News About the Kia Niro EV Fuel Efficiency

Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Kia Niro e-Niro

During fall of 2018, we received more news about the three Kia Niro crossovers. There’s the original Kia Niro hybrid crossover, released in 2017, followed by the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid crossover by the end of 2018. Coming soon is an all-electric version of the Kia Niro, the Kia Niro EV. We got some great news about the interior of the Kia Niro EV and its all-electric range. Now with news about its recent recordings for the Europe model, we wonder if Kia Motors is still running tests and optimizing this electric crossover, or have the numbers for the U.S. been solidified?

Last time we discussed the Kia Niro EV, the powertrain had changed a bit from its original debut. For the Niro EV, Kia developed a next-generation electric vehicle powertrain with two options for consumers to choose from. The standard setup was a 39.2 kWh battery system that can travel 150 miles emissions free, but consumers can opt-in for the high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack for 280 miles! That’s pretty great for an electric vehicle.

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The Benefits of Driving an Electric Vehicle

Miami Lakes Automall Benefits Driving Electric

With the impressive range of the Kia Niro EV, 280 miles, and other electric vehicles by Kia Motors, like the 2018 Kia Soul EV, we thought we’d brush up on electric vehicles 101 and drop some knowledge. We’ve covered electric vehicle charging and the misconceptions about plug-in hybrid vehicles before. But with many people in North America still unsure how hybrid and electric technology works, it might be a good time to inform the masses about all the benefits an electric vehicle can bring. Here are five things to know about electric cars.

The Drive

Driving an electric car will feel a lot more differently than a vehicle powered by the standard internal combustion engine. Not only is an electric vehicle (EV) more silent, although some automakers install a program to mimic an engine noise for consumers who prefer to hear the motor running, but the pull of a gas-powered vehicle when the engine gets going is nearly non-existent. Electric vehicles don’t need to “power up” to get going – all the power they need is already available.

How to drive EVs are also changing the game. With the way technology is moving, one-pedal powertrains are becoming commonplace. A one-pedal powertrain means the cockpit only comes with one pedal and an emergency brake pedal. To accelerate or to decelerate, the driver puts pressure on or alleviates pressure from the accelerator like usual, but when decelerating with a one-pedal powertrain, the car will be brought to a stop naturally. The emergency brake pedal is available for instances where the driver needs to stop immediately. Plus, many alternative fuel vehicles come with regenerative braking to recharge the battery when bringing the vehicle to a stop.

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Results of the J.D. Power Tech Experience Index Study Names Kia

Miami Lakes Automall JD Power Tech Experience

Not too long ago, J.D. Power released the results of the 2018 U.S. Initial Quality Study, and Kia Motors was leading the auto brand with several vehicles ranking highest in their respective segments. Now, J.D. Power is releasing the results of their 2018 Tech Experience Index (TXI) Study, and Kia has two more vehicles ranking high. It’s not just Kia though – all automakers are waking up to smartphone integration and technology in vehicles today.

Are you aware of Uconnect 4, the next generation of the popular Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) infotainment system? J.D. Power talks about the features of Uconnect 4 specifically when reviewing the results of the TXI Study. Uconnect 4 is an infotainment system that can literally mirror the display of one’s smartphone onto their touchscreen. It’s a whole new ball game compared to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the numbers are practically yelling.

So, we talked about the pros and cons of factory-installed systems, but it seems that most consumers aren’t so thrilled about them. Our bad. According to the study, 19% of new-vehicle owners who have factory-installed navigation don’t use it, and 70% of these consumers rather use another device instead, like their smartphone.

“This rapid adoption of smartphone mirroring is the unavoidable outcome of consumers thinking that automakers are being outperformed by smartphone software providers in certain areas…Most consumers consider phone systems better for navigation and voice recognition—and they’re free. ‘Better and free’ are hard to compete with, so automakers will inevitably have to cede this territory and will be much better served by focusing on areas where they are the exclusive provider—like driver assistance and collision avoidance—and continue to hone those systems.” – Kristin Kolodge, Executive Director of Driver Interaction & HMI Research at J.D. Power.

The study, now in its third year, is based on a survey of 20,000 vehicle owners and lessees, 14,800 of which responded, who purchased or leased a new 2018 model-year vehicle in the previous 90 days that is an all-new or redesigned model within the past three years. Conducted from February to July 2018, the TXI Study measures owners’ experiences, utilization, and interaction with 38 driver-centric vehicle technologies at 90 days of ownership. The major technology categories analyzed in the study are entertainment and connectivity; comfort and convenience; driving assistance; collision protection; navigation; and smartphone mirroring.

There were some nice key findings in the results of the study:

– Consumer satisfaction has improved across all categories, with scores in comfort and convenience improving the most.

– Most consumers learn more about apps like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on their own, versus what sales people at dealerships teach them.

– Consumers are aggravated by intrusive safety technologies, such as lane-keeping i.e. Lane Keep Assist.

– It should be obvious, but the more satisfaction a consumer gets out of their vehicle, the more likely they are to recommend it to others, about 94% of them.

For 2018, the Kia Stinger was ranked highest in the compact premium vehicle segment, and the Kia Optima ranked highest in the midsize vehicle segment. Oh yeah, represent! Luckily for you, we did a comparison of the Kia Stinger and Kia Optima not too long ago, and they’re both amazing vehicles. Check it out!

Or just come down to Miami Lakes Automall. We have the Kia Stinger, Kia Optima, and many other great new vehicles in our inventory.

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Kia Telluride Pops Up at 2018 Fashion Week in New York

Miami Lakes Automall 2020 Kia Telluride

Wow, Kia Motors really has a thing for Fashion Week in New York. Back when the masses were still waiting for the 2018 Kia Stinger to hit showrooms, Kia orchestrated a little race between big names in fashion to show off the power of the Stinger during Fashion Week. Now, Kia is at it again, and decided to surprise everyone with an official preview of their new and upcoming Kia Telluride hybrid SUV. We gotta say, it’s looking much better than the spy shots of the Telluride caught earlier.

Kia Motors and Fashion Week

Like we said, this isn’t the first time Kia Motors pumped up a new vehicle before consumers can get behind the wheel. Kia Motors created a promotional event, the Stinger Runway Racing Challenge, during New York Fashion Week in September 2017. A fully functioning 1,000-foot race track was made out of New York City to test and display the power of the Kia Stinger. The biggest names in fashion, music, sports, and entertainment were driving the Stinger around the track for this event – fashion designer Brandon Maxwell, supermodels Candice Swanepoel and Joan Smalls, baseball legend Alex Rodriguez, writer and TV host Derek Blasberg, and social media personality Cameron Dallas.

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Kia Sportage and Chevy Traverse Named Best SUVs for Teens

Miami Lakes Automall US News Best Teen SUVs

As the year winds down and news organizations round up their final lists, U.S. News & World Report has one more, this time for teens. When it comes to inexperienced drivers, it’s better to go with a used vehicle, or a new vehicle that helps them stay safe and focused while staying connected. These days, it’s nearly impossible to separate some people from their phones – at least with modern technology like infotainment systems, people don’t need to have their phone in their hands or be looking down all the time. Whether looking for a car on a budget, or interested in the tech, there are two vehicles that make the list that you can find at Miami Lakes Automall – the Kia Sportage and Chevrolet Traverse.

U.S. News & World Report – Best New and Used Cars for Teens

The thought of letting the same person they changed diapers for less than two decades ago get behind the wheel is a hard concept for a parent to grasp, and understandably so. In South Florida, it feels like there’s some kind of car crash every day, some small and some severe. When it comes to drivers who are inexperienced, and even worse when they have poor driving habits, young drivers are more likely to find themselves in an incident. It takes a lot of discipline for a first car to not become a clunker in several years.

The Best New Cars for Teens need to have the utmost combination of overall quality, predicted reliability, high safety ratings, and accident-avoidance technologies. With crossovers on the rise, U.S. News has mostly large vehicles on their list; it’s also in case a parent wants a new vehicle but lets their new teen driver borrow it now and then. There are many new vehicles on the list, and that’s because a new vehicle will most likely have updated safety features, such as forward collision warning, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking. The Chevrolet automotive brand even has “Teen Driver” tech in some of their vehicles to allows parents to set speed and audio volume restrictions when their teen is behind the wheel.

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Spy Shots and Updates for the Kia Telluride

Miami Lakes Automall Kia Telluride Spy Update Feature

Well, after all the talk about the 2019 Kia Telluride hybrid SUV, we’re finally getting spy footage of a prototype. It feels like not too long ago, the Kia Telluride got the greenlight to go into production, and we received updates about the Kia Telluride since then. Now, it’s good to see that Kia Motors isn’t just getting our hopes up. A new SUV is definitely hitting the roads in the future, and it will be wearing the Kia badge. Whether it’s the promised Kia Telluride is a whole other story.

Miami Lakes Automall Kia Telluride Spy Update 1

The original spy shots were the usual stuff, a mystery car wrapped up to keep it camouflaged while testing. Even the badge is covered up, and one would need a keen eye and a good memory for automotive concept art to claim the image below is the Kia Telluride. Looks like any other SUV.

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What’s Coming for Kia Motors

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Kia Motors is currently doing really well in the auto industry. Winning awards and becoming the safest automotive brand in America, a new electric vehicle on the horizon a.k.a. the Kia Niro EV, and new isolated sound zone technology, there’s a lot of great things coming up for the automaker. With the new model year closing in and new models being added to the lineup, take a look at what’s coming up for Kia Motors in 2019.

Kia Rio

The Kia Rio hatchback and sedan were redesigned for 2018, so we won’t see a huge difference until 2021.

Kia Soul

The Kia Soul will get some enhancements in 2019. These include a standard 5-inch touch screen, rear camera display and voice recognition on the base model. In 2020, a pending redesign is already in the works, and we may even see a Kia Soul hybrid to complement the Soul EV (not available in the U.S.)

Kia Forte

The 2018 Kia Stinger has some serious style, and this has brushed off onto several other vehicles, like the new Kia Forte. Making its way into its third generation, the Kia Forte has a refined powertrain, with new looks to the hood and tiger-nose grille. We may see this soon before the next model year.

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Why You Should Get the Kia Drive Wise Package

When the 2018 Kia Stinger was first unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, many people were impressed by the sports car. “Sporting” a couple of firsts for Kia, the Stinger was the first vehicle to resurrect the Lambda engine (first having popped up in the 2005 Sorento), was the first Kia sedan to come with all-wheel drive (optional), and introduced Kia’s Driver Attention Alert (DAA) system to help combat distracted/drowsy driving. With that in mind, the Kia Stinger was also one of, if not the first Kia vehicle, to receive the Kia Drive Wise Package. Filled with an assortment of advanced safety features, for a driver that wants eyes in the back of their head and a little clairvoyance, this is the package to get when shopping with Kia Motors. Here’s what the Drive Wise Package includes.

Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA) – A system designed to alert the driver of an impending collision with a slower moving or stationary vehicle/object via a sensor-operated chime. If an FCA, the system will also apply pressure to the brakes if driver input is not detected following the primary alert.

Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW) with Lane Change Assist – A sensor that detects other vehicles located to the side and rear of a vehicle, and displays a graphic or turns on a small light in the side mirror if a vehicle is detected. The system also assists the driver by letting them know of approaching traffic in their blind spot so they can make a safe merge into the other lane via Lane Change Assist.

Rear-Cross Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW) – Like blind-spot detection, RCCW alerts the driver when backing out of a parking space where traffic is present or approaching from either side.

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Kia Motors VS Porsche and BMW

Miami Lakes Automall Kia Stinger GT vs Porsche BMW

Kia Motors will always be showing the automotive industry a new trick it seems. They either boast the title of the safest automotive brand, have the most hybrid vehicles in an automotive brand, or basically change the way the auto industry looks at Kia Motors with vehicles like the Kia Stinger. Recently, AMCI Global put the Kia Stinger up against luxury car automaker BMW. We’ve pit the Kia Stinger against a Porsche Panamera before, and we’ve challenged the Kia Stinger with fast and expensive sports cars. Time and again, the Kia Stinger comes out on top. AMCI Global decided to see for themselves – are the results the same? Read on to find out.

AMCI Global

AMCI is a company that aims to change the way consumers interact with automotive brands by publishing opinion-based experiences and educating the common public with tests and studies that evaluate car brands and specific models. AMCI wants to provide consumers with brands they can trust and products that are as reliable as they are operational. Performing studies such as the “Trusted Automotive Brand Study”, AMCI talks to thousands of real-life consumers to get the gritty details about vehicles and brands they like and don’t like to find out what brands and vehicles consumers trust the most.

Kia Stinger vs BMW

Beyond what AMCI actually does, from time-to-time, they’ll do a comparison of sorts. Pitting the Kia Stinger GT (with limited slip differential) against, what a coincidence(!), the 2018 Porsche Panamera (powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine), and a 2018 BMW 640i Gran Coupe with the M Sport package. AMCI decided to test the Kia Stinger GT against these two vehicles in four categories:

– 0-60 Acceleration

– Cornering

– The “Slalom”

– Closed course lap

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MLAM Isolated Sound Zones Brought to You by Kia

Miami Lakes Automall Kia Motors Sound Zone Technology

With Kia Motors working on new technology for their up and coming alternative fuel vehicles, we wonder if they’ll ever stop surprising us. First, the automaker came out with the world’s first hybrid crossover, the Kia Niro. Shortly after, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) variant of the crossover came out, the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid. Now, Kia is working hard on getting the Kia Niro electric vehicle out onto the streets, but still has several bullets in the chamber. Up next is the world’s first hybrid SUV, the Kia Telluride, and a whole new sound system that will change vehicle cabins forever.

Back when the Kia Telluride concept got the green light, we were ecstatic. This is the most futuristic vehicle headed for the auto market, designed with an LED Light-Emitted Rejuvenation (LER) therapeutic system, Smart Sensors that can monitor and display configurable health information of the first and second-row passengers, and a Swipe Command touch-sensitive second-row media-control band that allows the second-row passengers to access multimedia via a touchscreen of their own. That third feature is a technology that Kia Motors, in conjunction with the Hyundai Motor Group, is intent to expand on.

Introducing “Separated Zone Technology” into the auto market, Kia Motors will release what it calls a Separated Sound Zone (SSZ) audio system in future vehicles. Like noise-canceling headphones that drown out ambient noise (using a small microphone), SSZ technology isolates acoustic fields around the cabin of a vehicle and then allows speakers around the cabin to increase or reduce audio levels individually. No longer will all speakers be tied to the center console and the main audio system alone. In a five-passenger vehicle, the driver and front passenger can listen to their tunes in the front, while passengers listen to their own in the back. Kia Motors even discusses the possibility of making private phone calls private by isolating them to a single speaker in the cabin.

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