Posts Tagged ‘ev6’

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

Tuesday, March 29th, 2022
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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

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022

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

Thursday, February 10th, 2022
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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

Friday, February 4th, 2022
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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

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022
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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

Tuesday, November 16th, 2021
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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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Inside Sources Leak EV KIa Telluride

Thursday, July 1st, 2021
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Kia Corp has been very busy as of late, starting to deliver on the all-electric lineup promised years ago when the automaker announced that it was going to become an all-electric automotive brand. The Kia EV6 is just the start of electric vehicles (EVs) to soon make up the majority of the lineup, if not a large percentage. According to the Kia Corp Plan S Strategy, at least 11 EVs should be released by 2025, but that semiconductor chip shortage is affecting everybody. How any automaker can keep up with the increasing demand for EVs and green solutions is a mystery, but Kia Corp charges forth with an EV SUV and a new favorite on the horizon.

Following the EV6, and how can you top that? The South Korean automaker has already announced that an electrified version of the subcompact Seltos crossover is already on the timeline for the next EV to join the lineup, set to launch in 2022. Perhaps this is Kia Corp tinkering around with the E-GMP platform that made the EV6 possible. First, we start with an electric large car – not quite small enough to be a sedan, it’s more or less a hatchback. That makes perfect sense then to slowly move the size of the vehicle up by first adopting the new platform for a small crossover. One would say the next one on the list should be a full crossover or small SUV, but inside sources say a full-size SUV is planned to debut for the 2023 or 2024 model year.

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Kia America Announces EV6 First Edition Features

Saturday, May 29th, 2021
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After talking about all the cool tech in the upcoming 2022 Kia EV6, the first all-electric vehicle without a predecessor from the automaker, it’s time to share some more good news. Coming straight to America, Kia Corp, known as Kia America in the states, will be launching the EV6 in just a few days. Starting June 3 at 10am PST, consumers will be able to start preordering the EV6 First Edition. Be the first of 1500 people who can claim the first EV6 from Kia America with a $100 fully refundable deposit. All pre ordered vehicles will start being delivered during the first quarter of 2022.

EV6 First Edition

Like any great new model, automakers tend to release a launch edition or special edition to celebrate. It’s also a chance to give consumers first dibs, and to show appreciation for such die hard fans, why not add a little extra to the first order…or to the first 1500, for that matter? And being a first for Kia, the automaker is making a special edition for those who place an advanced reservation at Kia.com starting June 3.

What’s so special about the EV6 First Edition? Adding onto the already standard but alluring design, some new tech and features are added. These include the Augmented Reality (AR) Head-Up Display, Remote Smart Parking Assist, a wide sunroof, 20-inch wheels, a premium 14-speaker Meridian audio system with a two-year subscription to SiriusXM. Amping up the power and not just the style, the EV6 First Edition will also feature dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) and a 77.4 kWh battery with a 160kW front motor and a 270kW rear motor, much like the EV6 GT trim to be released later in 2022.

“The all-new EV6 represents the future of Kia and this special edition celebrates our first dedicated electric vehicle’s remarkable debut…We want to celebrate drivers that are ready to take this exciting road with Kia and offer something truly special and unique to complement their EV lifestyles.”- Russell Wager, vice president, marketing, Kia Motors America

The Three Kia EV6 First Edition will also have some unique color combinations to choose from for the exterior and the interior cabin. Inside, consumers have the choice of Glacier with dark green seats, Urban Yellow with black seats, and Steel Gray Matte with black seats. The First Edition will also offer the look of Steel Matte Gray paint on an EV6 with the standard design, but an Urban Yellow exterior color paint job is exclusive to the First Edition. To complete the look are illuminated door sills with the First Edition designation. As always, there is something to denote the number of the unit in production, and consumers will find the numbered badge highlighting the limited production volume in the interior cabin.

Ready to order your 2022 Kia EV6 First Edition? Remember, Kia will start taking orders at Kia.com starting June 3. Once the first 1500 units are spoken for, all other consumers will have to wait for the first edition to be produced and all orders filled before any more EV6 units are ready for order. Let us know if you were one of the lucky ones on Miami Lakes Kia social media.

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All the Cool Tech in the EV6

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

Last week, we discussed the reveal of the Kia EV6, the very first vehicle to come from the Kia Motors Corp, now Kia Corp, and known as Kia America for Kia Motors America. There was so much information to cover, we decided to split it up a bit. The new powertrain, style, and interior cabin of the EV6 already has a lot going for it, but the technology really sends this electric vehicle into a new age.

Standard and Available Tech Features

Starting with the dashboard, the driver has a panoramic dual integrated 12-inch TFT center cluster displaying vehicle diagnostics, and the infotainment screens form a wide, curved display that extends across the length of the instrument panel. An Augmented Reality (AR) Head-Up Display (HUD) is available, and makes viewing this information easier, including speed and Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) alerts, vehicle information, lane guidance and turn-by-turn navigation instructions.

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Kia Corp Reveals Specs of Kia EV6

Thursday, May 20th, 2021
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“The EV6 marks a new and transformative era in Kia electrification…This innovative crossover leverages the many benefits of its advanced platform to offer a level of technological excitement and convenience that will provide a superb ownership experience.” – Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America, Kia America

Attraction starts with the eyes, and the new Kia EV6 starts off with a new design from the minds in Seoul, Frankfurt and Irvine, California. Called an “Opposites United” philosophy, the EV6 crossover brings the best of both worlds together once and for all. Over the years, Kia has been experimenting with its signature tiger nose design with a Tiger Face for the front fascia, and the EV6 is a step up with a “Digital Tiger” grille, with no need for a functioning grill to cool down the engine. It still is a front fascia, of course, and headlamps come with a sequential dynamic light pattern to bring it all together. In the rear is a cross-car rear light cluster, and for choices, consumers can get wheel sizes available in 19, 20 or 21-inches.

Behind the new Digital Tiger face is the core of it all – n energy-dense Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese (80/10/10) battery pack, low-mounted for a low center of gravity and able to power the vehicle with either rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). Available in two sizes – 58.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh – with a total of 576 horsepower with the 77.4 kWh battery with a 160kW front motor and a 270kW rear motor, only available with AWD. With its innovative Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) functionality, the EV6 doubles as a portable energy source, providing 1900 watts of power to electrical appliances, devices, tools and recreational equipment thanks to an Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU).

Built on an all-new platform, we covered this bad boy a few months ago, and we knew the E-GMP was going to be a game changer even then. Made of 5 percent high-strength steel (HSS) and ultra-high strength steel (UHSS), the EV6 comes with the world’s first mass-produced integrated drive axle (IDA) for improved comfort and control. With an 11kW on-board charger (OBC) for Level 2 recharging from 10-to-100 percent in 7 hours, 10 minutes, the EV6 also comes with the world’s first patented multi-charging system that supports 400v and 800v DC charging and allows for ultra-fast charging. We’re talking 70 miles added in less than 5 minutes and 210-miles (10-to-80 percent) added in under 18 minutes. You can stretch your legs a bit and juice up in no time.

Thanks to a longer wheelbase, the interior cabin is spacious with a flat floor. As eco-friendly on the inside as the powertrain, this electric crossover was made of recycled plastic, uses 100% vegan leather for the upholstery on several trims, and offers 100% LED lighting inside and out. The seats come with a slim design for more leg room in the rear, and cargo space starts at 27.7 cubic-feet behind the 60/40 split-folding second row, and 53.5 cubic-feet with the second row folded down. There is additional storage space for small items in the vehicle’s front trunk, no longer an engine bay taking up space, and a little added convenience for storing items – a Hands-free Smart Power Tailgate.

This is just the beginning of tech. There is so much, we’re going to do a little cover on it next week. The new UVO link alone, being replaced by the “Kia Connect” connected car system. Be on the lookout for all the cool features coming to the Kia EV6 for entertainment and safety. What do you think of the EV6 so far? Join the discussion on Miami Lakes Automall Kia social media.

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