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TopGear Names Kia “Manufacturer of the Year”

Kia Corp/America has been rocking the auto industry as of late with the amount of awards the automaker has been racking up as of late. Recently, Kia America took home five awards from the J.D. Power 2023 ALG Residual Awards with five models earning the highest ranking in their class, and the 2022 Kia EV6 and 2023 Kia Telluride have both been recognized by the Hispanic Motor Press during the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show. As 2022 concludes, the awards will surely continue, and just this week, Kia was named “Manufacturer of the Year” at the 2022 TopGear.com Awards. Way to finish on a high note!

“2022 has been a milestone year in Kia’s history where the brand became synonymous with electrification and set the new gold standard for the future of mobility. The introduction of EV6 GT was a defining moment for us as we extended our electrification leadership into the high-performance arena. Thank you to TopGear.com for naming us ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ – it is welcome recognition of the brand’s achievements so far, and we look forward to a successful 2023.” – David Hilbert, Marketing Director at Kia Europe

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Kia Takes Home Five Awards from J.D. Power 2023 ALG Residual Awards

Many automotive publications and organizations are finally wrapping up their studies, surveys, and lists of “best vehicles to buy” or how well a vehicle ranks against its competitors. We’re bound to see a couple more before the end of the year, but one reputable name recently released the results of a study that takes a look at more than which vehicles in the market are the best today. Another factor to consider when buying a new car is how well it will fair in years from now, and whether the consumer van make a pretty penny when selling or trading it in. That’s called “resale value” and J.D. Power recently concluded its 2023 U.S. ALG Residual Value Awards. Competition was tough, but Kia Corp took home five awards this year with the best year-over-year improvement of any mass market brand.

“Kia is a brand on the move, with more models predicted to hold their value within their respective segments than any mass market brand…Resale value is one of the most important purchase considerations, and from rugged and capable SUVs to sporty sedans, the latest J.D. Power U.S. ALG Residual Value Awards are the latest demonstration of the strength and breadth of Kia’s lineup.” – Steven Center, COO and EVP, Kia America

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HMG and Kia Discuss SDVs at Second HMG Developer Conference

Barely a month ago (October 2022), the Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) and Kia announced software-defined vehicles (SDVs). Well, the plans to design them and produce them, anyway. With a target goal for 2025, the future is coming up faster than one would think, and we could see the very first software-driven vehicles becoming the next evolution in automobiles. Every automaker wants some level of autonomy and self-driving implemented, and with digital mobile living spaces becoming the next big thing, drivers will need some autonomy if they’re also fiddling with the ambience or using a “lounge mode”. To move things along, HMG discussed SDVs at its second HMG Developer Conference, Nov. 16-17.

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Kia Launches New Campaign for EV6 GT – Silence is Powerful

The Kia EV6 has been a ground-breaking all-electric vehicle that has wowed drivers and fans alike. Back in February 2022, we got to test the EV6 during the 2022 Chicago Auto Show, and it definitely impressed us on both, the closed track and the open city streets. Silent yet powerful, that’s exactly the point Kia America wants to make with its all-new creative campaign, starring the most powerful vehicle in the automaker’s history, the 576-horsepower, all-electric Kia EV6 GT. Co-starring is professional driver Kris Martin, a hearing-impaired NASCAR and Le Mans driver.

“The Kia EV6 GT has set a new standard for performance, especially among electrified vehicles…Gone are the days of loud engines and noisy acceleration. The all-electric EV6 GT shows that you don’t have to announce yourself to illustrate your power. In this new era of electrification, the EV6 GT has the confidence to be quiet without losing any swagger or bragging rights.” – Russell Wager, vice president, marketing, Kia America

Co-created with David&Goliath, the 30-second ad spot comes with the slogan of its namesake, “Silence is Powerful”. With Martin behind the wheel, he shows off his six-time National Kart Championship skills as he races through a professional track and showing off the performance of the EV6 GT as he turns sharp corners, accelerates through straightaways, and even drifts a bit. When it comes to the power of this electric vehicle (EV), the sound of revving engines and performance-tuned exhaust systems have always been the highlight, but they’re not the only thing that resemble power, especially in the driver’s seat. Martin uses sign language in the video to describe the power of the EV6 GT, able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds.

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Kia America Joins Final Round of 2022 Electrify Expo

One of the largest collections of electric vehicle (EV) automakers and suppliers have been getting together this year at Electrify Expo, North America’s largest EV festival that takes a look at the future of these vehicles and the technology that they will entail. A lot of factors will play into the future of EVs and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and the impact they will have on the auto industry and their environment. Starting in June, 2022, the first segment of the series took place in Long Beach, California. The Electrify Expo has multiple segments around the country, and the final round takes place this month (November 2022) in Austin, Texas. Kia America has been following the expo since June and will be bringing with it the EV6 and all-new Niro EV.

“The 2022 Electrify Expo events have provided a forum for the top companies and executives in electrification to come together to share insights and discuss how the transition to all-electrified vehicles will be made as seamlessly as possible…Kia was able to share our point-of-view as one of the top selling manufacturers of EV vehicles and we certainly learned from the perspectives of others. We are confident that we are charting the best path forward and helping to shape the future of the automotive industry.” – Eric Watson, vice president, sales operations, Kia America

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Kia America Earns Three Awards from Newsweek

The year is almost over, just two months to go, and that means a lot of publications the majority of people have never heard of will be coming out with their “Best of” lists and awarding some of the vehicles available in the auto market. Last month, Newsweek wrapped up its annual 2022 Autos Awards competition, and this is a name that may be a little more familiar. Highlighting vehicles that break the standards for every day vehicles and equip them with great features, and made up of a very versatile team that covers a number of topics, only the best vehicles will win an award. Well, if there was ever an automaker that should be known as a top-tier brands, Kia America is definitely one of them. That’s why the automaker won multiple awards during the competition.

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Kia Continues “Accelerate The Good” with $600,000 of Donations in Bryan County, GA

As a part of its “Accelerate The Good” charitable initiative, the Kia Corp has provided more than $14 million to those in need across the United States since 2019. Just a few weeks ago, Kia America donated a total of $500,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Ian. No stranger to this, Kia America donated $200,000 to the American Red Cross to help with Hurricane Ida Disaster Relief in 2021. As the automaker continues to expand with parent group Hyundai Motor, Kia wants to celebrate the new Metaplant near Savannah, Georgia. What better way than to keep the charitable initiative going with $600,000 in donations to four Bryan County charities? It’s a celebration that will benefit a lot of people who need a break, and Kia is there to help make it happen.

“Kia has been a proud and active member of the Georgia community for nearly 15 years, and we are dedicated to supporting communities in need through our ‘Accelerate The Good’ program…Today’s donations are destined to provide hope and assistance, not only in Bryan County, but throughout the state.” – Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia North America and Kia America

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Comparing the Kia Telluride X-Pro and Kia Carnival

Kia Corp is coming out with a lot of new vehicles as of late. Going all-electric, the automaker’s lineup is going to be electrified within the next few years, with at least two new battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) every year between now and 2027. During the Kia CEO Investor Day in March 2022, the automaker shared its business strategy for the rest of the decade, with an addition of 14 BEV models planned. The Kia EV6 is the first of many, and although the automaker has dedicated itself to BEVs going forward, there the lineup still consists of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles like the Kia Telluride SUV and the luxury entry Kia Carnival MPV. With the release of the X-Pro trim for the Telluride, consumers are having trouble deciding between capability and luxury when it comes to choosing one of these two strong Kia entries.

Engine Types

Power on both models is pretty similar in terms of horsepower. The 2022 Kia Carnival has a 290 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine under the hood, whereas the 2023 Kia Telluride comes equipped with a 3.8-liter V6 engine able to deliver 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Only the Telluride offers all-wheel drive as an option, for that sense of adventure when driving on different terrain and road conditions, and a max towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

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Kia and HMG Announce Plans to Develop Software Defined Vehicles

As automobiles become more advanced and feature better technology, the age of mechanical engineering will eventually come to a close. Take a look at vehicles a decade or two ago and now. As more consumer technology comes out, automakers eventually add those same features to models in their lineup. What we probably never thought we would see were vehicles that run on software, with its own operating system. With more and more automakers electrifying their lineups and electric vehicles (EVs) slowly becoming the norm, turning an automobile into a computer on wheels seems to be the next step, and Kia with the Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) want to bring Software Defined Vehicles (SDVs) to the market by 2025.

“By transforming all vehicles to Software Defined Vehicles by 2025, Hyundai Motor Group will completely redefine the concept of the automobile and take the lead in ushering in a never-before-experienced era of mobility…Creating visionary vehicles empowered with the ability to evolve through software will enable customers to keep their vehicles up to date with the latest features and technology long after they have left the factory.” – Chung Kook Park, President and Head of R&D Division, Hyundai Motor Group

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Kia Donated $500,000 to American Red Cross to Aid Hurricane Ian Relief Efforts

No one likes to talk about or deal with disaster, but when you live on planet Earth, there are plenty of natural disasters bound to happen. Volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes are abound. Depending on what part of the world you’re in, you can experience either, and for those living on islands or near the coast, the latest natural disaster was Hurricane Ian, causing a lot of destruction and costing many civilians shelter and resources. Offering a helping hand, many organizations try to give back, and Kia America is a part of that group. Last year, Kia America donated $200,000 to the American Red Cross to help with Hurricane Ida Disaster Relief. This year, we had another strong storm with Hurricane Ian, and Kia America has returned with an even larger donation this year, a total of $500,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Ian.

“The path of destruction Hurricane Ian left in its wake is truly devastating, especially throughout Florida and South Carolina. At Kia, we are committed to helping and we are proud that our donation will assist in the recovery process for those affected by this storm…We applaud the American Red Cross for the important work the organization undertakes not only in times of crisis such as now, but every day.” – Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America and Kia America

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