Kia Motors Taking Over Green Market with Kia Optima and Niro

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Kia Motors is one automotive brand that has fully embraced the green market. There are several hybrid vehicles in their lineup, including the popular Kia Optima and brand spankin’ new Kia Niro crossover. Wouldn’t you know, with how well Kia has been doing so well in the past two years, showered with awards and earning the top spot in the JD Power Initial Quality Study, Kia has recently outpaced Ford to take the number two spot for hybrid vehicles in the US market.

Part of the Hyundai Motor Group, both Hyundai and Kia sold 4,796 hybrid vehicles in July alone. That’s a large number for sales for a single month, a 9 percent increase from June, and twice that of July 2016. In addition, the two automakers make up a whole 17.1 percent of the hybrid market. To think about a decade ago barely anyone wanted to drive a vehicle that made use of both, an internal combustion engine and electric motor. The high fuel mileage is finally popular enough that more and more consumers are going green.

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Kia Motors Wiping Up the Auto Market with Awards

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It seems Kia Motors has been making rounds lately, as they keep bringing better and better news to the public. It wasn’t too long ago that Kia Motors as a whole gained the top spot in J.D. Power and Associates’ Initial Quality Study. Earlier this year, a few of their vehicles gained some spotlight, such as safety for the Kia Cadenza, Best Budget vehicle for the Kia Soul. Just this past month, some more good news has come for Kia.

Top Shopped

Looking for some of the best brands in the automotive world? According to Jumpstart Automotive Media, an organization that highlights the vehicle segments, makes, and models that captured the largest share of online car shoppers during the first half of 2017 points out Toyota, Tesla, and Kia Motors. This year alone, to date, Kia has raised its overall brand share to 3.1 percent, which is a 36 percent increase compared to June of last year. Much of this can be thanks to its recently launched new 2017 hybrid subcompact SUV Niro, its redesigned Rio model, along with the popular Kia Soul and Sorento models.

“New and redesigned models will often win the attention of car and truck shoppers, especially when new styles, features and performance are highlighted … That being said, we’re keeping a close eye on the subcompact utility space, which offers a unique blend of versatility, comfort, value and functionality that appeals to a wide range of consumers.” – Libby Murad-Patel, Jumpstart vice president marketing and strategic insights.

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Kia Cee’d Spied, More Details Coming after Frankfurt Motor Show

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Kia Motors is back at it again. We’re starting to think they’re in competition with Mitsubishi Motors, because with every vehicle announced by either auto brand, another follows. First we had the Kia Stinger, then the Kia Niro hybrid crossover, then the Kia Stonic said to also have a PHEV variant, and now we have an upcoming Kia Cee’d hatchback.

The Kia Cee’d was teased earlier this year, but there was not much to say aside from the Kia brand tiger nose grille and sleek headlights. Today, we can see there is a little more style coming out for this new vehicle. Kia has already claimed to be heading in a newer sportier direction, keeping up with their philosophy on style and design. They’ve also discussed releasing sportier looking vehicles like the 2018 Kia Stinger and new Kia Rio and Rio5 models. Based on the camouflaged picture above, one could easily mistake the hidden Cee’d for a Kia Rio5 hatchback model.

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What is a Model Year and When to Buy a Car

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If you’ve ever worked in the auto industry, or even did the research for buying a car, then you may have once heard the term model year. However, it’s an odd term that sometimes seems a little unnecessary. Aren’t all 2015 cars released in the year 2015? Well, yes and no. The Chrysler Pacifica was released as a 2017 model sometime early-mid 2016. So a model year is a little different.

What is a Model Year?

Unlike a regular calendar year where an event in 2017 will always be known as 2017, a model year simply relates to when a car is the most available. This is because auto production for many vehicles today takes place in the late summer, and sometimes as early as July. Following its production, a vehicle is usually released soon thereafter, as early as the following fall season.

So, a 2018 model could be made available in the fall of 2017, like the 2018 Kia Stinger we’re still waiting on. In fact, several Kia models have already been released as a 2018 model year, including the Kia Sportage and Kia Sorento. Like the Kia Stinger, the 2018 Kia Optima is on the horizon, as is the Kia Niro PHEV and Kia Stonic. Don’t be surprised if you see either of these in show rooms by October. Regardless, a 2018 model year vehicle is typically available all of the 2018 calendar year and onward, even if the next model year vehicle technically replaces it. It’s not like dealerships pull a lever and empty 2016 inventory when 2017 rolls around — but they are looking to get as many new vehicles in stock as they can, and that’s wherein the trick lies for the “best time to buy a car”.

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What’s Good About Certified Pre-owned Vehicles?

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Some car buyers are a little cautious about used cars, and for good reason. We’ve all purchased something used before, only to find out it has more problems than we were previously led to believe. However, when it comes to a certified pre-owned vehicle, consumers can rest easy that their used vehicle has been tested and put through heavy evaluation before being released back into the automotive world.

What is a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle?

Unlike a used car, or pre-owned car, a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle is a pre-owned vehicle that has checked off several points on an auto manufacturer’s list of what constitutes as the “best of the best” pre-owned vehicles. It’s not going to be new, but it does come with the benefits of both a new and used car.

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The Kia Motors Philosophy

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Kia Motors has  been getting a lot of good press in the last year. The Kia Soul was rated as one of the coolest cars by Kelley Blue Book, and Best Budget Vehicle by two publications. KBB also awarded the 2016 Kia Optima with the Best Buy Award for midsize cars, and the 2017 Sportage won the Red Dot Award for Product Design in 2016. Most recently, for the second-year in a row, Kia Motors nabbed the top spot in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. With all of this and more going on, one has to wonder what’s their secret.

Upon visiting Kia.com, one can learn a little more about Kia Motors. They have philosophies and missions all over the world, in the corporate world and in education. When it comes to the automotive industry however, Kia Motors stands for designing, engineering, and building – or, “World-class design and engineering.” With all the awards and recognition their vehicles receive, it’s no secret. Even the much sought after 2018 Kia Stinger, pushed back sadly, upon its unveiling at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show was said to be a new standard – a car that drives as well as it looks.

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Going Green with Help from Kia Motors

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When going green for your next car, take a look at Kia Motors. They have many hybrid and electric vehicles, and more are on the way. No other automotive company has expanded their lineup with green cars as much as Kia Motors, unless they’re purely a hybrid and/or EV automaker. Kia has the Kia Optima in three different variations, the Kia Soul as an electric vehicle, the recent Kia Niro hybrid crossover, and the Kia Stonic is due by the year’s end. There are many choices, but how do you know which one to pick?

The Kia Optima – Gas, EV, and PHEV

Let’s look at the Kia Optima, the first of the bunch. The Kia Optima lineup has three gasoline-powered engine options of varying power. The smallest engine option is a 1.6-liter DOHC I4 engine with a turbocharger that generates 178-horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Turbocharged, it has a little more bang, and with the implementation of a double overhead camshaft (DOHC), there is less stress on the engine, leading to a commendable fuel economy of 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. The strongest engine option is a turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC I4, generating 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. This engine helps the Optima achieve a fuel economy of 22/32 mpg city/highway.

Gasoline cars are pretty easy to take care of. There’s a gas station every mile or so on the road as long as you’re not on the interstate, so filling up is easy. However, as with all cars, a gasoline car has long-term expenses. Most consumers will be looking at a cost between $1,000 and $2,000 a year for fuel.

The Kia Optima Hybrid is surprisingly strong. The Optima Hybrid has a 2.0-liter engine with gasoline direct injection and continuously variable valve timing technology. Made with an I4 Full Parallel Hybrid System, the hybrid has been optimized as much as possible for the best performance. It can generate up to 193 horsepower, and gets 39 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway. That’s a 10 percent increase from a year ago, and Kia will continue to increase the fuel efficiency of its vehicles going forward.

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Kia Earns Top Spot in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study for Second Year in a Row

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The results of the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) have been released, and Kia Motors did better than any other brand for the second year in a row. In fact, it turns out, many 2017 model year vehicles did great this year.

Every year, J.D. Power and Associates conduct various studies, and the Initial Quality Study focuses on vehicle quality reported by drivers after 90 days of ownership. Surveys are sent out between February and May each year, and this year (2017) more than 77,000 responses were collected from owners and lessees of 2017 model year vehicles. To gain the top spot in the IQS, an auto brand has to have the least amount of problems and hiccups during those 90 days. Kia Motors only had 72 problems for every 100 vehicles.

Kia Motors didn’t just earn the top spot, but also several Kia models earned many model-level rewards. These include the Kia Cadenza in the large sedan segment; the Kia Forte in the compact car category; the new Kia Niro in the small SUV segment; the Kia Sorento in the midsize SUV segment; and the hip Kia Soul in the small multi-purpose vehicle segment.

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2017 Kia Soul Named Best Budget Vehicle by Two Publications

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Kia keeps making rounds around success lane, and there is no stopping them in sight. The Kia Soul, a favorite vehicle of college kids, was just named the best budget vehicle in 2017 by Parents magazine and Edmunds. Not a surprise, really. Starting at only $16,100 – it’s one of the better budget vehicles out there, and the price isn’t the only thing to talk about.

The 2017 Kia Soul was selected for its value, performance, safety, and family-friendly features. This can be attested to its (1) standard 130-horsepower 1.6-liter I4 engine; (2) UVO eServices, which is  Kia’s infotainment package; and (3) its many advanced safety features.

This will be the tenth year that Parents magazine and Edmunds have partnered up together to share the Best Budget award, amongst other rewards, and to provide a reliable source for families looking to purchase cars for their new drivers.

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UVO eServices and Features Available on All Kia Vehicles

 

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Although Kia may be in connection with Hyundai, the auto brand actually has its own infotainment system offered on its vehicles. Ever hear of UVO eServices? Like many infotainment systems, it’s more than a basic car radio. It’s advanced car technology that helps to change the way people think about cars.

What is UVO eServices?

UVO eServices is a subscription based infotainment system found in modern Kia vehicles (model-year 2011 and up). Using voice-recognition technology, this system can help drivers do a lot without ever needing to take their hands off the wheel or their eyes off the road. Plus, it comes with its own smartphone app that further enhances the driver experience when subscribed to UVO. Possibly the best part – Kia vehicle owners don’t need to choose between multiple versions of UVO to install. Every system is basically the same, with the main differences being the size of the touchscreen and the features available via subscription, such as voice-command navigation, SiriusXM Traffic, HD Radio, and smartphone connectivity.

UVO eServices Features

When looking at the features offered by UVO eServices, many wonder about the types of entertainment offered. Some of that comes down to the sound system offered in a Kia vehicle, but when it comes to UVO, there’s a lot there.

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