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Kia Motors is one automaker really raking it in lately. If it isn’t a new vehicle concept, then it’s another accolade from a big name in the industry. It’s springtime in 2021, and although we’re only a few months into the year, every publication and organization wants a piece of this automaker. Only a matter of time before J.D. Power names Kia Motors as a highly ranked automaker during the Initial Quality Study. Until then, we have other names that every consumer, especially parents, look towards when car shopping, especially if in the market for a would-be teen driver if they got behind the wheel of their own. PARENTS, the leading source for busy, millennial moms, just named Kia on its list for Best Family Cars 2021.
This is no small feat. 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. Just to make the list, a vehicle must provide high-tech performance, safety, and convenience features across multiple categories. As any family knows, life can be unpredictable. Having features to match that unpredictability with versatility makes any vehicle an instant win, but with over 50 vehicles being tested by PARENTS experts, competition can be rough. Sometimes, winners also come down to safety features, and Kia Motors has that on lock down with the Kia Drive Wise package, now known as Kia’s renowned Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS).
Kia Motors is an automaker that is either falling apart or building a conglomerate, because like the Hindu god, Durga, Kia has sprouted many arms and is working in multiple directions for the future. From electric vehicles (EV6) to multi-purpose vehicles (Carnival MPV), this South Korean automaker is one surprise after another. Year-after-year, Kia Motors ranks high in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, but only among mass-market vehicle brands, not all of them. To change that, the newest venture from Kia Motors is the luxury sports sedan, the K8, to dominate the luxury car segment as well. We’ve talked exterior, we’ve checked out the interior, now let’s look at some specs of the Kia K8.
The massive interior space of the cabin is thanks to a larger vehicle overall, with extended length, optimal height and width, and a longer wheelbase. Even at the size, the K8 is still the lightest sedan on the market. So, what kind of powertrain will be under the hood of the vehicle? At launch, four powertrains will be available.
Two of the powertrain options are the same state-of-the-art 3.5-liter Smartstream powertrain, except offered with a GDI (gasoline direct injection) fuel delivery method for 295 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque, or a LPI (liquid propane injection) that can generate 236 horsepower and 231 lb-ft of torque. If looking to test the “Sporty” name that this sedan is aiming for, then consumers will want the 3.5 GDI Smartstream powertrain. A performance-orientated front-wheel-based AWD K8 model will also be available at launch. (more…)
If there’s one automaker that you can bet on to achieve their goals, it’s Kia Motors. Almost two years ago, in January 2018, Kia Motors claimed that they would be offering artificial intelligence in cars in 2019. More than likely, this would come from the Hyundai Motor Group, an automobile group that Kia Motors is a part of, and more often than not shares technology with. Here we are, in the final quarter of 2019, and the Hyundai Motor Group announced that they have developed the world’s first Machine Learning based Smart Cruise Control (SCC-ML).
Learning-based Smart Cruise Control
Being called an industry first, this new technology from the Hyundai Motor Group utilizes artificial intelligence to learn the driver’s patterns and then replicate them while operating Smart Cruise Control (SCC). The artificial intelligence was previously made available in one form with SCC, also known as an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) feature. For those that haven’t experienced SCC before, just like cruise control, SCC keeps the vehicle at a set speed while driving. Unlike regular cruise control, SCC will attempt to slow down if approaching the vehicle ahead too quickly and then speed back up if the driver moves into a clear lane. SCC can also use electric stop-go technology to stop the car (at a reasonable speed) and start it back up again, say if in traffic and the driver has SCC on.
These features of SCC are exactly what will make up the core of SCC-ML. By integrating this advanced artificial intelligence, the fine-tuning of the previous SCC will no longer be a problem. When it comes to the SCC available presently, the driver needs to manually adjust the driving patterns of the vehicle, such as the distance from the preceding vehicle, acceleration, as well as the speed. With SCC-ML, by learning how the driver behaves in normal conditions, when activated, it will attempt to drive as the driver would.
Earlier in 2018, we learned that Kia Motors is quickly becoming the safest car brand in America thanks to studies from U.S. News & World Report, AMCI Global, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS named eight Kia Motors vehicles for Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick Plus, but had some special focus on the 2019 Kia Sorento. There sure is a lot to love about the Kia Sorento, one of which is its reliability, according to U.S. News & World Report. On the topic of reliability, another Kia Motors vehicle has been named by the IIHS – the 2018 Kia Rio.
U.S. News Names 2018 Kia Sorento
Yes, there is a lot of talk surrounding the many reasons to love the 2019 Kia Sorento, but with 2018 coming to a close, there is still a focus on 2018 model year vehicles and plenty of time for awards. U.S. News & World Report is a respected piece of literature, recognized as a leader of news and information across multiple industries, including college, grad school, hospital, mutual fund, and automobiles. With a network that publishes news, opinion, consumer advice, rankings, and analysis on a multitude of subjects, automotive being one of them, U.S. News & World Report is a name many consumers should become familiar with.
When the 2018 Kia Stinger was first unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, many people were impressed by the sports car. “Sporting” a couple of firsts for Kia, the Stinger was the first vehicle to resurrect the Lambda engine (first having popped up in the 2005 Sorento), was the first Kia sedan to come with all-wheel drive (optional), and introduced Kia’s Driver Attention Alert (DAA) system to help combat distracted/drowsy driving. With that in mind, the Kia Stinger was also one of, if not the first Kia vehicle, to receive the Kia Drive Wise Package. Filled with an assortment of advanced safety features, for a driver that wants eyes in the back of their head and a little clairvoyance, this is the package to get when shopping with Kia Motors. Here’s what the Drive Wise Package includes.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA) – A system designed to alert the driver of an impending collision with a slower moving or stationary vehicle/object via a sensor-operated chime. If an FCA, the system will also apply pressure to the brakes if driver input is not detected following the primary alert.
Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW) with Lane Change Assist – A sensor that detects other vehicles located to the side and rear of a vehicle, and displays a graphic or turns on a small light in the side mirror if a vehicle is detected. The system also assists the driver by letting them know of approaching traffic in their blind spot so they can make a safe merge into the other lane via Lane Change Assist.
Rear-Cross Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW) – Like blind-spot detection, RCCW alerts the driver when backing out of a parking space where traffic is present or approaching from either side.
Kia Motors is doing wonders in the auto market lately, and not just in technology, like their newly debuted diesel mild-hybrid powertrain. Kia Motors was also recognized recently by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated eight Kia Motors models and received either a Top Safety Pick or a Top Safety Pick +. Now, Kia Motors has been ranked as one of 2018’s “Most Trusted Automotive Brands” by another reliable name in the industry, and their Cadenza mid-size car was named by U.S. News & World Report.
AMCI and the Annual Trusted Automotive Brands Study
AMCI Global is one of several organizations out there that closely follow, analyze, and predict the future state of the automotive industry. As their website motto states, “From opinion-shifting customer experiences to industry-leading education, testing and evaluation, our goal is simple: Transform the way people interact with automotive brands.” With thousands of AMCI testing certified claims, 15 million in-vehicle experiences, and over one million automotive educated associates worldwide, they have quite the ability to predict consumer behavior in a way that can be tied directly to sales, loyalty, and advocacy with near-perfect accuracy.
Recently, AMCI Global wrapped up their annual Trusted Automotive Brands Study. Currently only in its second year, the Trusted Automotive Brands Study has illustrated that more than 50-percent of consumers will recommend or repurchase a vehicle from an automotive brand they trust. For 2018, a national representative sample of 2,500 automotive owners across 34 brands participated in the study. In the end, it all came down to Kia Motors being named as one of the three most trusted non-luxury brands in the market today for the second consecutive year.