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The Highlights of Awards for Kia Corp in 2021

Kia Corp has been through many changes as of late, going from an automaker with many SUVs to an automaker starting to shine in the sports car category. The name change was announced in May 2021, from Kia Motors to Kia Corp, with a fancy new logo. To help break in the new name, Kia also revealed its 2022 Kia Carnival MPV, a new multi-purpose van meant to take Kia beyond the mass market and land in the luxury part of the industry. This year has been big for Kia, and right at the beginning, the awards and accolades kept coming.

Prestige

Early on and then again later in the year, Kia climbed the ranks during a study by J.D. Power. The first this year would be the Kia Niro EV, ranked as the highest in the battery electric vehicle (BEV) segment during the J.D. Power 2021 Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Ownership Study. Kia has been working on electric vehicle (EV) and BEV technology for years, and it finally paid off with the Kia EV6 all-electric hatchback. This EV has become so popular, TopGear recently named the EV6 the Crossover of the Year. Another J.D. Power Study Kia Corp got high marks in was the 2021 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS). The automaker took home the title of “highest-ranked” model in several vehicle segments.

What list of prestige would be complete with a little something from Car and Driver? The Kia Telluride, Sorento, Soul, K5, and Rio all received a Car and Driver “2021 Editors’ Choice Award”. This definitely wouldn’t be the first time a Kia model lands on a Car and Driver list either, with the Kia Telluride landing on the 10Best list in 2021 to complete the “Triple Crown” of Automotive Awards last year in 2020. The Telluride just landed on the Car and Driver’s 10Best list for 2022.

Best for This

Many automotive publications will put together “Best of Lists”, sometimes for the whole year and sometimes for specific categories. Kia Corp is all over that. Three Kia vehicles won “Best Car for the Money” Awards from U.S. News & World Report – the Kia Forte, Soul, and the All-New Sorento. That’s also the fifth year-in-a-row for the Sorento and Soul to land on the list. Looking for a family car? The PARENTS Best Family Cars 2021 list covers a wide selection of new-model vehicles including minivans, three-row SUVs, two-row SUVs, and family sedans, and out of 50 vehicles, the Kia Sedona won Best Value and the Kia Sorento won “Best Redesign” from PARENTS magazine.

Although we wouldn’t call Kia Corp a fleet automaker, there’s still room for surprises. After all, in the spring of 2021, Kia won during the Vincentric 2021 Best Fleet Value in America Awards, held to recognize vehicles with the lowest total cost of ownership over its lifetime. The Kia Forte GT-Line won the award for the compact car segment, the Kia Soul won the award for the compact hatchback segment, and the Kia Sedona won for the minivan segment.

Satisfaction

Kia models also know how to treat their drivers and consumers. Winning a place on the list for the 2021 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSAs), the Kia K5 sports car and the Kia Telluride were named for their respective categories. The new and improved Kia Optima, the K5 was named the most satisfying premium midsize car. Winning awards since its release, the Kia Telluride won the award for the most satisfying Large Crossover SUV. Adding onto the high rankings and awards, the 2022 Edmunds Top Rated Awards recently concluded, and two Kia models, the Telluride and the Kia Seltos won out over 300 vehicles for this competition. It’s clear when shopping for a car by Kia Corp, it’s an award-winning vehicle. You can find your new Kia at Miami Lakes Automall today.

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Highlights of the 2022 Kia Carens Luxury SUV

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Remember that small tease Kia Corp gave the world of the new SUV concept to hit India, the Kia Carens Luxury SUV? Kia launched the Carens overseas, calling it a recreational vehicle (RV), although still no larger than the average SUV – comfortable and spacious with three-rows. With a little something for everyone, this SUV has many highlights to talk about, from practical features to new tech. We can’t talk about powertrains until this comes to the Americas, but there are still a lot of interesting things to look forward to in a luxury SUV from Kia.

Exterior

Kia Corp has been changing the design of its vehicles ever-so-slowly, starting with the swept-back hood and currently designing electric vehicles (EVs) with the new “Tiger Face” front fascia. The Kia Carens SUV does its own thing but is the first internal combustion vehicle in the new lineup to really take on this new look. Starting off the front with Crown Jewel Headlamps and DRLs in Kia’s new signature lighting concept – “The Star Map” – mirrored again in the rear with Star Map LED Tail Lamps. Two tone side door garnish, horizontal chrome garnish on the upper grille, lower rear bumper, and around the frame to create the tiger face.

Some fine-tune details are there, like the diamond knurling pattern on the chrome rear bumper, an integrated rear spoiler with a high-gloss black side cover, and a rear black skid plate – also with premium high gloss. Up in front, wing type air vents with silver garnish make up the design, and the Star Map LED creates a high-tech feel while also playing with a sporty design, reflected in the interior with a black high gloss dashboard. This all rides on 16-inch Dual Tone Crystal Cut Alloy Wheels.

Interior

With generous headroom and three rows, there is plenty to look for, including all the convenient storage spaces. Just look at this list – Retractable Seatback Tables with an integrated cup holder, gadget pockets, cooling cup holders, Retractable Seat Back Table with Cup and Gadget Mount, Sliding Type Seat Under Tray, Easy Push Retractable cup holder and sliding tray, and a dedicated air freshener mounting system. Okay, so the interior has storage space, where is the luxury? All three rows have been inspired by airplane seats to give a cabin look, complete with second row seat backs, a folding armrest with cup holders, rear door sunshade curtains, a boarding assist handle with illumination for getting inside in the evening, and speaking of, the second row seat has “One Touch Easy Electric Tumble” for getting into the third row easily. With plenty of cabin space with the longest wheelbase in the class, there is a lot of room to fill.

We don’t have much information on the engineering, but up front there are paddle shifters and Multi Drive Modes linked with Ambient Mood Lighting (more on that later). Like most vehicles with multiple drive modes, the driver can pick certain styles based on their preferences (Sport/Eco/Normal)). Around the interior cabin, there are roof flushed second and third-row diffused AC Vents, 5 USB C type interfaces, a smartphone wireless charger with a cooling function, and ventilated front seats. Recline on a nice evening and enjoy the SkyLight sunroof.

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Tech and Safety

The tech is glorious, starting with the 10.25-inch HD touchscreen Navigation and Next Generation Kia Connect. For years, Kia has been adding ambient mood lighting to its vehicles, and the cabin comes with surround 64 colors and a rear door spot lamp with Kia Logo Projection. As noted, the different drive modes can also affect the lighting and interior cabin mood, so that’s fun. All you need to do is turn on the music and listen to a BOSE Premium sound system with eight speakers. Next-gen Kia Connect has also been added, replacing the UVO system, with OTA (Over the Air) Map and System Updates 60+ connected car features.

Safety has also been a large factor for Kia Corp vehicles. After the COVID-19 pandemic, the cabin comes with a smart pure air purifier with virus and bacteria protection for keeping the air clean. A Hi-Secure Safety Standard Package has been installed – apparently the standards we have today is a first for India. Remember, this vehicle is still overseas. That means this SUV comes with six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill-Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Brake Control (DBC), Brake Assist System (BAS), Highline TPMS and All Wheel Disc Brakes. We haven’t heard of any special safety features just yet.We’re looking forward to this SUV making its way stateside, regardless. If the Seltos can do it, the Carens can, too. Follow along with us on Miami Lakes Kia social media for more information on new Kia Corp models.

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Kia Telluride and Seltos Win Awards from Edmunds and KBB

Since its release, the Kia Telluride has been a winner for the automaker and on its own merit. Winning the “Triple Crown of Automotive Awards” in 2020, the Telluride SUV was named the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY), MotorTrend SUV of the Year, and landed on a Car and Driver 10Best list. We’re currently waiting for a repeat of awards for many Kia models, the Telluride included, as the year comes to a close. Currently sneaking in the last few weeks, the Telluride gets another accolade, named “Edmunds Top Rated SUV,” in the 2022 Edmunds Top Rated Awards.

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Kia Reports New All-Electric Range for 2022 EV6

Are you ready to go green? Now is the easiest time to choose an alternative fuel vehicle, when the auto market is just starting to brim with possibilities. Many automakers, maybe even some of your favorites, are finally taking the plunge into electrified vehicle territory, whereas trailblazers like Kia Corp are continuing to win, win, win when it comes to plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs). Heck, their latest all-electric vehicle, the Kia EV6, has been a hot commodity since its reveal. The First Edition of the Kia EV6 sold out in record time, the EV6 won the TopGear Crossover of the Year Title, and when it comes to a green vehicle, nothing says it like a Carbon Measured Label from Carbon Trust. The year is almost over, but the benefits of the EV6 keep coming with a new EPA certified all-electric range of 310 miles.

“Offering EV6 customers over 300 miles of all-electric range per charge, combined with the ability to recharge quickly and efficiently, is foundational to the rollout of our Plan S Strategy that positions Kia as an EV leader,” – Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America, Kia America

This wouldn’t be the first time Kia has had some changes with the EV6 driving range. Ratings are always different when it comes to the EPA, but originally, Kia had some different numbers. The Kia EV6 is built on an all-new E-GMP platform that will work as the foundation for Kia EVs going forward. Available with two powertrain sizes, 58.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh battery powering an electric motor, and with the ability to get rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), the EV6 was proving to be a sporty EV with choices. When it came to driving range, Kai reported a total driving range of 317 miles with the 58.0 kWh battery pack, and about 314 miles with the 77.4 kWh. They later reported a total of 328 miles for the EV6 with the 77.4 kWh battery, but only if the model is engineered with RWD.

So it comes as a bit of a surprise that the EPA would find different numbers, reporting a max of 310 miles when the EV6 is configured with a 77.4 kWh battery and RWD. This includes the EV6 GT and the EX+ that came standard with the larger powertrain. There is no fuel economy for an EV, but for those that want something similar, the EV6 gets about 4 miles per kilowatt hour (how much energy is produced in an hour). The EPA also reported a total of 232 miles when the EV6 was equipped with the 58.0-kWh battery.Regardless of who says what, the best way to test out the range of an electric vehicle is to drive one yourself. You can find the new Kia EV6 at Miami Lakes Automall and then take a nice little road trip. For those of you who really like to go green, this tip is for all you vegans out there. Farmers Markets are the best place to find organic, friendly meat-alternatives but sometimes it’s hard to find some good “chick’un”. The Kind Cleaver is a vegan chef that makes all-natural, vegan deli meats and chick’un that tastes like the real thing. If looking for your next green meal, take a ride with the EV6 to the Winter Garden Farmers Market in Orlando, Florida and find out what you’re missing.

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Kia EV6 Makes 2022 COTY Awards Shortlist

As we draw ever nearer to 2022, automotive journalists and publications are rounding up all the data they have. Compiling reviews and votes, analyzing their findings, and putting together lists of the “Best of” cars for this or for that, families or adventure, best interiors, best user experience, best of everything. Around this time of year, vehicles have also been selected to be featured in the 2022 Car of the Year (COTY) awards. Once again, Kia Corp has done it again. Within the same year as its release, the Kia EV6 has been shortlisted for the final round of the 2022 COTY awards.

 “Kia is proud to be standing shoulder to shoulder with some of the greatest examples of modern mobility. After the two nominations of Ceed in its first and third generation and the one for Stinger, the nomination of the brand new EV6 is recognition of our progress and highlights our commitment to providing sustainable mobility solutions. We wish all other nominees the best of luck in the Car of the Year Awards.” – Jason Jeong, President at Kia Europe

This definitely wouldn’t be the first time Kia has landed on the COTY awards, or their complementary list, the World Car of the Year (WCOTY) Awards. Not to be confused as one or the other, the COTY awards exist to highlight national and regional models, whereas the WCOTY includes some vehicles that may be unavailable in individual regions, as long as they are not limited to those regions. The WCOTY is also administered by a non-profit corporation, under the guidance of a Steering Committee of distinguished automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America. Nevertheless, earlier this year, the 2021 Kia Sorento and 2021 Kia K5 landed in the Top 10 the World Car of the Year (WCOTY) Awards.

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Kia Teases New Luxury Carens SUV

Kia Corp sure is busy these days, releasing new models every so often, like the reveal of the all-new 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid, the Kia EV9 concept (an all-electric SUV), and still on everyone’s mind – the Guinness World record-breaking Kia EV6. The newest model being teased by the automaker is the Kia Carens, a highly-anticipated model due for its world premiere this month on December, 16 2021. It’s so close, and based on the teaser concept sketch, we can see a lot of old and a handful of new styling cues. We just wonder how the name is pronounced. Hopefully it’s not “Karens”.

“The Kia Carens perfectly embodies our latest design philosophy, ‘Opposites United’, and it successfully combines sportiness with a sophisticated personality and style with unique aesthetics…The Kia Carens is a true reflection on what today’s customers want from their three-row vehicles.” – Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Design Center

Kia Corp has always been known as a mass-market brand, also known as an automaker that can be found all across the market. It doesn’t fit into one specific niche, but a mass-market brand usually bounces off the barrier known as “luxury brand” vehicles. The same could be said for Kia Corp, but as of late, the automaker has been blurring the lines of what constitutes a “luxury brand”. First released in 2019, the Kia Telluride SUV is not only the largest SUV in the lineup, but won the “Triple Crown” of Automotive Awards in its first year. When Kia first released the new Kia Carnival MPV this summer (2021), the automaker took its first step into the luxury segment with the options available in this “multi-purpose vehicle”.

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Kia EV6 Wins TopGear Crossover of the Year Title

The Kia EV6 is making a lot of noise as of late, the first all-electric vehicle from Kia Corp after naming itself an all-electric automaker. Kia Corp won’t just be selling electric vehicles (EVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) – the rest of the lineup is sure to stick with some internal gasoline combustion engine vehicles, especially with the Kia Telluride SUV landing on the Car and Driver 10Best list, again. The Kia EV6 is simply the first vehicle from Kia without a gasoline or plug-in hybrid version to come before it. Built on the new E-GMP platform, the EV6 is sure to be another winner in the books, having just earned the coveted “Crossover of the Year” title at the 2021 TopGear.com Awards.

“With the EV6, Kia has gone all-in; wholly electric, wild styling, class-leading charging, gadgets galore. It delves deeply into the concept of a mobile lounge, the EV6 pushes into the darker corners of making an EV actually interesting to drive. It’s also spacious, nicely-equipped and well-built. It cruises with all the best bits of EVs – quiet, smooth, calm – and then punts down a backroad with proper potential. A crossover in more than one sense, then. For the car, and the brand.” – Tom Ford, Associate Editor

Top Gear’s judges were most impressed by the style of the EV6, its dynamic performance (cue the GT model), long-electric driving range – a total of 317 miles with the 58.0 kWh battery pack, and about 314 miles with the 77.4 kWh – and 800-volt ultra-fast charging. We definitely saw the power of this, able to 10-to-80-percent charge in less than 20 minutes with the recent entry of the EV6 in the Guinness Book of World Records for shortest charging time to cross the U.S. in an electric vehicle. Move over, Tesla!

Yes, we mentioned a GT model. Kia Corp isn’t just focused on EVs. When the Kia Stinger sports car was first released, the concept was simple: design cars that are as fun to drive as they look. The Stinger set a new tone for Kia vehicles going forward, with pretty much every new model adopting the new swept back hood, and eventually the Kia Optima turning into the new smash hit, the Kia K5. With all of this, Kia opened up a new GT-line, where a handful of models will get a GT model specifically for high performance. The GT-Line joins the X-Line and the EX Designer Collection models.

How good can an EV GT be, really? The Kia EV6 GT is able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. That’s on par with the 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody and faster than the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye! Albeit for a fraction of the price, too. The Kia Stinger GT was another fast and affordable car that could beat the competitors easily. It’s the new Kia Corp.

Circling back to TopGear, the EV6 didn’t just earn the title of “Crossover of the Year”. The EV also got some of the spotlight in the latest issue of BBC Top Gear Magazine, and this month’s issue is a special one. Printed as an awards issue, only the best new cars in the world today are featured. That really says it all. Available in 2022, the Kia EV6 is heating up EV competition. Want to get behind the wheel of your own Kia EV? Find the EV6 at Miami Lakes Automall.

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