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

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»

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»

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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»

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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»

2011 Kia Optima
2011 Kia Optima Earns Five-Star Safety Ratings

If you're looking for a safe, secure mid-size sedan, it really doesn't get any better than the 2011 Kia Optima—especially if you use crash-test results and safety ratings as the gold standard. The 2011 Optima is already an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick, with...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima, Chicago's vintage metal bridge
2011 Kia Optima EX Review: It Hits The Hot Spot

Kia's 2011 sedan de grace ends Optima's dowdy image In broadcast TV, network "up fronts" preview new fall shows. By mid-winter, networks revamp their lineups. An alternative: drop in a blockbuster such as American Idol. Hyundai and its Kia affiliate offer their own twists on TV land practices...Read More»

Super Bowl ad for the 2011 Kia Optima
Kia To Give Away Five 2011 Optimas In One Epic Contest Super Bowl Promo

Many automakers are looking to incorporate some sort of social media or contest into their Super Bowl advertising this year. Kia is taking the contest route with its One Epic Contest. The One Epic Contest starts today February 1, and runs through February 6 (though it excludes February 5). The...Read More»

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Auto Sales Finishing 2010 Strong, But Recovery Will Be Slow In 2011

While the U.S. auto market outlook can hardly be called bullish, sales this past month are pointing to some growth, and some further steps toward a rebound, in 2011. And that rebound still looks quite far away. AutoPacific is anticipating 12.4 million next year, and J.D. Power predicts that U.S...Read More»

Limited-edition Kia Soul 'Ignition'
Kia Thinks Outside the Box

Quick, what comes to mind when you hear the name, “Kia?” Is it a particular vehicle? Is it an image of a brand? If you’re a baby boomer, you may still regard the Korean brand, corporate sibling of Hyundai (which owns 34 percent of Kia, and the two brands share vehicle platforms...Read More»

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Insurance Losses Point To Risky Drivers More Than Vehicle Safety

By most indications, a late-model used Mitsubishi Lancer is a good, safe choice. It's earned four and five stars from the federal government in recent model years, and while some of the model line has lacked electronic stability control, it's one of the better-handling small cars—which should...Read More»

2012 Mediocrity spy shots
Video: Subaru Brings Mediocrity To TNT Tonight

Last week, an eagle-eyed reader over at Motor Authority sent in some spy shots of a curious sedan sporting a "M" on the grill and a nameplate that read "Mediocrity". Painted the color of a 1998 IBM desktop computer and looking a lot like an old Kia Optima, Marty Padgett's first guess was that the...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima
Can Kia Catch Up With Hyundai In Quality, Reliability?

Kia is on track to set an all-time sales record in the U.S. this year, beating its previous 305,000 sales, and it's no surprise how: lots and lots of product. Over the past year, the company has launched the new Soul, Forte, and Forte Koup small cars, all-new Sorento and Sportage crossovers, and...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»

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»

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