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Kia Soul Ranked Highest as Compact Car by J.D. Power

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Almost a year ago, Kia Motors was named by J.D. Power at the end of their 2018 U.S. Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study, but that wasn’t the only recognition the automaker received that year, and the pattern has continued in 2019. Two vehicles by the automaker, the Kia Rio and the Kia Forte were ranked highest in the small mass market segment and compact mass market segment, respectively. With 2019 wrapping up, J.D. Power continues to complete the many studies they conduct every year. Just a few months ago (July 2019), the Kia Forte was named the Highest Ranking Compact Car in the 2019 J.D. Power APEAL Study, and the month before, Kia Motors was the highest ranked automaker during the 2019 J.D. Power and Initial Quality Study. Now we’ve come full circle, because the 2019 J.D. Power U.S. Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study has concluded, and the Kia Soul has been awarded the title of Best Multimedia Quality in the compact car segment.

2019 J.D. Power U.S. Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study

Let’s do a little review. The J.D. Power U.S. Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study was designed to provide a better understanding of vehicle owner experiences based on the quality, design, and features of their automotive sound system, including hands-free features such as voice command. A lot of the focus is placed on “things gone wrong” and “things gone right,” all of which can be derived from a survey sent out to car owners.

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2020 Kia Telluride Blurring the Lines of Luxury

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Just a few months ago, the 2020 Kia Telluride received a Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), continuing to prove that this large SUV is as safe as it is luxurious. Speaking of which, the Kia Telluride also did a number on sales for Kia Motors, with the Telluride SUV making up the bulk of sales during its release in March 2019. We’re nearing the end of 2020, and the Kia Telluride continues to rake in the profits, and we know why. The audience for Kia Motors has been expanding in recent years, especially after the release of the Kia Stinger. These days, Kia has gained the attention of consumers who can treat themselves to an SUV selling for $40,000 or more.

Now keep in mind, that’s not the starting MSRP of the 2020 Kia Telluride. This large SUV starts at $31,690 (plus destination fee) for a bare bones LX trim. The price range doesn’t even break $40k until the high-end SX trim (four trims in total make up the Telluride lineup). So what does this all mean? When it comes to the 2020 Kia Telluride, consumers are opting in for all the goodies they can get, and why wouldn’t they?

 According to a report from Cox Automotive, consumers are increasingly leaning towards high-end trims or mid-end trims with the option of adding on various packages. Of course, who could say no to the 2020 Kia Telluride SX? Boasting a long list of technology and safety advancements, such as a panoramic sunroof, Nappa leather upholstery, automatic high-beam headlamps, 20-inch wheels, a Harman/Kardon stereo, a heated steering wheel, 10.25-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, parking distance warning for going forward and reverse, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, blind-spot collision avoidance, and much more.

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Kia Debuts Rear Occupant Alert System

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Kia Motors has made a lot of technological advancements in recent years. At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, Kia Motors was diving into artificial intelligence and adding smart devices to vehicles. Recently, Kia Motors decided to test its own intelligent personal agent on their overseas model, the Kia Seltos. Kia Motors always likes to test new tech on a popular vehicle, they did the same with the Kia Niro hybrid crossover, soon responding with the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid. As for their newest development in technology, well…necessity is the mother of invention but parents should not need this. From Kia Motors, it’s the Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) system.

Yes, it’s a thing. Rear Occupant Alert systems have been slowly creeping up into automobiles over the last few years. It seems like not too long ago LATCH, also known as Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, were once a thing of the past. In fact, it wasn’t until 2002 that this nifty invention started popping up in cars to make it easier to install car seats for small children. ROA systems are another nifty feature popping up in cars, but again, really shouldn’t be necessary.

What kind of mother forgets her child in the backseat of her vehicle? We don’t know, and we don’t recommend it, especially with these hot South Florida summers. How many times do we need to warn against heat stroke? It’s sad that it’s come to this. People are so wired into their smartphones and other devices that they forget their sleepy children are in the car.

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Kia Motors Produces 3 Million Units in the U.S.

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Wow, it feels like it was just yesterday that Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group as a whole hit a large milestone of selling one million hybrid electric vehicles worldwide. That’s quite the accomplishment, having sold exactly 1,007,838 units after a large success in sales during the first half of 2019 with 117,109 units sold. A lot of their success came from overseas in their homeland of South Korea, but here in America, there are plenty of fans of Kia Motors. Out of the one million hybrids sold, the Kia Niro, the first-ever hybrid crossover in the world, has sold 318,917 units since its launch in 2017. 2019 must be a year of milestones for Kia Motors, because here in the states, Kia Motors has produced its three millionth vehicle.

It all goes back to 2009. In an effort to increase production and sales, Kia Motors invested more than $1.1 billion the Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) manufacturing plant. The plant began mass production on Nov. 16, 2009, and today, KMMG produces more than 40-percent of all Kia Motors vehicles sold in the United States. That’s some foothold.

“Producing three million vehicles in less than 10 years is another example of the commitment and results of the KMMG Team’s ‘One System, One Team’ philosophy…The world-class quality that goes into every Telluride, Sorento and Optima we build is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of our team members, and today we salute their commitment to excellence.” – KMMG President and CEO Jangsoo (Jason) Shin

KMMG will celebrate its tenth anniversary of production in late 2019, celebrating a decade of serving Kia Motors. Even better, KKMG is a large part of Kia Motors’ history. The Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) is the first manufacturing site in North America for Kia Motors Corporation. Based in South Korea, going global is always hard for an automaker, but with an annual capacity of 340,000 units, KMMG has helped make it happen. KMMG is known as the home to the Sorento SUV, the Optima mid-size sedan, and the Telluride SUV.

Known as the automakers’ largest SUV, the 2020 Kia Telluride spearheaded Kia Motors sales during its release in March 2019. It only makes sense then that the three millionth vehicle KMMG finishes production on is none other than a white 2020 Telluride SX Prestige. It rolled off the assembly line in West Point, Georgia early-mid September 2019.

In case the name didn’t give it away, no “SX Prestige” isn’t a special trim of the lineup. The 2020 Kia Telluride SX is the high-end trim of the SUV lineup, but Prestige is an add-on package consumers can choose. Someone must have ordered a Telluride with the Prestige package for the three millionth unit, and we can’t blame them. The SX Prestige Package includes a number of lovely add-ons. These include: Active On-Demand AWD with AWD lock and snow mode, Nappa leather seating, a head-up display, heated and cooled second-row seating, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a 110-volt home power outlet inverter, and a premium headliner and pillars with cloth.

Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Features like Nappa leather, a heated steering wheel, and heated and cooled second-row seats definitely help the 2020 Kia Telluride stand out as one of the most comfortable SUVs out on the market. Want to find your own? Come to Miami Lakes Kia and take the 2020 Kia Telluride for a test-drive today.

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Kia and Hyundai Invest in IONITY for a Holding Stake

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Just like many other automakers that have been making investments with companies that focus strictly on electric vehicle technology and self-driving autonomous car tech, Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group also know a good investment when the opportunity arises, and their latest deals with a leading EV fast charging technology company based in Munich – IONITY. By making a strategic investment, Hyundai Motors and Kia Motors have secured a 20-percent stake in the company. Under the contract agreement, Kia and Hyundai, affiliated automotive companies for Hyundai Motor Group (the Group), will be able to play a key role in further enhancing the availability of EV charging stations as well as adding more benefits for EV consumers.

IONITY is a joint venture established in 2017 between BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company, and Volkswagen Group with Porsche AG. Since its formation, over 100 EV charging stations have installed in Europe, and 50 more are in construction this year (2019). IONITY is most well-known for its technological advancements, namely technology IONITY developed with a charging capacity of up to 350 kilowatts. Using technology already in place, a universal charging standard Combined Charging System, this technology has the widest possible compatibility across EVs.

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Kia Motors Connects with Millions of eSports Fans

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“FOR DEMACIA!!!”

Yes, we’re back again, talking a little about Kia Motors and their involvement with the League of Legends European Championship (LEC). The LEC needed a sponsor and Kia Motors saw a great opportunity to add another investment in eSports to their portfolio. That’s right, Kia Motors has also played their hand in eSports when they sponsored Counter Logic Gaming’s Rocket League team in the past, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the 2019 Australian Open. For the first time, the League of Legends European Championship Summer Finals 2019 is taking place in Athens, and with Kia Motors Corp sponsoring the event, they took the exposure to connect with millions of eSports fans.

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New Electric Scooter Coming from Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group

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Ever been on an electric scooter? Not the motorbike, but the one-person device, like a motor-powered kick scooter. Rental services that allow people to get around via electric scooter are quickly spreading across the states. From California to North Florida, people can rent an electric scooter and get from point A to point B. Well, with all the new alternative fuel technology, automakers were quick to ask, “Who could cash in on this first?” The Hyundai Motor Group was quick to answer the call. Building on a concept the automobile group presented at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, the Hyundai Motor Group reveals a personal electric scooter capable of a 20 km range.

Now, at first, it’s going to sound a little weird. This new model by the Hyundai Motor Group comes with rear-wheel drive, a highly-capable lithium battery, and stylish front and rear lights. Sounds like the description of an automobile, but it’s really just the one-person electric scooter, just upgraded. Increasing safety, the new 2019 model is able to shift from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive to keep the scooter stable by shifting weight to the rear when needed. In addition, engineers added suspension to the front wheel for a smoother ride on various surfaces.

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Kia Motors Tests Intelligent Personal Agent on Seltos

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Kia Motors claimed that the automaker would be offering artificial intelligence (A.I.), or at the very least smart devices in their vehicles by the end of 2019, 2020. So far, we haven’t seen any inclination of this since 2018, when Kia Motors announced a new contract with SoundHound, a speech and audio recognition company working on voice-recognition technologies. With all the talk about the Kia Seltos and its success, as usual, Kia Motors intends to test new technology on an already successful model. The automaker did the same, testing possibly the first phase of their separate sound zone technology in the Kia Telluride after the SUV spearheaded sales in March 2019.

Kia Motors, through the Hyundai Motor Group which it’s a part of, has a contract with SoundHound. Through this contract, the three are working on creating an Intelligent Personal Agent, or a smart device, but for automobiles. Like a smart device, the IPA (hah) can make suggestions and offer consumers remote control of both their car and home. SoudnHound even has a retail market device that is basically an Amazon Alexa clone, so nothing ground-breaking just yet.

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