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Kia EV6 and Carnival Win 2022 GOOD Design Awards

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022
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It’s January 2022 and Kia Corp is already earning some rewards. Known as the GOOD DESIGN Awards, the Kia EV6 electric crossover and fourth-generation Kia Carnival MPV both took home top honors in the “Transportation” category, adding onto the already growing list the EV6 and Carnival have earned since their debut. The EV6 is its own success, the first all-electric vehicle to come from the automaker with no predecessor, and the Kia Carnival will be the automaker’s attempt at surpassing the mass market and go luxury. In 2020, Kia was ranked as the highest non-luxury brand during the 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, giving the automaker the guts to introduce its first luxury model, the Kia Carnival.

“Securing these GOOD DESIGN awards is an endorsement of the approach we took with the styling of the Kia EV6 and Kia Carnival, and is a tribute to the collaborative efforts of our talented international design team. It truly has been a pivotal year for us; we launched our brand new design philosophy ‘Opposites United’, the ethos of which is already transforming our cars, and we are determined to ensure Kia keeps challenging the boundaries of automotive design.” – Karim Habib, Head of Kia Design Center

The GOOD Design Awards may not be the most well-known name to consumers, but the awards ceremony has been going on since 1950, making it one of the oldest design competitions in the world. Organized by Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, a judging panel of industry leaders from over 50 countries vote on new models every year that display “innovation, sustainability, superior design, and unparalleled function”. In recent years, GOOD Design has awarded Kia more than once – last year, the third-generation Kia K5 sedan and the fourth-generation Kia Sorento SUV won over the “Transportation” category, and even the Telluride SUV and the Soul crossover won awards earlier than that.

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Hyundai Motor Group and Kia Present Future of PBVs

Thursday, January 6th, 2022
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Every year, auto shows happen all-year-long, and we’re always looking forward to what automakers are willing to show off. In a world of electric vehicles (EVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), connected features, and eventually smart cars like smart phones, the next big thing seems to be creating a mobile ecosystem. Cars are no longer just machines to get us from point A to B – just about every automaker at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show talked about transforming a vehicle into a digital or physical living space. Last year, the Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) and Kia Corp discussed a new airtaxi service and urban air mobility, amongst other things. Now, the Group has revealed how it will help Kia meet the second path of its S Plan Strategy Purpose-built vehicles. More than that, the Group presented a “metaverse” that will go far beyond the world of automobiles.

 Purpose-built vehicles, also known as PBVs, are vehicles built with a singular purpose. This definition is too simplified though. During the presentation by Hyundai and others at the 2022 CES, clips of a certain PBV were presented and gave a much clearer picture of what the Group and Kia has in mind. This idea became even more apparent during the first COVID-19 outbreak. When someone needs medical aid, if not brought to a hospital themselves, they need to be transported via an ambulance, but in the worst-case scenario, ambulances are just something to keep people alive between the origin point and the destination point.

What if instead of an ambulance, we have an entire hospital on wheels? That’s what we saw in the various clips, a miniature hospital with all the necessary machines and equipment a doctor would need to treat a patient in transit. Think of all the people that could have been saved if they could get life-saving surgery on the way to the hospital.

That was just one of the many examples Hyundai showed us. An ecosystem of mobility, a personal mobile pod that could fit within most doorways was also shown. Empowering those that may have trouble with mobility (elderly or the handicapped), these pods could autonomously navigate their way to their home, pick them up, and bring them to their next destination. Moreover, for long travel, these pods will connect with a shuttle where the pods are placed in a larger capsule while on the way to their destination.

These next few are going to sound futuristic. Some of you may know of Boston Dynamics and the works they do with robotics. Their most well-known robot is Spot, the robot dog that is able to perform multiple operations, from navigating various terrain to keeping people company. Yes, this is the next step. One of the other things the Group is working on is making robot companions that can connect with people, maybe not on an entirely personal level, but I’m imagining the helpful robot arm from Tony Stark’s lab, maybe even H.E.L.P.eR. from The Venture Brothers on a less lethal scale. Regardless, robots that can help people connect with the world around them is a growing industry, with even exoskeletons and wearable robots that can help people move, operate heavy machinery, perform repetitive motions or lift heavy objects with ease due to the hydraulics in the robot suit or vest.

Lastly, the “Metaverse”. Hyundai and Kia are working on making more than just virtual reality a thing. Imagine an engineer who needs to go onsite to fix a problem, but is currently on the other side of the world. So, this engineer logs onto a computer and enters a virtual reality model of the building and machinery. On-site, in the real world, a robot being controlled and navigated by the engineer is then brought to the machinery and performs the repairs. This is just one example.

Another example of the “Metaverse” is a lot like Regal 4DX or the Spiderman ride at Universal Studios. Consumers can go into PBVs, enter the “Metaverse”, pick an avatar to represent them, and then travel virtually anywhere, as long as there is a robot to connect to. Whatever the robot experiences, its sensors will relay that data to the PBV. Is it windy? You feel the wind. Want to explore the canyons of Mars? Go for it.Now that’s an interesting future. Want to learn more? Follow us on Miami Lakes Kia social media.

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The Highlights of Awards for Kia Corp in 2021

Thursday, December 23rd, 2021
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Kia Corp has been through many changes as of late, going from an automaker with many SUVs to an automaker starting to shine in the sports car category. The name change was announced in May 2021, from Kia Motors to Kia Corp, with a fancy new logo. To help break in the new name, Kia also revealed its 2022 Kia Carnival MPV, a new multi-purpose van meant to take Kia beyond the mass market and land in the luxury part of the industry. This year has been big for Kia, and right at the beginning, the awards and accolades kept coming.

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Early on and then again later in the year, Kia climbed the ranks during a study by J.D. Power. The first this year would be the Kia Niro EV, ranked as the highest in the battery electric vehicle (BEV) segment during the J.D. Power 2021 Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Ownership Study. Kia has been working on electric vehicle (EV) and BEV technology for years, and it finally paid off with the Kia EV6 all-electric hatchback. This EV has become so popular, TopGear recently named the EV6 the Crossover of the Year. Another J.D. Power Study Kia Corp got high marks in was the 2021 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS). The automaker took home the title of “highest-ranked” model in several vehicle segments.

What list of prestige would be complete with a little something from Car and Driver? The Kia Telluride, Sorento, Soul, K5, and Rio all received a Car and Driver “2021 Editors’ Choice Award”. This definitely wouldn’t be the first time a Kia model lands on a Car and Driver list either, with the Kia Telluride landing on the 10Best list in 2021 to complete the “Triple Crown” of Automotive Awards last year in 2020. The Telluride just landed on the Car and Driver’s 10Best list for 2022.

Best for This

Many automotive publications will put together “Best of Lists”, sometimes for the whole year and sometimes for specific categories. Kia Corp is all over that. Three Kia vehicles won “Best Car for the Money” Awards from U.S. News & World Report – the Kia Forte, Soul, and the All-New Sorento. That’s also the fifth year-in-a-row for the Sorento and Soul to land on the list. Looking for a family car? The PARENTS Best Family Cars 2021 list covers a wide selection of new-model vehicles including minivans, three-row SUVs, two-row SUVs, and family sedans, and out of 50 vehicles, the Kia Sedona won Best Value and the Kia Sorento won “Best Redesign” from PARENTS magazine.

Although we wouldn’t call Kia Corp a fleet automaker, there’s still room for surprises. After all, in the spring of 2021, Kia won during the Vincentric 2021 Best Fleet Value in America Awards, held to recognize vehicles with the lowest total cost of ownership over its lifetime. The Kia Forte GT-Line won the award for the compact car segment, the Kia Soul won the award for the compact hatchback segment, and the Kia Sedona won for the minivan segment.

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Kia models also know how to treat their drivers and consumers. Winning a place on the list for the 2021 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSAs), the Kia K5 sports car and the Kia Telluride were named for their respective categories. The new and improved Kia Optima, the K5 was named the most satisfying premium midsize car. Winning awards since its release, the Kia Telluride won the award for the most satisfying Large Crossover SUV. Adding onto the high rankings and awards, the 2022 Edmunds Top Rated Awards recently concluded, and two Kia models, the Telluride and the Kia Seltos won out over 300 vehicles for this competition. It’s clear when shopping for a car by Kia Corp, it’s an award-winning vehicle. You can find your new Kia at Miami Lakes Automall today.

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Kia Telluride and Seltos Win Awards from Edmunds and KBB

Thursday, December 16th, 2021
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Since its release, the Kia Telluride has been a winner for the automaker and on its own merit. Winning the “Triple Crown of Automotive Awards” in 2020, the Telluride SUV was named the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY), MotorTrend SUV of the Year, and landed on a Car and Driver 10Best list. We’re currently waiting for a repeat of awards for many Kia models, the Telluride included, as the year comes to a close. Currently sneaking in the last few weeks, the Telluride gets another accolade, named “Edmunds Top Rated SUV,” in the 2022 Edmunds Top Rated Awards.

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Kia EV6 Makes 2022 COTY Awards Shortlist

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021
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As we draw ever nearer to 2022, automotive journalists and publications are rounding up all the data they have. Compiling reviews and votes, analyzing their findings, and putting together lists of the “Best of” cars for this or for that, families or adventure, best interiors, best user experience, best of everything. Around this time of year, vehicles have also been selected to be featured in the 2022 Car of the Year (COTY) awards. Once again, Kia Corp has done it again. Within the same year as its release, the Kia EV6 has been shortlisted for the final round of the 2022 COTY awards.

 “Kia is proud to be standing shoulder to shoulder with some of the greatest examples of modern mobility. After the two nominations of Ceed in its first and third generation and the one for Stinger, the nomination of the brand new EV6 is recognition of our progress and highlights our commitment to providing sustainable mobility solutions. We wish all other nominees the best of luck in the Car of the Year Awards.” – Jason Jeong, President at Kia Europe

This definitely wouldn’t be the first time Kia has landed on the COTY awards, or their complementary list, the World Car of the Year (WCOTY) Awards. Not to be confused as one or the other, the COTY awards exist to highlight national and regional models, whereas the WCOTY includes some vehicles that may be unavailable in individual regions, as long as they are not limited to those regions. The WCOTY is also administered by a non-profit corporation, under the guidance of a Steering Committee of distinguished automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America. Nevertheless, earlier this year, the 2021 Kia Sorento and 2021 Kia K5 landed in the Top 10 the World Car of the Year (WCOTY) Awards.

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Kia Teases New Luxury Carens SUV

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021
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Kia Corp sure is busy these days, releasing new models every so often, like the reveal of the all-new 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid, the Kia EV9 concept (an all-electric SUV), and still on everyone’s mind – the Guinness World record-breaking Kia EV6. The newest model being teased by the automaker is the Kia Carens, a highly-anticipated model due for its world premiere this month on December, 16 2021. It’s so close, and based on the teaser concept sketch, we can see a lot of old and a handful of new styling cues. We just wonder how the name is pronounced. Hopefully it’s not “Karens”.

“The Kia Carens perfectly embodies our latest design philosophy, ‘Opposites United’, and it successfully combines sportiness with a sophisticated personality and style with unique aesthetics…The Kia Carens is a true reflection on what today’s customers want from their three-row vehicles.” – Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Design Center

Kia Corp has always been known as a mass-market brand, also known as an automaker that can be found all across the market. It doesn’t fit into one specific niche, but a mass-market brand usually bounces off the barrier known as “luxury brand” vehicles. The same could be said for Kia Corp, but as of late, the automaker has been blurring the lines of what constitutes a “luxury brand”. First released in 2019, the Kia Telluride SUV is not only the largest SUV in the lineup, but won the “Triple Crown” of Automotive Awards in its first year. When Kia first released the new Kia Carnival MPV this summer (2021), the automaker took its first step into the luxury segment with the options available in this “multi-purpose vehicle”.

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Kia EV6 Wins TopGear Crossover of the Year Title

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
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The Kia EV6 is making a lot of noise as of late, the first all-electric vehicle from Kia Corp after naming itself an all-electric automaker. Kia Corp won’t just be selling electric vehicles (EVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) – the rest of the lineup is sure to stick with some internal gasoline combustion engine vehicles, especially with the Kia Telluride SUV landing on the Car and Driver 10Best list, again. The Kia EV6 is simply the first vehicle from Kia without a gasoline or plug-in hybrid version to come before it. Built on the new E-GMP platform, the EV6 is sure to be another winner in the books, having just earned the coveted “Crossover of the Year” title at the 2021 TopGear.com Awards.

“With the EV6, Kia has gone all-in; wholly electric, wild styling, class-leading charging, gadgets galore. It delves deeply into the concept of a mobile lounge, the EV6 pushes into the darker corners of making an EV actually interesting to drive. It’s also spacious, nicely-equipped and well-built. It cruises with all the best bits of EVs – quiet, smooth, calm – and then punts down a backroad with proper potential. A crossover in more than one sense, then. For the car, and the brand.” – Tom Ford, Associate Editor

Top Gear’s judges were most impressed by the style of the EV6, its dynamic performance (cue the GT model), long-electric driving range – a total of 317 miles with the 58.0 kWh battery pack, and about 314 miles with the 77.4 kWh – and 800-volt ultra-fast charging. We definitely saw the power of this, able to 10-to-80-percent charge in less than 20 minutes with the recent entry of the EV6 in the Guinness Book of World Records for shortest charging time to cross the U.S. in an electric vehicle. Move over, Tesla!

Yes, we mentioned a GT model. Kia Corp isn’t just focused on EVs. When the Kia Stinger sports car was first released, the concept was simple: design cars that are as fun to drive as they look. The Stinger set a new tone for Kia vehicles going forward, with pretty much every new model adopting the new swept back hood, and eventually the Kia Optima turning into the new smash hit, the Kia K5. With all of this, Kia opened up a new GT-line, where a handful of models will get a GT model specifically for high performance. The GT-Line joins the X-Line and the EX Designer Collection models.

How good can an EV GT be, really? The Kia EV6 GT is able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. That’s on par with the 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody and faster than the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye! Albeit for a fraction of the price, too. The Kia Stinger GT was another fast and affordable car that could beat the competitors easily. It’s the new Kia Corp.

Circling back to TopGear, the EV6 didn’t just earn the title of “Crossover of the Year”. The EV also got some of the spotlight in the latest issue of BBC Top Gear Magazine, and this month’s issue is a special one. Printed as an awards issue, only the best new cars in the world today are featured. That really says it all. Available in 2022, the Kia EV6 is heating up EV competition. Want to get behind the wheel of your own Kia EV? Find the EV6 at Miami Lakes Automall.

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Kia Reveals EV9 Concept

Thursday, November 18th, 2021
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The new EV9 concept teased by Kia Corp was unveiled during the AutoMobility LA event starting this week and lasting through November 2021. An all-electric SUV concept, let’s not get too excited about it just yet. Sure, there is a lot of information to comb through, some fluff, and a lot of state-of-the-art tech is promised. Some of us are still irked over the early “Telluride Concept” and the complete and utter lack of the technology promised in the concept. Somewhere during production, Kia Corp made the choice to lean towards adventure and lifestyle with the Telluride. Let’s see how well the EV9 will match the current concept.

Built on the same Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) of the EV6, the new platform the Hyundai Motor Group (including Kia) will be using as the foundation for all upcoming electric vehicles (EVs). Continuing to live up to the ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy, new vehicles are being designed based on nature while still making them hard-working machines. Production went so far as to make use of upcycled materials developed from collected waste deposited into the marine ecosystem. For example, recycled fishnets were used in development of the flooring of the vehicle, the seating fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles and wool fibers. Vegan leather is also an option.

“The Kia Concept EV9 is yet another important marker for us in what has been an incredible journey since the start of the year. Having made our intentions clear – to become a global leader in sustainable mobility solutions – today we are proud to show the world our all-electric SUV concept, which fuses together an advanced zero-emissions powertrain, a cutting-edge exterior design and a contemporary and innovative tech-based interior space,” – Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design Center

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In terms of power, the battery pack hasn’t been announced, but this all-electric SUV has a driving range of up to 300 miles. Featuring next-generation ultra-fast charging technology with a 350-kW charger, consumers can expect anywhere from 10% to 80% in 20-30 minutes. The shape of the vehicle is a little boxy with wild, bold lines, but they flow, matching a design vision of “water flowing down” for a more aerodynamic performance. A major change is in the front fascia, finally donning the new “Tiger Face”. In this new world of EVs and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), the traditional grille of a gasoline-powered vehicle is no longer necessary. Instead, the front fascia has been designed to look like a tiger opening its jaw, lower fangs and all.

The star cloud pattern returns to the side of the front fascia, acting as a “welcome light” for the driver, while also serving functions such as light positioning, Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs), and the signature look. Aerodynamics are further increased with a new air vent design and retractable roof rails that close inward into the roof with the push of a button. A next-gen camera monitoring system replaces the old school mirrors to keep the look smooth on all sides. With geometric lines that resemble rocks in the fenders and pillars, machined 22-inch wheels enhance this look, and a unique Daylight Opening (DLO) panoramic sky roof to improve driver and passenger well-being with natural light.

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Inside, the EV9 is spacious and has the feeling of an up-class lounge on wheels. The console itself is bare of controls, replaced with a touchscreen, an interactive 27-inch ultra-wide display that serves as the nerve center for everything the driver or passenger may wish to control, including media, climate control and comfort. Even the steering wheel has been changed for a more “pop-up” look (see image above). From inside, the driver also has control over three models – Active Mode is always on when in motion; Pause Mode is when the vehicle is stationary and turns the cabin into a real lounge by allowing the front row seats to swivel around to face the third row and folding the second-row seats into a table; and Enjoy Mode is perfect for tailgates, turning the third-row seats around and opening up the tailgate and trunk hood for seats while still comfortable.Absolutely no word on a production model. Like we said, we’re not sure how much of this will make it into the final design. The PR didn’t talk much about tech aside from the new touchscreen and albeit voice command control. Kia has been working on all sorts of crazy tech, but not a lot of it has found its way into vehicles yet. Follow along with us on the development of the Kia EV9 Concept when you follow us on Miami Lakes Automall social media.

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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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Kia and Hyundai Form New Urban Air Mobility Company – Supernal

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021
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Since the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, Kia Corp (part of the Hyundai Motor Group/HMG) has been on a venture with Uber for a new type of ride-hailing – aircrafts. Sounds crazy – letting a complete stranger fly us from one place to the other, but is it any different than flying in a commercial aircraft or just about any plane on the tarmac? That’s really the main difference, and until cars can fly, a random stranger isn’t going to land on the highway and ask for your name, ready to fly off again. As Kia and Hyundai continue to create new partnerships for the air taxi, it seems like this baby is going to take off soon – pun intended. With that in mind, the Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) announced the start of a new company called Supernal, LLC that will be used as the forefront to focus on future mobility solutions, starting with its Urban Air Mobility Division.

As the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry starts to emerge, electric vehicles are still fighting for popularity among the public, and fully autonomous vehicles are still far away. The Group isn’t crazy, we won’t see any real air travel for several years. At the moment, the Group plans to launch its first commercial flight in 2028. It’s the hope that after two years of operations, the public will become more familiar with these urban aircrafts. How long did it take for people to regularly use Uber and Lyft versus a taxi or bus? The two are very different beasts, but already at work, Supernal’s first air vehicle will be electric-powered, autonomous (we already have autopilot), and the ability to seat four to five passengers on initial urban and urban-adjacent routes.

“We’re developing a commercially viable Advanced Air Mobility product from the start, designing and manufacturing our vehicle to the highest safety, noise, efficiency, and affordability standards…Our growing team, which includes veterans of aerospace, automotive, and other deep-tech industries, is engineering sustainable vehicles that have the potential to evolve how we live, work, and play.” – Ben Diachun, Chief Technology Officer, Supernal

The air taxi is basically a culmination of everything the Group has worked on thus far – artificial intelligence, autonomous control, and electric powertrains – all in the name of creating an ecosystem of mobility. Since the unveiling of the first air taxi in 2020, the Group has been entering into many agreements with aerospace companies, like ANRA Technologies, a company already working on the safe and efficient integration of advanced air mobility (AAM) into existing airspace. Last year, the Group entered into another partnership with the City of Los Angeles and Urban Movement Labs to develop a public engagement roadmap and policy toolkit that other cities can use when managing their AAM efforts.

Right now, Supernal is collaborating with stakeholders to explore concepts on how to get this done. It will take physical infrastructure like tarmacs, landing pads, and runways for personal and/or commercial use. Digital infrastructures may also be used for managing the airways. Could we finally see aerospace highways like sci-fi movies always promise? Keep up with all the updates on the air taxi by Kia and Hyundai when you follow us on Miami Lakes Automall social media.

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