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Kia Takes Home Five Awards from J.D. Power 2023 ALG Residual Awards

Many automotive publications and organizations are finally wrapping up their studies, surveys, and lists of “best vehicles to buy” or how well a vehicle ranks against its competitors. We’re bound to see a couple more before the end of the year, but one reputable name recently released the results of a study that takes a look at more than which vehicles in the market are the best today. Another factor to consider when buying a new car is how well it will fair in years from now, and whether the consumer van make a pretty penny when selling or trading it in. That’s called “resale value” and J.D. Power recently concluded its 2023 U.S. ALG Residual Value Awards. Competition was tough, but Kia Corp took home five awards this year with the best year-over-year improvement of any mass market brand.

“Kia is a brand on the move, with more models predicted to hold their value within their respective segments than any mass market brand…Resale value is one of the most important purchase considerations, and from rugged and capable SUVs to sporty sedans, the latest J.D. Power U.S. ALG Residual Value Awards are the latest demonstration of the strength and breadth of Kia’s lineup.” – Steven Center, COO and EVP, Kia America

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Kia America Holds Year-End Donation Event with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Kia America started its “Accelerate the Good” initiative back in 2019, and every year, the automaker does a lot of good. Most of this comes in the form of donations, sometimes monetary, like the $500,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Ian, and the $600,000 in donations to four Bryan County charities to push the economy a bit and open plenty of jobs for the Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) Metaplant. Other times, Kia America will customize and/or donate one of their models to an organization with a great purpose, like the recent donation of a custom 2023 Sportage SUV to Sea Turtle Inc., a non-profit organization based in South Padre Island, Texas that is all about saving sea turtles. To round it all out, possibly the last donation of the year is $1,000,000 between November 11 – December 31, 2022 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The high goal is just the minimum Kia America expects to donate. Dependent on sales, a donation is made by Kia for each new Kia vehicle sold and delivered in the U.S during window for donations. Regardless, this wouldn’t be the first time Kia has made such a large donation, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This will be the third donation to the hospital by Kia, having donated to St. Jude as part of the 10 millionth Kia vehicle sold in the U.S earlier this year (2022). This new act is to push the initiative further and give consumers a little incentive who would like to help make an impact in a small way.

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Kia America Joins Final Round of 2022 Electrify Expo

One of the largest collections of electric vehicle (EV) automakers and suppliers have been getting together this year at Electrify Expo, North America’s largest EV festival that takes a look at the future of these vehicles and the technology that they will entail. A lot of factors will play into the future of EVs and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and the impact they will have on the auto industry and their environment. Starting in June, 2022, the first segment of the series took place in Long Beach, California. The Electrify Expo has multiple segments around the country, and the final round takes place this month (November 2022) in Austin, Texas. Kia America has been following the expo since June and will be bringing with it the EV6 and all-new Niro EV.

“The 2022 Electrify Expo events have provided a forum for the top companies and executives in electrification to come together to share insights and discuss how the transition to all-electrified vehicles will be made as seamlessly as possible…Kia was able to share our point-of-view as one of the top selling manufacturers of EV vehicles and we certainly learned from the perspectives of others. We are confident that we are charting the best path forward and helping to shape the future of the automotive industry.” – Eric Watson, vice president, sales operations, Kia America

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Kia Donates a Modified 2023 Sportage SUV to Sea Turtle Inc.

Kia America has continued to move forward with its “Accelerate The Good” charitable initiative that started in 2019. Many donations have been made to worthwhile organizations, such as the  $500,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Ian, and most recently, the $600,000 in donations to four Bryan County charities to celebrate the new Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) Metaplant being built in Savannah, Georgia. That last one will eventually push the production of Kia and HMG electric vehicle (EV) models to new heights by 2025. As the automaker continues this initiative, new donations and sponsorships will come to light, and the most recent is the donation of a custom 2023 Sportage SUV to Sea Turtle Inc., a non-profit organization based in South Padre Island, Texas.

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Kia America Earns Three Awards from Newsweek

The year is almost over, just two months to go, and that means a lot of publications the majority of people have never heard of will be coming out with their “Best of” lists and awarding some of the vehicles available in the auto market. Last month, Newsweek wrapped up its annual 2022 Autos Awards competition, and this is a name that may be a little more familiar. Highlighting vehicles that break the standards for every day vehicles and equip them with great features, and made up of a very versatile team that covers a number of topics, only the best vehicles will win an award. Well, if there was ever an automaker that should be known as a top-tier brands, Kia America is definitely one of them. That’s why the automaker won multiple awards during the competition.

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Kia Continues “Accelerate The Good” with $600,000 of Donations in Bryan County, GA

As a part of its “Accelerate The Good” charitable initiative, the Kia Corp has provided more than $14 million to those in need across the United States since 2019. Just a few weeks ago, Kia America donated a total of $500,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Ian. No stranger to this, Kia America donated $200,000 to the American Red Cross to help with Hurricane Ida Disaster Relief in 2021. As the automaker continues to expand with parent group Hyundai Motor, Kia wants to celebrate the new Metaplant near Savannah, Georgia. What better way than to keep the charitable initiative going with $600,000 in donations to four Bryan County charities? It’s a celebration that will benefit a lot of people who need a break, and Kia is there to help make it happen.

“Kia has been a proud and active member of the Georgia community for nearly 15 years, and we are dedicated to supporting communities in need through our ‘Accelerate The Good’ program…Today’s donations are destined to provide hope and assistance, not only in Bryan County, but throughout the state.” – Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia North America and Kia America

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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 Releases New Ad Spot to Commemorate Partnership with NBA

Time and again, Kia Corp has become involve with the community and a variety of sports to reach out to their fans on a common playing field. Not just focused on purely business, Kia also knows its consumers have a life outside of the dealership lot, and the automaker continues to meet them halfway. Sponsoring the European League of Legends Championship, donating to charitable foundations like Covenant House, and the Great Unknown Scholarship are all examples of how Kia gets involved and gives back to its community. The newest campaign Kia has undertaken is at the start of the NBA season with their new ad – “Legends of the Driveway.”

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Kia Donated $500,000 to American Red Cross to Aid Hurricane Ian Relief Efforts

No one likes to talk about or deal with disaster, but when you live on planet Earth, there are plenty of natural disasters bound to happen. Volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes are abound. Depending on what part of the world you’re in, you can experience either, and for those living on islands or near the coast, the latest natural disaster was Hurricane Ian, causing a lot of destruction and costing many civilians shelter and resources. Offering a helping hand, many organizations try to give back, and Kia America is a part of that group. Last year, Kia America donated $200,000 to the American Red Cross to help with Hurricane Ida Disaster Relief. This year, we had another strong storm with Hurricane Ian, and Kia America has returned with an even larger donation this year, a total of $500,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Ian.

“The path of destruction Hurricane Ian left in its wake is truly devastating, especially throughout Florida and South Carolina. At Kia, we are committed to helping and we are proud that our donation will assist in the recovery process for those affected by this storm…We applaud the American Red Cross for the important work the organization undertakes not only in times of crisis such as now, but every day.” – Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America and Kia America

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Kia Collaborates with Electrify America for Free Recharging of Niro EV

Kia Corp is well on its way to becoming an all-electric automaker. Electrifying some golden oldies like Kia Sorento and Sportage into plug-in hybrid SUVs, the automaker released the first hybrid crossover, the Kia Niro, and then a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and electric vehicle (EV) variant. Soon after, the all-electric Kia EV6 came out, the first EV without a gasoline predecessor. With the EV9 underway, Kia America is continuing to give drivers of new EVs another reason to go electric with free charging incentives with Electrify America.

Back in February, Kia America and Electrify America teamed up for a new EV6 incentive. For consumers who purchase a new Kia EV6, they get to enjoy 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), free of charge, at any Electrify America station across the U.S. 1,000 kWh may be hard to understand in terms of range and power, so let’s break that down. The EV6 has an EPA-rated 310-mile range. According to Kelley Blue Book, the average consumer drives about 40 miles a day. With Electrify America offering about 3,500 to 4,000 miles of all-electric driving for free, that’s nearly four months of free electric charging for new Kia EV6 owners. Plus, eligible for the $7500 federal tax credit, anyone who buys a new EV6 this year gets a nice tax write-off when filing taxes next year (2023).

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