Test Drive: Kia Forte Koup

Sometimes a car catches me totally off guard because it turns out to be so much more fun to drive than I expected.  The Kia Forte Koup is such a car.  While its namesake, the Kia Forte sedan is a very good car and an excellent value, it’s not the kind of car that makes…

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Run to the Sun — Kia Koup

Imagine driving a very cool new car for a distance between 9 to 25 miles, getting out and then into another very cool car for another 9 to 25 mile leg and then repeating the same routine through 23 cars in a two day period. Welcome to the 2010 NWAPA (Northwest Automotive Press Association) Run…

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First Drive: Kia Sportage

San Francisco – Kia was actually one of the leaders of the compact SUV movement in the United States when they introduced the original Sportage in 1993, more than three years before the first Honda CR-V or the Toyota RAV4. Moving into the third generation with the introduction of the 2011 Sportage, the sophisticated new…

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Kia May Go Alphanumeric

Some name changing may be on the Kia agenda for the U.S. market.  Hyundai Motor Co. Vice Chairman Chung Eui-sun told an Automotive News reporter Kia’s is considering changing its U.S. lineup nomenclature from product names to alphanumerics. In South Korea and some other markets, the names are already partially alphanumeric.   For example, the mid-sized…

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Kia Brings Back the Hamsters – By Popular Demand

Kia Motors America recently released a new advertising campaign, titled “This or That,” for the 2010 Kia Soul. “This or That” is the rebirth of the initial Kia Soul award winning advertising campaign created by David&Goliath, KMA’s advertising agency of record, and brings back the loveable Hamsters due to popular demand. Soul is Kia’s funky-cool…

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2011 Kia Sportage – Fully Updated CUV

Up-and-coming Korean automaker Kia has taken the next step as they redesign their entire product lineup. Kia debuted the  all-new 2011 Sportage compact CUV last week at the 2010 New York International Auto Show. The completely redesigned Sportage offers a more urban look than its predecessor, while maintaining all the functional features and benefits of…

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Kia Unwraps Larger, More Powerful Optima

Kia unwrapped the latest iteration of Optima at the New York International Auto Show from a larger box than was used for the previous generation mid-size sedan.  The Optima sits on a 110-inch wheelbase, nearly 3 inches greater than that of the 2010 model and it gained an inch in width and 1.7 inches in…

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Kia Motors Debuts All-New 2011 Optima at New York International Auto

Kia Motors America (KMA) globally unveiled the all-new 2011 Optima midsize sedan at the New York International Auto Show. Arriving in showrooms in early fall, the next generation Optima continues Kia’s design-led transformation while revealing a completely new and stunning design language for Kia. Optima’s groundbreaking spirit continues with the introduction of three new powertrains…

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Test Drive: 2010 Kia Forté Koup

When the Kia Forté sedan came out last summer, it was a revelation that the budget Korean automaker was committed to moving upscale and competing with Honda and Toyota for small car buyers. The sturdy Forté was well-liked by the press and the market alike. And right at the end of the press introduction, Kia…

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