The Latest Kia Stinger Will Take You By Storm

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Has it already been a year since the birth of the Kia Stinger? Yes, time has quickly passed us by, and now the second model year of the remarkable Kia Stinger is arriving. The latest Kia sports car has added more than its fair share of standard features this time around. Kia has made sure to have their Stinger stand out more than most vehicles of a comparable price. With this luxury sedan reaching new heights, we’re excited to show it off, so let’s get into all the fresh updates.

More Standard Features for the Base Trim

The Base trim provides a turbocharged 2.0-Liter four-cylinder, 255 horsepower engine and upgraded standard features that will put a smile on any driver’s face. Coming standard for the Base trim is blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert that will provide heightened security and peace of mind while driving for owners. Additional features like upgraded 18-inch wheels, formally only placed on the Kia Stinger Premium trim, are now standard. Nicely priced at a low $32,900 MSRP (plus destination fee), a new Sun & Sound package comes for just $3,000 to gain a larger touchscreen (7 inches versus 8 inches) and a premium audio system with an added sunroof and LED headlights.

Looking For High-Performance? The Kia Stinger Has Options

For those that want to gain more than what the Base trim offers, there are four additional trims. The Premium, GT, GT1 and high-end GT2 trim. The high-performance Stinger boasts incredible drivability and speed regardless of trim. Just look at the 0-60 times of the GT trim to other comparable brands. The GT trim can go 0-60 in just 4.7 seconds, faster than brands like BMW and Porsche. (The BMW 440i Gran Coupe hits 4.8 seconds and the Porsche Panamera RWD V6 comes in at 5.4 seconds.) The second powertrain option, outfitted for all GT trims, is the powerful twin-turbo 3.3-Liter V6 365 horsepower engine. Both powertrain options provide high-tech features like launch control and drive mode select.

Exterior Looks Great, But The Real Treat Is Inside

The speed and performance is not the only thing to marvel at as drivers will love the incredible interior that makes each drive highly enjoyable. The Kia Stinger Premium carries the same powertrain as the Base trim but comes with the Harman/Kardon premium sound system standard with all those nice aforementioned safety features added. The sunroof and 8-inch touchscreen are also added with the Premium Stinger trim. Gain leather seating, offered with each trim, and available Nappa leather seat trim upgrades the comfort even further. Nappa leather seating is also standard for the GT2 trim.

Power and heated front seats are standard for all trims as well. Ventilated seats are a part of the Premium trim, with the GT trim gaining a 9-speaker sound system and standard Brembo brakes. Both the GT1 and GT2 Stinger trims have the incredible 15-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system and a wireless phone charger. The cost of the GT and Premium trims start at just $39,100 MSRP (plus destination fee) and the cost of the GT1 trim is $45,100 MSRP (plus destination fee), while the GT2 costs $49,990 MSRP (plus destination fee.)

Regardless of which trim is the one that makes you happiest, there’s not a bad choice among this impressive new 2019 Kia Stinger line-up. All the more reason to come in and see one for yourself at Miami Lakes Automall.

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2019 Kia Forte Wins Southwest Lifestyle Award

Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Kia Forte Southwest Lifestyle Award

Not too long ago, the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association Auto Show took place, and Kia Motors rolled in with all sorts of concepts to show off. Many of these focused on the new Kia Telluride SUV with five trims on display. During SEMA 2018, Kia also showed us a look at the very first vehicle from their new GT Line, the 2020 Kia Forte GT. The current 2019 Kia Forte is already winning praise, along with its popular sibling, the Kia Stinger. Over the last year, the Kia Stinger has won many awards, and recently one a simple little award for the Kia Stinger digital ad campaign. Well now it’s time for the Kia Forte to shine, having just won the “Southwest Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year” Award.

Southwest Vehicle Lifestyle Award

Never heard of it? That’s because it’s the first of its kind – the first Southwest Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards were held recently at the Bondurant Racing School outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Many media journalists in attendance rated the Forte as the “Best Value” car, and following real-word evaluations, the all-new compact sedan won the award. Many can attest this to the refreshed look and performance with Stinger-inspired design and improved driving dynamics.

“The Kia Forte was really a standout in the Car of the Year field. It’s stylish, efficient, fun to drive, and comes with premium tech and safety features that you’d expect in a car costing thousands more…It really is a ‘Best Value’ in every sense and it exceeded our journalists’ expectations in almost every category.” – Becky Antioco, event director and founder of Southwest Lifestyle Media.

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Kia Forte GT Specs Update

Miami Lakes Automall 2020 Kia Forte GT

Wow, did Kia Motors blow the roof off of the SEMA 2018 Auto Show or what? Even if the Specialty Equipment Market Association isn’t known for automotive parts (which we doubt, given the reception of the auto show), Kia Motors still made a statement when they rolled in with five concepts for their upcoming Kia Telluride SUV. We also got to see a modified Kia Stinger GT by DUB Magazine, and most importantly, the first bits of the new Kia GT Lineup. What? You haven’t heard? Oh yeah, Kia Motors is all about Gran Turismo cars now.

Showing up at SEMA 2018 was none other than the Kia Forte GT, having previously debuted in Korea and now in America. There were only small tidbits released from the show at first – 201hp turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, a set of 18-inch wheels – that’s all good. What else?

Then the press release from Kia Media came out, and hoo-boy, does it got some serious specs to share. 2020 is going to be a fun year for Kia Motors, with the Kia Forte GT and 2020 Kia Soul slated to come out soon, with the latter showing up at the 2018 LA Auto Show at the end of November, 2018. No joke, this Forte is already looking amazing.

“The fantastic capabilities of our team of engineers really shined in the development of the Stinger and we’re thrilled to continue injecting a bit more sport into some of the other models in the lineup…Whether you want a practical commuter or performance compact sedan, there’s now a Forte that appeals to several types of car shoppers. The Forte is already one of our top sellers, and we believe adding more diversity to the model line will appeal to a broader range of consumers.” – Orth Hedrick, executive director, Car Planning and Telematics, KMA.

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Kia Motors Developing Solar Panel Car Roof

Miami Lakes Automall Kia Motors Solar Panel Roof Hood

Kia Motors is starting to revolutionize the auto industry. When the automaker released the 2018 Kia Stinger, it was the beginning of a new path for Kia and a wake up call to the auto market. Sports cars are still alive and well in this SUV and crossover-saturated market, but there’s still room for innovation. Back in 2017, the Hyundai Motor Group discussed hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and how Kia Motors will get their own. A part of the automotive group, many thought Kia Motors would follow Hyundai and place focus on a performance line after the success of the Stinger, but Kia Motors has placed their focus on a GT line instead and debuted this with their Kia Forte GT at SEMA 2018. Kia Motors is also known for innovative technology though, and isolated sound zone technology isn’t all – the next move for the Hyundai Motor Group is solar panel-equipped vehicles.

Solar panels on cars? When we think about it, this was a long time coming. We have hybrids, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and all-electric vehicles (EVs). With the need to charge the latter, consumers are constantly wary about needing to find a place to plug-in if driving an EV or getting the most mileage out of their PHEV. Although electric charging stations are popping up all around Miami, Florida and the rest of the nation, and apps like PlugShare exist, consumers still worry. Well, wouldn’t solar panels on the roof of a vehicle help with that?

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Kia Rolls into SEMA 2018 with New Concepts

Miami Lakes Automall 2020 Kia Telluride Concepts 2018 SEMA Show

Hot dang, Kia Motors knows how to keep a crowd guessing. Originally, Kia Motors was only thought to be showing off two vehicles modified by DUB at the 2018 SEMA Auto Show, like when they showed off the Kia Stinger that was modified by West Coast Customs last year. As it turns out, Kia was rolling in to show off a lot more than two slightly modified vehicles. Like we all expected, the Kia Telluride did show up, but we’re seeing quadruple with these concepts. Plus, the new GT Line from Kia Motors made an appearance as well.

The Mods

Okay, so first there was a teaser of a modified Kia Stinger GT and a modified K900. In partnership with DUB Magazine, both vehicles were given a bit of a makeover. Just when we thought the performance of the Kia Stinger GT couldn’t get any better, DUB added widebody fender flares, 22-inch wheels, a new exhaust, an air intake, and an air-adjustable suspension. To match the interior with the exterior, a lovely black and red color combination with leather upholstery takes the cabin to a whole new level.

Going with a similar path, the Kia K900 received 24-inch wheels, an air suspension for a smoother ride, and leather upholstery. To add a little color, DUB went with electric blue body paint and black accents to transform the K900. Lastly, Kia added a specially developed multimedia system just for this mod.

Kia Going GT

We discussed the upcoming Kia Motors GT Lineup, and we were almost 100-percent certain we saw the 2019 Kia Forte GT unveiled in Korea. And yes, the 2020 Kia Forte GT was displayed at the 2018 SEMA Auto Show. Due for release next summer, the powertrain was confirmed to be a 201hp turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive was announced as the only drivetrain available, and a set of 18-inch wheels comes standard. Maybe a later model will get that new transfer case Kia Motors is working on for the Kia Stinger GT.

Kia Telluride Concepts

Also showing up at SEMA 2018 were five Kia Telluride concepts. Slated to be released in 2020, the Kia Telluride still feels far away, but after showing up at 2018 Fashion Week in New York, the Telluride has shown it can be a versatile SUV. So if that’s the case, Kia Motors may be curious about testing possible trim concepts to get an idea of what consumers will be looking for or find interesting.

The stylish and outdoor-based Kia Telluride from Fashion Week returned to SEMA, along with the Telluride Horizon Roamer, Cadet Leader, Desert Drifter and Baja Glider. Each concept has its own flair while being built to tackle tough trails. Going by the above image, these are from left-to-right.

Yes, tough trails. As in an off-road vehicle, as in Jeep® has some healthy competition. Equipped to take on the Rubicon trail, the Kia Telluride Horizon Roamer comes with several hardcore off-road accessories, including a custom brush guard and skid plates, a straight-pipe exhaust located in the rear, and a snorkel for some deep water fording. Kia tops off this Telluride concept with a set of Black Rhino 32-inch wheels.

The second concept in line is the Telluride Baja Glider. With a number of unique features, a dark black paint job and a curved LED light bar attached to the roof separate this trim from the others. Except, like all the trim concepts, the Baja Glider rides in on a set of Black Rhino 32-inch wheels, wrapped in Milestar Patagonia mud terrain tires.

Okay, now we’re really seeing Kia aiming to compete with Jeep. Colored with a unique army green and matte black paint job, the Cadet Leader is basically the Horizon Roamer in camouflage. The Cadet Leader rides on Black Rhino 32-inch wheels, also wrapped in Milestar Patagonia mud terrain tires. This concept comes with a brush guard with a skid plate, a rear tube bumper with a skid plate, and a modified straight pipe exhaust.

Like the new Desert Hawk planned for the Jeep Compass, Kia Motors has their own desert-based SUV. Given another military look with a tan and black paint job, this Telluride looks built to go on adventures. Mounted on the roof is a roof rack with a light bar, and the front fascia also comes with a brush guard. There’s also roof-mounted rotopacks for extra gasoline when far out into the sandy dunes.

That’s all for now. Kia Motors kept their presentation tight-lipped, but in the end, wowza! What an entrance, and with plenty to of concepts and vehicles to show off. Stay up to date with more SEMA and Kia Motors news by following Miami Lakes Kia social media.

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Kia Motors Wins Digital Ad Campaign Award and Announces New Concept

Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Kia Compact Crossover

Lots of great things are happening for automotive group Kia Motors as of late. The 2020 Kia Soul is set to debut at the 2018 LA Auto Show, the 2019 Kia Forte GT was unveiled to kick off the Kia Motors GT Line, and as per usual, the Kia Stinger won another award for Kia Motors. That’s not the only good news though. The 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show is going on right now, the last week of October 2018, first week of November 2018. A lot of new vehicles are planning to show up, but first, recent news.

Digital Ad Campaign Awards

Yeah, who knew car commercials, let alone any kind of commercial, can earn an award. I guess the guys that put together these one-minute films also want their credit and praise – it’s for the little guy! Who delivered the award? It was none other than Red Dot.

Who is Red Dot? Red Dot is an organization recognized as one of the most sought-after seals of quality for good design across the world. They have several awards that are delivered throughout the year, and an award for the “Automotive Brand Contest” was earned by Kia Motors for the Kia Stinger.

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Kia Soul To Debut at LA Auto Show

Miami Lakes Automall 2020 Kia Soul LA Auto Show

Isn’t it a little odd we haven’t heard anything about the popular Kia Soul hatchback in awhile? Sure, the Kia Soul has the best of everything, and when it comes to the “Coolest Cars Under $20K”, the Kia Soul makes the list. Maybe it’s because Kia Motors is focused on the new Kia GT Line, starting with the Kia Rio GT, Kia Forte GT, and eventually the Kia Optima GT and Kia Soul GT. The 2019 Kia Soul is out, but Kia Motors clearly has plans to already knock it off its pedestal, because the all-new 2020 Kia Soul and Kia Soul EV are already set to debut during the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Los Angeles Auto Show

Known as “The City of Angels”, Los Angeles is a large auto show held at the Los Angeles Convention Center every year. Endorsed by the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association, the LA Auto Show usually begins in late November/early December, and lasts for a little over a week. Last year, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL popped up in LA, so we wonder what we’ll see this year, including the new Kia Soul and Kia Soul EV.

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Updates to the 2019 Kia Forte

Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Kia Forte

With the 2019 Kia Forte coming out soon, and the 2019 Kia Forte GT unveiled in Korea with a possible hatchback variant to match, we think it’s time to take a look at this amazing vehicle from Kia Motors. Available as either a sedan or hatchback, known as the Kia Forte and Kia Forte5, the Kia Forte has taken some design cues from the Kia Stinger for its latest rendition, and with the announcement of a GT line from Kia Motors, well, we’re all looking forward to what could come next from the automaker, starting with the new Forte.

There’s a couple of things one should know about the new 2019 Kia Forte before stepping up to the lot. For one, the third-generation Kia Forte is longer, wider, and taller than its 2018 predecessor. In an effort to catch up with competition, the 2019 Forte is 3.2 inches longer (182.7 inches), 0.8 inches wider, and taller by 0.2 inches – all around, not a whole lot of difference for the body shape. Cargo room has increased a bit from 14.9 cubic-feet to 15.3 cubic-feet, more than the majority of its competitors.

The 2019 Kia Forte will definitely attract compact car buyers, but the new model has been attracting people from midsize sedans and crossovers as of late. It could be because the new Forte is slightly larger in size, it could be because the Forte is getting technology upgrades, a huge selling point for the new generation of car buyers. In the end, the Kia Forte sees the most first-time buyers than the rest of the Kia Motors lineup.

We said technology upgrades, and we mean technology upgrades. The base FE trim of the 2019 Kia Forte comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with dual-zone climate control. Going up a level or two to the LXS and S trims, the LXS comes with more than just new tech – consumers will also find 16-inch alloy wheels and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The Kia Forte S gets an upgrade to 17-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights and taillights, UVO eServices, voice recognition, SiriusXM satellite radio, and tweeter speakers. Some great safety features are lineup standards, including forward collision avoidance assist, lane keep assist, driver attention warning, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning.

When it comes to the powertrain for the 2019 Kia Forte, there’s two things to know. For one, the 2019 Kia Forte still offers manual transmission for those that love the feeling of control, a six-speed manual, but also comes with Kia Motors first continuously variable transmission (CVT) system. On top of this, the fuel economy for the Kia Forte has improved, measured out at 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway with manual transmission, and 31/41 mpg with the CVT.

Yes, the 2019 Kia Forte sure is shaping up to be a real winner for Kia Motors. Know where you can find yours? Come to Miami Lakes Automall Kia to find your 2019 Kia Forte today!

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Debut of the Kia Rio GT

Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Kia Rio GT Line

Back in March 2018, the 2018 Geneva Motor Show took place overseas in Switzerland. During that time, like every year, many automakers showed up with their own new vehicle concepts and debuts. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance showed up to give the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the Renault EZ-GO concept some love. The Hyundai Motor Group was there as well, shining some light on the Hyundai Le Fil Rouge and 2019 Hyundai Kona EV. When we see Hyundai, we know Kia Motors isn’t too far behind. They showed up to debut their new GT lineup, and with the recent news about Kia Motors going GT, it would seem the new lineup is true – starting with the Rio GT.

Earlier, when we learned Kia Motors is turning into a GT brand, we were pretty surprised. After all the good the Kia Stinger is doing for the automaker, we thought performance was the way to go, but that’s not necessarily true. Yes, the Kia Stinger is an award-winning vehicle, but it was also the first sports car Kia designed with a GT trim. This was actually the first test of a GT vehicle, and after all the good reviews, Kia Motors went on to expand their GT lineup with the 2019 Kia Forte GT, debuted in Korea in early October 2018.

Wrap around back to the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, because that’s where our next GT model is coming from. Around the time of its debut, the new Kia Rio GT line looked like a sporty hatchback that shared design cues from the Kia Stinger, a fashion sense we’ll be seeing on many Kia Motors vehicles going forward. When introduced on the auto show floor, the Kia Rio GT was sporting a revised Stinger-esque front grille, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a black boot spoiler.

There was also talk about vehicle autonomy, but every automaker is talking about autonomy these days. Since then, tidbits about the Kia Rio GT lineup have come from news sources and the Kia Motors website. With new style, a turbocharged engine, and smart technology, the GT lineup is going to start a new wave for Kia Motors. We’re just not sure which vehicle will become the new Halo car for the automaker.

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Kia Forte GT Unveiled?

Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Kia Forte GT Debuts in Korea

Wow, it seems like Kia Motors is nonstop with news about its upcoming vehicles. Everyone is loving the refreshed 2019 Kia Sorento, the new Kia Telluride SUV at Fashion Week 2018 gave us a whole new look at Kia SUV style, and we’ve heard the good news about the Kia Niro EV fuel efficiency, although the numbers keep changing (for the better). Most recently, Kia Motors has decided to break off from the Hyundai Motor Group path of performance and turn Kia Motors into a GT brand. We’ve heard tidbits about GT vehicles and concepts, but news about several GT models is popping up, including the return of the Kia Stinger GT4 concept as an electric-coupe.

Going GT

So, a “GT” car is also known as a “Grand Touring” car. Grand Touring vehicles tend to be an automobile in the style of a coupe, sometimes built for only two people, and designed to operate at high speeds while still keeping passengers comfortable. For instance, the Dodge Challenger GT is a four-passenger two-door coupe with all-wheel drive. The Kia Stinger is starting to lean in this direction.

The Kia Stinger is possibly the first Kia Motors vehicle to get the GT tag, with the Kia Stinger GT, GT1, and GT2 trims. It would also seem like the Stinger started a wave, and not just in terms of looks – we can already see several vehicles from the Kia Motors lineup borrowing the coupe style for future model years. The new craze is turning vehicles into agile GT cars, like the Optima GT, Kia Soul GT, Kia Rio GT, and most notably, the Kia Forte GT. More on the Kia Rio GT next week.

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