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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.
During the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Kia Corp, then Kia Motors, revealed the one and only 2020 Kia Soul, the next generation of the funky hatchback (third gen), and it was as great as ever! Many people found the Kia Soul to look a little odd – it’s pretty cube-shaped, blocky even – but that’s part of its charm. The first Kia model to introduce the GT-line, X-line, and EX Designer Collection, the Kia Soul continues to go strong, and Kia Corp recently released the highlights and specs of the next model year, the 2022 Kia Soul.
So many changes have come to the 2022 Kia Soul, it’s like an all-new vehicle. The new Kia Soul comes with the same two powertrains. A 2.0-liter DOHC engine, optimized with dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) can be found under the hood on the majority of the trims: LX, S, X-Line, GT-Line, and EX. Able to generate 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque, driving this “cube” is very smooth. The 2022 Kia Soul Turbo comes with a 1.6-liter DOHC engine with a turbocharger and can generate 201 horsepower. Odd that the GT-Line doesn’t come with this.
The six-speed manual transmission on the LX trim has been discontinued. Now, the LX joins the trims that come with an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). Again, the Turbo 1.6T trim differs, equipped with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT).(more…)
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 has been busy in recent months, reworking and releasing new versions of some of its popular vehicles, like the Kia Stinger refresh and new generation Kia Sorento. The automaker also recently revealed its Carnival Multipurpose Vehicle (or MPV), following the talk of purpose-built vehicles (PBV). The Kia Stinger received a mid-cycle refresh, and the Sorento is all new. Recently, Car and Driver magazine put together its Editors’ Choice Awards list, and one of the vehicles here made it – along with several other vehicles from Kia Motors – the Telluride, Sorento, Soul, K5, and Rio were all named as “2021 Editors’ Choice Award” winners.
Car and Driver 2021 Editors’ Choice Awards
Most consumers should know the name “Car and Driver”. Founded back in 1955, Car and Driver is one of the top names in the auto industry when it comes to reviews, news, and advice for new car shoppers in the market. Always able to provide expert content and leading-edge insights on all things automotive, Car and Driver has earned its right to be called the “definitive voice for in-market car shoppers, enthusiasts, and industry leaders”. With over 12 million unique visitors to the website every month, and plenty of readers, when Car and Driver puts a vehicle on the Editors’ Choice Award, you know it’s a big deal.
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.
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.
People love dogs, and why wouldn’t they? Man’s best friend, great for hunting and playing fetch, they always know when their owners are feeling down and need their furry friend to cheer them up. That’s why we have a day every year dedicated to dogs, and although it has come and gone (August 26), we can still appreciate them as much as always. Recently, well-known automotive name Autotrader posted a list for the “10 Best Cars for Dog Lovers” and wouldn’t you know that the 2020 Kia Soul was named on the list. This hatchback has always been hip and funky for the youth, and young people are always looking for reasons to travel with their dog, haying to leave them behind. Now, the Kia Soul is the official vehicle to get if looking to take your dog for a ride and get some fresh air.
“The Soul has been a longstanding success because its versatility accommodates many different lifestyles, and this Autotrader accolade reinforces there is a Soul for everyone, including dog owners…Whether you’re riding with your pup around town or packing the whole family up for a weekend road trip, the Soul is perfectly cut out for canines.” – Sean Yoon, President & CEO, Kia Motors America, Kia Motors North America
Just about everyone knows about Autotrader but in case the Coronavirus has you living under a rock, it’s the most recognized third-party car listings brand online. Always collecting and publishing new data on the automotive industry and new and old vehicles, in-market car shoppers can stay informed with Autotrader and get very important insight into the car shopping experience. If Autotrader puts a car on a list, it’s most likely a great choice! The “Best Cars for Dog Lovers” has been going on for seven years now, highlighting vehicles that offer the best features that every dog owner could need, although after-market accessories can always add a little more functionality.
Almost a year ago, Kia Motors was named by J.D. Power at the end of their 2018 U.S. Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study, but that wasn’t the only recognition the automaker received that year, and the pattern has continued in 2019. Two vehicles by the automaker, the Kia Rio and the Kia Forte were ranked highest in the small mass market segment and compact mass market segment, respectively. With 2019 wrapping up, J.D. Power continues to complete the many studies they conduct every year. Just a few months ago (July 2019), the Kia Forte was named the Highest Ranking Compact Car in the 2019 J.D. Power APEAL Study, and the month before, Kia Motors was the highest ranked automaker during the 2019 J.D. Power and Initial Quality Study. Now we’ve come full circle, because the 2019 J.D. Power U.S. Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study has concluded, and the Kia Soul has been awarded the title of Best Multimedia Quality in the compact car segment.
2019 J.D. Power U.S. Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study
Let’s do a little review. The J.D. Power U.S. Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study was designed to provide a better understanding of vehicle owner experiences based on the quality, design, and features of their automotive sound system, including hands-free features such as voice command. A lot of the focus is placed on “things gone wrong” and “things gone right,” all of which can be derived from a survey sent out to car owners.
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.