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Kia Motors Gets Partnership with Aptiv

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Sneaking past us at the end of September was a new joint venture partnership between the Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, a global technology company dedicated to developing safer, greener, and more connected solutions for the future of mobility. As we all know, anything that the Hyundai Motor Group becomes a part of directly translates to Kia Motors, an automaker under the Hyundai Motors umbrella. The agreement between Hyundai Motor Group and Aptive is a 50-50 split, valued at a total of USD 4 billion, will be working towards what they call a global autonomous driving ecosystem.

“The new joint venture marks the start of a journey with Aptiv toward our common goal of commercializing autonomous driving…The combined capabilities of Aptiv, a leading global technology company, and our Group, a global OEM, will create invaluable synergy to lead the autonomous driving landscape.” – Euisun Chung, Executive Vice Chairman, Hyundai Motor Group

The partnership we’re watching take flight is between one of the industry’s most innovative vehicle technology providers and one of the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers. By working together, the aim of the joint venture is to design, develop, and commercialize SAE Level 4 and 5 autonomous technologies to further the partners’ leadership position in a growing market of autonomy and artificial intelligence. With each company having a 50-percent stake, Aptiv will be contributing its autonomous driving technology, intellectual property, and approximately 700 employees focused on the development of scalable autonomous driving solutions amounting to USD 2 billion. The Hyundai Motor Group is investing their portion, and Hyundai Motor, Kia Motors and Hyundai Mobis will collectively contribute USD 1.6 billion at closing and the remaining USD 0.4 billion in vehicle engineering services, R&D resources, and access to intellectual property.

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2020 Kia Telluride VS 2020 Cadillac XT6

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Today, we’re taking another look at the 2020 Kia Telluride SUV. After our comparison between the 2020 Kia Telluride and upcoming Hyundai Palisade, consumers were curious about how well the Telluride stacks up with other SUVs built to seat five or more people. It seems the 2020 Cadillac XT6 wants to put up a fight, and the 2020 Kia Telluride may welcome the challenge. Let’s put these two up on the board and see how they compare.

Power and Engineering

Pop open the hood of each SUV, and we can see some differences between the two. Under the hood of the 2020 Kia Telluride is a 3.8-liter V6 engine capable of generating 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. With an eight-speed automatic transmission paired with the engine, the Telluride is also looking at a nice fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Plus, the Kia Telluride offers consumers a variety of driving modes and the choice of an all-wheel drivetrain.

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2020 Kia Soul Receives Top Safety Pick+ from IIHS

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Back in 2018, Kia Motors was quickly becoming the safest car brand in America, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A little over a year ago, eight Kia Motors vehicles received a “Top Safety Pick” or “Top Safety Pick+” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with a range of vehicles receiving their merits. Among them was the 2018 Kia Soul compact car, having received “Top Safety Pick+” rating. Now in 2019, the completely redesigned 2020 Kia Soul has also earned Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) status.

Let’s have a quick refresh on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS. The IIHS is a trusted organization for rating vehicle safety. Known for their intense impact crash-simulations that test a vehicle on a variety of circumstances, the IIHS is able to evaluate the safety of a vehicle based on crash avoidance and mitigation. The IIHS puts all new vehicles through the five following tests: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints.

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2021 Kia Sorento Prototype Spied

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2019 isn’t even over and automakers are already letting automobile spies get shots of their 2021 models in camouflage. That’s okay though, we always like getting some juicy information before it hits the streets, pun intended. 2019 may be the year that Kia Motors beats their drum over the 2020 Kia Soul with the New Species of Soul marketing campaign, but in 2018, they had another ad campaign all about the 2019 Kia Sorento and the new features it brings. Now, the latest spy shots are giving us a glimpse at the next-generation Kia Sorento, and we’re getting a little psyched.

The new 2021 Kia Sorento is going to be more than just a crossover – it’s going to be redefined. Let’s face it, the Kia Sorento has gotten a little lost in the lineup of SUVs and crossovers from an automaker that keeps pumping them out every year. It’s time that this crossover got its own look, and with a more stylish appearance, the Kia Sorento might catch a little Telluride fever.

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Kia Motors 5th Year Ranking High with J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

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With so many new vehicle models coming out in just the past few years, consumers are getting more options than ever when it comes to buying a new car. Although it’s always nice to have options, sometimes too many can give one a bit of a headache. That’s why organizations like J.D. Power and Associates compile and analyze data to find vehicles that not only provide consumers with quality, but also long-lasting value. To do this, J.D. Power conducts the Initial Quality Study every year. For the past few years, Kia Motors has earned its place in the top 10 during past J.D. Power Initial Quality Studies, having earned the top spot in 2015, 2016, 2017, and again 2018 as the highest non-luxury brand with the fewest issues over time. In 2019, Kia Motors does it again.

J.D. Power and Initial Quality Study

It sounds funny, right? Kia Motors is the “highest non-luxury brand with the fewest issues over time.” When J.D. Power conducts the Initial Quality Study every year, quality is determined by the number of problems a vehicle experiences per 100 vehicles (PP100) during the first 90 days of ownership. Every study is performed with a collection of data via surveys sent out to purchasers and lessees of new model-year vehicles who were surveyed after 90 days of ownership, this year of course focusing on 2019 model-year vehicles. The 2019 U.S. Initial Quality Study was based on 76,256 responses received from a 233-question survey that was sent out. Consumer responses were then placed into eight categories for their PP100 score: Exterior, Seats, Driving Experience, Engine/Transmission, Features/Controls/Displays (FCD), Interior, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Audio/Communication/Entertainment/Navigation (ACEN).

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Kia Motors is the Next All-Electric Automaker

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Kia Motors sure is aiming to be the world’s leading mass-market electric vehicle producer. Although car manufacturer and brand Tesla has a few years on Kia, the Korean automaker is intent on bringing electric vehicles (EVs) to the public more now than ever. After their Imagine by Kia concept/presentation, it’s clear that going forward, Kia will be shifting towards clean energy vehicles and going green. Their success with their current lineup of plug-in hybrids and EVs are already proof that Kia Motors can be the automaker to do it.

A new, all-electric platform is what Kia promised. It would be the first EV vehicle from the automaker that had no predecessor. Not only this, but Kia Motors is restructuring the brand in a sense that will not only make plug-in hybrids and EVs more desirable but also make them affordable without needing to be a luxury item. It’s a goal that Alper Celik, Senior Product Manager for Kia Motors Europe had a lot to say during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show when interviewed by InsideEvs.com.

“Why are we shifting to electrics? We are doing it for the sake of a green environment and bringing this technology into the mainstream of society, not making it just a niche product. We must electrify the whole society… Kia is doing it in a more accessible way, opening up a big door to mainstream customers. What Kia does with EVs is important for the whole industry.”

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The All-New 2020 Kia Soul Brings the Goods

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Those well informed in the auto industry like to talk about the best times to shop for a car and how to get a good deal. Many like the joke that the best time is after Halloween – just like vendors and grocery stores that discount candy after the event is over, the last quarter of the year is also when new vehicles start coming out – like the newly redesigned 2020 Kia Soul, one of the first vehicles we’ll see from Kia Motors new GT lineup. With the arrival of the 2020 model in dealerships in late 2019, consumers can grab a deal on the outgoing 2019 model, but we’re not sure if someone can really pass up the all-new 2020 Kia Soul.

All-New Kia Soul

In late October 2018, Kia Motors let the news slip, and during the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2020 Kia Soul was revealed alongside its electric variant, the 2020 Kia Soul EV. The two shared some aesthetics and features, including a new wrap around windshield that gives the entire front fascia a slick look, but only the 2020 Kia Soul has any mentions of a new lineup from Kia Motors. Undisclosed as much as their new GT lineup, the 2020 Kia Soul also features an X-line trim, suggesting Kia Motors has many plans bubbling up.

In October 2018 (hint), Kia Motors announced the new direction they’re taking the business in. The 2018 Kia Stinger sports car had a larger impact on the automaker than we may have thought because after the Kia Stinger GT, Kia Motors decided to open an exclusive GT line and produce more GT models. Think sports car, but with high-end premium features that could land it in the luxury car segment. After all, the Kia Stinger is faster than many high-end luxury vehicles in a race, why not up the ante?

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Kia Models with Manual Transmissions

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With automobiles constantly evolving and finding new technology for better, safer, and more optimized vehicles, there seems to be a downward shift for one vehicular system in particular. The popularity of manual transmissions is dwindling.

Most vehicles have the manual transmission as the standard option on a model’s base trim, but most upper-level trims come standard with an automatic transmission, especially larger vehicles (SUVs and crossovers). Kia Motors offers a mix of manual and automatic transmissions, and one of the hatchbacks come with manual transmission as an option on its high-tier trim. Take a look at what vehicles you can get if manually shifting is more your style.

2018 Kia Forte

Available as a sedan and a hatchback, the 2018 Kia Forte sedan has three trims (LX, S, and EX) and two engine choices that make up the powertrain. The standard on the LX and S is a 2.0-liter DOHC engine made with the Atkinson Cycle to lower emissions. All engines are also optimized with dual continuously variable valve timing and an enhanced version of fuel delivery. This engine can generate 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission pairing is a six-speed manual to the LX trim, with the option to upgrade to an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic. That’s one saving grace for manual transmission lovers – Sportmatic is a system design that allows drivers to disengage the automatic transmission and open up the ability to manually shift gears by moving the gear shift knob to the left when set on “Drive”.

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2018 Kia Niro Touring is an All-Around 10/10

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Introduced in 2017, the Kia Niro is a hybrid crossover and its a head turner and not only does it look great, but it’s a Kia, so it’s manufactured by a great company. The first year the Niro was available it was rated Highest in Initial Quality in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study and considering how well Kia and the Kia Niro have been doing lately, we won’t be surprised to see the Kia Niro earn the same rating for the 2018 model year.

The 2018 Kia Niro lineup includes four trims, and the most impressive model is the Kia Niro Touring. All Kia Niro models are equipped with a hybrid powertrain. The powertrain is made up of a 104-horsepower 1.6-liter I4 engine and a 1.56 kWh lithium ion polymer battery paired to an electric motor and a 6-speed automatic transmission. When the vehicle is working in hybrid mode, the Niro produces a combined 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

Phenomenal Fuel Economy

Fuel economy is always on the minds of drivers, but you can sit back wearing a smile knowing the 2018 Kia Niro Touring averages 46 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway and has a compared city/highway fuel economy of 43 mpg. Fueleconomy.gov estimates that the average driver will spend about $900 per year in fuel costs driving the Kia Niro and drivers of the Kia Niro will save about $2,500 in fuel costs in five years in comparison to the average vehicle.  

The 2018 Kia Niro Touring edition is charming both inside and out. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this vehicle something to be on your list of vehicles to own.

Interior Details

Few vehicles provide a great ride with as much space and technology as the Kia Niro has From a 8.0-inch navigation system that is easy to use to the eight-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, the overall picture of the Kia Niro is that its a vehicle made for the 21st century. With adaptive Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, drivers can commute while answering calls hands free and enjoy the premium sounds of their Harman Kardon premium audio system inside a spacious, secure cabin.

Loaded with features from bumper to bumper, including Active Eco and Sport driving modes, the 2018 Kia Niro Touring has leather upholstery, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with warm heated and ventilated front seats. Owners can enjoy additional standard features like a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel and mood lighting. Another nice surprise of modern technology is wireless phone charging, which is a standard feature on the 2018 Kia Niro Touring.

Exterior Details

The Kia Niro is not your traditional hybrid crossover. Sporting a fresh sleek look, the 2018 Kia Niro Touring has HID headlights and keep a similar look of other Kia Niro trims overall on the exterior. Recently announced, the 2018 Kia Niro Touring Graphite Editions includes Platinum Graphite paint and Glassy Black 18-inch wheels and roof rail included a metallic colored grille, and 10-way power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar.

Safety Secures Peace of Mind

Between all the new technology, comfort of leather and a large navigation screen, perhaps the best feeling owners can have while driving a Kia Niro Touring is knowing how safe they are. Lane Keep Assist and adaptive cruise control comes standard with rear cross traffic alert and a rearview camera to help assist drivers pave the way for peace of mind. Front and rear parking sensors, a Forward Collision Warning system are also standard.

With a warranty that includes a 100,000-mile or 10-year limited powertrain warranty and a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty, drivers can feel secure and confident about owning the Niro.

The Next Step

See for yourself what makes the new 2018 Kia Niro Touring a special vehicle. Curious about a test drive? Come drive a 2018 Kia Niro Touring with us today at Miami Lakes Automall and we’ll show you what you’ve been missing out on! Our professional team can’t wait to help you buy, lease or trade in your vehicle to take home the 2018 Kia Niro Touring.

New Kia Stinger Named 2018 Shift Vehicle of the Year

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We’d stop talking about the Kia Stinger, if it stopped giving us things to talk about, but the chatter about the new model hasn’t slowed down yet. Last week, the new Kia Stinger was named the 2018 Shift Award Vehicle of the Year in the latest award ceremony hosted by Roadshow by CNET.

The award was given a year after the Kia Stinger debuted at the North American International Auto Show in 2017, and within the last year, the Stinger has received a lot of praise and it also arrived at dealerships like Miami Lakes Automall.

“To return this year with Stinger being recognized by the Roadshow by CNET editors as the 2018 vehicle of the year is a tremendous achievement, and is a testament to the thousands of Kia employees around the world that worked to bring the Stinger to market.” – Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America (KMA)

About the Kia Stinger

The Kia Stinger is a sleek high performance car that is nothing like the other models offered by Kia. The Stinger combines Kia’s efficient, modern and original engineering concepts with a new platform and the result is a fun-to-drive sports car.

The Kia Stinger is available with two engine choices, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 Lambda II engine. Of the two engines, the 3.3L twin-turbo V6 Lambda II engine produces the most horsepower and torque, so that is the better option for those looking for the most bang for their buck. The 3.3L engine produces 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque and the 2.0L turbocharged engine produces 255 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The 3.3L engine gives the Kia Stinger a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 4.7 seconds and the 2.0L gives the Kia Stinger a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 5.9 seconds.

As a brand that is always trying to offer consumers something new and original, the Stinger is a four-door, five-passenger sleek sports car, so buyers don’t have to sacrifice space for power, nor spend extra money on a five-passenger sports car that are typically only manufactured by luxury brands.

About Kia Motors

Kia has become quite popular in the automotive world in the last few years. Two years ago (2016), the Kia brand was named Highest in Initial Quality in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study and last year (2017), Kia earned the title again. Additionally, five Kia vehicles were named Highest in Initial Quality in their class and a number of Kia models are consistently named I.I.H.S. Top Safety Picks.

With more than just a knack at producing practical and high-quality cars, Kia has been expanding their model lineup in the last few years. In addition to the new Kia Stinger, Kia has added two fuel efficient variations to the Kia Optima lineup, the Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-In Hybrid, and the brand has also released the new Kia Niro, and a PHEV variant of the Niro will be available in the near future.

Want to give the Kia Stinger or any Kia model a closer look? Miami Lakes Kia is located in Miami Lakes between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Miami Lakes Kia has a huge selection of Kia makes, models and trims and we are open seven days a week, so it is easy to find to come in and test drive any of the Kia models we have available on the lot.