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Top 5 Kia News Of 2013

Kia-World crew looks back at the most popular events and Kia news stories in 2013!

With the end of the year approaching fast, it’s time to look back at the past 12 months and round up the biggest Kia news stories and most important unveils of 2013.

It’s been a busy year for Kia Motors. There has been a lot of activity in all regions with some major Kia model unveilings in 2013.

With some newly launched models and new model announcements, Kia has set the ground for future growth.

Let’s see what has happened throughout the past 12 months:

1. The Launch Of New 2014 Kia Soul

Kia Soul Red Zone Special Edition ImageKia has unveiled the 2014 version of the popular Soul hatchback. The boxy crossover vehicle has been completely redesigned after roughly 5 years on the market.

The introduction of the second-generation Soul marks one of the most important launches for the brand this year, but there have been other notable new model launches as well.

Kia has put on sale a facelifted versions of the 2014 Sorento crossover and Optima mid-size sedan, as well as a completely redesigned Forte 5-door hatchback and Forte Koup.

The 2014 Forte Koup and Forte 5-door are now available with the long-awaited 1,6L T-GDI turbo engine.

Related Soul news:

  1. 2014 Soul crash tests bring another 5-star safety rating to Kia
  2. Soul Red Zone Special Edition release date announced
  3. New Soul owner interview

2. Kia GT Range

Kia gtAt the beginning of 2013, Kia has released a couple of image renderings showcasing the upcoming cee’d GT model range.

A couple of months later, the carmaker has launched a cee’d GT 5-door and pro_cee’d GT 3-door hot hatchbacks.

It was a special “limited edition” GT model that marked the arrival of the sporty hatchbacks to the Kia range. The exclusive first edition model has been limited to 500 units and it’s been sold out immediately after its inaugural launch.

Related GT model range news:

  1. Kia pro_cee’d GT turbo teaser image
  2. High-resolution photos and video of the 3-door pro_cee’d GT
  3. 2013 pro_cee’d GT video review

3. Kia Soul EV Announcement

Kia Soul EV spy shotsThe announcement of the Kia Soul EV release is one of the latest Kia news stories. The all-electric version of the boxy Soul is coming to the market in 2014.

The 2015 Soul EV will be the very-first mass produced electric Kia car that will be available worldwide.

It will also boast some impressive figures including the segment-leading 120-mile driving range and several high-tech features.

Related news about Soul EV:

  1. 2015 Kia Soul EV specs
  2. Soul EV sales expectations

4. New 2+2 Concept Car

Kia-2+2-concept-carKia has given us a sneak peak at the upcoming 2+2 concept car ahead of its official unveiling.

Set to make its official public debut at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show in January, the new concept vehicle signals Kia’s entry into the small sporty coupe segment.

Kia have only released a teaser photo of their forth-coming sports car concept so far and has yet to release the very-first technical details.

As evident from the photo, the new 2+2 sports concept seems to be of a similar size as Hyundai Veloster coupe.

Find more details about Kia’s 2+2 concept car here.

2013 Kia concept cars:

  1. Kia Niro small crossover concept
  2. Kia CUB concept pics + video
  3. Cool photos of Kia Provo concept vehicle

5. New Model Announcements, Spy Shots – Kia GT sedan, large SUV

GT-Sedan-KiaA GT sedan has been confirmed for production, while spies have also caught a larger-than Sorento SUV prototype which appears to be the production version of the Cross GT crossover.

There’s also a brand-new Sedona minivan insight. The new model will be unveiled in the USA late next year.

Another model that will likely hit the Kia dealers soon is the Niro small crossover concept vehicle.

Kia’s chief designer Peter Schreyer would also like Kia to add a sporty roadster to the range.

Kia rumours and renderings of the year:

  1. Kia pro_cee’d cabrio rendering
  2. Sedona minivan rendered
  3. Shoul Kia build a pick-up truck?
  4. GT model range to include Soul, Rio, Picanto?

2 thoughts on “Top 5 Kia News Of 2013

  1. himi, the biggest Kia story of 2013 for me was the announcement that Kia will put the GT sports sedan in to production. That is by far the biggest story, because a larger, sportier RWD sports sedan from Kia is definitely something I’d be interested in purchasing.

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