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Kia Motors is an automaker that is either falling apart or building a conglomerate, because like the Hindu god, Durga, Kia has sprouted many arms and is working in multiple directions for the future. From electric vehicles (EV6) to multi-purpose vehicles (Carnival MPV), this South Korean automaker is one surprise after another. Year-after-year, Kia Motors ranks high in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, but only among mass-market vehicle brands, not all of them. To change that, the newest venture from Kia Motors is the luxury sports sedan, the K8, to dominate the luxury car segment as well. We’ve talked exterior, we’ve checked out the interior, now let’s look at some specs of the Kia K8.
The massive interior space of the cabin is thanks to a larger vehicle overall, with extended length, optimal height and width, and a longer wheelbase. Even at the size, the K8 is still the lightest sedan on the market. So, what kind of powertrain will be under the hood of the vehicle? At launch, four powertrains will be available.
Two of the powertrain options are the same state-of-the-art 3.5-liter Smartstream powertrain, except offered with a GDI (gasoline direct injection) fuel delivery method for 295 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque, or a LPI (liquid propane injection) that can generate 236 horsepower and 231 lb-ft of torque. If looking to test the “Sporty” name that this sedan is aiming for, then consumers will want the 3.5 GDI Smartstream powertrain. A performance-orientated front-wheel-based AWD K8 model will also be available at launch. (more…)
A few weeks ago we discussed how Kia Motors was entering the 2020 Rebelle Rally, the fifth competition in a year so far. For those unaware, Rebelle Rally is an all-women’s race and the longest event running in the lower 48 states, with teams driving through a 10-day, 2,000 km navigational course. It’s the only all-women, off-road navigational challenge held in the deserts of California and Nevada, travelling from Lake Tahoe, California to the Imperial Sand Dunes, California. With nothing but an old-fashioned paper map and a compass, it can be a crazy journey, but Kia Motors sent out two ladies anyways in the Kia Telluride to take on the challenge. Wouldn’t you know, the Kia Telluride ended up with second place in the 2020 Rebelle Rally!
“This is a momentous achievement for Kia…Thanks to Alyssa and Sabrina’s grit in the arduous Rebelle Rally, they helped raise the Telluride’s credibility to new heights. Their huge accomplishment will go down in Kia history and we couldn’t be more proud of our team.” – Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia Motors North America & Kia Motors America
Alyssa Roenigk (driver) and Sabrina Howells (navigator) are the ladies Kia Motors picked for their team, and demonstrating the automaker’s “Give it Everything” attitude, Kia Motors made it to second place in the X-Cross class. Alyssa Roenigk is an ESPN correspondent, part of the first U.S. team to win the Aïcha des Gazelle Rally in Morocco, and although this is a first-time entry for Kia Motors, actor Sabrina Howells competed in the Rebelle Rally in 2016, taking 1st place for the crossover class, and competed again in 2017, coming in at second place. What a matchup for 2020!
Able to make use of the off-road strengths of the Telluride, Team Telluriders was able to handle any challenge the course has to offer. Whether it was traversing across sand dunes or getting through rocky terrain, the Kia Telluride can handle it. Plus, 2020 is a first-time entry for Kia Motors in the Rebelle Rally, so getting second place is some serious bragging rights. All it took was a skid plate to protect the fuel and oil pan area and all-terrain tires, proving that the Kia Telluride was designed to be a lifestyle SUV and not just the largest SUV in the Kia Motors lineup.
Kia Motors also had a hand in providing care for drivers during the grueling 10-day course. Always looking for ways to get involved, Kia Motors was also the exclusive sponsor of a Live Show webcast covering the Rebelle Rally and even offered rally participants coffee and breakfast service. After a long-day of driving and probably a short rest seeing as how this is a race, waking up to some breakfast amongst the sandy dunes of Mojave backcountry, what a way to win over some people once the race is over. Plus, the new 2021 Seltos SX was making its debut during this time, so that’s another check in Kia Motors’ publicity to-do list.
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The new 2021 Kia Optima, or should we say the new K5(?) has finally debuted, introducing all of the amazing specs for the new fastback sedan. New engine choices, new technology, and a new design, the K5/Kia Optima is looking pretty amazing. Set to go on sale in global markets during the first half of 2020, we won’t have to wait for the 2021 model year to get behind the wheel of the new Optima/K5. We recently discussed the possibility that the Kia Optima may switch to the name “K5”, its overseas moniker. We don’t think it’s a good idea, mainly to avoid confusion and possible distrust, but Kia Motors may do away with the Optima name. We’re just keeping it real whether you want to call it the new Kia Optima or Kia K5.
“With a fastback design, the new K5 is one of the sportiest cars that we have ever created; with its comprehensive range of cutting-edge technologies, revised engines and transmissions, and a luxurious new interior, it’s also one of the most advanced…The K5 won’t just play a central role in strengthening Kia’s presence in the global sedan segment. Almost a decade on from its game-changing predecessor, it also represents the latest milestone in Kia’s transformation into a creator of desirable, world-class cars.” – Thomas Schemera, Head of Product Division at Kia Motors Corporation
Even powertrains are getting smarter in Kia Motors vehicles. Called “Smartstream” powertrains, a new new ‘Smartstream’ 177hp 1.6-liter T-GDi engine – that’s a turbocharged gasoline direct injection engine system – and paired with Kia’s new Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology, the engine valves are regulated based on driving conditions instead of a fixed duration. This will ultimately boost performance and fuel efficiency. A high-performance 286hp 2.5-liter T-GDi turbocharged gasoline engine can be found in the Kia Optima/K5 GT, able to accelerate from 0-to-100 kph in around 6.6 seconds.
Near the end of October 2019, renderings of the K5 in South Korea started making rounds on the internet. One of the reasons why the new K5 garnered interest was because K5 is the name given to the Kia Optima in the South Korean market. Put two and two together, and word was that these new renderings were also concept renderings for the new 2021 Kia Optima. It may not look as futuristic as the rendering, but we’d be lying if we didn’t say the new 2021 Kia Optima is looking fresher than ever. There’s even some sports car appeal in there.
From Render to Reality
You know, it’s not often that a concept or render will keep the same looks and features once the vehicle goes into production. The 2020 Kia Telluride SUV is a prime example of an automaker beefing up a concept with a bunch of cool technology that gets left on the cutting room floor. We expected the same to happen to the 2021 Kia Optima, but so far, it’s looking a lot like the render Kia Motors promised. Starting with the front fascia, those lightning-bolt shaped headlights are still drawing attention to the new mean tiger-face grille that Kia Motors is using to replace their well-known tiger-nose grille. This vehicle is most likely not electric, so there are still two grilles integrated into the front, but with the Kia Futuron concept, an all-electric vehicle from Kia Motors may already be on the way.
There are plenty of reasons to love the new large SUV from Kia Motors. We’ve already shown you why the 2020 Kia Telluride is better than the 2020 Hyundai Palisade (currently only sold overseas) and how easily the Kia Telluride beats the Ford Explorer – spoilers, the Telluride mops the floor with the Explorer. However, sometimes it’s easier to just spell it out, and we’d be happy to. It all comes down to luxury, power, and amenities. Check out all the 2020 Kia Telluride has to offer.
A Life of Luxury
The high-end style of the Kia Telluride can be seen inside and out. While the starting price of the 2020 Kia Telluride is $31,690 (plus destination fee) for a bare bones LX trim, the range doesn’t go much further than $40k until the high-end SX trim and all the extra bells and whistles that come with it. The Telluride has that large, aggressive look SUVs are known for and is ready to tackle some off-road terrain but its sharp lines and smooth design give it a sense of class.
Inside is just a lovely with enough room to seat eight passengers comfortably and has ease of access to the third-row with the push of a button. Soft-touch materials can be found throughout the cabin and if consumers high-end trim, the SX, rich Nappa leather upholstery further enhances the feeling of a luxury SUV without the luxury price tag. There are also many clever storage solutions in the Telluride to help keep valuables safe.
Almost a year ago, Kia Motors was named by J.D. Power at the end of their 2018 U.S. Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study, but that wasn’t the only recognition the automaker received that year, and the pattern has continued in 2019. Two vehicles by the automaker, the Kia Rio and the Kia Forte were ranked highest in the small mass market segment and compact mass market segment, respectively. With 2019 wrapping up, J.D. Power continues to complete the many studies they conduct every year. Just a few months ago (July 2019), the Kia Forte was named the Highest Ranking Compact Car in the 2019 J.D. Power APEAL Study, and the month before, Kia Motors was the highest ranked automaker during the 2019 J.D. Power and Initial Quality Study. Now we’ve come full circle, because the 2019 J.D. Power U.S. Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study has concluded, and the Kia Soul has been awarded the title of Best Multimedia Quality in the compact car segment.
2019 J.D. Power U.S. Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study
Let’s do a little review. The J.D. Power U.S. Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study was designed to provide a better understanding of vehicle owner experiences based on the quality, design, and features of their automotive sound system, including hands-free features such as voice command. A lot of the focus is placed on “things gone wrong” and “things gone right,” all of which can be derived from a survey sent out to car owners.
The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show took place back in January, and although it’s mostly focused on consumer appliances and technology, that didn’t stop some automakers from popping up. That includes Kia Motors and their autonomous technology at 2019 CES. One of the technologies they debuted was an automated valet system controlled by the user’s smartphone. Recently, the automaker took a step towards connecting electric vehicles and smartphones through a new app currently in production.
In late April 2019, the Hyundai Motor Group, consisting of Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis, revealed that a new smartphone app will be coming to fully electric cars to offer consumers the potential to customize and personalize their vehicle on a level that’s not entirely possible with standard gasoline models. There are already apps available for these vehicles for checking out the battery life, charge, adjusting levels of brake regeneration, and switching between different drive modes. This app does much more, and consumers won’t have to worry about voiding a warranty for making these modifications, another blunder gasoline models tend to run into.
It’s that time of year again. Kia Motors has produced a new marketing campaign for the third generation of the Kia Soul hatchback. With a newly expanding lineup on a global scale, Kia Motors America launched a marketing campaign that builds upon the brand’s new mantra: Give It Everything. Calling the new Kia Soul the “most adaptable version ever of the brand’s iconic urban runabout”, the new campaign is about the automaker’s ability to adapt to change. A lot of this can be clearly seen in their expanding alternative fuel lineup and their claims to become an all-electric automaker. The new campaign shows that they can still deliver to every kind of consumer while moving forward.
“We have taken the Soul to an entirely new level by giving it even more of Kia’s ‘Give It Everything’ credo. With the expanded lineup offering more style, utility, technology, comfort, and adaptability than ever before, it’s a whole new species of Soul…While nearly everything about the Soul is different, this campaign continues the fun and irreverent attitude that turned Soul into an icon over the last decade.” – Saad Chehab, vice president, marketing communications, Kia Motors America
Back when the 2020 Kia Soul was first unveiled at the 2018 LA Auto Show, we heard of two distinct trims that were being added to the lineup. They went by the name of “GT” and “X”, for the respective model lines Kia Motors has been putting together, starting with their new Kia GT Line. The 2020 Soul GT was defined by a sportier exterior featuring black side mirrors, red accents, narrow headlights, and a grille that has a more angular design, leaning into its sports car mystique. The X-line, however, offers a more rugged look with fog lights, a rounded grille, unique wheels, and a roof rail – all hallmarks of an off-road vehicle. We saw both of these in the new marketing campaign, entitled “The New Species of Soul”, but another model line also entered – the EX Designer, part of the new EX Designer Collection Package.
Just a week before the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Kia Motors teased its new electric vehicle concept model, and now we know what it is. Unveiled at the motor show is “Imagine by Kia”. That sounds more like a tagline than a model name, but at the moment, that’s what the automaker is calling this handsome, muscular not sure if it’s a mid-size crossover or four-passenger family car concept. With the intention of making electric vehicles fun to drive and no longer a luxury or niche, Kia Motors is focusing on the design and performance of the new electric vehicle along with its powertrain and range.
“Automotive design is about capturing the heart and making it beat that bit faster for that bit longer. We believe that there’s absolutely no reason why that should change simply because the car is electric…That’s why our all-electric concept is designed to not only get your pulse racing but to also signpost our holistic and emotional approach to electrification.” – Gregory Guillaume, Vice President of Design for Kia Motors Europe
“Imagine by Kia” will be the automakers first foray into a purely electric vehicle. This isn’t to say they don’t have all-electric vehicles, such as the Kia Soul EV or the Kia Niro EV (also known as e-Niro). Unlike the award-winning e-Niro electric crossover and the electric Soul hatchback, “Imagine by Kia” is the first of its line, not based on an already successful gasoline-powered sibling. That’s what Kia means when they call it their “first pure electric” vehicle.