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Four Kia Models Win 2022 Strategic Vision TQI Awards

As the year comes closer to the end of 2022, we expect to see all kinds of cars winning awards and landing on “Best of” lists from automotive publications and organizations all across the industry. There may even be some rarely heard of, like the Strategic Vision’s 2022 Total Quality Awards. Unless on the board for a company, most people won’t be working with an international consulting and advisory service organization such as Strategic Vision, but the head honchos of many automakers rely on it to learn how consumers respond to their products. With nearly 30 segment categories represented, four Kia models won their respective segments this year.

Strategic Vision has become an asset to many companies due to their understanding of consumer data, able to their predicting advocacy, conquest, and loyalty to a brand. This is all according to a collection of consumers’ personal values and decision-making structures, and Strategic Vision’s 28th annual Total Quality Impact (TQI) report is a great example of this. An analysis that goes beyond the quality of a vehicle but also how the consumer evaluates its quality based on emotional attachment, the NVES was conducting by surveying over 112,078 new vehicle buyers after the first 90 days of ownership. Much like the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, surveys give a good look at a sample of the consumer population, and in the case of the NVES, consumers seem to perceive the quality of their vehicles as higher when the “right things work right” – who doesn’t love it when a product works the way it should? Kia Corp received a lot of praise for this.

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The 2022 Kia Seltos Offers More Standard Features

The Kia Seltos took us all by surprise. This subcompact SUV first toured in India, and we weren’t sure if it would stay overseas or come to the states, but in late 2019, Kia announced that U.S. arrival of the Kia Seltos. Now in its 2022 model year, with a starting MSRP of $22,490 (plus destination fee), this would be a good time to know that the Kia Seltos is possibly one of a kind, where the base trim shines just as brightly as the rest of the lineup.

Powertrain

Made up of five trims, the LX, S, EX, Nightfall Edition, and SX, the first three trims are all powered by the same 2.0-liter DOHC I-4 engine, able to generate 146 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. The base trim would be the Kia Seltos LX. This is the trim we want to focus on, so for the engine type, this is all you need to know.

Engineering

Here is where things start to get interesting. Standard on the Kia Seltos is a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The LX is also one of the select trims to come with all-wheel drive (AWD) standard. Even with this drivetrain, the fuel economy is still strong, with an EPA-rated 27 mpg in city driving and 31 mpg on the highway.

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Kia Receives Eight Top Safety Pick and Plus Ratings from IIHS in 2022

Kia Corp may be going through some amazing changes, recently shifting all resources into Kia electric vehicle development, but aside from electric vehicles (EVs) and futuristic-looking cabins, Kia is also about safety. With basic and advanced safety features found in every vehicle in the lineup, Kia Corp has won many awards for its technology and safety. Many of these awards have come from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). In 2018, eight Kia models earned a Top Safety Pick (TSP) or TSP+ rating, and six Kia models earned a TSP in 2020. In 2021, the 2022 Kia Stinger received a TSP+ from the IIHS, and the new luxury Kia Carnival also earned a TSP rating. For the 2022 model year, Kia Corp has tied for the second most TSP and TSP+ ratings to be received for a brand with the Kia Telluride, Kia Sorento, Kia Seltos, Kia Carnival, Kia Sportage, Kia Soul, Kia K5, and Kia Stinger.

“As the Kia brand makes a momentous shift toward electrification with our next generation of vehicles, passenger safety remains a top priority…These eight TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ accolades from IIHS are the direct results of our commitment to delivering the highest standards for crash readiness, structural integrity and available safety systems for our customers.” – Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia America, Kia North America

A little review for how the IIHS works. When it comes to testing vehicles for safety, the organization puts vehicles through a total of five tests for crashworthiness. The term is exactly what it sounds like – how worthy is this vehicle of crashing? As in, if this vehicle were to be involved in an automotive accident, is this the vehicle the driver and passengers would want to be in? Many automakers will boast safety features, and consumers will buy that brand based off the ads and commercials, but an IIHS rating is better than any marketing campaign. With tests for the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and a head restraint test, IIHS measures the safety of a vehicle when it comes to crash avoidance and mitigation.

To receive a TSP+ or even a TSP, a vehicle must receive high marks on the IIHS rating system. The rating system consists of “Poor”, “Marginal”, “Acceptable”, or “Good”, plus a separate rating system for safety features – Basic, Advanced, and Superior. This is a very thorough way of testing a vehicle, and to receive a TSP, a vehicle must receive at least an “Acceptable” rating on all five tests, and an advanced on the safety features. A “Good” rating for the tests and a “Superior” rating for the safety features would result in a TSP+ for most vehicles. Of course, as always, the IIHS tends to have its requirements for each rating.For instance, the above eight mentioned models all received high ratings, but the IIHS also states some required features, such as the Kia Carnival built after March 2021 with LED projector headlights, or the Kia Soul with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights. Like many models, the Kia Soul offers forward-collision warnings, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warnings, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Adding safety and luxury to the lineup, the Kia Carnival MPV comes equipped with 12 standard Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) features, such as Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance-Assist, Parking Distance Warning-Reverse, and High Beam Assist. These are just examples of the advanced safety features Kia Corp is putting into new Kia models. Find your new Kia at Miami Lakes Automall.

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Kia Telluride and Seltos Win Awards from Edmunds and KBB

Since its release, the Kia Telluride has been a winner for the automaker and on its own merit. Winning the “Triple Crown of Automotive Awards” in 2020, the Telluride SUV was named the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY), MotorTrend SUV of the Year, and landed on a Car and Driver 10Best list. We’re currently waiting for a repeat of awards for many Kia models, the Telluride included, as the year comes to a close. Currently sneaking in the last few weeks, the Telluride gets another accolade, named “Edmunds Top Rated SUV,” in the 2022 Edmunds Top Rated Awards.

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The Great Features of the 2021 Kia Seltos

The Kia Seltos compact SUV started overseas, but it soon made its way stateside, and a lot of consumers are showing interest. It’s easy to see why the Kia Seltos offers a lot of great features and options. Starting from a great price of $21,990 (plus destination fee), it’s a great budget car, and with just five trims, Kia Corp makes sure every trim is as good as the last. Take a look at some of these great features.

Design

Available five trims – LX, S, EX, S Turbo, and SX Turbo – the base LX trim comes with the modern standards of technology and performance, starting with an 8-inch touchscreen, an MP3/AM/FM radio with Bluetooth calling, voice recognition, Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, Siri Eye Free, a rear-camera display, and steering-wheel-mounted audio, cruise, and phone controls, and a six-speaker system. This level of entertainment quickly goes up and ends with UVO Link on a 10.25-inch touchscreen with remote connectivity, voice-command navigation, SiriusXM, and a Bose premium audio system on the SX Turbo trim.

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Kia Corp Sales Keep Rising in 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

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Five Kia Corp Models Win Awards in Russia

Kia Corp is well on its way to make more noise with its upcoming electric vehicle lineup. With seven more all-electric vehicles set to launch by 2027, the automaker has already started off with the EV6, the first all-electric dedicated vehicle to be added to the collection. What we mean by that is, the EV6 never had an internal combustion engine predecessor, it started as an electric and will end as an electric. However, over the last twelve months, Kia Corp has released more than just the EV6 – the brand-new Kia Carnival comes to mind, as well as the refreshed Kia Sorento, redesigned Kia K5, and that fancy Kia Seltos that surprisingly went global. All of these, plus the overseas Picanto, and there are plenty of award shows that want to put the spotlight on Kia. All of these vehicles won awards during the 2021 Russian Car of the Year annual Awards Ceremony for their respective classes.

“We are extremely proud that this year Kia has won a record number of awards at the Russian Car of the – one of the most important automotive competitions. Our models became the best in five classes. However the title of “Favorite brand in mass segment” is an exceptional honor for us. It has remained an emotional target for us over a dozen years, being a symbol of recognition and trust of Russian consumers. We appreciate a lot the success we have achieved in Russia. The requirements for a car among Russian car owners are much stronger than in other markets due to difficult road climate conditions and people’s expectations that the car will become a reliable assistant for all occasions. For us, this success means that for millions of customers in Russia, Kia cars meet all requirements and provide excellent customer experience for their owners. Eventually, this is the goal of all our work”. – commented Alexander Migal, Managing Director of Kia Russia & CIS

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Kia Motors Has Best Sales Since March 2016

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

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Kia Motors Takes Home Four Consumer Guide Best Buy Awards

As we get closer to the end of a very long year, many organizations, publications, and businesses are also bringing to a close their studies, reviews, and guides that help the consumer of tomorrow make an informed and confident purchase when scouring through the auto market. One of these many publications is “Consumer Guide”. Having recently put together its “Automotive Best Buy” list for 2021, some choice names have popped up on the list, and we’re always so proud to see some of our favorites. Time and again, Kia Motors grabs several awards, with some models making a second or seventh return to the list. We’re of course talking about the legendary Kia Telluride SUV and funky Kia Soul hatchback.

2021 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Awards

Consumer Guide may not be a well-known name to all, but what this organization does is right in the name. One of the leading publications in the automotive industry with a team of editors that collectively have over 100 years of experience when it comes to making professional, unbiased evaluations of new and used vehicles. Consumers in the market trust guides like Consumer Guide to help them make informed choices, and when it comes to the Best Buy awards, consumers can know these vehicles are the crème de la crème of automobiles.

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Kia Motors Enters the 2020 Rebelle Rally

Kia Motors is one automaker that is always looking for more ways to get involved with the youth and the community. Now more than ever, people are keeping an eye on businesses and how they have responded to the current pandemic. With Kia Motors always looking towards the future of automobiles, their latest contract with New Horizon Studios through the Hyundai Motor Group has vehicle concepts that sound like something out of a Hollywood film. The latest community stunt Kia pulled was connecting with Millennials and gamers by putting the new Kia Sonet into the latest version of Grand Theft Auto V. Next for Kia Motors is entering the Kia Telluride into the 2020 Rebelle Rally.

The race is already on! From October 8 – October 16, 2020, the Rebelle Rally puts female racers to the test. Known as the only all-women, off-road navigational challenge held in the deserts of California and Nevada, drivers cross 1,500 miles in eight days before reaching the finish line. From Lake Tahoe, California to the Imperial Sand Dunes, California, Rebelle Rally is the longest event of its kind in the lower 48 states (sorry, Hawaii and Alaska not included). All riders have to go on is an old-fashioned paper map, a compass, and their guts That means no GPS, no cell phones, no digital devices of any kind, and Kia Motors is entering the race with the Kia Telluride SUV.

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