It's uncommon for a concept to transcend its sketches, but the Kia Track'ster Concept is that rare vehicle. Based on the Kia Soul, this hot hatch ticks all our boxes with all-wheel-drive, a six-speed transmission, and a 250-hp turbocharged four-banger underhood. If you build it, we will come.
What's the difference between nostalgia and remembering stuff? Hey, there's Matthew Broderick selling Hondas. It looks like fun to ride around with Matthew Broderick in a car. Unless he's in Northern Ireland and he's in the wrong lane and he kills you, like he killed Margaret Doherty and Anna Gallagher in a head-on…
Kia is set to debut this tall-boy Track'ster concept at the Chicago Auto Show next week, showing off what the company's California design studio can do and giving us an idea what the next Kia Soul will look like.
Adriana Lima is typically near the top of everyone's "most beautiful people in the world" list and usually in a catalog on the bottom of many a young man's sock drawer. Now we have the Internet. And, thanks to the ad wizards at Kia, five hours of her waving a flag in slow motion.
Kia's Super Bowl ad throws every testosterone-filled cliché at you in the hopes of that some coolness will rub off on its Optima family sedan. Why? Because this is how things are done now. The only way to surprise us now is with subtlety.
With a few months of winter still yet to come I can definitely say that no one is going to top this horrible driver in a Kia. Nice try Utah drivers. Good effort Seattle commuters. You simply can't top a woman driving at highway speeds in the median while trying to signal into oncoming traffic. UPDATE!
If the point of advertising is to make you remember a company or a product, then the local dealerships using Gary Busey as a spokesman are doing a great job. I know that Busey's pitches will stick with me for quite some time, even if it's because it's in my nightmares.
Through the first seven months of 2011, Hyundai and Kia have sold more vehicles to Americans than all European automakers combined, and are growing faster than any other automaker. Here's how South Korea's automakers have the rest of the world on the run.
What's up with Kia, reportedly bringing a V8-powered, rear-drive concept to the Frankfurt motor show later this year? Mark our words: "Korean Muscle" will be the catchphrase for the second half of the decade.
No, Anton Levay didn't take over the Korean value brand. Significantly better product, general immunity to Tsunami-disaster parts shortages, and gas prices led Kia to its best June and best quarter ever. Leading the charge was 11,314 cheap Souls.
I'll never forget my first time in a Kia Rio. It was Los Angeles, 1937. I'd just started my job as a fluffer for Transworld Airlines. Howard Hughes pulled up. Oh wait, that wasn't a Kia Rio at all.
When Tony Deloach crashed into a parked car he forgot about the cocaine-laced rolled bill in his Camaro until an officer found it. Deloach then screamed "I'm high on cocaine!" and tried fleeing on foot. He didn't get far.
Because Switzerland is the home of all things small and precise, Kia will unveil its redone Rio there next month, aiming to take on the Fiestas and Yaris-es of the world in the new class of small cars you can buy even if you're not a 16-year-old girl or a 36-year-old failure.
After a few dark years, automakers will be flooding the zone of this year's Super Bowl with more fancy advertisements than ever. But why wait for the game? Enjoy your viral marketing now, and our ratings from one to five stars on each:
Cheaper yet better special effects mean even Kia can afford a sci-fi Super Bowl spot for the Optima that shames feature films more than seven years old. But c'mon, any car looks great when surrounded by a million Aztecs.
The Kia Sportage may be an underrated compact SUV, but it's not for off-roading. This enthusiastic Polish Dakar wannabe finds out the hard way, nearly starting a forest fire trying to get it to turnover. (H/T to Mateusz) [via Motofilm.pl]
Golfer Michelle Wie and Kia swing at the establishment with this new commercial for the Soul. Wie looks great, the Kid Sister remix is jarring compared to the vocal-less indie music rehash. But does this make Wie a hamster?