Kia Motors Corporation Posts

Hyundai and Kia names Kim Hae-jin as the new R&D head

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Hyundai Motor Co. and affiliate Kia Motors Corp. has named Kim Hae-jin as the new president of their joint research and development division. Hae-jin was previously the head of the development of engines and transmission and previously managed R&D quality control.

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Kia Motors Corporation (000270) To Launch The Soul EV Next Year

Kia Soul
Kia Motors Corporation (KRX:000270) recently held a media launch event to unveil the 2014 Soul electric vehicle, which will be released in select markets in 2014.  An all-electric version of the Soul is a natural extension to one of Kia’s best-selling vehicles.  Kia Motors Corporation (KRX:000270) will be revealing more details at the upcoming U.S. auto show.  Kia will reveal the power train, range/MPGe, packaging, and go-to-market strategy there.
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Kia’s Super Bowl Ads Stars “Hotbots” and “Space Babies”

Like many other companies, Kia Motors Corporation already released their Super Bowl commercials on YouTube. The company’s Super Bowl ads feature “hotbot” robots and space babies. In the first ad, there is a “hotbot” robot that is serving as the spokesperson for the 2014 Kia Forte. The hotbot gets offended when someone puts their fingerprints on the window and kicks the wheel. The second ad is about a kid asking his parents where babies come from. The dad says that babies come from another planet. Check out the videos below and remember to “Respect the tech”:
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The 2014 Kia Cadenza Is The Company’s First Premium Car

Kia Motors Corporation showcased the Kia Cadenza earlier this month.  The Kia Cadenza is a full-size sedan that is similar to the Kia K9.  This will be Kia’s first attempt at the premium automobile market.

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Google Maps and Places Coming To Kia Cars

Kia Motors is going to enhance the UVO in-car entertainment system by teaming up with Google.  Google products will appear in the UVO eServices infotainment system, which is debuting in the 2014 Kia Sorento.  Google will provide content and search-based solutions that is enabled by APIs.  The 2014 Sorento CUV will utilize Google Maps and Google Places to grab driving directions and to find Points of Interest (POIs) in a seamless way.  Kia owners can send a POI or destination to their car using the Send2Car feature.  Check out Kia’s press release about the new Google features below:

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AutoTech Roundup: Nissan Juke, Kia Ray Concept, Danica Patrick Wrecks Car At NASCAR Debut, Saab’s $545M Loan, Musk Flying Around In Private Jet

Nissan Juke

Nissan has released official images of the Nissan Juke. At the front of the Juke, there is six pairs of lights including head lamps, fog lights, and large round auxiliary lights. The interior is inspired by a fuel tank of a motorcycle too [CNET].

Kia Ray Concept

Below is a picture of the Kia Ray, a natural gas-powered vehicle that debuted at the Chicago Auto Show. Under the glass hood is a 153 horsepower and 1.4 liter direct-injection engine [AutoMobileBlog].

Patrick Crashes GoDaddy Car In 12 Car Pileup

In her debut at the NASCAR Nationwide race, Danica Patrick crashed the GoDaddy Chevy Impala in a 12 car pile-up.

Saab Approved For $545 Million Loan

Saab has been approved for a $545 million loan. “We are extremely pleased with the decision by the EIB as this was a crucial component in enabling the acquisition of Saab to proceed. Months of hard work have paid off, said Victor Muller, Spyker’s CEO. “We cannot wait to close this transaction now as soon as practically possible. We extend our gratitude to the EIB officials who have worked relentlessly to make this happen.” [eGMcarTech]

Musk Flying Around In Private Jet

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk flew his private jet to Washington D.C. over 12 times since last year according to Autospies. Some of these trips were intended to request government public financing. This is ironic because GM, Chrysler, and Ford executives were heavily criticized by members of Congress for doing the same thing. Musk flew in a Dassault Falcon 900 and landed in Washington in mid-June of 2009. Around that time is when Tesla was given a $465 million loan from the DoE. Tesla is planning to raise an additional $100 million in an IPO. [AutoSpies]

Microsoft and Kia Partner To Launch UVO

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Kia Motors Corporation are partnering up on a project called UVO. UVO is short for “Your Voice.” UVO will be a similar product as Microsoft’s SYNC partnership with Ford Motor Company. UVO is part of Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Technologies. Microsoft and Kia will announce the product at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The Uvo has a 4.3″ color display. The display will be built into Kia cars starting in summer 2011 and will land in the 2011 Sorento first. Uvo will have a 1GB hard drive for media storage and will have the ability to rip CDs. Other features include SIRIUS satellite, AM/FM radio, and supports speech-recognition.