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Four Kia Models Win 2022 Strategic Vision TQI Awards

As the year comes closer to the end of 2022, we expect to see all kinds of cars winning awards and landing on “Best of” lists from automotive publications and organizations all across the industry. There may even be some rarely heard of, like the Strategic Vision’s 2022 Total Quality Awards. Unless on the board for a company, most people won’t be working with an international consulting and advisory service organization such as Strategic Vision, but the head honchos of many automakers rely on it to learn how consumers respond to their products. With nearly 30 segment categories represented, four Kia models won their respective segments this year.

Strategic Vision has become an asset to many companies due to their understanding of consumer data, able to their predicting advocacy, conquest, and loyalty to a brand. This is all according to a collection of consumers’ personal values and decision-making structures, and Strategic Vision’s 28th annual Total Quality Impact (TQI) report is a great example of this. An analysis that goes beyond the quality of a vehicle but also how the consumer evaluates its quality based on emotional attachment, the NVES was conducting by surveying over 112,078 new vehicle buyers after the first 90 days of ownership. Much like the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, surveys give a good look at a sample of the consumer population, and in the case of the NVES, consumers seem to perceive the quality of their vehicles as higher when the “right things work right” – who doesn’t love it when a product works the way it should? Kia Corp received a lot of praise for this.

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HMG Presents Smart City Concept

During the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) shared the future vision for its three automotive brands – Hyundai, Kia Corp, and Genesis. Much of this surrounded an ecosystem of mobility, with personal and public modes of transportation, purpose-built vehicles (PBVs), and even personal urban aircrafts with their advanced air mobility (AAM) division, Supernal. Now, HMG presents a new vision for the world. At the 2022 World Cities Summit in Singapore, the automotive group presented the HMG Smart City master model, a design concept for smart cities where humans work in harmony with technology and nature.

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Kia and HMG Announce New Joint Venture for Lunar Exploration

For the past few years, the Hyundai Motor Group (HMG, parent group of Kia Corp) has been working on new forms of mobility and robotics. The most recent advancement is the eVOTL Aircraft, a personal aircraft designed to shuttle passengers between their origin point and their destination via flight. Designed between HMG and Uber, this concept was first unveiled to us during the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and was finally introduced to us during the Farnborough International Airshow. Just the beginning of a futuristic outlook, just this year, during the 2022 CES, HMG and Kia shared concepts for an ecosystem of mobility with personal mobile pods, purpose-built vehicles (PBVs), and of course this aircraft. Alongside these promises were steps forward into robotics for personal companionship, performing work functions without the need of human workers on-site (say, working with high-voltage machinery), and even making use of the budding Metaverse. With that in mind, HMG and Kia are taking one metaverse concept and turning it into a reality – Lunar Surface Exploration.

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Kia Earns Highest Ranking Three Times During 2022 J.D. Power APEAL Study

Every year, organizations and groups perform reviews and conduct studies in various industries to find some of the best consumer products out on the market. One industry in particular is the automotive industry, releasing tons of new cars every year from a multitude of automakers and automotive groups. It’s not easy to comb through all of those options, but that’s why there are helpful names like Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds. For huge studies that span months, we’re looking at J.D. Power & Associates and the studies they conduct every year. The latest report comes from the 2022 J.D. Power Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study™, with Kia Corp ranking 5th highest ranking brand overall with three models taking home the highest ranking for their segment.

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Kia EV6 Lands on WardsAuto 10 Best Interiors & UX List

The Kia EV6 has had a lot of the spotlight shining on it as of late, and for good reason. A first for the automaker, the EV6 has no gas combustion engine variant before it. The automaker has been known to first release the average gas model and then release hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions, but after the Kia Niro, the world’s first hybrid crossover, the pattern was broken. Earning a 5-Star Safety Rating by Euro NCAP, the Kia EV6 also won the 2022 Red Dot Design Awards. Called a luxury EV, the Kia EV6 was recently named as a winner of a Wards 10 Best Interiors & UX award.

“We are honored to receive this award for the EV6, which represents an important step toward Kia’s transformative ‘Plan S’ global electrification strategy…The EV6’s modern, bold design elements and interior solutions thoughtfully integrated with intuitive technology reinforce Kia’s future-forward vision for electric vehicles.” – Steven Center, COO and EVP, Kia America

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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 Launches New E-FOREST Factory for PBV Production

During the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Kia Corp and the Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) surprised the world with a new form of automobile. Becoming a large part of the companies’ plans going forward, purpose-built vehicles (PBVs) are going to be the new, big change in the auto industry. Like standard vehicles, a PBV can get people from one place to another, but the interior of the vehicle is designed with an exact purpose in mind. To illustrate this, the automakers presented a video at the 2022 CES demonstrating the variety of PBVs that may one day populate roadways or even cities. In May 2022, Kia Corp announced that it will be establishing an all-new, high-tech smart manufacturing facility dedicated to producing electric PBVs, called “E-FOREST”.

“This dedicated PBV facility is one of the major pillars of our Plan S strategy as Kia seeks to claim the top position in the global PBV market…We will initially explore new markets with derivative PBV models, then gradually expand our presence in global markets with dedicated PBV models featuring autonomous driving technologies.” – Ho Sung Song, President and CEO of Kia Corporation

Able to build 100,000 PBVs a year, with the possibility of increasing production to 150,000 units annually, Kia Corp has big plans for this new production hub, located within Kia’s existing Hwaseong manufacturing site in Korea. Construction of the plant is slated to start during the first half of 2023, with production for commercial PBVs by 2025. In March, during the Kia 2030 2022 CEO Investor Day, the automaker shared business plans expanding on their Plan S Strategy, a framework to become a leading automaker in the world of electric vehicles (EVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). These plans are already underway, with Kia intending to expand the lineup with 14 BEV models by 2027, launching at least two BEVs per year between 2023 and 2027.

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Consecutive Winnings for Kia Vehicles in May 2022

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

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

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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