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Kia EV6 Earns 5-Star Safety Rating by Euro NCAP

The new electric vehicle (EV) by Kia Corp, the Kia EV6, finally made it to America this year, 2022, but has been winning awards since its release. Twice in March, the EV6 won an award – the 2022 Red Dot Design Awards and the 2022 European Car of the Year. The EV6 also comes with a new incentive in the American market. Kia America and Electrify America entered a partnership to offer new Kia EV6 owners 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), free of charge, at any Electrify America station across the U.S. If drivers needed any more reason to drive this EV, the Kia EV6 just earned a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

We’re still waiting on safety ratings from organizations in the states, such as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but with the EV6 available longer overseas, the European safety organization NCAP, Europe’s leading independent safety testing organization, has its safety results complete first. Either way, a five-star rating is always great to see, especially with EVs and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), slowly becoming a larger part of the auto industry and auto market. Following extensive testing by Euro NCAP, the five-star rating is reflective of four categories the EV6 scored high in.

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Kia and HMG Set to Release PBVs in 2022

Purpose-built vehicles, also known as PBVs for short, are slowly becoming the new talk of the auto industry, and will soon hit the auto market where the consumer can get behind the wheel of one. What is a PBV? At its core, a PBV is still an automobile, like any other. Today, most automobiles are designed to offer certain features or a multitude of choices – but what if we made an automobile with one sole “purpose” in mind, and designed and engineered the vehicle around that concept? During the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) and Kia Corp presented a video demonstrating the variety of PBVs that may one day populate roadways or even cities. Like many other names in the industry, the first PBV to test is a robotaxi.

Just so everyone can catch up on the future that is being promised. That video is surely wonderful, but we won’t be seeing any hubs like that for some time. The aircraft, an air taxi if you will, seen in the video is currently the major focus by HMG and Kia, in conjunction with Uber. During the summer, the groups strengthened their partnership by adding ANRA Technologies to the group. ANRA Technologies will help Kia, HMG, and Uber with advanced air mobility (AAM) solutions and management, to start, along with several other services for the backend of things.

The PBVs in the video were those pill-looking vehicles on the road. They sometimes connected with hubs where people could lounge around while in wait or grab a drink. Some PBVs were automated, one made for shopping and delivery. About 50 seconds in, we can see a guy working out in a mobile gym – man, does that make the work – gym – home commute easier or what? Again, we might not see these for a while, but HMG and Kia will be launching their first PBV model, PBV 01, in 2022. For now, the auto group just wants to test a taxi-only model. It sounds silly, but this is the simplest a car can get – so how will HMG and Kia improve on this while competing with ride-hailing services, where someone can get a real car to take them from point A to B?

Alongside PBV 01, two retail models are also in the works. One is an urban mobility concept, a two-seater electric vehicle called “M.Vision Pop” as a code for now. Slated as a commercial model within the next five years, this model will probably piggyback on the PBV 01 after learning how consumers interact with, and what features they mainly seek, in a limited automobile so that the Pop model can meet those needs. The second model, a self-driving, fully autonomous vehicle called “M.Vision X” is also in development and will be released alongside a lineup with full autonomous driving technology available.

This will surely bring a lot of competition out of the woodwork. The PBV market is fresh and growing, and with the “Plan S” Strategy by Kia Corp, we can expect many PBV models within the next decade. Follow along with us on all PBV and Kia news when you follow us on Miami Lakes Kia social media.

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Kia Carnival MPV Earns TSP from IIHS

As automakers around the world race to find the next powertrain, safety feature, or automated driving scheme that will earn them a gold medal, there is only one way to know the best of the best. That’s why we have multiple trusted publications that review vehicles for quality, such as Kelley Blue Book or Car and Driver, and organizations that conduct studies on vehicle quality and satisfaction, such as J.D. Power and AutoPacific. When it comes to safety features and standards, we have two safety organizations that rate vehicles and may even keep some off the roads – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). They’re probably why the return of “suicide doors” never made it past the concept model in 2018. IIHS has been busy rating vehicles lately, and Kia Corp is getting pats on the back, with the 2022 Stinger sport sedan having received a Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) rating, and now the Kia Carnival MPV is getting its own Top Safety Pick (TSP) rating from IIHS.

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Kia Motor and Hyundai Have Open Call for ZER01NE

Back in October 2020, the Hyundai Motor Group, also known as “the Group”, and the umbrella or automotive group that is home to Kia Motors, held the Fifth Mobility Innovators Forum. Virtually hosted by Hyundai CRADLE Silicon Valley from October 29 to 30, 2020, the fifth MIF had a major focus on autonomous vehicle business, fuel cell business, smart factory, and smart city solutions. Always looking for ways to expand and partnerships to build, the Group is starting a new application pool for a special tech platform, called the ZER01NE Accelerator, aimed at opening a stage to discuss innovation of new technologies and how such technology can be integrated into automobiles today or the near future. ZER01NE will also serve as a way to bring startups and the Group’s internal teams together to collaborate on new projects.

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Kia Telluride SUV Wins 2020 NEMPA Winter SUV of the Year

The Kia Telluride SUV will definitely never see a shortage of awards and accolades. In late 2019, it seemed like automotive journalists and publications couldn’t get enough of the largest SUV in the Kia Motors lineup. The Telluride was the first SUV to win the “Triple Crown of Automotive Awards”, and recently received the “World Car of the Year” title. Also recently, the New England Motor Press Association got together for its annual Winter Vehicle Driving Event, and named the Kia Telluride the 2020 New England Motor Press Association Winter SUV of the Year.

“The Kia Telluride was the hands-down winner with a majority of NEMPA members…In this hotly contested three-row SUV category the Telluride excels, checking off all the boxes. Members were impressed with the overall quality of materials, ride, functionality, quiet cabin and the ability to handle historically brutal New England winters. The Telluride doesn’t just answer the cost quality equation, it knocks it out of the park with good looks, ride quality, functionality, and impressive safety technology all at a great price.” –  NEMPA president John Paul

Every year, NEMPA members get together and compile a list of eligible vehicles for the contest. Once finished, every vehicle is driven to give members a chance to evaluate a variety of vehicles in many segments and categories and different manufacturers. This all took place in February 2020 at NEMPA headquarters in Middleborough, Massachusetts, but the announcement of winners wasn’t made until recently. Not like we needed another source to tell us how great this SUV is.

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Kia Motors Quick to Find Out What the Public Wants Post-Quarantine

Kia Motors, and the Hyundai Motor Group overall, have been in talks of developing and producing purpose-built vehicles (PBVs) in the coming years. Although PBVs sound very interesting concepts, automated Chinese takeout delivery vans, revolutionary for the food truck industry, but also mobile hubs for social gatherings. However, after the pandemic, social distancing is still recommended and the Coronavirus is still going to affect people over the coming months, maybe years. Even with the first PBVs designed to help with patients’ transportation and delivery services, along with other medical needs, we may not want to hold our breath.

Kia Motors’ new Design Chief Karim Habib spoke with Car Magazine about the future design of vehicles. Before the pandemic hit, the auto industry was working towards an ecosystem of mobility where everyone and anyone could get access to private or public transportation. Instead, private may be the way to go, with people less likely to risk their or their family’s health by having a lot of people in a car at once, which could greatly affect SUV sales. With many fit to seat more than five people at once, social distancing is impossible, and anyone stressed about getting infected might be in for an uncomfortable trip.

“We’re going to have talks with psychologists and anthropologists to really understand how the public’s psyche is going to be in future…There are things we’ve already been talking about: can we have anti-viral coatings in our interiors? Can you use temperature or ultraviolet light to sanitize surfaces? These are things that we will have to think about rather soon. So, yes – Covid-19 will very much influence the way we design our cars in future.” – Habib told Car Magazine

Last month, we talked about the many developments coming from Kia Motors, PBVs included, but the automaker is also discussing shifting to the development of sedans, or vehicles made to seat less than 5 passengers. It may sound a little crazy, especially given all of the success of the Kia Telluride. The Telluride is Kia Motors largest SUV and won many awards – the Kia Telluride even won the Triple Crown of Automotive awards, winning the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY); MotorTrend SUV of the Year; and landing on a Car and Driver 10 Best list. The Kia Seltos is also a strong contender when it comes to the larger vehicles, although the latter seats only five.

In late May, Kia Motors announced a new plan. With sedans like the Kia Stinger getting a mid-cycle refresh and a growing GT line from Kia Motors, the shift might lead to even smaller cars. Micro EVs may be next on the menu if trends prove to be worrisome for larger vehicles in the coming years. Consumers are concerned about the spread of germs and auto manufacturers are finding ways to tackle the spread of viruses, going so far as to design interior surfaces with virus-resisting materials, such as copper. However, overhauling the design for vehicles could cost automakers even more problems to deal with. Perhaps just focusing on smaller designs may be the better plan.

What do you think? Would you rather smaller cars with the way the world is handling the pandemic or do you still prefer your larger car? Let us know on Miami Lakes Kia social media.

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Kia and Hyundai Develop New Flex Brake Technology


Although Kia Motors has discussed going into the world of high-performance with a new GT lineup, with vehicles like the Kia Forte GT, Kia Rio GT, and 2020 Kia Soul GT, the automaker has also claimed that Kia Motors will become the world’s newest all-electric automaker. Still, even with the likes of the 2020 Kia Soul EV bringing style and attitude to the lineup, Kia Motors knows better than to dive right in and scrap its current lineup of winners. For one, the 2020 Kia Telluride just came out and spearheaded Kia Motors sales in March. Second, the automaker wouldn’t be as well known as it is today if it wasn’t for the successful and safe lineup of Kia Motors vehicles. With that being said, Kia Motors isn’t yet giving up on gasoline combustion vehicles, and their latest technology with Hyundai Motor Group proves that.

It’s called the “Flex Brake”, and most simply put, Flex Brake technology allows drivers to adjust the braking power of the vehicle when applying pressure to the brake pedal based on their preference. In other words, “Flex Brake” is a pseudo-power-braking system where the consumer controls how much power is required on their end. In conjunction with Hyundai Motor Group, the parent company of Kia Motors, the two developed this new brake technology, and it’s surprisingly the first of its kind.

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Kia Motors Gets New Hybrid Transmission


Automakers aren’t just in a race to make the most efficient vehicle out on the market, they’re constantly in a race for better tech for their vehicles. With self-driving cars still far out in the future, alternative fuel has quickly become the goal automakers have their sights set on. Some automakers are just getting into the biz, but other automakers, like Kia Motors, have been producing hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles for several years. Sometimes, this technology can bleed from one vehicle type to another, like the recent Hyundai and Kia Motors development of “Flex Brake” technology that allows drivers to adjust the braking power of the brake pedal, similar to adjusting the regenerative braking feature on plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. Next on the list is to improve the future of hybrid models, and Hyundai and Kia have seen to that as well with their new technological development – Active Shift Control (ASC) transmission.

Doesn’t sound familiar, does it? That would be because Hyundai Motor Group, the parent company of Kia Motors, has developed the world’s first Active Shift Control (ASC) transmission technology. It’s a new technology that, in short, improves shift times, improves fuel economy, and conserves energy.

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Kia Motors is the Next All-Electric Automaker


Kia Motors sure is aiming to be the world’s leading mass-market electric vehicle producer. Although car manufacturer and brand Tesla has a few years on Kia, the Korean automaker is intent on bringing electric vehicles (EVs) to the public more now than ever. After their Imagine by Kia concept/presentation, it’s clear that going forward, Kia will be shifting towards clean energy vehicles and going green. Their success with their current lineup of plug-in hybrids and EVs are already proof that Kia Motors can be the automaker to do it.

A new, all-electric platform is what Kia promised. It would be the first EV vehicle from the automaker that had no predecessor. Not only this, but Kia Motors is restructuring the brand in a sense that will not only make plug-in hybrids and EVs more desirable but also make them affordable without needing to be a luxury item. It’s a goal that Alper Celik, Senior Product Manager for Kia Motors Europe had a lot to say during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show when interviewed by InsideEvs.com.

“Why are we shifting to electrics? We are doing it for the sake of a green environment and bringing this technology into the mainstream of society, not making it just a niche product. We must electrify the whole society… Kia is doing it in a more accessible way, opening up a big door to mainstream customers. What Kia does with EVs is important for the whole industry.”

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2020 Kia Telluride Specs Highlights


With the 2020 Kia Telluride going into production, Kia Motors has finally released all of the specs about this SUV in a recent press release. Now that the all-new 2020 Kia Telluride has made its official on-road and off-road debut, the new SUV is not the typical family vehicle. Built after its namesake, the midsize Telluride SUV tackled mountain passes, rugged off-road trails, and nearly every other kind of road during some test driving rounds in Colorado. It’s the largest Kia model to date, powered by a 291hp 3.8-liter V6, and ready for adventure. Here are some of the highlights.

Powertrain and Engineering

Let’s talk about what’s going on under the hood. The only option mentioned is an Atkinson Cycle LAMBDA II 3.8-liter V6 engine, optimized with gasoline direct injection for faster combustion cycles, and able to generate 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Paired with an eight-speed transmission, the standard drivetrain will presumably be front-wheel drive (FWD), but all-wheel drive (AWD) is quickly becoming a popular option making its way into Kia Motors vehicles.

With four-wheel independent suspension, an available active on-demand all-wheel drive system provides enhanced driving performance by actively distributing torque between front and rear wheels depending on road conditions and driver input. The system utilizes electro-hydraulic AWD coupling to precisely activate the multi-plate clutch plate, that in turn constantly redistributes the amount of power transferred to the front and rear wheels. This is especially noticeable when switching between one of four drive modes – Smart, Eco, Sport, and Comfort.

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