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Kia Donated $500,000 to American Red Cross to Aid Hurricane Ian Relief Efforts

No one likes to talk about or deal with disaster, but when you live on planet Earth, there are plenty of natural disasters bound to happen. Volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes are abound. Depending on what part of the world you’re in, you can experience either, and for those living on islands or near the coast, the latest natural disaster was Hurricane Ian, causing a lot of destruction and costing many civilians shelter and resources. Offering a helping hand, many organizations try to give back, and Kia America is a part of that group. Last year, Kia America donated $200,000 to the American Red Cross to help with Hurricane Ida Disaster Relief. This year, we had another strong storm with Hurricane Ian, and Kia America has returned with an even larger donation this year, a total of $500,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Ian.

“The path of destruction Hurricane Ian left in its wake is truly devastating, especially throughout Florida and South Carolina. At Kia, we are committed to helping and we are proud that our donation will assist in the recovery process for those affected by this storm…We applaud the American Red Cross for the important work the organization undertakes not only in times of crisis such as now, but every day.” – Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America and Kia America

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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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Kia America Attends 2022 Electrify Expo

The 2022 Electrify Expo is in full-swing, and this year is going to be something special. Over 120 different brands will be attending the expo to push the limits of electrification and discuss the challenges, insights, research, and trends in electrified mobility. With a focus on mobility for all, an all-electric future is coming soon, and companies like Kia America will be joining cutting-edge mobility companies at the Electrify Expo to tackle the future of electrified vehicles. Plus, of course, the all-new Kia EV6 will be on display for attendees of the Expo to experience first-hand. That’s always a plus – remember the Kia EV6 test drive during the 2022 Chicago Auto Show?

So, a little more about the Electrify Expo. North America’s largest electric vehicle festival, over 1 million square feet are dedicated to the event in several locations. Having already launched the first series of the Expo in Long Beach, California in early June, 2022, four more locations are on the agenda. Next up, the Electrify Expo will take a stand in Seattle, Washington this month (July 2022), then heading over to New York, NY in late August (27-28, 2022), down south in our own Miami, Florida from October 8-9, 2022, and finally heading to Austin, Texas from November 11-13, 2022. All attendees are in for a great show, able to experience all kinds of electric mobility coming to the market in the near future.

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Kia Forte Ranks Highest During 2022 J.D. Power IQS

Every year, automotive journalists and publications drive, review, and evaluate the many new vehicles launched into the auto market. Not every consumer knows how to properly do the research about new cars, and with so many choices, a little help from a trusted name in the industry can go a long way. Kelley Blue Book,, Edmunds, WardsAuto – all names automakers trust. One of the big power players is J.D. Power & Associates, conducting all sorts of studies throughout the year to rank a vehicle’s technology and UX, reliability, resale value, and quality. Recently, the 2022 J.D. Power 2022 Initial Quality Study (IQS) concluded, and Kia Corp landed in many vehicle segments, with the Kia Forte capturing the highest rank for its vehicle segment.

When it comes to J.D. Power studies, the winners aren’t just chosen by a group of jurors who have evaluated a handful of vehicles. Instead, the winners are chosen by real consumers. Now in its 36th year, the J.D. IQS followed the same formula. Surveys were sent out to owners and lessees of new model-year vehicles within 90 days of the owner or lessee buying or leasing that vehicle. The first 90 days are a large factor of how well a vehicle can hold up before looking at how well a vehicle retains its initial value – that’s another study. For the IQS, J.D. Power received 84,165 survey responses from purchasers and lessees of new 2022 model-year vehicles to find the highest ranking vehicles. Conducted between February through May 2022, each survey was used to rank a vehicle on the following nine vehicle categories: infotainment; features, controls and displays; exterior; driving assistance; interior; powertrain; seats; driving experience; and climate.

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Kia and HMG Launch EV RoboRide Service in Korea

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

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.

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Kia America Partners with Currently Mobile Charging Service

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

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

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

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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