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Kia Corp Wins Multiple Awards During 2022 NYIAS

We covered a bit of the 2022 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) that started last week and will continue on through this upcoming weekend (April 15 – 24, 2022). Well, we focused more on the highlights of the new 2023 Kia Niro crossover and new 2023 Kia Telluride SUV. Previewed during the 2022 NYIAS, Kia Corp was sure to put these vehicles front and center. Also taking place during 2022 NYIAS was an auto awards show no doubt, and Kia is flying high after winning multiple marketing honors for its recent “Movement That Inspires” broadcast campaigns.

The recent marketing campaign by Kia have featured Kia’s first entry into the luxury car segment, the Carnival MPV; the automaker’s first all-electric vehicle, the EV6; the latest sports car from the automaker, the K5; and of course the Telluride, the automaker’s largest SUV to date and the latest model to become an electric vehicle (EV) if the design of the Kia EV9 is anything to go by. Seen at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show, it was basically a large, bright blue SUV, but electric. Let’s just call it an electric Telluride for now, and seeing as how the Telluride is one of Kia Corp’s most-awarded SUVs, winning the Triple Crown of Automotive Awards during its first year of release, the Telluride goes on to earn another first, the EDO’s first-ever Automotive TV Advertising Award for “Best Non-Luxury Auto Campaign”.

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Highlights of the new 2023 Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride was an instant winner when Kia Corp released it back in March 2019, completely spearheading sales for Kia at the time. A large SUV, the largest in the lineup, the 2020 Kia Telluride won the “Triple Crown” of Automotive Awards. This consisted of winning the the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY); being named as the MotorTrend SUV of the Year; and landing on a Car and Driver 10 Best list. Restyled and updated for the 2023 model year, this SUV introduced new X-Line and X-Pro models for consumers with a lifestyle of adventure.

Updated Design

The 2023 Kia Telluride gets all kinds of upgrades, starting with its looks. A revised vertical headlamp design comes standard with available fog lamps. Upfront, a new bumper and grille take the stage while still staying true to the Kia “Tiger Nose” look. The revised style finds its way to the rear fascia with new taillamps, additional wheel designs for every trim, and three new paint colors. Drive around in style with a Midnight Lake Blue, Dawning Red, or Jungle Wood Green exterior. Inside, consumers are immediately greeted by dual 12.3-inch display screens providing the driver and passenger with vehicle information, including navigation and the gauge cluster (available). The dashboard has a new design for the trim panels and HVAC vents, as well as a redesigned steering wheel. New interior color packages were also mentioned in the PR, but the details were thin.

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Highlights of the New 2023 Kia Niro

The Kia Niro crossover is the first of its kind. A hybrid from the start, it was the world’s first hybrid crossover and made plenty of noise. It’s compact, it’s cute (the ladies love it), and can save some serious moola. Although only a crossover, the Kia Niro qualifies for $7,500 federal tax credit. Taxes are getting worse, so who can’t afford to save $7500 next year? Plus, the Niro comes in three flavors – hybrid, the Kia Niro Plugin Hybrid, and the Kia Niro EV. There’s something for everyone, but today, we’re talking about the original Niro crossover.

“Kia’s electrified vehicle momentum continues with the launch of the all-new second-generation Niro, which offers more refinement, versatility, connectivity, and technology than ever…The 2023 Niro was designed for today’s needs and for sustainable future mobility.” – Steven Center, COO & EVP, Kia America

The all-new 2023 Kia Niro crossover made its at the 2022 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). Going on from April 15 – 24, 2022, the doors are opening to the public soon enough, but we got plenty of details to share already. Currently in its second generation, the Niro is powerful, aerodynamic, attractive, comes with a tech-focused package. Following the new Kia Corp mantra, “Opposites United”, the Niro is a perfect combination of one of the hottest car types on the market – crossovers – while also making a statement that alternative fuel vehicles can be as great as those still running on gasoline.

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Hyundai Starts New Joint Venture for e-Fuel

Earlier this year, Kia and Hyundai Motor (the parent group), decided to shift all of their focus onto electric vehicle (EV) development. Both automakers, Kia Corp especially, have been already making the move towards EVs and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). Kia Corp launched the Kia EV6, its first all-electric vehicle with no predecessor. A few months later, and Hyundai Motor Co has dug in deep with a new collaboration overseas. Hyundai Motor has agreed with the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) to work together to research and develop a new advanced fuel for an ultra lean-burn, spark-ignition engine. Wait, what? That sounds like a gasoline engine.

“BEVs and [fuel cell electric vehicles] FCEVs will be Hyundai Motor Group’s ultimate technologies to achieve carbon neutral mobility, while eco-friendly ICE technology that combines eco-friendly fuel and ultra-lean burn engine will be the key to effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions during our transition to EVs,” – Alain Raposo, Executive Vice President of Hyundai Motor Group, leading the Electrified Propulsion Technical Unit

They’re calling it “e-fuel”, and while making the transition from gasoline vehicles to EVs, BEVs, and FCEVs, the auto group is also focusing on minimizing greenhouse gas emissions from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. What is “e-fuel”? It holds many similarities with FCEVs. A fuel cell vehicle typically uses hydrogen as the main fuel source. All one needs is a little water, run through some electricity through it to separate the molecules from one another – hydrogen and oxygen – and blam! That’s two, natural, and powerful gases to burn. E-Fuel is similar, except this power source requires hydrogen made from water electrolysis (known as green hydrogen) and carbon dioxide.

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2022 Kia Carnival MPV named AutoGuide’s 2022 ‘Family Vehicle Of The Year’

The 2022 Kia Carnival MPV, otherwise known as a “multipurpose vehicle”, has been a winner since its debut. Kia Corp’s entry into the luxury vehicle segment, the automaker has already topped the charts when it comes to the mass market. The Kia Niro EV being the highest ranked electric vehicle in the mass auto market during the 2022 J.D. Power EVX Study is plenty proof of that. Not only does the Kia Carnival MPV come equipped with luxurious features and upscale tech, but the Carnival is also making its way to the winners’ circle of many automotive publications. Recently, in early March 2022, the 2022 Kia Carnival MPV won the 2022 Autotrader Best New Car Award. The newest award is being named “Family Vehicle of the Year” by AutoGuide.

“The Kia Carnival MPV is truly a multi-purpose vehicle and breaks the mold of what many perceive a vehicle like this should be…We’re proud to receive AutoGuides’ family vehicle award, celebrating the Carnival MPV’s premium design and abundant safety technology. This award further validates the Carnival MPV’s wide-reaching appeal, which resulted in our popular MPV capturing 9.3 percent market share in its segment in 2021.” – Steven Center, COO and EVP, Kia America

A win like this is always another feather in the cap for an automaker. Like many other automotive publications out there, AutoGuide reviews cars, writes about new and used cars, reports on news in the automotive industry, and yes, puts together “Best of” lists. AutoGuide came to their decision about the 2022 Kia Carnival MPV after a panel of seven editors and reporters drove hundreds of vehicles across North America, measuring vehicles based on value, user-friendliness, space, safety, and more. The group of vehicles were cars, trucks, and utility vehicles. There were 40 finalists, and the Carnival MPV made the final list of only eight vehicles.

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