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Kia Annonces EV Production by 2025 at Georgia HMG Metaplant

Back in May 2022, the Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) announced a new all-electric vehicle and battery production plant to speed up the upcoming plans for electric vehicle (EV) expansion for Kia and Hyundai. Called the “Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America” (HMGMA), the plant is set for construction to start in 2023, with the plant fully operational by 2025. During the first half of 2025, the dedicated EV and battery plant facility will take over production of the Kia EV6 and other upcoming battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) announced but not yet produced, including the all-electric Kia SUV EV9. Two years away, Kia Corp plans to release at least two EV models a year between now and 2027, so we can expect this new plant to be in charge of many new electric models in the HMG lineup.

“Kia was the first to open an auto assembly plant in Georgia, and our plan to produce EVs in the U.S. builds on the success and growth we have forged together and reinforces our commitment to becoming a sustainable mobility solutions provider…Together with our suppliers, Kia Georgia has helped create more than 14,000 jobs and we look forward to bringing new opportunities to the state we proudly call home.” – Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia North America and Kia America

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Kia EV9 in Final Testing Phase

Back in 2019, Kia Corp (then Kia Motors) announced that it was going to become the next all-electric automaker to take over the auto market. Once its parent group, (HMG) developed the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), Kia was able to get to work on its first all-electric vehicle with no precedent. The Kia EV6 shocked the industry – an electric vehicle (EV) that also offers high performance? It sounded amazing, but the EV6 GT could accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds. Last year, Kia previewed the next all-electric vehicle to join the lineup, an electric SUV sharing striking similarities with the Kia Telluride SUV, the Kia EV9.

Kia revealed the EV9 concept in November 2021, and we got a good look at it during the 2022 Chicago Auto Show. It definitely looks like a Telluride, and the EV9 has been spotted being tested on public roadways more than once. Now that the electric SUV has entered its final testing phase, Kia Corp announced the world premiere of the Kia EV9 during the first quarter of 2023. Although we love the EV6, Kia has announced that the EV9 will also become the new flagship model of the brand, the icon of EV performance on tracks, roads, and a variety of terrain conditions.

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Kia EV6 GT Debuts During 2022 Monterey Car Week

When Kia first announced that it was going to become the next all-electric automaker, there was a lot of curiosity about the next model to be added to the lineup. The Plan S Strategy and the Kia CEO Investor Day announced the goal of having 14 BEV models by 2027, with two BEVs released per year between 2023 and 2027. In 2021, the Kia EV6 was revealed and the EV6 First Edition model was sold out in days. Based off of the EV6 GT series, this is the pinnacle of Kia electric vehicle (EV) performance. It’s also a strong testament to the goal of making high-performance EVs the next big thing in the auto market.

“The EV6 GT ushers in the next chapter of the Plan S electrification story for Kia, elevating the EV6’s thrilling performance and effortless drivability beyond expectations…Moving toward our tailpipe zero-emissions goals has never been as exhilarating.” – Steven Center, COO and Executive Vice President, Kia America

During the North America at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, the 576 HP EV6 GT performance crossover made its appearance for the first time alongside other supercars from around the world during the annual Monterey Car Week. A proud moment for Kia, the EV6 GT is known to be powerful, but a supercar? That is an interesting category to place it in, and if true, what does that mean for other models to be built on the award-winning E-GMP modular platform?

Powered by an energy-dense 77.4-kWh Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese (80/10/10) battery pack powers a 160kW motor and a rear-mounted 270kW motor to produce an output of 30 kW (576 HP) and 546 lb-ft of torque. Able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, with a top speed of 161 mph, the EV6 is a wonder of its own, able to out-compete a Ferrari Roma and Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder RWD. Thanks to its all-wheel drive (AWD), controlled by an electronic Limited Slip Differential (e-LSD), the wheels with the most grip get the most power for those sharp turns, riding on Z-rated Goodyear Eagle F1 tires fitted to 21-inch alloy wheels.

When it comes to recharging this high-performance EV, the EV6 GT also gets to show off the world-first patented multi-charging system supporting 400v and 800v DC charging. Able to handle DC charging speeds from 50kW to 350kW, the EV6 from 20-80 percent of its range in a matter of minutes. This convenience is one of the many great features of the EV6 for the driver of today. The interior comes with vegan suede-trimmed, deeply bolstered performance front bucket seats and premium touches such as neon accents, lightweight front bucket seats with ambient lighting across the door panels, center console and dashboard delivers a soothing glow. An Augmented Reality (AR) Head-Up Display, a wide sunroof, and a premium 14-speaker Meridian audio system are also available features for the EV6 GT.

Kia Corp doesn’t just make high-performance vehicles, they also produce safe vehicles. With 20 standard active Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) featured on the Kia EV6, the electric crossover covers all of its bases. Not yet available, set to hit showroom floors nationwide during the fourth quarter of 2022, look for the Kia EV6 GT at Miami Lakes Automall Kia soon.

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Kia America Attends 2022 Electrify Expo

The 2022 Electrify Expo is in full-swing, and this year is going to be something special. Over 120 different brands will be attending the expo to push the limits of electrification and discuss the challenges, insights, research, and trends in electrified mobility. With a focus on mobility for all, an all-electric future is coming soon, and companies like Kia America will be joining cutting-edge mobility companies at the Electrify Expo to tackle the future of electrified vehicles. Plus, of course, the all-new Kia EV6 will be on display for attendees of the Expo to experience first-hand. That’s always a plus – remember the Kia EV6 test drive during the 2022 Chicago Auto Show?

So, a little more about the Electrify Expo. North America’s largest electric vehicle festival, over 1 million square feet are dedicated to the event in several locations. Having already launched the first series of the Expo in Long Beach, California in early June, 2022, four more locations are on the agenda. Next up, the Electrify Expo will take a stand in Seattle, Washington this month (July 2022), then heading over to New York, NY in late August (27-28, 2022), down south in our own Miami, Florida from October 8-9, 2022, and finally heading to Austin, Texas from November 11-13, 2022. All attendees are in for a great show, able to experience all kinds of electric mobility coming to the market in the near future.

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Kia Niro EV Ranks Highest in 2022 J.D. Power EVX Study

Every year, J.D. Power holds various studies to find the satisfaction of consumers with vehicles in the auto market. Whether the study is to measure the initial quality of a model, or how well its infotainment and technologies work, J.D. Power has covered it. In recent years, Kia Corp has appeared high on the list of ranked automakers in recent studies, such as the 2021 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) and the 2021 J.D. Power Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study. In fact, just this year, Kia Corp ranked the highest in the J.D. Power 2022 Vehicle Dependability Study. It’s time to add another feather to that cap, because the J.D. Power 2022 Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Ownership Study has recently concluded, and the Kia Niro EV has taken top honors in the mass market category for a second-year-in-a-row.

“Kia is committed to offering a diverse line of vehicles with convenient services that deliver an excellent ownership experience…Consecutive wins in the EVX Ownership Study reinforces Kia’s leadership as the brand prepares to introduce additional electric passenger vehicles, SUVs and MPVs across several segments by 2027. The all-new EV6 joined Niro in Kia’s all-electric lineup, helping elevate the brand to record February sales.” – Sean Yoon, President & CEO, Kia North America, Kia America

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Kia and Electrify America Partner Up for New EV6 Incentive

Kia Corp wowed the world when it unveiled the Kia EV6, the first all-electric vehicle from the automaker that has no gasoline-powered predecessor. Kia usually makes a gasoline vehicle, then makes a hybrid based on its popularity, and then a plug-in based on the hybrid’s success, and so on. The Kia Niro crossover was the first vehicle to be a hybrid with no pure-gasoline model as its predecessor, followed by the Niro Plug-in Hybrid and Niro EV. Well, the EV6 is one-of-a-kind, and to show it some more love, Kia America and Electrify America have announced a new partnership. Consumers who buy a new Kia EV6 will benefit from 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), free of charge, at any Electrify America station across the U.S.

Wow! Now that’s nice. If people needed an incentive on buying an electric vehicle (EV) this is all they should need. Let me put this in details we can all understand. 1,000 kWh is far more than any EV needs on the average…jeez, more than a month. The agreement between the two companies will enable Kia owners to charge their Kia EV6 with energy for 3,500 to 4,000 miles of all-electric driving at no cost. According to Kelley Blue Book, the average consumer drivers about 1200 miles/month, 40/day. The EV6 has an EPA-rated 310-mile range.

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Kia America Shares Robo Dog 2022 Super Bowl Ad-Spot

Last week, Kia America shared a small teaser of its upcoming Super Bowl Ad. Always one to release a video with their marketing campaign close to the date of the game, this was expected. Every year, Kia America tries to get involved with the community in some way to give back and enrich the lives of others, especially around the time of the Super Bowl. For two years, Kia America used the Great Unknowns Scholarship Program to give gifted youth a chance to go to college and earn a degree. Then there was the Yards Against Homeless initiative, where Kia America donated $1,000 for every yard gained during the Super Bowl game to each of their three charity partners – Covenant House, Positive Tomorrows and StandUp For Kids. This year, the attention is turning to those who can’t speak and need a loving home – animals. That’s why the new Super Bowl ad-spot features a robotic dog.

“The EV6 marks the beginning of Kia as a sustainable mobility solutions provider and is the next step in our shift to electrification…To introduce over 100 million viewers to the Kia EV6, we wanted to juxtapose the future with the emotions we all know and understand today – the love that can be shared between a human and an animal… At Kia, we continue to give back to the communities in which we work and live,” continued Wager. “We looked at issues that needed attention and found that during the pandemic, many animals were adopted only to sadly be returned later, so we wanted to help.” – Russell Wager, vice president, marketing, Kia America

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Kia America Announces Pricing for EV6

The all-new all-electric Kia EV6 was released back in 2021 by Kia Corp, but consumer may not have seen it on the street just yet. In fact, aside from flashy advertisements, where is the Kia EV6? It was overseas, of course, but not Kia America is ready to bring the battery-electric vehicle (BEV) to the states. Whether you call it a hatchback or a compact SUV, the EV6 is the first all-electric vehicle to come from Kia that has no gas-powered predecessor. Built on the new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the EV6 is riding on the foundation all of the future electric vehicles (EVs) by Kia will be riding on. With the Plan S strategy in full effect, if Kia wants to obtain 6.6% global EV market share, than they need to branch out and start selling EVs everywhere, even in the stubborn market of America. As the Kia EV6 starts hitting showroom floors, the starting MSRP has been shared, with the base trim set at $40,900 (plus destination fee).

Surprisingly, the MSRP jumps by nearly $7000 from the EV6 Light with rear-wheel drive (RWD, base) to the EV6 Wind RWD, but it’s mainly due to the power setup. According to the press release, just like before, the energy-dense battery pack powering the EV6 comes in two sizes – 58.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh. If getting the base model, consumers will be locked into a rear-wheel drive model powered by the 58.0 kWh battery with a 168kW rear motor able to yield up to 167 horsepower. This model has an EPA rated all-electric range (AER) up to 232 miles. The EV6 Wind, also with RWD, is powered by the 77.4 kWh battery with a 168kW rear motor able to generate up to 225 horsepower. This setup can deliver an AER of 310 miles.

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Kia and Hyundai Shift All Focus to EV Development

Kia Corp and the Hyundai Motor Group as a whole (the Group) are one of the most forward-thinking automotive groups out there. Kia has been working on hybrid cars, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), electric vehicles (EVs) – also known as battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) – and even hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. With the majority of the industry moving towards EVs, competition is going to get even fiercer, and that means those already up ahead in the race need a little boost to stay ahead. A staff email leaked to South Korean newspapers tells us that the Group is taking the competition seriously and is shifting all of its focus onto electric power.

The last model only equipped with an internal combustion engine is the 2022 Kia Carnival MPV. Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, capable of generating 290 horsepower, this may be more or less a minivan, but the 2022 Kia Carnival can accelerate from 0-60 mph in seven seconds. A step towards a life of luxury on the road, this MPV can seat up to 8 passengers comfortably, and even comes with a VIP lounge seating setting for full reclining seats, raised power footrests, comfy headrests, and a customizable leather seat trim. Two dual 12.3-inch displays stretch across the dashboard can provide the driver with information and access to entertainment options. There is also a rear-seat entertainment system that comes with a 12-speaker Bose stereo. Another luxury SUV, the Kia Carens, was teased, but that’s it.

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Kia Previews EV9

Kia Corp has been making a lot of changes recently, and all of them have paid off. Releasing a GT-line, going all-electric, Kia Motors changed into Kia Corp with a new logo and a new future for the lineup. First teased during the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Kia shared a new EV concept, “Imagine by Kia”, and its first all-electric concept, the Futuron. Kia was quick to release its first all-electric vehicle with no predecessor, the Kia EV6, and the reception was amazing. The Kia EV6 First Edition quickly sold out, and it seems like there is no stopping the “Plan S” strategy Kia put in place to ensure a foothold in the EV market for the automaker for years to come. With the success of the EV6, Kia Corp teases a new all-electric vehicle, the Kia EV9.

Not too long ago, spy shots of a new all-electric vehicle by Kia were caught and spread around the internet. Rumor was, this vehicle in the testing phase was an all-electric SUV by Kia, set to follow the successful EV6. If an all-electric hatchback could be so popular, than just think of the possibilities for a crossover and an SUV. Consumers love these vehicles, and the saturation of SUVs and crossovers in the auto market today is proof of that. It would seem that the rumors were true, because Kia Corp just revealed the first official images of the Kia Concept EV9, an all-electric SUV concept that will hit the streets soon enough.

The design language of the automaker has been shifting in recent years, with the automaker becoming more sports-car inclined. Many vehicles come with that “swept-back hood” look, a new front fascia is slowly starting to surface, and all-wheel drive is almost always available. With the automaker splitting off into multiple directions, the all-electric lineup needs to be able to separate itself at face value, and the EV9 concept is teasing the future look of Kia electric vehicles with visuals that show a new design that is ultramodern and state-of-the-art, pioneered by an advanced all-electric powertrain.

Many automakers have also placed a focus on lifestyle these days. Vehicles aren’t just about getting from point A to point B anymore. Consumers don’t just buy a car with the daily commute in mind. People want a car that can match their lifestyle and their needs, whether a soccer mom or hiking through a National Park. Kia Corp is tackling this with its Plan S strategy. A two-fork path, one path is all about electric vehicle (EV) development, currently well underway. The other path is purpose-built vehicles, currently in development, to produce vehicles with a sole purpose in mind in addition to transportation. The first test is a new ride-hailing service founded by Kia Corp.

Circling back to the new EV9 concept, Kia seems to be using its new design language in the exterior with recreational cues and an athletic stance, whereas the cabin is flexible, adaptive, and a new steering wheel has been teased. An ultra-wide display may make up the entire dashboard, and more interior features are said to be previewed soon. Expect more after Kia unveils the Kia Concept EV9 during the AutoMobility LA, November 17, 2021 at the LA Convention Center.Follow along with us on Miami Lakes Automall social media to get all the details about the new Kia EV9.

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