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Kia models awarded trio of GOOD DESIGN awards

- Kia Sorento, Optima and Trail’ster honored in ‘Transportation’ category
- Second consecutive year Kia has taken home three GOOD DESIGN awards
- Products judged on design, technology, form, materials, function, efficiency and environmental sensitivity


X-Men inspired Kia Sportage created ahead of Apocalypse

- 2nd generation Kia X-Car created in collaboration with X-Men: Apocalypse
- Inspired by X-Men character Mystique and to be unveiled at the 2016 Australian Open


Kia Motors Slovakia has paid the highest income tax

• Kia Motors Slovakia (Kia) has paid to the state budget more than it derived from it in a form of incentives after its arrival in Slovakia in 2004.
• Including property tax, custom duties and levies, Kia has reimbursed public funds three times more than it drew from it.


Kia successfully launched volume production of the 4th generation of its legendary model Sportage

• The all-new Sportage – modern and practical SUV with many innovative and sophisticated features
• Popular Kia Sportage available in GT line specification for the first time


Five-star safety ratings for all-new Kia Optima and Sportage

- Both new Kia models achieve maximum Euro NCAP safety rating
- Range of advanced new safety assist technologies for greater hazard avoidance
- Stronger bodyshells for new Kia models, made of tougher, lighter steel


Kia Motors granted Nevada autonomous driving license

- US state of Nevada grants Korean manufacturer permission to test autonomous driving technologies on public roads
- Soul EV’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems tested in Beatty, Nevada
- US$2 billion investment by 2018 to develop autonomous vehicle technology
- Kia to introduce partially-autonomous driving technologies by 2020, with arrival of fully-autonomous vehicles targeted for 2030


Kia takes first place in Auto Bild magazine’s Quality Report 2015

- Kia ranks highest among 20 leading carmakers on German market for customer satisfaction, reliability and long-term quality


Kia successfully concluded the first phase of reconstruction of the University Hospital with Polyclinic in Zilina

• Kia plant has supported reconstruction of the University Hospital with Polyclinic in Zilina in the amount of 370,000 EUR via the Foundation Fund Kia Motors Slovakia at the Pontis Foundation
• Reconstruction of the Zilina hospital took place in four different departments: Pediatrics, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, and Department of long term care
• 38 volunteers from Kia plant painted the Pediatrics premises


Kia Sorento scores win at AJAC Canadian Car of the Year Awards

- The all-new 2016 Kia Sorento earns title as AJAC’s “Best New SUV / CUV ($35,000 - $60,000)”


Purposeful design for all-new Kia Cadenza

- Sharper, more defined styling for Kia’s full-size sedan
- Distinctive, European-inspired looks with a sleek, elongated silhouette
- Bold new model maintains the progressive image of existing Cadenza, promising greater refinement and luxury
- On sale in overseas markets in 2016


Kia Motors concludes construction on first manufacturing plant in Mexico

- Plant in Pesquería, Nuevo León will undergo six-month period of quality assurance testing and pilot production in lead up to mass production of Forte (Cerato) compact sedan
- Kia Motors Mexico Plant will have annual production capacity of 300,000 vehicles


All-new 2016 Kia Optima and Sorento win ‘International Car of The Year’ Awards

- Kia brand wins Road & Travel Magazine’s International Car of the Year (ICOTY) Awards for fourth consecutive year
- Optima claims the International Car of the Year (ICOTY) award for second time in four years
- Sorento wins International SUV of the year award for the first time


Kia maps out five-year ambition for green car leadership

- Green car line-up expected to grow from four to 11 models by 2020
- Kia targeting hydrogen fuel cell vehicle production within five years
- Kia aiming to improve average fuel efficiency by 25% over 2014 levels
- Roadmap for low emission cars includes clean combustion, hybrid- and pure- electric vehicles, and hydrogen fuel cells
- 70% of current engine range set to be replaced by more efficient units


Kia to launch all-new Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle

- All-new compact SUV platform engineered uniquely for new Kia HUV
- Stylish new design for Niro development project
- Hybrid powertrain developed for latest model
- Engineers targeting sub-90 g/km CO2 and class-leading fuel efficiency
- Production for overseas markets scheduled to start in late 2016
- Kia aims to improve average fuel efficiency by 25% over 2014 by 2020


Hybrid future planned for next-generation Kia Optima

- New Optima range will include Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models
- Optima PHEV to combine high-capacity batteries with 2.0-liter GDI engine, offering more electric range than any other PHEV sedan
- Targeting 10% greater fuel economy for new Optima Hybrid
- Kia aims to improve average fuel efficiency by 25% over 2014 by 2020


Kia Motors to introduce first autonomous driving

- Kia developing range of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
- US$2 billion invested by 2018 to develop autonomous vehicle technology
- Introduction of new partially-autonomous driving technologies by 2020
- Kia targeting 2030 introduction of fully-autonomous vehicles to market, with vehicle-to-vehicle communication in development


Kia celebrates the spirit of the American road trip at 2015 SEMA Show

- Four all-new Kia concept vehicles debut
- Trail’ster electric hybrid AWD concept makes first appearance at SEMA
- Fun and functional Ballast Point Sedona returns to serve showgoers


Kia Sorento wins coveted Public Car of the Year title at Middle East Car of the Year Awards

- Sorento wins MECOTY Award for Public Car of the Year after securing highest number of public votes from across the region


Death Valley hot weather test for all-new Kia Sportage

• Extreme hot weather test for Sportage in one of the hottest places on Earth
• Comprehensive ‘Hot Test’ allows development of class-leading heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems
• All-new Sportage undergoes Kia’s most rigorous global test programme yet


Kia unveils all-new Sportage and Optima at 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show

- World premiere for all-new Kia Sportage
- European debut for all-new Kia Optima
- Upgraded Kia cee’d range on show, including sporty new GT Line model
- Technology showcase includes Kia’s all-new downsized 1.0-litre T-GDI engine and seven-speed double-clutch transmission


Global debut for all-new Kia Sportage at Frankfurt Motor Show

- New design and advanced technologies for fourth-generation compact SUV
- Modern layout and greater refinement for high quality new cabin
- Greater passenger comfort with more space and less noise
- The safest Sportage yet, with a stronger body and new active safety tech
- Smoother, more refined ride and greater handling agility
- New technologies include wireless phone charging, connected services and Autonomous Emergency Braking


High-class cabin and cutting-edge technology for stylish all-new Kia Optima

- Evolutionary design and cutting edge technology for all-new Kia Optima
- Refined new interior with higher quality materials
- More space for every passenger in new cabin
- 50% stronger bodyshell and a range of new active safety technologies
- Smooth ride and more agile handling, with optional electronic suspension
- Choice of gasoline and upgraded diesel engines, plug-in hybrid to follow
- Lower emissions from advanced seven-speed double-clutch transmission
- New technologies include wireless phone charging and connected services


Kia performing better than ever before in Europe

- Record 200,038 Kia cars registered in Europe* over first half of 2015
- New and upgraded models drive Kia’s 7.6% year-to-date sales growth
- Highest ever quarterly sales with 103,946 units registered in Q2
- Best-selling Sportage and cee’d top the brand’s sales charts


Major upgrade for Kia cee’d with new look, new engines and improved dynamics

- Subtle upgrades to exterior looks, interior quality and refinement
- Wide range of engines includes highly-efficient new 1.0-litre T-GDI
- Lower emissions and adoption of new seven-speed DCT
- Advanced new Kia Connected Services launched later this year
- Introduction of sporty new GT Line specification
- Upgraded Kia cee’d available across Europe from July 2015


Kia Motors earns best-ever ranking in 2015 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

- Third straight year of IQS improvement places Kia second among 33 brands
- Kia Sorento and Soul awarded for highest scores in compact multi-purpose vehicle and midsize SUV segments as five other Kia models rank among top three in their respective categories
- With nearly 20-percent improvement, Kia owners had fewer issues with their vehicles than nearly all other car and truck brands


Kia Motors vehicle exports from Korea to surpass 15 million units in June

- Milestone to be achieved 40 years after first vehicle export in 1975
- 15 millionth export to be reached four years and three months since surpassing 10 million vehicle exports
- Rio posts highest cumulative exports of 2,230,000 units followed by Sportage, Picanto and Sorento
- Domestic production output grows from 800,000 units in 2000 to 1,710,000 units in 2014


100% electric Kia Soul EV wins another award

- Kia Soul EV recognised at Prix Auto Environnement MAAF 2015 awards
- French journalists reward Kia for commitment to zero emissions motoring
- Kia Soul EV adds to its collection of accolades


Kia Motors holds official brand launch ceremony in Mexico

- Retail sales of Forte (Cerato/K3), Sportage and Sorento to commence on 1 July 2015 at 21 dealers in 10 major cities nationwide
- Full model range to be covered by industry-leading 7-year / 150,000 km warranty
- 300,000-unit capacity state-of-the-art Kia manufacturing plant in Nuevo León on schedule to begin mass production in mid-2016
- Kia Motors Mexico plant to serve as regional compact vehicle export base


One in a million – Kia cee’d production hits seven figures

- One millionth Kia cee’d built in Europe since 2006
- The first-ever Kia model designed and manufactured in the region
- cee’d recognised for signaling a qualitative revolution for Kia in Europe
- New GT Line specification and new downsized engines to be introduced later this year


Kia Motors posts global sales of 252,528 vehicles in April

- Kia records year-on-year sales growth in Korea (10.4%) and China (5.8%) in April
- Kia’s best-selling car in overseas markets in April is the Rio (K2) B-segment sedan


Rafael Nadal and Kia Motors double up for another five years

- Rafael Nadal and Kia Motors extend their successful collaboration to 2020
- Nadal to feature across global Kia advertising and media campaigns
- Appearances planned at international events


Kia Motors to support emergency vaccination program in flood-affected regions of Malawi

- Kia to support emergency vaccination program for the flood-affected Nsanje region of southern Malawi
- Cholera vaccines provided for 50,000 people in affected areas
- Company teams up with Korea-based international organization, IVI (International Vaccine Institute), to provide relief assistance


All-new Kia Sorento receives NHTSA 5-Star safety rating

- Kia’s all-new Sorento CUV earns NHTSA’s highest rating*
- Sorento’s extensive use of advanced high strength steel makes Kia’s largest CUV stiffer and more durable than ever
- 2016 Sorento combines a strong base with additional design improvements to reduce NVH and provide a comfortable and quiet interior environment


Hyundai Motor Group appoints Albert Biermann as Head of Vehicle Test & High Performance Development

• Biermann’s last role was as Vice President Engineering at BMW M Automobiles, responsible for dynamics of acclaimed road and race cars
• Takes on responsibility for new high performance vehicles and technologies
• Appointment is part of a drive to develop Hyundai and Kia vehicles that lead their segments for rewarding driving dynamics


Kia volunteers back in action

• Kia Motors Slovakia employees planted more than 1,000 trees in the Rybna Valley near Zilina
• The plant continues in its volunteering tradition in cooperation with organizations in the Zilina region


2015 Kia Sedona (Grand Carnival) named to Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list

- Kia’s all-new Sedona boasts world-class refinement and unmatched interior design
- Available Nappa leather and “First Class” lounge second-row seating sets Sedona apart from its segment competitors
- 2015 Sedona offers seven-passenger seating and unique eight-passenger configuration with Slide-N-StowTM technology for maximum flexibility


Kia hits European production milestone with 2,000,000th car

- Two million Kia cars built in Europe since 2006
- 2,000,000th car is a high-powered pro_cee’d GT, destined for Belgium
- 323,000 cars and 493,000 engines produced in 2014


Kia Motors global sales rise by 3.0 percent in March

- Kia records year-on-year sales growth in China (11.3%), Korea (8.5%) and North America (7.9%) in March
- Kia’s best-selling car in overseas markets in March is the Rio (K2) B-segment sedan


Seoul world premiere for fastback Kia Novo concept car

- Modern, coupé-inspired design for Kia’s latest concept
- Minimalist interior design with high-tech features
- Powered by 1.6-litre turbo GDI engine mated with a new seven-speed DCT
- Hints at the design direction for Kia’s next-generation compact cars


All-new Kia Optima makes global debut at the New York International Auto Show

- Kia’s best-selling D-segment sedan is passionately designed and obsessively crafted
- European styling, refined premium interior, and reduced NVH
- New Optima boasts significant ride and handling improvements
- European powertrains and specifications to be announced later this year


Double win for Kia in the 2015 Red Dot design awards

- Kia Soul EV and all-new flagship Kia Sorento honored
- 13 ‘Red Dots’ for Kia since 2009
- Prestigious design competition celebrates its 60th anniversary this year


Foundation´s drop of blood

The Kia Motors Slovakia Foundation in cooperation with the Public Relations team resumed the tradition of blood donation day, which, however, took place at the Training Center in Gbelany for the first time.


Kia Motors partners with Copa América Chile 2015

- Second consecutive sponsorship of Copa América for Kia Motors
- Numerous activities planned to engage with the world’s passionate football fans


Kia to hire new employees

• Launch of the third work shift in the Engine shop planned for the second quarter of this year
• More than 50 new employees to be recruited by company


Kia unveils SPORTSPACE concept and production models at 2015 Geneva Motor Show

- World premiere for Kia SPORTSPACE concept
- First appearance of sporty new European Kia cee’d GT Line
- First production application of Kia’s all-new downsized 1.0-liter T-GDI engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
- Upgraded Kia Picanto on-sale globally in first half of 2015


Kia Sportage ranks highest among small SUVs in 2015 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study

- Top honour reinforces brand’s continued commitment to craftsmanship
- Dynamic and capable crossover earns Kia’s first-ever Vehicle Dependability Study award
- Award follows two consecutive Initial Quality Study awards for Sportage


Kia posts record European sales in 2014

- Total of 353,719 Kia cars registered in Europe* during 2014
- Kia sales grow by 4.2 per cent as new car market begins to recover
- 56 per cent of Kia cars registered in Europe were made in Europe
- Sportage and cee’d remain the brand’s best-selling European models


Kia’s new seven-speed dual clutch transmission cuts emissions, improves performance

- Kia launches its first seven-speed DCT in new cee’d GT Line models
- Developed in-house at Kia’s Namyang R&D centre
- Innovative hollow double-gear input shaft minimises loss of torque
- Improved fuel economy and more decisive acceleration
- New DCT will appear on other Kia models in the future


World production premiere for Kia’s new 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder ‘Kappa’ engine

- World premiere for Kia’s new downsized 1.0-litre T-GDI engine
- Developed in-house at Kia’s Namyang R&D centre
- Newly-developed laser-drilled injectors enable more efficient combustion
- Single-scroll turbocharger with electric scavenging system
- Innovative dual-thermostat cooling for cylinder heads and engine block


Sporty Kia cee’d GT Line launched with new engine and dual clutch transmission

- GT Line models blend the looks of the sporty cee’d GT and versatility of the conventional cee’d, inside and out
- Debut for Kia’s all-new three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDI engine
- More power and torque and fewer emissions from 1.6-litre CRDi diesel
- Improved fuel consumption and emissions from new seven-speed DCT
- Kia cee’d GT Line available across Europe in Q4 2015


Kia SPORTSPACE concept to be unveiled at Geneva

Kia Motors Europe will unveil an innovative new concept, the Kia SPORTSPACE, at the 85th Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva on 3 March 2015.


Kia Soul EV wins 2015 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Award

- Kia’s first all-electric vehicle wins best eco-friendly honor
- Soul EV praised for funky style, power, range and roomy interior
- MotorWeek’s annual list of winners serves as a buying guide for the show’s nationwide audience


Prestigious design award for new Kia Sorento

- ‘iF Design Award’ for third-generation Kia Sorento
- All-new Sorento on sale globally in Q1 2015


Kia to reveal new Picanto at 2015 Geneva Show

- Updated exterior and interior design with new customisation options
- New premium features include cruise control and touchscreen infotainment
- Updates to 1.0-litre gasoline engine and reduced stopping distance
- On sale across Europe by the end of Q1 2015


Kia cars to drive success of Australian Open 2015

- 107 Kia courtesy vehicles provided for Australian Open 2015
- Kia brand ambassador Rafael Nadal unveils the ‘Kia X-Car’ – inspired by X-Men and produced in collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Kia manufactured over 323,000 cars in Slovakia last year

• The only Kia manufacturing facility in Europe increased the year-on-year production by more than 3%
• Since the 2007/2008 school year, over 530 students have taken part in the practical training program at the plant


Help Kia to become the National “Public“ Champion for Slovakia in the European Business Awards

Kia Motors Slovakia is competing for the title of “National Public Champion“ in this year’s European Business Awards.


Kia Motors global sales rise 5.9% in 2014

- 2,907,757 Kia vehicles sold globally in 2014 for 5.9% year-on-year gain
- Full-year sales in China, North America, general markets, Korea and Europe post year-on-year growth of 17.5%, 7.0%, 2.1%, 1.6% and -0.1%, respectively
- Subcompact Rio was top selling Kia vehicle in overseas markets in 2014


Trio of GOOD DESIGN awards for latest Kia models

- Kia K900, Soul EV and GT4 Stinger honored in ‘Transportation’ category
- Annual design awards program celebrates design excellence
- Products judged on design, technology, form, materials, function, efficiency and environmental sensitivity