Showing posts in the category of Kia Optima

Details on Next Kia Optima Begin to Emerge

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We’ve heard reports that the next generation of Kia’s Optima (also badged K5 in some markets) will adopt an  evolutionary approach. It will look like it’s related to the current model, but it will be sharper, more modern and of higher quality – it will also sport a plug-in hybrid variant for the first time.

Check Out Kia's Colorful 2014 SEMA Show Lineup

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Kia has released new photos and details of its four SEMA Show concepts based on the Sedona, Soul EV, and K900 production models.

Reflecting the theme “A Day at the Races,” Kia’s tuning concepts celebrate Kia’s 2014 Pirelli World Challenge Manufacturers Championship.

Kia's Optima T-Hybrid Bolts an Electrical Supercharger on Turbo Diesel Engine

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Korea's Kia is showcasing a new diesel-electric powertrain on the Optima T-Hybrid Concept at the 2014 Paris Auto Show.

Kia Coming to Paris with Diesel-Electric Optima T-Hybrid Concept

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You should keep an eye out for the Kia Optima T-Hybrid. It’s set to make its debut this week at the Paris motor show, and feature several interesting pieces of tech which will ultimately translate into a desirably green road car.

Scoop: New 2016 Kia Optima Sedan is on its Way

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You're looking at the next iteration of Kia's Optima mid-size sedan, also known as the K5 in Korea, which we scooped in Germany undergoing development tests.

2015 Kia Optima Gets More Technology, Subtle Interior Updates

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Following last year’s refresh, the Kia Optima gets upgraded technology and subtle interior updates for the 2015 model year in the United States. The mid-size sedan gets the next-generation of Kia’s UVO eServices and a number of interior refinements meant, “To improve ergonomics and offer a more premium experience.”

Kia Refreshes 2014 Optima Hybrid Sedan [w/Videos]

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You may recall that about a year ago, at the 2013 New York Auto Show, Kia released the subtly facelifted Optima sedan, and that while the Hybrid version of the series obtained an updated powertrain with less power (199hp instead of 206hp) but improved torque (from 195 to 235 lb-ft) and fuel economy, it forwent the cosmetic tweaks.

Kia Driver Flips Over Optima In…Slow Motion

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Whoever said that you could seriously damage your vehicle and place yourself in danger only when speeding, apparently didn't take into consideration what we like to call the "1 in a million" factor.

Pink Feathered Kia Driver Falls Asleep, Takes Another Car Down Into a Crazy Rollover

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Pink feather like decorative accents on door handles might make some of us take notice for humorous purposes, but they won't make other drivers more aware of you when you fall asleep behind the wheel.

EU-Spec Kia Optima Facelift Makes Frankfurt Debut, On Sale in Early 2014

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The current shape Kia Optima has really won a following all of its own in the US, where its good looks, and powerful turbocharged petrol engines make it a firm favorite – the fact that they sell it as a hybrid helps too.

New Kia Soul and Facelifted Optima to Make Euro Debut in Frankfurt

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Joining Kia's display of a new concept model for a small crossover to compete against the Nissan Juke at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, will be the European premieres of the all-new, second generation Soul and the refreshed Optima sedan.

Spied: Is Kia Readying a Makeover for 2015 Optima or Is This The EU-Spec Update?

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Our spy photographers emailed us these pictures of a camouflaged Kia Optima sedan with and without plastic black wraps on the front and rear ends, with the note that it's the upcoming facelift model.

While this holds true, were not entirely sure yet if it's a global redesign or the European-specification version of the lightly updated 2014 model displayed at the New York Auto Show in March (see our comprehensive report here).

Kia Optima Gets Subtle Nip and Tuck for 2014 Model-Year

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The Kia Optima has really made a name for itself, especially in the US, where it is viewed as a stylish and relatively affordable car – it is one of the main and most stable image boosters for the brand's Stateside affairs, in our view (along with the Soul and Forte). The 2013 New York motor show brings about a refreshed Optima, updated for the 2014 model-year.

Kia Optima Hybrid Updated for 2013, Has Less HP but More Torque

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Kia has slowly been etching upmarket around the world, and most of their latest crop of models are considered among the top picks in their class.

The Optima Hybrid, which is priced from under $26,000, is one of those vehicles, and in an effort to keep it up to date, the Korean automaker has announced several updates for the 2013 model year car.

Kia Goes Up, Up and Away with Superman-Themed Optima Hybrid

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It may be comically slower than a speeding bullet, not even remotely powerful as a locomotive, and it will never, ever be able to leap tall buildings, but the Superman-themed Kia Optima Hybrid that debuted at the Chicago Auto Show will bring to mind the "man of steel's" wardrobe with its looks.

Scoop: Kia Working on a Subtle Facelift for Optima / K5 Sedan

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New spy shots of a camouflaged Kia K5, which is the Korean domestic market name for the Optima mid-size sedan, have surfaced online in the carmaker's home country.

The test car snapped at a parking lot in South Korea was heavily disguised with the only visible part being the headlamps that appear to feature new circular units along with what looks like an LED accent strip sitting on top.

Kia Shows Off Justice League of Mainstream Cars Dressed as Superheroes on Film

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We know that both Halloween and the SEMA Show are long gone, but Kia has just released a video of its five superhero-styled concept cars inspired by the members of the Justice League from their unveiling at the Las Vegas Convention Center earlier this month.

Kia's Justice League of Superhero Cars Fly into the SEMA Show

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We warned you that Kia was preparing a team of DC Comics superhero cars and here are the results of the Korean firm's efforts, inspired by the members of the Justice League, just before they set off for the SEMA aftermarket show.

The five DC Comic-themed tuned cars are: the Flash Forte Koup, Aquaman Rio 5-door, Cyborg Forte 5-door, Green Lantern Soul and the previously unveiled Batman Optima that was first shown in New York's Time Warner Center a couple of weeks ago.

To the Batmobile: Kia Presents Batman-Themed Optima Sedan, More to Come

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What does the Dark Knight have in common with Kia? Not much really, but the South Korean carmaker is wearing its Batman cape to support DC Entertainment's "We Can Be Heroes" campaign, which is a relief effort to battle hunger in the Horn of Africa.

The Batman-themed Optima is the first of a series of eight customized Kia cars that will be released over the next 10 months, with each model representing a character from DC's Justice League.

Kia Ramps up Optima's U.S. Production as it Expects it to Become its Best-Seller in 2012

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Ironically, increased demand can prove to be quite a problem for car manufacturers. Kia knows this well: despite posting a 37 percent increase in sales last year, it reckons it could have done even better if only it had the capacity to produce more vehicles.

Its all-new Optima mid-size sedan has proved to be a big hit in the U.S. in its first year, tripling its sales compared to 2010 to 84,590 units.