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Kia Telluride Concept Gets the Greenlight

Miami Lakes Automall Kia Telluride Concept1

You guys remember the Kia Telluride concept we posted about awhile back? It’s a futuristic-looking hybrid SUV with technologies that go way beyond some of the stuff we’re seeing pop up in automobiles today. Kia surprised the automarket when it came out with the Kia Niro, the world’s first hybrid crossover. Then, Kia Motors pulled a fast one and released the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid (also known as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, PHEV) without any promotions whatsoever. Just bam! There it is.

Seems a hybrid SUV is next on the list of their alternative fuel and green vehicles, and that brings us to the Kia Telluride. It was initially a concept at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit (2016 Detroit Auto Show). At the time, it was a little boxy in shape, had suicide doors, the signature Kia tiger-nose grille, a spacious cabin, and three rows of seats. A year later, the concept went live on the Kia Motors website, and the new design is taking some cues from the Kia Stinger. With more of a swooped-back roofline, a design quickly becoming popular, such is the look for the new 2019 Kia Forte as well, having debuted at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

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New Kia Stinger Named 2018 Shift Vehicle of the Year

2018 Stinger GT2 RWD

We’d stop talking about the Kia Stinger, if it stopped giving us things to talk about, but the chatter about the new model hasn’t slowed down yet. Last week, the new Kia Stinger was named the 2018 Shift Award Vehicle of the Year in the latest award ceremony hosted by Roadshow by CNET.

The award was given a year after the Kia Stinger debuted at the North American International Auto Show in 2017, and within the last year, the Stinger has received a lot of praise and it also arrived at dealerships like Miami Lakes Automall.

“To return this year with Stinger being recognized by the Roadshow by CNET editors as the 2018 vehicle of the year is a tremendous achievement, and is a testament to the thousands of Kia employees around the world that worked to bring the Stinger to market.” – Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America (KMA)

About the Kia Stinger

The Kia Stinger is a sleek high performance car that is nothing like the other models offered by Kia. The Stinger combines Kia’s efficient, modern and original engineering concepts with a new platform and the result is a fun-to-drive sports car.

The Kia Stinger is available with two engine choices, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 Lambda II engine. Of the two engines, the 3.3L twin-turbo V6 Lambda II engine produces the most horsepower and torque, so that is the better option for those looking for the most bang for their buck. The 3.3L engine produces 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque and the 2.0L turbocharged engine produces 255 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The 3.3L engine gives the Kia Stinger a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 4.7 seconds and the 2.0L gives the Kia Stinger a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 5.9 seconds.

As a brand that is always trying to offer consumers something new and original, the Stinger is a four-door, five-passenger sleek sports car, so buyers don’t have to sacrifice space for power, nor spend extra money on a five-passenger sports car that are typically only manufactured by luxury brands.

About Kia Motors

Kia has become quite popular in the automotive world in the last few years. Two years ago (2016), the Kia brand was named Highest in Initial Quality in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study and last year (2017), Kia earned the title again. Additionally, five Kia vehicles were named Highest in Initial Quality in their class and a number of Kia models are consistently named I.I.H.S. Top Safety Picks.

With more than just a knack at producing practical and high-quality cars, Kia has been expanding their model lineup in the last few years. In addition to the new Kia Stinger, Kia has added two fuel efficient variations to the Kia Optima lineup, the Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-In Hybrid, and the brand has also released the new Kia Niro, and a PHEV variant of the Niro will be available in the near future.

Want to give the Kia Stinger or any Kia model a closer look? Miami Lakes Kia is located in Miami Lakes between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Miami Lakes Kia has a huge selection of Kia makes, models and trims and we are open seven days a week, so it is easy to find to come in and test drive any of the Kia models we have available on the lot.

Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Kia Forte

2019 Kia Forte Debuts at 2018 Detroit Auto Show

Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Kia Forte

Kia Motors is definitely changing their game up. It all first started with the long-awaited 2018 Kia Stinger. The automaker said they’re going to put more focus on cars that drive as good as they look, and the Stinger was definitely the starting point of that endeavor. Well, just recently at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, Kia debuted the new 2019 Kia Forte. Taking some cues from the Kia Stinger, the Forte has more style, a spacious cabin, and steps up its game with a new in-house powertrain.

Power and Driving

So first off, the powertrain is a little different than previous Kia Forte models. Although the engine lineup hasn’t been changed, there is a new transmission that improves fuel economy. The 2018 Forte engine option is still a 2.0-liter DOHC Inline-4 engine, and it was available with or without Atkinson Cycle tech. The Atkinson cycle is a process that has been found to benefit hybrid vehicles, having been first used in the 1997 Toyota Prius. Today, it is known as a combustion cycle for improving fuel efficiency.

Like other motor companies that make their own in-house engine technologies, Kia Motors introduced a new in-house continuously variable transmission (CVT) for the 2019 model year. Named “Intelligent Variable Transmission” or “IVT” for short, consumers can expect to see this transmission option popping up in future Kia vehicles. The transmission maximizes fuel efficiency and works in tandem with the 147-horsepower I4 engine, offering the 2019 Kia Forte a combined fuel economy estimated at 35 mpg.

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Kia Virtual Assistant Artificial Intelligence

Kia Offering Artificial Intelligence in 2019

 

Kia has been introducing some futuristic concepts lately. Namely, the Kia Telluride concept. Take a look at the interior. It definitely has a sci-fi look and feel to it. Like Mitsubishi, Kia has also been working on its own AI technology, and we could see vehicles with AI assistants as soon as 2019 if Kia Motors has anything to say about it.

We posted this video a few times on the Miami Lakes Automall blog, but so that no one has to go looking through the archives, here’s the concept movie Mitsubishi put out for its literal smart car with a virtual assistant.

https://youtu.be/5Opl1tGw4ic

Kakao CoKia Virtual Assistant Artificial Intelligencentract

Back in August, word was that Kia and Hyundai, being that the two are a part of the Hyundai Motor Group, struck a deal with a company called Kakao. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, don’t worry, we’ll recap. Back when the contract between Kakao, Kia, and Hyundai was signed, we talked a little about the business. Kakao, most well-known for its messaging app, Kakao Talk,” is a business built around communication, media and content, entertainment, and transportation. Constantly improving their product lineup with state-of-the-art technology, they’re currently working on AI technology that will be integrated in select cars by Hyundai and Kia.

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Miami Lakes Automall Saving Money 2018

Saving Money in 2018 with Miami Lakes Automall

Miami Lakes Automall Saving Money 2018

With the new year, a lot of people tend to make New Year’s resolutions. Guess what usually makes it to the top of the list. It’s money. Money, money, money, we all want to save and make more money! The gold rush is gone and is never coming back, so no one is going to strike it rich overnight any day soon. There are ways we can start saving money in 2018 though. Have some food for thought – it’s on us.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

If in the market to buy or lease a new car, Miami Lakes Automall has a great selection of vehicles, including alternative fuel vehicles like the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Kia Niro, the Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), the Chevy Volt, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, and many more. Our section of alternative fuel vehicles range from $20-$45,000, and they all come with some awesome opportunities for savings. Let’s do some math.

Chevy Bolt EV was introduced in 2017 and it is an award-winning electric vehicle that has a total driving distance of 238 miles on a fully charged battery. According to fueleconomy.gov, the average driver driving the Chevy Bolt EV spends about $550 in energy costs every year, and in comparison to the average new vehicle, the average driver saves about $4,250 in fuel costs every five years. Additionally, the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV is eligible for the full federal tax credit of $7,500. With a tax credit, if a consumer purchases the Bolt EV in 2018, then come tax season for the 2018 tax year, the consumer does not have to pay up to $7,500 in taxes that are owed to the federal government. Also, since the Chevy Bolt EV is a fully electric vehicle, the vehicle has no exhaust and emits zero tailpipe emissions, which is also great!

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Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid Added to the Lineup

Miami Lakes Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid

A little while after Kia Motors released the Kia Niro, a hybrid crossover, they also started to tease the upcoming 2018 Kia Stonic and a plug-in hybrid variant of the Niro. There was no set release date, really very little talk about a Niro plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), so Kia Motors pulled a fast one when they released the 2018 Kia Niro PHEV over the holiday break. Now officially a part of the lineup, the Niro isn’t the only great crossover hybrid anymore.

The 2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid

Whenever a vehicle is called a plug-in hybrid, that means the vehicle can operate solely on gas from the internal combustion engine, an electric motor powered by a battery, or a combination of both. Because of that, the Niro PHEV has a larger battery than its counterpart, the Kia Niro. The Niro is equipped with a a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, whereas the Niro PHEV has an 8.9 kWh battery powering its motor. The internal combustion engine found in the Niro is the same engine in the Niro PHEV. Together, the engine and the motor produce 139 horsepower combined and 195 lb-ft of torque.

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