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Kia Motors has been busy in recent months, reworking and releasing new versions of some of its popular vehicles, like the Kia Stinger refresh and new generation Kia Sorento. The automaker also recently revealed its Carnival Multipurpose Vehicle (or MPV), following the talk of purpose-built vehicles (PBV). The Kia Stinger received a mid-cycle refresh, and the Sorento is all new. Recently, Car and Driver magazine put together its Editors’ Choice Awards list, and one of the vehicles here made it – along with several other vehicles from Kia Motors – the Telluride, Sorento, Soul, K5, and Rio were all named as “2021 Editors’ Choice Award” winners.
Car and Driver 2021 Editors’ Choice Awards
Most consumers should know the name “Car and Driver”. Founded back in 1955, Car and Driver is one of the top names in the auto industry when it comes to reviews, news, and advice for new car shoppers in the market. Always able to provide expert content and leading-edge insights on all things automotive, Car and Driver has earned its right to be called the “definitive voice for in-market car shoppers, enthusiasts, and industry leaders”. With over 12 million unique visitors to the website every month, and plenty of readers, when Car and Driver puts a vehicle on the Editors’ Choice Award, you know it’s a big deal.
The year is almost over, and we’re sure there are still some awards and accolades that could come out before the New Year, but we’re just so proud of Kia Motors and the recognition the automaker has received during a year where celebration didn’t seem very common. And yet, sometimes you have to take the wins you get. They eventually all add up, and for Kia Motors, it’s a stellar portfolio of excellence with a bright future.
Let’s start off with a bang! The 2020 Kia Telluride won the “Triple Crown” of Automotive Awards, having won the MotorTrend SUV of the Year, getting a place on the Car and Driver 10 Best list, and winning 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY). The Telluride SUV was the new boss in the auto industry.
The first Kia Stinger sports car from Kia Motors all started with a mysterious promotional series called The Curve Ahead. It was a teaser for the unveiling of the Kia Stinger at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Coming with a new tagline by the automaker, “Cars that drive as well as they look,” the 2018 Kia Stinger embodied that new method with killer style and even better driving prowess. During its first year of release, the Kia Stinger won many awards, there were Kia Stinger Limited Editions, and with a GT option that was fast and affordable, the Kia Stinger was faster than many competitors for double the price. Really, the Kia Stinger GT is faster and more affordable than the Porsche Panamera, Audi A7, Jaguar F-Type, and others. Released a little over two years before 2020, with all the Kia Stinger has going for it, could we call it the sports car of the decade?
Don’t get lost in those crosshairs of muscle cars and sports cars. We’re not talking the Dodge Challenger, or the Ford Mustang, or a Chevrolet Corvette. Although in the sports car segment, many would call them muscle cars for the high-horsepower powertrain options and all the tech and components one can use to modify and improve their vehicle’s performance. Of course, you can modify the Kia Stinger, like the modified 2018 Kia Stinger at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, but straight from the factory, and most would liken the Kia Stinger to a sports car.
Kia Motors is one auto brand that has been really blowing up lately. Whether it’s their newest hybrid and electric vehicles like the Kia Soul EV or the Kia Niro EV or the largest SUV in the lineup, the 2020 Kia Telluride, there’s been a lot of news surrounding Kia. 2019 has been a great year and with so many organizations and publications hosting award shows and putting together their best lists, we were happy to see how many Kia vehicles popped up, especially when it came to J.D. Power.
J.D. Power & Associates is a powerful name in the automotive industry, conducting many studies that cover many categories and features of vehicles every year. The Kia Soul ranked as the highest Compact Car by J.D. Power during the Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study that covers audio, communication, entertainment and navigation (ACEN) technologies, the Kia Forte was named highest ranking in 2019 J.D. Power APEAL Study that measures an owner or lessees’ emotional attachment and level of excitement in relation to their vehicle, and the 2018 Kia Stinger received J.D. Power’s first-ever “Engineering Award for the Highest Rated All-New Vehicle” award.
When it comes to the Kia Stinger sports car, it was some spectacle when it first released in early 2018. The 2018 Kia Stinger was the first model year for the new vehicle, and it instantly won many awards. Actually, the Kia Stinger won awards all year. It’s one car that breaks the sports car mold, and the Kia Stinger is faster and more affordable than many of its competitors. With all of this going for it, one has to wonder…Why wouldn’t Kia Motors name this their new halo car? With a new Kia GT-Line set for the icon of the brand in 2020, let’s look at the 2018 Kia Stinger GT, the car that started it all.
So Much Style
First off, it doesn’t matter what tier is being driven. Whether behind the wheel of the Kia Stinger base trim (2.0L) or the high-tier GT2, this sports car is turning heads wherever it goes. Designed by the award-winning designer, Peter Schreyer, not only does the Kia Stinger command attention, but it also incites a lot of curiosity. Not many consumers are used to the blend of luxury and performance aesthetics when it comes to Kia Motors.
The fastback shape is so popular, it’s bleeding into other Kia models going forward. Because standard features are shared so well across the lineup, it’s hard to point out anything that makes the GT trim more stylish than the others. They all deserve a little praise.
A few weeks back, the Kia Soul surpassed a large sales mark by selling over one million Kia Souls in the United States. It was then that it became clear that Kia Motors was going to own 2018 in the automotive industry, especially in the North American market. Ever since Kia debuted the 2018 Kia Stinger with The Curve Ahead promotion at the Detroit Auto Show and finally unleashed the 2018 Kia Stinger to dealerships, Kia Motors just keeps blowing up. So we thought it’s time for a recap of all this good news.
One Million Special Edition
To celebrate the Kia Soul’s one millionth vehicle milestone, Kia has created a special edition package, already available at Miami Lakes Automall. The One Million Special Edition comes with many features found as an optional add-on for the Kia Soul Plus, including – projector low beam headlights, a two-tone roof paint job and treatment, 18-inch alloy wheels with a unique finish, a unique body kit with a rear spoiler, and a unique front grille treatment. The cabin has been spruced up with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, center console USB chargers, cloth interior seats with red stitching, red interior accents, a supervision meter cluster with color LCD, a power adjustable driver seat with lumbar support, a power adjustable passenger seat, a cargo net, special edition carpeted floor mat, cargo tray, and an auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink and Compass. There’s also a tech upgrade, including an Audio package, UVO eServices on an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, a Harman Kardon premium audio system, and push button start with Smart key. You can shop our available Kia Soul inventory to find one now.
Kia Motors is really turning the tables on the auto industry these days. It’s almost not fair, but hey, the auto industry is practically a war. Nothing is fair. We don’t mind though, because the more concepts and vehicles that come from the Kia Motors lineup, the more we have to love. After all, Kia vehicles are award winning models. Kia Motors earned strong marks from the J.D. Power Dependability Study, two models were named “Best Vehicle for the Money”, and the award-winning 2018 Kia Stinger is, well, award-winning.
Hybrids and Electric
Kia Motors is well known for making alternative fuel vehicles. They came out with the groovy Kia Soul hatchback in 2009 and quickly turned it into an all-electric vehicle. A similar pattern formed with the Kia Optima. First it came with the standard internal combustion engine, then a hybrid version came out, and then again with a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) variation. The release of alternative fuel vehicles by Kia Motors is just becoming the norm.
Recently, more so mid-to-late 2017, Kia released the Kia Niro, a hybrid crossover and the first of its kind. It wasn’t long after its release that Kia started talking about making a plug-in hybrid variant of the crossover, having gained popularity sooner than expected. Before the end of 2017, that’s exactly what they did – the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid was officially added to the lineup.