Kia Motors Launches Plan S Strategy

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Kia Motors “Plan S” is going to be something else. Announced in January 2020, the mid- to long-term strategy has one solid goal: establish a leadership position in the future automotive industry, encompassing electrification and mobility services, connectivity, and autonomy. There are already several objectives in place, and the automaker will be quickly shifting from a business system focused on internal combustion engine vehicles toward one centered on electric vehicles and customized mobility solutions. We’ve already seen glimpses of this with the Kia Futuron concept, their first all-electric vehicle that was preceded by an internal gas combustion model, and their upcoming customization app for Kia EV models.

Here’s the outline:

  •       Offer 11 EVs by 2025 and obtain 6.6% global EV market share
  •       Launch a dedicated EV model in 2021
  •       Make 25% of all sales from eco-friendly vehicles by the end of 2025
  •       Sell 500,000 EVs worldwide and 1 million eco-friendly vehicles by 2026
  •       Develop mobility products and services

And much more.

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2020 Kia Telluride Wins the “Triple Crown” of Automotive Awards

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By the end of 2019, we couldn’t get enough of the 2020 Kia Telluride, Kia Motors’ largest SUV in the total lineup. It seemed like every week the Kia Telluride was winning another award, and some were highly coveted. It takes a lot for a vehicle to end up on the “Best of” vehicle lists. Reviewers and automotive publications around the world all have their say, so when it comes to big names like MotorTrend and Car and Driver, we know that the vehicle is making a statement. That’s especially so when capturing one of the awards from the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards. The 2020 Kia Telluride made it on all three lists and won its awards. They call this feat the “Triple Crown” of Prestigious Automotive Awards.

Yes, the 2020 Kia Telluride is the first sport-utility vehicle (SUV) to win the “Triple Crown” of the automotive industry’s most prestigious awards – the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY); MotorTrend SUV of the Year; and landing on a Car and Driver 10 Best list. Capturing the three most illustrious awards in the automotive industry in the same year as its release is unheard of, but the Telluride was popular from day one. When the Kia Telluride was announced as a NACTOY finalist in December, we didn’t want to get our hopes up, but once again it smashes the competition.

MotorTrend heralded the 2020 Kia Telluride for its undeniable success, spearheading Kia Motors sales in March 2019 when it was first released, and selling more than 45,000 units by the end of the year. A judging panel evaluated vehicles on six key criteria – safety, efficiency, value, advancement in design, engineering excellence and performance of the intended function. The Kia Telluride won them all with its sharp style, a great starting price ($31,690 plus destination fee), and an assortment of advanced automatic safety features that come standard.

Landing on the Car and Driver 10 Best Trucks and SUVs list is no easy feat. After getting a good look at the Kia Telluride, its design, equipment, performance, and road manners, Car and Driver put it up against the rest of the competition. Winning vehicles were judged on their value, driving dynamics, and mission fulfillment. If the mission was to crush the competition, then the 2020 Kia Telluride nailed it.

Finally, the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year award. Just as much as an honor as any other, the NACTOY award is pretty high up there. Winning an award for 2020 is a first-time honor for the Kia brand but is one drop in the bucket of the amount of awards has received from major consumer and enthusiast publications since the three-row SUV appeared in dealerships. Still, after months of deliberation, test drives, comparisons, and other evaluations the Telluride was victorious over a selection of 12 semi-finalists and three finalists in the utility vehicle category. Offering the smooth ride and the rich interior of a luxury vehicle without the luxury price, it’s no wonder nearly 60,000 Tellurides have been sold-to-date (January 15, 2020), and dealerships can’t keep with the increasing demand.

“We are immensely proud of Telluride capturing North American Utility of the Year…It solidifies years of effort on behalf of every Kia employee to build vehicles consumers desire and industry experts value. Winning the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year is an honor that marks Kia’s arrival in the top tier of the world’s automotive manufacturers.” – Sean Yoon, CEO of Kia Motors North America

What are you waiting for? Supplies are limited. Contact us at Miami Lakes Automall Kia for a test drive about the 2020 Kia Telluride today.

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Highlights of the New Kia Optima-K5

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The new 2021 Kia Optima, or should we say the new K5(?) has finally debuted, introducing all of the amazing specs for the new fastback sedan. New engine choices, new technology, and a new design, the K5/Kia Optima is looking pretty amazing. Set to go on sale in global markets during the first half of 2020, we won’t have to wait for the 2021 model year to get behind the wheel of the new Optima/K5. We recently discussed the possibility that the Kia Optima may switch to the name “K5”, its overseas moniker. We don’t think it’s a good idea, mainly to avoid confusion and possible distrust, but Kia Motors may do away with the Optima name. We’re just keeping it real whether you want to call it the new Kia Optima or Kia K5.

“With a fastback design, the new K5 is one of the sportiest cars that we have ever created; with its comprehensive range of cutting-edge technologies, revised engines and transmissions, and a luxurious new interior, it’s also one of the most advanced…The K5 won’t just play a central role in strengthening Kia’s presence in the global sedan segment. Almost a decade on from its game-changing predecessor, it also represents the latest milestone in Kia’s transformation into a creator of desirable, world-class cars.” – Thomas Schemera, Head of Product Division at Kia Motors Corporation

Performance

Even powertrains are getting smarter in Kia Motors vehicles. Called “Smartstream” powertrains, a new new ‘Smartstream’ 177hp 1.6-liter T-GDi engine – that’s a turbocharged gasoline direct injection engine system – and paired with Kia’s new Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology, the engine valves are regulated based on driving conditions instead of a fixed duration. This will ultimately boost performance and fuel efficiency. A high-performance 286hp 2.5-liter T-GDi turbocharged gasoline engine can be found in the Kia Optima/K5 GT, able to accelerate from 0-to-100 kph in around 6.6 seconds.

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HMG, Kia Motors, and Uber Debut Air Taxi at CES 2020

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Wow, the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show is underway and automakers are blowing us away with some of the amazing technology they’re presenting. Although the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is more so focused on personal electronic devices, it’s also an exhibition of technology, and what better way for automakers to share new technologies and integration by joining CES 2020? The Hyundai Motor Group and Kia Motors are definitely sharing the biggest surprise. The two have just joined Uber in their mission to design and produce air taxis.

Tell us if you heard this joke. Uber riders may one day become airborne. If that’s true, they’ll call it a Hyun-day. Get it? Hyun-day – Hyundai? You get it.

The Hyundai Motor Group is the first automobile group to join Uber in designing and producing air taxis that the everyday consumer can hail, just like people do every day with Uber and Lyft already. Except instead of driving through busy streets and dealing with traffic, we have lift off. Unlike regular airplanes that need a runway to gain speed and take flight, these air taxis will be electric, able to rise into the air from a standstill, powered by several propellers. The two will be creating a new network of personal transportation that no longer relies on the schedule of airlines or finding a licensed pilot.

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Kia Optima May Get a Name Change – Say What?

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After getting a good look at the new 2021 Kia Optima and some of the tech options that will be available in the new Optima, word is it might be time for a change to the name. The new Kia Optima definitely doesn’t look like it did in previous model years, and nearly everyone online seems to be referring to it as the K5, the name given to the Optima in its homeland. The automaker has already changed their signature tiger-nose grille into a tiger face front fascia – perhaps a few vehicles are due for a new title. Such conspiracies have been piqued by the automaker filing patents for a new logo in Korea, and the Optima may just adopt the Korean market’s K5 moniker on a global scale.

Hmm…not sure how we feel about this one. Although this could help clear up some of the confusion of what the model is called in terms of international sales, the Optima is known very well in America. In fact, the Kia Optima sedan is among the brand’s best-selling models in the United States. American consumers know the Kia Optima name, we’ve known it for years. It’s a real word, the plural form of “optimum”, meaning the best or most favorable. It’s not a jumble of letters and numbers.

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Kia Seltos Gets Five Star Safety Rating

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What a crazy spin that the Kia Seltos will be coming to American shores for the 2021 model year. Did anyone expect that to happen? Either way, the new crossover has a lot going for it, and the Seltos has many differences when compared with the rest of the lineup that sets it apart. There has also been an information leak about an electric version of the Seltos, but that sadly won’t make it ashore – probably. Either way, every trim of the Kia Seltos recently scored a 5-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

It should be made clear that the vehicle model tested was the Australian-spec version of the Kia Seltos launched in October 2019, not the to be North American model. However, we can’t see many changes between the Seltos 2020 and 2021 model year changing much except for the powertrains, obviously. In short, the Seltos did very well across multiple categories ANCAP tests for.

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Kia Report Leaks Kia Seltos EV

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Kia Motors has quite the surprise in store during the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of November 2019. The overseas compact crossover that has been doing so well in India is going to have a global debut after all. During the 2019 LA Auto Show, we got a good look at the U.S. specifications for the new Seltos, with the 2021 model making its way to America. Soon after, as per the pattern for Kia Motors, word is an all-electric Kia Seltos could be added to the lineup by the time the 2021 arrives. If this plan goes into production, the Kia Seltos EV will be joining the Kia Soul EV and the Kia Niro EV as the first pure-electric lineup offered by Kia Motors, a soon-to-be all-electric automaker.

Two powertrains were mentioned for the 2021 Kia Seltos, a now with a 145hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with a continuously variable transmission, and a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is able to generate up to 175 hp and 195 lb-ft. The latter is tied to a dual-clutch transmission. Whether or not Kia Motors will supply two different electric powertrains to match this is so far unclear. With the Kia Seltos crossover sitting between the Kia Soul and Kia Sportage in the model lineup, it is possible that the Seltos will receive a similar powertrain.

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Kia Motors in 2019

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Kia Motors is one auto brand that has been really blowing up lately. Whether it’s their newest hybrid and electric vehicles like the Kia Soul EV or the Kia Niro EV or the largest SUV in the lineup, the 2020 Kia Telluride, there’s been a lot of news surrounding Kia. 2019 has been a great year and with so many organizations and publications hosting award shows and putting together their best lists, we were happy to see how many Kia vehicles popped up, especially when it came to J.D. Power.

J.D. Power & Associates is a powerful name in the automotive industry, conducting many studies that cover many categories and features of vehicles every year. The Kia Soul ranked as the highest Compact Car by J.D. Power during the Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study that covers audio, communication, entertainment and navigation (ACEN) technologies, the Kia Forte was named highest ranking in 2019 J.D. Power APEAL Study that measures an owner or lessees’ emotional attachment and level of excitement in relation to their vehicle, and the 2018 Kia Stinger received J.D. Power’s first-ever “Engineering Award for the Highest Rated All-New Vehicle” award.

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Kia Reveals Tech Options for 2021 Kia Optima

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Ooooh la la, we finally get to see the 2020 Kia Optima in all its glory! Well, not every detail exactly, but more details have been revealed and that’s cause for celebration. We got a look at the new 2021 Kia Optima in November 2019, but no one could really get too jazzed up about it. After all, Kia Motors was still teasing us with renderings of the new model, but at least the latest information confirmed that a lot of the early concept renderings made it into the final production model. The new Optima is looking pretty rad, and Kia Motors just revealed new information about the upcoming fastback sedan – we’re going to see a lot of new technology.

Yes, yes, and more yes! That’s what we want to hear. Kia Motors has recently stated that the new-generation Kia Optima is bolder, feature-packed, more technologically driven with more safety features and connectivity options. We’re still waiting for Kia to release a good look at the cabin and what the center console for the new Kia Optima looks like, but still no sneak peeks. Even so, Kia Motors has shared plenty of details, stating that the dashboard will be wider and the cabin will feature soft-touch materials. Across the center console, a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster will be installed, along with a wide touchscreen display that is physically attached to the instrument cluster, situated in front of the driver.

There are also some nifty technological additions to the cabin. Kia will be offering the upgrade option of a 10.25-inch touchscreen and for the first-time ever, a powerful 12-speaker BOSE surround-sound audio system. The outside of the new 2021 Kia Optima definitely has a striking appearance and the interior cabin definitely has enough upgrades to match. For a little personalization upon entry, the cabin has a mood lighting feature with soft ambient light emitting from panels in the doors and crash pad. There’s also wireless phone charging, but all of this is pretty standard for the top-tier vehicles today, right?

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Kia Niro EV Is The Green Car to Buy

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The automobile industry is an ever-changing place, and although many automakers are leaning towards self-driving vehicles and autonomous cars, alternative fuel technology is still plugging away at the market, carving out a niche for itself that’s still growing. Sure, Kia Motors may have self-driving cars in five years, and Kia Motors has a cool learning-based smart cruise control system thanks to their involvement in the Hyundai Motor Group, but Kia Motors is also thinking green. Kia Motors has already stated that the automaker is set to become the next all-electric automaker with the new all-electric Kia Futuron concept. Plus, Hyundai Motors and Kia Motors together recently achieved a large milestone, having sold one million HEVs over the last ten years (and counting!) The best-selling HEV during that time was none other than the Kia Motors very own, the Kia Niro.

Kia Motors may have changed the industry the day the automaker released the Kia Niro, the world’s first hybrid subcompact crossover. The success of the hybrid crossover was so strong, Kia Motors released a plug-in hybrid variant of the Niro in quick succession. Now, the latest addition to the Kia Niro family is the Kia Niro EV, also known as the e-Niro overseas, and this electric subcompact crossover is already seeing much success.

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