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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 Corp Sponsors LoL LEC for the Fourth Consecutive Year

Friday, January 21st, 2022
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Miami Lakes Kia League of Legends Championship Europe

Over the years, Kia Corp has been going through some major changes, to the name, to the logo, and to the lineup. During this time, Kia has also found ways to connect with the youth, a smart choice for any company with a shifting demographic. The majority of consumers making up the auto market today are late Gen X consumers, Gen Y consumers (Millennials), and young Gen Z consumers. Those are the people automaker’s need to talk to, and not too long ago, it was clear some of them don’t know a single thing about Millennials – commonly confused with Gen Z. When it comes to the world of video and computer games, that speaks to gamers of all ages, and becoming the official sponsor of the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) has put Kia in the spotlight for the last four years.

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with the LEC, one of the world’s premier eSports leagues…As the LEC’s longest-running main partner, we look forward to deepening our engagement with global eSports fans in 2022, while introducing innovative experiences based on Kia’s brand belief that ‘movement inspires ideas.’” – Hyojung Jung, Kia’s Head of Marketing Communications Group

2022 makes it the fourth year-in-a-row that the Kia Corporation becomes the main automotive partner during the spring and summer LEC seasons in 2022. Held at the Berlin LEC Studio, the spring season lasts from January to April, where defending champions and top contenders will compete, followed by the summer season in July to September. Players will also get their own Kia Player of the Game segment online as a highlight of their skills.

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Kia and Hyundai Form New Urban Air Mobility Company – Supernal

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021
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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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Kia and HMG Set to Release PBVs in 2022

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021
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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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The High Point of the Kia Stinger

Friday, September 10th, 2021
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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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Kia Corp Has Record Sales for July 2021

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021
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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 Great Features of the 2021 Kia Seltos

Friday, July 30th, 2021
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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.

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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.

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Kia Motors Reveals All-New Kia Sportage

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021
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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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