May is Good For Kia Motors America!

Another month has gone by and we are ready to wrap up the final elements that have marked the previous month.

For Kia Motors America, May was a very good period, raising the sales with 7.4% (51,771 units) as compared to the same month, last year.

The best girls in Kia were Optima (13,364), Sorento (11,077), Soul (10,146), Forte (7,782), Rio subcompact (4,019), Sportage (3,467) and Sedona minivan (1,916).

And according to Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of KMA and KMMG, we have every reason to be proud because:“Kia has experienced dramatic growth over the past few years, and our record-breaking momentum continues as we gather industry-wide recognition for reliability, low cost of ownership, increased residual values and outstanding brand loyalty.”

It doesn’t matter if we agree or not. Numbers don’t lie!


Fabulous Korean Cars at the 2012 New York Auto Show

The 2012 New York Auto Show starts tomorrow and we are all excited for it. I am sure you are very curious to find out everything about it, as any other breathing person who is interested in the show, so let’s do a little list with the Korean cars present at the show.

First on the list is Kia GT for the category of 2012 Concept Cars, followed by Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Kia Optima Hybrid as 2012 Alternative Fuel cars. In addition, you will also find these amazing Korean cars at the Cars and Trucks section where Hyundai Accent and Kia Forte set the competition on fire.

For now, these are the main participants, but stay tuned for further details!



Good Year for Kia!

A good year for Kia !

Kia Motors Corporation announced yesterday the official figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles and guess what? It has increased to 205,876 units (21.3%) and the leader is China with 41.8%, followed closely by North America (35.5%), Europe (38.7%) and Korea (2.5%).

Apparently, the first 2 months of 2012 have proven themselves to be very lucky for Kia, and the best selling segment was Rio, or K2 (China). Then you have the C-segment Cerato, followed by the Sportage compact CUV, D-segment Optima sedan and Sorento mid-size CUV.

I think we can agree with the declaration of Tae-Hyun (Thomas) Oh, Senior Executive Vice President & COO of Kia Motors Corporation, who said:  “We have posted extremely positive growth across the board, especially in our most strategic regions – China, North America and Europe. Speaking of Europe, the positive initial reactions to the world premiere of the all-new cee’d this week at the Geneva Motor Show are a promising indicator of the growing momentum for the Kia brand in the region.”

Don’t you think?


Kia goes to Russia!


Nothing is better than celebrating the opening of a new location that can deal with spreading the joy of manufacturing beautiful cars. And the winner in this case  is Russia, which has decided to enrich St. Petersburg with a Kia plant.

The guys here are in charge of developing an amazing Kia Rio Hatch that can bring in Europe, the Korean technology. This version shares the same platform as the original one, but adds to the table a higher glass surface and a front look that we have seen before at the K2 sedan sold previously in China.

Another element is the 1.4i 16v “Gamma” engine which can be chosen as an access option.

That’s all for now, folks, but stay tuned for more details!


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Spy Shots of Kia K3

It is all about spy shots nowadays. We live for them and we are more than excited when they show up and we get to examine them.

Today’s star is Kia K3 which has been caught roaming around on Chinese roads.  A combination between Kia K2 (Kia Rio in the USA) and Kia K5 (known as Kia Optima), this K3 is the perfect opponent to cars like Ford, Toyota and VW.

But the elements that differentiate Kia from all its predecessors are unique signature grille, reshaped bumpers and differently styled tail-lamps.

For now, we do not have much information about the power of this car, but we assume that the new Kia will maintain its 2 four-cylinder engines (1.6 or 1.8) coupled with 6-speed automatic transmission.

Enjoy the pictures and stay tuned for more details!


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