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Three Kia Vehicles Win an Award from U.S. News & World Report 2023 Best Cars for the Money

Publications and automotive journalists that review the new and best cars available in the market are true heroes of the consumer population. Collecting data, providing objective reviews, and even compiling “Best of Lists” or hosting a competition, these sources can be very informative and helpful when entering the market to shop for a new car. Sources like Kelley Blue Book are always putting together a list, and most recently, Edmunds.com finished putting together its 2023 Edmunds Top Rated Awards. Taking home an award as the 2023 Edmunds Top Rated SUV, this year the winner isn’t the well-known Kia Telluride. Making a name for electrified models, the first-ever Sportage Hybrid took home the award.

Wow, in its first year of production, and racking up another win for the Kia Corporation. The lineup has been adding electrified models to its ranks for years, with long-gone classics, such as the Kia Optima Hybrid, to newer models, such as the Kia Niro hybrid and Kia Niro PHEV. In recent years, the automaker has added the Kia Sorento Hybrid and the Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid. The Kia Sportage Hybrid is one of the newest entries in a growing line of electrified models, and more are set to launch in near future. According to the Kia Plan S Strategy, plans to launch two new BEV models every year until 2027 were shared during the 2022 Kia CEO Investor Day conference.

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Kia Sportage Hybrid Wins 2023 Edmunds Top Rated SUV Award

Publications and automotive journalists that review the new and best cars available in the market are true heroes of the consumer population. Collecting data, providing objective reviews, and even compiling “Best of Lists” or hosting a competition, these sources can be very informative and helpful when entering the market to shop for a new car. Sources like Kelley Blue Book are always putting together a list, and most recently, Edmunds.com finished putting together its 2023 Edmunds Top Rated Awards. Taking home an award as the 2023 Edmunds Top Rated SUV, this year the winner isn’t the well-known Kia Telluride. Making a name for electrified models, the first-ever Sportage Hybrid took home the award.

Wow, in its first year of production, and racking up another win for the Kia Corporation. The lineup has been adding electrified models to its ranks for years, with long-gone classics, such as the Kia Optima Hybrid, to newer models, such as the Kia Niro hybrid and Kia Niro PHEV. In recent years, the automaker has added the Kia Sorento Hybrid and the Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid. The Kia Sportage Hybrid is one of the newest entries in a growing line of electrified models, and more are set to launch in near future. According to the Kia Plan S Strategy, plans to launch two new BEV models every year until 2027 were shared during the 2022 Kia CEO Investor Day conference.

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Kia EV6 Wins Green Car Award from the ICOTY Overseas

The Kia Corporation is already on a roll winning awards for 2023. Just last week (early 2023), the results for the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year™ (NACTOY) Awards named the winners, and the Kia EV6 took home of the name of the best North American Utility Vehicle of the Year™. This is the first win for a Kia electric vehicle (EV) since they started producing EVs. Another Kia model won “car of the year” overseas, showing love for the South Korean automaker on both sides of the globe. Winning the Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) for 2023 and the Green Car Award 2023 by ICOTY, the EV6 makes a return with an overseas model, the Kia Carens.

“India is one of the most important markets for Kia, as the Indian market has grown at an unprecedented rate. Kia has become one of the fastest-growing automotive brands in the Indian market and to be recognized by the Indian Car of the Year jury is a significant achievement for the whole Kia family…The Kia Carens highlights our commitment to offer tailor-made family vehicles to meet Indian customers’ needs, while the Kia EV6 embodies our vision to pave the road for electrified mobility solutions for India. We will continue our efforts to contribute to the future of mobility for customers in India and around the world” – Ho Sung Song, President and CEO, Kia Corporation

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Kia Telluride and Kia EV6 Land on Car and Driver 10Best List

Ever since the Kia EV6 was released, it has been a true winner. Just last week (January 2023), we got the results of the 2023 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year™ Awards, and the all-electric EV6 won the 2023 NACTOY title of North American Utility Vehicle of the Year™. Now that’s a pretty big deal. Know what else is a big deal? The prestigious Car and Driver 10Best list. Only the best vehicles out there will ever land on this list, and during its first North American model year release, the EV6 not only was considered, but also made it onto the Car and Driver 10Best list with the Kia Telluride.

“This record-setting, fourth 10Best Award win for Telluride in as many years is evidence that Kia has a core competence in developing class-leading SUVs, and the 10Best Award for the all-electric EV6 burnishes that reputation…Between the Telluride and the EV6, Kia has the spectrum of crossovers and SUVs covered for all types of driving enthusiasts.” – Steven Center, COO and EVP, Kia America

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Kia EV6 Wins 2023 NACTOY Utility Vehicle Award

The Kia EV6 debuted overseas in 2021 but didn’t officially come to America until the 2022 model year. Since then, the EV6 has outshined many of the battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) in the market. We talked about the success for the Kia Corporation in 2022 (mostly Kia America) and the success of many vehicles in the lineup. Our first highlights were all about the Kia EV6. One annual award that has been missing from the list in recent years is the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year™ Awards. The Kia Telluride SUV won 2020 NACTOY Awards for the Utility vehicle segment. Kia made it to the semifinalists round for NACTOY 2021, but didn’t go all the way. No mention for 2022, but for the 2023 model year, the all-electric Kia EV6 wins the 2023 NACTOY title of North American Utility Vehicle of the Year™.

“Since going on sale in early 2022, the EV6 model range has illustrated the sophistication and refinement inherent to Kia EV engineering, and North American customers have taken notice…In a year with three electric finalists, this win proves that EV6 is not only a top utility vehicle, but also an exemplary EV.” – Sean Yoon, President and CEO, Kia America

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Kia and Hyundai Promote ZER01NE Creative Platform at 2023 Consumer Electronics Show

In 2020, the Kia Corporation (part of the Hyundai Motor Group, HMG) announced its plans to put together groups of startups to help them move forward with new technologies and car applications. These included autonomous vehicle business, fuel cell business, smart factory, and smart city solutions. Called “ZER01NE”, the program started in 2018, and since then, 125 teams from 11 affiliates of the Group and 115 startups have worked together on 97 collaborative projects. Startups looking to join ZER01NE would be working with R&D on one of ten themes: data, user experience, human machine interface, mobility, charging, robotics, smart factory, logistics, healthcare, and materials. In 2020 and again in 2022, startups were invited to apply to the ZER01NE programs. Now in 2023, during the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Kia and HMG want to show us the innovative startups they’re working with and what technologies they will be bringing to the auto industry.

“Many of the disruptive breakthroughs that are shaping the transformation of mobility are coming from startups operating outside the automotive industry. Therefore, it is essential that Hyundai Motor Group leaves no avenue unexplored when researching future technologies,” – Dr. Yunseong Hwang, Vice President and Head of Open Innovation Execution Group at Hyundai Motor Group

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Kia Sportage PHEV and Kia Telluride Named Best Cars to Buy for 2023

The new year always starts off hot for Kia Corporation, lighting up the lineup with new battery-electric vehicles like the Kia EV6 and introducing new electrified options to some golden-oldies. As much as this automaker is striving to be an all-electric brand, there are some models that were just too perfect to not stand out from previous generations. For instance, the Kia Telluride, the largest SUV in the Kia lineup, always shines when it comes to awards shows and competitions. Starting on a hot note, the 2023 Kia Telluride and the 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid SUV have both won the title of “Best Car to Buy in 2023” during The Car Connection (TCC) Best Car To Buy 2023 awards.

“The 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid makes a compelling case for value, with a deep list of standard features, excellent crash-test scores, and especially with an EPA-estimated fuel economy1 rating of 43 mpg combined for the FWD version and 38 mpg combined for the AWD version…The 2023 Kia Telluride still sets the benchmark for three-row crossover SUVs. It’s a great family vehicle, one with lots of room for people and cargo, excellent safety ratings, and a list of standard equipment that includes one of the industry’s leading warranties.” – Martin Padgett, editorial director, Internet Brands Automotive

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Kia Sends Off Stinger with Limited Tribute Edition

The Kia Corporation has been going through some interesting changes over the last few years, and most of them are positive. Yes, some people argue over the new Kia logo – the “m” is also part of the “k”, referencing back when Kia Corp was Kia Motors. With claims to become the next all-electric automaker, releasing the Kia EV6 all-electric vehicle is just the start. Also embracing performance as well as clean emissions, the automaker is also branching out into sports cars, with the Kia Stinger breaking ground where the Kia K5 now thrives. The Kia Stinger was the first new sports car by Kia, and it thrived for a short time. The exclusive Stinger Tribute Edition will be available soon.

“The Stinger Tribute Edition denotes an important chapter in the story of Kia’s high-performance ethos. Featuring an exclusive color and interior trim never before seen on the sedan, it also serves as a fitting celebration of the Stinger’s contribution to the Kia brand,” – Chang Sung Ryu, Senior Vice President and Head of Purchase CX Design Sub-division

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Recap of Success for Kia in 2022

As an automaker, the Kia Motor Corporation has been killing it, lately. Starting off its all-electric lineup with the all-new Kia EV6 hatchback, this automaker had a lot of new releases coming up to separate itself from the industry. The Kia Carnival is putting the automaker in luxury car territory, and plug-in hybrids keep coming out for popular SUVs, like the Kia Sorento Hybrid. This year has been a very active one for the Kia Corp and Kia America, and the many awards the automaker won sing its praise all-year-long.

Starting with a bang, the Kia EV6 won “Car of the Year” award at the prestigious 2022 What Car? Awards, and World Champion at the Inaugural “Best Cars of the Year” Awards. The EV6 is really the shining achievement for the automaker, winning many awards in 2022, such as the 2022 GOOD Design Awards for the EV6 and Kia Carnival, the EV6 winning 2022 European Car of the Year, and the 2022 Red Dot Design Award won by the EV6 (to name a few). It wasn’t always just one model shining either – many awards were worn as a group effort with many models taking home the gold. This happened for Kia during the 2022 Car and Driver Editors’ Choice Awards, the four Kia models at the 2022 NYIAS, several Kia models named in MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings, four Kia models winning 2022 Strategic Vision TQI Awards, and overall named “Manufacturer of the Year” by TopGear.com. On top of this, five awards were won from the J.D. Power 2023 ALG Residual Awards for Kia, and Kia won 2023 Vincentric Best CPO Value in America.

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Three Kia SUVs Land on KBB 2023 Best Buy Awards List

Every year, automotive publications and journalists put together their “Best of” lists, hold competitions, and conduct studies. As we near ever-closer to 2023, we’ll see the last winnings roll in, and the most recent comes from a very well-known name in the industry – Kelley Blue Book (KBB). Putting together its “Best Buy Awards”, several Kia models have been named on this list as the best model in their respective category. The models listed are the Kia Telluride, Seltos, and Sportage Plug-in Hybrid sport-utility vehicles.

“The Telluride, Seltos and Sportage PHEV are proof-positive that our brand offers a robust and value-driven portfolio of rugged and capable SUVs that meet the diverse needs of our many customers…It is an honor to see three Kia SUVs recognized as category winners – and repeat category winners – by the expert editorial staff at Kelley Blue Book.” – Steven Center, COO & EVP, Kia America

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