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Four Kia Models Win 2022 Strategic Vision TQI Awards

As the year comes closer to the end of 2022, we expect to see all kinds of cars winning awards and landing on “Best of” lists from automotive publications and organizations all across the industry. There may even be some rarely heard of, like the Strategic Vision’s 2022 Total Quality Awards. Unless on the board for a company, most people won’t be working with an international consulting and advisory service organization such as Strategic Vision, but the head honchos of many automakers rely on it to learn how consumers respond to their products. With nearly 30 segment categories represented, four Kia models won their respective segments this year.

Strategic Vision has become an asset to many companies due to their understanding of consumer data, able to their predicting advocacy, conquest, and loyalty to a brand. This is all according to a collection of consumers’ personal values and decision-making structures, and Strategic Vision’s 28th annual Total Quality Impact (TQI) report is a great example of this. An analysis that goes beyond the quality of a vehicle but also how the consumer evaluates its quality based on emotional attachment, the NVES was conducting by surveying over 112,078 new vehicle buyers after the first 90 days of ownership. Much like the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, surveys give a good look at a sample of the consumer population, and in the case of the NVES, consumers seem to perceive the quality of their vehicles as higher when the “right things work right” – who doesn’t love it when a product works the way it should? Kia Corp received a lot of praise for this.

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Kia Collaborates with Electrify America for Free Recharging of Niro EV

Kia Corp is well on its way to becoming an all-electric automaker. Electrifying some golden oldies like Kia Sorento and Sportage into plug-in hybrid SUVs, the automaker released the first hybrid crossover, the Kia Niro, and then a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and electric vehicle (EV) variant. Soon after, the all-electric Kia EV6 came out, the first EV without a gasoline predecessor. With the EV9 underway, Kia America is continuing to give drivers of new EVs another reason to go electric with free charging incentives with Electrify America.

Back in February, Kia America and Electrify America teamed up for a new EV6 incentive. For consumers who purchase a new Kia EV6, they get to enjoy 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), free of charge, at any Electrify America station across the U.S. 1,000 kWh may be hard to understand in terms of range and power, so let’s break that down. The EV6 has an EPA-rated 310-mile range. According to Kelley Blue Book, the average consumer drives about 40 miles a day. With Electrify America offering about 3,500 to 4,000 miles of all-electric driving for free, that’s nearly four months of free electric charging for new Kia EV6 owners. Plus, eligible for the $7500 federal tax credit, anyone who buys a new EV6 this year gets a nice tax write-off when filing taxes next year (2023).

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Kia America Enters Rebelle Rally with 2023 Sportage X-Pro

Rebelle Rally, the first all-women’s off-road rally and the longest competition of its kind in the lower 48 states, is becoming a fun race for automakers to enter vehicles into and show what they’re made of. Building teams with experienced racers and drivers, every year it seems like a new automaker joins the competition. Kia America is one such automaker, entering its first Rebelle Rally in 2020 and returning every year since. With a new model to enter the race, the 2021 team returns to snatch up first place this year.

“Kia’s longest running nameplate has a storied past of off-road desert racing with impressive results to boot in the Paris-Dakar rally and Baja 1000 race…An incredible off-road contender back then, the latest iteration of the Sportage will build upon its legacy by tackling the arduous Rebelle Rally with finesse, especially with such a fierce team at the helm.”- Steve Center, COO and EVP, Kia America

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Kia EV9 in Final Testing Phase

Back in 2019, Kia Corp (then Kia Motors) announced that it was going to become the next all-electric automaker to take over the auto market. Once its parent group, (HMG) developed the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), Kia was able to get to work on its first all-electric vehicle with no precedent. The Kia EV6 shocked the industry – an electric vehicle (EV) that also offers high performance? It sounded amazing, but the EV6 GT could accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds. Last year, Kia previewed the next all-electric vehicle to join the lineup, an electric SUV sharing striking similarities with the Kia Telluride SUV, the Kia EV9.

Kia revealed the EV9 concept in November 2021, and we got a good look at it during the 2022 Chicago Auto Show. It definitely looks like a Telluride, and the EV9 has been spotted being tested on public roadways more than once. Now that the electric SUV has entered its final testing phase, Kia Corp announced the world premiere of the Kia EV9 during the first quarter of 2023. Although we love the EV6, Kia has announced that the EV9 will also become the new flagship model of the brand, the icon of EV performance on tracks, roads, and a variety of terrain conditions.

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The 2023 Kia Telluride Gets a New X-Pro Model

Who watched the Emmy’s over the weekend? Going on for over 70 years, the 74TH EMMY® AWARDS on NBC have concluded, and during its prime time, Kia took up some ad space for its new creative campaign and in-show video integration. Putting the spotlight back onto the Kia Telluride SUV, the automaker’s most-awarded vehicle ever, the Telluride is entering 2023 with its own X-Pro model. The last model to get the X-Line treatment was the 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV. We wonder what enhancements will come with the Kia Telluride X-Pro.

“The Kia Telluride took the Kia brand to new heights both literally and figuratively and now we’re showcasing just how rugged, capable and refined the new Telluride X-Pro is and how far off the beaten path it is ready to go…Telluride is Kia’s most capable SUV ever and we wanted to show how it can adapt to a variety of situations, no matter what ‘genre’ of lifestyle people lead. Kia is proud to return as the Official Automotive Sponsor of the Television Academy and the 74th EMMY Awards for the third consecutive year and we have created video vignettes that play off the various award categories and celebrated television genres to highlight the versatility of Telluride with our 60-second spot displaying the SUV’s rugged capabilities.” – Russell Wager, vice president, marketing, Kia America

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Kia Enters Into Partnership with Deutsche Bahn for EV Battery Recycling

Electric vehicles (EVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) are growing in the auto market, and that’s a great thing for the environment. Zero-emissions, less fossil fuels, and a more sustainable fuel source. There is the other side of the coin however – how does the impact the environment? Mining for the materials and resources to make EV batteries, and then what happens to those batteries once depleted? Do they end up in a landfill somewhere? Kia Corp and the Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) are working towards new forms of battery management service and battery reuse and recycling with new partner Deutsche Bahn (DB Bahnbau Gruppe).

This isn’t the first time the automotive group has entered into a collaboration to change how battery supply and their lifetime can affect the environment. In 2020, HMG partnered with SK Innovation Co. to find ways to maximize the value of EV batteries, even when they are no longer suitable for EVs and BEVs, but still make them eco-friendly to continue to reduce carbon emissions. Not only can increasing their value make them a stronger asset for the future of mobile solutions in the auto industry and public and private transportation, but it will give EV batteries a more positive “image”. Using the Kia Niro EV batter pack as a starting point, solutions for how used EV batteries could still be used in a variety of applications, including new forms of Energy Storage Systems (ESS) that are reusable and portable. The partnership with Deutsche Bahn aims to do something similar on a larger scale.

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Several Kia Models Named in MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings

As we near ever closer to the end of the year, automotive organizations, publications, and groups are going to start rounding up their “Best of” lists and high-ranking vehicle models to share the news with the consumer base. Just in case anyone is currently in the market for a new vehicle, such information and data is truly a vital resource to have on hand. That’s why big names like MotorTrend are who to look for when it comes to ranking the best vehicles for 2022. Having landed on a MotorTrend list more than once, named as the “SUV of the Year” by MotorTrend in 2020, it’s no surprise the Kia Telluride SUV returns in 2022, grabbing top honors in MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings for the second half of 2022.

“We are honored so many of our vehicles have been recognized, especially the EV6, which continues to reaffirm its leadership status among an impressive field of electrified competitors…While these rankings reinforce our advancement in electrification thus far, we’ll only become more formidable as our ‘Plan S’ strategy continues to unfold.” – Steve Center, COO and EVP, Kia America

Since its release, the Kia Telluride wowed consumers. Sure, it didn’t come with all the fancy features promised in the original Kia Telluride concept, but the 2020 Kia Telluride spearheaded sales for Kia during its initial release. Winning awards and earning honors ever since, popping up again on a MotorTrend list is no surprise. We’re hoping for another “Triple Crown” this year, but who really knows with all the amazing vehicles coming out lately, especially with the hot electric vehicle (EV) race in the auto industry.

The 2022 Kia Telluride is not alone, however. Also landing amongst MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings are the Kia 2022 Rio Sedan and Rio Hatchback captured top honors for their respective segments: subcompact sedan and subcompact hatchback. The Telluride was of course the winner for the 3-row SUV segment. But wait – EVs are also making a lot of noise, and many Kia electrified vehicles took home the top honors. These include the 2022 Niro, Sportage Hybrid and Sorento Hybrid taking second place in the Compact Hybrid Hatch, Compact Hybrid SUV, and 3-Row Hybrid SUV segments, respectively. The EV6 also made an appearance, taking the second place ranking for Electric SUVs.

Now that’s a true honor for Kia. So many models were ranked the best of the best in their class, and there’s no stopping the automaker. MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings originally launched in 2020 to help the average car buyer better understand their options, and with their many long-running Car, Truck and SUV of the Year award competitions, consumers can rest assured that the vehicles on every list have been ranked based on how well a car drives, its long-term value, safety, efficiency, driving range, and technology, to name a few categories that affect a vehicle’s ranking. As competition between automakers continues to rage on, publications like MotorTrend are the ones to look for when buying a new car. Once you’ve done the research, you can find a new Kia model at Miami Lakes Automall any day.

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Kia Ranks High in J.D. Power 2022 TXI Study

It’s that time of year in the automotive industry. Every week or so, it seems like another organization comes out of the woodwork to announce their “Best of” lists, top picks, competitions, and study results. What a time to be a consumer in the market for a new car. The results of each of the above can make or break a consumer’s decision to purchase a certain vehicle model, and automakers are always excited to see how well they do in the rankings. Speaking of rankings, the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Tech Experience Index (TXI) Study recently concluded, and Kia Corp scored very high, along with its parent group (Hyundai Motor Group; HMG) and teammate Genesis. In fact, Genesis ranked highest overall and in the premium car category, whereas Hyundai ranked highest in the mass market category, followed by Kia.

“Kia is still beaming over its impressive rankings in the J.D. Power VDS and APEAL studies, and being recognized among the most innovative brands cements Kia’s status as a universal leader in the industry…With such high customer satisfaction in a variety of areas including design, dependability, and now innovation, we will not rest on our laurels and will continue to drive forward in all areas of development.” – Steve Center, COO and EVP, Kia America

Like most studies by J.D. Power, the results of the study come from 110,827 survey responses from owners of new 2021 model-year vehicles who had at least 90 days of ownership. Fielded between February through July 2021, the study complements the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) and the J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, two studies where Kia Corp also shines brightly. To make sure we’re getting all the information, the TXI Study analyzes 36 technologies, divided into four categories: convenience; emerging automation; energy and sustainability; and infotainment and connectivity. Scoring was based on an Innovation Index, so we’re not clear how the study got the scores it did. Simultaneously, the classic 1,000-point scale remained, where the score here would translate into PP(X), or problems per vehicle, followed by X-out-of-100. The goal here is to get a low number.

So, for the J.D. Power TXI study, it’s actually the highest number one would look for in the Innovation Index score. This is why Genesis ranks highest overall and in the premium segment with a score of 634. Hyundai ranks highest in the mass market segment with a score of 519, and Kia earned a healthy 510 points.

In addition to these high rankings, two vehicles were also ranked highest for their Tech Category. In Emerging Automation, the Top Mass Market Model is the Hyundai Elantra. For the Infotainment and Connectivity category, the Kia K5 was rated as the Top Mass Market Model. Wow, the K5 isn’t just a new sports car replacing the optima, it’s tech-savvy too! With Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth wireless technology, voice recognition, steering wheel-mounted controls for phone, audio, and cruise control, features only get better past the base LXS trim, adding a wireless phone charger, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio on a 10.25-inch touchscreen display with navigation and Kia Connect (8-inch screen on the LXS). If this all sounds good, then head on over to Miami Lakes Automall for a new 2022 Kia K5, the most recent sports car from the automaker.

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Kia EV6 Earns 2022 Winter Vehicle Award for Best Electric Vehicle from NEMPA

Every year, automotive publications and organizations put together reviews of new automobiles on the market, make “Best of” lists, or even deliver awards via a competition. It’s always a great honor to win one of these accolades, and they’re a sure-fire way to get consumers interested when in the market for a new vehicle. Recently, the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) Winter Driving Competition has concluded, and along the many winners, one all-electric vehicle stood out. The Kia EV6 won the 2022 Winter Vehicle Award for Best Electric Vehicle from NEMPA during the winter competition.

“Kia’s new logo sums up its new EV6…It’s a clean-sheet design that lives in the present and promises an exciting future. The EV6 is a fast electric car that looks like a spaceship, but it’s also practical for all seasons. Kia’s Winter Mode helps maintain the battery’s performance in cold weather while the heat pump is more efficient than resistive heaters. The all-wheel drive system varies torque almost instantly. These features are critical for New England drivers who need to maximize range and performance in the coldest conditions.” – Clifford Atiyeh, Vice President, NEMPA

NEMPA may not be a well-known name down here in South Florida. Although around since 1987, the group places its main focus on markets in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Even so, NEMPA has grown to have an outreach of 14.5 million people, appearing on cable TV, on the Internet and radio, plus regional and national newspapers and magazines. With such a large footprint in the automotive publication industry, we can tell you NEMPA is a trusted organization when it comes to conducting competitions and picking the winners. The EV6 earned its award for its all-around engineering excellence and durability in even the harshest of climate and road conditions, and was selected by a journalist guild with peers who represent automotive on the internet, in radio, television, newspapers, and magazines from the New England region.

Ever since Kia brought the EV6 to North America through its Kia America branch, the all-electric vehicle has been gaining popularity very quickly. We’re sure the Kia Robo Dog 2022 Super Bowl advertisement won over many people, even if the main focus was on the robo-pup. All throughout, the Kia EV6 was the automobile this dog was chasing, showing the long battery life and driving range of the battery-electric vehicle (BEV). Having been in America for less than a year (as of August, 2022), the EV6 has already seen more than 14,000 models been sold throughout the United States. Not only this, but the popularity for the EV6 is growing fast, with 1,716 vehicles sold in July 2022, increasing the year-over-year growth in sales of Kia’s electrified vehicles to 86-percent. It’s all going according to plan, or in this instance, the Kia Plan S Strategy to dominate the EV auto market by 2025.

Kia Corp shared a lot of its plans for EVs and other models that expand upon the Plan S Strategy for the rest of the decade. During the automaker’s 2022 CEO Investor Day, Kia shared its strategy for the rest of the decade, launching at least two BEVs per year between 2023 and 2027 to reign in its new all-electric lineup, with the EV6 and upcoming electrified SUV (EV9) in the lead. We wonder what we’ll see from Kia next.

Want to stay informed? Follow along with us on Miami Lakes Kia social media. Or, if you’re interested in going green, you can also find the Kia EV6 at Miami Lakes Automall.

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Kia EV6 GT Debuts During 2022 Monterey Car Week

When Kia first announced that it was going to become the next all-electric automaker, there was a lot of curiosity about the next model to be added to the lineup. The Plan S Strategy and the Kia CEO Investor Day announced the goal of having 14 BEV models by 2027, with two BEVs released per year between 2023 and 2027. In 2021, the Kia EV6 was revealed and the EV6 First Edition model was sold out in days. Based off of the EV6 GT series, this is the pinnacle of Kia electric vehicle (EV) performance. It’s also a strong testament to the goal of making high-performance EVs the next big thing in the auto market.

“The EV6 GT ushers in the next chapter of the Plan S electrification story for Kia, elevating the EV6’s thrilling performance and effortless drivability beyond expectations…Moving toward our tailpipe zero-emissions goals has never been as exhilarating.” – Steven Center, COO and Executive Vice President, Kia America

During the North America at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, the 576 HP EV6 GT performance crossover made its appearance for the first time alongside other supercars from around the world during the annual Monterey Car Week. A proud moment for Kia, the EV6 GT is known to be powerful, but a supercar? That is an interesting category to place it in, and if true, what does that mean for other models to be built on the award-winning E-GMP modular platform?

Powered by an energy-dense 77.4-kWh Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese (80/10/10) battery pack powers a 160kW motor and a rear-mounted 270kW motor to produce an output of 30 kW (576 HP) and 546 lb-ft of torque. Able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, with a top speed of 161 mph, the EV6 is a wonder of its own, able to out-compete a Ferrari Roma and Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder RWD. Thanks to its all-wheel drive (AWD), controlled by an electronic Limited Slip Differential (e-LSD), the wheels with the most grip get the most power for those sharp turns, riding on Z-rated Goodyear Eagle F1 tires fitted to 21-inch alloy wheels.

When it comes to recharging this high-performance EV, the EV6 GT also gets to show off the world-first patented multi-charging system supporting 400v and 800v DC charging. Able to handle DC charging speeds from 50kW to 350kW, the EV6 from 20-80 percent of its range in a matter of minutes. This convenience is one of the many great features of the EV6 for the driver of today. The interior comes with vegan suede-trimmed, deeply bolstered performance front bucket seats and premium touches such as neon accents, lightweight front bucket seats with ambient lighting across the door panels, center console and dashboard delivers a soothing glow. An Augmented Reality (AR) Head-Up Display, a wide sunroof, and a premium 14-speaker Meridian audio system are also available features for the EV6 GT.

Kia Corp doesn’t just make high-performance vehicles, they also produce safe vehicles. With 20 standard active Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) featured on the Kia EV6, the electric crossover covers all of its bases. Not yet available, set to hit showroom floors nationwide during the fourth quarter of 2022, look for the Kia EV6 GT at Miami Lakes Automall Kia soon.

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