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Why Don't In-Car Voice Controls Work Better?
Why Don't In-Car Voice Controls Work Better?

If you have one of the newer smartphones, like an iPhone or anything running Android, chances are you have an app (or several) that takes advantage of voice-recognition capabilities. These new apps, for the most part, are amazingly good, getting quite accurate results even when whispering, or...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima EX
Today at High Gear Media: Fireball Run, Paris Show and Optima

On Day 4 of the Fireball Run, Team High Gear Media is running a strong third in the points standings--and heinously late hours fueled by 5-hour energy potions. We sense an ugly wakeup call coming next Monday. [MotorAuthority] The latest Lamborghini teaser for this week's Paris Auto Show is live...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima EX
2011 Kia Optima: UVO Allows Hands-Free Calling, Audio Features

In the 2011 Kia Optima, Bluetooth connectivity and USB device connectivity come standard—even on the base LX model. But if you step up to Kia's new UVO (short for YourVoice) connectivity system, you'll get a fully capable voice-control system that rivals the best systems on the market and is...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima EX
2011 Kia Optima: First Drive

Kia quite simply gets it: Basic doesn't have to be boring. We've seen it in the host of models the brand has introduced over the past model year: the Forte small sedan, the Soul tall hatch, and new versions of the Sorento and Sportage crossovers. And now, the all-new 2011 Optima. Yes, shoppers with...Read More»

2010 Mitsubishi Galant
Five Endangered Cars

Every year, a few more cars make their way to the automotive graveyard. When the recession began, frankly, we got misty-eyed at some of the cars that met an untimely end. With Americans cutting back on spending, automakers were forced to cut achingly beautiful roadsters like the Saturn Sky and...Read More»

iPod cable
Why Do I Have to Pay Another $40 For A Car iPod Cable?

Now that you've laid out $20,000, or $30,000--or even $100,000--for your new vehicle,you may be asking a touchy question of your salesperson: "Why the heck do I have to pay $40 more for a proprietary cable, just to run my iPod?" Not surprisingly, it's pretty much the fault of Apple and its...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
TCC's Top Reviews for August 2010: Some Surprises

High Gear Media's editors know plenty about the newest 2011 cars, trucks and crossovers--but you, dear shoppers, are where the rubber truly meets the road. So, what cars are getting you interested in buying something new? According to last month's HGM traffic numbers, it's another strong month for...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
Kia Recalls Soul, Sorento For Fire Hazard

Kia is recalling certain Soul and Sorento vehicles from the 2010 and 2011 model years. According to a release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicles have fault in their lighting system that could result in a fire. The issue centers around wiring harnesses supplied by...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima
Today at High Gear Media: Hackers in Cars, Kia Optima, and Leaf

We've driven the 2011 Kia Optima enough for a very Quick Drive. First Drive? We'll save that for a future date. [MotorAuthority] Could your WiFi-connected car be vulnerable to hackers? And could you hire them to hotwire the Coke Zero machine? Just a thought. [TheCarConnection] Smart's Fortwo is...Read More»

Abarth Fiat 500C
Video: Fiat Launching This Year With 165 Dealerships In 119 U.S. Markets

A week ago, we told you that Chrysler's Sergio Marchionne was planning to meet potential Fiat dealers and explain his vision of the American Fiat network. Yesterday, the CEO did just that, and he seems to have generated lots of enthusiasm among attendees -- even though other dealers are clearly...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe To Be Built On Kia's Georgia Production Line

The 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe will join its corporate cousin the 2011 Kia Sorento on the Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) production line in West Point, Georgia. Limited production of the new Santa Fe will start at the plant September 27, with a full shift being added by October 1 to handle the...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Genesis
Today in Car News: Xterra, Genesis and Lotus Esprit

Would you snap up a new Lotus Esprit rocking a Lexus LFA V-10? Well, not right now you wouldn't, but maybe next year, you can. [Inside Line] The 2011 Hyundai Genesis is movin' on up, with more standard equipment, more power--and more dollar signs on its price tag. [KickingTires] Kia won't be going...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul 5dr Wagon Auto Sport Angular Front Exterior View
Best 3 Kia Ads: Kia Is Killer Kool

When you think of cool cars, or just plain cool brands, it’s rare that a Kia pops to mind, as they have been a producer of largely staid automobiles for a couple of decades now and almost all of them have been less weakly marketed versions of Hyundai models. Yes, they are indeed safe cars, as I...Read More»

2010 Kia Rondo
Kia Rondo Discontinued: Rest In Peaceful Cabinosity

One of the most space-efficient vehicles on the market, the Kia Rondo, won't be back for 2011. So confirms Kia on its official U.S. website, where it uses the saying that "all good things must come to an end." Truthfully, you probably remember the weird, new-agey 'Rondoism' ad campaign—with...Read More»

Screencap from Australian Kia Sportage ad with Grandmaster Melle Mel and Scorpio
Kia Punches Gen-X Men Squarely In Their Middle-Aged Guts

This morning, we planned out a great post about the milestone Google Maps' reached yesterday: over 100 million people are now using its mobile app, which could mean Very Bad Things for Garmin and other makers of aftermarket GPS hardware. Then we saw this Australian commercial for the Kia Sportage...Read More»

2011 Kia Sportage
Today at High Gear Media: GM's IPO, Aston V12 Vantage

General Motors has filed with the SEC for its IPO. Who will save the acronyms? [TheCarConnection] There's a new electric car headed for the 2010 Paris auto show--the Kia Pop EV gives us a charge with that rectangular window, what about you? [AllCarsElectric] The 2011 Kia Sportage has been named a...Read More»

2011 Kia Sportage
2011 Kia Sportage: An IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2011 Kia Sportage has been recognized as one of the safest new vehicles on the market; it's earned Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In order to be named a Top Safety Pick, a model must earn top 'good' ratings in frontal, side, and rear crash tests...Read More»

Limited-edition Kia Soul 'Ignition'
Today in Car News: Kia Soul, Road Taxes, and Pickup Deals

After the rush of the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, you'd expect us to slow down at some point, here at High Gear Media. We're doing the opposite, with a first drive of the Ferrari 458 Italia and later this week, a run in a pair of Aston Martin exotics. In the meantime, here's what we're...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
TheCarConnection's Most Popular Reviews

We know which new cars, trucks and crossovers we like the best--but which ones are your favorites? Here at TheCarConnection, we've begun the labor of love that is reviewing new cars. As always, for the 2011 model year, we're bringing you full reviews that give you our take on styling, performance...Read More»

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