Good Morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know.
A UK man with some strangely ill-informed, foul-mouthed, and judgmental friends took a leisurely seven years to drive his Kia 100,000 km (62,000 miles), and celebrated the occasion by posting the event on YouTube, where he gleefully, joyfully, and lavishly loses his shit.
If you’re a fan of Kia’s recent design direction (which I am) then I’d suggest just looking at the pictures here. Kia’s new Telluride full-size SUV concept looks great, and is a refreshing departure from what we’re used to seeing. Just don’t read the press release. Especially if you’ve just eaten.
This year’s CES trade show has been all about automotive technology, particularly autonomous and electric concept cars. Kia jumped into the game today, announcing to have a new sub-brand called Drive Wise, which will introduce a new fully autonomous cars to the streets by 2030.
Like any automaker with its eyes on the future, Kia was sure to make its presence known at this year’s CES convention. Except instead of a new infotainment system, fancy electric car concept, or some sort of vaporware batmobile, they dropped a tease of a large SUV called the KCD12.
Kia and sister company Hyundai are dumping $2 billion into autonomous driving tech through the next three years. They plan to get this into cars as ‘driver-assists’ by 2020, have a completely self-driving car by 2030, and it all starts now with the company’s license to test it in Nevada.
I recently had the opportunity to assess the car culture in South Korea, which is a nation that reminds us to always be thankful that we have Canada to our north, even if they did give us Celine Dion and Nickelback.
What happens when you put a four inch lift and some mud tires on a Kia Forte Koup? Great things. Meet the Baja Kia!
I had a Kia Forte as a rental car once. Damn good little car, the Kia Forte. It wasn’t the fastest thing on four wheels, but it was well-built and a solid value. You know what would make it even better? Big fat offroadin’ tires, fender flares and racing seats. Obviously, because those things make every car better.
The Kia Sorento, like much of the modern Hyundai-Kia stable, is a lot of car for not a lot of coin. What do you need to know before you buy a Sorento? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you everything right here in our Buyer’s Guide.
The Kia Sportage is the underdog of the compact CUV segment, which is why it’s worth checking out. What do you need to know before you buy a Kia Sportage? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you everything right here in our Buyer’s Guide.
Today we talked about the unrealistic standards set by concept car illustrators, with the new Kia Sportage being the most recent SUV-CUV-whatever to be victimized by huge wheels and impossible body lines. http://jalopnik.com/kia-releases-w...
Just in case there was anyone still out there who doesn’t think the very art-school, massive-wheel renderings that car companies release to preview a new design are total bullshit, Kia does a great job of reminding us. Are the drawings cool? Absolutely? Do they actually, really show us what he car will look like?…
Kia knows how to make an exciting concept car, even if it seems to have a problem turning them into products. The Novo Fastback Concept might just be the next disappointment, but it sure is pretty.
The new Optima is like the old one but more bland and with less expensive trim.
Further proof that wagons are cool hip and trendy these days: Kia's new Sportspace concept car, built to preview their next family car, is a longroof.
With hype around the 2015 Jeep Renegade maxing out, Kia reckons it can come play with its own spin on the micro "off-roader" idea. The Kia Trail'ster concept has meaty cladding, a roll-back softtop, and a drivetrain that makes it a very interesting proposition, especially if you value efficiency over dirt driving.
Kia's planning on unveiling their Soul-based Trail'ster e-AWD concept at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show, but they're just so damn excited they couldn't help but release this picture, seemingly taken by a dog. This should be a fun concept, and, unlike the other Soul-based "-ster" concepts, maybe it'll actually get made.
Kia is using the phrases "capable electric all-wheel drive (e-AWD)" and "bold off-roader" to describe the concept they're bringing to the Chicago Auto Show on February 12. Looks a little like a lifted Soul... which could actually be awesome.