Did you know Kia still made the two-door Forte known as the Koup? I had no idea this was still a thing. Apparently, I was not alone, and since no one really bought them, and Kia is axing the Forte Koup for the 2017 model year.
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With fabulous fastback sports sedan looks, the 2017 Kia Stinger GT was one of the greatest stars of this year’s Detroit Auto Show. But it’s not just a pretty face, either: Kia says that it will be quite quick as well. Color me extremely interested.
At this moment, if you so chose to, you could spend $18,650 on a “London’s punk scene”-inspired leather jacket. My wife described this jacket as a “$20,000 Halloween costume,” and I think that’s a pretty good assessment. You could also spend exactly $18,650 on a 2017 Kia Rio EX. Let’s compare the two.
Well, maybe “worried” is a bit of a stretch. My personal welfare, and that of most of my friends and loved ones, thankfully does not hinge on the success of the 2018 Kia Stinger GT. But here’s the kind of car that enthusiasts have been after, the kind of car internet commenters say they’ll buy, and I’m not convinced…
The Kia GT4 Stinger concept from 2014 was the concept car you wished was real, and it lives—it lives quite wonderfully. The production version naturally isn’t as wild as that concept looked, but it does have a bit more power. Say hello to the Kia Stinger GT, Kia’s new rear-wheel-drive sedan with 365 horsepower.
The fully-electric Kia Soul EV is elegant in its simplicity. With huge windows and silent operation, the car feels more like a thing you’re wearing than driving. It’s a comfortable, if slightly sterile, way around town. But without charging infrastructure at your house, getting low on power can be pretty stressful.
The early 2000s were a bleak time for concept cars. This is the Kia Slice concept. It’s ugly as hell.
There is no true defining characteristic of the 2003 Kia Spectra, especially in beige. It blends into the background so much that people often just run into it. It’s the official car of “I’ve made some bad choices in life.” If there’s anyone who can break down this exceedingly normcore car, it’s Mr. Regular himself.
I’m still bummed the Kia GT4 Stinger never happened. The world needs more rear-drive sport coupes, now more than ever.
Did you know Kia has an “environmentally friendly sub-brand” called EcoDynamics? I didn’t either, and apparently that’s kind of the point of the new Niro. Being a “subtle hybrid” is the car’s main objective, but that’s actually not its coolest feature.
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.