Kia cee’d GT: Would Americans Buy This Sporty C Apostrophe D?

Most of our American readers probably know Kia's hatchback as the C apostrophe D, Top Gear's current reasonably priced car. While that was probably chosen to make sure there isn't enough power to kill any of the brave celebrities on BBC's watch, the new GT version that is coming to Geneva won't be able to promise the… » 1/28/13 10:00am 1/28/13 10:00am

Kia Cee'd Grows Into A Mini MPV; Right Size For U.S. Market?

Expected to be based on the Euro-market Kia Cee'd, this new mini-MPV offering from Kia was spotted recently doing some testing in the Alps. Engine options will likely be the same as those found on the Cee'd, including the two turbodiesels. And, while it's likely this new model will likely go up against European… » 7/01/08 10:20am 7/01/08 10:20am

Another Side to the C'eed: Kia Reveals Back of Hatch

It may just look like the rear section of a run-of-the-mill European hatchback to you, but to Kia it's yet another facet of its new C'eed three-door, the company's most important model in the grab-a-piece-of Europe sweepstakes. Earlier this month we saw the front, of ex-Audi designer Peter Schreyer's continental… » 8/06/07 4:25pm 8/06/07 4:25pm

Kia to Show Off Sports Coupe Concept in Frankfurt

Kia's all set to reveal a sports coupe concept car in Frankfurt this September. The 2+2 concept's coming out of Kia's Euro studio run by chief designer Peter Schreyer. The name may remain a secret at present, but what we do know from the grinning shot above is it should have less of the dour and sad face we saw in the… » 7/18/07 11:40am 7/18/07 11:40am

Kia to Designate Performance Models "XR"

It may be cliché to stick a bunch of Xs and Rs on a tweaked econobox and call it a performance brand, but some clichés are just fine for getting the job done. For Kia, XR will mean performance — that is, turbocharging in Europe, supercharging for US-bound cars. Kia told Autocar it's calling that strategy "glocal" —… » 5/22/07 11:36am 5/22/07 11:36am

Droptop C'eed: Kia to Show Concept Cabrio in Geneva

If it's the Geneva show, Kia is virtually bound by law to show some manner of C'eed concept car. This year it's the ex_cee'd cabrio, a prototype designed by Peter Schreyer, Kia's new design boss. If you'll remember, Schreyer created the Bauhaus-inspired first-gen Audi TT coupe. Now, he's charged with giving Kia a new,… » 2/23/07 11:00am 2/23/07 11:00am

Geneva Pre-Show: Hyundai Arnejs i30 Compact Hatch Makes An Early…

Hyundai's been planning an exclusive press presentation of the European developed i30 compact hatch at the Four Seasons Hotel in Geneva one day before the Geneva Show media days begin. Well now the swanky soiree may be a little less swank, as a number of fan sites around the net seem to have prematurely shot their… » 2/21/07 7:26pm 2/21/07 7:26pm

Paris Auto Show: Kia Unveils Cee'd, We Watch it on TV

While we've got two of Los Jalopniks out on the floor, we need a third to hold down our hard-fought spot in the Third World media center which has us reliving our time in Indochina. Luckily, we've got a TV screen behind us to cover unveilings we couldn't get to. And ashtrays. Ashtrays are important. As for the Cee'd?… » 9/28/06 5:30am 9/28/06 5:30am

No More Seed Puns: Kia C'eed Sports Wagon for Paris

Kia released more info on its C'eed SW (right, sports wagon) which will go on sale in continent in late 2007. Set to be built at the company's Zilina plant in Slovakia, the SW features a novel, vertical-rising tailgate setup that apparently involves an upside-down letter "L" and several hinges from IKEA. It'll be… » 9/22/06 8:56am 9/22/06 8:56am

Same as the Concept: Kia Names Crossover Cee'd

The C'eed concept car Kia showed off in Geneva earlier this year was one of the most thoughtful interpretations of a boring-ass genre we'd ever seen. Now, the company announced it's using the same name (think: seed) to badge its new European crossover based on the prototype. The production model of the utility hatch,… » 8/15/06 9:09am 8/15/06 9:09am

Planting a C'eed: Kia Concept Introduces New Design Approach

Hurry! They're closing the press room here at Geneva's Palexpo center in three minutes, but we had to get this final on-site post up before the whip comes down. It's about the Kia C'eed, a rather precious concept the company says introduces the next generation of Kia's design vocabulary. Gone, apparently are the days… » 3/01/06 2:25pm 3/01/06 2:25pm