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Blake Griffin Auctioning Dunked-Over 2011 Kia Optima For Charity
Blake Griffin Auctioning Dunked-Over 2011 Kia Optima For Charity

Remember the 2011 Kia Optima that NBA star Blake Griffin successfully completed a slam dunk over--well, the hood at least--back in February? If not, you can catch our previous post on it, including a video of the feat, by clicking here. Well, the Los Angeles Clippers forward has now donated the...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe
2011 Kia Sorento, 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Recalled For Driveshaft Issue

Some Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento crossover utility vehicles are being recalled for an issue that could lead to early failure of their automatic transmissions. About 6,169 Santa Fe models, made from October 15, 2009 through March 5, 2010 and all with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, are...Read More»

2007 Kia Spectra LX
Recall Watch: 2007 Kia Spectra

Kia has issued a recall for its 2007 Kia Spectra for faulty fuel tank straps. The recall only affects those in areas prone to vehicle rusting. The states where recalled vehicles are registered or driven include Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima
Hyundai And Kia Pull Ahead In Sales, Gain More U.S. Market Share

This past month, while most of the industry stuttered, Kia and Hyundai surged ahead—significantly gaining market share, based on some forecasts just out. Hyundai and Kia, over April, are expected to reach their highest level of market share ever—9.4 percent. The two brands, combined...Read More»

2012 Kia Rio Hatchback
Five 2012 Green Family Cars from the New York Auto Show

Let’s face it. Even if you feel you need to trade in or downsize to a less expensive car, you still are loathe to give up what you’ve become accustomed to in the way of comfort, style, features and that all-important Bluetooth connectivity. At the 2011 New York Auto Show, five new model...Read More»

Kia 'Hamsters' commercial
Kia's Hamsters Scurry Off With Nielsen's Top Ad Award At The 2011 New York Auto Show

It's official: Americans love rodents. That rule may not apply so much to rats or nutria, but cuter critters like squirrels and chipmunks are tops with U.S. consumers. And at the pinnacle of the rodent pyramid, we find hamsters -- specifically, the road-trippin' hamsters featured in commercials for...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima
2012 Kia Optima To Be Assembled In The U.S.

If buying a car that's made in the U.S. is a priority, you'll soon have one more choice. Beginning this fall, the 2012 Kia Optima will be built at West Point, Georgia. To accommodate the Optima, production at the Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) facility will be expanded, with applications...Read More»

2012 Kia Soul
2012 Kia Soul Preview: 2011 New York Auto Show

Better fuel economy, more power and an amped-up look come to the 2012 Kia Soul, which takes a bow on a stage at the 2011 New York Auto Show today. For the new model year, Kia's added its version of the new Hyundai/Kia corporate 1.6-liter four-cylinder to the Soul train. It's worth 135 horsepower...Read More»

2012 Kia Rio Sedan
2012 Kia Rio: 2011 New York Auto Show

The 2012 Kia Rio makes its debut today at the 2011 New York Auto Show, in both four-door sedan and five-door hatchback form. The Rio and Rio5 are part of the wave of 40-mpg cars highlighting this year's show. In both body styles and both drivetrain configurations, the Rio will hit the new magic...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
Study: Americans Avoiding Japanese, Korean Autos In The Wake Of Earthquake, Tsunami

To say that things have been tough in Japan since the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11 would be a gross understatement. With thousands of lives lost, homes destroyed, families separated, and up to 150,000 living in shelters, it seems almost crass to talk about the effect on business. But...Read More»

2011 Kia Forte 5-Door SX
2011 Kia Forte 5-Door SX: First Drive

The Kia Forte replaced the compact Spectra a few years ago, bringing style to and dare I say flair to the Kia showroom. But the market is changing and Kia recognizes this. For 2011 Kia is introducing a 5-Door model to the Forte line-up. Last week we had the opportunity to drive the Forte 5-Door SX...Read More»

2011 Kia Sportage SX
2011 Kia Sportage SX: First Drive

When we first drove the 2011 Kia Sportage EX we said that it's one of the most svelte crossovers on the market. After being on sale for over a year there is no question that the statement is as true today as it was then. Though you can only get so far on your good looks. Upon taking a closer look...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima, Chicago's vintage metal bridge
NHTSA Tests More Vehicles Under Tougher 5-Star Safety Rating System

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues to make its way through a backlog of vehicles waiting to be crash tested under a new, tougher system the NHTSA brought in last year. In the latest rounds of tests, the Kia Optima—recently redesigned—received a perfect...Read More»

2012 Fiat 500
Seven Car Brands With Bad Reputations For Quality

Quality means different things to different car buyers--everything from reliability to fuel efficiency to utility. It's nebulous, but it can make or break the launch of a new vehicle or the success of a car company, affecting everything from positive press to negative word-of-mouth reviews. Some...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima. © 2011 Anne Proffit
2011 Kia Optima EX GDI: A World Class Sedan

All images: © 2011 Anne Proffit Driving a new car for 1200 miles in a week and a half can definitely tell the driver if the machine is naughty or nice. I'm here to report that the 2011 Kia Optima EX GDI (alphabet soup to be explained below) is one of the nicest mid-size front-wheel-drive...Read More»

Blake Griffen Slam Dunk Over Kia Optima
Blake Griffin Jumps Over 2011 Kia Optima To Win Dunk Contest

When you think guerrilla marketing in the auto industry your thoughts most likely turn to MINI. Recently Kia decided to push its way into that segment by providing a 2011 Optima for NBA Clippers player Blake Griffin to jump over in a dunk contest. The Optima was arranged so that the hood of the car...Read More»

2008 Kia Optima LX
2006 - 2008 Kia Optima Recalled For Transmission Flaw

Hot on the heels of the 2011 Kia Optima's five-star safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the company has announced a recall of 70,115 Kia Optima sedans from the 2006, 2007, and 2008 model years. At issue is an improperly installed shift cable, which could cause an accident...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima Hybrid
Why Now May be a Good Time To Lease The Family Car

To lease or not to lease, that’s a good question. For many months, the answer has likely been a resounding 'No' for many American families. That’s because good lease deals were few and far between, and with the economic uncertainty, many people simply put off the prospect of looking at...Read More»

2006 Kia Optima LX
2006-2008 Kia Optima Recalled For Shift Cable Issue

Kia is recalling 70,115 Kia Optima models from the 2006 to 2008 model years, all with automatic transmissions, for an issue with the shift cable. The affected Optima models were made from September 29, 2005 through June 13, 2007, and have a shift cable that might have not been correctly installed...Read More»

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