sport utility vehicles flunked a recent series of crash tests, leading the influential magazine Consumer Reports to pull its coveted "recommended" rating for three of the vehicles. The independant Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced Tuesday that the Kia Sorrento, Honda Pilot and Mazda CX-9 all earned a "poor" overall rating in the front overlap crash test. Six others passed the test. The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain twins scored "good" ratings from the IIHS.
AUTOS
December 23, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
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.
AUTOS
March 22, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Kia's redesigned Soul and Fiat's all-new 500L are the latest models in the quirky "toaster" class of sub-compact cars. Picture a square box riding on a car platform. The general idea is combine the comfort and efficiency of a small car with the functionality of a sport utility vehicle or crossover. And style? Let's just say the valet will be parking these behind the restaurant. Next to his car. The success of these vehicles has been mixed. Honda's Element and the Scion xB, made by Toyota, were the founding members back in 2003.
AUTOS
November 20, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
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.
AUTOS
April 3, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
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.
AUTOS
October 2, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
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.
BUSINESS
November 2, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
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.
AUTOS
April 3, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
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.
AUTOS
March 22, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Kia's redesigned Soul and Fiat's all-new 500L are the latest models in the quirky "toaster" class of sub-compact cars. Picture a square box riding on a car platform. The general idea is combine the comfort and efficiency of a small car with the functionality of a sport utility vehicle or crossover. And style? Let's just say the valet will be parking these behind the restaurant. Next to his car. The success of these vehicles has been mixed. Honda's Element and the Scion xB, made by Toyota, were the founding members back in 2003.
AUTOS
February 6, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Kia went electric at Thursday's 2014 Chicago Auto Show, by introducing the brand's first all-electric vehicle, the Soul EV. Based on the boxy Soul hatchback crossover that has long been one of Kia's most popular vehicles, the EV version ditches the gas engine for an electric motor with 80 to 100 miles of range. “The Soul EV retains the fun and funky style as well as the packaging efficiency and utility that have made the gasoline-powered Soul such a huge hit with consumers,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning at Kia. “And to that winning combination it adds usable real-world range and multiple charging options, making it the perfect EV for everyone.” PHOTOS: 2015 Kia Soul EV In many ways the Soul was the perfect fit for an electric drivetrain.
AUTOS
January 13, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
With high performance a major theme of the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Kia threw its hat into the go-fast ring Monday by debuting the GT4 Stinger Concept. The tidy, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe boasts a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and quirky styling that could tease the look of future Kia products. “It's an authentic 2+2 sports car that can turn heads as a daily driver while also being right at home on the track,” said Tom Kearns, chief designer at Kia Design Center America.
AUTOS
December 23, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
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.
AUTOS
December 23, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America, the U.S. sales arms of the sibling South Korean automakers, said Monday they have reached a settlement in class-action litigation over inflating the fuel economy claims for their vehicles. Hyundai will offer the owners of the models with the inflated ratings a lump sum payment that will average $353. The payment varies depending on whether the vehicle was purchased or leased. Kia's average payment will be $667. Owners can also decline the offer and stay on a previous plan initiated by the automakers last year.
BUSINESS
February 8, 2013 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Ambitious South Korean enterprises continue to make noise on the global economic stage. Electronics giant Samsung is giving Apple fits in markets across the globe with its hot-selling smartphones and tablets. Seoul-based Hyundai and Kia have been among the world's fastest-growing automakers in recent years. Portly singer Psy put South Korea on the pop culture map with his monster hit “Gangnam Style,” which has become the most popular video of all time on YouTube with nearly 1.3 billion views.
SPORTS
April 5, 2012 | By Mark Medina
One leap, one forearm shove and one powerful dunk Blake Griffin threw down quickly sent Pau Gasol to the floor. Before he had even time to process becoming the latest victim on Griffin's dunk posters, Gasol's first instinct involved arguing with you-know-who. "I was on my [butt], I woke up, I stood up and told the referee I had a ... forearm on my face, on my throat," Gasol said after the Lakers' 113-108 victory Wednesday over the Clippers. "That's something that needs to be looked at. " The officials hardly listened.
AUTOS
November 26, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Kia is recalling nearly 80,000 Sedona minivans to fix a part of the suspension that can corrode over time and may break. The recall affects 79,867 Sedona models from the 2006 to 2012 model years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. After prolonged exposure to road salt used to melt snow and ice, the front lower control arm of the suspension can corrode and possibly break, the agency said in a statement. “A broken control arm can result in the loss of control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash,” the NHTSA said.
AUTOS
November 20, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
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.
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