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2021 has been a good year for 2021 so far – better than 2020, but with a few surprises in store. Monthly and quarterly sales have been up, new vehicles are winning awards, and the new EV6 is on the way. In August 2021, Kia Corp sold 74-percent of available inventory, with many models jumping in popularity. With the current good fortune the automaker is experiencing, including the high-rankings received during the 2021 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, it’s time to share with the community and give back a little. This hurricane season was rough, and the most recent damage came from Hurricane Ida, hitting New Orleans with one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. mainland. To aid with relief efforts, Kia America donated $200,000 to the American Red Cross.
“Helping individuals and communities in need is part of Kia’s brand purpose and these funds will support people impacted by this devastating storm…Responding to disasters is a team effort and Kia applauds the American Red Cross and its trained workers from across the United States who quickly mobilized emergency supplies into multiple states.” – Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America and Kia America
The American Red Cross disaster relief efforts are focused on providing shelter, food, and comfort to those affected by Hurricane Ida. This is a continuation of Kia Corp’s “Accelerate The Good” initiative. The last time we heard about this initiative was in May, with Kia donating $250,000 to Covenant House, the largest, primarily privately-funded charity in the U.S. Focused solely on helping homeless and trafficked youth. Prior to this was the second year of the Great Unknowns Scholarship, offering scholarships to students in the U.S. planning to pursue a college undergraduate degree in one of the disciplines included in STEAM: Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts, or Math.
Another way Kia America has recently become more involved with its community is with EnableLA, a ride-hailing service for people with mobility barriers in the Los Angeles area. Made up of a fleet of Kia Telluride SUVs transformed into WAVs, or wheelchair accessible vehicles, each vehicle has been designed with many various mobile solutions, such as wheelchair access, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), UV-free antimicrobial lights, and drivers trained in healthcare. Part of the Universal Mobility Project, EnableLA will be the first of many endeavors to create a mobile ecosystem in the world today.
It’s all about sharing good fortune. As we mentioned, the 2021 J.D. Power IQS recently wrapped up, and although the automaker fell from its previous higher standing when it comes to ranking, several vehicles were ranked as having the best initial quality in their class. The Kia Forte was the highest-ranked vehicle for the Compact Car segment, along with the Kia Soul for Small SUV segment, the Kia Telluride in the Upper Midsize SUV segment, the Kia Sportage with the Compact SUV segment, and the Kia Sedona was ranked highest in the Minivan segment.Want to help Kia give back to the community? You can show your support by purchasing a new Kia vehicle at Miami Lakes Automall.
We’re only a few months into 2021, and Kia Motors continues to impress with new models like the electric Kia EV6 and Kia Carnival MPV, interesting technology, and more awards and accolades to add to the trophy cabinet. The latest honors comes from Vincentric for its Best Fleet Value in America Awards. Known as a mass-market brand, Kia Motors is surely at the top of “fleet” vehicles, constantly topping the charts for the J.D. Power Initial Quality Studies, and Kia Motors intends to extend that quality to the luxury class with the luxury sports sedan Kia K8. This time, the spotlight is on ownership value over the cost of a vehicle’s lifetime.
Vincentric is one of the many names in the automotive world known for working with data and analyzing that data to find the best vehicles on the market today. It takes data, knowledge, and insight into the automotive industry, and Vincentric is a key player that groups like AAA, JD Power, and even Stellantis read up on when looking for information for consumers and automotive insight on what they can provide. The Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards are held to recognize vehicles and trims which have the lowest total cost of ownership over its lifetime.
Every year, automotive publications collect and analyze data to provide new consumers with helpful car buying information to make an informed decision. Many of these publications also hold their own awards and put together “Best of” lists throughout the year. One of these publications and U.S. News & World Report, and although this business covers a multitude of topics, it also collects plenty of information about the auto industry and often puts together many lists to help new car buyers wade through the muck and find a gem. One automaker always shining is Kia Motors, having recently received the Trifecta of 2021 “Best Cars for the Money” awards this year from U.S. News.
What is U.S. News & World Report? As mentioned, it is a global leader in digital news and information that collects information from a number of industries and offers well-informed opinions to offer consumers with advice, as well as providing their own rankings about Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, and Civics. With over 80 years of experience, it is one of many trusted names in the business, like Kelley Blue Book or Autotrader, and recently put together its 2021 “Best Cars for the Money” list. The awards cover 11 different automotive classes and study them for overall quality and value for its respective car segment or class – car, SUV, crossover, truck, etc.
The Kia name isn’t unfamiliar to U.S. News & World Report. In 2018, two Kia Motors hybrids, the 2018 Kia Niro and 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid, were listed on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of best hybrids on the auto market today. They were named around the same time the 2018 Kia Stinger was named as one of the “Best Four-Door Sports Cars”, also by U.S. News. The 2018 Kia Sorento was named one of the quietest SUVs by U.S. News & World Report later in 2018. Now in 2019, U.S. News returns with good news for Kia Motors about the Kia Forte and Kia Soul.
A little review, U.S. News & World Report is a respected piece of literature that is a recognized leader in college, grad school, hospital, mutual fund, and car rankings. They cover a wide range of subjects, automotive being one of them, and publish news, opinion, consumer advice, rankings, and analysis across such subjects to inform the consumer market. Throughout the year, like other well-known car research websites – Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds, and Cars.com come to mind – U.S. News & World Report puts together lists of their chosen best of in a variety of categories.
Recently, U.S. news & World Report put together lists for the “Best Cars for Teens #25k to $30k” and “Best SUV for Teens $25k to $30k”. Vehicles were evaluated based on a number of variables, including predicted reliability ratings, crash test scores, and available advanced driver assistance features. With more teen drivers entering the roadways every day, making sure they are safe and practice safe driving behavior is as important as ever. However, sometimes a first car comes with a tight budget, and that’s why U.S. News puts these lists together.
The 2019 Kia Forte was named on the “Best Car for Teens $25k to $30k” list, and the 2020 Kia Soul “Best SUV for Teens $25k to $30k.” list. The Forte was heralded for its reliability the numerous Kia Drive Wise advanced driver assistance technologies it offers drivers. Alongside this, the Forte provides the driver and passengers with a comfortable cabin and numerous standard modern technologies like an eight-inch touchscreen and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The Kia Soul is known for many things, and safety is one of them. Also featuring next-gen infotainment and technology standard across the lineup, including a seven-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, the Soul offers available Kia Drive Wise technology and earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating.
“We are honored that Forte and Soul took the top spot in their respective segments…These wins reflect Kia’s ‘Give It Everything’ spirit, the commitment to deliver world-class vehicles that stand out from the competition with a plethora of standard equipment, industry-leading warranty and outstanding craftsmanship.” – Orth Hedrick, executive director, Car Planning & Technology, Kia Motors America.
When it comes to finding the right car for teen drivers, safety should always be in mind. Kids today are so easily distracted, having a car with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can help keep them off their phone and focused on the road. Infotainment systems like UVO, available in Kia Motors vehicles, can help them keep their hands on the wheel. Find a safe Kia Motors vehicle like the new Kia Forte and Kia Soul at Miami Lakes Kia.
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Kia Motors is one automaker that is celebrated by many large names in the auto industry. The Kia Forte recently shined on the 2019 J.D. Power APEAL Study, and Kia Motors models like the Kia Telluride are recognized by the IIHS for their safety. As the 2019 model year comes to a close and we get closer to the year 2020, more big names that make up an integral part of automotive research for consumers will start to come out of the woodwork with their lists and awards for the best of the best. One of these names is none other than AutoPacific, having recently announced the 2019 Vehicle Satisfaction Award Winners. Two Kia models make the cut.
“Kia continues to position itself as a leader in design, quality, technology and value, and the AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards are positive proof that we’re developing world-class products that exceed customer expectations…With Forte and Cadenza winning their categories, Kia has proved it’s delivering exactly what buyers want in their vehicles, whether it’s a compact commuter vehicle or a larger, more luxurious sedan.” – Michael Cole, chief operating officer and executive vice president, Kia Motors America.
The Kia Forte has been a spectacle as of late, also named recently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best cars for teens due to its Kia Drive Wise features. An award-winning sedan, the 2019 Kia Forte was named a segment winner in the 2019 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA), having outranked some of its toughest rivals in the compact car segment. The Kia Forte isn’t alone though. Alongside the sedan, the 2019 Kia Cadenza was a segment winner in the 2019 VSA, beating the competition in the large car category.
Don’t just take the word of a AutoPacific for it. Although a future-oriented automotive marketing research and product-consulting firm with expertise in market research, product development, product and market planning and marketing, the voice of the consumer will always make the difference. AutoPacific’s VSA winners are identified based on more than 50,000 responses from owners of 2018 and 2019 model year cars and light duty pickup trucks. The VSA measures how satisfied an owner is with their new vehicle as they rate it across numerous attributes from how the vehicle influenced their purchase decision and how satisfied they are with the vehicle after purchase. The 2019 VSA measured owner satisfaction of a vehicle purchased between September 2018 through December 2018. Over 30 separate attributes were evaluated via the survey responses, ranging from the interior comfort and styling of a vehicle to its fuel economy and performance.
The Kia Forte is such a strong contender in the auto market today, Kia Motors has used it as one of the flagship models for their new Kia GT-Line, the Kia Forte GT. When it comes to driving around in luxury, the Kia Cadenza’s premium design and long list of unexpected high-class amenities earned it some high marks during the study. It’s pretty clear the Kia Motors has a little something for everyone when it comes to vehicle and customer satisfaction. You can find the Kia Forte and other award-winning Kia models at Miami Lakes Kia.
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It’s been a little while since we heard anything about the 2020 Kia Forte GT. Okay, it’s been a long while, seeing as how the last time we heard anything about this new sporty compact car was during its debut at the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show. That was all the way back in November of 2018, and we learned a lot about the Forte GT and the new GT-line by Kia Motors. Now we got the final bits of information everyone’s been waiting on – the price.
Why wait? The 2020 Kia Forte has a starting MSRP of $23,215 (plus destination). Bit of an odd number, but hey, that’s a very affordable price for a vehicle straight from the new GT-line. This compact-turned-performance car comes with a 1.6-liter turbo-four cylinder under the hood, generating 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The engine is tied to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, but for those who prefer manual (with paddle shifters), it’ll cost $600 more. Assuming consumers stick with the standard setup, the 2020 Kia Forte GT is already less expensive than its competitors, like the 2020 Hyundai Elantra Sport ($24,730), 2019 Honda Civic Si sedan ($25,230), and 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI ($26,890).
The new year is only two months in, but Kia Motors has already begun to blow us away with the 2019 Kia Niro EV, the electric vehicle (EV) variant of the original Kia Niro hybrid crossover, the debut of the 2020 Kia Telluride at the 2019 NAIAS, and autonomous technology concepts at the 2019 CES designed in conjunction with their parent group company, the Hyundai Motor Group. Speaking of which, both Hyundai and Kia Motors popped up on the “2019 Best Cars for the Money” list by U.S. News & World Report. As some may know, this accredited publication doesn’t mess around when it comes to their yearly lists, and the “Best Cars for the Money” is one to get attention.
SUVs and Minivans
Winning “Best 3-Row SUV” is the 2019 Kia Sorento, built with an upscale cabin, seating capacity of seven, and a low starting price of $26,290 (plus destination fee). Even the base trim, L, comes with UVO play on a 7-inch touch screen with a six-speaker system, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay at that price. Runner-ups, or finalists in this category consisted of the Kia Sportage for “Best Compact SUV” and the Kia Sedona for “Best Minivan”.
Not too long ago, the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association Auto Show took place, and Kia Motors rolled in with all sorts of concepts to show off. Many of these focused on the new Kia Telluride SUV with five trims on display. During SEMA 2018, Kia also showed us a look at the very first vehicle from their new GT Line, the 2020 Kia Forte GT. The current 2019 Kia Forte is already winning praise, along with its popular sibling, the Kia Stinger. Over the last year, the Kia Stinger has won many awards, and recently one a simple little award for the Kia Stinger digital ad campaign. Well now it’s time for the Kia Forte to shine, having just won the “Southwest Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year” Award.
Southwest Vehicle Lifestyle Award
Never heard of it? That’s because it’s the first of its kind – the first Southwest Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards were held recently at the Bondurant Racing School outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Many media journalists in attendance rated the Forte as the “Best Value” car, and following real-word evaluations, the all-new compact sedan won the award. Many can attest this to the refreshed look and performance with Stinger-inspired design and improved driving dynamics.
“The Kia Forte was really a standout in the Car of the Year field. It’s stylish, efficient, fun to drive, and comes with premium tech and safety features that you’d expect in a car costing thousands more…It really is a ‘Best Value’ in every sense and it exceeded our journalists’ expectations in almost every category.” – Becky Antioco, event director and founder of Southwest Lifestyle Media.
Wow, it seems like Kia Motors is nonstop with news about its upcoming vehicles. Everyone is loving the refreshed 2019 Kia Sorento, the new Kia Telluride SUV at Fashion Week 2018 gave us a whole new look at Kia SUV style, and we’ve heard the good news about the Kia Niro EV fuel efficiency, although the numbers keep changing (for the better). Most recently, Kia Motors has decided to break off from the Hyundai Motor Group path of performance and turn Kia Motors into a GT brand. We’ve heard tidbits about GT vehicles and concepts, but news about several GT models is popping up, including the return of the Kia Stinger GT4 concept as an electric-coupe.
So, a “GT” car is also known as a “Grand Touring” car. Grand Touring vehicles tend to be an automobile in the style of a coupe, sometimes built for only two people, and designed to operate at high speeds while still keeping passengers comfortable. For instance, the Dodge Challenger GT is a four-passenger two-door coupe with all-wheel drive. The Kia Stinger is starting to lean in this direction.
The Kia Stinger is possibly the first Kia Motors vehicle to get the GT tag, with the Kia Stinger GT, GT1, and GT2 trims. It would also seem like the Stinger started a wave, and not just in terms of looks – we can already see several vehicles from the Kia Motors lineup borrowing the coupe style for future model years. The new craze is turning vehicles into agile GT cars, like the Optima GT, Kia Soul GT, Kia Rio GT, and most notably, the Kia Forte GT. More on the Kia Rio GT next week.