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Kia and HMG Launch EV RoboRide Service in Korea

Friday, June 17th, 2022
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During the 2022 CEO Investor Day, a conference held by Kia Corp, the automaker shared its vision for Kia in 2030. Building upon the original Plan S Strategy, a business plan to help Kia Corp achieve a 6.6% global electric vehicle market share, the automaker planned to produce at least 11 electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025. Already underway, and increasing the number to 14 battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2027, the automaker is set to launch at least two BEVs per year between 2023 and 2027. The Plan S Strategy was actually a two-fork path, with its sights set on EVs and purpose-built vehicles (PBVs). Becoming ever increasingly popular, like the presentation by parent group Hyundai Motor Co at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (2022 CES), HMG and Kia are working towards a lineup of PBVs, starting with the Kia Niro Plus, a robotaxi launched in Korea.

The RoboRide car-hailing service has started operations in Gangnam in Seoul, South Korea. Produced with IONIQ 5 battery electric vehicles (BEV) as its base model, the RoboRide utilizes in-house developed level 4 autonomous driving technology, making it the first car-hailing service with autonomous driving vehicles to operate in Gangnam. With Kia’s home town in South Korea, it makes sense to test this service overseas, and especially in Gagnam, one of the most congested areas in metropolitan Seoul. It’s unclear if this RoboRide car-hailing service is the same as the Kia Niro Plus Taxi Model, also said to launch in Korea, and based off of the Kia Niro EV.

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U.S. News Reports Kia Telluride as Best 3-Row SUV for Families for a Third Time

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022
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The Kia Telluride SUV has been a winner since its debut. The largest SUV in the lineup, the Telluride went on to spearhead the sales for Kia in the month of its release, March 2019. Winning award after award, the SUV racked them up, and the Kia Telluride earned the “Triple Crown” of Automotive Awards – the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY); MotorTrend SUV of the Year; and landing on a Car and Driver 10Best list. In November 2021, the Telluride made the 2022 Car and Driver 10Best list, and in December 2021, shared some of the spotlight with the Kia Seltos, winning awards from Edmunds and Kelley Blue Book. As the spring 0f 2022 finally begins, consumers will be looking for new vehicles to go to the beach and get some fresh air. What better than an award-winning SUV like the Kia Telluride? In fact, the Kia Telluride was just named the “Best 3-Row SUV for Families” by U.S. News & World Report for the third-year-in-a-row.

That’s right. The Kia Telluride also earned the title of “Best 3-Row SUV for Families” by U.S. News & World Report back in March 2021, and surprisingly, in 2020 when many auto shows were shut down and awards were put on pause once the COVID-19 pandemic went worldwide. For those that don’t know, the U.S. News & World Report – referred to U.S. News hereafter – is a well-known publication that covers a wide range of industries, reporting on national and international news. The automotive industry is clearly one of these, along with Education, Health, Money, Travel, and Civics. Reporting since 1993, U.S. News has become a global leader in data and information analysis. A trusted name, all the data for the previous year helps make the choices for each award-winning title U.S. News has. To be named on the “Best 3-Row SUV for Families” list, vehicle models are judged based on feature availability, passenger and cargo volume, safety and reliability ratings, and the reviews of top automotive critics.

“The Kia Telluride hits the sweet spot for families in a number of ways, and this year it brings home its third ‘Best 3-Row SUV for Families’ award in a row…It offers a number of safety and technology features that ease the task of family transportation, as well as comfortable seating and a large cargo hold. A strong reliability rating and an impressive powertrain warranty provide some extra assurance if you plan to keep the Telluride for the long haul.” – Jim Sharifi, managing editor of U.S. News Best Cars

Last year, the Kia Telluride continued to do very well, generating strong sales for Kia Corp. With a total of 93,705 units sold in 2021, the Kia Telluride showed a solid 25-percent sales increase from 2020. That kind of popularity will surely make the upcoming Kia EV9 all-electric SUV a success as well. Although not explicitly stated, the boxy look of the EV9 resembles the Telluride in a number of ways, but the new electric models seem to be following a pattern for their monikers. What happened to EV7 and EV8, though? Regardless, with the Kia Telluride continuing to win awards in 2022, you can see why when you come to Miami Lakes Automall for your own 2022 Kia Telluride SUV.

Photo Source/Copyright: Kia Media

Kia America Partners with Currently Mobile Charging Service

Wednesday, March 16th, 2022
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Wow, Kia America is really pushing the envelope with their all-electric Kia EV6, and we can’t blame them. Ever since Kia Corp announced that it would become the next all-electric automaker, Kia released its Plan S Strategy to become the global leader in electric vehicle (EV) sales and more. The automaker shifted all of its focus and resources to Kia EV development, and we learned a lot more about what Kia Corp is planning during the Kia 2022 CEO Investor Day digital conference. Recently, Kia America signed a great contract with Electrify America, where Kia EV6 consumers can get up to 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), free of charge, at any Electrify America station across the U.S. Making it even easier to find a charge, the newest partnership is between Kia America and the Currently mobile charging service.

It’s like Triple a (AAA), but instead of needing a tow or some gasoline when stranded out on the road, Currently is a mobile charging service that can be called on whenever, wherever – no broken down car necessary. Like setting up an appointment with any other kind of technician, consumers have been able to call up Currently and arrange a time for a technician to come charge up their plug-in hybrid or EV, whether at home, work, or while out and about. It’s easy to do, and Kia America is now providing its EV owners with this on-demand concierge service, now available in three important California markets: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose. Depending on the success of the program, expansion to other cities will be next.

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Six Kia Models Win 2022 Car and Driver Editors’ Choice Awards

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022
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All-year-round, automotive publications and organizations put together competitions to find the best new vehicles on the market today. Many times, these end up with “Best of” lists or awards for car models and their respective automaker. Every year, well-known name Car and Driver put together several lists, and recently, the automotive publication concluded its Car and Driver 2022 Editors’ Choice awards. With about 400 models competing, Car and Driver editors tested, rated, and ranked all vehicles across multiple market segments to find the winners, ranging from crossover SUVs to electric vehicles and sedans to family-sized vans. It’s a good year for Kia Corp, with six Kia models being selected for their respective segments to win an award – the Kia Telluride, Kia Sorento, Kia Carnival, Kia K5, Kia Soul, and Kia Rio.

“We are honored to be recognized by Car and Driver for the quality and craftsmanship across our world-class lineup…The fact that our six winning models span numerous vehicle segments is a true testament to Kia’s pursuit of building vehicles for every type of driver.” – Steven Center, COO and EVP, Kia America

Although it sounds impossible, there may be some people who never heard of Car and Driver, and that’s okay. We always like to give a little rundown of a publication for credibility. This isn’t some unheard of source giving Kia models their due diligence. Car and Driver have been around 1955, starting as a printed magazine of course, and eventually going digital once the internet got up and buzzing. Now, with an online audience of 12-15 million unique visitors per month (ComScore), there are a lot of people that see the “Best of” lists, awards, and reviews every day. That’s why the 2022 Car and Driver Editors’ Choice list awards is a big deal for automakers, giving them the best kind of exposure. Not to mention, although the competition had 400 models, only 116 vehicles won awards from 37 vehicle segments.

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Kia EV6 Wins Two More Awards for 2021-2022

Tuesday, January 25th, 2022
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We’re already several weeks into 2022, but vehicles released in 2021 are still winning awards, and automotive publications are still happy to share the results of their “Best of” lists. Two new recent awards for Kia Corp are due to the all-new Kia EV6 hatchback. The first all-electric vehicle with no predecessor from the automaker, the EV6 brings long-range, zero-emissions power, 800V ultra-fast charging, and a new Kia signature style to the crossover and SUV market. That’s why it won these two prestigious awards – “Car of the Year” award at the prestigious 2022 What Car? Awards, and was crowned World Champion at the Inaugural “Best Cars of the Year” Awards.

Winning an award from What Car? is a historical mark for the automaker, with the EV6 being the second time an electric vehicle (EV) has ever won the What Car? “Electric SUV of the Year” award. The first time was the Kia Niro EV in 2019. In the ten months since its release, the EV6 has won a record number of awards and accolades, with highlights in 2021 like being named “Crossover of the Year” by TopGear. In 2022, the popularity will surely continue, and What Car? shared some thoughts on why.

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Kia EV6 and Carnival Win 2022 GOOD Design Awards

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022
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It’s January 2022 and Kia Corp is already earning some rewards. Known as the GOOD DESIGN Awards, the Kia EV6 electric crossover and fourth-generation Kia Carnival MPV both took home top honors in the “Transportation” category, adding onto the already growing list the EV6 and Carnival have earned since their debut. The EV6 is its own success, the first all-electric vehicle to come from the automaker with no predecessor, and the Kia Carnival will be the automaker’s attempt at surpassing the mass market and go luxury. In 2020, Kia was ranked as the highest non-luxury brand during the 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, giving the automaker the guts to introduce its first luxury model, the Kia Carnival.

“Securing these GOOD DESIGN awards is an endorsement of the approach we took with the styling of the Kia EV6 and Kia Carnival, and is a tribute to the collaborative efforts of our talented international design team. It truly has been a pivotal year for us; we launched our brand new design philosophy ‘Opposites United’, the ethos of which is already transforming our cars, and we are determined to ensure Kia keeps challenging the boundaries of automotive design.” – Karim Habib, Head of Kia Design Center

The GOOD Design Awards may not be the most well-known name to consumers, but the awards ceremony has been going on since 1950, making it one of the oldest design competitions in the world. Organized by Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, a judging panel of industry leaders from over 50 countries vote on new models every year that display “innovation, sustainability, superior design, and unparalleled function”. In recent years, GOOD Design has awarded Kia more than once – last year, the third-generation Kia K5 sedan and the fourth-generation Kia Sorento SUV won over the “Transportation” category, and even the Telluride SUV and the Soul crossover won awards earlier than that.

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Kia America Wins Two Spots in 2021 Rebelle Rally

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021
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The Rebelle Rally has been gaining a lot of attention in recent years, especially from automakers. Known as the first all-women’s off-road rally and the longest competition of its kind in the lower 48 states, the Rebelle Rally has become recognized as another race and another chance for automakers to show what their models can do in a drag race setting. A 2000-kilometer race of off-road navigation in the United States, with the race spanning from Lake Tahoe to San Diego is a lot to take on, but in recent years automakers have entered crossovers and plug-in hybrids – not your typical off-road or drag vehicle. Still, Kia America entered the 2021 Rebelle Rally with the 2022 Sorento PHEV and won second and third place!

This year, Kia America was working with two all-women teams acting as the drivers and navigators from within the cabin of the new plug-in hybrid SUVs. Modified for the race, the 2022 Sorento PHEV came with underbody armor to protect the undercarriage, plus a front bumper guard and skid plate. For tackling off-road terrain, a 1-inch spacer lift provided the Sorento PHEV a slight increase in ground clearance, and tow points were affixed to the front and rear bumpers, just in case. Making sure these SUVs could handle any kind of terrain, Hankook Tire America Corp. as the official tire provider for the rally vehicles, outfitted the rims with Dynapro AT2 all-terrain tires outfitted with 17-inch KMC matte black wheels to handle rocky terrain and sandy dunes.

Each PHEV was also customized by women-owned LGE-CTS Motorsports in Southern California. The new color schemes were similar to the exclusive “Desert Sand” and “Pine Green” paint finishes on the Zion and Yosemite concepts that were used to show off the different ways consumers could configure the new Sorento, based on their lifestyle. In addition, the rally vehicles were equipped with a roof rack for the teams’ recovery gear, including tread boards and shovels, safety equipment, and an interior cargo mounting system installed after removing the rear seats.

In 2020, a Kia-sponsored Telluride came in second, piloted by driver Alyssa Roenigk and navigator Sabrina Howells. The team returned for 2021, and took third place this year, whereas professional rally driver Verena Mei and navigator Tana White had a great performance for their first race, claiming second place. With a total of ten teams in the X-Cross class, that’s a pretty good standing. Although not exactly intuitive, X-Cross stands for 4×4, so not only did the Sorento PHEV race in this class, but it was also entered under the “Electrified” designation and still won out over 70-percent of the competition.

“We are elated over the strong performances from both of our teams, who truly tested the Sorento PHEV’s [metal] throughout the course of the punishing rally…All four women embody Kia’s new slogan, ‘Movement That Inspires’ and their podium finishes prove that our rugged and capable SUVs can also be energy efficient adventure vehicles.” – Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America and Kia AmericaWinning awards and winning races, Kia America is building some interesting vehicles. Find a new Kia car model at Miami Lakes Automall.

Photo Source/Copyright: Kia America

Kia Corp and Hyundai Motor Find New Ways to Store Energy

Friday, September 17th, 2021
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Here’s an interesting story. With all of the automotive technology and startups in the world, there is a lot of potential for electric vehicles and even self-driving vehicles in the very near future. Some automakers, Kia Corp and Hyundai Motor and Co included (the Group) have been pushing the envelope to go a step further for some time now with hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Now, the Group is working on clean, free energy. Or at least, that’s how it seems. The below project sounds very reminiscent of a certain clean energy project pulled off by a certain Japanese automaker, Hitachi Europe LTD, and ENGIE, the largest natural gas distribution network in Europe. There’s nothing like some healthy competition.

Like the aforementioned project, this takes three players – OCI Solar Power, one of the largest utility-scale solar energy developers in Texas; CPS Energy, the nation’s largest municipally-owned, fully-integrated electric and natural gas utility; and the Hyundai Motor Group, a South Korean multinational automotive group that consists primarily of the Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation. The three parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the intent to use recycled electric vehicle (EV) batteries and use them as devices for energy storage. Yep, very familiar.

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The Great Features of the 2021 Kia Seltos

Friday, July 30th, 2021
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The Kia Seltos compact SUV started overseas, but it soon made its way stateside, and a lot of consumers are showing interest. It’s easy to see why the Kia Seltos offers a lot of great features and options. Starting from a great price of $21,990 (plus destination fee), it’s a great budget car, and with just five trims, Kia Corp makes sure every trim is as good as the last. Take a look at some of these great features.

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Available five trims – LX, S, EX, S Turbo, and SX Turbo – the base LX trim comes with the modern standards of technology and performance, starting with an 8-inch touchscreen, an MP3/AM/FM radio with Bluetooth calling, voice recognition, Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, Siri Eye Free, a rear-camera display, and steering-wheel-mounted audio, cruise, and phone controls, and a six-speaker system. This level of entertainment quickly goes up and ends with UVO Link on a 10.25-inch touchscreen with remote connectivity, voice-command navigation, SiriusXM, and a Bose premium audio system on the SX Turbo trim.

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Kia and Hyundai Hit 200,000 EV Sales Milestone in Europe

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021
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Kia Corp has gone through a number of changes over the last few years – making the swept-back roof a cornerstone of vehicle design, a new Kia logo, and changing from Kia Motors to Kia Corp – the automaker shows no signs of slowing down as it continues to work towards its next goal of an all-electric vehicle lineup. It’s all a part of the Kia Plan S Strategy to dominate the electric vehicle (EV) market by 2025. As popularity for Kia and EVs grow, parent company Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Corp will hit new milestones. 2021 already marks one milestone, with a sale of over 200,000 EV units to date.

Hyundai and Kia have been selling electric vehicles since 2014, and the two have rarely ever experienced a slow down or lack of interest. The two automakers topped 10,000 units in 2017 when combining their sales in Europe alone, and in 2021 have already gone far past 100,000 units. Since the release of EVs from Hyundai and Kia, both under Hyundai Motor Group, a combined 227,919 EVs have been sold in the European auto market. 96,200 units come from Kia Corp. Although we still have several months to go in 2021, Hyundai and Kia have sold 43,865 EVs as of May – that’s a 99.5-percent increase from 2020.

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