Kia Announces Special Limited Edition Stinger GTS

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All this good news coming from Kia Motors has us rolling over with glee. In the span of a single week, not only did the sporty Kia Stinger earn the first-ever “Engineering Award for the Highest Rated All-New Vehicle” from J.D. Power, but a special edition of the Stinger has been released, making its debut in New York with a racy look and dynamic all-wheel drive technology. Enthusiasts rejoice! Sports cars are here to stay with Kia Motors going GT.

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Limited Edition Stinger GTS

The new Limited Edition Kia Stinger GTS is one of several special editions released by Kia for the Kia Stinger. In 2018, a year after its release, three special edition Kia Stinger models were introduced to the auto market. Now, nearly two years into its success and the Kia Stinger continues to be a crowd favorite as Kia’s highest performing sport sedan. Not only has the Stinger established itself as a true competitor in the sport sedan segment with strong sales figures, but it has also changed the face of Kia Motors. It turned the automaker into a sports car company, and the technology inside the Kia Stinger GTS shows.

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Kia Motors Wracking up Awards in April

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The first-quarter of 2019 has just passed us and we’re already scratching our way through the rest of the year. One automaker, Kia Motors, shows no sign of slowing down as they continue to over-perform. With the automaker releasing the 2020 Kia Telluride in March 2019, their largest SUV ever, their sales were spearheaded by the Kia Telluride and landed Kia Motors their best first quarter performance for Kia Motors since 2016. It’s not the only vehicle consumers love. The Kia Stinger is still making rounds, winning a first-ever award from J.D. Power, and the Niro PHEV won a Best New Car Award.

Kia Stinger and J.D. Power

When someone says “first-ever”, one could imagine that this means the occasion was so great, it needed its own recognition and celebration. So when a company like J.D. Power holds their first-ever “Engineering Award for the Highest Rated All-New Vehicle”, there’s clearly something important brewing in the auto industry. The J.D. Power Engineering Award for Highest-Rated All-New Vehicle combines the results of two well-known J.D. Power studies that Kia Motors continues to rank highly on. Kia Motors was the leading auto brand for the 2018 Initial Quality Study (IQS), and their Kia Stinger won the Compact Premium Car segment for the 2018 J.D. Power APEAL Study.

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How Does the Kia Telluride Compare in the SUV Market?

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It’s been a while since we’ve done a comparison, hasn’t it? Our last was in early March, comparing the Kia Stinger and Dodge Charger, both sports cars that really make a good argument that either could be just as much as a four-door family sedan while still delivering a little oomph! The latest vehicle from Kia Motors to hit North America is the 2020 Kia Telluride, the largest SUV in the automaker’s lineup. It also spearheaded sales for Kia Motors in March 2019. With all the fuss, some consumers may wonder if it’s all it’s cracked up to be. So let’s compare it with one of its competitors – the Ford Explorer.

Style

Let’s talk about how each vehicle looks since that’s always the first thing we see. Kia Motors is known for building handsome-looking vehicles, and the 2020 Kia Telluride continues the tradition with a rugged yet elegant style. Given a solid look, it’s boxy with intent to keep it firmly planted on the road, and has a long, broad hood, giving it the widest tiger-nose grille of any Kia vehicle on the market. Bold stacked headlights wrap around the fenders, and a chrome finish makes the front fascia even more prominent for this SUV.

The 2019 Ford Explorer doesn’t really look like one of the automaker’s vehicles, with a strong hint of similarity to the Range Rover SUV for the front fascia. At the same time, the rear fascia is somewhat reminiscent of a yacht. We’re not sure if Ford just couldn’t nail it down or if the Explorer is supposed to have a luxurious upmarket feel than the mainstream of SUVs in the market. If that was the idea, alloy wheels as the standard maybe aren’t the way to go.

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Kia Telluride Spearheads Sales for March 2019

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We’re three months into 2019, and with the first quarter finally over, automakers from all over the globe are releasing their sales numbers for Q1 2019. It seems like many automakers did fairly well so far, and today we’d like to focus on Kia Motors. With two new vehicles being released in the same year, next-generation debuts, and their presentation at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, we’re expecting great things. When it comes to sales, the Telluride arrived on American shores, and March 2019 marks the best first quarter performance for Kia Motors since 2016.

Sales Driven by Telluride

This makes complete sense. The Kia Telluride SUV is a vehicle that has been in the spotlight many times. New York Fashion Week 2018 had a surprise when the Kia Telluride showed up, personalized to match Maxwell’s Texas-inspired SS 2019 collection, whilst also showing off its functionality for an adventurous lifestyle. During SEMA 2018, Kia brought a total of five Kia Telluride concepts to demonstrate its ability to suit any lifestyle. With every presentation, the auto market was convinced that the Kia Telluride is more than just the largest SUV by Kia Motors today.

“Demand for the all-new Telluride has exceeded our own high expectations and the increased showroom traffic helped Kia to a strong first quarter close…As we begin the second quarter with a new advertising campaign for the 2020 Soul, we anticipate consumer interest in the Kia brand will continue to grow well into the spring and summer sales period.” – Bill Peffer, vice president, sales operations, Kia Motors America

For March 2019, Kia Motors America reported 55,814 vehicles sold. The all-new Telluride SUV makes up about a tenth of those sales, with 5080 units sold during the vehicle’s first full month of nationwide availability. What a rush! Not only did the Kia Telluride spearhead sales into the best Kia Motors has had during Q1 since 2016, but March sales also marked the month when the automaker surpassed more than 8 million Kia vehicles sold since entering the U.S market in 1994. Bravo, Kia Motors.

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Who Said EVs Can’t Perform?

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Who said electric cars (EVs) can’t perform? High-performance vehicles with alternative fuel are quickly becoming the next big thing in the pre-autonomous auto market. Self-driving, autonomous vehicles are also on the horizon, but they may be a little further out. Many automakers have resigned to finally embrace the change of the alternative fuel market, and some are thinking, “Hey, let’s do what we do best.” Still, make high-performance vehicles but make them so that they’re powered by an electric motor. Sound crazy? Kia Motors doesn’t think so.

The 2020 Kia Soul EV debuted at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, and it’s been getting the attention of a newborn baby! Following the pattern of the 2020 Kia Soul, the all-new 2020 Kia Soul EV is a last-generation replacement. With 40-percent more torque, nearly 85-percent more power, and an even longer driving range, the 2020 Kia Soul EV will be setting the stage for future Kia models.

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Kia Debuts Two New Concepts Overseas

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The Seoul Motor Show is well underway, from March 31 to April 7, and although most automakers will be revealing Chinese Auto Market exclusives, not all of them stay there. Mitsubishi Motors eventually brought the Outlander PHEV to American Shores, and the Jeep Commander, thought to be an only overseas vehicle, is being used as the platform for a new crossover from Fiat Chrysler. With Kia Motors becoming an automaker that can steal the spotlight at any auto show, it’s very possible that the vehicles they’re bringing to Seoul won’t stay there. After all, their Imagine by Kia showcase at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show promises a lot of changes going forward.

2019 Seoul Motor Show

During the 2019 Seoul Motor Show, Kia Motors introduced two new concepts that can land in either the SUV or crossover car segment. On the larger end of things, a three-row SUV concept with some off-road style is known as the “Kia Masterpiece”. Built to be a large and rugged SUV, the Kia Masterpiece actually looks like it could be built on the same platform as the Telluride. With its cross-functionality and the multiple versions we’ve seen of the Kia Telluride at auto shows, the Masterpiece may be an example of what one could do with the Telluride here in the states.

For the Motor Show, the Kia Masterpiece features a full LED light-up grille, and the trademark tiger-nose grille is extended outward to complement this. Faux integrated tailpipes can be found in the rear, but the off-road components are the components gaining some interest. Skid plates seem have been equipped all around the undercarriage of the vehicle, the Masterpiece has a larger ride height than most of the Kia Motors crossover/SUV lineup, and there’s a little more space in the wheel wells for suspension travel.

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Kia Motors is the Next All-Electric Automaker

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Kia Motors sure is aiming to be the world’s leading mass-market electric vehicle producer. Although car manufacturer and brand Tesla has a few years on Kia, the Korean automaker is intent on bringing electric vehicles (EVs) to the public more now than ever. After their Imagine by Kia concept/presentation, it’s clear that going forward, Kia will be shifting towards clean energy vehicles and going green. Their success with their current lineup of plug-in hybrids and EVs are already proof that Kia Motors can be the automaker to do it.

A new, all-electric platform is what Kia promised. It would be the first EV vehicle from the automaker that had no predecessor. Not only this, but Kia Motors is restructuring the brand in a sense that will not only make plug-in hybrids and EVs more desirable but also make them affordable without needing to be a luxury item. It’s a goal that Alper Celik, Senior Product Manager for Kia Motors Europe had a lot to say during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show when interviewed by InsideEvs.com.

“Why are we shifting to electrics? We are doing it for the sake of a green environment and bringing this technology into the mainstream of society, not making it just a niche product. We must electrify the whole society… Kia is doing it in a more accessible way, opening up a big door to mainstream customers. What Kia does with EVs is important for the whole industry.”

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2020 Kia Telluride Specs Highlights

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With the 2020 Kia Telluride going into production, Kia Motors has finally released all of the specs about this SUV in a recent press release. Now that the all-new 2020 Kia Telluride has made its official on-road and off-road debut, the new SUV is not the typical family vehicle. Built after its namesake, the midsize Telluride SUV tackled mountain passes, rugged off-road trails, and nearly every other kind of road during some test driving rounds in Colorado. It’s the largest Kia model to date, powered by a 291hp 3.8-liter V6, and ready for adventure. Here are some of the highlights.

Powertrain and Engineering

Let’s talk about what’s going on under the hood. The only option mentioned is an Atkinson Cycle LAMBDA II 3.8-liter V6 engine, optimized with gasoline direct injection for faster combustion cycles, and able to generate 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Paired with an eight-speed transmission, the standard drivetrain will presumably be front-wheel drive (FWD), but all-wheel drive (AWD) is quickly becoming a popular option making its way into Kia Motors vehicles.

With four-wheel independent suspension, an available active on-demand all-wheel drive system provides enhanced driving performance by actively distributing torque between front and rear wheels depending on road conditions and driver input. The system utilizes electro-hydraulic AWD coupling to precisely activate the multi-plate clutch plate, that in turn constantly redistributes the amount of power transferred to the front and rear wheels. This is especially noticeable when switching between one of four drive modes – Smart, Eco, Sport, and Comfort.

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Kia Motors is the Automaker Changing the Industry

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Now that the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show has ended, we’ve seen all the auto industry had to offer over nearly two weeks. Kia Motors is one automaker that stood out, not because of a model or concept they debuted, but more of a promise for the future of their lineup. It’s not surprising – many names in the auto industry are starting to bring electric motors and batteries into the mix of their vehicles. Kia Motors, however, may have the most alternative fuel vehicles in their lineup than any other automaker. Not only this, but Kia has been on a mission to change the auto industry and are intent on leading the way. Style, tech, alternative fuel are the cornerstones of the new Kia Motors, but can they deliver?

Style

What pops to mind when talking about Kia Motors and style? Is it the Kia Stinger? Currently the icon for Kia Motors, the Kia Stinger brought a whole new attitude to Kia Motors. The automaker was intent on “designing cars that drive as good as they look,” and the Kia Stinger definitely delivered. Able to surpass costly luxury cars that claim to drive fast, the Kia Stinger’s performance may have been the jumping off point for Kia Motors going GT, while giving all of their new vehicles a little taste of the Stinger’s style.

Making cars that look great is one thing, but a vehicle that performs at its best is definitely the GT line of the Kia Stinger. With different drive modes for sharp turns or a long ride, drivers enjoy getting behind the wheel of a Kia Stinger GT. Now, Kia Motors is coming out with a GT for many of its vehicles, starting with the 2020 Kia Soul, Kia Forte GT, and Kia Rio GT. If the automaker can deliver on performance this well, can they also upgrade the tech?

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Kia Partners with Amazon to Connect with the Youth

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We’ve discussed how Kia Motors is connecting with the younger generation in the past. The automaker used the Super Bowl to advertise their Great Unknowns Scholarship – instead of hiring another celebrity to drive one of their vehicles, they opted for a good cause instead. Recently, Kia Motors became the official sponsor of two very different from popular youth past times. One is their sponsorship of the K-Pop World Tour of BLACPINK. The other is their official sponsorship of the League of Legends European Championship (For Demacia!) Now, they’re connecting to those of us who find shopping online the easiest way to get what we need (or want) quickly. Consumers that drive an electric or plug-in hybrid Kia Motors model can now order a home charger and installation through Amazon (amzn.to/2TQnuf5).

Yes, recently Kia Motors America (KMA) announced its partnership with Amazon Home Services and their new program for Kia plug-in vehicle consumers. Like the regular service, instead of needing to call up a hotline or customer service and planning out the best time and date, consumers can click on the link above and will find a program with Amazon where technicians can install the electric vehicle charging stations at the customer’s house or office. Kia Motors says buying and installing the home charging station will be as easy as purchasing anything else on Amazon, possibly even through Alexa.

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