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Kia Motors is one automaker really raking it in lately. If it isn’t a new vehicle concept, then it’s another accolade from a big name in the industry. It’s springtime in 2021, and although we’re only a few months into the year, every publication and organization wants a piece of this automaker. Only a matter of time before J.D. Power names Kia Motors as a highly ranked automaker during the Initial Quality Study. Until then, we have other names that every consumer, especially parents, look towards when car shopping, especially if in the market for a would-be teen driver if they got behind the wheel of their own. PARENTS, the leading source for busy, millennial moms, just named Kia on its list for Best Family Cars 2021.
This is no small feat. The PARENTS Best Family Cars 2021 list covers a wide selection of new-model vehicles including minivans, three-row SUVs, two-row SUVs, and family sedans. Just to make the list, a vehicle must provide high-tech performance, safety, and convenience features across multiple categories. As any family knows, life can be unpredictable. Having features to match that unpredictability with versatility makes any vehicle an instant win, but with over 50 vehicles being tested by PARENTS experts, competition can be rough. Sometimes, winners also come down to safety features, and Kia Motors has that on lock down with the Kia Drive Wise package, now known as Kia’s renowned Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS).
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.
Kia Motors is an automaker that is either falling apart or building a conglomerate, because like the Hindu god, Durga, Kia has sprouted many arms and is working in multiple directions for the future. From electric vehicles (EV6) to multi-purpose vehicles (Carnival MPV), this South Korean automaker is one surprise after another. Year-after-year, Kia Motors ranks high in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, but only among mass-market vehicle brands, not all of them. To change that, the newest venture from Kia Motors is the luxury sports sedan, the K8, to dominate the luxury car segment as well. We’ve talked exterior, we’ve checked out the interior, now let’s look at some specs of the Kia K8.
The massive interior space of the cabin is thanks to a larger vehicle overall, with extended length, optimal height and width, and a longer wheelbase. Even at the size, the K8 is still the lightest sedan on the market. So, what kind of powertrain will be under the hood of the vehicle? At launch, four powertrains will be available.
Two of the powertrain options are the same state-of-the-art 3.5-liter Smartstream powertrain, except offered with a GDI (gasoline direct injection) fuel delivery method for 295 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque, or a LPI (liquid propane injection) that can generate 236 horsepower and 231 lb-ft of torque. If looking to test the “Sporty” name that this sedan is aiming for, then consumers will want the 3.5 GDI Smartstream powertrain. A performance-orientated front-wheel-based AWD K8 model will also be available at launch. (more…)
It was just two months ago that Kia Motors announced its all new 2022 Kia Carnival MPV. Usually referred to as a minivan, the South Korean automaker is trying to change the acronym to mean something more with premium design changes and high-tech convenience. Possibly alluding to the upcoming K8, an upcoming luxury sports sedan from Kia Motors, the automaker is launching into multiple directions with electric vehicle (EV) production such as the new BEV Kia EV6, producing purpose-built vehicles, designing a GT-line of vehicles, and leaving the mass-market auto industry to become a luxury car brand. Kia Motors sure is ambitious, and to celebrate the Carnival MPV, an “all-new category of vehicle”, a new marketing campaign shines the light on the upcoming vehicle.
“The Carnival MPV defines a new vehicle segment – the multi-purpose vehicle: versatile, capable and comfortable, and provides owners what they need, when they need it…From daily commuting and long-haul road trips to camping adventures, family vacations and moving duty, the Carnival MPV easily transforms from a stylish and sophisticated adventurer to a cavernous cargo hauler. And everything in between.” – Russell Wager, vice president, marketing, Kia Motors America
Back in 2019, during the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Kia Motors had recently announced that it would become an all-electric automaker with an Imagine by Kia concept. Later that year, Kia released one all-electric concept, the Futuron, and later another electric concept in April 2020. It would seem that the automaker has since split off into three directions since then – electric vehicles, purpose-built vehicles, and sports cars. If the 2021 Kia K5 is anything to go by, the new generation of the Kia Optima, then sports cars are alive and well in the Kia Motors lineup, and after the first wave of the pandemic, Kia Motors and parent group Hyundai Motors were in talks of purpose-built-vehicle (PBV) production. Did Kia Motors forget about electric vehicles (EVs)?
Not even close.
Before the first wave of the pandemic went global, Kia Motors announced its Plan S Strategy to become the leading automaker in the EV market. With a goal of a 6.6-percent global EV market share and 25-percent of all sales coming from eco-friendly vehicles by the end of 2025, there is still a ways to go. Still, this isn’t to say Kia Motors hasn’t been gearing up for its all-electric future. After the first wave of the pandemic hit and businesses started getting back to work, Kia Motors was quick to invest in a new 800-volt battery system for upcoming EVs. Before the end of 2020, the Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) and Kia Motors debuted a new BEV platform, called the E-GMP, dedicated to electric vehicles and future EV production.
Now that March 2021 has passed and the first quarter is over, many automakers are reporting their sales, and a lot of good news is going on compared with last year and the hit many in the industry took after the initial COVID-19 shutdown. Two years ago, the Kia Telluride was released in the first quarter of 2019, and this SUV spearheaded the sales for Kia Motors, making March 2019 the best first quarter performance for Kia Motors since 2016. Kia Motors sold 55,814 vehicles, with the all-new Telluride SUV making up about a tenth of those sales, with 5080 units sold. With the release of the Seltos, K5, Sorento, Carnival MPV in 2020 and 2021, sales have blown through the roof with 66,523 vehicles sold in March.
“After outpacing the industry last year, Kia is on the move again in 2021 and setting sales records as more new customers discover the world-class design and quality built into every one of our sporty sedans and capable SUVs…The successful launches of the all-new Sorento and Carnival have added to the momentum established by the Telluride and helped push the Kia brand to new heights with even greater potential for future growth.” – Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia Motors North America
A few weeks ago, Kia Motors gave the world a preview of its first all-electric vehicle. That is to say, Kia Motors has had electric vehicles before, with the Kia Soul EV and Kia Niro EV, but this would be the first time the automaker produced an all-electric vehicle before a gasoline internal combustion engine or plug-in hybrid vehicle. Going straight for zero carbon emissions and all battery power, the new Kia EV6 is an icon of what comes next for Kia Motors.
“EV6 is the embodiment of the new Kia. It is born to inspire every journey, through bold design, progressive engineering, innovative technologies, and exciting electric performance…EV6 also represents the beginning of Kia’s long-term commitment to sustainable mobility, accelerating the transition not only to clean transportation, but also products, materials and manufacturing.” – Ho Sung Song, Kia’s President & CEO
Making up the powertrain for this EV is a pair of 430kW motors. Showing off the power of an electric motor, the EV6 comes with an all-wheel drive GT trim, able to generate 545 lb-ft of torque and accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 161 mph. Equipped with an electronic-Limited Slip Differential software, the EV6 GT will give drivers a greater sense of control and dynamic ride and handling in all conditions. And people thought a high-performance electric vehicle was nonsense.
The Kia Telluride minivan may have been out for a year already, and some may think that would mean the excitement would die down. When the Kia Niro hybrid first came out, its popularity carried all the way to an electric vehicle counterpart. The Kia Stinger had more of a BOOM-fizzle, hence the mid-cycle refresh of the sportscar (2022 Kia Stinger). But we’re talking about the Kia Telluride, the largest minivan in the Kia Motors lineup, and achieved a rare feat in the automotive industry. In the same year as its release, the 2020 Kia Telluride won the “Triple Crown” of Prestigious Automotive Awards. In other words, don’t expect the good news to die down anytime soon, because this new bragging rights come from the “Best 3-Row SUV for Families” list by U.S. News & World Report.
U.S. News & World Report – referred to U.S. News hereafter – is a well-known publication that covers national and international news in a number of industries. Since 1993, the publication has become a global leader in data and information in the following areas: Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, and Civics. Every time a list is put together, U.S. News takes a culmination of all data for that year, and the “Best 3-Row SUV for Families” list reflects choices based on feature availability, passenger and cargo volume, safety and reliability ratings, and the reviews of top automotive critics.
Remember the Kia K8? It’s that new luxury sports sedan coming from Kia Motors that we took a tour of for the interior. High-end quality of this magnitude may be common for luxury brand automakers, but Kia Motors is not a luxury brand. It is the highest ranked mass-market automaker, according to the 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, but luxury isn’t synonymous when thinking of Kia Motors vehicles. Still, a luxury sedan with such an upscale interior can only be matched with an exterior, also revealed to push the model out with the fast-growing Kia lineup.
“Following our recent company rebrand, we keep moving toward our new brand values with a new model – the K8. This modern sedan has been designed with innovation and elegance at its very core…While paying homage to the K7, the K8 looks to the future. Its progressive exterior takes on character and emotion and combines those qualities with an expressive looking front and a dynamic swooping rear, giving the K8 a high-quality, premium presence that takes direct inspiration from some of the world’s most technically advanced yachts.” – Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design Center
The new signature frameless ‘tiger nose’ grille replaces the old front fascia, integrated into the front bumper for a clean expansive look. An intricate diamond lattice along the grille gives the illusion of moving lights, and the front lamp turn signals resemble a nebula or star cloud. This calls back to the innovative ‘Star Cloud’ lighting inside the cabin that projects glittering and interactive ambient lighting on the door trim and dashboard of the Kia K8. Sitting atop the new grille is also the new Kia Motors logo – sharp, refined, and just cool to look at.
Kia Motors has been having some interesting releases as of late. The reveal of the automaker’s first all-electric vehicle with no precursor, the EV6, had an early preview last week, and multiple looks at the luxury sport sedan Kia K8 are starting to surface. It’s been a busy month for Kia Motors, and another reveal has already jumped into the spotlight. Teased earlier in March, the 2022 Kia Stinger has finally been revealed after its mid-cycle refresh.
New Power Output
We knew the base engine was getting a small upgrade. The 2022 Kia Stinger is available in GT-Line, GT1, and GT2 trims, plus a special edition Scorpion model set for release – release date TBD. The GT-Line is a part of the Kia Motors GT-Line, one of the many plans the automaker has launched alongside its electric vehicles (EVs) and purpose-built vehicles (PBVs). The GT-Line base trim gets a new 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine under the hood, able to generate 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. With rear-wheel drive (RWD) standard or all-wheel drive (AWD) with torque vectoring available, the fuel economy is estimated at 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway with RWD, a combined fuel economy of 24 mpg with AWD.
The rest of the lineup comes with a GT 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, able to generate 368 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque, available with the same drivetrain options, all trims also come with an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. A new electronic variable exhaust system enhances the sound of the Stinger as it revs up and takes off. The GT1 and GT2 trims have a fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway with RWD, and a combined 20 mpg fuel economy with AWD.