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?

Technology

One of the main reasons some journalists may be wary about the Imagine by Kia presentation at the 2019 Geneva Motor show is that it feels like there’s a lot of promise for the future. If curious about promises that never bore fruit, the Kia Telluride is a perfect example. The initial Kia Telluride concept has lots of interesting and futuristic technology, including a ceiling-mounted LED panel to act as a Light-Emitted Rejuvenation (LER) therapeutic system, driver and passenger diagnostics in the door panels, and a second-row multimedia control band.

When the Kia Telluride debuted at the 2019 North American International Auto Show, a lot of this was missing. Instead, we get level 3-level four autonomy in the vehicle, another cornerstone for Kia Motors’ future. We saw more of the digital media control band with V-Touch by Kia at 2019 CES, so they may still be working out the bugs. Same with driver and passenger health with their Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving (R.E.A.D.) system. At least the Telluride gets the first round of isolated sound zone technology by Kia.

Alternative Fuel

Another field where Kia Motors has done more than deliver on their promises. The Kia Soul EV, Kia Niro hybrid crossover, Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid, Kia Optima PHEV, and upcoming Kia Niro EV are all proof of that. Imagine by Kia debuted the first vehicle by Kia Motors that won’t have a predecessor – it’s the sole EV of its lineup. That is to say, the concept won’t start out as a normal, gasoline-powered vehicle, nor will Kia test the waters with a hybrid. When this concept comes out, it’ll be the first EV to make its mark in the lineup.

Kia can deliver on style and alternative fuel powertrains, but Imagine by Kia also feels like a touch too far with the technology. Inside the cabin are twenty-one individual ultra high-resolution screens that act as cameras to give the driver a single unified display of their surroundings. Why? Many say it’s a prank to poke fun at automakers who keep producing larger and larger touchscreens.

Kia Motors is definitely one automaker to watch in the coming years. Keep up to date with everything they’re up to when you follow Miami Lakes Kia social media.

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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.

“Home-charging can’t get any easier than this. Being able to order a Level 2 charger and installation through Amazon further demystifies and simplifies the experience for new Kia EV and PHEV owners. It’s just another example of how we’re constantly striving to provide the very best vehicles and customer experience.” – Orth Hedrick, Executive Director of Kia Motors America Car Planning and Telematics

Consumers of the Kia Soul EV, Kia Optima PHEV, Kia Niro PHEV, or upcoming Kia e-Niro can all enjoy the benefit of a home charger. Like other home electric vehicle charging systems, they’re known as “Level 2” or “240-volt” charging units and have become popular over time for their convenience versus seeking out an available charging station. Plus, it takes much less time, about 4-5 hours on most vehicles, versus charging overnight with a standard home appliance outlet, like the 120-volt outlet one would find in a home garage.

When consumers order the Level 2 charging unit online, they’ll also see the cost for installation and can schedule when they’d like a licensed electrician to come and install it. Great for planning ahead. Plus, all charging stations are backed by Amazon’s Happiness Guarantee plan, or a guarantee for the home services provided by Amazon that consumers will be satisfied with the hassle-free installation.

This partnership now makes Kia Motors the second automaker to offer the home charger service online with the electric charging network, next to Tesla. Not limited to just electric vehicles, we say this puts Kia Motors in the lead of the alternative fuel and electric vehicle race. Now if only buying cars online were this easy.

Stop by Miami Lakes Automall and find your next plug-in hybrid so that you too can enjoy the benefits of going a little green. Check out the Kia Niro hybrid crossover, or follow us on Miami Lakes Kia social media to find out when the e-Niro becomes available.

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The All-New 2020 Kia Soul Brings the Goods

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Those well informed in the auto industry like to talk about the best times to shop for a car and how to get a good deal. Many like the joke that the best time is after Halloween – just like vendors and grocery stores that discount candy after the event is over, the last quarter of the year is also when new vehicles start coming out – like the newly redesigned 2020 Kia Soul, one of the first vehicles we’ll see from Kia Motors new GT lineup. With the arrival of the 2020 model in dealerships in late 2019, consumers can grab a deal on the outgoing 2019 model, but we’re not sure if someone can really pass up the all-new 2020 Kia Soul.

All-New Kia Soul

In late October 2018, Kia Motors let the news slip, and during the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2020 Kia Soul was revealed alongside its electric variant, the 2020 Kia Soul EV. The two shared some aesthetics and features, including a new wrap around windshield that gives the entire front fascia a slick look, but only the 2020 Kia Soul has any mentions of a new lineup from Kia Motors. Undisclosed as much as their new GT lineup, the 2020 Kia Soul also features an X-line trim, suggesting Kia Motors has many plans bubbling up.

In October 2018 (hint), Kia Motors announced the new direction they’re taking the business in. The 2018 Kia Stinger sports car had a larger impact on the automaker than we may have thought because after the Kia Stinger GT, Kia Motors decided to open an exclusive GT line and produce more GT models. Think sports car, but with high-end premium features that could land it in the luxury car segment. After all, the Kia Stinger is faster than many high-end luxury vehicles in a race, why not up the ante?

The 2020 Kia Soul also brings with it the new X-Line, as mentioned above. Shown off at the 2018 LA Auto Show were a 2020 Soul GT model and X model. The 2020 Soul GT is defined by a sportier exterior featuring black side mirrors, fog lights, red accents. It also affects the look of the vehicle, primarily the front fascia, with narrow headlights that span across the front of the car, primarily the nose, and a grille that has a more angular design, lending itself to the look of the new GT-Line.

For the X-line, consumers will find a more rugged look with fog lights, a rounded grille, unique wheels, a roof rail, off-road inspired accents, and optional two-tone paint. The taillights on the 2020 are vertical, and depending on the style (GT or X), they’ll wrap around the back window or dominate the rear pillar.

That’s all the new 2020 Kia Soul brings to the table. With the new GT and X-line, the new 2020 Kia Soul lineup comes in six trim levels: LX, S, X-Line, GT-Line, EX, and EX Designer Collection. Hmm, haven’t heard much about the Designer Collection yet. The exterior also isn’t the only one getting changes. Inside, Kia describes the cabin as a unique sensory experience to the user that is more upscale than the previous model year. Some highlights include the upgraded standard tech features, including a 7-inch touch-screen display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth that can connect to two devices simultaneously.

The powertrain also gets a shock, with the discontinuation of the 1.6-liter, replaced with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It’s nothing fancy, generating 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque, but consumers can get an upgraded turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that generates 201 horsepower and 195 with the GT trim. Just be sure to look into Kia’s Drive Wise safety technology package that includes forward collision avoidance, forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, lane change assist, driver attention warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and high beam assist.

Word is the 2020 Kia Soul could be here as early as mid-2019. The 2019 Kia Soul has a starting MSRP of $16,490 (plus destination fee); with all the upgrades, expect the 2020 model to be a little higher. No pricing has been announced yet, but if you follow us on Miami Lakes Kia social media, we’ll be sure to let you know. If the 2020 model does arrive soon, then grab a deal on the 2019 Kia Soul sooner than you thought.

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Comparison of Kia Stinger and Dodge Charger

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Back when the 2018 Kia Stinger first came out, we were blown away. So was everyone else with how many awards the Kia Stinger won from the day of its debut and throughout the year. We also wanted to let consumers know that, although the Kia Stinger is on the luxury end of sports cars, it still makes a good case for four-door family sedans, and if looking for something similar but a smaller price tag, the Kia Optima is a good choice. Speaking of four-door family cars, the 2019 Dodge Charger is also making a testament to the class segment, and with both sports cars here at Miami Lakes Automall, we think family cars are here to stay.

More Power!

For now, anyways. With Dodge going electric in the coming model years, stating that 2020 will see some hybrid options, possibly with the Challenger or Charger nametag, it might be a good time to look at getting a four-door family car while it can still be called a sports car. Yes, although both vehicles have some pretty standard powertrains, a four-cylinder turbo in the Stinger and the 3.6-liter V6 in the Charger, many would still call them sports cars, and there’s a pretty obvious reason why – potential.

Sure, the base Kia Stinger trim comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood, able to generate 255 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. It may not have the same oomph of the 365-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine under the hood of the Stinger GT trims, but it still has launch. The vehicle drivers like a sports car with either powertrain, and with all-wheel drive, the Stinger can handle a variety of road conditions.

Under the hood of the base Dodge Charger is the popular Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine that can generate 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. It’s no SRT Hellcat, but it’s responsive, the transmission is refined, and it has experience. The Kia Stinger is still fresh out of the gates, but the Dodge Charger is tried-and-true to the sports car of family sedans. The Charger also features a front-axle disconnect system that switches the drivetrain back to the rear wheels when all-wheel drive isn’t needed.

Style In-and-Out

Both of these vehicles are stylish, we’re not gonna lie. Plus, with all the decals, graphics, and colors Dodge offers, consumers have plenty of ways to give their Charger some signature style. When it comes to sports car versus family sedan, this is where the Kia Stinger has the edge. Made with a smaller wheelbase and smaller dimensions than the Dodge Charger, the Kia Stinger is actually very roomy inside. With a liftback design and a hatchback trunk, there’s 23.3 cubic-feet of cargo space. Plus, a smaller car also makes for a more agile car, the solid steering weight gives the Stinger some impressive handling on the road and offers five drive modes for those that have a personal driving style.

A little larger, the Dodge Charger can be called a muscle car, a sports car, or a family car. A longer wheelbase is a testament to the smooth and stable feel of a sedan on the road, and with larger openings, getting in and out of the vehicle is easy, even for the little ones. The Dodge Charger does drive like a sports car and can still tear up the racetrack of cruise down the highway without complaint. Drive modes can also be found on the Dodge Charger for a little.

Features for the Price

Here’s where the Stinger may win out in the comparison. Nearly every Kia Stinger is the same, aside from the powertrain, advanced safety features, and a few upscale options. Even if a consumer were to choose the base option, they’re still getting a pretty dandy sports car that comes with a 7-inch touchscreen powered by UVO eServices, Google Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker system, and Bluetooth wireless technology.

The same array of standard options can’t be said for the Dodge Charger, but its tech features do match up. A six-speaker system can play tunes from a smartphone with Apple CarPlay or Google Android Auto, and comes with a 7-inch touchscreen powered by Uconnect. There’s always add-on options, like heated and ventilated seats trimmed in leather for a more upscale look without going too high up the lineup.

If looking for a budget, both vehicles are priced fairly. The 2019 Kia Stinger has a starting MSRP of $32,990 (plus destination fee), and the 2019 Dodge Charger has a starting MSRP of $29,220 (plus destination fee). With both vehicles making a powerful claim for sports cars and family sedans, find yours at Miami Lakes Automall.

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Kia Updates the Kia Niro and Niro Plug-in Hybrid

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With Kia Motors promising a lot of changes in the few years with their “Imagine by Kia” presentation at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, they’re also putting some upgraded models on display. Set to come out in 2020 for the United States, some tweaked hybrid models will be getting a facelift for some new style. Most notably, with their current success, the Kia Niro hybrid crossover and Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid crossover will be getting some new fresh style inside and out, along with new tech and safety features to increase the already great quality of each. What better way than to debut both at the Geneva Motor Show?

Based on the visuals, it seems like the Kia Niro and Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid are adopting some aesthetics from their upcoming electric counterpart, the Kia Niro EV (e-Niro in UK markets). That tends to happen, improving on already great designs after the second or third attempt. The cabins have also been improved with new interior materials and infotainment technology. It even includes some telecommunications upgrades.

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Kia Unveils New EV Concept at the Geneva Motor Show

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Just a week before the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Kia Motors teased its new electric vehicle concept model, and now we know what it is. Unveiled at the motor show is “Imagine by Kia”. That sounds more like a tagline than a model name, but at the moment, that’s what the automaker is calling this handsome, muscular not sure if it’s a mid-size crossover or four-passenger family car concept. With the intention of making electric vehicles fun to drive and no longer a luxury or niche, Kia Motors is focusing on the design and performance of the new electric vehicle along with its powertrain and range.

“Automotive design is about capturing the heart and making it beat that bit faster for that bit longer. We believe that there’s absolutely no reason why that should change simply because the car is electric…That’s why our all-electric concept is designed to not only get your pulse racing but to also signpost our holistic and emotional approach to electrification.” – Gregory Guillaume, Vice President of Design for Kia Motors Europe

“Imagine by Kia” will be the automakers first foray into a purely electric vehicle. This isn’t to say they don’t have all-electric vehicles, such as the Kia Soul EV or the Kia Niro EV (also known as e-Niro). Unlike the award-winning e-Niro electric crossover and the electric Soul hatchback, “Imagine by Kia” is the first of its line, not based on an already successful gasoline-powered sibling. That’s what Kia means when they call it their “first pure electric” vehicle.

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Kia Motors to Launch Inaugural UEFA Europa League Trophy Tour

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Whoo, Kia Motors is really pulling on heartstrings in 2019. First, they used the Super Bowl to announce their “The Great Unknowns Scholarship,” where Kia Motors distributes a small portion of proceeds from every Kia vehicle purchased to a scholarship program that will give young people the foothold they need to seek higher education. In another connection with the youth, Kia Motors became the official sponsor of the K-Pop music group, BLACKPINK World Tour. Furthering their stardom with eSports, Kia also became the official sponsor for the European Championship for League of Legends, a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game for PC and Mac computers. Most recently, Kia Motors and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) are partnering up to launch the inaugural UEFA Europa League Trophy Tour Driven by Kia.

UEFA Europa League Trophy Tour

What is the UEFA Europa League Trophy Tour Driven by Kia? Across Europe, football fans will be able to see the iconic UEFA Europa League trophy as the competition’s 2018/19 knockout stage unfolds. Seriously, it’s a tour for a trophy, a very heavy piece of silverware. Here’s a picture for scale.

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But hey, it’s for a good cause. Throughout the duration of the UEFA Europa League Trophy Tour, everyone attending the tour will be encouraged to donate used and unwanted boots to a campaign going on at the same time. Through the partnership, with the UEFA Foundation for children, donated boots will be taken to the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan to be given to Syrian refugees of all ages. On top of that, every fan who donates a pair of boots will be entered into a contest where they can win tickets to the UEFA Europa League final and other prizes.

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Kia Teases New EV for Geneva Motor Show

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Kia Motors has always been an automaker quick to embrace change it seems. Their lineup is one of the most expansive and welcoming of alternative fuel vehicles. They have the Kia Soul EV, the Kia Niro hybrid, and Kia Niro Hybrid Plug-in. The 2020 Kia Telluride went into production, and one day Kia Motors spoke of turning it into a hybrid SUV. We thought Kia was going to take a break from alternative fuel after they made a lot of commotion at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show with the 2020 Kia Soul EV, and the 2019 Kia Niro EV finding its way to city streets soon enough. Why take a break with all that success? Kia Motors teases a new electric concept for the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

That’s right, Kia Motors is also bringing a new concept to Geneva. Oddly enough, Kia Motors in Mitsubishi Motors seem to be in-sync these days. Both automakers brought new autonomous technology to the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, and now Kia will be debuting a new model at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show alongside Mitsubishi. Maybe it’s just a coincidence?

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The 2020 Kia Telluride Goes into Production

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The 2020 Kia Telluride has come a long way since the original concept received the greenlight for production of the new Kia SUV. Updates for the Telluride slowly petered out, and the SUV even popped during the 2018 New York Fashion Week, outfitted with some adventure and style. Finally, in 2019, the 2020 Kia Telluride debuted at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Going into production already, all of the features displayed in the concept didn’t show up. However, Kia showed us a lot of interesting technology at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show – perhaps they’re still test-running things like the second-row media control band or the LED light-rejuvenation sunroof. At least their new SUV has some nice fuel economy specs.

2020 Kia Telluride EPA Numbers

Sure, it’s an SUV. Can consumers really expect amazing numbers from a large vehicle? The 2020 Kia Telluride doesn’t use any fancy tricks to lower its fuel consumption – the three-row midsize SUV doesn’t break any records. It does, however, still provide enough for consumers that wouldn’t be a deal breaker. The 2020 Telluride will only arrive with one powertrain option in the spring of 2019. Under the hood is a naturally aspirated 3.8-liter V6 engine, able to generate up to 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the most change consumers will see in the fuel economy is their choice of powertrain.

Front-wheel drive (FWD) is the standard setup for the 2020 Kia Telluride. Kia Motors has noticed the rise in consumer desire for all-wheel drive (AWD) however and has added the option to the SUV for additional security and driver control. If sticking with the standard drivetrain (FWD), then consumers can expect a fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. If choosing AWD, there’s a slight drop to 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

The Old Concept

One would hope the hybrid option returns. That would make the 2020 Kia Telluride the first hybrid SUV, and with some of the technology, the original concept boasted, a real kick in the pants for the auto market. The sunroof was designed to be a wing-shaped, ceiling mounted LED panel that would act as a Light-Emitted Rejuvenation (LER) therapeutic system for passengers. Smart Sensors were to be embedded into the front four seats that will monitor the health information of the first and second-row passengers, and a Swipe Command touch-sensitive second-row media-control band were also supposed to show up.

Perhaps Kia Motors is working out the kinks before putting such ground-breaking technology into the new crossover. We only got a glimpse of the new V-Touch, short for “virtual touch”, the world’s first virtual touch-type gesture control technology straight from Kia Motors at the 2019 CES. With a simple finger gesture, consumers can change the cabin environment, including lighting, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning), and entertainment systems. We do get a simple version of the Kia Motors Sound Zone Technology with a “Quiet Mode” that plays music only in the front of the vehicle with the touch of a button.

The 2020 Kia Telluride SUV has already gone into production, so these futuristic concepts may not show up in this model year. Then again, Kia Motors has promised artificial intelligence in vehicles by the end of 2019. Keep up with the new technology from Kia and the Kia Telluride by following Miami Lakes Kia social media.

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Kia EVs Beat the Competition

 

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The 2020 Kia Soul EV was revealed at the 2018 LA Auto Show, and although there was a lot of interesting style and technology, its performance specs only shared its numbers for power. Now, after putting the third-generation Kia Soul EV to the test, we know what its 64-kWh lithium-ion battery can do. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the 2020 Kia Soul EV has a driving range of over 200 miles! It’s not the only EV from Kia Motors doing well either – the Niro EV and Soul EV are knocking their competitors around with the larger stick in the auto market.

Kia Soul EV Driving Range

After being tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the 2020 Kia Soul EV was found to have a total range of 243 miles. When it comes to its fuel economy, being that this is an electric vehicle (EV), fuel efficiency is measured in miles-per-gallon equivalent, developed by EPA that converts the power used by an electric vehicle into a term that’s more familiar to American drivers. The EPA estimates 127/101/114 MPGe (city/highway/combined) for the 2020 Kia Soul EV. As supported by fueleconomy.gov, the EPA also states that buyers will save an estimated $3,250 over the course of five years when driving the 2020 Kia Soul EV versus a gasoline-powered vehicle.

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