5 Alternative Fuel Vehicles Made by Kia

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Kia Motors has been changing up the auto industry and the brand shows no signs of slowing down. Kia Motors has been the Highest Ranked Brand in Initial Quality in the J.D. Power IQS for two years, and they keep introducing new models, that perform well and provide exceptional fuel efficiency. Kia has taken gas mileage technology to a new level with their line up of 2018 vehicles and with their industry leading warranty, all customers can feel confident with their purchase for years to come.

2018 Kia Niro

The 2018 Kia Niro is one of the newest crossovers hybrids on the market and its a versatile the vehicle for consumers that want to get the most out of their money. More gas mileage than you’d expect with its 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that is connected to a electric motor to get drivers up to 139 horsepower with 192 lb-ft of torque. The 2018 Kia Niro provides drivers with 52 city and 49 highway MPG, which is amazing! Stylish and ready to provide seating up to five people, there’s no denying this vehicle gets consumers everything they want in a new car.

2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid

Though the Kia Niro is a fuel efficient crossover, the all-new Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid is an even more fuel efficient option because it is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle PHEV). The 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In has a 6-speed dual clutch transmission, a 1.6-liter engine with electric motor. Drivers will love the Niro Plug-In Hybrid’s sleek look, the futuristic cabin and best of all, the 110 MPGe in the city and 99 MPGe on the highway, and an all-electric range AER) of 26 miles and it’s combined range with gasoline and electric is 560 miles.

The 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid has clean technology making the world less smog filled and power sources to charge your vehicle can be set up at home and public charging stations. There’s over 32,000 Level 2 (240V) public outlets in the United States and more are being installed all the time! Drivers can conveniently use the available Voice-Command Navigation System that’s built into the 2018 Kia Niro PHEV to find the location of the closest charging station.

The 2018 Kia Soul EV

With the best MPGe (electric MPG equivalent) of any Kia, is the all-electric Kia Soul EV. The 2018 Kia Soul EV gets up to 92 MPGe on the highway and 120 MPGe in the city. While not available in every state (not currently available in Florida as a new model), there’s no mistaking that around the world drivers love the 2018 Kia Soul EV for its remarkable smooth ride. Nothing in 2018 will top the remarkable fuel efficiency this vehicle provides, either.

2018 Kia Optima Hybrid

Not a fan of driving a compact SUV? Kia has the 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid, a mid-size sedan that has an excellent fuel economy and a modern look. Providing owners with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that is connected to a 38-kWu electric motor that provides owners with remarkable fuel economy. Producing up to 192 horsepower, this powerful hybrid gets drivers a stunning 46 highway MPG with up to 39 city MPG. Think about how far you’ll be able to go on a single gallon of gas.

2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

Consumers that like the look and size of the Kia Optima Hybrid, but want something even more fuel efficient have the option of  the 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid. With a battery that gets drivers up to 27 miles on a single charge, there’s not denying how good it feels for a car owner to not have to add a single drop of gas into their vehicle. However, you can get up to 600 miles before needing another charge with the 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In. Ask us today about how you can get your own 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In electric car.

Where to Find Your Fuel Efficient Kia?

Among the Kia vehicles in the market today, so many are built to provide drivers with unmatched fuel efficiency. And we want to help you find the right one for you. At Miami Lakes Automall, our experienced team of sales professionals and service technicians have the patience to help you buy, sell, trade or service any vehicle. We’re ready to help you jump into the 21st century with a Kia vehicle, so stop by and test drive one of our fuel saving Kia models and we’ll take care of all of your questions.

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Kia Motors is Quickly Becoming the Safest Car Brand in America

Miami Lakes Automall Kia Cadenza Safety

Kia Motors is doing wonders in the auto market lately, and not just in technology, like their newly debuted diesel mild-hybrid powertrain. Kia Motors was also recognized recently by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated eight Kia Motors models and received either a Top Safety Pick or a Top Safety Pick +. Now, Kia Motors has been ranked as one of 2018’s “Most Trusted Automotive Brands” by another reliable name in the industry, and their Cadenza mid-size car was named by U.S. News & World Report.

AMCI and the Annual Trusted Automotive Brands Study

AMCI Global is one of several organizations out there that closely follow, analyze, and predict the future state of the automotive industry. As their website motto states, “From opinion-shifting customer experiences to industry-leading education, testing and evaluation, our goal is simple: Transform the way people interact with automotive brands.” With thousands of AMCI testing certified claims, 15 million in-vehicle experiences, and over one million automotive educated associates worldwide, they have quite the ability to predict consumer behavior in a way that can be tied directly to sales, loyalty, and advocacy with near-perfect accuracy.

Recently, AMCI Global wrapped up their annual Trusted Automotive Brands Study. Currently only in its second year, the Trusted Automotive Brands Study has illustrated that more than 50-percent of consumers will recommend or repurchase a vehicle from an automotive brand they trust. For 2018, a national representative sample of 2,500 automotive owners across 34 brands participated in the study. In the end, it all came down to Kia Motors being named as one of the three most trusted non-luxury brands in the market today for the second consecutive year.

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Kia Motors’ New Diesel Mild-Hybrid Powertrain

Miami Lakes Automall Kia Sportage Mild-hybrid Diesel Powertrain

Kia Motors is really killing the alternative fuel vehicle scene. Nearly every time they make it big with a vehicle from their lineup, they turn it into a hybrid, then a plug-in, and if they’re really looking to push the envelope, then an electric vehicle. They followed that pattern with the Kia Niro, currently in production for an all-electric variant, the Kia Niro EV. To follow up, Kia is looking into other forms of fuel, and with the Fiat Chrysler Automobile Group (FCA) having recently designed and produced the eTorque system, Kia Motors will not be outdone. Hence, they’re about to launch their own mild-hybrid powertrain in 2018.

eTorque

The eTorque system is a new mid-hybrid system from the FCA that is currently placed in the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL and the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck. The eTorque system is called a “mid-hybrid” system because it offers hybrid capabilities, such as auto stop/start, electric power assist, extended fuel shut-off, transmission shift management, intelligent battery charging, and regenerative braking. Like all hybrid systems, it also has an electric feature to it that can replace various car components.

When it comes to the 2019 Ram 1500, the eTorque system is able to deliver its own electricity to the truck, nullifying the need for an alternator, and is able to keep the Ram 1500’s original 12-volt battery charged as well as perform its hybrid functions. In addition, the eTorque system is actually a 48-volt system that can convert 12 volts into 48 without a prolific sweat. Kia Motors seems to be aiming for something similar if not the same.

Kia Motors Mild-Hybrid Powertrain

The full name for this new mild-hybrid powertrain from Kia Motors is actually “diesel 48v mild-hybrid powertrain.” Can you already see the similarities? This year, 2018, Kia Motors will be introducing its first 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain, called a new ‘EcoDynamics+’ powertrain that will reduce CO2 emissions by supplementing acceleration with electric power from an additional 48-volt battery and extending combustion engine ‘off time’ using a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator unit. Yep, lots of similarities there, but we won’t fault Kia for getting in on the ground floor with what can easily become a revolutionary component for vehicles in the next few years (or decades, it’s anyone’s guess).

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Fast and Expensive Cars that Can’t Match the 2018 Kia Stinger

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The 2018 Kia Stinger has a lot going for it. A new sports car from Kia Motors, many wanted to get their hands on the Stinger to make modified versions, one of which popped up at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. Kia Stinger Limited Editions were also released by Kia Motors a year after its debut to celebrate their newest addition and achievement. The 2018 Kia Stinger has won many awards since its release, and most recently was just named by WardsAuto for the “Best Interior Trophy.” With a starting MSRP of $31,900*, the 2018 Kia Stinger is more affordable than many expensive cars known to drag race. The Kia Stinger GT is even faster, and we’re going to pit it against some of the fastest cars that should probably rethink their price tag when the affordable Kia Stinger GT does laps around them.

Kia Stinger GT

Starting at $38,350*, the middle trim of the 2018 Kia Stinger lineup is the Kia Stinger GT. Powered by a twin turbocharged 3.3-liter DOHC V6 engine that can generate 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque, the Kia Stinger GT has a powertrain optimized for success and high performance. The DOHC design stands for “Double Overhead Camshaft”, and it’s a design that basically splits the work of an engine’s cylinders (six in this case) in half to take stress off the engine and allow it to perform more smoothly. This engine has also been optimized with continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) technology to increase the frequency the V6 cylinders intake gas and air and exhaust the resulting fumes, and uses gasoline direct injection for faster fuel delivery into the combustion chamber. Idle Stop and Go has also been integrated to save fuel economy when the engine idles, such as in stop-and-go traffic.

The 2018 Kia Stinger GT is said to have a 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds. We know it’s power, and we know it’s price. Now take a look at some of its competitors that think “high-performance” equates to “more expensive.”

Porsche Panamera

Yeah, we all know a Porsche is a “great car”, maybe even one of luxury given the starting price of $86,050 (dang!) And that’s for the standard trim; the trim we’re putting up against the 2018 Kia Stinger GT starts at $90,650 and is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine that can only generate 330 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque (lol, really?) All that money for a weaker engine that accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds? Pffft, next!

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Eight Kia Motors Models Rated with TSP or TSP+ from IIHS

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Kia Motors just keeps getting good news it seems, and we’re more than happy to share it. If it isn’t winning an award for the “Best Family Large Sedan” (2018 Kia Cadenza) from U.S. News & World Report, or winning a trophy when WardsAuto named the 2018 Kia Stinger on the “10 Best Interiors” list, then it’s news about an upcoming concept, like the awaited debut of the Kia Telluride SUV. Now in spring of 2018, when a lot of organizations seem to be wrapping up analysis for awards and lists, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded eight Kia Motors vehicles with a “Top Safety Pick” or “Top Safety Pick+” rating.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, is a trusted organization for rating vehicle safety by putting it through five impact-crash simulations. The five tests consist of the following for crash avoidance and mitigation: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints. The first test is the hardest, and most vehicles have difficulty with it; it replicates what happens when the corner of a car hits a static object at 40 mph – oof!

These tests help the IIHS evaluate a vehicle’s safety based on crashworthiness, how well a vehicle protects its passengers in a car crash — and crash avoidance and mitigation — technology that can prevent a car accident or lessen its severity. Thus, before it hits the streets, a car is smashed up and tested for safety in head-on collisions, side-impact, roof strength, head restraints, and crash avoidance and mitigation. The IIHS rates vehicles on a scale from poor to good, “good” being the highest rating. To get a TPS+, a vehicle must get high ratings across the scorecard.

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News About the Kia Niro Electric Vehicle

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First, the 2018 Kia Niro came out early-mid 2017. It was a bit of a showstopper, being the world’s first hybrid crossover. As Kia Motors usually does, if one of their vehicles does well, they tend to expand upon it with different powertrain options. With the Kia Niro already being a hybrid, the next logical step was to make a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), and voila! End of 2017, we got the Kia Niro PHEV. Now, an interesting turn of events, Kia Motors is finally adding another electric vehicle to their lineup. That’s right – the Kia Niro is getting its very own electric vehicle (EV) variant.

Details are still a bit dry, but here’s what we know so far. Kia Motors unveiled their all-electric version of Niro at the 5th International Electric Vehicle Expo in Jeju, Korea. The vehicle should appear again at the 2018 Paris Motor Show in September, so it’s safe to say the production of the vehicle is still a little ways away, but one can never be sure with how quickly Kia has been evolving as of late. The previous showing in Korea isn’t all that new though.

The Kia Niro EV was originally unveiled as a concept at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Oddly enough, although an all-electric vehicle, the concept featured a unique front bumper, an exclusive radiator grille, futuristic sporty air intake, and arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights. Housed within the flush-mounted grille and subtle geometric pattern is the vehicle’s electric charging port.

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New 2018 Stinger Salons Opening Around the Country

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Have you heard of the new 2018 Stinger Salon? It’s a new marketing effort by Kia to familiarize customers with the new Kia Stinger. There are several Stinger Salon’s opening up in various locations in America, including one at Aventura Mall in our backyard of Aventura, Florida. Defined as “galleries”, each Stinger Salon will have the Stinger on display, offering an inviting space to learn more about the vehicle.

Enter Eview 360.

Eview 360 is an international, award-winning design agency that has been creating memorable brand experiences for global clients since 1999. Drawing an intersection between design and technology, Eview 360 manages to create award-winning experiences online and in the physical environment. Specializing in brand development, digital and mobile technologies, auto shows, retail, and special-event design, this agency seems like the perfect choice.

In August 2017, Kia Motors reached out to the Detroit-based Eview 360 for help in creating the special Stinger salons. In fact, Kia basically handed the project over to Eview, giving them the responsibility of handpicking and negotiating site locations, as well as designing, implementing, and manufacturing every inch of these strategically placed salons. Within four months, Eview designed an entire prototype space in virtual reality to get the ball rolling. In addition, to really dig in, the design team also sent its virtual-reality headgear equipment directly to Kia’s headquarters in Irvine, California, allowing the Kia team to “virtually” immerse itself into the prototype for the salon’s environment.

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Kia Models with Manual Transmissions

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With automobiles constantly evolving and finding new technology for better, safer, and more optimized vehicles, there seems to be a downward shift for one vehicular system in particular. The popularity of manual transmissions is dwindling.

Most vehicles have the manual transmission as the standard option on a model’s base trim, but most upper-level trims come standard with an automatic transmission, especially larger vehicles (SUVs and crossovers). Kia Motors offers a mix of manual and automatic transmissions, and one of the hatchbacks come with manual transmission as an option on its high-tier trim. Take a look at what vehicles you can get if manually shifting is more your style.

2018 Kia Forte

Available as a sedan and a hatchback, the 2018 Kia Forte sedan has three trims (LX, S, and EX) and two engine choices that make up the powertrain. The standard on the LX and S is a 2.0-liter DOHC engine made with the Atkinson Cycle to lower emissions. All engines are also optimized with dual continuously variable valve timing and an enhanced version of fuel delivery. This engine can generate 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission pairing is a six-speed manual to the LX trim, with the option to upgrade to an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic. That’s one saving grace for manual transmission lovers – Sportmatic is a system design that allows drivers to disengage the automatic transmission and open up the ability to manually shift gears by moving the gear shift knob to the left when set on “Drive”.

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2018 Kia Stinger Wins 10 Best Interiors Trophy from WardsAuto

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The 2018 Kia Stinger is by far one of the best Kia models to come out for the 2018 model year. Next to their luxury sedan, the K900, the Stinger sports car set the new standard for Kia Motors. It’s style, it’s technology, and the fact that almost every trim in the lineup is the same aside from few luxury items saved for top-tier trims, it’s impossible to get a bad Kia Stinger. Consumers can get the base trim and still have an amazing vehicle on their hands. Maybe that’s why WardsAuto named the Stinger on their “10 Best Interiors” list. No matter the Kia Stinger, consumers can expect one of the best interior cabins for a sports car.

WardsAuto is an organization that covers the latest news, data, and analysis for today’s auto industry. To compile the “10 Best Interiors” list, 40 car interiors were evaluated by WardsAuto editors and judges. To make it to the finals, only the car interiors that were all new or significantly improved for the new model year went on to the final round. The changes jurors looked for included simple things like various color choices, aesthetics like interior accents and stitching, the style and comfort of the interior itself, and convenience features, and the 2018 Kia Stinger has all of that and more.

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Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) from Mitsubishi Motors and Kia Motors

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Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, also known as plug-in hybrids and PHEVs, are making a lot of headway in the auto industry. Two automakers found here at Miami Lakes Automall, Kia Motors and Mitsubishi Motors, are really getting into the plug-in hybrid segment. With both automakers making alternative fuel vehicles, especially Kia, and new models planned for the future (hybrid SUVs by Mitsubishi Motors and the Kia Telluride), we thought we’d take a look at all the two offer. Prior to 2018, Kia Motors only had one plug-in hybrid – the Optima PHEV. Now that the Kia Niro PHEV is a out, a plug-in hybrid crossover, let’s compare both plug-ins with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

We already covered the Kia Niro PHEV and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, so feel free to review it for a bite-size version of all we will be covering here.

Powertrains

All three vehicles being covered today have a plug-in hybrid system running the unit. Kia Motors has a name for its hybrid system, called a “Full Parallel Hybrid System” with the gasoline engine size as its prefix. For example, all 2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrids are run by a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine and Full Parallel Hybrid System. One part of the powertrain is a 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine, optimized via dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) and gasoline direct injection (GDI). The 1.6L engine generates 104 horsepower and 109 lb-ft of torque. The other part of the powertrain is an AC synchronous permanent magnet motor that generates 60 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque, powered by an 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. When both parts of the powertrain work together, they can generate up to 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

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Kia Niro PHEV is a Great First-Time Alternative Fuel Vehicle

Miami Lakes Kia Niro PHEV First Hybrid

Thinking of going green, but not sure how you feel about losing the ease of a normal vehicle with an internal combustion engine? Vehicles powered by gasoline have been around since the automotive industry began – it’s the kind of vehicle we know and we’re used to. So when it comes to going green, some consumers are a little shocked with the changes that come along with driving an alternative fuel vehicle. A typical hybrid may be a good transition, but it doesn’t do much for the environment. Plus, if going green, why not get some additional benefits than a pat on the shoulder? Check out the new Kia Niro PHEV if you are ready to take the plunge.

Charging

Because alternative fuel vehicles are still somewhat new to the general public, many people don’t understand hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles all that much. Plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle recharging are actually pretty easy to understand. Just like plugging in an appliance, the majority of the work is plugging in one’s car and navigating a menu to turn on the charger – not much different from pumping gas at the fuel station. Plus, in Miami, Florida, charging stations are popping up plenty.

When it comes to charging up the Kia Niro PHEV, consumers can install a 240V power outlet at their home to recharge the plug-in hybrid in just two and a half hours. If they wish to forego the installation, a normal 120V household electrical outlet (the same used for a phone charger) can be plugged in to charge the Niro PHEV overnight. Then there’s of course public charging stations as noted above.

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