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Kia EV6 Wins TopGear Crossover of the Year Title

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
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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

Wednesday, November 24th, 2021
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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

Wednesday, November 24th, 2021
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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

Thursday, November 18th, 2021
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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

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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.

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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

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021
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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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Kia America and NBA Extend Multi Year Partnership

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021
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Kia Corp may be going through some changes as of late, but one thing that definitely isn’t changing is its commitment to the community. Kia America especially, keeping in touch with the younger demographic that will eventually take over the market. Not only this, but Kia America has a strong partnership in the sports demographic and has even expanded to eSports through its sponsorship of the European League of Legends Championship. Another large name Kia America has partnered up with is the National Basketball Association (NBA), and recently, the two parties announced the multiyear extension of their ongoing exclusive marketing partnership, officially for 15 years now.

“Over the last three decades both Kia and the NBA have grown in stature and relevance and the significant growth enjoyed by both brands is due, in part, to our long-standing partnership…We are excited to further extend this relationship and strengthen it with the inclusion of the WNBA and NBA G League, which will provide even more basketball fans a courtside seat not only to all the action between the baselines, but also to Kia’s transformative shift toward electrification and sustainable mobility.” – Russell Wager, vice president, marketing, Kia America

The partnership may be 15 years old, but the NBA league has a story that spans over decades, celebrating the 75th Anniversary Season with the first game in October 2021. Kia America is the Official Automotive Partner of the NBA, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and NBA G League, and is the official vehicle for the league. During the NBA Playoffs presented by Google Pixel, NBA All-Star Game, NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV and the NBA Draft presented by State Farm, a Kia vehicle will be in the spotlight when it comes to the automotive market. In addition to its commitment to the existing NBA platforms the automaker supports, Kia America will also be playing a role during the end-of-season performance awards as the title partner for the Kia NBA G League. This makes Kia an Official Partner of Summer League and the title partner of the NBA’s seven All-NBA teams. In addition, building on its commitment to women’s sports and the WNBA partnership, Kia will also serve as the title partner of the Kia WNBA monthly awards and Kia WNBA end-of-season performance awards.

Basically, this partnership renewal is a big deal.

For those that don’t know, Kia also has partnerships with 13 teams currently active in the NBA. Do you see your favorite team on the roster? Kia works with the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers and the Phoenix Suns. As the 75th Anniversary Season continues to kick things off – or is it a dribble? – Kia will also be able to enhance its brand presence throughout the NBA calendar, plus new marketing campaigns, sweepstakes and activities that will get fans engaged to build mutual interest. Such programming will be ongoing from the Kia NBA Tip-Off through the NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV.

Keep up with all the action and what Kia America is up to when you follow us on Miami Lakes Automall social media.

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Kia America Announces Kia Connect

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021
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Some time ago, Kia Corp announced that it would take its once long-standing infotainment system, known as UVO (UVO Link and UVO eServices), and replace it with a new system the automaker was working on. Since that announcement, we haven’t really heard anything about it from Kia. Perhaps development for the tech got delayed with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and the global chip shortage in the fallout of the pandemic in 2021. Whatever the case may be, Kia America recently announced its new app-based telematics system, Kia Connect.

Starting with 2022 model year vehicles, the new Kia Connect will start popping up, with one or more configurations of each Kia vehicle having access to Kia Connect. This new infotainment system builds on what already made UVO so great, adding new updates and added amenities, including Map Over the Air (OTA) updates, and advanced safety measures, such as the newly-introduced Stolen Vehicle Recovery feature. Feeling powerless when someone experiences a carjacking is horrible, but many new vehicles these days have a feature like this that immobilizes the vehicle and assists law enforcement in the recovery process with location sharing. For consumers with Google Android or Apple devices, the new Kia Connect comes with an available Kia Access App. Designed with a new interface for a more intuitive user experience, users can use smartphones and smartwatches to remote features, but that’s just the beginning. Smart Speaker Integration changes everything.

Turning a home into a smart home these days doesn’t take much. With a virtual assistant like the Amazon Alexa or Google Home, and a split internet network with a distinct 2.4 gHz connection, one can control everything from the lights in various rooms to the various appliances if connected through the smart device. With Kia Connect, consumers can do one more thing with a smart device – control their vehicle with their voice. Small things at first, like remote start, but Kia is also working on releasing futuristic features such as remote and smart parking. Although Kia is blowing things up with the EV6 lately, enhancing how consumers can connect with their cars is still getting more advanced.

“As Kia shifts to electrification, in-car connectivity is a core pillar of the brand…To that end, Kia Connect will deliver a world-class customer experience through an array of features that enhance vehicle connectivity, functionality, and user control.” – Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America and Kia America

Many features will be made available through Kia Connect, some already popping up on 2021 and especially 2022 models. These include a Wi-Fi Hotspot that can connect up to five devices to 4G LTE based internet, Connected Routing with real-time maps and predicted traffic, Last Mile Navigation for navigation down to the very last step, Smart Speaker Integration, Connected Weather for updated weather information for more than 25,000 cities, enhanced voice assist functions, 911 Connect and Enhanced Roadside Assistance with 24/7 roadside assistance, On-demand Find My Car with Surround View Monitor, and like any good smart device, Kia Connect integrates the owner’s personal calendar into the infotainment system. These show up as calendar events in the navigation system.

The 2023 Kia Sportage is the first model to be announced to come with Kia Connect. We talked more about this in length in another article. You can read all about it in that link. Check out all Kia America is up to when you follow us on Miami Lakes Automall social media.

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All the Cool Tech in the EV6

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

Last week, we discussed the reveal of the Kia EV6, the very first vehicle to come from the Kia Motors Corp, now Kia Corp, and known as Kia America for Kia Motors America. There was so much information to cover, we decided to split it up a bit. The new powertrain, style, and interior cabin of the EV6 already has a lot going for it, but the technology really sends this electric vehicle into a new age.

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Starting with the dashboard, the driver has a panoramic dual integrated 12-inch TFT center cluster displaying vehicle diagnostics, and the infotainment screens form a wide, curved display that extends across the length of the instrument panel. An Augmented Reality (AR) Head-Up Display (HUD) is available, and makes viewing this information easier, including speed and Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) alerts, vehicle information, lane guidance and turn-by-turn navigation instructions.

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Kia Corp Reveals Specs of Kia EV6

Thursday, May 20th, 2021
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“The EV6 marks a new and transformative era in Kia electrification…This innovative crossover leverages the many benefits of its advanced platform to offer a level of technological excitement and convenience that will provide a superb ownership experience.” – Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America, Kia America

Attraction starts with the eyes, and the new Kia EV6 starts off with a new design from the minds in Seoul, Frankfurt and Irvine, California. Called an “Opposites United” philosophy, the EV6 crossover brings the best of both worlds together once and for all. Over the years, Kia has been experimenting with its signature tiger nose design with a Tiger Face for the front fascia, and the EV6 is a step up with a “Digital Tiger” grille, with no need for a functioning grill to cool down the engine. It still is a front fascia, of course, and headlamps come with a sequential dynamic light pattern to bring it all together. In the rear is a cross-car rear light cluster, and for choices, consumers can get wheel sizes available in 19, 20 or 21-inches.

Behind the new Digital Tiger face is the core of it all – n energy-dense Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese (80/10/10) battery pack, low-mounted for a low center of gravity and able to power the vehicle with either rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). Available in two sizes – 58.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh – with a total of 576 horsepower with the 77.4 kWh battery with a 160kW front motor and a 270kW rear motor, only available with AWD. With its innovative Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) functionality, the EV6 doubles as a portable energy source, providing 1900 watts of power to electrical appliances, devices, tools and recreational equipment thanks to an Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU).

Built on an all-new platform, we covered this bad boy a few months ago, and we knew the E-GMP was going to be a game changer even then. Made of 5 percent high-strength steel (HSS) and ultra-high strength steel (UHSS), the EV6 comes with the world’s first mass-produced integrated drive axle (IDA) for improved comfort and control. With an 11kW on-board charger (OBC) for Level 2 recharging from 10-to-100 percent in 7 hours, 10 minutes, the EV6 also comes with the world’s first patented multi-charging system that supports 400v and 800v DC charging and allows for ultra-fast charging. We’re talking 70 miles added in less than 5 minutes and 210-miles (10-to-80 percent) added in under 18 minutes. You can stretch your legs a bit and juice up in no time.

Thanks to a longer wheelbase, the interior cabin is spacious with a flat floor. As eco-friendly on the inside as the powertrain, this electric crossover was made of recycled plastic, uses 100% vegan leather for the upholstery on several trims, and offers 100% LED lighting inside and out. The seats come with a slim design for more leg room in the rear, and cargo space starts at 27.7 cubic-feet behind the 60/40 split-folding second row, and 53.5 cubic-feet with the second row folded down. There is additional storage space for small items in the vehicle’s front trunk, no longer an engine bay taking up space, and a little added convenience for storing items – a Hands-free Smart Power Tailgate.

This is just the beginning of tech. There is so much, we’re going to do a little cover on it next week. The new UVO link alone, being replaced by the “Kia Connect” connected car system. Be on the lookout for all the cool features coming to the Kia EV6 for entertainment and safety. What do you think of the EV6 so far? Join the discussion on Miami Lakes Automall Kia social media.

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Kia Motors Corp Goes Global with New Kia Corp

Thursday, May 20th, 2021
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When Kia Motors released its new logo, it definitely spoke volumes of the transformation the automaker is going through. No longer spelled out as “KIA” in an opaque oval, the new logo looks like a signature, and able to be seen as “KIA”, or “KM” for Kia Motors, there is also the “Ki”, a type of lifeforce, and the automaker is breathing new life into the lineup. As Kia Motors moves forward with its Plan S Strategy and releases more vehicles like the EV6, the transformation becomes complete with a new name – Kia Corp.

Kia Motors Corporation is no more. Only going by “Kia Corporation”, this allows Kia to expand into various avenues, not just automobiles. With the automaker having expanded into developing EV tech, luxury vehicles like the Kia K8, and consumer-connected services, the company is expanding beyond four wheels. To usher this new stage for the company, Kia is bringing the EV6 to the US under the guise of Kia America to fully adopt its Plan S Strategy and go global and set up shop all over the world.

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