The new Cerato, unveiled last week, will form an important part of Kia’s huge growth plans over the next three years, as the Korean brand aims to treble UK sales by the end of 2006. The Focus-sized Cerato was revealed in four-door form at this month’s Brussels show, although the bigger seller will be the five-door variant saved for the Geneva show in March. A choice of 101bhp 1.5 diesel and 104bhp 1.6 petrol engines will initially be offered, with 2.0-litre petrol and diesels of 110bhp or 141bhp coming later. Five-speed manual and four-speed auto are the transmission choices, along with two trim levels. Kia claims competitive interior space for the Cerato, which cost more than £150m to develop. Although it is 30mm shorter than the Shuma it replaces, its wheelbase is 50mm longer. Sales start in May, priced from around £9000. Kia is currently the fastest-growing brand in Europe, with sales of more than 21,000 last year, a 72 per cent increase over 2002. But the … [Read more...] about Cerato to drive Kia’s UK push
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Korea’s largest automotive group, Hyundai-Kia, will begin low-volume production of at least one fuel cell model within the next two years. It’s not yet known whether the car will be badged a Hyundai or a Kia, but it will definitely be a hydrogen-powered version of an existing model - not a fuel cell-only one like Honda’s FCX Clarity. Byung Ki Ahn, general manager of Hyundai-Kia’s Fuel Cell Group, told Autocar, “There are already agreements between car makers such as ourselves and legislators in Europe, North America and Japan to build up to the mass production of fuel cell cars by 2015. Hydrogen production capacity and refuelling infrastructure will be improved.” Hyundai intends to be at the vanguard of the move to hydrogen. “Pilot-scale production of 1000 fuel cell cars a year will begin for us in two years,” Ahn said. “Our first cars won’t be fully commercialised [they will probably be leased , not bought outright] but they … [Read more...] about Hyundai-Kia’s fuel cell push
Over the last few weeks we have visited Panama, Colombia, China and the USA in 1975. This week I thought we would go back to Asia for a little trip to South Korea.The kingdom of Hyundai and Kia is up there with Germany and Japan when it comes to chauvinistic tastes: having an import model in the Top 30 best-sellers is a rare occurrence…If you’re not a fan of Hyundais and Kia, well am afraid this article is not for you! But it’s ok, I’ve prepared 159 other countries for you to visit in my blog, and I can tell you it is 아주 좋은 (very good), so click away!Hyundai and Kia truly are the kings of South Korea, both accounting for 9 of the 10 best-selling models last month…The Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) has been South Korea’s best-selling model for the last 5 months and is in pole position in October with 12,625 sales for a 10.4 percent market share, its highest share since January.The new … [Read more...] about Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: South Korea Sticks To Local Models
Pete writes:Hi guys,I’ve got a tough set of requirements for you. I’ve been driving a 1996 Honda Civic Si for many years and it’s time to retire the old girl.I live in Denver and I love to play in the mountains. I ski, backpack and rock climb, so I need a vehicle that can handle icy I-70 and rough forest service roads (need some ground clearance). I don’t need a large vehicle and I’d like to get at least 25 mpg highway. But I also really enjoy going quickly through the twisty bits, so handling is important too!I’ve been considering the Kia Sportage SX, although the fuel economy in the AWD model isn’t great and I’ve read the Sportage steering leaves a lot to be desired. Still, the new 2 liter engine sounds fun. I’m mostly looking in the $25-30k range. For something really nice I could probably go up to $35k.I feel like there must be some other options out there, but I haven’t had much luck finding anything! Steve … [Read more...] about New or Used: To Play In the Mountains?
After landing in Botswana, Malta and Bangladesh over the last few weeks, we now travel half-way through the world again to arrive in Venezuela.If you cannot stand one more Hugo Chavez-related article, that’s ok I have prepared info about car sales in 155 other countries that you can explore in my blog, so click away!Now the most paradoxical element of the car landscape in Venezuela is that by and large it is dominated by American brands…But how is that possible I hear you ask with vigor?And you are right to ask… because it doesn’t make any sense right?It’s no secret Hugo Chavez has made it a hobby to have as little to do as possible with the United States.Well you see this is all good and well but South America has a tradition of buying (and manufacturing while we’re at it) a LOT of Chevrolets… You can see some info on Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay and Paraguay to confirm this.Venezuela is no exception and the … [Read more...] about Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: Venezuela Loves America – Really!
The automotive world is infested with lists and rankings.The 10 Best Here. The 10 Most There. Sometimes you may even find a 10 Least or a 10 Greatest. The range of expertise for such rancor can vary from truly knowledgable souls to borderline literary dope pushers with monetary agendas.Personally, I enjoy the mental exercise. When you look at 20,000+ vehicles going through the lanes at the auto auctions every year for well over a decade, ranking becomes part of your work. The same is true for folks in traffic. Or those who take strolls through our streets. Or our junkyards.Since every publication in the car business offers some type of “Best Car!” article, we here at TTAC have decided to do our own…with your help.When it comes to used cars, who is to say that the 2008 Lincoln Town Car offers, “The Best Luxury Ride For Those Who Miss The Ocean.” Or that the 2002 Kia Sportage is, “The Best Kia Ever Made… Before … [Read more...] about Hammer Time: The Best Used Cars! Or Not…
Over the next few weeks I will be taking you on a trip through Trans-Siberian railway, stopping along the way in various Russia, Mongolian and Chinese cities to observe the vastly different car landscapes each time. The first stop was St Petersburg in Russia, we are now off to Moscow!Russia, Mongolia and China not your thing? That’s fine, you can check out 174 other car markets on my blog.Back to the Trans-Siberian and Moscow. Jump in! If you can’t wait for the next report, you can follow my trip in real time here. The Moscow police are big fans of the Renault Logan.After St Petersburg we are now travelling 700 km South-East to Moscow, the capital of Russia and home to 11.5 million inhabitants. The first observation when arriving in Moscow is the age of the car park: much older than in St Petersburg at 7-8 years old on average. So whereas the St Petersburg car landscape was like removing all Ladas from the 2013 sales charts, for Moscow think of the most popular … [Read more...] about Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: Trans-Siberian Series Part 2: Moscow, Russia
After one World Roundup interruption last week, let’s resume our ‘what the XXX bought in 2012′ series. After going to China, Europe, Russia, India, Israel, Italia and Indonesia, this time let’s see what the French bought in 2012.Not interested? That’s fine I’ve got it all covered and prepared the best-selling models and brands in 172 additional countries and territories on my blog for you. Enjoy!Back to France. And 2012 was a transition year for this market, with best-sellers that we will not see atop the ranking in the future anymore… Toyota is one of the very rare carmakers to gain ground in 2012 in France. Check out the Top 400 All-models and Top 63 All-brands in France in 2012 here 2012 was a very tough year for new car sales in France, down a worrying 14% on 2011 to 1,898,872 registrations, the weakest annual tally in 15 years, since 1997 when 1,713,030 vehicles were … [Read more...] about Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: What The French Bought in 2012
After sharing with you the Top 150 best-selling cars in the world last week, it is time for our acclaimed monthly rendezvous: the World Roundup! This is already the 5th World Roundup, it’s amazing how time flies, isn’t it?If last month the focus was on the Focus (ha) in China and the Santa Fe in South Korea, in July most of the highlights happened in Europe…You can check out previous world Roundups here for March 2012 (“Has the Hybrid era started for good?”), here for April 2012 (“Big change coming from India”) and here for May 2012 (“GM and Toyota Etios make headlines”).Enough of the world and you just want to know which cars sell best in your own backyard? Easy. You can visit 168 countries and territories in my blog, one by one, in the comfort of your own lounge. Travelling the world doesnt get any cheaper than that!Back to our Roundup. The Geely CK is the first Chinese model to rank #1 in an … [Read more...] about Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: World Roundup July 2012: Geely CK, Peugeot 208 and Subaru XV Under The Spotlight
Kia, which makes the second-cheapest new car available in North America, is perhaps the world's most ambitious car company. The South Korean automaker, which failed in the Asian financial crisis of 1997 and was absorbed by former rival Hyundai, is now growing faster than any other large carmaker. In 2004, Kia exported 700,000 cars. This year it is planning to increase that number to one million. By 2010 the company confidently expects to double that number to two million and to control three percent of the world's car sales. Taken together, Hyundai and Kia intend to become one of the top five carmakers, joining VW, GM, Toyota, and Ford. It just might happen. The Hyundai-Kia group shares chassis platforms, engines, and gearboxes between the two brands. The group accepts that cars and sport-utes on the same platform—Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima, Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage—are too close for comfort but promises to differentiate the two brands more in the … [Read more...] about Little Company, Big Ambitions