Kia Releases Smart Device Features for UVO


Kia Motors is one automaker hitting back hard after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down auto manufacturing plants worldwide. Unveiling the new 2021 Kia K5, investing in the production of micro electric vehicles (EVs) and purpose-built vehicles (PBVs), and developing new tech for connected cars with the UVO infotainment system, the automaker has been busy. Most recently, in the Indian Market, Kia Motors is testing a new feature that seems oddly familiar to some of the technology unveiled during the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show.

Although a convention for consumer products and electronics, automakers some times show up at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and it was during this time that Kia debuted its new Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving (R.E.A.D.) system that can monitor driver mood and behavior, and a “Virtual Touch” system, the world’s first virtual touch-type gesture control technology that used finger gestures to operate parts of the vehicle. This technology hasn’t had much spotlight since, but the Kia Seltos became the first vehicle in the Kia Motors lineup to come with an Intelligent Personal Agent built into the vehicle.

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Pricing Released for 2021 Kia K5 (Formally known as the Optima)


Every week, a little more information about the 2021 Kia K5, previously known as the Kia Optima, is released as we get closer to getting our hands on this new sporty sedan. Last week we learned that the new Kia K5 will be coming with an all-wheel drive option to give consumers even more traction on the road, no matter the conditions. Finally, after all the waiting, a price has been revealed, and it’s at par with Kia Motors budget-friendly small cars.

As far as we know, the final lineup for the 2021 Kia K5 is made up of five trims: LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX and GT. A new theme starting to appear in the auto industry, automakers are trying to combine high-performance with vehicles in their lineup not meant for such. One well-known muscle car automaker just put an engine capable of generating over 700 horsepower into an SUV, and crossovers meant to handle the racetrack are starting to show up. However, not all consumers want to be behind the wheel of all that power, they just want the look – and who could blame them? These performance-oriented vehicles are made to look hot!!!

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Kia Motors Ranks as Highest Brand in 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study Once Again


It’s that time of year again! Automobile organizations and publications may hold awards and compile lists all year ’round, but J.D. Power & Associates is just beginning to release the results of their studies. J.D. Power & Associates, a household name to some, is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. Conducting a multitude of studies in various industries, many look to J.D. Power to learn about the quality of new automobiles on the market every year. One study, in particular, the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, examines how well a vehicle holds up during the first 90 days of ownership.

Not solely based on the experience of a panel of judges, J.D. Power gets their results by sending out surveys to owners and lessees of new model-year vehicles within 90 days of the owner or lessee buying or renting that vehicle. Now in its 34th year, J.D. Power redesigned the survey, making it the fifth-generation. Made up of 233, the survey breaks down vehicle questions into nine vehicle categories: infotainment; features, controls and displays; exterior; driving assistance (new for 2020); interior; powertrain; seats; driving experience; and climate. At the end of the survey, vehicles own a score of problems per 100 vehicles, or PP100, where the lower the score the higher the rank. A total of 87,282 surveys from purchasers and lessees of new 2020 model-year vehicles made up the results.

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Kia Releases More Details on New 2021 Kia K5


Yesterday, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Kia Motors made use of a virtual event to present the upcoming 2021 Kia K5, previously known as the Kia Optima in the North American market. During this event, we got a look at some new specs to look forward to, as well as new features we’ll make sure to highlight as we go through the list. Here it is, the all-new 2021 Kia K5!


Everyone likes having choices, and Kia Motors doesn’t skimp on that when it comes to the new 2021 Kia K5. Available in five trims – LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX and GT – the GT has the highest performance of the lineup whereas we believe the GT-Line will come with high performance looks without the specs or engine. That’s never a bad idea, some people want a car that looks like a sports car but has no need for speed or the insurance bill that comes with it.

Then comes the engines. There are only two powertrain options, and you can probably guess which trims get which engine. The standard setup is a 1.6-liter T-GDi engine, optimized with Kia’s new Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology, gasoline direct engine, and a turbocharger, able to generate 177 horsepower thanks to Kia Motors new “Smartstream” technology. Paired with an eight-speed automatic shifter, it’s a great start, but we bet the GT trim can top it. Consumers will find a high-performance 286hp 2.5-liter T-GDi turbocharged gasoline engine under the hood of the 2021 Kia K5 GT, able to accelerate from 0-to-100 kph in around 6.6 seconds. The transmission has also been changed into an “aircraft-type” knob that takes up less space in the cabin, a new design that may pop up in more interior Kia Motors cabins.

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Kia Telluride SUV Wins 2020 NEMPA Winter SUV of the Year


The Kia Telluride SUV will definitely never see a shortage of awards and accolades. In late 2019, it seemed like automotive journalists and publications couldn’t get enough of the largest SUV in the Kia Motors lineup. The Telluride was the first SUV to win the “Triple Crown of Automotive Awards”, and recently received the “World Car of the Year” title. Also recently, the New England Motor Press Association got together for its annual Winter Vehicle Driving Event, and named the Kia Telluride the 2020 New England Motor Press Association Winter SUV of the Year.

“The Kia Telluride was the hands-down winner with a majority of NEMPA members…In this hotly contested three-row SUV category the Telluride excels, checking off all the boxes. Members were impressed with the overall quality of materials, ride, functionality, quiet cabin and the ability to handle historically brutal New England winters. The Telluride doesn’t just answer the cost quality equation, it knocks it out of the park with good looks, ride quality, functionality, and impressive safety technology all at a great price.” –  NEMPA president John Paul

Every year, NEMPA members get together and compile a list of eligible vehicles for the contest. Once finished, every vehicle is driven to give members a chance to evaluate a variety of vehicles in many segments and categories and different manufacturers. This all took place in February 2020 at NEMPA headquarters in Middleborough, Massachusetts, but the announcement of winners wasn’t made until recently. Not like we needed another source to tell us how great this SUV is.

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Kia Telluride Lands on Another Best Interiors List


It’s not hard to keep the 2020 Kia Telluride, the largest SUV in the Kia Motors lineup, in the spotlight. Just about every automotive journalist, media outlet, and news source is drooling over this one-of-a-kind, all-powerful and adventurous SUV. Recently named the 2020 New England Motor Press Association Winter SUV of the Year during its annual Winter Vehicle Driving Event, the Kia Telluride has also been celebrated by well-known name Autotrader. Having popped on two lists, Autotrader has placed the Kia Telluride on its Best New Cars of 2020 List and put the Kia Telluride on its Best Interiors Under $50k List. Now, another well-known name amongst automotive journalists just sank its teeth into the Kia Telluride and also found that it has a really nice interior cabin. WardsAuto placed the Kia Telluride on its “10 Best Interiors List”.

The 2020 Kia Telluride is definitely not alone. Also riding with this large SUV are the 2018 Stinger, 2015 Sedona, 2014 Soul, 2013 Forte, and 2011 Optima – all of which have also landed on WardsAuto “10 Best Interiors List” for their respective model year. The exterior of the Kia Telluride is stylish and screams adventure with all the accessories one can add on. Powered by a 291-hp 3.8-liter V6 and able to offer active on-demand all-wheel drive, the only thing that makes the Telluride better is everything the cabin offers. A perfect combination of aesthetics, comfort, ergonomics, material use, fit-and-finish and user-friendly technology, the WardsAuto accolade holds the Telluride in high regard for the large SUV segment in leadership, innovation, design, safety, driver satisfaction, and overall value.

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Kia Releases Digital Owner’s Manual App with Google Cloud and Megazone


We were just talking about Kia Motors and all the cool technology that comes from this automaker, like the UVO infotainment system and its various versions available on the 2020 Kia Seltos. Recently, the automaker announced another new piece of tech coming to future vehicles. Developed in partnership with Google Cloud and Megazone, Kia Motors just launched the Kia Owner’s Manual App, an AI-based owner’s manual that makes navigating one’s way around a new Kia vehicle easier and intuitive.

We say intuitive, because although most Kia Motors vehicles come with a touchscreen, some form of UVO, or an LCD screen for various functions, most consumers don’t think to look through all the various options to them. Did you know most vehicles by Kia have a function that plays a welcome tune when opening the driver’s side door? If you own a Kia and don’t know about this, then it’s a great example of the tidbits many consumers don’t know about their Kia.

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The Different Types of Kia UVO


Kia Motors is one automaker that has always been on top of things. With a lineup that’s ever-growing with alternative fuel options, Kia Motors is set to become an all-electric automaker with concepts like the upcoming Kia Futuron. With the automaker placing a focus on purpose-built vehicles, sedans, and even micro electric vehicles, what comes next from Kia Motors is anyone’s guess. There is another part of technology from Kia Motors that’s also been slowly growing, and it gives consumers a whole new way to “connect” with their automobile. It’s the UVO infotainment system, and it has the attention of a renowned name in the automotive world – J.D. Power.

The Kia UVO infotainment system has come a long way. What started as a simple infotainment system that did most of the basic things – play music, navigate, make phone calls – the system eventually evolved. Although Kia Motors isn’t known to hold out on high tech for high-end trims, the new UVO system actually wasn’t made available on all trims of some of the new models. The new 2020 Kia Telluride and 2020 Kia Seltos offer the UVO but depending on the trim consumers may get a different version.

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Kia Motors Quick to Find Out What the Public Wants Post-Quarantine


Kia Motors, and the Hyundai Motor Group overall, have been in talks of developing and producing purpose-built vehicles (PBVs) in the coming years. Although PBVs sound very interesting concepts, automated Chinese takeout delivery vans, revolutionary for the food truck industry, but also mobile hubs for social gatherings. However, after the pandemic, social distancing is still recommended and the Coronavirus is still going to affect people over the coming months, maybe years. Even with the first PBVs designed to help with patients’ transportation and delivery services, along with other medical needs, we may not want to hold our breath.

Kia Motors’ new Design Chief Karim Habib spoke with Car Magazine about the future design of vehicles. Before the pandemic hit, the auto industry was working towards an ecosystem of mobility where everyone and anyone could get access to private or public transportation. Instead, private may be the way to go, with people less likely to risk their or their family’s health by having a lot of people in a car at once, which could greatly affect SUV sales. With many fit to seat more than five people at once, social distancing is impossible, and anyone stressed about getting infected might be in for an uncomfortable trip.

“We’re going to have talks with psychologists and anthropologists to really understand how the public’s psyche is going to be in future…There are things we’ve already been talking about: can we have anti-viral coatings in our interiors? Can you use temperature or ultraviolet light to sanitize surfaces? These are things that we will have to think about rather soon. So, yes – Covid-19 will very much influence the way we design our cars in future.” – Habib told Car Magazine

Last month, we talked about the many developments coming from Kia Motors, PBVs included, but the automaker is also discussing shifting to the development of sedans, or vehicles made to seat less than 5 passengers. It may sound a little crazy, especially given all of the success of the Kia Telluride. The Telluride is Kia Motors largest SUV and won many awards – the Kia Telluride even won the Triple Crown of Automotive awards, winning 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. The Kia Seltos is also a strong contender when it comes to the larger vehicles, although the latter seats only five.

In late May, Kia Motors announced a new plan. With sedans like the Kia Stinger getting a mid-cycle refresh and a growing GT line from Kia Motors, the shift might lead to even smaller cars. Micro EVs may be next on the menu if trends prove to be worrisome for larger vehicles in the coming years. Consumers are concerned about the spread of germs and auto manufacturers are finding ways to tackle the spread of viruses, going so far as to design interior surfaces with virus-resisting materials, such as copper. However, overhauling the design for vehicles could cost automakers even more problems to deal with. Perhaps just focusing on smaller designs may be the better plan.

What do you think? Would you rather smaller cars with the way the world is handling the pandemic or do you still prefer your larger car? Let us know on Miami Lakes Kia social media.

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Kia Motors Heat Pump Improves EV Driving Range


Sometimes Kia Motors feels like the leader of electric vehicles (EV) in technology and sales. If anything, the automaker’s Plan S strategy and claims to become the next all-electric automaker. Already underway, the Futuron concept is set to release in the coming years, along with another EV model. Engineering new ways to make use of electric vehicle power, Kia Motors is working with parent group Hyundai Motor on a new piece of technology that will not only optimize the features already used by EVs, but will also help to improve the distance and driving range of upcoming models, especially in the cooler temperatures.

South Florida and many parts of America may be entering the summer this month (June 2020), and although the summer season is a cause for heat, these storms have been leaving the atmosphere a little cool, and come autumn and winter, it can be pretty chilly. What does that mean for EV drivers who want a little extra heat in the cabin? The HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system works harder, and that can decrease the power of the battery, reducing its driving range. To combat this, Hyundai and Kia Motors have presented a heat pump, and it’s been working in cars like the Kia Soul EV since its first generation.

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