So are the new Kia and Hyndai reliable and worth buying?
Is a kia or hyndai better then other top car companies?
- TroublesomeLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
If you are concerned about Hyundia-Kia, I would not be, In 2004, Hyundai/Kia tied with Honda for initial brand quality in a survey/study from J.D. Power and Associates, for having 102 problems per 100 vehicles. This made Hyundai/Kia second in the industry, only behind Toyota, for initial vehicle quality. The company continued this tradition by placing third overall in J.D. Power's 2006 Initial Quality Survey, behind only Porsche and Lexus. Hyundai/Kia Automotive Group is the world’s fourth largest automaker (second in Asia) and one of the Big Asian Four (with Toyota, Honda and Nissan).
Plus, if Hyundai/Kia (Hyundai took over Kia in 1998) were so bad, they would have never achieved the level of success they enjoy now (sales and JD Power satisfaction ratings). Also, they would never offer the best warranty in the business if their products were so crappy. Hyundai/Kia's are know for their tremendous value, probably the "Best Bang for the Buck".
In recent interviews with Toyota executives, they have expressed concerns about Hyundai/Kia and their market share. Hyundai-Kia is the only automobile manufacturer that Toyota fears - and that says something. Kia is also moving up in sales rapidly, even quicker than Hyundai due to their improving quality and design (hired the head designer from Audi about two years ago). Hyundai-Kia is the fastest growing foreign brand in China and is the largest exporter of cars in India (Hyundai has plants in both countries). Hyundai-Kia was the only major automaker to sell more vehicles in 2009 than 2008.
The newer Kia's look great because Kia hired away the chief designer from Audi a couple of years ago. This is the same guy who designed the Audi TT. The new Kia Forte Koup and the new mid/large size Kia K7 sedan (starting selling in Korea Nov. 24) are some of his first designs for Kia. The K7 is striking sedan that would probably pass for an Audi if it didn't have Kia badges.
The new 2011 Hyundai Sonota YF, along with the new Kia K7 is going to redefine the market segment for affordable large/mid-sized sedans. I travel between Korea and the US about every other month (been doing this for the past two years) and I can see the progress in Korean technology in all facets of business and products. I have had the chance to visit the Hyundai automotive plant, Hyundai Shipyard, and the Samsung electronics factory, and I can tell you it is getting better than the Japanese. The Korean's are accomplishing what the Japanese did in a lot shorter period of time.
- 1 decade ago
Neither one is better than the "other top car companies". If you had to choose between the two, I'd choose the Hyundai. They are a pretty good company building some pretty cool stuff. If your going with asian car companies, Honda, Toyota and Mazda are still the best.