What do you do when a car company steps out of that comfort zone in which it makes utilitarian, workaday cars and SUVs and steps into a whole new realm of endeavour like making a gorgeous — and fast — executive sports coupe? You cheer their endeavour — loudly. That’s what you do, writes.
Sat, 14 Apr, 2018
Time was when the micro-mini segment was populated with cars which between them were equipped with little more technology as could be seen on, say, a wheelbarrow. Dodgy plastics, terrible seats, appalling designs, poor chassis, and absolutely no kit was the order of the day.
Sat, 16 Sep, 2017
Some time ago I got a phone call from a reader who was torn between buying a Hyundai i40 and the Kia Optima and he was quite startled when I responded to his inquiry as to which he should purchase by immediately plumping for the Hyundai, writes Declan Colley
Sat, 02 Apr, 2016
There can be little doubting about Kia’s ambitious nature right now. The Korean company — a sister brand to Hyundai, remember — has made massive strides since the days when it pedalled fairly grim family-oriented hatchbacks and saloons, as well as a couple of faux 4x4 jobbies.
Sat, 04 Jul, 2015
IT MAY be that sister company Hyundai is now self-proclaimed as ‘Ireland’s fastest growing car brand,’ but Kia has been making steady progress here in recent years and the most recent registration figures to the end of May showed the Korean firm competing well inside the top ten selling marques with a very healthy 4.57% market share for the first five months of the year.
Sat, 21 Jun, 2014
FOR two years, I have been banging on about how the "Koreans are coming" and I’m not referring to the military strength of Kim Jong-Un’s recently inherited Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, but to the industrial strength of their hated southern neighbours in the Republic of Korea.
Fri, 16 May, 2014
IT may be, as the old saying has it, that flattery is the best form of imitation, but I must say I was quite surprised during my recent test of the new Kia Cee’d by the numbers of people who complimented the car in the mistaken view that it was a new Ford Focus.
Fri, 16 May, 2014