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“Candles that burn twice as bright, burn half as long.” That’s how the saying goes, and the same could be said for the Kia Stinger. Could a quote be any more true for the rise and fall of this sports car? The first of its kind to come from Kia Corp, then still known as Kia Motors, when the automaker was mainly known for its SUVs, hybrids, and electrified vehicle options. At the time, Kia was rethinking its design language for vehicles – the automaker wanted to “make cars that are as fun to drive as they look.” When the Kia Stinger was first released, dealerships couldn’t keep them on the lot. If that’s so true, why is Kia thinking of bringing the axe down onto the Stinger, possibly the hottest sports car in the lineup?
That’s a hard question to answer. Based on company sales, the Kia Stinger is still going strong. Just look at the July 2021 sales for Kia Corp. Whether we break it down by month or year-to-date, the Stinger is selling about as many units, with only 8 units less in July 2021 vs July 2020 and selling over 100 units more than in 2020 between January and July. So what’s the deal with the mid-cycle refresh of the 2021 Kia Stinger? It’s still as popular as ever.
Some nice but unnecessary changes were made – the front fascia comes with a new face, multifaceted reflector LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights, and a new rear combination lamp that stretches the width of the trunk. Keeping the sports car look, consumers can choose 18- or 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels that come with geometric designs. The interior is still as great as ever, adding a metallic finish to the bottom of the steering wheel and an HD 7.0-inch fully-digital instrument cluster to match. Various trims can also come with Kia’s upgraded 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system and make use of the new mood lighting system.
Soon after the refresh, Kia also released the 2022 Kia Stinger Scorpion Special Edition. Only available in a limited run, only 250 units will be available per month while still in production. Built on the Kia Stinger GT2, available with with rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD), include blacked out fender garnish, side mirror caps, and darkened exhaust tips; body-colored rear spoiler; 19-inch black wheels; and carbon fiber-pattern trim for the interior. The exterior paint comes with three options – Snow White Pearl, Aurora Black, and Ceramic Silver – and the interior comes with Red Nappa Leather or Black Nappa Leather for the upholstery. The starting MSRP for the 2022 Kia Stinger Scorpion Special Edition with RWD is $52,585 (plus destination fee), and $54,785 (plus destination fee) for AWD.
Best of all, the Kia Stinger (GT) is faster than most luxurious brands that booast performance, such as BMW and Porsche. Some of these vehicles can cost upwards of $80,000. The 2021 Kia Stinger has a starting MSRP of 33,090 (plus destination fee), and the fastest of the 2022 models, the Stinger GT2, starts at $51,290 (plus destination fee). Buying a more expensive vehicle that can’t even win a race is like buying a Tesla when you could just wait for the Kia EV6. Just doesn’t make any sense.Find out why they Kia Stinger was, and still is, a very popular Kia Sports car, 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…)
When it comes to buying a new car, there are a lot of factors consumers look at – the features, the price, is it safe? With so many organizations out there reviewing vehicles and sharing tips with consumers online and in print, it’s gotten a little easier to go through the car buying process, but when it comes to getting a vehicle that is also safe, consumers trust two big names – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). The latest news for a Kia Corp model deals with IIHS. Recently, the 2022 Stinger sport sedan received a Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) rating, the organization’s highest honor.
To get as highly rated for safety as a TSP+, a vehicle needs to pass five crash tests that measure the safety of a vehicle in terms of crash avoidance and mitigation (ability to lessen the damage and/or injury to passengers). These five tests consist of driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint in the event of a crash. The performance for each test is given a rating of “Poor”, “Marginal”, “Acceptable”, or “Good”. Getting a “Good” rating for each test is one of the only ways to get a TSP+. Sometimes it depends on what features are included. The IIHS also checks for advanced automatic safety features that make the vehicle safer for everyone.
The 2022 Stinger, refreshed for the 2022 model year, earned a “Good” rating in all five tests, plus a “Superior” rating for the vehicle-to-vehicle evaluation, as well as an advanced rating in the vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluation. This is thanks to the Forward Collision Avoidance Assist system in the 2022 Kia Stinger, a standard feature across the lineup. With the refresh for 2022, Kia Corp made numerous safety features standard in all models, not previously available in the past. These include Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with pedestrian detection, cyclist, and junction turning, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Follow Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Driver Attention Warning, and High Beam Assist. This earned it a TSP+ rating, with the implementation of standard LED headlights.
“The Stinger fundamentally changed the way consumers viewed the Kia brand…This latest Top Safety Pick Plus rating from IIHS validates Kia’s relentless pursuit of improvement and advancement, and perfectly complements the Stinger’s highly regarded performance capabilities.” – Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia North America, Kia America
When the Kia Stinger first came out, it flew off the shelves. A sports car from Kia? It was stylish, powerful, and the high-end trims came with plenty of safety features. Every GT we got at Miami Lakes Automall was sold that week. Every month, there was another award. Then, the excitement petered out a bit, so it was time to change things up a bit. This includes the addition of the 2022 Kia Stinger Scorpion Special Edition. Available in one of three colors – Snow White Pearl, Aurora Black, and Ceramic Silver – the Scorpion Special Edition adds a blacked-out fender garnish, side mirror caps, and darkened exhaust tips; body-colored rear spoiler; 19-inch black wheels; and a carbon fiber-pattern trim interior with the choice of Red Nappa Leather or Black Nappa Leather for the upholstery. Available only on the GT2 trim, the starting MSRP is RWD is $52,585 (plus destination fee), and $54,785 (plus destination fee) for AWD.Interested in the all-new 2022 Kia Stinger? Come find yours at Miami Lakes Automall Kia.
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Kia Corp is proud of its latest sports cars added to the lineup. It starts with the Kia Stinger, released in 2018, and paving a new way for Kia Corp style and performance. Receiving a mid-cycle refresh, the Kia Stinger got upgrades for the 2022 model year of the Stinger sports car. In 2021, the Stinger was met with another contender for the belt, the Kia K5, originally known as the Kia Optima. Also refreshed and renewed for its new generation, the Kia K5 was all the automaker could talk about, and was quickly collecting automotive awards like the Kia Stinger. Celebrating both, Kia Corp is releasing a 2022 Kia Stinger Scorpion Special Edition and 2022 K5 GT-Line AWD Premium Package.
“Stinger was a wake-up call to a segment long populated by European sport sedans when it debuted in 2017 (as a 2018 model). It redefined what enthusiast drivers thought about Kia and proved we could compete against the best vehicles in a hotly contested space…Since then, Stinger has built a loyal following of those looking for something unique and the Scorpion is set to continue that approach.” – Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America and Kia America
We’ve heard a lot about the new Kia Stinger coming to the lineup. Updated with a mid-cycle refresh, the Kia Stinger is getting a boost only after a few years in the market. When it first came out, there was an initial rush to get the Stinger, we couldn’t keep them on the lot. When COVID-19 hit, all automobile sales went down, and some of the newer models suddenly seemed outside of budget for many consumers. Although the pandemic is still worldwide, we have a better handle on it, and the automotive industry is starting to bloom once more. Already nearing the end of the third quarter for 2021, Kia Motors decides to tease the new Kia Stinger a week ahead of schedule.
Oh, why do automakers do this? A tease is good to get people talking and to spread some hype, but too many times is a tease about a year or so too early. We’re hoping that isn’t the case with the newly refined Kia Stinger. Skipping a model year and going straight to 2022, the Kia Stinger was named the best sport sedan in the world, able to outrace luxury sports cars while still costing a fraction of the price. The mid-cycle refresh only chooses to push the envelope further with more power, more technology, and a refined design. Full press materials and specs will be shared next week on March 16, 2020.
There has been talk about a mid-cycle refresh for the Kia Stinger sports car since last summer (August 2020). The mid-cycle refresh was destined for the 2021 model year, but it seems that Kia Motors held off for the 2022 model year, because the most recent news about the Kia Stinger is also introducing a new powertrain to the lineup and will be replacing one of the current options. No sense in releasing a less-powerful engine and then replacing it with a more powerful version halfway through the year – that’s just a quick way to get angry consumers feeling cheated. With this new 2.5-liter turbo engine, the new 2022 Kia Stinger should be worth the wait.
Currently, the 2021 Kia Stinger is powered by one of two engine options. The standard engine, found only on the base GT-Line trim, is a Twin Scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC I4 engine, optimized with continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) for added performance, can generate up to 255 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The next engine up powering the rest of the GT trims – yes, all trims on the Kia Stinger are GT trims, but only the base is a part of the GT-Line collection – is a twin turbocharged 3.3-liter DOHC V6, also optimized with CVVT, able to deliver up to 365 horsepower 376 lb-ft of torque.
Kia Motors may be talking up the next-generation new 2021 Kia Sorento recently, but don’t be fooled. The spotlight is still on the Kia K5, previously known as the Kia Optima, entering a new generation in 2021. With a starting MSRP of $24,455 (plus destination fee) for the base LX model, the 2021 Kia K5 is being set up as the new sports car by the Korean automaker. It’s a little, what’s the word – it stings a bit. The Kia Stinger received a mid-cycle refresh for the 2021 model year, the first sports car to come from Kia Motors during the design shift, and the Kia Stinger won many awards. It will still hold a special place in our hearts, but all eyes are on the Kia K5, and every couple of weeks, Kia has the K5 performing another daring stunt.
The latest stunt to come from the Kia sports car is part of a multi-layered creative marketing campaign put together to put the Kia K5 front and center whenever possible. Over the summer, the Kia K5 performed the Triple Threat Event on live television, directed by Darrin Prescott, action unit director on some of Hollywood’s most action-packed films including Baby Driver, Ford Vs. Ferrari, Drive, John Wick, Black Panther, and The Bourne Ultimatum. Hosted by professional driver Collete Davis and actor Jeremy Ray Valdez, stunt drivers Sean Graham and father-daughter stunt driving duo Jalil Jay and Brionna Lynch showed off the Kia K5 with a simultaneous jump off of two ramps and a sick u-turn.
2020 still has some months to go before it’s finally over. We’re all waiting to see what 2021 will bring, but until then, there is still plenty of time for some good news to come out of this year. During the shutdown with the pandemic, there were still automotive publications collecting data and publishing study findings on some of the best vehicles out there, like the Kia Stinger and Kia Telluride during the 2020 J.D. Power APEAL Study, ranking high for Kia Motors. Well now we got more good news, this time coming from overseas. All the way in Motherland, Russia, the Car of the Year Russia awards named four Kia Motors vehicles as winners – the Kia Picanto, Ceed, Seltos, and Stinger.
“The Kia brand has grown in popularity in Russia for many years, and we are extremely proud to have won four awards in the annual Russian Car of the Year contest as a result…For Kia globally, Russia is one of our most important markets. We have worked hard to be the number one import brand with a 13 percent market share in Russia, and aim to continue our growth in the market in years to come. These four awards are extremely gratifying not only for Kia Motors Russia, but for Kia Motors globally.” – Ho-sung Song, President and CEO of Kia Motors Corporation
It may not sound like a big deal over here in the states. After all, we only know half of those vehicles, so what’s the big deal? Well, for one, the Car of the Year Russia awards is one of if not the most prestigious automotive award ceremony in the country. Going on for 20 years, 2020 had plenty of competition with over 300 models going for gold. Each car was judged by Russian citizens via an online vote over several months. One and a half million votes were counted for 2020 and the results were in for Kia.
Kia Motors has been doing wonderfully this year, even with this temporary shutdown with the COVID-19 pandemic, this is an automaker that can bounce back and continue to reign in the good news. Some of this good news comes from recent awards and best of lists, but some of the largest news comes from automotive studies conducted by J.D. Power. At the beginning of July 2020, we got word of Kia Motors ranking as the highest non-luxury brand in the 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) for another year. Going on 34 years, the J.D. Power IQS tests the quality of new vehicles after 90 days of ownership. A second study quickly followed the IQS, the 2020 J.D. Power Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study™, and Kia Motors had three more vehicles highlighted for receiving the highest ranks in their car segment.
Like the IQS, J.D. Power sends out thousands of surveys to owners and lessees of new model-year vehicles after 90 days of ownership. Now in its 25th year, the study was redesigned for 2020. This year, the study was modified to better measure an owners’ emotional attachment and level of excitement with their new vehicle across 37 attributes. The 2020 APEAL study was conducted between February 2020 to May 2020, and the data compiled is from a collection of 87,282 answered surveys. The survey results are then translated into the overall APEAL index score measured on a 1,000-point scale. Kia Motors received a score of 844.
Three vehicles from Kia Motors also store some of the spotlight during the 2020 APEAL Study. The Kia Telluride received the highest rank for the Upper Midsize SUV segment. Alongside the Telluride, the Kia Stinger was also the highest ranked vehicle for its segment, the Midsize Premium Car. Joining these vehicles was the Kia Rio, ranked third for the Small Car segment in the APEAL study.
“At Kia, we take pride in delivering a world-class ownership experience, whether customers are interested in driving a bold, capable three-row SUV like the Telluride, or the head-turning, powerful Stinger…We are honored to win not just one, but two segments in the APEAL study, which further reinforces the brand’s ‘Give It Everything’ approach to each model we build.” – Sean Yoon, President & CEO, Kia Motors America, Kia Motors North America
Shining a little more light on these vehicles, the Kia Telluride recently received the new Nightfall Edition, a type of “blacked-out” appearance package for the 2020 Kia Telluride. This includes gloss black elements such as gloss black roof rails, gloss black greenhouse trim/lower door side molding, gloss black skid plates, gloss black front bumper side air-duct garnish, gloss black emblems, all-new unique “Kia” logos, the radiator grill in black finish, LED headlamps and fog lamps with black inner bezels, and 20-inch wheels in black finish with black lug nuts and center caps. Although these components are all blacked-out, Kia does offer the 2020 Kia Telluride Nightfall Edition in Snow White Pearl, Everlasting Silver, Gravity Gray, Ebony Black, Sangria, Black Copper, Dark Moss, and Wolf Gray (new for Nightfall). Available on the Telluride EX with all-wheel drive (AWD) (with Premium package), SX AWD, and SX Prestige package, the Nightfall Edition is a perfect addition to the Telluride.
Although J.D. Power covered the 2020 Kia Stinger for the APEAL Study, the Kia Stinger is getting a mid-cycle refresh for 2021. Along with an upgraded 3.3L V6 engine capable of producing 380 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, the Kia Stinger got a bit of a facelift to match the new Kia Motors style. Inside, a new fully digital instrument cluster is available, along with a 10.25-inch touchscreen and the UVO infotainment system. It’s a nice upgrade for the powerful sports car.
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The new 2021 Kia Optima is officially being called the Kia K5, and Kia Motors has been releasing all kinds of juicy details about the sporty K5 sedan lately. Debuting a new generation model for the K5, Kia Motors is set to host a launch party for the new model. The full launch of the new K5 will begin September 1, 2020 but the party has already begun with a new pre-launch campaign with activities to garner some well-deserved attention. If you missed the livestream of the event, there was some pretty crazy driving going on to show off the performance of the new K5, with stunt drivers pushing the sedan to its limits.
“The all-new K5 is a completely new direction for Kia and the midsize sedan category overall, so we needed a marketing campaign that was as dynamic and action packed as the vehicle itself…By combining live events with more traditional elements, the K5 and Kia will be presented in ways never seen before and sure to change perceptions of the midsize sedan category.” – Russell Wager, director, marketing operations, Kia Motors America
Called the “Triple Threat” event, the campaign was directed by Darrin Prescott, action unit director on some of Hollywood’s most action-packed films including Baby Driver, Ford Vs. Ferrari, Drive, John Wick, Black Panther, and The Bourne Ultimatum. Hosted by professional driver Collete Davis and actor Jeremy Ray Valdez, they were accompanied by stunt drivers Sean Graham and father-daughter stunt driving duo Jalil Jay and Brionna Lynch to show off all the new K5 can do. With a robust social media presence and national broadcast components scheduled for August 2020, kicking off the launch of the K5 was quite the success. The campaign has already started to integrate print, digital, social and broadcast components to build up the hype, but they won’t need it after that stunt.