Por David Tamariz Kia ha fabricado su automóvil número tres millones en Europa, desde que comenzó la producción en Žilina, Eslovaquia, en 2006. El carro número tres millones que salió de la línea de producción es un Kia cee’d. El automóvil es un vehículo con puerta trasera blanco de cinco puertas en la especificación ‘GT-Line’, construido para un cliente en Islandia. Está equipado con un motor T-GDi de 1.0 litros (inyección Turbo Gasolina-Direct). En 2017, Kia Motors Slovakia fabricó 335.600 vehículos y 539.987 motores, y exportó a más de 80 países de todo el mundo. El motor más popular del año pasado fue el motor diesel CRDi (Common-Rail Direct injection) de 1.7 litros. (no llega a los Estados Unidos).Žilina es el hogar de la producción de tres modelos en la alineación europea de Kia: la popular familia modelo Kia cee’d (que incorpora … [Read more...] about Sigue el éxito de Kia en Europa sobrepasando la fabricación de tres millones de vehículos.
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Kia is taking a direct aim at the Volkswagen Golf with the new Ceed, which it claims will be the most high-tech car in its class when UK sales commence this autumn.Revealed ahead of a public debut at the Geneva motor show next month, the five-door hatchback is the first from a new family of Ceed models that will also include an estate, which is expected to be shown alongside the new hatchback in Geneva, and a shooting brake that's due in 2019. Autocar has already driven a prototype 2018 Ceed. Click here to read the review Although now outsold by the Sportage and Sorento SUVs, the Ceed remains a key contributor to Kia’s growing European market share, which last year reached 3% - a level that has doubled since the first Ceed launched in 2006. This year, Kia is aiming to surpass 500,000 car sales in Europe for the first time.The new five-door has been given a more mature look with straighter lines and less clutter than its predecessor. … [Read more...] about 2018 Kia Ceed revealed: revamped hatch takes aim at Golf
Demand for the Sorento, Picanto, Rio and Sportage models have been soaring worldwide. Kia has plans to launch 10 new models from now until 2010. Kia will be unveiling 3 models at the Geneva Motor Show. They are the new Kia Carnival MPV (which Naza rebadged the previous model as the Naza Ria), a new hatchback concept car and the 2006 Kia Sorento. Source: The Star … [Read more...] about Kia may use Naza’s Gurun plant for regional/global production
This is a sneak peek design sketch of another concept vehicle that will be unveiled at the 2006 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The Kia Kue Concept is a crossover SUV, or crossover utility vehicle as Kia prefers to call it. It is based on a monocoque chassis. Size wise, the Kue measures up with an overall length of 4,720mm and a 2,900mm wheelbase. This compares to 4,810mm and 2,890mm for the new Sedona (Carnival) and 4,590 and 2,710 for Sorento. Kia says the Kue focus is very much about an exciting driving experience, as opposed to the typical SUV or CUV lifestyle. Don’t expect this to be a Kia Sportage replacement though, as it is a pure concept, basically a design exercise that will show a number of strong styling indicators to the direction of Kias future models. … [Read more...] about Kia Kue Concept Sketch
Kia Motors yesterday marks the 10th anniversary of production in Europe. From the official launch of volume production on 7 December 2006, over 2.5 million vehicles and 3.8 million engines have rolled off production lines at Kia Motors Slovakia in Žilina. The company has invested more than 1.7 billion euros (Rs 12,994 crore) since its arrival in Slovakia, generating over 20,000 jobs directly at the plant and among 40 of the facility’s most significant Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers. Operating three production shifts each day, Kia alone employs approximately 3,800 people. Kia currently manufactures the cee’d model family, Sportage and Venga at the facility, and exports to 95 countries worldwide. 14 percent of models produced in Žilina are right-hand drive cars, while almost 40,000 Kia cars produced in Kia’s only European plant are present on Slovak roads. Eek-Hee Lee, president and CEO of Kia Motors Slovakia, said: “In the past decade, our company … [Read more...] about Kia marks a decade of European production in Slovakia
As part of its current product overhaul, Kia will soon re-do the Rio. The company has released sketches of the next-generation Rio, which will make its global debut at the Geneva auto show in March. You’re forgiven for forgetting about the current car; the slow-selling sedan and Rio5 hatchback were introduced here for the 2006 model year and have only received minor equipment changes and a face lift since.The sketches portend a rakish hatchback design with steeply sloped rear glass. The Rio seen here wears the same headlight and grille layout seen on new products like the Sportage and Optima, along with bulging air intakes and big, showy wheels. Subtly flared wheel arches, a roof spoiler, and scalloped doors lend the car a sporty appearance. If the production model stays true to this design, it will be a huge improvement over the current car.The dashboard is composed of funky shapes and beveled edges. Kia will position the new Rio as a “sporty and elegant” B-segment … [Read more...] about Kia Previews Next-Gen Rio Ahead of Geneva Auto Show
Hyundai and Kia are technically separate companies, with Hyundai owning less than 50% of its junior partner. But as the two major divisions of the Hyundai-Kia Motor Group, the two firms share resources and align their strategies through carefully-maintained relationships in the classic Korean chaebol (conglomerate) fashion. Hyundai has long been the senior partner in the relationship, getting the newest technologies and the most expensive new cars. But in both Korea and abroad, Kia is beginning to catch up with its big brother, raising questions about the future shape of its delicate relationship. Together, Hyundai and Kia enjoy a dominant position in Korea, earning 45.2% and 33.2% of the overall Korean market in 2010 (including commercial vehicles). But if you just look at sedans and SUVs, the Korea Herald reports that their 2010 market share numbers are much closer: 39.6% and 35/7% respectively, and convergingHyundai Motor Group is focusing on the possibility that Kia will … [Read more...] about Sibling Rivalry Watch: Is Kia Outshining Hyundai?
Though Hyundai owns a controlling stake in and shares platforms with Kia, the two Korean car companies continue to operate more independently than GM’s divisions did back in their heydays. So the decision between related products often comes down to something beyond price. Take, for example, the Kia Sportage. Why buy it instead of the related Hyundai Tucson?Sure, styling is subjective, but some designs are clearly worse than others owing to unbalanced proportions or unresolved transitions. Not this time. The Sportage and Tucson share similar athletic proportions and neither exterior has an obvious flaw. The two design teams managed to craft shapes different from every competitor, and from each other. No exterior panels are shared, even the cutlines are different. With the Hyundai, there’s a complex combination of many angles. The Kia’s exterior is much cleaner, achieving a distinctive look through muscular forms that’s further enhanced by the SX’s 18-inch … [Read more...] about Review: 2011 Kia Sportage SX
Peter Schreyer, who has led Kia’s design efforts as it raises both its reputation and sales on world markets, has been named a president of the South Korean automaker.He will be one of three presidents in the company and the first non-Korean to hold the title. The promotion reflects the impact the Schreyer-led “tiger nose” design theme has had in lifting Kia’s reputation from that of a maker of cheaply built penalty boxes to a purveyor of higher quality and better performing rides. The shift has no doubt delivered higher profits per car, too.Bloomberg quotes Seoul-based KB Investment & Securities analyst Shin Chung Kwan as saying, “The promotion shows Kia’s key focus areas shifting from production and cost efficiency, which were traditionally considered more important, to design and research and development. It also symbolizes Kia’s urge to advance as a global company, showing a foreigner could make it to one of the top positions.”Kia … [Read more...] about Kia Design Chief Peter Schreyer Named Company President
Less than two weeks after Peter Schreyer’s promotion to president at Kia Motors—one of three president-level executives—he has climbed another step up the corporate ladder. Schreyer now adds the title of president at the Hyundai Motor Group and will oversee the global design strategy for both Hyundai and Kia brands.Schreyer has transformed the image of Kia through his design leadership and a number of clever hires; some would argue that Kia has surpassed its big brother, Hyundai, in terms of image and design. It appeared as if an internal competition would unfold between the two brands; this amicable competition now can take place under Schreyer’s supervision.The 59-year-old Bavarian, who was educated in Munich and at the Royal College of Art in London, was a long-time Volkswagen and Audi designer before he moved to Kia in 2006. His switch happened following a power struggle with former VW chief designer Murat Günak, who has since left the company. One of … [Read more...] about Kia President Peter Schreyer to Oversee Global Design for Kia and Hyundai