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Kia Ranks High in J.D. Power 2022 TXI Study

It’s that time of year in the automotive industry. Every week or so, it seems like another organization comes out of the woodwork to announce their “Best of” lists, top picks, competitions, and study results. What a time to be a consumer in the market for a new car. The results of each of the above can make or break a consumer’s decision to purchase a certain vehicle model, and automakers are always excited to see how well they do in the rankings. Speaking of rankings, the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Tech Experience Index (TXI) Study recently concluded, and Kia Corp scored very high, along with its parent group (Hyundai Motor Group; HMG) and teammate Genesis. In fact, Genesis ranked highest overall and in the premium car category, whereas Hyundai ranked highest in the mass market category, followed by Kia.

“Kia is still beaming over its impressive rankings in the J.D. Power VDS and APEAL studies, and being recognized among the most innovative brands cements Kia’s status as a universal leader in the industry…With such high customer satisfaction in a variety of areas including design, dependability, and now innovation, we will not rest on our laurels and will continue to drive forward in all areas of development.” – Steve Center, COO and EVP, Kia America

Like most studies by J.D. Power, the results of the study come from 110,827 survey responses from owners of new 2021 model-year vehicles who had at least 90 days of ownership. Fielded between February through July 2021, the study complements the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) and the J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, two studies where Kia Corp also shines brightly. To make sure we’re getting all the information, the TXI Study analyzes 36 technologies, divided into four categories: convenience; emerging automation; energy and sustainability; and infotainment and connectivity. Scoring was based on an Innovation Index, so we’re not clear how the study got the scores it did. Simultaneously, the classic 1,000-point scale remained, where the score here would translate into PP(X), or problems per vehicle, followed by X-out-of-100. The goal here is to get a low number.

So, for the J.D. Power TXI study, it’s actually the highest number one would look for in the Innovation Index score. This is why Genesis ranks highest overall and in the premium segment with a score of 634. Hyundai ranks highest in the mass market segment with a score of 519, and Kia earned a healthy 510 points.

In addition to these high rankings, two vehicles were also ranked highest for their Tech Category. In Emerging Automation, the Top Mass Market Model is the Hyundai Elantra. For the Infotainment and Connectivity category, the Kia K5 was rated as the Top Mass Market Model. Wow, the K5 isn’t just a new sports car replacing the optima, it’s tech-savvy too! With Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth wireless technology, voice recognition, steering wheel-mounted controls for phone, audio, and cruise control, features only get better past the base LXS trim, adding a wireless phone charger, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio on a 10.25-inch touchscreen display with navigation and Kia Connect (8-inch screen on the LXS). If this all sounds good, then head on over to Miami Lakes Automall for a new 2022 Kia K5, the most recent sports car from the automaker.

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Kia EV6 Earns 2022 Winter Vehicle Award for Best Electric Vehicle from NEMPA

Every year, automotive publications and organizations put together reviews of new automobiles on the market, make “Best of” lists, or even deliver awards via a competition. It’s always a great honor to win one of these accolades, and they’re a sure-fire way to get consumers interested when in the market for a new vehicle. Recently, the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) Winter Driving Competition has concluded, and along the many winners, one all-electric vehicle stood out. The Kia EV6 won the 2022 Winter Vehicle Award for Best Electric Vehicle from NEMPA during the winter competition.

“Kia’s new logo sums up its new EV6…It’s a clean-sheet design that lives in the present and promises an exciting future. The EV6 is a fast electric car that looks like a spaceship, but it’s also practical for all seasons. Kia’s Winter Mode helps maintain the battery’s performance in cold weather while the heat pump is more efficient than resistive heaters. The all-wheel drive system varies torque almost instantly. These features are critical for New England drivers who need to maximize range and performance in the coldest conditions.” – Clifford Atiyeh, Vice President, NEMPA

NEMPA may not be a well-known name down here in South Florida. Although around since 1987, the group places its main focus on markets in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Even so, NEMPA has grown to have an outreach of 14.5 million people, appearing on cable TV, on the Internet and radio, plus regional and national newspapers and magazines. With such a large footprint in the automotive publication industry, we can tell you NEMPA is a trusted organization when it comes to conducting competitions and picking the winners. The EV6 earned its award for its all-around engineering excellence and durability in even the harshest of climate and road conditions, and was selected by a journalist guild with peers who represent automotive on the internet, in radio, television, newspapers, and magazines from the New England region.

Ever since Kia brought the EV6 to North America through its Kia America branch, the all-electric vehicle has been gaining popularity very quickly. We’re sure the Kia Robo Dog 2022 Super Bowl advertisement won over many people, even if the main focus was on the robo-pup. All throughout, the Kia EV6 was the automobile this dog was chasing, showing the long battery life and driving range of the battery-electric vehicle (BEV). Having been in America for less than a year (as of August, 2022), the EV6 has already seen more than 14,000 models been sold throughout the United States. Not only this, but the popularity for the EV6 is growing fast, with 1,716 vehicles sold in July 2022, increasing the year-over-year growth in sales of Kia’s electrified vehicles to 86-percent. It’s all going according to plan, or in this instance, the Kia Plan S Strategy to dominate the EV auto market by 2025.

Kia Corp shared a lot of its plans for EVs and other models that expand upon the Plan S Strategy for the rest of the decade. During the automaker’s 2022 CEO Investor Day, Kia shared its strategy for the rest of the decade, launching at least two BEVs per year between 2023 and 2027 to reign in its new all-electric lineup, with the EV6 and upcoming electrified SUV (EV9) in the lead. We wonder what we’ll see from Kia next.

Want to stay informed? Follow along with us on Miami Lakes Kia social media. Or, if you’re interested in going green, you can also find the Kia EV6 at Miami Lakes Automall.

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Kia EV6 GT Debuts During 2022 Monterey Car Week

When Kia first announced that it was going to become the next all-electric automaker, there was a lot of curiosity about the next model to be added to the lineup. The Plan S Strategy and the Kia CEO Investor Day announced the goal of having 14 BEV models by 2027, with two BEVs released per year between 2023 and 2027. In 2021, the Kia EV6 was revealed and the EV6 First Edition model was sold out in days. Based off of the EV6 GT series, this is the pinnacle of Kia electric vehicle (EV) performance. It’s also a strong testament to the goal of making high-performance EVs the next big thing in the auto market.

“The EV6 GT ushers in the next chapter of the Plan S electrification story for Kia, elevating the EV6’s thrilling performance and effortless drivability beyond expectations…Moving toward our tailpipe zero-emissions goals has never been as exhilarating.” – Steven Center, COO and Executive Vice President, Kia America

During the North America at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, the 576 HP EV6 GT performance crossover made its appearance for the first time alongside other supercars from around the world during the annual Monterey Car Week. A proud moment for Kia, the EV6 GT is known to be powerful, but a supercar? That is an interesting category to place it in, and if true, what does that mean for other models to be built on the award-winning E-GMP modular platform?

Powered by an energy-dense 77.4-kWh Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese (80/10/10) battery pack powers a 160kW motor and a rear-mounted 270kW motor to produce an output of 30 kW (576 HP) and 546 lb-ft of torque. Able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, with a top speed of 161 mph, the EV6 is a wonder of its own, able to out-compete a Ferrari Roma and Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder RWD. Thanks to its all-wheel drive (AWD), controlled by an electronic Limited Slip Differential (e-LSD), the wheels with the most grip get the most power for those sharp turns, riding on Z-rated Goodyear Eagle F1 tires fitted to 21-inch alloy wheels.

When it comes to recharging this high-performance EV, the EV6 GT also gets to show off the world-first patented multi-charging system supporting 400v and 800v DC charging. Able to handle DC charging speeds from 50kW to 350kW, the EV6 from 20-80 percent of its range in a matter of minutes. This convenience is one of the many great features of the EV6 for the driver of today. The interior comes with vegan suede-trimmed, deeply bolstered performance front bucket seats and premium touches such as neon accents, lightweight front bucket seats with ambient lighting across the door panels, center console and dashboard delivers a soothing glow. An Augmented Reality (AR) Head-Up Display, a wide sunroof, and a premium 14-speaker Meridian audio system are also available features for the EV6 GT.

Kia Corp doesn’t just make high-performance vehicles, they also produce safe vehicles. With 20 standard active Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) featured on the Kia EV6, the electric crossover covers all of its bases. Not yet available, set to hit showroom floors nationwide during the fourth quarter of 2022, look for the Kia EV6 GT at Miami Lakes Automall Kia soon.

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2023 Kia Sportage PHEV Pricing Announced for X-Line Models

Late last year, Kia Corp debuted the all-new 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid, and earlier this year, revealed more details about the new X-Line model Sportage PHEV. The starting MSRP has recently become official, and new specs about the powertrain have been released. Starting at $38,490 (plus destination fee), the only trims priced are X-Line series, both with all-wheel drive as a standard, the Sportage PHEV X-Line and X-Line Prestige. Check out what else is new about the all-new 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV.

Powertrain and Recharging

A plug-in hybrid, the Sportage PHEV still comes with a gasoline engine and an electric motor with a sizable battery. Powering the 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV is a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, able to deliver 261 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The official specs are a 13.8-kWh battery powering a 66.9 kW electric motor making up the other side of the powertrain. Fuel economy is expected to be around 84 MPGequivalent, with an all-electric range (AER) of 34 miles.

Charging is still as easy as can be, with a built-in 7.2 kW high-efficiency on-board charger. Consumers can always plug it into a 120V electrical outlet, but with a Level-2 charger, the Sportage PHEV will only take about two hours to fully recharge the battery. Eventually, electric charging stations will become a more integrated part of highways and infrastructure, and stopping for a bite to eat while recharging a PHEV will eventually become commonplace, but for now, recharging while shopping nearby are the major choices when looking for some juice on-the-go.

Style

The front fascia returns with the Tiger Nose grille with “boomerang” design daytime running lights, muscular lines, and mainly reflects the style of the Sportage and Sportage Hybrid. “Notch-shaped” taillights are connected by a thin black graphic for the rear, but if looking for something that sets the PHEV apart, the X-Line adds unique front and rear bumpers with a satin chrome surround and 19-inch, gloss-black alloy wheels.

Inside the interior cabin really changes things. With a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 12.3-inch infotainment screen), the available dual panoramic curved display gives consumers a futuristic feel of the dashboard, practically all software, with Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay standard. Cars are becoming more like computers and smartphones running its own operating system (OS) every year. The Sportage X-Line Prestige gets a little extra with an available 360-degree Surround-View Monitor with 3D view and a Harman/Kardon premium audio system. Kia Connect is also available, and can offer a 4G LTE-based internet Wi-Fi Hotspot and Smart Speaker Integration for Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

Safety

More Advanced Driver Assistance-Systems (ADAS) have been made standard for the 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV. Lineup standards include a Driver Attention Warning (DAW) system, LED Headlights with High Beam Assist (HBA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA), Rear Occupant Alert (ROA), Rear View Monitor (RVM) with Dynamic Parking Guidance, Reverse Parking Distance Warning. Available systems can be found on select trims, adding Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM), Blind Spot Collision Avoidance-Assist (BCA), Blind Spot Collision Avoidance (BCA-PE), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance-Assist (RCCA), Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA-JT), Forward Parking Distance Warning (PDW-F), Highway Driving Assist (HDA), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control-Curve (NSCC-C), Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control-Zone (NSCC-Z), Reverse Parking Collision Avoidance (PCA-R), Safe Exit Warning (SEW), and Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop and Go. Excited about the all-new 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV? Find the new Kia Sportage PHEV at Miami Lakes Automall.

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Kia K5 Upgrade Highlights

The Kia K5 sports car is returning for 2023, and this model year comes with some changes. For one thing, the lineup has been reduced to four trims, discontinuing the LX trim for now. There are a lot of new options for the GT-Line and some new standard feature past the LXS trim, the new baseline of the lineup. Starting at $25,090 (plus destination fee), check out some of the new highlights.

Power and Engineering

A 180-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter DOHC I4 engine, optimized with gasoline direct injection and continuously variable valve duration (CVVD) for performance is still the standard powertrain setup, with the only change in fuel economy being whether or not consumers choose the GT-Line with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). The standard fuel economy is 27 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, with the number changing to 25/28 mpg city/highway on the GT-Line AWD. The GT high-end trim is the only one to be powered by the turbocharged 2.5-liter DOHC I4 engine with GDI and CVVD, able to generate 290 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. It has a fuel economy of 24 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

New Styling Changes

Added to the exterior this year, consumers can find upgrades for the GT-Line trim. Now available with a Panoramic Roof Package for 2023, the large glass panel makes it easy to enjoy a little sun shine, and with LED interior lighting along with gloss black exterior trim along the B-pillars, windshield, and shark-fin antenna, the exterior and interior have a nice glow for a sports car. The GT-Line AWD comes with a heated steering wheel.

Heated exterior mirrors, solar control glass, a sound-absorbing front windshield, multi-reflector LED headlights, Smart Trunk, and automatic headlights are all still lineup standards, with acoustic glass on the front door windows standard past the LXS base trim. We expect the upholstery options to stay the same, with cloth upholstery on the LXS, cloth and Syntex on the GT-Line, and all-Syntex on the EX and GT trims. All trims probaly come with a 60/40split-folding rear seat this year, plus dual-zone automatic temperature control.

Tech and Safety

Kia Connect is replacing the old UVO infotainment system in recent models, with an 8-inch touchscreen as the lineup standard with Google Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth wireless technology and hands-free phone and audio streaming. For a better visual, these trims can also upgrade to a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation and voice recognition. Last model year, the EX and GT trims came with a wireless phone charger.

With the LX trim gone, more advanced safety systems have been made standard on the 2023 Kia K5, such as Driver Attention Warning, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist – Vehicle/Pedestrian w/ Lane Following Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Following Assist, and Driver Attention Warning including Leading Vehicle Departure Alert. A parking distance warning when in reverse is standard on the EX, optional on the GT; a forward parking distance warning is optional on both. Parking collision assist for the rear is also optional on both.

Look out for the full specs soon. When ready to buy a new Kia model at Miami Lakes Automall, be sure to stop by.

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HMG Presents Smart City Concept

During the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) shared the future vision for its three automotive brands – Hyundai, Kia Corp, and Genesis. Much of this surrounded an ecosystem of mobility, with personal and public modes of transportation, purpose-built vehicles (PBVs), and even personal urban aircrafts with their advanced air mobility (AAM) division, Supernal. Now, HMG presents a new vision for the world. At the 2022 World Cities Summit in Singapore, the automotive group presented the HMG Smart City master model, a design concept for smart cities where humans work in harmony with technology and nature.

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Kia and HMG Win Awards from Red Dot Design Awards

As the year gets closer to the end of 2022, organizations and automotive publications are going to start coming out with “Best of” lists, awards and competitions, and all sorts of bragging rights for automakers that will be changing the industry in a couple of years. Most recently comes from Red Dot, having awarded all three brands of the Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) – Hyundai, Kia Corp, and Genesis – with several awards, including two “Best of the Best” and six “Winner” honors, at the Red Dot Award: Brand & Communication Design 2022. This is another win for the South Korean automaker. Back in March 2022, Kia earned its own awards, the “Red Dot: Best of the Best”, as well as the Red Dot category: “Innovative Products”.

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Kia and HMG Announce New Joint Venture for Lunar Exploration

For the past few years, the Hyundai Motor Group (HMG, parent group of Kia Corp) has been working on new forms of mobility and robotics. The most recent advancement is the eVOTL Aircraft, a personal aircraft designed to shuttle passengers between their origin point and their destination via flight. Designed between HMG and Uber, this concept was first unveiled to us during the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and was finally introduced to us during the Farnborough International Airshow. Just the beginning of a futuristic outlook, just this year, during the 2022 CES, HMG and Kia shared concepts for an ecosystem of mobility with personal mobile pods, purpose-built vehicles (PBVs), and of course this aircraft. Alongside these promises were steps forward into robotics for personal companionship, performing work functions without the need of human workers on-site (say, working with high-voltage machinery), and even making use of the budding Metaverse. With that in mind, HMG and Kia are taking one metaverse concept and turning it into a reality – Lunar Surface Exploration.

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Kia Earns Highest Ranking Three Times During 2022 J.D. Power APEAL Study

Every year, organizations and groups perform reviews and conduct studies in various industries to find some of the best consumer products out on the market. One industry in particular is the automotive industry, releasing tons of new cars every year from a multitude of automakers and automotive groups. It’s not easy to comb through all of those options, but that’s why there are helpful names like Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds. For huge studies that span months, we’re looking at J.D. Power & Associates and the studies they conduct every year. The latest report comes from the 2022 J.D. Power Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study™, with Kia Corp ranking 5th highest ranking brand overall with three models taking home the highest ranking for their segment.

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