Posts Tagged ‘kia corp’

HMG and Kia Extend Partnership with Michelin for Next-Gen EV Tire

Friday, June 24th, 2022
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Automakers from all over the world have been busy signing partnerships and contracts to boost their resolve for the shift to electric vehicle (EV) and battery-electric vehicle (BEV) production. Some automotive groups have been a little late to the party, but the same can’t be said for the Hyundai Motor Group (HMG). With Kia Corp under the umbrella, the South Korean automaker has been steadfast in producing EVs, claiming to be the next all-electric automaker and shifting its resources into EV production. With a recent increase in investing into EV production, Kia will also benefit from the new contract between HMG and Michelin to develop the next generation of tires for premium EVs and work towards clean mobility.

This won’t be the first time the two names have worked together. In fact, the new agreement is a follow-up to a preceding five-year partnership that was signed in 2017. The partnership helped to develop exclusive tires, notably for the Hyundai IONIQ 5. Extending this new partnership, over the next three years, the goal is to jointly develop new innovations in EV tires, including eco-friendly tires with made from more eco-friendly materials; tires optimized for next-generation EVs, and a real-time tire monitoring system that will one day help advance the development of autonomous driving technology.

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Kia and HMG Launch EV RoboRide Service in Korea

Friday, June 17th, 2022
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During the 2022 CEO Investor Day, a conference held by Kia Corp, the automaker shared its vision for Kia in 2030. Building upon the original Plan S Strategy, a business plan to help Kia Corp achieve a 6.6% global electric vehicle market share, the automaker planned to produce at least 11 electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025. Already underway, and increasing the number to 14 battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2027, the automaker is set to launch at least two BEVs per year between 2023 and 2027. The Plan S Strategy was actually a two-fork path, with its sights set on EVs and purpose-built vehicles (PBVs). Becoming ever increasingly popular, like the presentation by parent group Hyundai Motor Co at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (2022 CES), HMG and Kia are working towards a lineup of PBVs, starting with the Kia Niro Plus, a robotaxi launched in Korea.

The RoboRide car-hailing service has started operations in Gangnam in Seoul, South Korea. Produced with IONIQ 5 battery electric vehicles (BEV) as its base model, the RoboRide utilizes in-house developed level 4 autonomous driving technology, making it the first car-hailing service with autonomous driving vehicles to operate in Gangnam. With Kia’s home town in South Korea, it makes sense to test this service overseas, and especially in Gagnam, one of the most congested areas in metropolitan Seoul. It’s unclear if this RoboRide car-hailing service is the same as the Kia Niro Plus Taxi Model, also said to launch in Korea, and based off of the Kia Niro EV.

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The Kia EV6 is a Luxury EV

Friday, June 10th, 2022

The next few years in the auto market are going to see a big change. Electric vehicles (EVs), battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), and even hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles (FCEVs), are going to slowly become a more dominant share of inventory. Where there was doubt, there is now surprise and delight. Automakers all over are starting to work on an all-new EV lineup, whereas Kia Corp already has a healthy head start. With the release of the all-electric Kia EV6, the South Korean automaker eventually brought the EV to the states through Kia America, and we even got to test drive the EV6 at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show. We can tell you one thing for sure – this EV is like a silent killer with all the power of a high performance car but none of the bang. Moreover, many automotive journalists are calling the EV6 a step for Kia Corp into luxury vehicles.

Kia Corp would claim its first launch into the luxury vehicle segment would be with the 2022 Kia Carnival. Called a “multi-purpose vehicle” (MPV), the Carnival looked like a cross between an SUV and a minivan on the outside, and the inside provided a VIP lounge area for passengers with a full recline, raised power footrests, comfortable headrests, and heated and ventilated leather seats. Two dual 12.3-inch displays stretch across the dashboard, one for the instrument cluster, the other for the new Kia Connect infotainment system. A 12-speaker Bose stereo was available for optimum beats. It sure feels like a luxury entry, so what could journalists be talking about when it comes to the EV6? There are some similarities.

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Kia Launches New E-FOREST Factory for PBV Production

Friday, May 27th, 2022
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During the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Kia Corp and the Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) surprised the world with a new form of automobile. Becoming a large part of the companies’ plans going forward, purpose-built vehicles (PBVs) are going to be the new, big change in the auto industry. Like standard vehicles, a PBV can get people from one place to another, but the interior of the vehicle is designed with an exact purpose in mind. To illustrate this, the automakers presented a video at the 2022 CES demonstrating the variety of PBVs that may one day populate roadways or even cities. In May 2022, Kia Corp announced that it will be establishing an all-new, high-tech smart manufacturing facility dedicated to producing electric PBVs, called “E-FOREST”.

“This dedicated PBV facility is one of the major pillars of our Plan S strategy as Kia seeks to claim the top position in the global PBV market…We will initially explore new markets with derivative PBV models, then gradually expand our presence in global markets with dedicated PBV models featuring autonomous driving technologies.” – Ho Sung Song, President and CEO of Kia Corporation

Able to build 100,000 PBVs a year, with the possibility of increasing production to 150,000 units annually, Kia Corp has big plans for this new production hub, located within Kia’s existing Hwaseong manufacturing site in Korea. Construction of the plant is slated to start during the first half of 2023, with production for commercial PBVs by 2025. In March, during the Kia 2030 2022 CEO Investor Day, the automaker shared business plans expanding on their Plan S Strategy, a framework to become a leading automaker in the world of electric vehicles (EVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). These plans are already underway, with Kia intending to expand the lineup with 14 BEV models by 2027, launching at least two BEVs per year between 2023 and 2027.

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Kia Rio S Wins Vincentric 2022 Best Fleet Value in America Award

Friday, May 27th, 2022
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The Kia Corp lineup is very large, and still growing with the addition of electric vehicles (EVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). Because of the large selection, it can be easy for consumers to forget the very affordable and classy subcompact car, the Kia Rio. Now in its 2022 model year, the Kia Rio continues to shine and receive awards. We touched on this shortly last week with all the current awards Kia Corp is winning for its lineup in 2022, the Kia Rio had its own win with the 2022 Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America™ Awards. We think the Rio deserves some more spotlight, and we’re glad to see it happening. Starting at $16,250 (plus destination fee), the Kia Rio keeps its value for years to come.

“The Kia Rio outperformed eight competitor trims to earn this first-time win for Best Fleet Value Subcompact Hatchback…The Rio demonstrated its strong fleet value by having both the lowest maintenance costs and the lowest repair costs in its class.” – David Wurster, Vincentric President

If the name “Vincentric” is unknown, here’s a little summary. An organization trusted by automakers for its analysis and careful collection of data, knowledge, and insight into the auto market and new vehicles every year, Vincentric is a great source for consumers in the market to purchase a new vehicle. Able to provide consumers with all the data needed to make an informed decision, one thing that the  Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America™ Awards focuses on is the is the resale value of a vehicle years after purchase. Will the vehicle be worth anything? And how close to the original starting price will be retained by the vehicle?

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Consecutive Winnings for Kia Vehicles in May 2022

Thursday, May 19th, 2022
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Every year, automotive journalists and publications review vehicles, have competitions, conduct studies, put together “Best of” lists, every way one can think of to test the quality of an automobile. A lot of awards shows and competitions take place in the spring, and this year, it’s like a wildfire. Every week, there seems to be another win for an automaker or model. This time, it’s Kia Corp, with three winnings reported in three days. The awards come from U.S. News & World Report for the Kia EV6, Vincentric for the Kia Rio, and the Hispanic Motor Press for the Kia Carnival MPV. We can already see the gold medals.

U.S. News & World Report recently put together its list of “Best Hybrid and Electric Cars”. Each electric vehicle (EV) that made the list was analyzed based on its overall score (according to U.S. News reviews), starting price, Level 2 charging rate, EPA fuel economy, and range estimates. The winners had the best combination of quality, value, and efficiency in their segment. With orders rising 49-percent in its second month in showrooms, a new Kia EV was definitely on the list, winning out over dozens of competitors. This earned the EV the title of Best Electric Vehicle, the Kia EV6.

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Kia Corp Wins Multiple Awards During 2022 NYIAS

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022
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We covered a bit of the 2022 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) that started last week and will continue on through this upcoming weekend (April 15 – 24, 2022). Well, we focused more on the highlights of the new 2023 Kia Niro crossover and new 2023 Kia Telluride SUV. Previewed during the 2022 NYIAS, Kia Corp was sure to put these vehicles front and center. Also taking place during 2022 NYIAS was an auto awards show no doubt, and Kia is flying high after winning multiple marketing honors for its recent “Movement That Inspires” broadcast campaigns.

The recent marketing campaign by Kia have featured Kia’s first entry into the luxury car segment, the Carnival MPV; the automaker’s first all-electric vehicle, the EV6; the latest sports car from the automaker, the K5; and of course the Telluride, the automaker’s largest SUV to date and the latest model to become an electric vehicle (EV) if the design of the Kia EV9 is anything to go by. Seen at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show, it was basically a large, bright blue SUV, but electric. Let’s just call it an electric Telluride for now, and seeing as how the Telluride is one of Kia Corp’s most-awarded SUVs, winning the Triple Crown of Automotive Awards during its first year of release, the Telluride goes on to earn another first, the EDO’s first-ever Automotive TV Advertising Award for “Best Non-Luxury Auto Campaign”.

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Hyundai Starts New Joint Venture for e-Fuel

Wednesday, April 6th, 2022
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Earlier this year, Kia and Hyundai Motor (the parent group), decided to shift all of their focus onto electric vehicle (EV) development. Both automakers, Kia Corp especially, have been already making the move towards EVs and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). Kia Corp launched the Kia EV6, its first all-electric vehicle with no predecessor. A few months later, and Hyundai Motor Co has dug in deep with a new collaboration overseas. Hyundai Motor has agreed with the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) to work together to research and develop a new advanced fuel for an ultra lean-burn, spark-ignition engine. Wait, what? That sounds like a gasoline engine.

“BEVs and [fuel cell electric vehicles] FCEVs will be Hyundai Motor Group’s ultimate technologies to achieve carbon neutral mobility, while eco-friendly ICE technology that combines eco-friendly fuel and ultra-lean burn engine will be the key to effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions during our transition to EVs,” – Alain Raposo, Executive Vice President of Hyundai Motor Group, leading the Electrified Propulsion Technical Unit

They’re calling it “e-fuel”, and while making the transition from gasoline vehicles to EVs, BEVs, and FCEVs, the auto group is also focusing on minimizing greenhouse gas emissions from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. What is “e-fuel”? It holds many similarities with FCEVs. A fuel cell vehicle typically uses hydrogen as the main fuel source. All one needs is a little water, run through some electricity through it to separate the molecules from one another – hydrogen and oxygen – and blam! That’s two, natural, and powerful gases to burn. E-Fuel is similar, except this power source requires hydrogen made from water electrolysis (known as green hydrogen) and carbon dioxide.

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Kia Telluride Named a Best Family Car by KBB 2022

Tuesday, March 29th, 2022
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Ever since its release, the Kia Telluride, the largest SUV in the automaker’s lineup, has been renowned worldwide. Winning awards left and right, the model earned itself the “Triple Crown” of Automotive Awards in 2019, winning the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY award, named as the MotorTrend SUV of the Year, and landing on a Car and Driver 10 Best list. We don’t see the attention dying down any time soon, and the Telluride was named the Best 3-Row Midsize SUV by Kelley Blue Book (KBB) in December 2021, and the automotive reviewer of the same name just called the Kia Telluride one of the Best Family Cars of 2022. No surprise here, as this marks the third year the vehicle has taken top honors during this KBB awards list.

“The award-winning Telluride has been impressing industry experts and consumers alike since going on sale three years ago…With an unrivaled combination of value, comfort, utility and convenience, we are confident that Kia’s largest SUV will continue to succeed in a highly competitive segment, and this latest award from Kelley Blue Book is proof.” Not surprisingly, 93 percent of Telluride owners rate ‘usefulness for carrying passengers and cargo’ either truly outstanding or excellent, higher than all other competitors in the segment. – Steven Center, COO and EVP, Kia America

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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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