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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 and HMG Share Plans for 2022

Back in 2020, when Kia Corp was still known as Kia Motors, the automaker launched its Plan S Strategy. Kia became determined to not only make good on its claim to become the next all-electric automaker, but Kia Corp also wants to be a leading name in the electric vehicle (EV) market, with the goal of obtaining 6.6-percent of all global EV sales. With two large goals within the next few years, with 25-percent of all sales coming from eco-friendly vehicles by 2025, and selling 500,000 EVs worldwide and 1 million eco-friendly vehicles by 2026, the automaker is already ramping up 2022 for the next step to meet these goals and more. Plan S is about a lot more than just battery-electric vehicles (BEVs).

“This year, we plan to introduce an array of smart solutions for industries that are core to our future strategy, such as autonomous driving, robotics and urban air mobility, thereby realizing the myriad possibilities in the lives of our customers…Despite recent difficulties and the uncertainties about some of the new challenges that lie ahead, let’s make bold moves with positive energy, realizing the better future for our customers and humanity.” – Hyundai Motor Group Executive Chair Euisun Chung

For those unaware, the Hyundai Motor Group is the parent company that Kia Corp is a part of. Any tech Hyundai develops, Kia gets, and although we do highlight all the work Kia does in-house, much of the ground-breaking tech lately is thanks to Hyundai. Most notably the Kia EV6, built on the dedicated BEV Platform, called the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), built by the Hyundai Motor Group, henceforth referred to as “the Group” for the remainder of the article. In conjunction with Kia and in-house development, the Group’s 2022 New Year address took place in the ‘HMG Park’ metaverse platform where Chung presented many upcoming plans, as well as doubling down on the Group’s position as a leading eco-friendly enterprise.

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Highlights of the 2022 Kia Carens Luxury SUV


Remember that small tease Kia Corp gave the world of the new SUV concept to hit India, the Kia Carens Luxury SUV? Kia launched the Carens overseas, calling it a recreational vehicle (RV), although still no larger than the average SUV – comfortable and spacious with three-rows. With a little something for everyone, this SUV has many highlights to talk about, from practical features to new tech. We can’t talk about powertrains until this comes to the Americas, but there are still a lot of interesting things to look forward to in a luxury SUV from Kia.


Kia Corp has been changing the design of its vehicles ever-so-slowly, starting with the swept-back hood and currently designing electric vehicles (EVs) with the new “Tiger Face” front fascia. The Kia Carens SUV does its own thing but is the first internal combustion vehicle in the new lineup to really take on this new look. Starting off the front with Crown Jewel Headlamps and DRLs in Kia’s new signature lighting concept – “The Star Map” – mirrored again in the rear with Star Map LED Tail Lamps. Two tone side door garnish, horizontal chrome garnish on the upper grille, lower rear bumper, and around the frame to create the tiger face.

Some fine-tune details are there, like the diamond knurling pattern on the chrome rear bumper, an integrated rear spoiler with a high-gloss black side cover, and a rear black skid plate – also with premium high gloss. Up in front, wing type air vents with silver garnish make up the design, and the Star Map LED creates a high-tech feel while also playing with a sporty design, reflected in the interior with a black high gloss dashboard. This all rides on 16-inch Dual Tone Crystal Cut Alloy Wheels.


With generous headroom and three rows, there is plenty to look for, including all the convenient storage spaces. Just look at this list – Retractable Seatback Tables with an integrated cup holder, gadget pockets, cooling cup holders, Retractable Seat Back Table with Cup and Gadget Mount, Sliding Type Seat Under Tray, Easy Push Retractable cup holder and sliding tray, and a dedicated air freshener mounting system. Okay, so the interior has storage space, where is the luxury? All three rows have been inspired by airplane seats to give a cabin look, complete with second row seat backs, a folding armrest with cup holders, rear door sunshade curtains, a boarding assist handle with illumination for getting inside in the evening, and speaking of, the second row seat has “One Touch Easy Electric Tumble” for getting into the third row easily. With plenty of cabin space with the longest wheelbase in the class, there is a lot of room to fill.

We don’t have much information on the engineering, but up front there are paddle shifters and Multi Drive Modes linked with Ambient Mood Lighting (more on that later). Like most vehicles with multiple drive modes, the driver can pick certain styles based on their preferences (Sport/Eco/Normal)). Around the interior cabin, there are roof flushed second and third-row diffused AC Vents, 5 USB C type interfaces, a smartphone wireless charger with a cooling function, and ventilated front seats. Recline on a nice evening and enjoy the SkyLight sunroof.


Tech and Safety

The tech is glorious, starting with the 10.25-inch HD touchscreen Navigation and Next Generation Kia Connect. For years, Kia has been adding ambient mood lighting to its vehicles, and the cabin comes with surround 64 colors and a rear door spot lamp with Kia Logo Projection. As noted, the different drive modes can also affect the lighting and interior cabin mood, so that’s fun. All you need to do is turn on the music and listen to a BOSE Premium sound system with eight speakers. Next-gen Kia Connect has also been added, replacing the UVO system, with OTA (Over the Air) Map and System Updates 60+ connected car features.

Safety has also been a large factor for Kia Corp vehicles. After the COVID-19 pandemic, the cabin comes with a smart pure air purifier with virus and bacteria protection for keeping the air clean. A Hi-Secure Safety Standard Package has been installed – apparently the standards we have today is a first for India. Remember, this vehicle is still overseas. That means this SUV comes with six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill-Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Brake Control (DBC), Brake Assist System (BAS), Highline TPMS and All Wheel Disc Brakes. We haven’t heard of any special safety features just yet.We’re looking forward to this SUV making its way stateside, regardless. If the Seltos can do it, the Carens can, too. Follow along with us on Miami Lakes Kia social media for more information on new Kia Corp models.

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Kia EV6 Wins TopGear Crossover of the Year Title

The Kia EV6 is making a lot of noise as of late, the first all-electric vehicle from Kia Corp after naming itself an all-electric automaker. Kia Corp won’t just be selling electric vehicles (EVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) – the rest of the lineup is sure to stick with some internal gasoline combustion engine vehicles, especially with the Kia Telluride SUV landing on the Car and Driver 10Best list, again. The Kia EV6 is simply the first vehicle from Kia without a gasoline or plug-in hybrid version to come before it. Built on the new E-GMP platform, the EV6 is sure to be another winner in the books, having just earned the coveted “Crossover of the Year” title at the 2021 TopGear.com Awards.

“With the EV6, Kia has gone all-in; wholly electric, wild styling, class-leading charging, gadgets galore. It delves deeply into the concept of a mobile lounge, the EV6 pushes into the darker corners of making an EV actually interesting to drive. It’s also spacious, nicely-equipped and well-built. It cruises with all the best bits of EVs – quiet, smooth, calm – and then punts down a backroad with proper potential. A crossover in more than one sense, then. For the car, and the brand.” – Tom Ford, Associate Editor

Top Gear’s judges were most impressed by the style of the EV6, its dynamic performance (cue the GT model), long-electric driving range – a total of 317 miles with the 58.0 kWh battery pack, and about 314 miles with the 77.4 kWh – and 800-volt ultra-fast charging. We definitely saw the power of this, able to 10-to-80-percent charge in less than 20 minutes with the recent entry of the EV6 in the Guinness Book of World Records for shortest charging time to cross the U.S. in an electric vehicle. Move over, Tesla!

Yes, we mentioned a GT model. Kia Corp isn’t just focused on EVs. When the Kia Stinger sports car was first released, the concept was simple: design cars that are as fun to drive as they look. The Stinger set a new tone for Kia vehicles going forward, with pretty much every new model adopting the new swept back hood, and eventually the Kia Optima turning into the new smash hit, the Kia K5. With all of this, Kia opened up a new GT-line, where a handful of models will get a GT model specifically for high performance. The GT-Line joins the X-Line and the EX Designer Collection models.

How good can an EV GT be, really? The Kia EV6 GT is able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. That’s on par with the 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody and faster than the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye! Albeit for a fraction of the price, too. The Kia Stinger GT was another fast and affordable car that could beat the competitors easily. It’s the new Kia Corp.

Circling back to TopGear, the EV6 didn’t just earn the title of “Crossover of the Year”. The EV also got some of the spotlight in the latest issue of BBC Top Gear Magazine, and this month’s issue is a special one. Printed as an awards issue, only the best new cars in the world today are featured. That really says it all. Available in 2022, the Kia EV6 is heating up EV competition. Want to get behind the wheel of your own Kia EV? Find the EV6 at Miami Lakes Automall.

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Kia Reveals All-New 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid

Kia Corp has really been busy making good on its all-electric automaker statement. Kia Corp quickly came out with the all-electric EV6 hatchback. It’s thanks to the new Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) Hyundai Motor developed (Kia is a part of this group), and with it, Kia kept moving, and recently unveiled the Kia EV9 all-electric SUV at the AutoMobility LA event. While Kia Corp continues to expand the electric vehicle (EV) lineup, there are hybrid vehicles being released also, such as the 2022 Sorento plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), as well as the all-new 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid.

“The new Sportage Hybrid SUV marks yet another step in Kia’s advance on sustainable mobility, as part of our global ‘Plan S’ efforts…In addition to paving a new pathway to electrification, the Sportage Hybrid also delivers superb driving dynamics, cutting-edge design, and a vast array of technology for a world-class in-car experience.” – Sean Yoon, president and CEO, Kia America, Kia North America

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Kia Telluride Lands on CarandDriver 10Best for 2022

The Kia Telluride SUV is at it again. Said to be the largest SUV in the Kia Corp lineup, maybe even the industry, as soon as the Telluride was released, just about every automotive journalist was salivating over it. Initially designed to be a high-tech vehicle, the concept changed over time as Kia decided to put all the super futuristic features in its all-electric vehicles (EVs). Makes sense, and that’s why the Telluride became more of a lifestyle piece. Kia Corp demonstrated this with five Telluride concepts during the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. Still going strong, the Telluride won the “Triple Crown” of Automotive Awards last year in 2020. Could it win the crown again this year, with its latest accolade, landing on the Car and Driver’s 10Best list for 2022.

“The Kia Telluride remains one of our favorite SUVs on the market…It is a well-rounded top choice in its segment and is a benchmark family vehicle that never lets us down.” – Sharon Silke Carty, Car and Driver editor in chief

Everyone should know the name, Car and Driver, but in case now, the 10 Best List is one of the biggest lists for consumers to find the best of the best. Only the smartest, most entertaining cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans available today make the list. They also need to be brand-spanking new or refreshed enough to be new. For 2022, the Telluride received minor design enhancements, such as new Kia badging, a slightly redesigned radiator grille, and more tech and safety features to the lineup.

Like last year, the competition was fierce. With 67 other vehicles – cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans – in the mix, and only 10 spots, it was going to be a massacre sooner or later. Expert judges from Car and Driver selected the ten winners based on value, mission fulfillment, and…road manners? Okay. Oh, and for those trying to work out a budget, the pricing for these winners has a starting price below $90,000.

When the Kia Telluride was first released in March 2019, it completely spearheaded sales. Selling over 5000 Telluride units, making a tenth of the automaker’s total sales for that month (nearly 56k units), and by the end of 2019, sold over 56,000 Kia Telluride units. It was a Grand Slam for the model, and instantly caught fire, named a segment winner of the 2020 J.D. Power Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APPEAL) Study™ in 2020. This year, 2021, the Telluride fever hasn’t stopped, with an upsurge of 39-percent in year-to-date sales for 2021. Given the problems of 2020, that may not sound like a huge victory, but it goes to show consumers are still frolicking happily with this super large SUV.We’re sure this will be just the first of many awards the Kia Telluride or any vehicle in the Kia lineup will receive. There is still the better part of a month left, plus December, and that’s when we really start to round up all the winnings. Be sure to check back with us, and if you need a last-minute Thanksgiving Recipe, we’ve got you covered. Follow us on Miami Lakes Automall social media for more.

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Kia Reveals EV9 Concept

The new EV9 concept teased by Kia Corp was unveiled during the AutoMobility LA event starting this week and lasting through November 2021. An all-electric SUV concept, let’s not get too excited about it just yet. Sure, there is a lot of information to comb through, some fluff, and a lot of state-of-the-art tech is promised. Some of us are still irked over the early “Telluride Concept” and the complete and utter lack of the technology promised in the concept. Somewhere during production, Kia Corp made the choice to lean towards adventure and lifestyle with the Telluride. Let’s see how well the EV9 will match the current concept.

Built on the same Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) of the EV6, the new platform the Hyundai Motor Group (including Kia) will be using as the foundation for all upcoming electric vehicles (EVs). Continuing to live up to the ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy, new vehicles are being designed based on nature while still making them hard-working machines. Production went so far as to make use of upcycled materials developed from collected waste deposited into the marine ecosystem. For example, recycled fishnets were used in development of the flooring of the vehicle, the seating fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles and wool fibers. Vegan leather is also an option.

“The Kia Concept EV9 is yet another important marker for us in what has been an incredible journey since the start of the year. Having made our intentions clear – to become a global leader in sustainable mobility solutions – today we are proud to show the world our all-electric SUV concept, which fuses together an advanced zero-emissions powertrain, a cutting-edge exterior design and a contemporary and innovative tech-based interior space,” – Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design Center


In terms of power, the battery pack hasn’t been announced, but this all-electric SUV has a driving range of up to 300 miles. Featuring next-generation ultra-fast charging technology with a 350-kW charger, consumers can expect anywhere from 10% to 80% in 20-30 minutes. The shape of the vehicle is a little boxy with wild, bold lines, but they flow, matching a design vision of “water flowing down” for a more aerodynamic performance. A major change is in the front fascia, finally donning the new “Tiger Face”. In this new world of EVs and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), the traditional grille of a gasoline-powered vehicle is no longer necessary. Instead, the front fascia has been designed to look like a tiger opening its jaw, lower fangs and all.

The star cloud pattern returns to the side of the front fascia, acting as a “welcome light” for the driver, while also serving functions such as light positioning, Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs), and the signature look. Aerodynamics are further increased with a new air vent design and retractable roof rails that close inward into the roof with the push of a button. A next-gen camera monitoring system replaces the old school mirrors to keep the look smooth on all sides. With geometric lines that resemble rocks in the fenders and pillars, machined 22-inch wheels enhance this look, and a unique Daylight Opening (DLO) panoramic sky roof to improve driver and passenger well-being with natural light.


Inside, the EV9 is spacious and has the feeling of an up-class lounge on wheels. The console itself is bare of controls, replaced with a touchscreen, an interactive 27-inch ultra-wide display that serves as the nerve center for everything the driver or passenger may wish to control, including media, climate control and comfort. Even the steering wheel has been changed for a more “pop-up” look (see image above). From inside, the driver also has control over three models – Active Mode is always on when in motion; Pause Mode is when the vehicle is stationary and turns the cabin into a real lounge by allowing the front row seats to swivel around to face the third row and folding the second-row seats into a table; and Enjoy Mode is perfect for tailgates, turning the third-row seats around and opening up the tailgate and trunk hood for seats while still comfortable.Absolutely no word on a production model. Like we said, we’re not sure how much of this will make it into the final design. The PR didn’t talk much about tech aside from the new touchscreen and albeit voice command control. Kia has been working on all sorts of crazy tech, but not a lot of it has found its way into vehicles yet. Follow along with us on the development of the Kia EV9 Concept when you follow us on Miami Lakes Automall social media.

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Kia America Wins Two Spots in 2021 Rebelle Rally

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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