Kia Motors Corporation, commonly known as Kia Motors is a South Korean multinational automotive manufacturer headquartered in Seoul. It is South Korea's second-largest automobile manufacturer following the Hyundai Motor Company, with sales of over 3.3 million vehicles in 2015. As of December 2015, the Kia Motor corporation is minority owned by Hyundai, which owns a 33.88% stake valued at just over US$6 billion. Kia in turn is a minority owner of more than twenty Hyundai subsidiaries ranging from 4.9% up to 45.37%, totaling more than US$8.3 billion.
2021-08-25T10:16:00+01:00By Michael Nash
The new Sportage has already been shown, but Kia says it has designed a new variant specifically for European customers
2021-03-14T23:31:00+00:00By Guy Bird
Kia’s EV6 suggests a softer, more subtle interpretation of its current design language. Senior design VP Karim Habib, however, wants to focus on concepts rather than style
2020-04-01T13:29:00+01:00By Car Design News
Former NIO designer takes on the new role at Kia
2020-03-06T11:55:00+00:00By Guy Bird
Kia unveils its new Sorento – a large seven-seater SUV that has fresh exterior and interior designs
2019-09-08T14:21:00+01:00By Farah Alkhalisi
Karim Habib, whose departure from Infiniti was recently announced, has been appointed as senior vice president and head of Kia Design Center, effective from October 2019. He is tasked with devising and developing the future design direction for Kia vehicles, as well as overseeing the design – exterior, interior, and colour and materials – of new models already in the pipeline, and will be based in the Kia studio in Namyang, South Korea, within the Hyundai Motor Group’s new, state-of-the-art, global design centre.
2019-03-07T09:31:00+00:00By Car Design News
A Kia concept at Geneva is usually good news. Over the years Gregory Guillaume’s Frankfurt-based teams have explored new segments, integrated tech and produced cohesive, thought-provoking concepts like the Provo.
2019-02-21T09:55:35+00:00By Chris Maillard
A quick summary of the pre-show PR hints
2018-03-08T14:49:00+00:00By Lem Bingley
The chief designer of Kia Motors Europe on their newest addition
2017-09-12T15:52:42+01:00By Lem Bingley
We chat to Kia-Hyundai's chief design officer following the unveil of the Proceed Concept at Frankfurt
2017-03-08T12:58:18+00:00By Lem Bingley
It's been a long journey for the production Stinger explains Gregory Guillaume
2017-02-16T15:40:49+00:00By Jon Winding-Sørensen
New Kia hatchback sparks a wide-ranging design conversation...
2016-09-01T12:01:49+01:00By Farah Alkhalisi
Rejigged proportions alter its overall stance
2016-02-12T09:46:15+00:00By Farah Alkhalisi
The 'un-hybrid' alternative to the Prius
2016-01-13T03:49:30+00:00By Owen Ready
Premium full-size SUV explores new market for the brand
2015-11-18T19:08:09+00:00By Tom Phillips
Coupe-turned-crossover feels like a niche with design potential
2015-09-15T15:20:07+01:00By Owen Ready
Muscle memory obliterated by 23 tightly packed rectangular controls
The Kia Soul concept was presented nearly two years ago in Seoul. But this new Soul concept car in Geneva is a production preview concept car which closely follows the design theme of its predecessor namesake.
One of the surprises in New York was this Koup concept unveiled by Korean automaker Kia. Speaking with Kia's head of design Peter Shreyer, CDN was told that the show car actually previews a forthcoming sedan set to be revealed by the automaker in two years, if public reaction is ...
Kia is one of the fastest growing brands in Europe and the c'eed is a concept car preview of a new production car that will compete in Europe's most popular class of car; the C-sector.
2015-08-27T11:04:28+01:00By Tom Phillips
On-trend evolution for the latest version of Kia's big-selling C-segment crossover
The Kue is a four-seater crossover coupe/SUV with a powerful 4.6-liter V8 engine and 4WD that hails from the new studio of Kia Motors America (KMA) in Irvine, California.
This is the US market debut of the Soul, officially launched in Paris last month after Kia showed the design in Geneva as a concept preview earlier this year.
Along with Hyundai, Kia also failed to display a significant concept at the 2005 Seoul Motor Show, instead displaying the 'used' concepts like the Mesa, and Soul.
Kia unveiled a two-door concept based on the recently released Soul at the 2009 NAIAS. Inspired by basic, utilitarian vehicles like the International Scout, the more dramatic four-seat Soul'ster concept features an elemental design which brings the functionality of the vehicle to the surface, particularly in the interior.
Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer and his Frankfurt design team - headed by Gregory Guillaume - admit it's no coincidence that the Kee name plays on the word 'key' because that is how essential they believe this concept is for the future direction of Kia design
Created at Kia's European design center in Frankfurt, the No3 concept is the Korean carmaker's first foray into the B-MPV segment.
As a car that Kia hopes will not only hold its own against domestic rivals but will also take the brand up a step in terms of perceived quality in North America, the Sorento R SUV took center stage at the company's Seoul show stand.
The VG is a front-wheel-drive sedan that has been handed the significant task of lowering the manufacturer's median purchasing age in North America, which currently hovers around 50 years old.
Following the international debut of the Kia Forte in Chicago a couple of months ago is the debut in New York of the coupe variant.
Kia has unveiled the Venga, a new production model of the No3 concept shown in Geneva this year.
The first impression that the new Sorrento makes in the flesh is how impressively competent this design is.
This is the third generation Sportage, a ground-up new design that was previewed in theme by the 2007 Kia Kue concept - one of the first Kia designs to have emerged since the appointment of Peter Schreyer as Kia Design Director in July 2006.
The new Kia Optima making its debut in New York is undoubtedly the star of the show.
We talk, wistfully at times, about cars that capture the zeitgeist. This is what Kia has done in Paris.
Designed under the guidance of Tom Kearns at Kia's US West Coast studio, the KV7 is a seven-seat minivan concept that fits the mold of VW's Microbus and Ford's Fairlane concept."We wanted to do a 'van that was honest," Peter Schreyer told us, lamenting that "everyone is doing sporty, aggressive ...
A combined design studio for Hyundai and Kia is to be set up in Eschborn, on the outskirts of Frankfurt.
2015-06-16T16:46:30+01:00By Owen Ready
Rumours mount that former head of Bentley design is to replace fellow Schreyer
The first official photos of the new Kia ED 5-door hatch were released at the time of the British Motor Show. As part of Kia's continuing effort to establish the brand in the European market, ED jumps straight into the hottest and the most competitive cluster of the European C-segment. ...
Kia Motors has revealed its Paris concept called pro_cee'd.
Kia has released a design sketch of its newest concept car - the Kue. With distinctly grand SUV styling, Kue majors on greater driving dynamics and performance. The focus is very much about an exciting driving experience, as opposed to the typical SUV or CUV [Crossover Utility Vehicle] lifestyle ...
Geneva marks the world debut of the Kia c'eed Sporty Wagon, which will be unveiled in production-ready form at the show.
Korean automaker Kia has announced that the new facelifted Picanto (badged as the Morning in domestic market) will make its public debut at the Barcelona International Motor Show on June 7th.
Kia has released a teaser image of a new 2+2 sports coupe it will unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Kia has released a photo of its Pro Cee'd three-door scheduled to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Based on the 'pro_cee'd' concept unveiled at the 2006 Paris Motor Show the new model was developed under the direction of Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer by Kia's design team in Europe.
Kia has released a second teaser image of the Sports Coupe Concept it will unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Say hello to the new Kia Kee concept, the Korean automaker's bold step into the sporting GT arena. To view more photos of the concepts and read our opinions of the car see our Frankfurt Motor Show Highlights.
Kia has released photos of the Borrego, a full-size SUV for the North American market. The production model, which was originally previewed as the Mesa Concept at the 2005 Detroit Auto show, would have taken exactly three years to be transformed from a show car to a full production model ...
Kia has just unveiled a trio of concept cars at the Geneva Motor Show. The concept cars - Soul Diva, Soul Burner and Soul Searcher - are each designed to appeal to different consumers and clearly display the potential for personalization.
Kia has released official photos of the new Forte, a C-segment sedan for the global market. Developed under the 'dynamic, futuristic sedan' theme, the Forte will replace the Cerato in Europe and Korea, and the Spectra in the US market.
Kia Motors will reveal the new Soul at the Paris Motor Show in September. Though this design was signed off well before Peter Shreyer, Kia's Chief Design Officer, joined the Korean company, the production model (main picture) closely follows the three Soul concept vehicles unveiled the Geneva Motor Show earlier ...
Kia unveiled a two-door concept based on the recently released Soul at the 2009 NAIAS. Called the Soul'ster, the four-seat concept's elemental design was inspired by basic, utilitarian vehicles like the International Scout. It is the first vehicle born out of Kia's newly opened design center in Irvine, California.
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After a series of darkened teaser photos, Korean automaker Kia has officially released the first exterior image of its next-generation, mid-sized Sorento SUV, set to make its debut at the Seoul Motor Show in April.
Kia Motors took the wraps off its latest concept car at the 2009 Seoul Motor Show today. Called the KND-5, the prototype features Kia's family-look radiator grille and 20-inch alloy wheels. It measures 4945mm in length, 1850mm wide, and stands 1475mm tall. It has a 2845mm-long wheelbase. The KND-5 ...
Kia will unveil its new Sorento SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. The all-new car features a modern and dynamic design, created under the direction of Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer.
Kia has released the first official pictures of its new B-segment supermini, the Venga, which first appeared in concept form as the 'No3' at the 2009 Geneva motor show. Measuring 4068mm long, 1600mm high and riding on an unusually long-for-its-class 2615mm wheelbase, the Venga was designed and manufactured in Europe ...
Kia has revealed the first image of its new Cadenza sedan, the production version of the VG concept car unveiled at the Seoul Motor Show earlier this year.
Kia is poised to reveal the third generation Sportage at the 80th Geneva motor show next month.
Kia has unveiled the Ray concept at the Chicago Auto Show. Designed to showcase the Korean automaker's environmentally efficient initiatives, the plug-in hybrid concept – said to be 'a bold new collaboration between design and engineering' – has been built using lightweight and recycled materials.
These are the first images of the next generation Kia Optima/Magentis, which will make its public debut at the 2010 New York Auto Show in April.
The new Kia Optima made its debut at the New York Auto Show earlier this week. Pushing Kia's new design initiatives forward, the new sedan is a clear departure from the previous generation, continuing the design language first seen on the Soul and since evolved into the recently revealed Sportage.
The Kia Pop will make its world debut at the Paris motor show, but the Korean manufacturer has released these digital renders of the electric city car concept in advance. At three meters long, the Pop is similar in length to the Toyota iQ. It features a wave-like front bench ...
Kia is clearly keen to grab the last of 2010's headlines by releasing this teaser render of its upcoming concept, the KV7, due to be unveiled at the Detroit auto show.The large crossover appears to preview a replacement for the Korean manufacturer's Borrego. While the exterior's clamshell tailgate, muscular wheelarches ...
Kia is set to unveil its next generation Picanto city car at the Geneva motor show in March in the next step of its continual range overhaul.
Another car set to be unveiled at Geneva is the Kia Rio. Debuting alongside the Picanto, the Rio's new look brings it inline with the rest of the Kia family.
The new Kia Rio made its debut earlier this month, at the 81st Geneva show. Falling in line with the new Kia identity, the Rio now sports the family DRG as well as certain design cues from other models in the range.
As the Seoul Motor Show starts today, Thursday 31st March, Kia is debuting the Naimo all-electric concept.
Kia isn't giving much away about its Frankfurt-bound concept car, indeed it hasn't even released its name yet, referring to it as the 'four-door sports sedan concept.' The press release talks of it as 'signalling a distinctive new design direction' for the Korean brand, yet the now-familiar 'tiger-nose' grille and ...
Kia has released images of its latest vehicle, the Ray. The compact A-segment car is destined for sale solely in its Korean home market.
Despite the Detroit Auto Show still being in full swing, Kia has given a first look at the all-new Cee'd, set to debut at Geneva in March.
The Kia Track'ster concept has been unveiled at the 2012 Chicago International Auto Show. Beneath the racetrack makeup, the three-door crossover concept is a heavy hint at the next-generation Soul.
These official sketches of the Kia KH preview an all-new flagship sedan that will also be the brand's first rear-wheel drive car, notwithstanding last year's GT concept.
Kia's latest Carens compact MPV is set to debut on 27 September during the Paris motor show.
Kia has released renderings of its 2014 Forte model, known as the K3 in Korea and the Cerato in the European market, ahead of its debut at this year's Los Angeles auto show in November.
Kia's total range overhaul is now complete as the new Carens C-segment MPV joins the Korean manufacturer's brochures at the Paris motor show.
Kia's Cadenza has been unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.
Kia gave its new CUB concept its official debut at this week's Seoul Auto Show. The B-segment five-door hatchback was designed at Kia's Namyang Design Center in Hwaseong, South Korea, under the direction of the carmaker's president and chief design officer Peter Schreyer and is less than 4 meters long.
Kia's Niro concept, which debuts at the upcoming Frankfurt motor show, will hint at a possible B-segment model.
Kia's 2+2 GT4 Stinger sports car concept is the latest creation from the carmaker's California design studio, home to the team behind the 2012 Track'ster concept.
Kia has released pictures of the exterior of its new Sorento, ahead of the car's debut at the Paris Motor Show in October. It's the third generation of the Korean firm's mid-size SUV, and first impressions are that it conforms to the inexorable trend towards crossover aesthetics shown by both ...
Kia 's Chinese subsidiary, Dongfeng Yueda Kia (DYK), unveiled the KX3 concept at the Guangzhou motor show. Designed to appeal to ‘young Chinese consumers who are looking for high-value, high-quality that reflect their passion for and pursuit of an outgoing lifestyle,' the firm claims that a production model is as-yet ...
Increasing numbers of crossovers mean you'd be forgiven for forgetting about the traditional three-box sedan. In order to ensure its new Optima, due next year, is suitably embedded in the collective consciousness, Kia has elected to preview its new D-segment model with a wagon.
While the new Optima made its debut at the New York show, Kia used its home show in Seoul, South Korea, to unveil the Novo concept, which introduces themes that will appear on its next generation of models.
The Optima is Kia's best-selling nameplate worldwide, thanks in no small part to the major step forward taken when the outgoing model was introduced at the New York show back in 2010. Five-years later and the new car, previewed by the Sportspace concept in Geneva, offers an understandable evolution of ...
2015-05-09T11:54:51+01:00By Rufus Thompson
Jaguar Land Rover has acquired the services of Nokia's chief imaging head Damien Dinning, who it hopes will advance its connected car systems.
2015-05-09T11:49:54+01:00By Rufus Thompson
Motortrend has included a comprehensive step-by-step guide exploring the process through which Kia built its Track'ster concept car in its April edition.
2015-05-09T11:15:36+01:00By Joe Simpson
Contrasting with the dark chrome body sides is the gloss-white front panel, onto which the minimal DRG is rendered. While not entirely benign, the facial expression is a welcome relief - and much more appropriate for the car's intended city environment - from the overt aggression that could be seen ...
2015-05-09T11:15:28+01:00By Joe Simpson
There is a connection between a specific country and certain typologies of car. True muscle cars only come from the USA; exotic sports cars really have to be Italian; and, having invented the layout (front wheel drive) that made the type practical, France is synonymous with the small car.
2015-05-09T11:14:53+01:00By Rufus Thompson
Kia and BMW have been recognized by the 2012 Red Dot Design Awards judging panel, picking up the ‘best-of-best' awards in the transportation product design category.
2015-05-09T11:14:46+01:00By Rufus Thompson
Kia has won three design awards in this year's Automotive Brand Contest, continuing its strong showing in last year's competition.
2015-05-09T10:59:56+01:00By Rufus Thompson
Kia has revealed a sneek peek of its Cross GT Concept ahead of its unveiling at the Chicago auto show.
2015-05-09T10:59:54+01:00By Rufus Thompson
Kia will unveil an, as yet, unnamed concept car at the Geneva motor show this March.
2015-05-09T10:48:43+01:00By Rufus Thompson
Kia has scooped four awards in the first-ever Automotive Brand Contest. Organized and promoted by the German Design Council, the new international brand and design competition announced the winners on 22 July.
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