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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.
Last week we talked about how strong Kia Corp continues to grow after the pandemic shook things up in 2020 and the semiconductor chip shortage is hurting just about everyone. Even so, Kia Corp closed out the first half of 2021, the second quarter ending in June 2021, with the highest ever record for first-half yearly sales – 378,511 units sold. Some might think it’s because it’s the first half of the year, people want to get out there and start driving again, maybe treat themselves to a new car or keep a new resolution to travel more. Well, the sales for July just came in, and Kia Corp continues to impress with the automaker’s highest July sales in company history.
“Kia continues to build on the momentum from our record breaking first-half by setting yet another recor…Kia sold more than 74-percent of our available inventory in July as compared to 34-percent during the same period last year, a solid reflection of the strong consumer interest in the brand.” – Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia North America and Kia America
That’s crazy. Sure, just about any automaker is going to sell more than they did last year, but even with the aftermath, Kia sold 74-percent of all available units produced. That’s not bad at all. The new record for Kia Corp for July sales is 70,099 units. The Carnival MPV was recently introduced and has seen a steady rise in sales. Kia posted the fourth consecutive month-over-month increase for the Carnival, marking the model’s highest monthly sales performance, with nearly over 3500 units sold in July, a total of 15,641 units sold to-date for 2021. The major breadwinners for July though are the Kia Forte, Kia Sportage, and Kia K5/Optima, followed by the Kia Telluride before falling under 8,000 units sold. In total, July sales were up by 34-percent year-over-year, or when comparing 2021 sales with 2020 sales.
These sales in July only help compliment some of Kia Corp’s success in July alone. Recognized with prestigious industry awards and accolades, the 2022 Stinger sports sedan was awarded the Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) award by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). Most recently, the Kia K5 was named the most satisfying premium midsize car, and the Telluride rated as the most satisfying Large Crossover SUV during the 2021 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards by AutoPacific. Vehicle satisfaction is decided by real owners who take a survey designed to rate vehicles on 36 individual model attributes ranging from driving performance and features usability to seating comfort and interior design. More than 89,000 new car and light truck owners answered the survey this year. If you need a strong opinion, there it is.
Remember, the Kia Sportage is all-new for the new generation in 2021; the Kia Telluride is the automaker’s largest SUV to date (and there are rumors about an ell-electric variant); and the Kia K5 is the all-new generation of the Kia Optima, bringing its sports car style and performance to the forefront of the model. Kia even released a new GT-Line AWD Premium Package for the K5 to really show off its performance capabilities. The newest of them all is the Kia Carnival MPV, the most luxurious vehicle by Kia Corp thus far.Want to check out these new vehicles by Kia Corp? Find your new Kia vehicle at Miami Lakes Automall.
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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(more…)
Kia Corp has been making a lot of changes, and it’s not just the name. New models, new limited editions, upgraded old models, there is something new every few weeks, and July is already seeing a good share of news. The latest to come from Kia Corp is the fifth-generation Kia Sportage, changed up for the better from the ground up, let’s check out all the highlights of the new ultimate urban SUV. There are plenty of new things to check out.
What’s New for 2022?
Everyone likes something new – new is always better. It all starts with the body of the new fifth-generation Kia Sportage, with the architecture combining a design that focuses on the driver and state-of-the-art premium interior that seems to be the next milestone in Kia Corp design. The 2018 Kia Stinger was the first model to start the “swept-back roof” craze that many models have adopted thereafter, and the next is an integrated curved display that makes up the dashboard and center console. This design has been mentioned in several new models for 2022.
New technology also comes to the 2022 Kia Sportage. All about safety, many passive and automatic safety features, like Kia Corp’s advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) package, can be found in the SUV. That includes features like Kia’s industry-leading Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Highway Driving Assist (HDA), Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC), a new Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) system, Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM), and Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA).
A new E-Handling system helps keep the vehicle stable while still being agile, offering better performance in a large vehicle, and with new-generation Electric Control Suspension (ESC). If looking for an SUV that can handle various driving conditions, the new Terrain Mode allows capabilities for driving through snow, mud, and sand. Another huge change, the all-new Sportage will be the first Kia vehicle to be available in long-wheelbase and short-wheelbase model variants – depending on the region (that means maybe not US).
“Our new Sportage is a true inspiration for the SUV category in every sense…Be it the forward-thinking design, stellar interior, next-generation tech, efficient and responsive powertrains, the highest levels in safety systems or the very latest engineering breakthroughs that guarantee a responsive and optimal drive – the all-new Sportage is the ultimate urban SUV.” – Artur Martins, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Brand and Customer Experience Division at Kia Corporation
Why are “clean” and “muscular” the words every automaker looks for to describe a vehicle? At the core of the new 2022 Kia Sportage is Kia’s new design language – Opposites United. Starting from the front is a new detailed-orientated black grille graphic that stretches across the front fascia and pulls together the modern signature Tiger Nose grille. Matrix LED head lamps are met with futuristic-styled boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lamps below.
Going for a sporty look with clean-cut but refined lines, the next generation of the Kia Sportage will also be the first to offer a black roof to contrast the paint color of the rest of the body. A chrome beltline curves up onto the rear of the vehicle and meets with the rear spoiler, following that sporty look. Razor rear lamps give the back a wide impression to match the front, and the new Sportage rides on 17-inch, 18-inch, or 19-inch wheels with seven different alloy designs, colors, and finishes to choose from.
The interior is made with premium materials, and that curved display making up the front of the cabin comes with a high-tech 12-inch touchscreen and an advanced integrated controller that act as the hub for connecting driver and passenger to the car. A 12-inch instrument cluster can also be found here, now clearer than ever. The entire center console comes with a slim touchscreen pad, air vents, operating system configuration, cupholders and soft-touch switches, a smartphone charging bay for high-speed wireless charging, and a rotary dial for transmission.
The X-Line has been added to the next-generation Kia Sportage, and this new look is only matched by its GT-Line. Added to the outside on the X-Line Sportage lugged bumper, side sill, and a curved roof rack, whereas the interior comes with a signature sage green color, matching the already vibrant cabin. Bold quilting and black metal wood only enhance the persona. If looking for an SUV with dynamic performance, the GT-Line will surely offer that, while also coming with its own signature look of contrasting black and whites.
Two engines will be available for the 2022 Kia Sportage from launch. The first is a high-tech 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with gasoline direct injection, able to generate 177 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Interestingly enough, although the less powerful engine, this powertrain comes with Kia Corp’s 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (7DCT, with a 6-speed manual transmission available. The more powerful of the two options is a new and highly efficient R2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine, able to generate 183 horsepower and 307 lb-ft of torque, designed to drive down carbon emissions and increase fuel efficiency. This engine comes with a new and re-engineered 8-speed automatic transmission.
Continuing to go green, Kia Corp is offering plug-in hybrid variations of many models already in the lineup, if not completely releasing a new all-electric vehicle similar to them. That means the new Kia Sportage will feature hybrid (HEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models for eco-friendly options. Little information about these models and their powertrain options are currently barren, but we can guess two options for two different driving ranges.
As we get closer to the release of the next-generation 2022 Kia Sportage, more information about the tech features and comfort and convenience will surely be released. At the moment, the best we can gather from the press release on the Sporage – aside from what’s available in the center console – is an industry-leading Harman Kardon premium sound system with in-car surround sound. It’s like a concert every time you take a drive.Keep up to date on the latest news about Kia Corp and Kia models when you follow us on Miami Lakes Automall Kia social media.
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Kia Motors, or should we say Kia Corp, really loves its lineup. I mean, really, really loves the lineup. So much so, that whenever a new vehicle comes out, or even a refreshed version is released, it’s all the automaker can talk about. Not too long ago it was the highlights of the 2021 Kia Seltos, boasting all the good news about the redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento, recording death-defying stunts with the Kia K5, a refreshed Kia Stinger that received a special edition Kia Stinger Scorpion package, and then there’s the electrifying Kia EV6. The next lover Kia Corp is gushing over? Only the all-new Kia Sportage will do, setting new standards for the SUV class.
Entering its fifth generation, the all-new 2021 Kia Sportage embodies Kia’s new design philosophy – Opposites United. Made up of five pillars – Joy for Reason, Power to Progress, Technology for Life, Tension for Serenity, and Bold for Nature – this SUV has been carefully crafted to inspire customers with its new interior and exterior design. Received earlier this year to great acclaim, SUV design will have new benchmarks to surpass if they’re going to compete with a Kia model. Redefining itself every year with bigger and better ideas, Kia Corp is giving the Sportage a new lease on life.
“Reinventing the Sportage gave our talented design teams a tremendous opportunity to do something new; to take inspiration from the recent brand relaunch and introduction of EV6 to inspire customers through modern and innovative SUV design. With the all-new Sportage, we didn’t simply want to take one step forward but instead move on to a different level in the SUV class,” – Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Design Center
The front fascia starts out with a detailed-orientated black grille graphic that stretches across the width of the face, drawing the eyes to the main frontal features of the all-new Sportage. Although Kia Corp has designed a new “Tiger Face” that seems to be appearing on more eco-friendly models like the EV6, the “Tiger Nose Grille” returns for the new SUV. From the side, the all-new Kia Sportage is sporty, yet refined with new features for the Sportage lineup, starting with a black roof to contrast the rest of the body color. From front to rear, a chrome beltline follows the SUV into a new rear spoiler that says this SUV is just as sporty as the rest.
For the interior, Kia Corp only uses the highest quality materials that are nice to look at and touch for a sense of luxury. The center console offers storage, operating system configuration, cupholders and soft-touch switches, and the transmission has been reduced to a shift-by-wire transmission rotary dial to get rid of some of the clutter. New tech also pops up with a sculpted integrated curved display and slim crush touchscreen pad. The display covers the width of the front of the Sportage, and with three-dimensional air vents, the cabin really does feel like a cockpit.
Remember the X-Line? Kia Corp was working on GT, X, and Designed Collection versions of some of its vehicles a few years ago. The all-new Kia Sportage brings it back with the Sportage X-line, featuring a unique bumper, side sill, and curved roof rack added to the exterior, and bold quilting and black metal wood in the interior. Consumers have the choice of signature sage green or black for the color of the seats.
Due for a global market launch later this year, Kia Corp will reveal more information about the all-new Sportage in time. When there is more to know, you can learn all about it here on the Miami Lakes Automall Kia blog. Or, visit us on Miami Lakes Kia social media to keep up with what’s new for Kia Corp. In the market for a new model? Check out our inventory of new KIa models today.
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The 2021 Kia Sportage may be out and the 2021 annual year is still somewhat fresh, especially after all those April showers, but the 2021 model year is already starting to rev up for some automakers. Here we are, almost in May 2021, and Kia Motors has released some of the specs for the 2022 Kia Sportage. New for ’22 is an LX Value Edition Package, a new Nightfall Edition, and upgraded tech. Check out some of the highlights below.
Trims and Powertrain
The number of trims for the 2022 Kia Sportage are still just four, but with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive available on each, Kia has eight different starting MSRPs. The MSRP for the 2022 Kia Sportage ranges from $24,090 to $35,250 (plus destination fee). The lineup is as follows: LX, Nightfall Edition, EX, and SX Turbo. The Nightfall Edition replaces the S trim for 2022.
Two engines are available but come standard on one trim or the other. The LX, Nightfall Edition, and EX trims are all powered by a 2.4L I4 engine with gasoline direct injection (GDI), able to generate up to 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. The SX Turbo trim is the only one to come with a 2.0L Turbocharged I4 engine with GDI under the hood. Able to generate 240 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, it’s mighty for the compact SUV. Regardless of trim or drivetrain, all vehicles come with a six-speed automatic transmission.
New Packages and Upgrades
The LX Value Edition Package mentioned above adds a couple of things to the LX trim for those who get the base trim but want more bang for their buck. This package adds 18-inch dark gray wheels, a Smart key with push button start, and heated front seats. Just a little more convenience, but the price has yet to be announced. Also being added as an upgrade is the panoramic sunroof, now standard on the EX trim.
Technology and safety features are also abound on the 2022 Kia Sportage. Two more packages, the EX Tech Package and SX Turbo have been equipped with new complimentary map updates including new points of interest and ADAS features support. For safety, now standard on all trims are the following: Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, and High Beam Assist. IF looking for extra safety features, Blind-Spot Collision Warning is standard on all trims but the LX, but is made available in the LX Value Edition Package. The same preference goes for Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning.
Consumers can also look forward to an 8-inch touchscreen with UVO link available on the Nightfall Edition with SirusXM Satellite Radio and Voice Recognition. This setup is available with voice-command navigation available on the EX trim. The 2022 Kia Sportage SX Turbo comes with UVO link, voice-command navigation, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio standard.
This is a bit of an early release, but the compact SUV is already available, consumers can start riding around in the 2022 Kia Sportage soon enough. Come to Miami lakes Automall and find your 2022 Kia Sportage today.
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The auto industry is picking itself up by the bootstraps and automakers are starting to get back to work, with Kia Motors charging forward like a warrior into battle. Even with the economy and many industries taking a hit during the Coronavirus pandemic, Kia Motors, surprisingly, didn’t do half bad during May 2020. As far as we can see, the total sales year-to-date (YTD) in 2020 when compared with the YTD sales in 2019, Kia Motors is only about 30k off. The vehicles matching the closest with last year’s numbers are large vehicles, and those are the perfect vehicles for a road trip when practicing social distancing.
“With our expanded lineup of award-winning SUVs leading the way, Kia continues to defy expectations and outperform the industry. In fact, Sportage set a new retail sales record for the month of May…And with several exciting new products debuting in the months ahead and our dealers implementing touchless shopping and servicing practices, we continue to focus not only on exceeding the needs of our customers but also on their health and well-being.” – Bill Peffer, vice president, sales operations, Kia Motors America
In May 2020, Kia Motors sold 7,756 units of the Kia Sportage, with the Kia Sorento close behind with 7,262 units sold. Even the Kia Sedona minivan, a dying breed, sold more units in 2020 than it did in 2019 with 1482 units sold. Although vehicles with 5-8 passenger seating capacity may not be the best idea fully packed during a worldwide pandemic, even post-quarantine. However, all the space a 5-8 passenger vehicle can offer makes it easy for the driver and passengers to practice social distancing, if only three-feet-apart versus six.
Now that the Kia Seltos will be undoubtedly coming to America in the next few years, most likely for the 2021 model year, many consumers are beginning to wonder about the differences between this crossover and the already growing selection of hatchbacks, crossovers, and SUVs in the Kia Motors lineup. Some have been quick to point out many similarities between the Kia Seltos and the Kia Sportage SUV, leading some to wonder if we really need another crossover. Don’t be fooled – the Kia Seltos is not only muscular and rugged, but it’s the kind of crossover consumers will want to drive around the city. Let us point out some of the differences that set the Kia Seltos a part from its close-resembling sibling, the Kia Sportage.
Looks Elegant Outside and Roomy Inside
Kia Motors has already slotted the Kia Seltos below the Kia Sportage in terms of size, hence it being a crossover and not an SUV. Even so, with the smaller frame of the Seltos, the crossover takes on a boxy look similar to that of the large SUV, the 2020 Kia Telluride. This gives the crossover a more muscular look that could easily land it a spot in the subcompact SUV class. Keeping up with the differences to set itself apart, the Kia Seltos will be available with cool two-tone exterior color schemes with either a black or white roof.
Big things come in small packages, or that’s what they say. Well, the saying is true for the Kia Seltos. Even with its compact size, with the rear seats folded down, consumers get 62.8 cubic-feet to work with. That’s more than you’ll find in the Kia Sportage. The Seltos even has a little more head and legroom in the front and rear of the cabin.
The Kia Stinger sports car just can’t be beat. Winning award after award, the Kia Stinger will be forever etched into our minds as the Kia Motors vehicle that stole hearts all through 2017 and 2018. It’s not just performance that the Kia Stinger has, although U.S. News & World Report named the Kia Stinger as the Best Four-door Sports Car. WardsAuto also named the 2018 Kia Stinger for Best Interior. Most recently, the Kia Stinger won a Digital Ad Campaign Award for Kia Motors, and there’s even more good news to share. Sharing the spotlight with the Kia Stinger are four affordable Kia models.
Business Insider and the Kia Stinger
Boy, if you want an in-depth look at a vehicle, the Business Insider Car of the Year is the review to look at. Taking home the big trophy for 2018, the Kia Stinger is Business Insider’s Car of the Year for 2018. Having only presented the trophy four times before, Kia Stinger is officially the fifth car to receive the trophy and the award. This sports car follows the Corvette Stingray in 2014, the Volvo XC90 in 2015, the Acura NSX in 2016, and the Porsche Panamera in 2017.
“In the half-decade we’ve been giving out our Car of the Year award, there had never been a vehicle that established itself as an early front-runner only to maintain its perch all year. But as soon as Senior Correspondent Matt DeBord drove the Kia Stinger in the Bay Area at the beginning of 2018, he knew it was something special. On return to Business Insider’s New York office from the West Coast, he could barely contain his enthusiasm.” – Business Insider