AD #2238 – Kia Hopes the Stinger Can Change Perceptions, Aston Martin Up for Sale, Toyota Reveals New Robot

November 21st, 2017 at 11:53am

Runtime: 8:13

0:31 Volvo To Supply Uber With AVs
1:04 Aston Martin Up for Sale
2:23 Chinese OEMs Improve Safety
3:03 Lincoln Refreshes the MKC
3:33 Toyota Reveals New Robot
4:47 Kia Hopes the Stinger Can Change Perceptions

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18 Comments to “AD #2238 – Kia Hopes the Stinger Can Change Perceptions, Aston Martin Up for Sale, Toyota Reveals New Robot”

  1. David Sprowl Says:

    Good luck to Kia. I mean really the K900 was a big success. And that starting price in the low 30′s will be pig plus when competing against BMW 3 series. And I’m certain that it will compete well against say a Dodge Charger.

  2. David Sprowl Says:

    Oh and I neglected to mention it is sure to beat the pants off a Cadillac ATS.

  3. buzzerd Says:

    It’s hard to shake a corporate image. Kia entered the market as a cheap alternative and that’s still how they are viewed by most. I know around here residual values for Kia/Hyundai isn’t great, they are though of as throw away cars.

  4. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Kia is just catching up; looks like a nice platform for good money. The ATS (and the CTS) are going away; it will be replaced by probably a CT4 or CT5 (then it might be fair to make comparisons).

  5. Lex Says:

    What is with those 70′s style shirts the Kia Guys were wearing?

  6. Steve W Says:

    I’m no expert but the Stinger reminds me of the Chevrolet SS which did poorly. Might be a good car but so was the Chevy.

  7. Lambo2015 Says:

    Glad to see Lincoln is integrating the new grill across the board as I always thought the fish gill grills were so ugly.

    So is the Stinger the same platform as the Hyundai Genesis?

  8. Chuck Grenci Says:

    The Aston looks good with its bigger grill; wonder, if as with the Corvette, it needed extra cooling (for what’s under the hood). Looks good none the less (the whole car for that matter).

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Aston needed to change the grill to make it look less like the Fusion, which copied their grill a few years ago. I think it looks good.

    It looks like the Stinger is based on the Genesis G80 platform, but uses a turbo 4 rather than a NA V6 as standard engine, and will be less well equipped. $32K seems kind of high for a Kia sedan, unless it is well equipped in base form.

  10. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Lex – The whole Kia Stinger event had a 70′s theme to it, including the hotel we stayed in. The Kia folks decided to carry this theme over to their shirts as well.

  11. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Lambo2015 – From what I can find, the Stinger is built on a shortened version of the Genesis platform with some additional steel reinforcement.

  12. Bryan Says:

    A 50k Kia?! I would have a hard time paying 30k for one. Kia came to the market building absolute garbage. The name is soiled and sounds like something cheap anyway. If they want to succeed, change the name. Styling is kinda boring too.

  13. Lew Frank Says:

    Drove a 2018 Sportage SX,not impressed. Significant turbo lag, disappointing materials inside but rode nice and very quiet. Comparable Escape Titanium w/2.0 turbo much nicer and not much more.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Unless I’m forgetting, the only Kia I’ve ridden in or driven, was a Ford Aspire. They have come a long way since then.

  15. Bob Wilson Says:

    Toyota robots look to be a good answer for: Fukushima Daiichi; Chernobyl, and; Hanford.

    Bob Wilson

  16. Lambo2015 Says:

    #15 Good point Bob. Robots would be great for those tasks that put humans at risk like around radioactive material bomb squad or extreme heat or cold assuming the robot can handle it.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Robots have been used for years in dangerous environments, but generally wheel or track vehicles, not humanoid.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/23/fukushima-images-show-massive-deposits-thought-to-be-melted-nuclear-fuel

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/robots/g795/3-robots-that-braved-fukushima-7223185/