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Hyundai Aces Brand Loyalty Study; Toyota, Ford Make The Top 100
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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Kia Working On Rear-Drive Sedan, Electric Vehicles: Report

Although Kia is owned by Hyundai, the two companies operate as nearly separate entities. Sure, there’s platform sharing and Kia even builds the Hyundai Santa Fe in West Point, GA for Hyundai. Still, the product lines between the two automakers remain (mostly) distinct. If Car and Driver is...Read More»

2010 Kia Rondo
Funny, Fickle Consumers – Or Why The Kia Rondo Flopped Here (Maybe)

A year ago this month, our sister publication TheCarConnection reported that Korean automaker Kia confirmed the demise of its Rondo minivan. Though it won some hearts and minds with TCC’s editors, the cross between a minivan and a hatchback never really caught on with U.S. consumers during...Read More»

2010 Kia Rondo
The Kia Rondo: Canadian Rock Star, American Failure. Why?

We paused for a moment of silence in 2010, when we learned that there would be no 2011 Kia Rondo in the United States market. We praised the compact multi-purpose vehicle for its versatility and interior space efficiency, or as Kia’s marketing people referred to it, “cabinosity.”...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
Hot Hatchbacks Attract Buyers…Again

For years the lowly hatchback languished, derided by many as a cheapo, low-content ride with no power and little style. In short, hatchbacks were considered not-for-me transportation choices suited only for the least fortunate. That was then, this is now. Hatchbacks, all of a sudden, it seems, are...Read More»

2011 Ford Flex 4-door SEL FWD Side Exterior View
Five Family-Friendly Cars That Aren’t Minivans

Finding a car that fits most of the family needs can be a tough proposition – especially if you’re looking for a vehicle that isn’t a minivan. There's nothing wrong with minivans--really, there isn't. This year, every minivan sold in America, from the Kia Sedona to the Honda...Read More»

2012 Kia Sorento 2WD 4-door V6 EX Angular Rear Exterior View
2012 Kia Sorento Takes the Puppets For Another Joy Ride: Video

How do you measure success? Is it popularity? How many Facebook fans you have? How many tweets you post? How much “product” you moved this quarter? How many loyal customers and conquest customers you measure? Well, any of those will do just fine if you’re Kia because they seemed...Read More»

Ryan Dunn
Jackass Star Ryan Dunn, Hybrid Popemobile, John McGee: Today's Car News

Jackass star Ryan Dunn died last night when his Porsche crashed. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. [MotorAuthority] John McGee, state senator for Idaho, has been booked on charge of DUI and grand theft. [TheCarConnection] Will General Motors' 2011 Chevrolet Volt become a costly dead...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Sonic. Photo by Joe Nuxoll
New Small Cars: 2012 Chevy Sonic, Nissan Versa, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio

With Chevrolet announcing the starting price for the all-new 2012 Chevy Sonic subcompact car last week, this is just the beginning of the story. The good news for consumers is the number of new small cars for 2012. Chevrolet Sonic Chevy’s subcompact 2012 Sonic, which replaces the South...Read More»

2012 Kia Sorento
Muno And Pals Back Again in 2012 Kia Sorento TV Commercials

Everyone with a pulse (that watched the 2010 Super Bowl) is familiar with the Kia Sorento TV commercial featuring Muno, Sock Monkey, a vintage robot and a teddy bear cavorting in the all-new crossover. Talk about grabbing consumer attention. Well, Kia’s back again with another memorable ad...Read More»

2009 Pontiac Solstice
The Class Of 2009: A Lost Generation Of Cars

We’d like to believe the economy is getting better, even if it isn’t doing so at the pace we’d like to see. For automakers, 2008 was a bad year, but 2009 will go down as the year that auto sales fell off the cliff. It still isn't what analysts consider recovered: sales are...Read More»

2011 Ford Edge
It's Official: SUVs Are Safer Than Cars (Well, Mostly)

If you drive an SUV, you know that part of their allure is the feeling of safety they provide. Even compact SUVs can seem studier than their shorter, svelter car cousins. But studies haven't supported that impression of safety with facts -- until now. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has...Read More»

2011 Kia Sorento
2012 Kia Sorento Zooms In Residual Value

Sales figures don’t lie. The Kia Sorento has been a runaway hit for the brand ever since Kia launched the compact crossover in January 2010. That’s 16 months and counting as Kia’s best-selling model with total sales of 148,031 (through April). It’s about to get even better...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Which Auto Manufacturers Will Benefit Most From Japan’s Loss?

Carmakers from around the world are eyeing traditional import markets in the U.S. now that Toyota and Honda vehicles are in short supply after the recent earthquake in Japan. The question is which auto manufacturers will pick up new business—and how much business is there for the...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Elantra
May Auto Sales: Hyundai And Kia Take Third Place, Ahead Of Toyota

Hyundai and Kia are this month expected to pull ahead of Toyota and Honda, to be the third top-selling brands in the U.S. market after only GM and Ford. Even more to the point, Hyundai and Kia are expected to be the only major brands with sales up versus April. According to the pricing-intelligence...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Veracruz
Supplier Strike Threatens Production of Hyundai, Kia Models

The biggest manufacturing lesson learned from this spring’s disaster in Japan is quite possibly this: single-source suppliers carry a large inherent risk. Hyundai and Kia are learning that lesson right now, as a labor strike at Yoosung Enterprise Company has crippled production of...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima
2011 Kia Optima Beats Honda Accord In CR Family-Sedan Test

Kia has certainly come a long way. The company’s creative commercials touting redesigned product lineup are just one indicator of how Kia has managed to capture consumer attention. But the Korean automaker also builds high-quality cars that are worthy of serious consideration as family sedans...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima Hybrid
Kia Announces 2011 Optima Hybrid Pricing

If you’re in the market for a mid-size hybrid sedan, your shopping list just grew by one. Kia has announced pricing on their 2011 Optima Hybrid, which will start at $26,500 excluding a destination fee of $750. That puts the Optima Hybrid on par with the 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid, which sells...Read More»

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