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Consecutive Winnings for Kia Vehicles in May 2022

Thursday, May 19th, 2022
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Every year, automotive journalists and publications review vehicles, have competitions, conduct studies, put together “Best of” lists, every way one can think of to test the quality of an automobile. A lot of awards shows and competitions take place in the spring, and this year, it’s like a wildfire. Every week, there seems to be another win for an automaker or model. This time, it’s Kia Corp, with three winnings reported in three days. The awards come from U.S. News & World Report for the Kia EV6, Vincentric for the Kia Rio, and the Hispanic Motor Press for the Kia Carnival MPV. We can already see the gold medals.

U.S. News & World Report recently put together its list of “Best Hybrid and Electric Cars”. Each electric vehicle (EV) that made the list was analyzed based on its overall score (according to U.S. News reviews), starting price, Level 2 charging rate, EPA fuel economy, and range estimates. The winners had the best combination of quality, value, and efficiency in their segment. With orders rising 49-percent in its second month in showrooms, a new Kia EV was definitely on the list, winning out over dozens of competitors. This earned the EV the title of Best Electric Vehicle, the Kia EV6.

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Kia Corp Wins Multiple Awards During 2022 NYIAS

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022
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We covered a bit of the 2022 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) that started last week and will continue on through this upcoming weekend (April 15 – 24, 2022). Well, we focused more on the highlights of the new 2023 Kia Niro crossover and new 2023 Kia Telluride SUV. Previewed during the 2022 NYIAS, Kia Corp was sure to put these vehicles front and center. Also taking place during 2022 NYIAS was an auto awards show no doubt, and Kia is flying high after winning multiple marketing honors for its recent “Movement That Inspires” broadcast campaigns.

The recent marketing campaign by Kia have featured Kia’s first entry into the luxury car segment, the Carnival MPV; the automaker’s first all-electric vehicle, the EV6; the latest sports car from the automaker, the K5; and of course the Telluride, the automaker’s largest SUV to date and the latest model to become an electric vehicle (EV) if the design of the Kia EV9 is anything to go by. Seen at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show, it was basically a large, bright blue SUV, but electric. Let’s just call it an electric Telluride for now, and seeing as how the Telluride is one of Kia Corp’s most-awarded SUVs, winning the Triple Crown of Automotive Awards during its first year of release, the Telluride goes on to earn another first, the EDO’s first-ever Automotive TV Advertising Award for “Best Non-Luxury Auto Campaign”.

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Hyundai Starts New Joint Venture for e-Fuel

Wednesday, April 6th, 2022
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Earlier this year, Kia and Hyundai Motor (the parent group), decided to shift all of their focus onto electric vehicle (EV) development. Both automakers, Kia Corp especially, have been already making the move towards EVs and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). Kia Corp launched the Kia EV6, its first all-electric vehicle with no predecessor. A few months later, and Hyundai Motor Co has dug in deep with a new collaboration overseas. Hyundai Motor has agreed with the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) to work together to research and develop a new advanced fuel for an ultra lean-burn, spark-ignition engine. Wait, what? That sounds like a gasoline engine.

“BEVs and [fuel cell electric vehicles] FCEVs will be Hyundai Motor Group’s ultimate technologies to achieve carbon neutral mobility, while eco-friendly ICE technology that combines eco-friendly fuel and ultra-lean burn engine will be the key to effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions during our transition to EVs,” – Alain Raposo, Executive Vice President of Hyundai Motor Group, leading the Electrified Propulsion Technical Unit

They’re calling it “e-fuel”, and while making the transition from gasoline vehicles to EVs, BEVs, and FCEVs, the auto group is also focusing on minimizing greenhouse gas emissions from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. What is “e-fuel”? It holds many similarities with FCEVs. A fuel cell vehicle typically uses hydrogen as the main fuel source. All one needs is a little water, run through some electricity through it to separate the molecules from one another – hydrogen and oxygen – and blam! That’s two, natural, and powerful gases to burn. E-Fuel is similar, except this power source requires hydrogen made from water electrolysis (known as green hydrogen) and carbon dioxide.

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Kia EV6 Wins 2022 Red Dot Design Awards

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022
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There has been a lot of news for the Kia EV6 all-electric vehicle recently. Making it practical and affordable with true incentives, Kia America has partnered with two groups well-known to the electric vehicle (EV) community. In February, the Kia partnered with Electrify America to offer new EV6 owners 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), free of charge, at any Electrify America station across the U.S. In March, Kia America made a deal with Currently, a mobile charging service. Winning awards like the 2022 European Car of the Year, the Kia EV6 recently won another award – the prestigious 2022 Red Dot Design Awards.

Never heard of it? Here’s a little summary of the Red Dot Design Awards. One of the largest design competitions in the world, the Red Dot Design Awards rate vehicles based on aesthetics, functionality, ergonomics, quality, and ecological compatibility. That last one big win for the EV6, being an all-electric emissions-free vehicle. Dating back to 1955, the Red Dot Design Awards have a long history. This year, the juror panel consisted of 50 members of independent designers, design professors, and trade journalists Every year, the results are announced by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen, and divided into three disciplines: Product Design, Brands & Communication Design, and Design Concept.

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Go Electric with the Kia Niro EV

Thursday, March 17th, 2022
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Kia Corp is doing everything it can to bring its Plan S Strategy to life. With the automaker shifting all resources to Kia electric vehicles (EVs), then now is the best time to make it easier than ever for consumers to go green and switch to an EV. Kia America has a growing lineup of EVs and plug-in hybrids here in the states, and when it comes to EVs, there are many incentives popping up. On the west coast, Kia partnered with the Currently mobile charging service to offer free charging in California. If it goes well, other states may see the same thing, but if you don’t want to wait, Kia also partnered with Electrify America to offer free charging up to 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) to new EV6 owners. This may also extend to other EVs by Kia, such as the Kia Niro EV – this electric crossover pretty much flew under the radar.

“With the 2020 Kia Niro ranked number one among mass-market brands in the inaugural J.D. Power 2021 Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Ownership Study, the 2021 model year arrives as largely a carryover but with technology and convenience enhancements.  Niro EV continues to deliver an estimated 239 miles of range on a single charge and may be eligible for state and local utility incentives, depending on location of purchase.” Kia Media

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Hyundai Motor Group and Kia Present Future of PBVs

Thursday, January 6th, 2022
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Every year, auto shows happen all-year-long, and we’re always looking forward to what automakers are willing to show off. In a world of electric vehicles (EVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), connected features, and eventually smart cars like smart phones, the next big thing seems to be creating a mobile ecosystem. Cars are no longer just machines to get us from point A to B – just about every automaker at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show talked about transforming a vehicle into a digital or physical living space. Last year, the Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) and Kia Corp discussed a new airtaxi service and urban air mobility, amongst other things. Now, the Group has revealed how it will help Kia meet the second path of its S Plan Strategy Purpose-built vehicles. More than that, the Group presented a “metaverse” that will go far beyond the world of automobiles.

 Purpose-built vehicles, also known as PBVs, are vehicles built with a singular purpose. This definition is too simplified though. During the presentation by Hyundai and others at the 2022 CES, clips of a certain PBV were presented and gave a much clearer picture of what the Group and Kia has in mind. This idea became even more apparent during the first COVID-19 outbreak. When someone needs medical aid, if not brought to a hospital themselves, they need to be transported via an ambulance, but in the worst-case scenario, ambulances are just something to keep people alive between the origin point and the destination point.

What if instead of an ambulance, we have an entire hospital on wheels? That’s what we saw in the various clips, a miniature hospital with all the necessary machines and equipment a doctor would need to treat a patient in transit. Think of all the people that could have been saved if they could get life-saving surgery on the way to the hospital.

That was just one of the many examples Hyundai showed us. An ecosystem of mobility, a personal mobile pod that could fit within most doorways was also shown. Empowering those that may have trouble with mobility (elderly or the handicapped), these pods could autonomously navigate their way to their home, pick them up, and bring them to their next destination. Moreover, for long travel, these pods will connect with a shuttle where the pods are placed in a larger capsule while on the way to their destination.

These next few are going to sound futuristic. Some of you may know of Boston Dynamics and the works they do with robotics. Their most well-known robot is Spot, the robot dog that is able to perform multiple operations, from navigating various terrain to keeping people company. Yes, this is the next step. One of the other things the Group is working on is making robot companions that can connect with people, maybe not on an entirely personal level, but I’m imagining the helpful robot arm from Tony Stark’s lab, maybe even H.E.L.P.eR. from The Venture Brothers on a less lethal scale. Regardless, robots that can help people connect with the world around them is a growing industry, with even exoskeletons and wearable robots that can help people move, operate heavy machinery, perform repetitive motions or lift heavy objects with ease due to the hydraulics in the robot suit or vest.

Lastly, the “Metaverse”. Hyundai and Kia are working on making more than just virtual reality a thing. Imagine an engineer who needs to go onsite to fix a problem, but is currently on the other side of the world. So, this engineer logs onto a computer and enters a virtual reality model of the building and machinery. On-site, in the real world, a robot being controlled and navigated by the engineer is then brought to the machinery and performs the repairs. This is just one example.

Another example of the “Metaverse” is a lot like Regal 4DX or the Spiderman ride at Universal Studios. Consumers can go into PBVs, enter the “Metaverse”, pick an avatar to represent them, and then travel virtually anywhere, as long as there is a robot to connect to. Whatever the robot experiences, its sensors will relay that data to the PBV. Is it windy? You feel the wind. Want to explore the canyons of Mars? Go for it.Now that’s an interesting future. Want to learn more? Follow us on Miami Lakes Kia social media.

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The Highlights of Awards for Kia Corp in 2021

Thursday, December 23rd, 2021
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Kia Corp has been through many changes as of late, going from an automaker with many SUVs to an automaker starting to shine in the sports car category. The name change was announced in May 2021, from Kia Motors to Kia Corp, with a fancy new logo. To help break in the new name, Kia also revealed its 2022 Kia Carnival MPV, a new multi-purpose van meant to take Kia beyond the mass market and land in the luxury part of the industry. This year has been big for Kia, and right at the beginning, the awards and accolades kept coming.

Prestige

Early on and then again later in the year, Kia climbed the ranks during a study by J.D. Power. The first this year would be the Kia Niro EV, ranked as the highest in the battery electric vehicle (BEV) segment during the J.D. Power 2021 Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Ownership Study. Kia has been working on electric vehicle (EV) and BEV technology for years, and it finally paid off with the Kia EV6 all-electric hatchback. This EV has become so popular, TopGear recently named the EV6 the Crossover of the Year. Another J.D. Power Study Kia Corp got high marks in was the 2021 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS). The automaker took home the title of “highest-ranked” model in several vehicle segments.

What list of prestige would be complete with a little something from Car and Driver? The Kia Telluride, Sorento, Soul, K5, and Rio all received a Car and Driver “2021 Editors’ Choice Award”. This definitely wouldn’t be the first time a Kia model lands on a Car and Driver list either, with the Kia Telluride landing on the 10Best list in 2021 to complete the “Triple Crown” of Automotive Awards last year in 2020. The Telluride just landed on the Car and Driver’s 10Best list for 2022.

Best for This

Many automotive publications will put together “Best of Lists”, sometimes for the whole year and sometimes for specific categories. Kia Corp is all over that. Three Kia vehicles won “Best Car for the Money” Awards from U.S. News & World Report – the Kia Forte, Soul, and the All-New Sorento. That’s also the fifth year-in-a-row for the Sorento and Soul to land on the list. Looking for a family car? The PARENTS Best Family Cars 2021 list covers a wide selection of new-model vehicles including minivans, three-row SUVs, two-row SUVs, and family sedans, and out of 50 vehicles, the Kia Sedona won Best Value and the Kia Sorento won “Best Redesign” from PARENTS magazine.

Although we wouldn’t call Kia Corp a fleet automaker, there’s still room for surprises. After all, in the spring of 2021, Kia won during the Vincentric 2021 Best Fleet Value in America Awards, held to recognize vehicles with the lowest total cost of ownership over its lifetime. The Kia Forte GT-Line won the award for the compact car segment, the Kia Soul won the award for the compact hatchback segment, and the Kia Sedona won for the minivan segment.

Satisfaction

Kia models also know how to treat their drivers and consumers. Winning a place on the list for the 2021 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSAs), the Kia K5 sports car and the Kia Telluride were named for their respective categories. The new and improved Kia Optima, the K5 was named the most satisfying premium midsize car. Winning awards since its release, the Kia Telluride won the award for the most satisfying Large Crossover SUV. Adding onto the high rankings and awards, the 2022 Edmunds Top Rated Awards recently concluded, and two Kia models, the Telluride and the Kia Seltos won out over 300 vehicles for this competition. It’s clear when shopping for a car by Kia Corp, it’s an award-winning vehicle. You can find your new Kia at Miami Lakes Automall today.

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Kia Telluride and Seltos Win Awards from Edmunds and KBB

Thursday, December 16th, 2021
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Since its release, the Kia Telluride has been a winner for the automaker and on its own merit. Winning the “Triple Crown of Automotive Awards” in 2020, the Telluride SUV was named the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY), MotorTrend SUV of the Year, and landed on a Car and Driver 10Best list. We’re currently waiting for a repeat of awards for many Kia models, the Telluride included, as the year comes to a close. Currently sneaking in the last few weeks, the Telluride gets another accolade, named “Edmunds Top Rated SUV,” in the 2022 Edmunds Top Rated Awards.

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Kia America Wins Two Spots in 2021 Rebelle Rally

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021
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The Rebelle Rally has been gaining a lot of attention in recent years, especially from automakers. Known as the first all-women’s off-road rally and the longest competition of its kind in the lower 48 states, the Rebelle Rally has become recognized as another race and another chance for automakers to show what their models can do in a drag race setting. A 2000-kilometer race of off-road navigation in the United States, with the race spanning from Lake Tahoe to San Diego is a lot to take on, but in recent years automakers have entered crossovers and plug-in hybrids – not your typical off-road or drag vehicle. Still, Kia America entered the 2021 Rebelle Rally with the 2022 Sorento PHEV and won second and third place!

This year, Kia America was working with two all-women teams acting as the drivers and navigators from within the cabin of the new plug-in hybrid SUVs. Modified for the race, the 2022 Sorento PHEV came with underbody armor to protect the undercarriage, plus a front bumper guard and skid plate. For tackling off-road terrain, a 1-inch spacer lift provided the Sorento PHEV a slight increase in ground clearance, and tow points were affixed to the front and rear bumpers, just in case. Making sure these SUVs could handle any kind of terrain, Hankook Tire America Corp. as the official tire provider for the rally vehicles, outfitted the rims with Dynapro AT2 all-terrain tires outfitted with 17-inch KMC matte black wheels to handle rocky terrain and sandy dunes.

Each PHEV was also customized by women-owned LGE-CTS Motorsports in Southern California. The new color schemes were similar to the exclusive “Desert Sand” and “Pine Green” paint finishes on the Zion and Yosemite concepts that were used to show off the different ways consumers could configure the new Sorento, based on their lifestyle. In addition, the rally vehicles were equipped with a roof rack for the teams’ recovery gear, including tread boards and shovels, safety equipment, and an interior cargo mounting system installed after removing the rear seats.

In 2020, a Kia-sponsored Telluride came in second, piloted by driver Alyssa Roenigk and navigator Sabrina Howells. The team returned for 2021, and took third place this year, whereas professional rally driver Verena Mei and navigator Tana White had a great performance for their first race, claiming second place. With a total of ten teams in the X-Cross class, that’s a pretty good standing. Although not exactly intuitive, X-Cross stands for 4×4, so not only did the Sorento PHEV race in this class, but it was also entered under the “Electrified” designation and still won out over 70-percent of the competition.

“We are elated over the strong performances from both of our teams, who truly tested the Sorento PHEV’s [metal] throughout the course of the punishing rally…All four women embody Kia’s new slogan, ‘Movement That Inspires’ and their podium finishes prove that our rugged and capable SUVs can also be energy efficient adventure vehicles.” – Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America and Kia AmericaWinning awards and winning races, Kia America is building some interesting vehicles. Find a new Kia car model at Miami Lakes Automall.

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Kia America and NBA Extend Multi Year Partnership

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021
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Kia Corp may be going through some changes as of late, but one thing that definitely isn’t changing is its commitment to the community. Kia America especially, keeping in touch with the younger demographic that will eventually take over the market. Not only this, but Kia America has a strong partnership in the sports demographic and has even expanded to eSports through its sponsorship of the European League of Legends Championship. Another large name Kia America has partnered up with is the National Basketball Association (NBA), and recently, the two parties announced the multiyear extension of their ongoing exclusive marketing partnership, officially for 15 years now.

“Over the last three decades both Kia and the NBA have grown in stature and relevance and the significant growth enjoyed by both brands is due, in part, to our long-standing partnership…We are excited to further extend this relationship and strengthen it with the inclusion of the WNBA and NBA G League, which will provide even more basketball fans a courtside seat not only to all the action between the baselines, but also to Kia’s transformative shift toward electrification and sustainable mobility.” – Russell Wager, vice president, marketing, Kia America

The partnership may be 15 years old, but the NBA league has a story that spans over decades, celebrating the 75th Anniversary Season with the first game in October 2021. Kia America is the Official Automotive Partner of the NBA, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and NBA G League, and is the official vehicle for the league. During the NBA Playoffs presented by Google Pixel, NBA All-Star Game, NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV and the NBA Draft presented by State Farm, a Kia vehicle will be in the spotlight when it comes to the automotive market. In addition to its commitment to the existing NBA platforms the automaker supports, Kia America will also be playing a role during the end-of-season performance awards as the title partner for the Kia NBA G League. This makes Kia an Official Partner of Summer League and the title partner of the NBA’s seven All-NBA teams. In addition, building on its commitment to women’s sports and the WNBA partnership, Kia will also serve as the title partner of the Kia WNBA monthly awards and Kia WNBA end-of-season performance awards.

Basically, this partnership renewal is a big deal.

For those that don’t know, Kia also has partnerships with 13 teams currently active in the NBA. Do you see your favorite team on the roster? Kia works with the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers and the Phoenix Suns. As the 75th Anniversary Season continues to kick things off – or is it a dribble? – Kia will also be able to enhance its brand presence throughout the NBA calendar, plus new marketing campaigns, sweepstakes and activities that will get fans engaged to build mutual interest. Such programming will be ongoing from the Kia NBA Tip-Off through the NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV.

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