Posts Tagged ‘car of the year’

New Info on the 2020 Kia Niro EV

Thursday, March 19th, 2020
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The Kia Niro EV took awhile to come to the North American market, but since the Niro EV came to the US, it’s continued to win awards. Popular Mechanics was quick to name the 2019 Kia Niro EV the Car of the Year, and during its initial overseas release, consumer magazine and website What Car? awarded the Kia Niro EV with the “Car of the Year Award”, making the Niro EV the first Korean car to win the prestigious award. Here we are in 2020, things are crazy, but the Kia Niro EV is still the green car to buy, even with its 2020 price hike.

Why the price hike? It’s unclear. Perhaps Kia Motors is worried COVID-19 will affect production and costs and wants to tip the scales a bit. Perhaps demand for alternative fuel vehicles and hybrids have grown over the years in the U.S. Hybrid vehicles and EVs are certainly more popular overseas, but regardless, the 2020 Kia Niro EV sees a price increase of $590 from the 2019 starting MSRP of $38,500 (plus destination fee). Although not yet available, this brings the starting MSRP for the 2020 Kia Niro EV to $39,090.

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Two Kia Models Named Eligible for 2019 NACTOY Awards

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
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To think we’re in the third quarter of the year already. It feels like only yesterday that we were celebrating the amazing debut if the 2020 Kia Soul and the 2020 Kia Soul EV at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Now, only a few months away (August 2019), the 2019 LA Auto Show in November is already causing excitement in the automotive industry. Ever hear of the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year awards? Treated as the most prestigious and unique awards in the industry, the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) only reviews the best the industry has to offer. A list of only 46 models eligible for the 2020 awards was named, made up of 19 cars, 22 utilities and five trucks from 23 different automotive brands. Kia has been named in two of those categories, with the 2020 Kia Soul eligible for the “Car of the Year” award and the 2020 Kia Telluride eligible for the “Utility of the Year” award.

What Do You Mean “Eligible”?

Yes, that term has popped up more than once, and there is a reason we saw the 2020 Kia Soul and 2020 Kia Telluride are eligible for their respective awards. When it comes to the NACTOY awards, car models ranging from those with mass market appeal to niche groups such as luxury vehicles and work trucks. To be considered for the list each year, a vehicle must be an all-new model, or still early in its production run, as well as being available at dealerships before the end of the year (2019). Past that, to be considered for the final round, models have to get past a panel of 50 jurors.

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2019 Kia Niro EV Named Car of the Year by Popular Mechanics

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
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The Kia Niro EV is finally coming to the U.S., and it couldn’t have a greater reception. Earlier this year, 2019, the Kia Niro EV entered the European market under the guise of “e-Niro” and quickly became named the “Car of the Year” in Britain by consumer magazine and website What Car? The electric crossover did so well over there, that even with 10,000 units delivered, they all sold out in no time. With how hot the original Kia Niro hybrid crossover became in the U.S., we can understand why the Kia Niro EV is already named “Car of the Year” by Popular Mechanics before it even hits the streets.

One of the reasons this year’s Popular Mechanics Car Of The Year (COTY) stands out is because the writer who named the Kia Niro EV is none other than Popular Mechanics’ Ezra Dyer. This is a guy that learned to drive a stick shift when going off-road when he was ten years old and was hired by Automobile Magazine after writing a story on his first car, an IROC-Z Chevrolet Camaro – the B.A. of cars at the time. If Dyer loved the IROC-Z and still picked the Niro EV, then there must be something that attracts even the power-hungry drivers out there.

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All We Know About the 2019 Kia Niro EV

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
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Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Kkia Niro EV

A lot of great things have been happening for Kia Motors in recent years, and most currently, they debuted a lineup of outstanding vehicles. At the 2018 LA Auto Show, the 2020 Kia Soul, 2020 Kia Soul EV, and 2019 Kia Niro EV were presented, and the 2020 Kia Telluride was revealed at the 2019 NAIAS. Kia Motors even showcased some pretty cool autonomous technology at the 2019 CES. Out of all of these, the Kia Niro EV was the most elusive. As we get closer to its release (date still yet unannounced), here’s everything we know about the 2019 Kia Niro EV.

Already Named Car of the Year

Back when the Kia Stinger first debuted, the vehicle won many awards before it was even released. Following the tradition, Kia Motors has yet to talk any details about when they plan to release the 2019 Kia Niro EV to the public, but in the European market, the Kia Niro EV has already been named “Car of the Year”. This award came from consumer magazine and website What Car? and the Kia Niro EV, called the e-Niro in European markets, is the first Korean car to win the prestigious award.

Out of the 23 competitors during a competition in Britain, including vehicles powered by gasoline, diesel, and even hybrids, the fully-charged zero-emissions Kia came out on top. This is thanks to its high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, known for travelling up to 280 miles. That’s one of the powertrains currently set for the 2019 Kia Niro EV. An optional 39.2 kWh battery system that can travel 150 miles was also once discussed, but at the moment, it has little spotlight.

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Tis the Season of Good News for Kia Motors

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

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The Kia Stinger sports car just can’t be beat. Winning award after award, the Kia Stinger will be forever etched into our minds as the Kia Motors vehicle that stole hearts all through 2017 and 2018. It’s not just performance that the Kia Stinger has, although U.S. News & World Report named the Kia Stinger as the Best Four-door Sports Car. WardsAuto also named the 2018 Kia Stinger for Best Interior. Most recently, the Kia Stinger won a Digital Ad Campaign Award for Kia Motors, and there’s even more good news to share. Sharing the spotlight with the Kia Stinger are four affordable Kia models.

Business Insider and the Kia Stinger

Boy, if you want an in-depth look at a vehicle, the Business Insider Car of the Year is the review to look at. Taking home the big trophy for 2018, the Kia Stinger is Business Insider’s Car of the Year for 2018. Having only presented the trophy four times before, Kia Stinger is officially the fifth car to receive the trophy and the award. This sports car follows the Corvette Stingray in 2014, the Volvo XC90 in 2015, the Acura NSX in 2016, and the Porsche Panamera in 2017.

“In the half-decade we’ve been giving out our Car of the Year award, there had never been a vehicle that established itself as an early front-runner only to maintain its perch all year. But as soon as Senior Correspondent Matt DeBord drove the Kia Stinger in the Bay Area at the beginning of 2018, he knew it was something special. On return to Business Insider’s New York office from the West Coast, he could barely contain his enthusiasm.” – Business Insider

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2018 Kia Stinger Limited Editions

Thursday, March 15th, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Kia Stinger GT Atlantica

The Kia Stinger was the first of many wonderful cars that have recently come from Kia Motors. Dating back to January 2017 when Kia started “The Curve Ahead” promotion, subsequently followed by the 2018 Kia Stinger making its first debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, many were blown away by the new Kia sports car. Since then, the Kia Stinger has been all over the world, making statements and turning heads with its revolutionary looks and performance. Following its late-2017 early-2018 release, the 2018 Kia Stinger has won awards, filmed plenty of promos, and now, a new custom limited edition pops up every month. Check out what’s new today for the Kia Stinger.

Recap

First off, let’s do a little recap since the 2018 Kia Stinger was unveiled to the world. Before the Kia Stinger was released, there were many promotions for it popping up. The first was “The Curve Ahead”, but following its debut was the Stinger Runway Racing Challenge during New York Fashion Week in September 2017. During this time, a chunk of New York City was turned into a fully functioning race track to test and display the true power of the Kia Stinger. The drivers behind the wheel were some of the biggest names in fashion, music, sports, and entertainment.

Following its release, award after award was, well, awarded to the 2018 Kia Stinger. AutoGuide.com was judging a selection of cars in early 2018 with the Stinger being one of them. When it came time to survey and test vehicles for their 2018 “Car of the Year” Award, the Kia Stinger not only won the “2018 Car of the Year” award from AutoGuide.com but also the “2018 AutoGuide.com Reader’s Choice Car of the Year Award.” The fancy sports car also went on to win MotorWeek’s 2018 “Best of the Year” award, a “2018 iF Design Award” for its striking and original appearance, and during its stay at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the 2018 Kia Stinger won “Best Production Car of the Year” and the2018 Shift Award Vehicle of the Year” during the latest award ceremony hosted by Roadshow by CNET.

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2018 Kia Stinger Continues to Win Awards

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

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IF you thought the 2018 Kia Stinger was done winning awards, then you are mistaken, friend. Having first debuted in 2017 at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the sporty sedan from Kia Motors continued to win hearts and awards from all over. The 2018 Kia Stinger is a revolutionary vehicle for Kia Motors and it has set the bar pretty high for the future of sports cars. The amount of power, control and convenience offered in all 2018 Kia Stinger trims is second-to-none.

Back when the 2018 Kia Stinger was first released, every auto blog wanted to get their hands on a new model for a first-drive review. Organizations like AutoGuide.com also made a leap for the Stinger when it came time to survey and test vehicles for their 2018 “Car of the Year” Award. Although going up against several competitors, the Kia Stinger not only won the 2018 Car of the Year award from AutoGuide.com but also the “2018 AutoGuide.com Reader’s Choice Car of the Year Award.”

“It’s the kind of disruptive car that will send its competitors kind of scrambling to keep up. Once you drive it, it really becomes obvious that this [the Kia Stinger] is something special. And this will change things for Kia as a brand and might even change things for the whole industry”. – Jodi Lai, Editor-in-Chief at AutoGuide.com.

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2018 Kia Stinger Awarded Car of the Year by AutoGuide.com

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017
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Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Kia Stinger AutoGuide

The Kia Stinger is really shaking up the auto industry. Having been recently released, it’s getting looks wherever it goes, and it’s surprised anyone who gets behind the steering wheel. Recently, AutoGuide tested several vehicles for the AutoGuide.com 2018 Car of the Year Award, and the 2018 Kia Stinger came out on top.

“It’s the kind of disruptive car that will send its competitors kind of scrambling to keep up. Once you drive it, it really becomes obvious that this [the Kia Stinger] is something special. And this will change things for Kia as a brand and might even change things for the whole industry”. – Jodi Lai, Editor-in-Chief at AutoGuide.com

Wow. Now that’s a winning statement for any vehicle, and we’re happy to hear it’s about the Kia Stinger. Three staff members of AutoGuide got a chance to drive the Stinger, and collectively, they couldn’t find anything wrong with it. Maybe it could benefit from more head room in the back, but aside from that, the power it delivers and the storage space it has available, makes it a vehicle set apart from the rest of the industry.

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