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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.
We can’t say we’re too surprised that the 2021 Kia Optima is getting a bit of a makeover. After the 2019 Kia Optima was released with little changes, the old sedan was starting to show its age. In an effort to bring it back to the forefront of the Kia Motors full compact car lineup, the next model year will show come with a few changes. After our comparison of the 2018 Kia Stinger and the 2018 Kia Optima, we’re curious how the two will match up in the 2020/2021 model year.
2020 Kia Optima Preview
Kia Motors has been talking a lot about its SUVs and crossovers ever since the 2020 Kia Telluride took center stage. Now is the perfect time for a makeover while no one’s looking at the sedans and coupes that are also a part of the Kia Motors lineup. Set for 2021, the new Kia Optima design will feature a new sporty front and rear fascia. Highlighting this look are slanted headlights inspired by the overseas Kia Ceed and a full-width LED taillight bar.
The overall design of the Optima has changed as well. It no longer looks like a sedan. If anything, judging by the picture above, it’s certainly starting to take on some sports car undertones. Kia Motors Designer Byungchul Juh has gone on record stating that the Kia Optima for 2020 is just the beginning for Kia Motors working towards a completely fresh design approach for future vehicles.
Now that the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show has ended, we’ve seen all the auto industry had to offer over nearly two weeks. Kia Motors is one automaker that stood out, not because of a model or concept they debuted, but more of a promise for the future of their lineup. It’s not surprising – many names in the auto industry are starting to bring electric motors and batteries into the mix of their vehicles. Kia Motors, however, may have the most alternative fuel vehicles in their lineup than any other automaker. Not only this, but Kia has been on a mission to change the auto industry and are intent on leading the way. Style, tech, alternative fuel are the cornerstones of the new Kia Motors, but can they deliver?
What pops to mind when talking about Kia Motors and style? Is it the Kia Stinger? Currently the icon for Kia Motors, the Kia Stinger brought a whole new attitude to Kia Motors. The automaker was intent on “designing cars that drive as good as they look,” and the Kia Stinger definitely delivered. Able to surpass costly luxury cars that claim to drive fast, the Kia Stinger’s performance may have been the jumping off point for Kia Motors going GT, while giving all of their new vehicles a little taste of the Stinger’s style.
Making cars that look great is one thing, but a vehicle that performs at its best is definitely the GT line of the Kia Stinger. With different drive modes for sharp turns or a long ride, drivers enjoy getting behind the wheel of a Kia Stinger GT. Now, Kia Motors is coming out with a GT for many of its vehicles, starting with the 2020 Kia Soul, Kia Forte GT, and Kia Rio GT. If the automaker can deliver on performance this well, can they also upgrade the tech?
After all the talk about Kia Motors turning into a GT automotive brand, there was a lot of speculation about which vehicles could benefit from a GT. They had to be real winners of the Kia Motors lineup. After all, it would seem that the already popular Kia Stinger sports car started the GT theme with its three “GT” trims. It didn’t take too much time for Kia to name a few winners – the 2020 Kia Soul GT, the 2019/20 Kia Forte GT, and the Kia Rio GT. We all know the Kia Soul will always be funky, and the Forte holds a bit of class. Although the Kia Rio has been around for a bit, it’s still one of those models that fly under the radar. Let’s take a look at what makes this sedan so great, and why Kia chose it for their first round of GT models.
When it comes to the U.S. market, small cars are all but dead. Big name Ford pulled all of their sedans from American shores, except for their beloved Mustang, practically giving up the game. Still, in the midst of what seems like a dying age for sedans, with a quickly saturating SUV and crossover market, Kia Motors is willing to back their Kia Rio.
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.
Back in March 2018, the 2018 Geneva Motor Show took place overseas in Switzerland. During that time, like every year, many automakers showed up with their own new vehicle concepts and debuts. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance showed up to give the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the Renault EZ-GO concept some love. The Hyundai Motor Group was there as well, shining some light on the Hyundai Le Fil Rouge and 2019 Hyundai Kona EV. When we see Hyundai, we know Kia Motors isn’t too far behind. They showed up to debut their new GT lineup, and with the recent news about Kia Motors going GT, it would seem the new lineup is true – starting with the Rio GT.
Earlier, when we learned Kia Motors is turning into a GT brand, we were pretty surprised. After all the good the Kia Stinger is doing for the automaker, we thought performance was the way to go, but that’s not necessarily true. Yes, the Kia Stinger is an award-winning vehicle, but it was also the first sports car Kia designed with a GT trim. This was actually the first test of a GT vehicle, and after all the good reviews, Kia Motors went on to expand their GT lineup with the 2019 Kia Forte GT, debuted in Korea in early October 2018.
Wrap around back to the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, because that’s where our next GT model is coming from. Around the time of its debut, the new Kia Rio GT line looked like a sporty hatchback that shared design cues from the Kia Stinger, a fashion sense we’ll be seeing on many Kia Motors vehicles going forward. When introduced on the auto show floor, the Kia Rio GT was sporting a revised Stinger-esque front grille, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a black boot spoiler.
There was also talk about vehicle autonomy, but every automaker is talking about autonomy these days. Since then, tidbits about the Kia Rio GT lineup have come from news sources and the Kia Motors website. With new style, a turbocharged engine, and smart technology, the GT lineup is going to start a new wave for Kia Motors. We’re just not sure which vehicle will become the new Halo car for the automaker.
Totally called it. This past Sunday Kia finally unveiled its surprise vehicle for their The Curve Ahead promotion at the Detroit Auto Show. Given all the spy footage and teaser videos, a lot of speculation was pointing towards one car in particular, and now we know the truth. The Kia Stinger is finally here!
Woo, what a relief. When an automaker says they’ve got a concept in the sketchbook, many of us feel the reflexive need to hold our breath. Like the proverbial drum roll, you never really know if that concept will see the light of day. When Kia started their The Curve Ahead promotion, it was a small torture. It was never clear what we were seeing exactly.
Less than a month ago, we talked about the long-awaited reveal of Kia’s The Curve Ahead. The wait is nearly over! In a few days, January 8th, The Curve Ahead promotion will finally come to fruition. Until then however, there’s still plenty of speculation to be had. So let’s get to it.
We placed most of our bets on the Kia GT to finally be released with this promotion, and there’s plenty of reasons why. First, recent spy photos from one of Kia’s recent test drives of an unknown model have certainly piqued an interest. Second, Kia announced that they will be debuting a new sedan at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, and the GT is a sedan. Third, “GT” stands for “Gran Turismo” or high-performance and long-distance driving in comfort and style. Could anything better describe the concepts we’ve seen of the Kia GT?
That all brings us to the media being leaked on Kia’s The Curve Ahead promotional website, thecurveahead.net. Four episodes have been released thus far, and two sections are bound to be updated on January 8th -a gallery with plenty of car pictures and a live webcast most likely taking place during the reveal (don’t quote us on that). Here’s a little run-down of each episode.
Kia has a lot of concepts yet to be released, and we do mean a lot. Twenty-three to be exact; twenty-one if we count the ones that have been released or are about to be released. With all those concepts, one has to wonder… when is the next one going to be on the road?
The Kia GT
The Kia Soul and autonomous concepts were shown off at SEMA, along with an autonomous Sedona and the new Kia Niro, and a little while back, we talked about the Kia GT4 Stinger, a very cool looking concept. There were several press releases about the GT4 Stinger when the design was first introduced, and there was talk whether the rendition linked above was the Stinger or another model. There hasn’t been any major news on it since late 2014, it’s one of those concepts that keeps getting pushed back. Now, with Kia’s The Curve Ahead promotion, car enthusiasts are starting to extend their antennae and pick up on what Kia’s next car might actually be.
Although Kia has not published any press releases about the Kia GT since its conception, recent spy photos from one of Kia’s recent test drives of an unknown model are leading enthusiasts to believe that the next model to be released will be the Kia GT. Additionally, Kia made an announcement that they will debut a new sedan at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, so the Kia GT might finally be coming out to play.