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2006-2008 Kia Optima, 2007-2008 Rondo: Recall Alert
2006-2008 Kia Optima, 2007-2008 Rondo: Recall Alert

Kia is recalling certain 2006-2008 Optima mid-size sedans and 2007-2008 Rondo wagons over concerns about a potential airbag defect. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 145,755. Documentation from Kia breaks out...Read More»

2007 Kia Optima LX
Kia Recalls Over 145,000 Optimas, Rondos For Airbag Flaw

Kia Motors Corporation has issued a recall for the 2006 - 2008 Optima sedan and for the 2007 - 2008 Kia Rondo. In those vehicles, Kia has identified a problem with the driver's side airbag that could prevent the airbag from deploying during an accident. The flaw is linked to Optimas manufactured...Read More»

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Analysts Predict A Booming Auto Market In 2012 (Except In Europe)

The dust is still settling from 2011, but early figures indicate that the U.S auto market recorded significant growth over 2010. Analysts at Polk Research say that upward trend will continue across much of the globe in 2012 -- though alas, not everywhere. THE WINNERS China: Though some have...Read More»

2012 Kia Forte
2012 Compact Sedans: Five Under $20,000

As a follow-up to 2012 Family Vehicles: 20 Under $20,000, today we’re comparing what buyers get for the money in the base model of five main compact sedan competitors: Kia Forte, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze. By way of comparison, it’s first instructive...Read More»

2012 Kia Rio SX
Best Car To Buy 2012 Nominees: Rio, Evoque, Mazda3, Mazda5, C-Class

Monday's the big day--when High Gear Media names the winners of our three Best Car To Buy 2012 awards. While MotorAuthority mulls over the likes of the Benz SLS AMG, and GreenCarReports debates the merits of the Mitsubishi i, TheCarConnection has a different task at hand: winnowing down the pool of...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster
Hyundai Hoping For A Big Win At Super Bowl XLVI

It's that time of year again -- time for family and friends to come together and celebrate one of America's most joyous events, the Super Bowl. With less than three months to go until kickoff, advertisers like Hyundai are already huddling to prepare their game-day strategies. Hyundai has announced...Read More»

2012 Chrysler 200 sedan
October Auto Sales: The Leading Edge Of An Economic Rebound?

While U.S. economic news is hardly good, somehow auto sales again proved to be a bright spot in October. As the housing sector remains on a downward slide in much of the country, manufacturing growth slowed, and economists wondered how Greece's nearing economic meltdown will affect the global...Read More»

2012 Kia Rio
2012 Kia Rio Sedan Priced From $14,150

Last month we told you how much the new Kia Rio hatchback would cost, and now Kia has priced the all-new 2012 Rio sedan. Starting at just $14,150 (including a $750 destination charge) for a Rio LX with a six-speed manual transmission, the 2012 Kia Rio sedan comes with quite a bit more standard...Read More»

2012 Kia Optima and Blake Griffen Commercia
Kia And Blake Griffin Take Dunk Commercial To Next Level

Back in February Kia teamed up with Clippers forward Blake Griffin for what some people have called the greatest NBA dunk ever. Later in the spring, Kia auctioned off for charity the 2011 Optima that was used in the marketing stunt. Now Kia and Blake have teamed up to take the dunk stunt to a new...Read More»

2012 Kia Forte 5-Door 5dr HB EX Angular Front Exterior View
Kia Wants To Be The 'People's Car', Eying Volkswagen As Benchmark

Kia, it seems, wants to be Volkswagen. Not only is the Korean rising star of the automotive world specifically targeting the Volkswagen brand, they’re also targeting the goal of becoming a beloved, “people’s car.” As Kia vice-president Hyoung-Keun Lee explained to Automotive...Read More»

2012 Kia Soul
2012 Kia Soul, Mercedes Recalls, Crushed Lexus IS-F: Today's Car News

Today at High Gear Media, we review the 2012 Kia Soul and Consumer Reports says the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid's powertrain is unrefined. The 2013 Toyota Prius C gets an early reveal and a Lexus IS-F is crushed on video. All this and more in today's car news, right here on The Car Connection. We...Read More»

The 2012 Toyota Prius. Image: Toyota
Prius Slows Traffic, Focus Electric, 2012 BMW 3-Series: Car News Headlines

It turns out that ending HOV lane privileges for the Toyota Prius in California is slowing traffic, according to a new study. That might be a good thing for pedestrians, as the Ford Focus Electric won't have a built-in noisemaker. Kids won't care, however, as long as they're in a safe car...Read More»

2012 Kia Rio Hatchback
2012 Kia Rio 5-Door Priced From $14,350

The 2012 Kia Rio is entirely new from the ground up, and somehow Kia found a way to shave more than a few dollars off the starting price of its subcompact hatchback. Last year’s Kia Rio5 started at $15,790, which makes the 2012 model’s $14,350 price of admission (including a $750...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima Hybrid, road test, Aug 2011
Kia Launches Optima Hybrid Myth Busters Facebook App

Kia is in the midst of launching the Optima Hybrid, and what better way to build up hype than with a shiny new Facebook application? Earlier today, Kia launched the Hybrid Myth Busters app on the Kia Optima Facebook fan page. The app tests your knowledge regarding hybrid vehicles with questions...Read More»

Kia Soul Shuffle Slam
Kia Introduces Soul Shuffle Slam

Kia seems to have hit its stride with the marketing campaign for the Kia Soul--you remember the hamsters, right? Now Kia wants to party and has introduced the Soul Shuffle Slam contest. Partnering with LMFAO, Kia wants you to submit a video to YouTube of yourself dancing to LMFAO's song, Party...Read More»

2008 Kia Sorento LX
2007-2008 Kia Sorento SUVs Recalled For Airbag Sensor Fault

Kia is recalling model year 2007 and 2008 Sorento SUVs, built between June 15, 2006 and November 27, 2007, to recalibrate the front passenger seat occupant classification system (OCS). The OCS is designed to deactivate the passenger air bag when the seat is unoccupied, or when a child or child seat...Read More»

2007 Kia Sorento LX
2007-2008 Kia Sorento: Recall Alert

Kia is recalling certain 2007-2008 model year Sorento crossover SUV vehicles over concerns about a faulty sensor in the front passenger airbag control module. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 10,631. Affected...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster
Hyundai Aces Brand Loyalty Study; Toyota, Ford Make The Top 100

The good news -- for Hyundai fans, at least -- is that the Korean automaker has driven to the top ten of Brand Keys' Customer Loyalty Leaders Index for a second year in a row. The bad news is that of the hundreds of brands that Brand Keys studied, no other car company broke the top 50, and just...Read More»

Kia Soul hamsters in 'Share Some Soul'
Kia Soul Hamsters Live To Dance Another Day (Now With Aliens)

In advertising, there are three things that sell: sex, babies, and cute, fuzzy animals. (Note: each should be used separately.) As proof of the third item on that list, we present the Kia Soul hamsters, who have dodged exterminators yet again and returned for another thumpin', bumpin' campaign...Read More»

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