Kia EV9 Named “German Car of the Year 2024”
The Kia Corporation has been busy introducing new battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) as per its Plan S Strategy and projections for 2030 during the 2022 CEO Investor Day for Kia. Recently, news on the new Kia EV5 for global release hit the market, right after the Kia EV9 landed in North America, following the success of the Kia EV6. The Kia EV9 all-electric SUV has only just begun its run in America, but overseas, the nameplate is known very well. All the way from Germany, the three-row Kia EV9 electric SUV earned the title of “German Car of the Year 2024” (GCOTY).
With a history of only six years, the GCOTY competition may still be in its infancy, but still holds value in the auto industry and the market. A 27-member jury of trade journalists test and evaluated a total of 48 new models this year. Each vehicle was measured in five categories: “Compact,” “Premium,” and “Luxury” as well as “New Energy” and “Performance.” The Kia EV9 has already been named as the “German Car of the Year 2024”. Another selection for the overall winner from the five best in class will be announced at the beginning of October – fingers crossed.
“As Kia’s new flagship, the EV9 plays a pivotal role in transforming our brand into a leading EV provider. With its extraordinarily variable and spacious interior, striking design, and ultra-fast charging technology, it sets new standards in the SUV segment…We are very proud that the EV9 was named ‘German Luxury Car of the Year’ even before it is launched, as it is a strong signal that the Kia brand and its electrification strategy are recognized and awarded by German industry experts.” – Won-Jeong Jeong, President of Kia Europe
The Kia EV9 won out over the competition in the face of 8 other models considered for the title of “German Car of the Year 2024”. Following the stride left by the multi-award-winning EV6, also winning competitions overseas, such as the 2022 European Car of the Year, the EV9 runs on the same Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) developed by the Hyundai Motor Group, parent group of the Kia Corporation, and set as the BEV platform for the next several models to come from each automaker. The upcoming Kia EV5 is also suspected to be built on the E-GMP with news of another BEV platform already being designed. Powered by a 99.8 kWh battery, the EV9 has a total driving range of 308 miles when powered by twin 141kW electric motors (about 192 horsepower), and an all-electric range (AER) of 336 miles when powered by a 150kW motor (about 203 horsepower). Capable of 800-volt ultra-fast charging technology, the EV9 can get about 150 miles (exact conversion from km to miles 148.5) in as little as 15 minutes of charging.
The overseas success is because the Kia EV9 has been available overseas since July 2023, with order delivery beginning soon. There will probably be a wait time for the EV9 to hit most automotive dealerships, but at Miami Lakes Automall, the Kia EV9 is already available. Contact Miami Lakes Automall for more information.