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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.

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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.

Design

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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Kia Corp Increases Luxury Options with the Kia Carnival MPV

Thursday, July 15th, 2021
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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.

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In-Depth Look at 2022 Kia Sportage

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021
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Kia Corp has been making a lot of changes, and it’s not just the name. New models, new limited editions, upgraded old models, there is something new every few weeks, and July is already seeing a good share of news. The latest to come from Kia Corp is the fifth-generation Kia Sportage, changed up for the better from the ground up, let’s check out all the highlights of the new ultimate urban SUV. There are plenty of new things to check out.

What’s New for 2022?

Everyone likes something new – new is always better. It all starts with the body of the new fifth-generation Kia Sportage, with the architecture combining a design that focuses on the driver and state-of-the-art premium interior that seems to be the next milestone in Kia Corp design. The 2018 Kia Stinger was the first model to start the “swept-back roof” craze that many models have adopted thereafter, and the next is an integrated curved display that makes up the dashboard and center console. This design has been mentioned in several new models for 2022.

New technology also comes to the 2022 Kia Sportage. All about safety, many passive and automatic safety features, like Kia Corp’s advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) package, can be found in the SUV. That includes features like Kia’s industry-leading Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Highway Driving Assist (HDA), Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC), a new Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) system, Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM), and Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA).

A new E-Handling system helps keep the vehicle stable while still being agile, offering better performance in a large vehicle, and with new-generation Electric Control Suspension (ESC). If looking for an SUV that can handle various driving conditions, the new Terrain Mode allows capabilities for driving through snow, mud, and sand. Another huge change, the all-new Sportage will be the first Kia vehicle to be available in long-wheelbase and short-wheelbase model variants – depending on the region (that means maybe not US).

“Our new Sportage is a true inspiration for the SUV category in every sense…Be it the forward-thinking design, stellar interior, next-generation tech, efficient and responsive powertrains, the highest levels in safety systems or the very latest engineering breakthroughs that guarantee a responsive and optimal drive – the all-new Sportage is the ultimate urban SUV.” – Artur Martins, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Brand and Customer Experience Division at Kia Corporation

Style

Why are “clean” and “muscular” the words every automaker looks for to describe a vehicle? At the core of the new 2022 Kia Sportage is Kia’s new design language – Opposites United. Starting from the front is a new detailed-orientated black grille graphic that stretches across the front fascia and pulls together the modern signature Tiger Nose grille. Matrix LED head lamps are met with futuristic-styled boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lamps below.

Going for a sporty look with clean-cut but refined lines, the next generation of the Kia Sportage will also be the first to offer a black roof to contrast the paint color of the rest of the body. A chrome beltline curves up onto the rear of the vehicle and meets with the rear spoiler, following that sporty look. Razor rear lamps give the back a wide impression to match the front, and the new Sportage rides on 17-inch, 18-inch, or 19-inch wheels with seven different alloy designs, colors, and finishes to choose from.

The interior is made with premium materials, and that curved display making up the front of the cabin comes with a high-tech 12-inch touchscreen and an advanced integrated controller that act as the hub for connecting driver and passenger to the car. A 12-inch instrument cluster can also be found here, now clearer than ever. The entire center console comes with a slim touchscreen pad, air vents, operating system configuration, cupholders and soft-touch switches, a smartphone charging bay for high-speed wireless charging, and a rotary dial for transmission.

The X-Line has been added to the next-generation Kia Sportage, and this new look is only matched by its GT-Line. Added to the outside on the X-Line Sportage lugged bumper, side sill, and a curved roof rack, whereas the interior comes with a signature sage green color, matching the already vibrant cabin. Bold quilting and black metal wood only enhance the persona. If looking for an SUV with dynamic performance, the GT-Line will surely offer that, while also coming with its own signature look of contrasting black and whites.

Powertrains

Two engines will be available for the 2022 Kia Sportage from launch. The first is a high-tech 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with gasoline direct injection, able to generate 177 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Interestingly enough, although the less powerful engine, this powertrain comes with Kia Corp’s 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (7DCT, with a 6-speed manual transmission available. The more powerful of the two options is a new and highly efficient R2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine, able to generate 183 horsepower and 307 lb-ft of torque, designed to drive down carbon emissions and increase fuel efficiency. This engine comes with a new and re-engineered 8-speed automatic transmission.

Continuing to go green, Kia Corp is offering plug-in hybrid variations of many models already in the lineup, if not completely releasing a new all-electric vehicle similar to them. That means the new Kia Sportage will feature hybrid (HEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models for eco-friendly options. Little information about these models and their powertrain options are currently barren, but we can guess two options for two different driving ranges.

As we get closer to the release of the next-generation 2022 Kia Sportage, more information about the tech features and comfort and convenience will surely be released. At the moment, the best we can gather from the press release on the Sporage – aside from what’s available in the center console – is an industry-leading Harman Kardon premium sound system with in-car surround sound. It’s like a concert every time you take a drive.Keep up to date on the latest news about Kia Corp and Kia models when you follow us on Miami Lakes Automall Kia social media.

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Kia Motors Reveals All-New Kia Sportage

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021
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Kia Motors, or should we say Kia Corp, really loves its lineup. I mean, really, really loves the lineup. So much so, that whenever a new vehicle comes out, or even a refreshed version is released, it’s all the automaker can talk about. Not too long ago it was the highlights of the 2021 Kia Seltos, boasting all the good news about the redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento, recording death-defying stunts with the Kia K5, a refreshed Kia Stinger that received a special edition Kia Stinger Scorpion package, and then there’s the electrifying Kia EV6. The next lover Kia Corp is gushing over? Only the all-new Kia Sportage will do, setting new standards for the SUV class.

Entering its fifth generation, the all-new 2021 Kia Sportage embodies Kia’s new design philosophy – Opposites United. Made up of five pillars – Joy for Reason, Power to Progress, Technology for Life, Tension for Serenity, and Bold for Nature – this SUV has been carefully crafted to inspire customers with its new interior and exterior design. Received earlier this year to great acclaim, SUV design will have new benchmarks to surpass if they’re going to compete with a Kia model. Redefining itself every year with bigger and better ideas, Kia Corp is giving the Sportage a new lease on life.

“Reinventing the Sportage gave our talented design teams a tremendous opportunity to do something new; to take inspiration from the recent brand relaunch and introduction of EV6 to inspire customers through modern and innovative SUV design. With the all-new Sportage, we didn’t simply want to take one step forward but instead move on to a different level in the SUV class,” – Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Design Center

The front fascia starts out with a detailed-orientated black grille graphic that stretches across the width of the face, drawing the eyes to the main frontal features of the all-new Sportage. Although Kia Corp has designed a new “Tiger Face” that seems to be appearing on more eco-friendly models like the EV6, the “Tiger Nose Grille” returns for the new SUV. From the side, the all-new Kia Sportage is sporty, yet refined with new features for the Sportage lineup, starting with a black roof to contrast the rest of the body color. From front to rear, a chrome beltline follows the SUV into a new rear spoiler that says this SUV is just as sporty as the rest.

For the interior, Kia Corp only uses the highest quality materials that are nice to look at and touch for a sense of luxury. The center console offers storage, operating system configuration, cupholders and soft-touch switches, and the transmission has been reduced to a shift-by-wire transmission rotary dial to get rid of some of the clutter. New tech also pops up with a sculpted integrated curved display and slim crush touchscreen pad. The display covers the width of the front of the Sportage, and with three-dimensional air vents, the cabin really does feel like a cockpit.

Remember the X-Line? Kia Corp was working on GT, X, and Designed Collection versions of some of its vehicles a few years ago. The all-new Kia Sportage brings it back with the Sportage X-line, featuring a unique bumper, side sill, and curved roof rack added to the exterior, and bold quilting and black metal wood in the interior. Consumers have the choice of signature sage green or black for the color of the seats.

Due for a global market launch later this year, Kia Corp will reveal more information about the all-new Sportage in time. When there is more to know, you can learn all about it here on the Miami Lakes Automall Kia blog. Or, visit us on Miami Lakes Kia social media to keep up with what’s new for Kia Corp. In the market for a new model? Check out our inventory of new KIa models today.

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Kia Corp Reveals Special Edition Kia Stinger and Kia K5

Friday, June 4th, 2021
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Kia Corp is proud of its latest sports cars added to the lineup. It starts with the Kia Stinger, released in 2018, and paving a new way for Kia Corp style and performance. Receiving a mid-cycle refresh, the Kia Stinger got upgrades for the 2022 model year of the Stinger sports car. In 2021, the Stinger was met with another contender for the belt, the Kia K5, originally known as the Kia Optima. Also refreshed and renewed for its new generation, the Kia K5 was all the automaker could talk about, and was quickly collecting automotive awards like the Kia Stinger. Celebrating both, Kia Corp is releasing a 2022 Kia Stinger Scorpion Special Edition and 2022 K5 GT-Line AWD Premium Package.

“Stinger was a wake-up call to a segment long populated by European sport sedans when it debuted in 2017 (as a 2018 model). It redefined what enthusiast drivers thought about Kia and proved we could compete against the best vehicles in a hotly contested space…Since then, Stinger has built a loyal following of those looking for something unique and the Scorpion is set to continue that approach.” – Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America and Kia America

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All the Cool Tech in the EV6

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

Last week, we discussed the reveal of the Kia EV6, the very first vehicle to come from the Kia Motors Corp, now Kia Corp, and known as Kia America for Kia Motors America. There was so much information to cover, we decided to split it up a bit. The new powertrain, style, and interior cabin of the EV6 already has a lot going for it, but the technology really sends this electric vehicle into a new age.

Standard and Available Tech Features

Starting with the dashboard, the driver has a panoramic dual integrated 12-inch TFT center cluster displaying vehicle diagnostics, and the infotainment screens form a wide, curved display that extends across the length of the instrument panel. An Augmented Reality (AR) Head-Up Display (HUD) is available, and makes viewing this information easier, including speed and Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) alerts, vehicle information, lane guidance and turn-by-turn navigation instructions.

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