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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 EV6 Earns 5-Star Safety Rating by Euro NCAP

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022
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The new electric vehicle (EV) by Kia Corp, the Kia EV6, finally made it to America this year, 2022, but has been winning awards since its release. Twice in March, the EV6 won an award – the 2022 Red Dot Design Awards and the 2022 European Car of the Year. The EV6 also comes with a new incentive in the American market. Kia America and Electrify America entered a partnership to offer new Kia EV6 owners 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), free of charge, at any Electrify America station across the U.S. If drivers needed any more reason to drive this EV, the Kia EV6 just earned a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

We’re still waiting on safety ratings from organizations in the states, such as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but with the EV6 available longer overseas, the European safety organization NCAP, Europe’s leading independent safety testing organization, has its safety results complete first. Either way, a five-star rating is always great to see, especially with EVs and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), slowly becoming a larger part of the auto industry and auto market. Following extensive testing by Euro NCAP, the five-star rating is reflective of four categories the EV6 scored high in.

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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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Kia EV6 Wins 2022 Red Dot Design Awards

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022
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There has been a lot of news for the Kia EV6 all-electric vehicle recently. Making it practical and affordable with true incentives, Kia America has partnered with two groups well-known to the electric vehicle (EV) community. In February, the Kia partnered with Electrify America to offer new EV6 owners 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), free of charge, at any Electrify America station across the U.S. In March, Kia America made a deal with Currently, a mobile charging service. Winning awards like the 2022 European Car of the Year, the Kia EV6 recently won another award – the prestigious 2022 Red Dot Design Awards.

Never heard of it? Here’s a little summary of the Red Dot Design Awards. One of the largest design competitions in the world, the Red Dot Design Awards rate vehicles based on aesthetics, functionality, ergonomics, quality, and ecological compatibility. That last one big win for the EV6, being an all-electric emissions-free vehicle. Dating back to 1955, the Red Dot Design Awards have a long history. This year, the juror panel consisted of 50 members of independent designers, design professors, and trade journalists Every year, the results are announced by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen, and divided into three disciplines: Product Design, Brands & Communication Design, and Design Concept.

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Kia EV6 Wins 2022 European Car of the Year

Tuesday, March 1st, 2022
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Kia has had a lot of good media for its first all-electric vehicle, the Kia EV6. Receiving awards and high rankings by many automotive publications and organizations, the EV6 has quickly become a highlight of the lineup. During the 2022 Chicago Auto Show, one of our writers got to test drive an EV6 and noted about how smooth and powerful it was for an electric vehicle (EV). Recently, Electrify America and Kia joined forces to give new EV buyers a huge incentive with free EV charging at Electrify America charging stations (limitations apply). Just before the end of February, the EV6 got another feather in its cap, named the 2022 Car of the Year in the prestigious European Car of the Year (COTY) awards.

“It’s a great honour to have won the 2022 European Car of the Year with the EV6, the first ever Kia to win this prestigious award. The EV6 is truly a landmark development that’s been designed from the outset to make electric mobility fun, convenient and accessible by combining a highly impressive real-world driving range, ultra-fast charging capabilities, a spacious high-tech interior and a truly rewarding driving experience. The EV6 is an exciting sign of what’s still to come in our evolving electrified line-up.”  – Jason Jeong, President at Kia Europe

This was no easy feat. The competition this year was huge, but the Kia EV6 beat the Hyundai IONIQ 5, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Škoda Enyaq iV, Cupra Born, Renault Mégane E-Tech, and Peugeot 308 for the title. A strong jury consisting of 61 highly respected motoring journalists from 23 European countries, there was no favoritism here. With multiple perspectives taking a look at the list, over sixty models launched during 2021 made the list, and in November, the list was whittled down to just seven vehicles, six of which were EVs. With the success of EVs rising, it makes sense that the auto market and consumer base is shifting towards alternative fuel now more than ever.

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Test Driving Kia Models at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show

Tuesday, February 15th, 2022
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The 2022 Chicago Auto Show is happening through the middle of February 2022, and this time, we got to get in on the party and check out what’s happening. Test drives, Camp Jeep’s new mountain, arcade-like simulations, and previews of upcoming vehicles – there was a lot going on. At the same time, it felt like there could have been…more? Some exhibits were just large dealership showrooms with someone talking with a microphone. Yours truly got to do a couple of test drives for Kia vehicles, so I’ll be sharing my experiences here.

Test Drives: Kia EV6 and K5

I actually had two experiences with the Kia EV6. The first was a ride-along in a small, closed test-track (seen above). After getting into the front passenger seat, the driver for the event took us slowly around a turn before gunning it to show off the power of the Kia EV6. Ladies and gentlemen, this was a Kia EV6 First Edition, featuring dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) setup with a 77.4 kWh battery that powered a 160kW front motor and a 270kW rear motor. 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds is no joke, and the switch to “Sport” mode really showed the level of control an electric vehicle (EV) can provide thanks to all that torque that can be generated at 0 RPM – capable of up to 538 lb. -ft. of torque. The rest of the drive was the driver talking about all of the features like I was a clueless consumer – hahaha.

Later, I got in line to test two Kia vehicles we’re fans of. I of course had to get behind the wheel of the EV6 to test that power for myself, and it did not disappoint. It was smooth, quiet, and didn’t feel much different from a regular vehicle. The interior is pretty high-tech (seen above), and the varying drive modes really change it up! The Kia EV6 in Sport Mode makes the throttle and the brake system so sensitive that just tapping the pedal can send it soaring down the road or bringing it to a stop.

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Kia America Shares Robo Dog 2022 Super Bowl Ad-Spot

Thursday, February 10th, 2022
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Last week, Kia America shared a small teaser of its upcoming Super Bowl Ad. Always one to release a video with their marketing campaign close to the date of the game, this was expected. Every year, Kia America tries to get involved with the community in some way to give back and enrich the lives of others, especially around the time of the Super Bowl. For two years, Kia America used the Great Unknowns Scholarship Program to give gifted youth a chance to go to college and earn a degree. Then there was the Yards Against Homeless initiative, where Kia America donated $1,000 for every yard gained during the Super Bowl game to each of their three charity partners – Covenant House, Positive Tomorrows and StandUp For Kids. This year, the attention is turning to those who can’t speak and need a loving home – animals. That’s why the new Super Bowl ad-spot features a robotic dog.

“The EV6 marks the beginning of Kia as a sustainable mobility solutions provider and is the next step in our shift to electrification…To introduce over 100 million viewers to the Kia EV6, we wanted to juxtapose the future with the emotions we all know and understand today – the love that can be shared between a human and an animal… At Kia, we continue to give back to the communities in which we work and live,” continued Wager. “We looked at issues that needed attention and found that during the pandemic, many animals were adopted only to sadly be returned later, so we wanted to help.” – Russell Wager, vice president, marketing, Kia America

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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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Kia Reports New All-Electric Range for 2022 EV6

Thursday, December 16th, 2021
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Are you ready to go green? Now is the easiest time to choose an alternative fuel vehicle, when the auto market is just starting to brim with possibilities. Many automakers, maybe even some of your favorites, are finally taking the plunge into electrified vehicle territory, whereas trailblazers like Kia Corp are continuing to win, win, win when it comes to plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs). Heck, their latest all-electric vehicle, the Kia EV6, has been a hot commodity since its reveal. The First Edition of the Kia EV6 sold out in record time, the EV6 won the TopGear Crossover of the Year Title, and when it comes to a green vehicle, nothing says it like a Carbon Measured Label from Carbon Trust. The year is almost over, but the benefits of the EV6 keep coming with a new EPA certified all-electric range of 310 miles.

“Offering EV6 customers over 300 miles of all-electric range per charge, combined with the ability to recharge quickly and efficiently, is foundational to the rollout of our Plan S Strategy that positions Kia as an EV leader,” – Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America, Kia America

This wouldn’t be the first time Kia has had some changes with the EV6 driving range. Ratings are always different when it comes to the EPA, but originally, Kia had some different numbers. The Kia EV6 is built on an all-new E-GMP platform that will work as the foundation for Kia EVs going forward. Available with two powertrain sizes, 58.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh battery powering an electric motor, and with the ability to get rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), the EV6 was proving to be a sporty EV with choices. When it came to driving range, Kai reported a total driving range of 317 miles with the 58.0 kWh battery pack, and about 314 miles with the 77.4 kWh. They later reported a total of 328 miles for the EV6 with the 77.4 kWh battery, but only if the model is engineered with RWD.

So it comes as a bit of a surprise that the EPA would find different numbers, reporting a max of 310 miles when the EV6 is configured with a 77.4 kWh battery and RWD. This includes the EV6 GT and the EX+ that came standard with the larger powertrain. There is no fuel economy for an EV, but for those that want something similar, the EV6 gets about 4 miles per kilowatt hour (how much energy is produced in an hour). The EPA also reported a total of 232 miles when the EV6 was equipped with the 58.0-kWh battery.Regardless of who says what, the best way to test out the range of an electric vehicle is to drive one yourself. You can find the new Kia EV6 at Miami Lakes Automall and then take a nice little road trip. For those of you who really like to go green, this tip is for all you vegans out there. Farmers Markets are the best place to find organic, friendly meat-alternatives but sometimes it’s hard to find some good “chick’un”. The Kind Cleaver is a vegan chef that makes all-natural, vegan deli meats and chick’un that tastes like the real thing. If looking for your next green meal, take a ride with the EV6 to the Winter Garden Farmers Market in Orlando, Florida and find out what you’re missing.

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