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Since the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, Kia Corp (part of the Hyundai Motor Group/HMG) has been on a venture with Uber for a new type of ride-hailing – aircrafts. Sounds crazy – letting a complete stranger fly us from one place to the other, but is it any different than flying in a commercial aircraft or just about any plane on the tarmac? That’s really the main difference, and until cars can fly, a random stranger isn’t going to land on the highway and ask for your name, ready to fly off again. As Kia and Hyundai continue to create new partnerships for the air taxi, it seems like this baby is going to take off soon – pun intended. With that in mind, the Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) announced the start of a new company called Supernal, LLC that will be used as the forefront to focus on future mobility solutions, starting with its Urban Air Mobility Division.
As the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry starts to emerge, electric vehicles are still fighting for popularity among the public, and fully autonomous vehicles are still far away. The Group isn’t crazy, we won’t see any real air travel for several years. At the moment, the Group plans to launch its first commercial flight in 2028. It’s the hope that after two years of operations, the public will become more familiar with these urban aircrafts. How long did it take for people to regularly use Uber and Lyft versus a taxi or bus? The two are very different beasts, but already at work, Supernal’s first air vehicle will be electric-powered, autonomous (we already have autopilot), and the ability to seat four to five passengers on initial urban and urban-adjacent routes.
“We’re developing a commercially viable Advanced Air Mobility product from the start, designing and manufacturing our vehicle to the highest safety, noise, efficiency, and affordability standards…Our growing team, which includes veterans of aerospace, automotive, and other deep-tech industries, is engineering sustainable vehicles that have the potential to evolve how we live, work, and play.” – Ben Diachun, Chief Technology Officer, Supernal
The air taxi is basically a culmination of everything the Group has worked on thus far – artificial intelligence, autonomous control, and electric powertrains – all in the name of creating an ecosystem of mobility. Since the unveiling of the first air taxi in 2020, the Group has been entering into many agreements with aerospace companies, like ANRA Technologies, a company already working on the safe and efficient integration of advanced air mobility (AAM) into existing airspace. Last year, the Group entered into another partnership with the City of Los Angeles and Urban Movement Labs to develop a public engagement roadmap and policy toolkit that other cities can use when managing their AAM efforts.
Right now, Supernal is collaborating with stakeholders to explore concepts on how to get this done. It will take physical infrastructure like tarmacs, landing pads, and runways for personal and/or commercial use. Digital infrastructures may also be used for managing the airways. Could we finally see aerospace highways like sci-fi movies always promise? Keep up with all the updates on the air taxi by Kia and Hyundai when you follow us on Miami Lakes Automall social media.
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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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“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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Last week we talked about how strong Kia Corp continues to grow after the pandemic shook things up in 2020 and the semiconductor chip shortage is hurting just about everyone. Even so, Kia Corp closed out the first half of 2021, the second quarter ending in June 2021, with the highest ever record for first-half yearly sales – 378,511 units sold. Some might think it’s because it’s the first half of the year, people want to get out there and start driving again, maybe treat themselves to a new car or keep a new resolution to travel more. Well, the sales for July just came in, and Kia Corp continues to impress with the automaker’s highest July sales in company history.
“Kia continues to build on the momentum from our record breaking first-half by setting yet another recor…Kia sold more than 74-percent of our available inventory in July as compared to 34-percent during the same period last year, a solid reflection of the strong consumer interest in the brand.” – Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia North America and Kia America
That’s crazy. Sure, just about any automaker is going to sell more than they did last year, but even with the aftermath, Kia sold 74-percent of all available units produced. That’s not bad at all. The new record for Kia Corp for July sales is 70,099 units. The Carnival MPV was recently introduced and has seen a steady rise in sales. Kia posted the fourth consecutive month-over-month increase for the Carnival, marking the model’s highest monthly sales performance, with nearly over 3500 units sold in July, a total of 15,641 units sold to-date for 2021. The major breadwinners for July though are the Kia Forte, Kia Sportage, and Kia K5/Optima, followed by the Kia Telluride before falling under 8,000 units sold. In total, July sales were up by 34-percent year-over-year, or when comparing 2021 sales with 2020 sales.
These sales in July only help compliment some of Kia Corp’s success in July alone. Recognized with prestigious industry awards and accolades, the 2022 Stinger sports sedan was awarded the Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) award by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). Most recently, the Kia K5 was named the most satisfying premium midsize car, and the Telluride rated as the most satisfying Large Crossover SUV during the 2021 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards by AutoPacific. Vehicle satisfaction is decided by real owners who take a survey designed to rate vehicles on 36 individual model attributes ranging from driving performance and features usability to seating comfort and interior design. More than 89,000 new car and light truck owners answered the survey this year. If you need a strong opinion, there it is.
Remember, the Kia Sportage is all-new for the new generation in 2021; the Kia Telluride is the automaker’s largest SUV to date (and there are rumors about an ell-electric variant); and the Kia K5 is the all-new generation of the Kia Optima, bringing its sports car style and performance to the forefront of the model. Kia even released a new GT-Line AWD Premium Package for the K5 to really show off its performance capabilities. The newest of them all is the Kia Carnival MPV, the most luxurious vehicle by Kia Corp thus far.Want to check out these new vehicles by Kia Corp? Find your new Kia vehicle at Miami Lakes Automall.
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The Kia Seltos compact SUV started overseas, but it soon made its way stateside, and a lot of consumers are showing interest. It’s easy to see why the Kia Seltos offers a lot of great features and options. Starting from a great price of $21,990 (plus destination fee), it’s a great budget car, and with just five trims, Kia Corp makes sure every trim is as good as the last. Take a look at some of these great features.
Available five trims – LX, S, EX, S Turbo, and SX Turbo – the base LX trim comes with the modern standards of technology and performance, starting with an 8-inch touchscreen, an MP3/AM/FM radio with Bluetooth calling, voice recognition, Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, Siri Eye Free, a rear-camera display, and steering-wheel-mounted audio, cruise, and phone controls, and a six-speaker system. This level of entertainment quickly goes up and ends with UVO Link on a 10.25-inch touchscreen with remote connectivity, voice-command navigation, SiriusXM, and a Bose premium audio system on the SX Turbo trim.(more…)
Kia Motors, or should we say Kia Corp, really loves its lineup. I mean, really, really loves the lineup. So much so, that whenever a new vehicle comes out, or even a refreshed version is released, it’s all the automaker can talk about. Not too long ago it was the highlights of the 2021 Kia Seltos, boasting all the good news about the redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento, recording death-defying stunts with the Kia K5, a refreshed Kia Stinger that received a special edition Kia Stinger Scorpion package, and then there’s the electrifying Kia EV6. The next lover Kia Corp is gushing over? Only the all-new Kia Sportage will do, setting new standards for the SUV class.
Entering its fifth generation, the all-new 2021 Kia Sportage embodies Kia’s new design philosophy – Opposites United. Made up of five pillars – Joy for Reason, Power to Progress, Technology for Life, Tension for Serenity, and Bold for Nature – this SUV has been carefully crafted to inspire customers with its new interior and exterior design. Received earlier this year to great acclaim, SUV design will have new benchmarks to surpass if they’re going to compete with a Kia model. Redefining itself every year with bigger and better ideas, Kia Corp is giving the Sportage a new lease on life.
“Reinventing the Sportage gave our talented design teams a tremendous opportunity to do something new; to take inspiration from the recent brand relaunch and introduction of EV6 to inspire customers through modern and innovative SUV design. With the all-new Sportage, we didn’t simply want to take one step forward but instead move on to a different level in the SUV class,” – Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Design Center
The front fascia starts out with a detailed-orientated black grille graphic that stretches across the width of the face, drawing the eyes to the main frontal features of the all-new Sportage. Although Kia Corp has designed a new “Tiger Face” that seems to be appearing on more eco-friendly models like the EV6, the “Tiger Nose Grille” returns for the new SUV. From the side, the all-new Kia Sportage is sporty, yet refined with new features for the Sportage lineup, starting with a black roof to contrast the rest of the body color. From front to rear, a chrome beltline follows the SUV into a new rear spoiler that says this SUV is just as sporty as the rest.
For the interior, Kia Corp only uses the highest quality materials that are nice to look at and touch for a sense of luxury. The center console offers storage, operating system configuration, cupholders and soft-touch switches, and the transmission has been reduced to a shift-by-wire transmission rotary dial to get rid of some of the clutter. New tech also pops up with a sculpted integrated curved display and slim crush touchscreen pad. The display covers the width of the front of the Sportage, and with three-dimensional air vents, the cabin really does feel like a cockpit.
Remember the X-Line? Kia Corp was working on GT, X, and Designed Collection versions of some of its vehicles a few years ago. The all-new Kia Sportage brings it back with the Sportage X-line, featuring a unique bumper, side sill, and curved roof rack added to the exterior, and bold quilting and black metal wood in the interior. Consumers have the choice of signature sage green or black for the color of the seats.
Due for a global market launch later this year, Kia Corp will reveal more information about the all-new Sportage in time. When there is more to know, you can learn all about it here on the Miami Lakes Automall Kia blog. Or, visit us on Miami Lakes Kia social media to keep up with what’s new for Kia Corp. In the market for a new model? Check out our inventory of new KIa models today.
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The world of digital devices and the internet is hitting some crazy hiccups lately. If it’s not the global shortage of semiconductor chips, it’s cyber security threats and internet shutdowns. Many companies and organizations have been affected, as well as many industries as a whole – automotive included. Recently, Kia Corp and Kia America launched the new Kia EV6, starting with the EV6 First Edition model. Potential owners have a chance to reserve theirs, but due to technical difficulties, the reservation site was closed on June 3rd, but has reopened as of now. You can hold yours with a $100 fully refundable deposit for the limited run of EV6 First Editions at Kia.com, delivery in early 2022.
“Early demand for the all-new EV6 has been overwhelming and we quickly reset our special Reservation website to handle expanded access and traffic…Fairness is a fundamental component of our corporate culture, and therefore we thought best to suspend the original process, enhance the reservation procedure, and then reopen this exclusive opportunity to the many folks who had been in line and excited to join us on this journey.” – Russell Wager, vice president, marketing, Kia America
What is so special about the EV6 First Edition model? Like any first edition of a new model release, there are bound to be extra features not available for other models or come with all the goodies at a better price before it goes into mass production. With only 1500 units set for production, the EV6 First Edition is bound to come with more than just a nice sound system. Speaking of which, First Edition models of the Kia EV6 come with a premium 14-speaker Meridian audio system with a two-year subscription to SiriusXM. Other features include an Augmented Reality (AR) Head-Up Display, Remote Smart Parking Assist, a wide sunroof, and 20-inch wheels. Built off of the EV6 GT trim, the EV6 First Edition is powered by a 77.4 kWh battery with a 160kW front motor and a 270kW rear motor and comes with dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD).
Fancy, right? That somewhat unknown feature, Remote Smart Parking Assist, is pretty helpful for these ever-crowded parking lots. Some people have no manners and can’t be bothered to be aware of the space around their vehicle before opening the door and possibly dinging the adjacent vehicle. We’ve all been there, on either end of this automotive sin. Luckily, Kia EV6 First Edition models can try to avoid this with Remote Smart Parking Assist, where the key fob can move the vehicle in and out of a parking space by moving forward or backward and comes with a button to turn the vehicle off.
Pushing forward with new and advanced tech, AR Head-Up Displays are becoming ever more popular with Kia Corp and future models. Sweeping displays and dashboards, “Hello Kia” and virtual assistants, and new powertrains, Kia is an automaker that continues to transform and bring new high tech, luxury, and convenience to the automobile. Looking for your own new Kia model? Find yours at Miami Lakes Automall. Remember, only 1500 units of the EV6 First Edition model are available for reservation at Kia.com
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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
The Kia Seltos is a compact SUV from Kia Corp that was first released in India and then went global. Soon after, the Seltos quickly made a name for itself, earning a spot on the Wards 10 Best UX list for 2020. Its popularity rising, the Seltos was almost a match for another SUV that shook the Kia Corp lineup – the Kia Telluride. Winning awards left and right, Kia released a special edition of the large SUV – the Kia Telluride Nightfall Edition. Like many automakers, there is always some sort of “blacked-out” package that makes everything, including the badges and decals, black. For 2022, the Kia Seltos joins the club with the Seltos NightFall Edition.
Sold as a new trim level, consumers won’t have to choose which trim to get if they’re just looking for the Nightfall aesthetic. This means getting gloss black roof rails and rugged side sills, a black grille, gloss black emblems – including the new “Kia” logo – with 18-inch matte black alloy wheels and possibly gloss black skid plates. If curious about the differences between this and the version on the Telluride, the Telluride came with some extra bits specific to the SUV and was an add-on package. This meant consumers could choose what trim level they wanted to add the package to. This package includes gloss black greenhouse trim/lower door side molding, gloss black front bumper side air-duct garnish, a new radiator grill in black, LED headlamps and fog lamps with black inner bezel, and 20-inch wheels.
On the one hand, having a trim level works. With the powertrain not changing much from last year, having a new style choice will draw some new consumers. A 2.0-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine able to produce 146 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque is a good start, but the Kia Seltos Nightfall Edition is locked into the 175hp 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with all-wheel drive (AWD). Whether the NightFall Edition will be available in other colors has not yet been discussed. This means having the above-mentioned components in black while having the rest of the body another color for contrast or to make those components stand out. When Kia offered the NightFall Edition on the Kia Telluride, consumers could also choose Snow White Pearl, Everlasting Silver, Gravity Gray, Ebony Black, Sangria, Black Copper, Dark Moss, and Wolf Gray for the paint job.
New style isn’t the only upgrade for the 2022 Kia Seltos. As always, Kia Corp is constantly making vehicles safer, and this year, every Kia Seltos gets the benefits of more standard advanced automatic safety features. These include forward collision avoidance, lane-keep assist, lane departure warning, driver attention warning, lane follow assist, and automatic high beams. This is a step up from last year, keeping many of the goodies from the base trim, the LX. Pricing for the 2022 Kia Seltos is estimated at $22,490 (plus destination fee), with the Nightfall Edition at $26,690 (plus destination fee). It’s a sweet deal for the turbocharged engine and AWD, plus the aesthetic appeal of a blacked-out compact SUV.
Find your new Kia Seltos at Miami Lakes Automall Kia and look for the Nightfall edition in 2022.
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After talking about all the cool tech in the upcoming 2022 Kia EV6, the first all-electric vehicle without a predecessor from the automaker, it’s time to share some more good news. Coming straight to America, Kia Corp, known as Kia America in the states, will be launching the EV6 in just a few days. Starting June 3 at 10am PST, consumers will be able to start preordering the EV6 First Edition. Be the first of 1500 people who can claim the first EV6 from Kia America with a $100 fully refundable deposit. All pre ordered vehicles will start being delivered during the first quarter of 2022.
EV6 First Edition
Like any great new model, automakers tend to release a launch edition or special edition to celebrate. It’s also a chance to give consumers first dibs, and to show appreciation for such die hard fans, why not add a little extra to the first order…or to the first 1500, for that matter? And being a first for Kia, the automaker is making a special edition for those who place an advanced reservation at Kia.com starting June 3.
What’s so special about the EV6 First Edition? Adding onto the already standard but alluring design, some new tech and features are added. These include the Augmented Reality (AR) Head-Up Display, Remote Smart Parking Assist, a wide sunroof, 20-inch wheels, a premium 14-speaker Meridian audio system with a two-year subscription to SiriusXM. Amping up the power and not just the style, the EV6 First Edition will also feature dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) and a 77.4 kWh battery with a 160kW front motor and a 270kW rear motor, much like the EV6 GT trim to be released later in 2022.
“The all-new EV6 represents the future of Kia and this special edition celebrates our first dedicated electric vehicle’s remarkable debut…We want to celebrate drivers that are ready to take this exciting road with Kia and offer something truly special and unique to complement their EV lifestyles.”- Russell Wager, vice president, marketing, Kia Motors America
The Three Kia EV6 First Edition will also have some unique color combinations to choose from for the exterior and the interior cabin. Inside, consumers have the choice of Glacier with dark green seats, Urban Yellow with black seats, and Steel Gray Matte with black seats. The First Edition will also offer the look of Steel Matte Gray paint on an EV6 with the standard design, but an Urban Yellow exterior color paint job is exclusive to the First Edition. To complete the look are illuminated door sills with the First Edition designation. As always, there is something to denote the number of the unit in production, and consumers will find the numbered badge highlighting the limited production volume in the interior cabin.
Ready to order your 2022 Kia EV6 First Edition? Remember, Kia will start taking orders at Kia.com starting June 3. Once the first 1500 units are spoken for, all other consumers will have to wait for the first edition to be produced and all orders filled before any more EV6 units are ready for order. Let us know if you were one of the lucky ones on Miami Lakes Kia social media.