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Kia Motor and Hyundai Have Open Call for ZER01NE

Back in October 2020, the Hyundai Motor Group, also known as “the Group”, and the umbrella or automotive group that is home to Kia Motors, held the Fifth Mobility Innovators Forum. Virtually hosted by Hyundai CRADLE Silicon Valley from October 29 to 30, 2020, the fifth MIF had a major focus on autonomous vehicle business, fuel cell business, smart factory, and smart city solutions. Always looking for ways to expand and partnerships to build, the Group is starting a new application pool for a special tech platform, called the ZER01NE Accelerator, aimed at opening a stage to discuss innovation of new technologies and how such technology can be integrated into automobiles today or the near future. ZER01NE will also serve as a way to bring startups and the Group’s internal teams together to collaborate on new projects.

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The 2020 Kia Telluride Lands on Car and Driver 10 Best for 2021

The 2020 Kia Telluride was something special, wasn’t it? Far from just being the largest SUV in the Kia Motors lineup, the Telluride was quickly viewed as a lifestyle SUV, able to be personalized in many different ways. During the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, Kia had five Telluride concepts on display, each modified for a different kind of adventure. After its release, the 2020 Kia Telluride went on to win many awards. It quickly rounded up the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY); MotorTrend SUV of the Year; and found its way onto a Car and Driver 10 Best list. The Telluride did the unthinkable, winning what automakers call the three most illustrious awards in the industry, and in the same year as its release no doubt! That little stunt earned the Telluride the “Triple Crown” of automotive awards, and back in 2020, the Telluride returns, landing on the Car and Driver 10 Best for 2021.

“We’re excited to include the Kia Telluride in Car and Driver’s 10Best for the second year in a row…We remain impressed with how many features you get for Telluride’s base price of $33,160, that it is a pleasure to drive and even how adept it is off road. We find ourselves recommending the Telluride over and over to friends shopping for large SUVs, which is a sign of how much we like it.” – Sharon Carty, editor-in-chief of Car and Driver

The Car and Driver 10 Best List is one of the big ones, as we previously mentioned, and every automaker hopes to land on it. Recognizing the smartest, most entertaining cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans on sale today, landing on the list for a second year just shows how amazing the Kia Telluride SUV is. Seriously, the Telluride was competing against 57 other vehicles, including cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans to grab a spot as one of the ten best, and the SUV certainly earned its stripes as it were. Experts from Car and Driver made up the judging panel when it came to marking the competitors. Each vehicle was scored based on value, mission fulfillment, and road manners – yes, they were most likely driven as well, this isn’t a popularity contest. Eligible competitors included all-new or significantly updated vehicles with a starting MSRP below $90,000.

We can’t say we’re surprised by this. The Kia Telluride was a beloved vehicle the moment it was made available. Released in March 2019, Kia sold over 5000 Telluride units, making a tenth of the automaker’s total sales for that month (nearly 56k units sold), By the end of 2019, over 56,000 Kia Telluride units went home to happy consumers. When it comes to long-lasting quality, Kia Motors ranked as the highest non-luxury brand in the 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS), and the Telluride was a segment winner of the 2020 J.D. Power Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study™, alongside the Kia Stinger, another award-winning fan favorite.

Year-after-year, Kia Motors vehicles continue to outrank the rest. Come find your new Kia at Miami Lakes Automall or ask us about at-home test drives.

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Hyundai and Kia Motors Work with NVIDIA on New AI System

Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group as a whole have been working on developing and integrating the next big thing in terms of automotive technology. Alternative fuel systems have more than a decade to stand on, and self-driving cars are still in the testing rounds. Before we see mass-produced vehicles that drive themselves, perhaps putting smart devices in vehicles is the first step to take. Many vehicles have made use of Amazon’s Alexa smart device to help consumers stay connected to their vehicles, and for the past few years, Kia Motors has hinted at equipping vehicles with artificial intelligence. Now, the newest partnership between the Hyundai Motor Group and NVIDIA, all future Hyundai and Kia models will come equipped with a “connected car” infotainment system and AI platform.

“NVIDIA brought consumer electronic functionality and a graphics-rich user interface to infotainment systems more than a decade ago…Now, we are once again transforming these systems through the power of AI, helping Hyundai Motor Group increase safety and value, along with enhancing customer satisfaction, throughout the lifetime of the vehicle.” – Ali Kani, Vice President of Autonomous Vehicles at NVIDIA

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Kia Motors Donates Niro EV to MIT

Earlier this year (2020), Kia Motors launched a new business strategy called “Plan S”. This Plan S was supposed to help provide the outline of how Kia Motors will go on to become the next all-electric automaker. Announced in 2019, the automaker already has some EV concepts in the making, and recently revealed some new plans to help make electric vehicles more popular. Today, consumers are still holding on to their gasoline engine vehicles, wary about needing to find charging stations, but several automakers are working to make them more widespread on a global level. Kia Motors is also pushing the envelope with the recent donation by Kia Motors America of a 2020 Niro EV to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in an effort to raise awareness and increase adoption of alternative fuel and electric vehicles.

“Donating a Niro EV to MIT, one of the most revered institutions of higher learning in the country will raise the profile of alternative-use vehicles and draw attention to the important role these vehicles will play in the future of mobility…Kia is committed to a sustainable future and has invested $12 billion to develop autonomous and green technologies.” – Russell Wager, director, marketing operations, Kia Motors America

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2021 Kia Sorento Wins German Golden Steering Wheel Award

Kia Motors has been talking up some of its new models coming out for the 2020 and 2021 model years. Most notably and recently, it’s all about the new 2021 Kia Sorento sports utility vehicle (SUV). Entering a new generation, the Kia Sorento has received a number of updates and upgrades to bring it into the new decade of automotive technology – hopefully more eventful in a good way. Speaking of technology, we discussed some of the tech highlights of the new 2021 Kia Sorento. It would seem the fame has caught on, because recently, the new Sorento received “Das Goldene Lenkrad 2020”, also known as “Golden Steering Wheel 2020”, award. Every year, this is one of many automobile prizes sought after by automakers, always striving to beat the competition. The Golden Steering wheel is presented by AUTO BILD and BILD am SONNTAG, with the former being a leading German automobile magazine based in Hamburg, Germany, and the latter known as the largest-selling German national Sunday newspaper published in Berlin, Germany. 

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Kia and Hyundai Join IONITY to Expand EV Charging Network

While Kia Motors has been showing off the new generation of the Kia Sorento for the 2021 model year and the insane performance skills of the 2021 Kia K5, previously known as the Kia Optima, there has been a lot going on behind the scenes. Quick note – the Kia K5 is also entering a new generation of the model, hence the name change – actually, it’s the name the K5 was always known by in its country of origin, South Korea. Alright, so while the automaker has been placing the spotlight on its new models, Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group (and subsidiaries), collectively known as The Group, have been working together for new technology endeavors, such as opening a new development hub for mobility tech, and cooperating with outside sources, such as joining forces with New Horizons Studio. Now, a new joint venture will help build and operate a network of high-powered EV charging stations across Europe to expand not only EV sales and popularity, but also reduce drivers’ worry about needing to find a charging station, a major drawback for first-time EV drivers. The Group and IONITY are working together to create a network that uses 100-percent renewable energy.

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