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Kia EV6 and Carnival Win 2022 GOOD Design Awards

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022

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.


Kia Reports New All-Electric Range for 2022 EV6

Thursday, December 16th, 2021

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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Kia EV6 Makes 2022 COTY Awards Shortlist

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

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.


Kia EV6 Wins TopGear Crossover of the Year Title

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021

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 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 EV6 Lands Guinness World Record

Wednesday, November 24th, 2021

Since the reveal of the EV6 by Kia Corp, the all-electric hatchback has received awards and accolades. This isn’t uncommon for Kia models, always taking the industry by storm. Back in 2019, Kia announced that it was going to become the next all-electric automaker. Kia Corp isn’t just limiting the brand electric vehicles (EVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), because sports cars like the Kia Stinger and the Kia K5 are still growing and in demand. Recently, the Kia EV6 entered the book of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS for the shortest charging time to cross the U.S. in an electric vehicle. We wonder how previous record holder Tesla is feeling right about now.

“The EV6’s record-setting run is the latest signal that Kia will be a leader in the popularization of electric vehicles…All of Kia’s world-class engineering and experience in electric vehicles will be applied in the move to electrification. The same attention to detail, design, quality, technology and driving dynamics that Kia has become known for will be found in every new electric vehicle we bring to market.” – Russell Wager, vice president, marketing, Kia America

This wouldn’t be the first Kia vehicle to enter the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS book. All the way back in 2016 after the Kia Niro was released, this crossover wasn’t just the world’s first hybrid crossover, but also made history with its own world record. Making a name for itself, the Kia Niro earned the Guinness World Record title for the lowest fuel consumption driving across the U.S. from coast to coast in a hybrid car. The Niro will hold onto this title for now, whereas the EV6 has its own record without needing a drop of fuel.

Drivers took the all-new 2022 EV6 on a journey across the United States, travelling a total of 2,880.5 miles. Distance wasn’t the factor, but how long this seven-day trek from New York City to Los Angeles would take, including charging time. The EV6 was only plugged in for 7 hours 10 minutes and 1 second across seven days of driving. This completely shatters the record set by Tesla, with charging times about six hours less in total. Jeez, excluding a good 8-10 hours of sleep, that’s almost half a day. Consumers can kill 20-30 minutes with a bite to eat, but waiting any longer would sure be a problem for the average commuter.

Some of this can be attributed to the upgrades in power the EV6 benefits from its all-new E-GMP platform and various powertrains. The EV6 can come with two sizes of power units – a 58.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh battery powering an electric motor. For more power, consumers will want the EV6 GT. It comes standard with the 77.4 kWh battery pack, able to produce 576 horsepower with a 160kW front motor and a 270kW rear motor and all-wheel drive (AWD) standard. Wait, did we say GT? We did!

It may sound insane, but Kia Corp is also focusing on GT vehicles. Kia knows people love sports cars, especially high-performance vehicles. What better way to break the auto industry than with a high-performance electric vehicle (EV)? Sounds too good to be true? The Kia EV6 GT is able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 161 mph. With a time of 1.85 seconds, another EV holds the record for speed, but we’re sure Kia is just getting started. The Kia EV6 hits dealership showrooms in early 2022. Contact us at Miami Lakes Automall to find out how to order an EV6 for the holidays.

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Kia Showcases EV6 During the Emmys

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

A year ago, Kia Corp released the new Kia K5 sports car. It was the new generation of the Kia Optima, built with a new look that deserved a new name – at least in the states -the Kia K5 is actually the name given to the vehicle in its homeland of South Korea. Kia took as many opportunities to show off the vehicle’s performance, including a partnership with Summer’s hottest show, America’s Got Talent, and the Television Academy for the 72nd Emmy Awards telecast. Well, this year Kia did it again with the recent 73RD EMMY® AWARDS and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” for the all-new 2022 EV6 Crossover.

“The Kia EV6 is just the beginning of what the future holds for the Kia America brand…Based on the success of the partnerships Kia enjoyed last year with both the Emmys and America’s Got Talent, we continue the launch of this all-new vehicle and highlight Kia’s shift to electrification. These shows feature some of the most inspiring talent in the country today and allow us to introduce our new brand ethos of “Movement That Inspires” to a nation that is getting ready for an EV future.” – Russell Wager, vice president, marketing, Kia America

The Emmy’s took place over the weekend (September 19, 2021), on the CBS Television Network, also available via stream on demand on Paramount+. Via an integration showcase during the Emmys, the EV6 will be featured as the brand’s first dedicated all-electric vehicle. Kia Corp has been going through many changes as a company with the new Kia logo, the new name, and now a new lineup of all-electric vehicles destined to be added in the coming years. The 60-second ad spot for the EV6 was called “Writer”, and you can see it below.

A little interesting, the commercial follows an aspiring script writer suffering from a little bit of writer’s block. The writer decides to take her new Kia EV6 for a drive, and bouts of inspiration hit her to fuel a love story that takes place in Paris during the early 1700s. Historical fiction is always fun – you can make anything up but still relate it to real life events and make it sound real. As you can see in the video, bits of the story are spelled out in large words as the writer drives through the city, passing by people dressed in period costumes, a band of violin players, and a mysterious masked figure. Coincidence or a vivid imagination, Kia Corp ends the ad with its new tagline, “Movement That Inspires”.

As for NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”, the Season 16 Winner and Runner-up received their very own Kia EV6 as part of their prize packages. During the show, Kia was able to show off the brand’s halo sports sedan, the 2022 Stinger and the new EV6 Crossover. Hmm, Kia was so sure it was getting rid of the Kia Stinger but calling it the halo car gives us hope it might stick around a little longer. Our love letter to the Kia Stinger was not in vain, after all.Find your Kia Stinger at Miami Lakes Automall or call us to find out when the EV6 will be available.

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Kia EV6 Receives Carbon Measured Label from Carbon Trust

Friday, August 13th, 2021

What is a carbon footprint? A term that started to become more familiar, maybe new for some, a couple of decades ago, is not commonplace when it comes to taking care of the planet we live on. Earth took billions of years to take shape and become habitable, so surely it has billions of years of resources and life in it right? Those billions of years happened naturally, and humans are just speeding up the sands of time. Automobiles are a huge part of the carbon footprint, and with the slow shift to greener fuel solutions, automakers like Kia Corp will be leading the way into a cleaner future. In fact, Kia Corp recently received the product carbon footprint certification and ‘Carbon Measured’ label for the Kia EV6 all-electric vehicle from the global climate change and sustainability consultancy, the Carbon Trust.

First, a carbon footprint is a term used to describe the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds produced when consuming fossil fuels like oil by a particular person, group, event, organization, service, place, or product. Everything from the food we eat to the waste we produce can play a part in someone’s carbon footprint, but mostly, it’s stuff like energy (gas vs electricity), transportation (personal vs public) and elimination of resources (waste vs recycling). We still have a long way to go, but all-electric automakers can help curb things exponentially.

“This is important validation of a broad range of measures we are now taking to reduce the carbon footprint of a vehicle throughout its lifecycle. As we introduce more electrified models to our line up over the coming years, we will step up our sustainability efforts and ensure we are achieving high levels of transparency when it comes to environmental impact. It has been great to work closely with the Carbon Trust to achieve the Carbon Measured label as one of our first steps to implement new sustainability initiatives.” – Sangdae Kim, Head of Strategic Business Planning Division at Kia

Now, the Carbon Trust is definitely a new name to us, but we may be seeing it a lot more often as more green vehicles make their debut. Just like the ABC Waymo self-driving car needs to get certification from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) before hitting the road, an all-electric vehicle should also come with its own certification. The Carbon Trust is an independent, expert partner of leading organizations around the world that advises many businesses in a variety of industries how they can achieve a sustainable, low carbon world. Just like it did with Kia Corp, the Carbon Trust certifies the environmental footprint of organizations, supply chains, and products.

When measuring the total greenhouse gas emissions, the emissions were measured in carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) to provide consumers with information about the carbon impact of their purchase of the vehicle in question. The Kia EV6 was measured using the PAS2050 Standards as part of the Carbon Trust’s robust product assessment, reviewing the entire life cycle of the emissions from the extraction of raw materials to its eventual termination or end-of-life – we’re talking chemicals here, so if nothing is burning, then shelf-life and half-life is what we’re looking at. That could be years, decades for some. The Carbon Trust ‘Carbon Measured’ label is a validation for the accuracy of these measurements, giving consumers a better idea of how the EV6 can help them reduce their carbon footprint.Want to go green and help reduce your carbon footprint? Look for the Kia EV6 and other hybrid or electric vehicle options at Miami Lakes Automall.

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Kia Corp Sales Keep Rising in 2021

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

Kia Corp has been steadily climbing the ranks ever since it released the 2018 Kia Stinger Sports car and changed the design of its future lineup for the better. Receiving a mid-cycle refresh for the 2021 Kia Stinger, plus a new limited edition, the Kia Stinger Scorpion, the hot vehicle isn’t the only model doing well. With a diverse and rich lineup, Kia Corp is looking at a much brighter year in 2021, reporting better than ever sales records nearly every month. Now that we’re more than a little halfway into 2021, the automaker reported its highest ever first-half yearly sales of 378,511 units sold.

“Kia closed the first-half of the year with incredibly strong sales, and this unprecedented momentum will continue as we further implement our growth strategy to gain market share even in light of industry-wide supplier issues and delayed production…Kia is taking more and more market share in the United States. We are increasing sales of fuel-efficient sedans and our SUV sales are growing based on the strength of our light trucks, including the innovative and award-winning Sorento and the all-new Carnival MPV.” – Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia North America and Kia America


Kia EV6 Gets a Small Boost in Driving Range Before Release

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

The Kia EV6 is the first all-electric vehicle to be released by Kia Corp. Here we all thought it was going to be the Kia Futuron, and although the two share some similarities the EV6 is definitely in its own class. Back in 2019, Kia Corp stated that it would be releasing two new all-electric vehicles to start its all-electric lineup. These vehicles are said to have no predecessor, so the newly redesigned Kia Niro EV and the upcoming Kia Seltos EV – as cool as that is – doesn’t count. The first two vehicles are the EV6 and what seems to be an all-electric SUV, currently dubbed EV8 by the internet, and said to be as large as the Kia Telluride, the largest SUV in the Kia lineup. We don’t have much information on that as of yet, but we do know a lot about the Kia EV6, and with the 2022 model year already starting for some automakers, we could see this new electric vehicle (EV) on the road soon.

Upgrades in Power

Good news is still good news, no matter how small it may be. With that being said, we have some updates about the EV6 powertrain. Built on an all-new E-GMP platform, the EV6 is unlike any other EV before it, from either Hyundai Motor (parent company) or Kia Corp. Equipped with an energy-dense Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese (80/10/10) battery pack, the powertrain comes in one of two sizes – 58.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh. Wanting to prove performance and electric vehicles can share the same set of wheels, the EV6 also comes with a GT-line.

Consumers can get the EV6 with rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), but the GT model comes with AWD standard and the 77.4 kWh battery pack, able to produce 576 horsepower with a 160kW front motor and a 270kW rear motor. Previously, the EV6 had reported a total driving range of 317 miles (give or take with regenerative braking) with the 58.0 kWh battery pack, and about 314 miles with the 77.4 kWh. The latest data from Kia now reports a total of 328 miles with the 77.4 kWh, but only if the model is engineered with RWD. This means the GT trim won’t benefit from this slight boost in driving range, but we don’t expect anyone buying the Kia EV6 GT is using it “just for groceries”.


Kia and Hyundai Enter New Agreement with Next Hydrogen

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

Kia Corp and the Hyundai Motor Group have been very busy with their flying car hailing service. After the initial wave of the pandemic in 2020, Kia Corp and Hyundai started to focus on purpose-built vehicles (PBVs). The other plan was to focus more on electric vehicles (EVs), and although Kia keeps releasing new EVs, like the Kia EV6 and upcoming Kia EV8.We haven’t heard much about PBVs but the two groups have been working on one other plan in the making – a fleet of aircrafts people can hail versus a car. Last month, June 2021, Kia and Hyundai went into an agreement with ANRA Technologies, a company focused on airspace solutions. Now to keep moving forward, Hyundai, Kia, and Next Hydrogen for multiple hydrogen fuel cell solutions, including  urban air mobility (UAM).

“Next Hydrogen’s innovative water electrolysis stack design technology is an ideal solution for enabling the economical production of green hydrogen…We are extremely appreciative of the opportunity to work with Kia and Hyundai Motor, given their industry leadership as champions of this technology. This partnership is expected to accelerate efforts to address the incredible emerging opportunities in sustainable transportation globally.” – Raveel Afzaal, President and CEO of Next Hydrogen

The Next Hydrogen Corporation is a Canadian company specializing in water electrolysis technology, with efforts on working towards a global hydrogen society through cost-effective production of clean hydrogen. At the moment, producing hydrogen is expensive, and the three companies are working on a new stack for hydrogen production. It’s all in the name of HTWO, a new brand revealed by the Hyundai Motor Group. This group is designed to be the world-leading hydrogen fuel cell system. With the help of Next Hydrogen, the goal is to develop the next-generation hydrogen fuel cell system that will be able to power various forms of mobility – automobiles, vessels, trains, and beyond.

So, what is a “stack”? The term has popped up quite a bit so far. When it comes to producing hydrogen, many companies use what is called an “Electrolyzer Stack”. The simplest way to get a hold of hydrogen is through a method known as “electrolysis”, which as the name implies, makes use of electricity. With the help of an electrolyzer, companies can produce hydrogen and oxygen from regular good ol’ water by applying an electrical current to the fluid. The electrolyzer makes use of this electrochemical reaction to separate the oxygen and hydrogen molecules to deconstruct water. We’re then left with two gases, one of which is already used in internal gas combustion engines – oxygen. The hydrogen can then be utilized to power an entire fuel cell stack – kind of like how electricity powers a battery cell. See where this is going?

With the current semiconductor chip shortage, producing electric vehicles is starting to hit a tipping point. Until things get back to normal, which may never be the case, automakers are looking into other avenues to keep afloat and produce green vehicles. The process sounds simple, but if it was, everyone would have a hydrogen-powered car by now. That’s why Kia, Hyundai Motor, and Next Hydrogen are working towards the next new hydrogen fuel cell stack.Want to stay on top of news from Kia and Hyundai Motor? Follow us on Miami Lakes Automall Kia social media.

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