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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 Launches New Campaign for EV6 GT – Silence is Powerful

The Kia EV6 has been a ground-breaking all-electric vehicle that has wowed drivers and fans alike. Back in February 2022, we got to test the EV6 during the 2022 Chicago Auto Show, and it definitely impressed us on both, the closed track and the open city streets. Silent yet powerful, that’s exactly the point Kia America wants to make with its all-new creative campaign, starring the most powerful vehicle in the automaker’s history, the 576-horsepower, all-electric Kia EV6 GT. Co-starring is professional driver Kris Martin, a hearing-impaired NASCAR and Le Mans driver.

“The Kia EV6 GT has set a new standard for performance, especially among electrified vehicles…Gone are the days of loud engines and noisy acceleration. The all-electric EV6 GT shows that you don’t have to announce yourself to illustrate your power. In this new era of electrification, the EV6 GT has the confidence to be quiet without losing any swagger or bragging rights.” – Russell Wager, vice president, marketing, Kia America

Co-created with David&Goliath, the 30-second ad spot comes with the slogan of its namesake, “Silence is Powerful”. With Martin behind the wheel, he shows off his six-time National Kart Championship skills as he races through a professional track and showing off the performance of the EV6 GT as he turns sharp corners, accelerates through straightaways, and even drifts a bit. When it comes to the power of this electric vehicle (EV), the sound of revving engines and performance-tuned exhaust systems have always been the highlight, but they’re not the only thing that resemble power, especially in the driver’s seat. Martin uses sign language in the video to describe the power of the EV6 GT, able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds.

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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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Comparing the Kia Telluride X-Pro and Kia Carnival

Kia Corp is coming out with a lot of new vehicles as of late. Going all-electric, the automaker’s lineup is going to be electrified within the next few years, with at least two new battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) every year between now and 2027. During the Kia CEO Investor Day in March 2022, the automaker shared its business strategy for the rest of the decade, with an addition of 14 BEV models planned. The Kia EV6 is the first of many, and although the automaker has dedicated itself to BEVs going forward, there the lineup still consists of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles like the Kia Telluride SUV and the luxury entry Kia Carnival MPV. With the release of the X-Pro trim for the Telluride, consumers are having trouble deciding between capability and luxury when it comes to choosing one of these two strong Kia entries.

Engine Types

Power on both models is pretty similar in terms of horsepower. The 2022 Kia Carnival has a 290 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine under the hood, whereas the 2023 Kia Telluride comes equipped with a 3.8-liter V6 engine able to deliver 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Only the Telluride offers all-wheel drive as an option, for that sense of adventure when driving on different terrain and road conditions, and a max towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

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Kia and HMG Announce Plans to Develop Software Defined Vehicles

As automobiles become more advanced and feature better technology, the age of mechanical engineering will eventually come to a close. Take a look at vehicles a decade or two ago and now. As more consumer technology comes out, automakers eventually add those same features to models in their lineup. What we probably never thought we would see were vehicles that run on software, with its own operating system. With more and more automakers electrifying their lineups and electric vehicles (EVs) slowly becoming the norm, turning an automobile into a computer on wheels seems to be the next step, and Kia with the Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) want to bring Software Defined Vehicles (SDVs) to the market by 2025.

“By transforming all vehicles to Software Defined Vehicles by 2025, Hyundai Motor Group will completely redefine the concept of the automobile and take the lead in ushering in a never-before-experienced era of mobility…Creating visionary vehicles empowered with the ability to evolve through software will enable customers to keep their vehicles up to date with the latest features and technology long after they have left the factory.” – Chung Kook Park, President and Head of R&D Division, Hyundai Motor Group

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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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Four Kia Models Win 2022 Strategic Vision TQI Awards

As the year comes closer to the end of 2022, we expect to see all kinds of cars winning awards and landing on “Best of” lists from automotive publications and organizations all across the industry. There may even be some rarely heard of, like the Strategic Vision’s 2022 Total Quality Awards. Unless on the board for a company, most people won’t be working with an international consulting and advisory service organization such as Strategic Vision, but the head honchos of many automakers rely on it to learn how consumers respond to their products. With nearly 30 segment categories represented, four Kia models won their respective segments this year.

Strategic Vision has become an asset to many companies due to their understanding of consumer data, able to their predicting advocacy, conquest, and loyalty to a brand. This is all according to a collection of consumers’ personal values and decision-making structures, and Strategic Vision’s 28th annual Total Quality Impact (TQI) report is a great example of this. An analysis that goes beyond the quality of a vehicle but also how the consumer evaluates its quality based on emotional attachment, the NVES was conducting by surveying over 112,078 new vehicle buyers after the first 90 days of ownership. Much like the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, surveys give a good look at a sample of the consumer population, and in the case of the NVES, consumers seem to perceive the quality of their vehicles as higher when the “right things work right” – who doesn’t love it when a product works the way it should? Kia Corp received a lot of praise for this.

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