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Kia Appoints Head of India Operations

Thursday, January 11th, 2018
Kia Emblems displayed in factory setting

Kia, like all automakers, is constantly updating and expanding its business. This expansion, and growing of the company, often involves expanding into new markets. Kia is currently lining up an expansion into India. The company currently does not have a manufacturing facility in India. However, Kia is on its way to remedying this.

In order for the company to successful establish a presence in India, they needed to appoint a leader with experience and drive. That’s why the company recently named Kookhyun Shim as the Managing Director and CEO of the Kia’s India operations.

Shim is certainly not a stranger to running automotive manufacturing products. He has over 30 years of experience in the field, and having held high-ranking positions in the company before, he is highly qualified for the job. One such responsibility he had was running Kia’s production in Slovakia.

Shim’s prior experience will be invaluable as the company invests in the South Asian . The country is one of the biggest auto markets in the world, so a successful, long-lasting relationship is imperative. Kia has decided to invest heavily in the country, with the final sum rising well over $1 billion.

In a quote from Business Standard, Kia Motors Corporation President Han-Woo Park said, “We recognize India as a major market with huge potential for our world-class cars. We are confident that Shim’s leadership will provide the direction we need to grow our presence in what is one of the world’s biggest new car markets.”

While the manufacturing facility in India is not yet complete, it is set to be highly successful under the watchful eye of its new Managing Director and CEO.

Julian Smith Composes With a Kia Rio

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Julian Smith, celebrated director and composer, has just used a new 2018 Kia Rio to compose a thrilling new song. The Rio wasn’t just the set piece of the accompanying video; the vehicle was used as the instrument itself.

Check out the video where you can witness the heart-pounding beat of Smith’s composition. This small car really can do big things. Click here to check out our selection!

Racing Legend Tests All New Kia Stinger

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

If you haven’t yet heard about the all new Kia Stinger, you should really check it out! The vehicle is a new direction for Kia, and is a true sports sedan. Though it may be a new direction for the company, it is certainly succeeding in all the right ways. The sedan drives exceptionally well, and has some significant power backing it up. Additionally, it has the thumbs-up from racing legend Emerson Fittipaldi.

If that name sounds familiar, it’s for good reasons. Fittipaldi used to dominant the track, and he has won the Formula One World Championship and Indianapolis 500 twice each. So, it’s safe to say, Fittipaldi knows his vehicles. He knows quality when he sees it, especially when it comes to high performance.


The 2018 KIA Stinger Brings The Stars Together For Raceway Challenge

Thursday, September 28th, 2017
NEW YORK, NY - (L-R) Joan Smalls, Derek Blasberg, Candice Swanepoel, Alex Rodriguez, Cameron Dallas, and Brandon Maxwell put the style and performance of the all-new 2018 Kia Stinger to the ultimate test in New York on September 12, 2017. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Kia Motors)

The Big Apple got “Stung” earlier this month when a star-studded group of celebrities took to the streets of New York City to race one of the year’s most anticipated automobile releases – the all new 2018 KIA Stinger. Located on a transformed, fully functioning race track, fashion designer Brandon Maxwell, supermodels Candice Swanepoel and Joan Smalls, baseball legend Alex Rodriguez, bestselling author and TV host Derek Blasberg, and social media superstar Cameron Dallas gathered to test out the KIA Stinger in the very first Stinger Runway Racing challenge. Swanepoel was able to pull away from her celebrity competition, and take home first-place bragging rights in a race against the clock.


New Head of Kia’s Dealer Development

Friday, September 22nd, 2017
Kia Appoints New Head of Dealer Development

Kia has recently announced that there will be a new head of dealer development for the company. Ian Kewley was appointed to the position, taking over for the retiring Ian Wilson. Wilson had been an integral part of Kia for nearly 30 years.

Paul Philipott, CEO and president of Kia Motors (UK), gave a statement, taken from, about how important Wilson had been to the company. In it, he said, “Ian is one of the founding fathers of the Kia family in the UK. He has had a vitally important role within Kia every step of the way and we thank him for dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism. He will be greatly missed but I know that he will enjoy his well-earned retirement.”


Kia’s New Head of Style

Friday, September 15th, 2017
Adopting a more European look, Kia appoints designer Pierre Leclercq asthe new Head of their Style department

Kia has recently announced that they will be appointing a new style head. Pierre Leclercq was selected for the position. Leclercq was formerly a designer at BMW, as well as Great Wall Motor. Kia has been switching up their lineup recently, and earlier this month Ian Kewley was appointed as head of dealer development.

With the experience he possesses from his previous positions, Leclercq should be able to perform very well in the position. Leclercq will be working specifically towards strengthening Kia’s position in the Chinese auto market. Sales for the company have been down in the country. Having a fresh take on the company’s style strategy moving forward may help strengthen the company’s position within the country.


Kia Gets in Fashion for Style360 at NYFW

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
Kia Presents Style360 at New York Fashion Week 2017

Kia Motors recently announced that it will sponsor the annual Style360 event at this fall’s New York Fashion Week for the thirteenth year in a row. Partnering with agency A-List Communications, Kia will deliver a runway experience like no other, jam packed with special guests from Hollywood and the fashion world. While it may come as surprise to some that an automaker would take part in an event at New York Fashion Week, with a lineup as stylish as Kia’s the partnership makes perfect sense.

What is Style360?

Spanning three days and featuring nine separate runway shows plus a host of other exhibitions and activities, Style360 is a fashion celebration. Attendees will be among the first to see upcoming designs from major brands including Chinese Laundry, Bad Butterfly, MOMEMTUM and Livari, plus they’ll get a chance to view the all new Kia Stinger up close and personal. Add food from popular New York restaurant Bagatelle NYC and drinks from Day Owl Rose, Deep Eddy Vodka and Essentia Water, and you’ve got an incredible party!


How to Save Money on a Road Trip

Friday, August 18th, 2017
Kia offers several road trip-ready vehicle options

Summer may soon be over, but there’s still time for one last road trip! Road trips are once again becoming very popular among drivers in the United States, who want vacation experiences that are lest costly and more about making memories than visiting exotic locations.

Kia has long provided a wide variety of vehicles to choose from that are perfect a getaway. Whether you are looking for a daily driver, or something exciting to drive on the weekends, Kia has something in stock. The Kia Soul, Kia Sportage, Kia Sorento and  Kia Niro in particular are  great options for a road trip vehicle. 

Many people want to take road trips, but cave in and abandon the idea at the last second. A lot of this hesitation stems from the fact that road trips cost money. Depending on the trip, it can be quite costly. However, there are a few tricks to help save you some cash, while still having a great experience.

Travel Close

Just because you want to travel and see the sites doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to pay for gas. In fact, there are several amazing destinations that you can reach from Hamburg on just a single tank of gas. For instance, you can drive to New York City, Rehoboth Beach, or the Poconos all on one tank of gas. You can have some amazing experiences relatively “close” to home, while still getting to travel.

Kia Sportage has plenty of cargo room for vacation or road trips

Split the Cost with Road Trip Companions

While travelling on your own can be exhilarating, it is often a good idea to travel with at least one other person. While it is not only safer to travel together, you’ll end up saving some money. Imagine cutting the price of gas and lodging in half. Plus, you can have some great company!

Look for Low-End Lodging

 If you are taking a road trip, likely one of the biggest costs is lodging. A great way to make a road trip affordable is to cut down on the price of your room. Hostels are a great, affordable option, and are often quaint and cozy. If the route permits it, you could even consider camping in a tent.

Taking a road trip can be one of the most rewarding experiences out there. Don’t let unnecessary costs keep you from enjoying the open road.

Preparing for a Road Trip

Monday, June 26th, 2017
Road Trip with the Kia Sportage

It has become increasingly popular for people of all ages to take road trips instead of flying to their preferred vacation destinations. Summer brings out the adventurer in many, and they may be tempted to make hasty decisions, resulting in a spontaneous road trip with very little planning. Spontaneous or not, there are a few things that every person embarking on a road trip should plan to bring with them. Without these key items, a road trip may be doomed from the start.