Kia Telluride and Stinger Rank High During 2020 J.D. Power APEAL Study

Kia Motors has been doing wonderfully this year, even with this temporary shutdown with the COVID-19 pandemic, this is an automaker that can bounce back and continue to reign in the good news. Some of this good news comes from recent awards and best of lists, but some of the largest news comes from automotive studies conducted by J.D. Power. At the beginning of July 2020, we got word of Kia Motors ranking as the highest non-luxury brand in the 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) for another year. Going on 34 years, the J.D. Power IQS tests the quality of new vehicles after 90 days of ownership. A second study quickly followed the IQS, the 2020 J.D. Power Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study™, and Kia Motors had three more vehicles highlighted for receiving the highest ranks in their car segment.

Like the IQS, J.D. Power sends out thousands of surveys to owners and lessees of new model-year vehicles after 90 days of ownership. Now in its 25th year, the study was redesigned for 2020. This year, the study was modified to better measure an owners’ emotional attachment and level of excitement with their new vehicle across 37 attributes. The 2020 APEAL study was conducted between February 2020 to May 2020, and the data compiled is from a collection of 87,282 answered surveys. The survey results are then translated into the overall APEAL index score measured on a 1,000-point scale. Kia Motors received a score of 844.

Three vehicles from Kia Motors also store some of the spotlight during the 2020 APEAL Study. The Kia Telluride received the highest rank for the Upper Midsize SUV segment. Alongside the Telluride, the Kia Stinger was also the highest ranked vehicle for its segment, the Midsize Premium Car. Joining these vehicles was the Kia Rio, ranked third for the Small Car segment in the APEAL study.

“At Kia, we take pride in delivering a world-class ownership experience, whether customers are interested in driving a bold, capable three-row SUV like the Telluride, or the head-turning, powerful Stinger…We are honored to win not just one, but two segments in the APEAL study, which further reinforces the brand’s ‘Give It Everything’ approach to each model we build.” – Sean Yoon, President & CEO, Kia Motors America, Kia Motors North America

Shining a little more light on these vehicles, the Kia Telluride recently received the new Nightfall Edition, a type of “blacked-out” appearance package for the 2020 Kia Telluride. This includes gloss black elements such as gloss black roof rails, gloss black greenhouse trim/lower door side molding, gloss black skid plates, gloss black front bumper side air-duct garnish, gloss black emblems, all-new unique “Kia” logos, the radiator grill in black finish, LED headlamps and fog lamps with black inner bezels, and 20-inch wheels in black finish with black lug nuts and center caps. Although these components are all blacked-out, Kia does offer the 2020 Kia Telluride Nightfall Edition in Snow White Pearl, Everlasting Silver, Gravity Gray, Ebony Black, Sangria, Black Copper, Dark Moss, and Wolf Gray (new for Nightfall). Available on the Telluride EX with all-wheel drive (AWD) (with Premium package), SX AWD, and SX Prestige package, the Nightfall Edition is a perfect addition to the Telluride.

Although J.D. Power covered the 2020 Kia Stinger for the APEAL Study, the Kia Stinger is getting a mid-cycle refresh for 2021. Along with an upgraded 3.3L V6 engine capable of producing 380 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, the Kia Stinger got a bit of a facelift to match the new Kia Motors style. Inside, a new fully digital instrument cluster is available, along with a 10.25-inch touchscreen and the UVO infotainment system. It’s a nice upgrade for the powerful sports car.

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Kia Shows Off the Kia K5 with Triple Threat Event

The new 2021 Kia Optima is officially being called the Kia K5, and Kia Motors has been releasing all kinds of juicy details about the sporty K5 sedan lately. Debuting a new generation model for the K5, Kia Motors is set to host a launch party for the new model. The full launch of the new K5 will begin September 1, 2020 but the party has already begun with a new pre-launch campaign with activities to garner some well-deserved attention. If you missed the livestream of the event, there was some pretty crazy driving going on to show off the performance of the new K5, with stunt drivers pushing the sedan to its limits.

“The all-new K5 is a completely new direction for Kia and the midsize sedan category overall, so we needed a marketing campaign that was as dynamic and action packed as the vehicle itself…By combining live events with more traditional elements, the K5 and Kia will be presented in ways never seen before and sure to change perceptions of the midsize sedan category.” – Russell Wager, director, marketing operations, Kia Motors America

Called the “Triple Threat” event, the campaign was directed by Darrin Prescott, action unit director on some of Hollywood’s most action-packed films including Baby Driver, Ford Vs. Ferrari, Drive, John Wick, Black Panther, and The Bourne Ultimatum. Hosted by professional driver Collete Davis and actor Jeremy Ray Valdez, they were accompanied by stunt drivers Sean Graham and father-daughter stunt driving duo Jalil Jay and Brionna Lynch to show off all the new K5 can do. With a robust social media presence and national broadcast components scheduled for August 2020, kicking off the launch of the K5 was quite the success. The campaign has already started to integrate print, digital, social and broadcast components to build up the hype, but they won’t need it after that stunt.

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Kia Motors Starts New EV Joint Venture with

Kia Motors is one of the automakers that bounced back from the pandemic shutdown with a vengeance. Right from the gates, Kia Motors blew up the auto industry by spearheading the production of Purpose-Built Vehicles (PBVs), investing in a new 800-volt battery system for electric vehicles (EVs), and announcing a new plan to design and produce micro EVs. Kia Motors, part of the Hyundai Motor Group, is also working with the automotive group to develop new forms of transportation, with projects like the MoceanLab. The most recent venture for Kia Motors is a new partnership for the development of customized EV mobility services.

Called “Purple M”, a new joint venture was created in partnership between Kia Motors and, a Korean technology firm pioneering the transition to autonomous Transportation-as-a-Service (TaaS). Unlike the customization app Kia Motors released for EV models, the goal of customized EV mobility services are to create transportation services tailored for specific needs, such as ride-hailing, fleet management, demand-responsive shuttle, and smart logistics. With the implementation of’s unrivalled IT technology to Kia Motors already strong global presence, Purple M will make use of’s proprietary Urban Mobility Operating System (UMOS), a comprehensive mobility platform, to create new concepts for mobility services. The two groups share a common goal many automakers are currently chasing after – creating a mobile ecosystem where anyone and everyone can get some kind of private or public transportation.

“With the newly established Purple M, Kia will be reborn as a leader for the era of e-mobility… is a leading Korean company in the field of future innovation technology, and is the best partner for successfully promoting a differentiated e-mobility service business.” – Ho Sung Song, CEO and President of Kia

The challenge will be how quickly the common public will adapt to autonomous vehicle and air transportation services. A self-driving electric vehicle is one thing, with many organizations gaining popularity across the world, but trusting a total stranger to fly you somewhere? Sure, thousands of people get on planes driven by someone they don’t know every day, but that guy is a for sure board-certified pilot. We have a way to go before AirUbers become a thing.

Back to the electric vehicle side of things, Purple M is all about establishing a comprehensive and flexible e-mobility service platform that can deploy EVs anywhere. To do this, the joint venture will need to expand and shake hands with specialist providers in the country, specifically Korea and its various mobility market players to develop a flexible e-mobility infrastructure that can offer a wide range of services to a broad consumer base versus a small, controlled populace. Most-likely though, any e-hailing service will start small.

Purple M also aims to develop models and vehicles that will set new standards for mobility business models in the post-coronavirus era, an objective Kia Motors was also quick to learn about. Automakers can’t just keep producing the same bread-winning models and expect business as usual. Purple M was made to challenge conventional designs and reimagine transportation for the future. We’re also going to see part of Kia Motors Plan S Strategy come to fruition. The Korean automaker wanted to establish a leadership position in the future automotive industry when it came to electrification, connectivity, and autonomy. Through Purple M, Kia Motors will be collaborating between larger, well-established firms as well as smaller, younger companies in Korea to establish a new start-up ecosystem, an empire of sorts.

As Kia Motors continues to push the auto industry forward, we’ll continue to eagerly watch what comes next. Follow along with us on Miami Lakes Kia social media.

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Kia Motors Produces The Features Film to Showcase Eight Models

It’s going to be a different summer for 2020. Sure, we can still go to the beach, or spend time with family and friends, but it’s all a very different activity. Heck, many of the activities we like to do with friends are still shut down with the pandemic still making rounds and mutating because a good chunk of the population doesn’t want to wear a mask. One of these activities is going to the movies. So many films and theatre productions have been postponed, traditions everywhere are falling apart. In an effort to rectify this dark year for the theater, Kia Motors America (KMA) has produced the first must-see cinematic experience of summer 2020.

We all know the talent behind Kia Motors marketing team. Dancing hamsters going turbo got plenty of attention, and a new adventure already awaits. Entitled, “The Features Film”, we’re going to be seeing a whole new genre of automotive content and a virtual who’s-who of Kia’s A-list automotive talent, starring eight models – Forte, Soul, Stinger, Niro EV, Niro HEV, Seltos, Sportage, and Sorento. There’s definitely some winning names in that list, and we’ll see how each vehicle comes into play during the film.

“We’ll miss going to the movies this Summer and catching the latest Hollywood blockbusters, so Kia took this as an opportunity to provide a similar viewing experience, but with a plot twist you never saw coming…With many automakers offering the same or similar vehicle options, The Features Film is a unique, entertaining and fun way to differentiate ourselves and reach consumers directly with highly creative content.” – Russell Wager, director, marketing operations, Kia Motors America

Sounds like Kia Motors put together a small film to entertain as well as get some publicity. Taking on the well-known Noir look of or mystery and thriller classics from Hollywood’s golden age, Kia Motors gets some inspiration for the story of a young man, our protagonist, who is an all-around great guy but gets mixed up with the wrong keep driving away by using the same car, right? That’s how you get caught. So in a turn of events, Kia Motors is going to show us eight ways their A-list models can help a getaway driver.

As humorous as it sounds, “The Features Film” will be doing a great job of highlighting many of the features these Kia models offer consumers. A big token for Kia Motors is safety, and the film will have appearances by Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Rear-Camera Display, Lane Keeping Assist, and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist. With 365-Turbocharged engines, Kia models also provide a number of amenities, from remote services like Remote Start and Remote Climate Control for prepping the car on your way to the parking lot, to  Mood Lighting that greets you upon entering. Then there’s a Premium Audio System at your fingertips to enjoy some tunes. Long-Distance EV & Hybrid range, Cargo Space, and a convenient Smart Trunk will also play pivotal roles during the film, and we can’t see how it plays out.

Produced by Kia’s creative agency of record, David&Goliath, the feature-demo videos for each model are more engaging and get people immediately hooked while also being educated on models Kia Motors offers. The film has been divided into thirteen 15-second video segments, but a six-minute longform film will also be made available. There is also a 30-second trailer and a teaser of the first minute of the film. Or you know, you can just watch it here:

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Kia Unveils new Nightfall Edition for Telluride SUV

Summer is here and things are just starting to heat up. Yeah, you know it South Florida, and it’s going to be a hot one this year. Things don’t cool down much when the sunsets either, but Kia Motors is planning to bring some chill to the summer this year anyways with the upcoming 2020 Kia Telluride Nightfall Edition. It’s about time the Kia Telluride got its own special edition vehicle, with all of the awards and accolades tied to the name, the Kia Telluride is the largest SUV in the Kia Motors lineup and is known by many.

The most recent success for the 2020 Kia Telluride was being named the 2020 NEMPA Winter SUV of the Year by the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) during their annual Winter Vehicle Driving Event. This award is among being named MotorTrend’s SUV of the Year, “North American Utility Vehicle of the Year”, and Car and Driver’s 10 Best, earning the Telluride the “Triple Crown” of Automotive Awards, as well as being named World Car of the Year. Like we said, it’s about time the SUV got a new special edition of its own.

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Kia Motors Begins Production of 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid

Kia Motors announced the arrival of its next-generation 2021 Kia Sorento SUV earlier this year, and alongside the new Sorento will be a new arrival for the lineup, a Kia Sorento Hybrid. That’s right, the flagship SUV of the automaker is getting a little green gas this time around, with an engine tied to a small battery to feel things out. As always, Kia Motors will take a successful vehicle, add a hybrid version, and if that goes well, a plug-in hybrid is next and then maybe an electric vehicle, the world’s first all-electric SUV? Maybe, Kia Motors is working on new electric vehicle (EV) concepts, after all. It’s all coming together, and the Kia Sorento is next.

Production for the new Kia Sorento Hybrid is already underway, becoming the first of Kia Motors SUV lineup to make the move to a more green version of its predecessor. Alongside the new fourth generation Sorento, both are being manufactured at Kia’s Hwasung production facility. The Kia Sorento Hybrid, like all hybrid cars, have a powertrain made up of the usual combustion engine and a battery pack that makes just enough of a difference to fuel economy and emissions that hybrid vehicles are still a good way to break into alternative fuel when testing the waters and consumer response. The Kia Sorento Hybrid comes with a new ‘Smartstream’ electrified powertrain to lower CO2 emissions without sacrificing performance.

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Kia Releases Smart Device Features for UVO

Kia Motors is one automaker hitting back hard after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down auto manufacturing plants worldwide. Unveiling the new 2021 Kia K5, investing in the production of micro electric vehicles (EVs) and purpose-built vehicles (PBVs), and developing new tech for connected cars with the UVO infotainment system, the automaker has been busy. Most recently, in the Indian Market, Kia Motors is testing a new feature that seems oddly familiar to some of the technology unveiled during the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show.

Although a convention for consumer products and electronics, automakers some times show up at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and it was during this time that Kia debuted its new Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving (R.E.A.D.) system that can monitor driver mood and behavior, and a “Virtual Touch” system, the world’s first virtual touch-type gesture control technology that used finger gestures to operate parts of the vehicle. This technology hasn’t had much spotlight since, but the Kia Seltos became the first vehicle in the Kia Motors lineup to come with an Intelligent Personal Agent built into the vehicle.

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Pricing Released for 2021 Kia K5 (Formally known as the Optima)

Every week, a little more information about the 2021 Kia K5, previously known as the Kia Optima, is released as we get closer to getting our hands on this new sporty sedan. Last week we learned that the new Kia K5 will be coming with an all-wheel drive option to give consumers even more traction on the road, no matter the conditions. Finally, after all the waiting, a price has been revealed, and it’s at par with Kia Motors budget-friendly small cars.

As far as we know, the final lineup for the 2021 Kia K5 is made up of five trims: LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX and GT. A new theme starting to appear in the auto industry, automakers are trying to combine high-performance with vehicles in their lineup not meant for such. One well-known muscle car automaker just put an engine capable of generating over 700 horsepower into an SUV, and crossovers meant to handle the racetrack are starting to show up. However, not all consumers want to be behind the wheel of all that power, they just want the look – and who could blame them? These performance-oriented vehicles are made to look hot!!!

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Kia Motors Ranks as Highest Brand in 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study Once Again

It’s that time of year again! Automobile organizations and publications may hold awards and compile lists all year ’round, but J.D. Power & Associates is just beginning to release the results of their studies. J.D. Power & Associates, a household name to some, is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. Conducting a multitude of studies in various industries, many look to J.D. Power to learn about the quality of new automobiles on the market every year. One study, in particular, the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, examines how well a vehicle holds up during the first 90 days of ownership.

Not solely based on the experience of a panel of judges, J.D. Power gets their results by sending out surveys to owners and lessees of new model-year vehicles within 90 days of the owner or lessee buying or renting that vehicle. Now in its 34th year, J.D. Power redesigned the survey, making it the fifth-generation. Made up of 233, the survey breaks down vehicle questions into nine vehicle categories: infotainment; features, controls and displays; exterior; driving assistance (new for 2020); interior; powertrain; seats; driving experience; and climate. At the end of the survey, vehicles own a score of problems per 100 vehicles, or PP100, where the lower the score the higher the rank. A total of 87,282 surveys from purchasers and lessees of new 2020 model-year vehicles made up the results.

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Kia Releases More Details on New 2021 Kia K5

Yesterday, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Kia Motors made use of a virtual event to present the upcoming 2021 Kia K5, previously known as the Kia Optima in the North American market. During this event, we got a look at some new specs to look forward to, as well as new features we’ll make sure to highlight as we go through the list. Here it is, the all-new 2021 Kia K5!


Everyone likes having choices, and Kia Motors doesn’t skimp on that when it comes to the new 2021 Kia K5. Available in five trims – LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX and GT – the GT has the highest performance of the lineup whereas we believe the GT-Line will come with high performance looks without the specs or engine. That’s never a bad idea, some people want a car that looks like a sports car but has no need for speed or the insurance bill that comes with it.

Then comes the engines. There are only two powertrain options, and you can probably guess which trims get which engine. The standard setup is a 1.6-liter T-GDi engine, optimized with Kia’s new Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology, gasoline direct engine, and a turbocharger, able to generate 177 horsepower thanks to Kia Motors new “Smartstream” technology. Paired with an eight-speed automatic shifter, it’s a great start, but we bet the GT trim can top it. Consumers will find a high-performance 286hp 2.5-liter T-GDi turbocharged gasoline engine under the hood of the 2021 Kia K5 GT, able to accelerate from 0-to-100 kph in around 6.6 seconds. The transmission has also been changed into an “aircraft-type” knob that takes up less space in the cabin, a new design that may pop up in more interior Kia Motors cabins.

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