Posts Tagged ‘kia stonic’

Highlights on the New 2021 Kia Stonic

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
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Here’s a name we don’t hear too often – Stonic. What does that name even mean? We’re not sure, but we do know it’s the moniker of a compact crossover by Kia Motors. The South Korean automaker has claimed that it’s starting to look at smaller vehicles, even so much as to start producing sedans, and refreshing one of Kia Motors small crossovers is really pushing the envelope. We just finished talking about the Kia Sonet compact SUV, quickly following the Kia Seltos compact SUV. With all these new products in store, the rest of the lineup needs some new duds and new tech. Recently, Kia Motors introduced the significantly upgraded Kia Stonic with two new powertrains and Phase Two of UVO Connect telematics.

Powertrains

Kia Motors took a dip into mild-hybrid technology with 48 volt diesel mild-hybrid powertrain called EcoDynamics+. The upgraded Kia Stonic features an upgraded version of this powertrain, paired with Kia Motors Smartstream 1.0-litre T-GDi (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine with the 48V mild-hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) system. The new setup comes with a compact 48-volt lithium-ion polymer battery that supplements the engine’s torque output with electric power and comes with a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator (MHSG) unit. This MHSG unit has been designed to switch between two modes – motor and generator – and, connected by a belt to the engine’s crankshaft, supplements the engine with electric power assistance to reduce engine load and emissions during acceleration and recuperates energy from the crankshaft to recharge the battery in generator mode when the car is decelerating.

A new intelligent Manual Transmission is also available for models that come with the EcoDynamics+ engine, a clutch-by-wire system that continues to contribute to fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions while giving the driver control of switching gears. Performed electronically, it works seamlessly with the MHSG to switch off the engine with Kia Motors Idle Stop & Go start-stop system. The Smartstream gasoline powertrain mentioned above will also be available, revising the range of Kia Stonic gasoline engine options to maximize efficiency, lowering CO2 emissions, and improve the overall drive.

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Kia Motors Expands with Crossovers and SUVs

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
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Miami Lakes Kia 2019 Stonic

The desire for automotive consumer interest in SUVs and crossovers in recent years is only on the rise. Not only do consumers get some fuel efficiency benefits with space for passengers and cargo, but crossovers are becoming an ever-expanding segment in the auto industry that can tiptoe the lines between other car segments. For instance, the Kia Niro hybrid crossover looks very compact, and although a stretch, one could call it a full-size passenger vehicle. The auto industry is seeing a shift in the other direction however, with three-row crossovers and full-size SUVs. With that in mind, Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group will be rolling out three-row vehicles in the following year (2020).

The Rise of the Crossovers

Crossover interest has been on the rise for American consumers since 2016, fueled by the growth of the segment, now claiming 22.4-percent of the market share, according to data from Edmunds.com. Back in 2016, Kia Motors expressed interest in producing more crossovers, and they’ve already promised that three-fold with the Kia Niro, Kia Niro Plug-in, and the upcoming ever-elusive Kia Niro EV. Complementary to these numbers, midsize crossovers and full-size SUVs account for 24.2 percent of the market and are the vehicles hauling in the big profits for automakers.

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Highlights of the New Kia Stonic SUV

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
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Miami Lakes Automall Kia Stonic SUV

When it comes to the auto industry, a company needs to be able to keep up with the latest trims. Be it modern technology for the consumer or new powertrains such as hybrid and electric vehicles, if an automaker doesn’t move with the flow, they’ll drop by the wayside. Kia Motors is a prime example, as they enter a changing market with a new kind of Kia. Introducing the Kia Stonic SUV, a sporty, exciting, and confident model for under $20,000.

Based on the Kia Rio, the Kia Stonic SUV will already have a solid foundation to work off of with highly efficient powertrains and advanced automotive systems. Designed with key elements from Kia, such as the tiger-nose front grille and sharp, straight lines, the iconic Kia look is certainly there. The question is how well equipped is the new Kia Stonic really? Let’s start with the powertrain options.

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Kia Cee’d Spied, More Details Coming after Frankfurt Motor Show

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
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Miami Lakes Kia Cee'd

Kia Motors is back at it again. We’re starting to think they’re in competition with Mitsubishi Motors, because with every vehicle announced by either auto brand, another follows. First we had the Kia Stinger, then the Kia Niro hybrid crossover, then the Kia Stonic said to also have a PHEV variant, and now we have an upcoming Kia Cee’d hatchback.

The Kia Cee’d was teased earlier this year, but there was not much to say aside from the Kia brand tiger nose grille and sleek headlights. Today, we can see there is a little more style coming out for this new vehicle. Kia has already claimed to be heading in a newer sportier direction, keeping up with their philosophy on style and design. They’ve also discussed releasing sportier looking vehicles like the 2018 Kia Stinger and new Kia Rio and Rio5 models. Based on the camouflaged picture above, one could easily mistake the hidden Cee’d for a Kia Rio5 hatchback model.

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What is a Model Year and When to Buy a Car

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
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Miami Lakes Kia Model Year

If you’ve ever worked in the auto industry, or even did the research for buying a car, then you may have once heard the term model year. However, it’s an odd term that sometimes seems a little unnecessary. Aren’t all 2015 cars released in the year 2015? Well, yes and no. The Chrysler Pacifica was released as a 2017 model sometime early-mid 2016. So a model year is a little different.

What is a Model Year?

Unlike a regular calendar year where an event in 2017 will always be known as 2017, a model year simply relates to when a car is the most available. This is because auto production for many vehicles today takes place in the late summer, and sometimes as early as July. Following its production, a vehicle is usually released soon thereafter, as early as the following fall season.

So, a 2018 model could be made available in the fall of 2017, like the 2018 Kia Stinger we’re still waiting on. In fact, several Kia models have already been released as a 2018 model year, including the Kia Sportage and Kia Sorento. Like the Kia Stinger, the 2018 Kia Optima is on the horizon, as is the Kia Niro PHEV and Kia Stonic. Don’t be surprised if you see either of these in show rooms by October. Regardless, a 2018 model year vehicle is typically available all of the 2018 calendar year and onward, even if the next model year vehicle technically replaces it. It’s not like dealerships pull a lever and empty 2016 inventory when 2017 rolls around — but they are looking to get as many new vehicles in stock as they can, and that’s wherein the trick lies for the “best time to buy a car”.

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The ABCs of Electric Vehicle Recharging

Friday, June 2nd, 2017
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Miami Lakes Electric Vehicle Recharging

Jeez the auto market is being taken over by hybrids isn’t it? To think the first hybrids started to make headway into the industry about a decade ago, and to see how many are on the road today is pretty impressive. Today, auto names like Kia Motors are quickly adding hybrids, plug-in electric hybrids (PHEVs), and electric vehicles (EVs) to their lineup, and one day, you may find yourself in one and in need of a charge.

Different Types of Charging

Due to innovative systems that recycle various types of energy, like regenerative braking, PHEVs and EVs both recharge their vehicle’s battery (or batteries) while on the road. However, this happens little-by-litte, whereas recharging can get a battery to 80% full in a couple of hours. While PHEVs can be powered by gas, electricity, or both, EVs are only powered by electricity. Thus, EV drivers can only refuel at a charging station, and that makes it’s important for a driver to know all about charging their vehicle, what’s the fastest method of recharging, what’s the most cost effective method of recharging, and what is the most practical?

Home Charging

The most practical and convenient way to recharge a PHEV or EV is by plugging into the wall or installing a 240-volt home charger. The latter is becoming pretty popular, and we discuss more on that below. Sure, there may be a little bump in the monthly electric bill, but it isn’t all that bad. According to FuelEconomy.gov and the current national average of electricity, the average cost of electricity for the Kia Soul EV to travel 25 miles is about $1.04 The national average for electricity, or about $4.16 to travel 100 miles? That’s not much.

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Kia Announces 2018 Kia Stonic EV

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
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Miami Lakes Kia Stonic EV

Kia has been on a roll over the last year, constantly coming out with new models. It seems like every couple of months they’re rolling out the red carpet, and now more than ever, they’re bringing hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs) to the stage. The Kia Optima and Kia Soul were one of the first to get a new powertrain, and then Kia Motors made the Kia Niro, a hybrid crossover. Now they have the Kia Stonic coming out, a new SUV, and have already announced an EV variation will soon debut as well.

As it currently stands, by the end of 2018 or so, Kia will be releasing three all-electric vehicles. Most recently, they announced the Kia Stonic EV. The original 2018 Kia Stonic SUV was only spied several weeks ago, so it’s a bit of a surprise that an EV model is already in the mix. We gotta say Kia is sounding pretty confident about their SUVs and crossovers if they’re postulating possible future electric models before their release. Like many automakers, Kia is focusing on their larger vehicles, but with so many to choose from, we have to dig a little to learn why.

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New Kia Spotted – the 2018 Kia Stonic

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
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Miami Lakes 2018 Kia Stonic Spotted

Kia Motors has certainly been buzzing with automobile concepts and debuts in the last year. The Kia GT, that ultimately became the Kia Stinger, was recently unleashed, and many of us want on the road asap. Now, Kia is adding a new crossover (CUV) to the mix, its very own response to competitors focusing on SUVs and CUVs.

Spied late last year was the 2018 Kia Stonic, a subcompact crossover. Kia Motors is currently testing its weather conditions in Northern Sweden, yikes. If that’s the case, one would think some kind of high-tech traction system will be in order – at the moment, all-wheel drive is slated as an optional drivetrain for various driving conditions.

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