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While Kia Motors has been showing off the new generation of the Kia Sorento for the 2021 model year and the insane performance skills of the 2021 Kia K5, previously known as the Kia Optima, there has been a lot going on behind the scenes. Quick note – the Kia K5 is also entering a new generation of the model, hence the name change – actually, it’s the name the K5 was always known by in its country of origin, South Korea. Alright, so while the automaker has been placing the spotlight on its new models, Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group (and subsidiaries), collectively known as The Group, have been working together for new technology endeavors, such as opening a new development hub for mobility tech, and cooperating with outside sources, such as joining forces with New Horizons Studio. Now, a new joint venture will help build and operate a network of high-powered EV charging stations across Europe to expand not only EV sales and popularity, but also reduce drivers’ worry about needing to find a charging station, a major drawback for first-time EV drivers. The Group and IONITY are working together to create a network that uses 100-percent renewable energy.
Kia Motors, and the Hyundai Motor Group overall, have been in talks of developing and producing purpose-built vehicles (PBVs) in the coming years. Although PBVs sound very interesting concepts, automated Chinese takeout delivery vans, revolutionary for the food truck industry, but also mobile hubs for social gatherings. However, after the pandemic, social distancing is still recommended and the Coronavirus is still going to affect people over the coming months, maybe years. Even with the first PBVs designed to help with patients’ transportation and delivery services, along with other medical needs, we may not want to hold our breath.
Kia Motors’ new Design Chief Karim Habib spoke with Car Magazine about the future design of vehicles. Before the pandemic hit, the auto industry was working towards an ecosystem of mobility where everyone and anyone could get access to private or public transportation. Instead, private may be the way to go, with people less likely to risk their or their family’s health by having a lot of people in a car at once, which could greatly affect SUV sales. With many fit to seat more than five people at once, social distancing is impossible, and anyone stressed about getting infected might be in for an uncomfortable trip.
“We’re going to have talks with psychologists and anthropologists to really understand how the public’s psyche is going to be in future…There are things we’ve already been talking about: can we have anti-viral coatings in our interiors? Can you use temperature or ultraviolet light to sanitize surfaces? These are things that we will have to think about rather soon. So, yes – Covid-19 will very much influence the way we design our cars in future.” – Habib told Car Magazine
Last month, we talked about the many developments coming from Kia Motors, PBVs included, but the automaker is also discussing shifting to the development of sedans, or vehicles made to seat less than 5 passengers. It may sound a little crazy, especially given all of the success of the Kia Telluride. The Telluride is Kia Motors largest SUV and won many awards – the Kia Telluride even won the Triple Crown of Automotive awards, winning the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY); MotorTrend SUV of the Year; and landing on a Car and Driver 10 Best list. The Kia Seltos is also a strong contender when it comes to the larger vehicles, although the latter seats only five.
In late May, Kia Motors announced a new plan. With sedans like the Kia Stinger getting a mid-cycle refresh and a growing GT line from Kia Motors, the shift might lead to even smaller cars. Micro EVs may be next on the menu if trends prove to be worrisome for larger vehicles in the coming years. Consumers are concerned about the spread of germs and auto manufacturers are finding ways to tackle the spread of viruses, going so far as to design interior surfaces with virus-resisting materials, such as copper. However, overhauling the design for vehicles could cost automakers even more problems to deal with. Perhaps just focusing on smaller designs may be the better plan.
What do you think? Would you rather smaller cars with the way the world is handling the pandemic or do you still prefer your larger car? Let us know on Miami Lakes Kia social media.
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Sometimes Kia Motors feels like the leader of electric vehicles (EV) in technology and sales. If anything, the automaker’s Plan S strategy and claims to become the next all-electric automaker. Already underway, the Futuron concept is set to release in the coming years, along with another EV model. Engineering new ways to make use of electric vehicle power, Kia Motors is working with parent group Hyundai Motor on a new piece of technology that will not only optimize the features already used by EVs, but will also help to improve the distance and driving range of upcoming models, especially in the cooler temperatures.
South Florida and many parts of America may be entering the summer this month (June 2020), and although the summer season is a cause for heat, these storms have been leaving the atmosphere a little cool, and come autumn and winter, it can be pretty chilly. What does that mean for EV drivers who want a little extra heat in the cabin? The HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system works harder, and that can decrease the power of the battery, reducing its driving range. To combat this, Hyundai and Kia Motors have presented a heat pump, and it’s been working in cars like the Kia Soul EV since its first generation.
Does anyone remember Smart cars? The automotive brand that made two-seaters with just enough cargo space for one person and the necessities. There are some people who still drive them, but they’re very rare. Smart cars are no longer solder in the USA, they just didn’t really fit with the whole four-door five-seater-plus demographic. It’s odd, because as we mentioned last week, how many people drive a crossover or SUV and have more than two people in the vehicle at a time? Kia Motors is shifting its focus to sedans because of that reason, and the automaker may even double down on shrinking the literal size of its lineup with micro electric vehicles (EVs).
Kia Motors is coming back swinging after the pause in production during a global shutdown and stay-at-home order during the Coronavirus pandemic. Although COVID-19 is said to last through the year and come in waves, the economy needs to bounce back sooner or later, and that means industries like the auto industry need to get back to work. Even so, every week, Kia Motors has something new to push the automaker ahead – purpose-built vehicle production, a new 800-volt EV battery system to challenge the Porsche Taycan, a not-so-wallet-friendly option.
In fact, Kia Motors is working to produce ultra-compact electric cars. This seems to be a small niche that few automakers are investing in, with Smart and Citroen (who?) being the major producers at the time. Kia Motors’ Europe Chief Operating Officer, Emilio Herrera, was recently quoted by AutoExpress during an interview about the upcoming lineup and the new micro EVs that will be coming from the automaker. Much of the reasoning behind this new line of vehicles is a response to the Coronavirus outbreak and consumers wanting more private transportation.
Which automaker has sold over one million hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) on a global scale in just ten years? Go on, take a guess…If you guessed Hyundai Motor or Kia Motors then you guessed right! A part of the Hyundai Motor Group, Kia Motors and Hyundai have achieved the 1-million milestone that all automakers achieve since Hyundai Motor released its first HEV model back in 2009, the Avante LPi hybrid. The Hyundai Motor Group sold 1,007,838 units after their large success in sales during the first half of 2019 – 117,109 units of HEV models. With the current growing hybrid market, another one million may be possible soon enough.
Let’s take a look at the growing demand for environmentally friendly cars over the last decade. The progressive new way of how consumers think about car buying may need more time to take roots in America but overseas, the world has embraced alternative fuel sources sevenfold. HEVs, also known as just a hybrid – not to be mistaken with plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) – have rapidly gained consumer attention and sales in the Korean car market. It’s here where total HEV sales helped auto giant Hyundai Motor Co. and its smaller sibling Kia Motors Corp. top 1 million units, with almost all of the HEVs sold in Korea either a Hyundai or Kia model.
Though Kia has taken their time in creating their first all-electric model, they nailed it with the Soul EV. It recently saw its first sales in California, and drivers are raving.
There are so many amazing things about this car, but for now, let’s narrow it down to three reasons the Kia Soul EV is going to sweep the market.
Some things that are old get the chance to become new again. Old customers of Kendall Kia Miami can become the new customers of the superior Miami Lakes Kia, and an old ad campaign of Kia’s has gotten a new look to promote the new Soul EV.
That same theme of transformation is played out in the new ad, which features the quirky Kia hamsters toiling away in their design laboratory. While they’re putting the finishing touches on the new Soul EV, a pet hamster from their lab (don’t think about it) rolls off the shelf in its hamster ball and makes a run for the Soul EV.
The hamsters have already pressed the magic ready button that zaps power into the Soul EV, and the hamster in the ball is caught in the cross fire.