Kia’s New Sportage Cures Compact Crossover Boredom

Posted in Import Rides, Kia, Reasonable RideLust by Kurt Ernst | March 7th, 2011 | 4 Responses |
2011 Kia Sportage EX

The 2011 Kia Sportage SX Turbo. Image: Kia Motors

Kia Motors, like their parent company Hyundai, seems to be doing everything right these days. Take their Optima sedan for example, which has gone from a boring, disposable econobox to an object of desire (especially when fitted with their 274 horsepower turbo motor) with edgy, contemporary styling. It looks like their engineers and designers have been let loose on the Sportage as well, since Kia is now rolling out a completely new Sportage compact crossover for 2011. Why should you care? Because they’re building an SX Turbo variant with the same 2.0 liter turbo motor, and it’s available in either front wheel drive or all wheel drive. If you want a fun ride, but need a compact crossover to accommodate your family or just your stuff, you’ve now got another legitimate contender to add to your shopping list. Read More…

Kia Reaches for the Stars with New Optima Ad.

Posted in Import Rides, Kia, Rides, Television, Videos by MrAngry | February 5th, 2011 | 1 Response |

2011 Kia Optima

Ok, I know tomorrow is Superbowl Sunday and all, but my God these car companies are going buck-wild on ads this year. This new ad by Kia featuring the 2011 Optima combines spies, aliens, a God of the sea and ancient Inca’s all in an attempt to show that this new Optima is well… epic. Now I’ve driven some epic cars in my time so I think I’m qualified to comment on the subject. For instance, the Porsche GT3 RS is epic, as is the Gumpert Apollo, Nissan GT-R and Corvette ZR1. The Kia Optima though… hmm, I suppose it could be, but then again it could also be total crap. Hell, I suppose if digs it then what does the rest of the world have to lose right?
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It’s a Van, Man

Posted in Auto Show, Design, Detroit, Detroit Auto Show, Event Coverage, Import Rides, Kia, News by Dustin Driver | January 22nd, 2011 | 2 Responses |

Vans used to be cool. People tricked them out. They had little perspex bubble windows and murals of sorcerers battling dragons on them. Then the minivan came along and nobody wanted them to be cool. Well, Kia thinks it’s about time to revive the awesome custom van, man. Check out the KV7. Read More…

10 Best Car Commercials of 2010.

Posted in BMW, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Kia, Lists, Mini, Nissan, Television, Toyota, Videos by MrAngry | January 6th, 2011 | 1 Response |

10 Best Commercials of 2010

I honestly don’t know anyone out there who doesn’t like a good car commercial. At the end of the day a good automotive ad should accomplish three things. It should get us intrigued, get us excited and get us to buy. If it can accomplish this, well then it’s hit the mother lode. Some car companies rely on image and humor, some tug at our heart strings, while others rely on heritage and pedigree to get them through. Whatever route they take though, the end result is always the same – sell cars. The following is a listing of the 10 Best Car Commercials of 2010 according to me, your Editor. Now go fourth, press play and enjoy.
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The Germans Rate Used Car Reliability

Posted in auto industry, Car Buying, Kia, Porsche, Toyota, Used Cars by Kurt Ernst | December 18th, 2010 | 1 Response |
2005 Porsche 911 Carerra S

A 2005 911 is a solid used car.

If you’ve ever spent time in Germany, or dealt with German manufacturing companies, you know TÜV. The technical inspection association is sort of a cross between Underwriter’s Laboratories, Consumer Reports, the NHTSA and your state DMV. TÜV certifies everything from electrical appliances to cars, and they’re responsible for the dreaded annual road inspections that German drivers must endure. Unlike America, where the elimination of state inspection programs means that the guy next to you is driving on bald tires, with no brakes, German drivers must maintain their cars. Tires worn? Brake pads in need of replacing? You won’t be driving your car until it’s made safe to operate. What a concept.

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Is Kia Planning A Front Engine, Rear Drive Roadster?

Posted in Car Buying, Corner Carvers, Hyundai, Kia, Roadster by Kurt Ernst | October 5th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Autoblog thinks the answer is “yes”, especially since Peter Schreyer, Kia’s head of design, has long been a proponent of a low cost Miata competitor. Details vary from “vague” to “non-existent”, but popular opinion is that Kia is hard at work on a low cost roadster to compliment the Genesis coupe offered by parent company Hyundai. By limiting the model range and engine options, Kia could substantially undercut the price of drop-top amusement, cutting into a segment long dominated by Mazda.

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Kia Recalls 2010 Soul, 2011 Sorrento Models

Posted in General, Kia, Newsworthy, Recalls, Safety by Kurt Ernst | September 3rd, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

2010 Kia Soul

Kia has announced a recall for 2010 model year Soul MPVs and 2011 model year Sorrento crossovers, to address a potentially bad solder connection in the wiring harness for the interior accent lighting. Approximately 24,000 Souls and 11,000 Sorrentos are affected by the recall, which is expected to begin later this month.

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A Whole New Meaning For Meat Curtains

Posted in Bizarre, car modifications, FAIL, Funny, Kia, Pictures by Kurt Ernst | August 20th, 2010 | 1 Response |

Frank thought his buckskin window idea was sheer genius, but even he had to admit it smelled a little funky when it rained.

Source: You Drive What?

The NHTSA Is Coming For Your Soul

Posted in Cars, Cross Over Vehicle, General, Kia, Newsworthy, Recalls, Safety by Kurt Ernst | August 18th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

2010 Kia Soul

OK, so maybe they’re not coming for your Soul, but they are launching an investigation into the 2010 Kia Soul after receiving a complaint about steering shaft failure. On one 2010 Kia Soul, the steering shaft became detached from the steering wheel, which resulted in a loss of directional control. Worse, the steering shaft blocked the brake pedal assembly, leading to diminished braking ability on top of steering loss. The Soul in question had racked up just 4,300 miles since purchase, and the (lucky) driver was able to avoid an accident.

The NHTSA investigation could lead to a recall of some 51,000 Kia Souls built for the 2010 model year. A single event usually doesn’t trigger an NHTSA investigation, but the severity of the incident (loss of steering and reduced braking ability on a virtually new car) attracted the agency’s attention. Kia is fully cooperating and will work with the NHTSA on a quick resolution.

Source: Carscoop

The Ten Cheapest New Cars You Can Buy Today, August 2010 Edition

Posted in Car Buying, Car Deals, Cars, Chevrolet, Commuter Cars, Ford, Fuel-efficient, General, Hyundai, Kia, New Cars, Nissan, Reasonable RideLust, Suzuki, Toyota by Kurt Ernst | August 11th, 2010 | 6 Responses |

Sorry, you can't buy a Tata Nano here yet...

Just the other day we gave you some tips on buying a $1,000 beater car from Craigslist. Let’s say your financial circumstances are a little better, and you actually want to buy something new, with a warranty. Fun really isn’t in your price range; instead, you’re looking for practical and affordable. I’ve got good news for you, Mr. Bargain Hunter: you can still buy a new car for under $15,000, and in some cases quite a bit under $15k. If you’ve got good credit and put some money down, you can be rolling in low budget style for less than the cost of breakfast and lunch out every day.

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