The Latest Kia Suvs, a whole different vehicle from a few years ago!

Submitted: Sunday, Oct 04, 2015 at 20:29
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My neighbour turned up yesterday with a new Kia Suv,....With a seven year warranty and everything else from the dealer ,their sure to make big inroads into the market in their catergory.
Very well appointed, solid feel to drive and a world away from the earlier models in every way as far as I'm concerned anyway... Put it this way they couldn't be any worse! was telling me that a respected chief from Audi had a lot to do with the current designs...not sure if anything was in that,but somethings happened.

Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: gbc - Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 09:56

Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 09:56
I had one of the original Ceres 4x4 1.5 tonners. That thing had so much mig wire and busted arc welding rod still attached to the chassis it looked like a scared cat. Pity it didn't go like one haha. Drive for too long at night and the headlight rocker switch would melt into the dash and you'd burn yourself trying to turn them off. You are right, they couldn't have gotten much worse.
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Follow Up By: axle - Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 13:17

Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 13:17
G/Day mate, ...Lol a landscaper friend of mine had one, the thing near broke in half with a load of soil on it one day. Scared the Bjeezus out of him.

Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: garrycol - Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 11:03

Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 11:03
Axle I think you meant to say your neighbour turned up in a new Kia Softroader rather than that American term SUV. I appreciate that Americanisation of our version of the english language is a lost cause but we should all do our bit.


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Follow Up By: axle - Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 13:10

Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 13:10
Gee Garry!, you need to buy some more landrovers that need fixing, to much spare time to think about trivial things

Cheers Axle.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 13:17

Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 13:17
I hate Americanisation of our society and language but I think it is a loosing battle.

As far as the Landies go I do too much work on them but it keeps me off the streets.



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Follow Up By: Kevin S - Life Member (QLD) - Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 19:36

Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 19:36
Americanistion is infinitely preferable to some other options available to us.

In the term SUV or sports utility vehicle the Americans have once again done what they so often do - come up with a phrase that concisely describes something. A Kia 4x4 is as much a SUV as a Land Cruiser 200.


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Follow Up By: TomH - Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 21:36

Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 21:36
Owning a Landrover would certainly keep you off the streets if you get what I mean LOL
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Reply By: Ron N - Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 14:22

Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 14:22
Kia went bankrupt in 1997 and Hyundai bought them up in 1998. Hyundai still own one-third of Kia.
Peter Schreyer is the ex-Audi bloke who joined Kia in 2006. He has been Chief Design Officer of both Hyundai and Kia since 2012. He's one of the 3 presidents of Kia.

However, Schreyer is a designer, not an engineer. He's the bloke who produces the shape of Kia's, not much else.
The chief engineer of a company is the bloke who ensures that a product performs, delivers what it promises - and most importantly, provides reliability and long life.

Kia's have had most of their engineering design in the past, based on Mazda designs.
Their attention to quality and reliability has been sorely lacking in the past.
However, both Hyundai and Kia have ramped up their attention to quality and reliability in recent years, and they now appear to be producing products that are more satisfactory.

I still prefer my Toyotas, though!

Cheers, Ron.
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 22:18

Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 22:18
A friend of mine works in a large dealership that sells about a dozen brands including Mercedes, Hyundai and Kia and most of the other big names
They have a lot of respect for the Hyundai and Kia products, Their quality and value for money is hard to beat
These are the companies that Toyota fear most....... They already have a measure on the other Jap brands
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Thursday, Oct 08, 2015 at 09:56

Thursday, Oct 08, 2015 at 09:56
I recently had a conversation similarly with the service manager of a large multi dealer group in Brisbane who said exactly the same thing.

Lowest levels of warranty work were from Mitsubishi, Kia and Hyundai. Jeep and Fiat at the stratospheric top of the list with Land Rover and Nissan well above the rest. Toyota, Holden, Ford all grouped toward the bottom but nowhere as good as Mitsis and the Koreans.
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