Kia’s Orth Hedrick on the Kia Soul EV on Driving the Nation

Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, Kia Motors America, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about the Kia Soul EV that is scheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of 2014. The Kia Soul EV will be Kia’s first all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) which will go on sale in […]

Kia Uvo bluetooth and voice recognition at the 2014 CES

Las Vegas, NV – At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Henry Bzeih, KMA Chief Technology Strategist and Princton Brennan, Kia engineer, talk to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about Kia’s Uvo system that uses bluetooth. This allows the owner of the car to use his/her apple or android device. Kia also has […]

Kia KND-7 Vehicle Concept at the 2014 CES

From Kia:

Kia made advancements in it’s UVO voice-activation telematics and will showcase Electric Vehicle-centered telematics in the soon to be unveiled Kia Soul EV. At the 2014 CES Kia showed the User-centered Driver Concept (UCD), including the 12.3-inch TFT-LCD cluster presents a 3D view of vital vehicle information, utilizing eye-tracking technology to maintain a […]

Kia’s Michael Sprague on the 2014 Kia Cadenza on Driving the Nation

Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing & communications for Kia Motors America (KMA), talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, about the 2014 Kia Cadenza.

The most technically advanced Kia e-ver is how Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing & communications, KMA, introduced the 2014 Kia Cadenza. Sprague went on to make a […]

2013 Shanghai auto show floor scenes

Shanghai, China – Scenes from the 2013 Shanghai auto show includes the women, the characters, the police and the cars. Watch the video to see BMW, BYD, Peugeot, Renault, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Geely, Opel, Mazda, Smart, Brabus, Citroen, Luxgen, JAC, Infiniti, Volvo, Continental, Buick, Kia, Chevy and Jeep on the floor of the Shanghai auto […]

Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on May 17, 2013

Lou Ann Hammond :

Today we have Orth Hedrick, Director, Product Planning, as a guest to answer questions about Kia’s product lineup. I am in Del Mar, CA (North of San Diego) driving a Kia Cadenza.

You will like this. Yesterday Kia had a contest to see who could take the best picture. They had different categories, […]

August 2012 sales show confidence

It looks great that the Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) is sticking around 14.5 million 8 months into 2012. Sales are up 20 percent year-over-year. But you need to look at the footnotes to see if there is confidence in the numbers, or if there is reason for worry.

I looked at the sales numbers and […]

2013 North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) nominees

It’s that time of the year again, time to whittle down the long list of new cars and trucks to decide which one is crowned car and truck/utility of the year award for 2013. The list below is referred to as the long list. For the most part, all new cars and trucks make it […]

China, joint ventures, domestic and foreign cars on the John Batchelor radio show

Gordon Chang, Forbes, and John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show, and Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, talk about China and cars.

Some of the back stories that make up the radio show are;

Why didn’t Subaru get approval for a Joint Venture in China?

Marvin Zhu, a correspondent for LMC Automotive, wrote in his […]

Orth Hedrick, on Kia Optima hybrid on Driving the Nation

Orth Hedrick, Kia Motors of America, took some time to talk to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,

The Kia Optima is Kia’s first hybrid. Now, Kia has a 2-liter 4-cylinder engine. Where does Kia stand with direct injection and turbocharging?

The new engine goes from 200 horsepower to 274, losing only 2 miles per gallon. How do […]