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What is a carbon footprint? A term that started to become more familiar, maybe new for some, a couple of decades ago, is not commonplace when it comes to taking care of the planet we live on. Earth took billions of years to take shape and become habitable, so surely it has billions of years of resources and life in it right? Those billions of years happened naturally, and humans are just speeding up the sands of time. Automobiles are a huge part of the carbon footprint, and with the slow shift to greener fuel solutions, automakers like Kia Corp will be leading the way into a cleaner future. In fact, Kia Corp recently received the product carbon footprint certification and ‘Carbon Measured’ label for the Kia EV6 all-electric vehicle from the global climate change and sustainability consultancy, the Carbon Trust.
First, a carbon footprint is a term used to describe the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds produced when consuming fossil fuels like oil by a particular person, group, event, organization, service, place, or product. Everything from the food we eat to the waste we produce can play a part in someone’s carbon footprint, but mostly, it’s stuff like energy (gas vs electricity), transportation (personal vs public) and elimination of resources (waste vs recycling). We still have a long way to go, but all-electric automakers can help curb things exponentially.
“This is important validation of a broad range of measures we are now taking to reduce the carbon footprint of a vehicle throughout its lifecycle. As we introduce more electrified models to our line up over the coming years, we will step up our sustainability efforts and ensure we are achieving high levels of transparency when it comes to environmental impact. It has been great to work closely with the Carbon Trust to achieve the Carbon Measured label as one of our first steps to implement new sustainability initiatives.” – Sangdae Kim, Head of Strategic Business Planning Division at Kia
Now, the Carbon Trust is definitely a new name to us, but we may be seeing it a lot more often as more green vehicles make their debut. Just like the ABC Waymo self-driving car needs to get certification from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) before hitting the road, an all-electric vehicle should also come with its own certification. The Carbon Trust is an independent, expert partner of leading organizations around the world that advises many businesses in a variety of industries how they can achieve a sustainable, low carbon world. Just like it did with Kia Corp, the Carbon Trust certifies the environmental footprint of organizations, supply chains, and products.
When measuring the total greenhouse gas emissions, the emissions were measured in carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) to provide consumers with information about the carbon impact of their purchase of the vehicle in question. The Kia EV6 was measured using the PAS2050 Standards as part of the Carbon Trust’s robust product assessment, reviewing the entire life cycle of the emissions from the extraction of raw materials to its eventual termination or end-of-life – we’re talking chemicals here, so if nothing is burning, then shelf-life and half-life is what we’re looking at. That could be years, decades for some. The Carbon Trust ‘Carbon Measured’ label is a validation for the accuracy of these measurements, giving consumers a better idea of how the EV6 can help them reduce their carbon footprint.Want to go green and help reduce your carbon footprint? Look for the Kia EV6 and other hybrid or electric vehicle options at Miami Lakes Automall.
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Kia Corp has gone through some amazing changes in the last few months, and it seems like there is no stopping this automaker. Winning awards and topping the charts, Kia Corp is the highest ranked mass-market automaker, according to the 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. Keyword: mass-market. Well, that is until now. Kia Corp is growing and expanding its range, slowly entering the luxury segment and pushing competitors aside while still offering a better price. Kia Corp is everywhere these days. We’re not saying the automaker is going to dominate the auto industry, but I for one welcome our new automotive overlords.
It’s kind of like Google at this point – Kia Corp has its hands in a lot of pockets, and the luxury car segment is in its crosshairs. Earlier this year, in March 2021, Kia revealed the Kia K8, a luxury sport sedan. We got a look at the interior and the exterior of the Kia K8, and we’re pretty impressed. The new signature frameless ‘tiger nose’ grille of the front fascia gives Kia models a new look, and an astronomical theme has entered the design. The front lamp turn signals resemble a nebula dust cloud, and this theme finds its way into the interior cabin with ‘Star Cloud’ lighting that projects glittering and interactive ambient lighting.(more…)
There have been a few hiccups with the Kia EV6 First Edition model. Aside from the reservation website going down on June 3rd – which reopened on the 8th – the global chip shortage for semiconductors is going to be a hard hurdle to jump as the year goes on and chips become more scarce. After all, what is an electric vehicle? The First Edition EV6s may be the only units available of this new model, with a limited run of 1500 units. They were all available for reservation on Kia.com, but don’t rush to the manufacturer website. All 1500 units have already been bought up by fans and consumers alike.
“Kia welcomes the first EV6 buyers who join us in this historic movement…Kia’s ‘electric lifestyle’ delivers a unique combination of luxury, performance and technology and the First Edition EV6 will provide owners with an experience all of their own.” – Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia North America and Kia America
This shouldn’t be a surprise. Any time an automaker launches a Launch Edition of a new vehicle, or even a special edition, they go fast. Consumers can’t seem to resist the temptation when they see the words “limited” or “special”. On top of the reserved EV6 unit, consumers also got to choose one of three gifts that would come with the EV6 First Edition model. Consumers who reserved a unit could also choose (1) an at-home vehicle charger with a 1000 kWh credit within a national charging network, or (2) an Apple Watch. Personally, I hate Apple products, so I can proudly say over 80-percent of registrants chose the smart option – an at home charger. Seriously though, if buying an electric vehicle, getting an at-home charger just makes sense. For those that picked the smart watch, all it does is allow them to link up with EV6’s suite of Kia Connect services – something you can do with a smartphone, albeit. Bravo on that choice.
Kia Motors has been doing really well as of late, revealing all kinds of new vehicles being added to the lineup in the coming years. The very cool all-electric EV6 is looking to be a high-tech automobile, and the high-class luxury sports sedan K8 could set a new standard for Kia Motors interior quality. The automaker recently restyled the Kia Optima for the next generation of the vehicle, turning it into a vicious sports car in the same family of the Kia Stinger. To celebrate, Kia renamed the Optima with the same moniker in South Korea, K5. Kia Motors then did the same when replacing the Kia Sedona, with a newly designed Kia Carnival MPV. Check out the highlights.
Keeping it simple, this new minivan/multi-purpose vehicle comes with four trims, all powered by the same powertrain. Under the hood of each vehicle is a 3.5-liter V6 engine optimized with gasoline direct injection (GDI), capable of generating a best-in-class 290 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard for each trim. It responds well and has just enough punch to say “That’s not a minivan”.
Able to seat eight passengers, the 2022 Kia Carnival MPV comes with an interesting second row. Each seat is its own distinct seat, making up three seats versus a split-row bench. Designed with a Slide-Flex seating system, the center slides forward and back, and the seats on either end can slide side-to-side. Reaching a child in the rear is easy, and for older children, the middle seat folds up for a cupholder and somewhere to rest their phone versus their pocket.
The Kia Sedona, Kia Motors’ only minivan, is getting replaced in the 2022 model year with the all-new Kia Carnival MPV. That stands for “Multi-purpose Vehicle”, and although the Carnival MPV may be a new take on the Kia Sedona with a new name, it’s been completely reimagined for a new kind of family car. Like the Kia K5, the rebadged and redesigned Kia Optima, the Kia Carnival boosts its “purposefulness” with more convenient and safety features. Making the cabin more roomy and family-friendly, any growing families with newborns or young ones must be wondering about installing car seats. A little list was put together by Cars.com, and we wanted to share some of the most important information.
Unless opting in for the second-row lounge seats available on some 2022 Kia Carnival MPV trims, consumers can fit up to three car seats for situating young ones in the second and third-row. As with most vehicles these days, the LATCH child seat restraint system is standard, and the Carnival MPV comes with three sets. The anchors are all easy to find and connect with plenty of clearance around the child or infant. LATCH was designed with child seat safety and stability in mind, so of course it’s one of our perfect fits.
When the Coronavirus pandemic first hit U.S. soil, everyone started going into quarantine. Some of us still are, and latest scientific reports claim that we may just have to learn to live with COVID-19 as a chemical threat out there until it becomes no worse than the common cold with the different types of antibodies that will eventually spread. Going forward on that note, the automotive industry took a huge hit during the first wave of the pandemic, but electric vehicle sales continued to go up. Not only this, but many vehicles were being repurposed and used as mass-transit passenger vehicles, delivery trucks and vans for getting important equipment where they need to go, and this gave Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group (The Group) an idea. Why not introduce purpose-built vehicles to the auto market?
What is a Purpose-Built Vehicle (PBV)? Exactly how it sounds – it’s an automobile designed with a sole purpose and operation in mind, outside of normal means of just going from point A to B. Many automakers have done this already, producing commercial vans that consumers can then customize, even with entirely new interiors for making a mobile office, a delivery truck, or even a news station on wheels. The popularity of PBVs grew during the first waves of the pandemic, but the interest in them didn’t die. They were a new brand of utility vehicles that could be expanded upon, and that’s what The Group aims to do.
Before the Coronavirus spread across the world and automotive shows were still being looked forward to, the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, taking place in January every year, got lucky. Although it’s called a “Consumer Electronics” show, don’t let the title fool anyone. Automakers will still take this time as a chance to show off new concepts, usually automotive technologies, and build attention for upcoming features for future models. During the 2020 CES, Kia Motors, in conjunction with the Hyundai Motor Group, and in partnership with Uber, there was a pretty interesting concept “floating” around. It’s the futuristic Uber Air Taxi, and it caught the attention of Etisalat, a leading telecommunications company in Africa and the Middle East, just in time for the 2020 GITEX Technology Week.
Although most shows and public exhibits have been shut down for the year, GITEX Technology Week is taking place between December 6–10, 2020 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Currently called the Hyundai Motor Group’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) vision concept, or S-A1, was named on the Etisalat “Best Innovations in 2020” list. This honor led to it being invited to showcase such game-changing technology in an ecosystem where offering everyone some form of private or public transportation is quickly growing. Whether we’re ready to let a complete stranger fly us around from point A to point B, well, isn’t that the same thing as every other airline pilot out there? The difference here is, will companies have certified pilots operating these fleets or will this be a service open to freelance pilots who don’t necessarily take random drug screenings?
We’re getting ahead of ourselves here. The Hyundai Motor Group, made up mostly of Hyundai Motors and Kia Motors, is usually referred to as “The Group”, and has been working on many different kinds of technologies and transportation for a while now, and with the world population steadily growing, how are we going to avoid getting stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic in the following years? Are the airways really the next step? The Group seems to think so.
“Hyundai is developing core technologies that will establish it as the driving force behind Urban Air Mobility, offering a new and affordable transportation paradigm,” – Jaiwon Shin, Executive Vice President and Head of Urban Air Mobility Division of Hyundai Motor Group
The S-A1 is just one of three major mobility solutions The Group is heading into. Along with the SA-1 aircraft, The Group is also taking a large look at Purpose-Built Vehicles (PBVs), or vehicles designed for specific functions that can be performed autonomously, like shopping, or delivering food, or inter-connected hubs where someone can go from the bar to the gym without leaving their home. Sort of like an above ground subway system where each car is dedicated to another function, but these cars are PBVs able to house groups of people. Actually, this is the third solution The Group is working on, known as “The Hub”, meant to serve as the next public venue for mobility transfer and community activities. This last one is another invention spawned from the Coronavirus, but doesn’t necessarily need to be just used for keeping enclosed spaces and parties safe.
Lots of cool stuff is still going on, and we’re all hoping it continues to grow in 2021. Follow along with us on Miami Lakes Kia social media.
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As we get closer to the end of a very long year, many organizations, publications, and businesses are also bringing to a close their studies, reviews, and guides that help the consumer of tomorrow make an informed and confident purchase when scouring through the auto market. One of these many publications is “Consumer Guide”. Having recently put together its “Automotive Best Buy” list for 2021, some choice names have popped up on the list, and we’re always so proud to see some of our favorites. Time and again, Kia Motors grabs several awards, with some models making a second or seventh return to the list. We’re of course talking about the legendary Kia Telluride SUV and funky Kia Soul hatchback.
2021 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Awards
Consumer Guide may not be a well-known name to all, but what this organization does is right in the name. One of the leading publications in the automotive industry with a team of editors that collectively have over 100 years of experience when it comes to making professional, unbiased evaluations of new and used vehicles. Consumers in the market trust guides like Consumer Guide to help them make informed choices, and when it comes to the Best Buy awards, consumers can know these vehicles are the crème de la crème of automobiles.
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.
A few weeks ago, we talked about all the good things there are to look forward to when it comes to the next generation of the Kia Sorento SUV. Kia Motors is one automaker that really emboldens the term “Sports Utility Vehicle”. Performance, style, a new X-Line appearance package, a 10.25-inch inch touchscreen with split-screen functionality, and a lot more. We listed “performance” first because Kia Motors is so excited about the new powertrain options, PR just dropped a full breakdown of each engine consumers can get under the hood of the new 2021 Kia Sorento.
There will be three engine options in total, two of which will be good ol’ internal combustion engines (ICE), running on pure gasoline to get the motor humming. Like many vehicles in the Kia Motors lineup, after years of success, and sometimes very quickly, a hybrid or plug-in hybrid version of the same vehicle pops up. The same is true for the Kia Sorento, entering the 2021 model year with a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) variant of the popular SUV. With seven trims with an ICE under the hood – nine trims in total with the two behind the plug-in hybrid lineup – let us break each option down for you.