Kia Says No Free Car for Quintuplet Parents

Across the pond, Kia has been offering discounts for parents based on the number of new kids they have, starting at £500 for people who have only one child all the way up to a free car for parents of quintuplets. And really, what's the point of having five kids if you don't get a free Kia out of it? Turns out a family… » 11/15/07 3:00pm 11/15/07 3:00pm

Jalopnik Reviews: Kia Rondo Korean BBQ Tour, Part 1


One of the more inane ways to review an automobile is to lambaste the machine for something it was never designed to be. Carping about how a Lancer Evolution rides harshly, or has a budget interior is an example of this phenomenon. Tom McCahill wouldn't pull such shenanigans, and neither will we. With that bit of… » 6/20/07 2:00pm 6/20/07 2:00pm

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

New York Auto Show: We've Got a Thirst for a Rondo Taxi!

New York City's got an addiction, and that addiction's name is Victoria. Crown Victoria. For the hundredth anniversary of the taxicab in NYC, a number of groups have built vehicles for display at the New York Auto Show. And what base platform did Smart Design use for their rethink of the yellow people carrier? That's… » 4/05/07 5:00pm 4/05/07 5:00pm

Chicago Auto Show: RONDO SX SUPER SLAKEY CONCEPT SPACE WAGON!

It's time once again to work up that RONDO thirst. The rollout of the RONDO SX Concept at the big Chicago show makes it official. Driving an econobox need not be drab. The RONDO SX takes styling cues from itself and existing SX cousins, but means them up a bit to bring forth an aggressive and sporty look. A cold air… » 2/08/07 4:48pm 2/08/07 4:48pm

Kia Rondo SX Concept Coming to Chicago

The jaded 'ol Jalops were impressed with the 2007 Kia Rondo MPV we saw and poked at in LA and Detroit: the cargo room, the eerily not-injurious legroom in the third row, the low sticker price for a V6. So we'll be paying extra special attention to the company's fashion concept — the SX — which will be unveiled at the… » 1/31/07 4:29pm 1/31/07 4:29pm

LA Auto Show: Kia RONDO Slakes Thirst for Space Wagons


Without employ of photon power, aluminum und shteel, or scantily clad Tyroleans sliding down ropes, Kia introduced the latest in the mini-minivans to hit North American shores. Falling into what we call the crossover category here in the US the RONDO is reminiscent of the Mitsubishi Expo or similar, if not talller… » 12/02/06 3:55pm 12/02/06 3:55pm