The first-quarter of 2019 has just passed us and we’re already scratching our way through the rest of the year. One automaker, Kia Motors, shows no sign of slowing down as they continue to over-perform. With the automaker releasing the 2020 Kia Telluride in March 2019, their largest SUV ever, their sales were spearheaded by the Kia Telluride and landed Kia Motors their best first quarter performance for Kia Motors since 2016. It’s not the only vehicle consumers love. The Kia Stinger is still making rounds, winning a first-ever award from J.D. Power, and the Niro PHEV won a Best New Car Award.
Kia Stinger and J.D. Power
When someone says “first-ever”, one could imagine that this means the occasion was so great, it needed its own recognition and celebration. So when a company like J.D. Power holds their first-ever “Engineering Award for the Highest Rated All-New Vehicle”, there’s clearly something important brewing in the auto industry. The J.D. Power Engineering Award for Highest-Rated All-New Vehicle combines the results of two well-known J.D. Power studies that Kia Motors continues to rank highly on. Kia Motors was the leading auto brand for the 2018 Initial Quality Study (IQS), and their Kia Stinger won the Compact Premium Car segment for the 2018 J.D. Power APEAL Study.
“This is the first time J.D. Power has analyzed customer data in order to identify a remarkable achievement by a vehicle development team…This is feedback on both the quality and the performance of the vehicle taken straight from the owners of the vehicle. What we are seeing is a team of designers, R&D engineers and a manufacturing team that is working very effectively together to launch something quite exceptional.” – Doug Betts, senior vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power
All of that data came to one conclusion, and the 2018 Stinger sportback has now been awarded the first-ever J.D. Power Engineering Award for Highest-Rated All-New Vehicle. It’s a pretty large honor for the automaker to receive this prestigious award, especially from J.D. Power, an organization known for excellence in research. It’s not the only award they got in April 2019.
Good Housekeeping Names 2019 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid as Best New Car
Although “housekeeping” may not cross-correlate with one’s automobile, the Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI) collaborated with Car and Driver magazine to evaluate all of this year’s new vehicles. Once they finalized the list, they had 50 vehicles and more than 5,000 miles on a variety of test tracks, city roads, and highways. GHI experts and consumer testers were rating the cars and SUVs based on their safety, value, handling, design, and technology. The GHI praised the Niro PHEV for its use of innovative features designed with efficiency in mind.
“We liked that it has two-zone automatic climate control, with controls for the driver and front-seat passenger…There’s even a button to turn the passenger-side climate control off if that seat is empty, which could save energy in hot summer months when hybrids traditionally forfeit efficiency because of increased load from the air conditioner.” – Laurie Jennings, Good Housekeeping Institute Director & Lead Consumer Tester
Speaking of savings, rated at an EPA-estimated 0-to-26 mile of All-Electric Range, the Niro Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) can help consumers save money by using less gasoline during their everyday driving, and as a plus, all-electric mode produces zero emissions. Now that’s a reason to celebrate. Looking for your own celebration?
How about a visit to Miami Lakes Kia and check out new award-winning Kia vehicles today.