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When Kia Motors released its new logo, it definitely spoke volumes of the transformation the automaker is going through. No longer spelled out as “KIA” in an opaque oval, the new logo looks like a signature, and able to be seen as “KIA”, or “KM” for Kia Motors, there is also the “Ki”, a type of lifeforce, and the automaker is breathing new life into the lineup. As Kia Motors moves forward with its Plan S Strategy and releases more vehicles like the EV6, the transformation becomes complete with a new name – Kia Corp.
Kia Motors Corporation is no more. Only going by “Kia Corporation”, this allows Kia to expand into various avenues, not just automobiles. With the automaker having expanded into developing EV tech, luxury vehicles like the Kia K8, and consumer-connected services, the company is expanding beyond four wheels. To usher this new stage for the company, Kia is bringing the EV6 to the US under the guise of Kia America to fully adopt its Plan S Strategy and go global and set up shop all over the world.
Earlier this year, Kia Motors unveiled something extraordinary. It was the all-electric Kia EV6. This is a first for the automaker, having always released plug-in hybrid and electric versions of vehicles after an internal combustion engine was the precursor. One exception is the Kia Niro, released in 2017, and the first hybrid compact SUV of its kind; a plug-in hybrid and eventually an electric vehicle followed. The EV6, however, has no precursor, and is starting off as an all-electric vehicle, also referred to as a battery-electric vehicle (BEV). Popularity for the Kia BEV is already rising overseas, with over 7,000 units ordered in Europe alone.
” Kia has opened factory orders for the ground breaking EV6 following a successful European reservation phase. The brand obtained 33,000 prospects, including 7,300 reservations. On top of that, more than 26,000 customers showed interest in Kia’s first dedicated battery electric vehicle. Thanks to this remarkable performance, Kia already secures 300% of the expected sales volume for 2021. Customers will be able to order the EV6 from their local dealer from today, ahead of production starting mid-2021.” – Kia Motors
Kia Motors is just really busy these days. Winning awards, releasing the new Kia K5 and Kia Sorento, and even announced a new luxury sedan, the Kia K8. Now, for something we’ve all been waiting for. In 2019, Kia Motors announced a new focus on creating all-electric vehicles and becoming an all-electric automaker like Tesla. In the same year, the first Kia electric vehicle concept was the Futuron, followed by another concept in 2020 for Kia electric vehicles. Finally, in 2021, it all adds up to the new Kia EV6.
The EV6 is Kia Motor’s first dedicated battery-electric vehicle (BEV). Boasting a new design philosophy and the automaker’s shift towards electrification with its Plan S strategy, the EV6 is already showing off new technology with the powertrain developed by Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group. Known as the brand’s new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), this was unveiled towards the end of 2020, so we knew something had to be in the works to make use of this, and thus the EV6 is born!
“EV6, as the first dedicated Kia EV, is a showcase of human-centered, progressive design and electrified power. We strongly believe EV6 is a compelling and relevant model for the new EV market…With EV6 we aimed to create a distinctive, impactful design by using a combination of sophisticated, high-tech features on pure and rich volumes, while providing a unique space as a futuristic EV.” – Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Design Center