Posts Tagged ‘UVO’
Kia Motors is one automaker that has always been on top of things. With a lineup that’s ever-growing with alternative fuel options, Kia Motors is set to become an all-electric automaker with concepts like the upcoming Kia Futuron. With the automaker placing a focus on purpose-built vehicles, sedans, and even micro electric vehicles, what comes next from Kia Motors is anyone’s guess. There is another part of technology from Kia Motors that’s also been slowly growing, and it gives consumers a whole new way to “connect” with their automobile. It’s the UVO infotainment system, and it has the attention of a renowned name in the automotive world – J.D. Power.
The Kia UVO infotainment system has come a long way. What started as a simple infotainment system that did most of the basic things – play music, navigate, make phone calls – the system eventually evolved. Although Kia Motors isn’t known to hold out on high tech for high-end trims, the new UVO system actually wasn’t made available on all trims of some of the new models. The new 2020 Kia Telluride and 2020 Kia Seltos offer the UVO but depending on the trim consumers may get a different version.
Kia keeps making rounds around success lane, and there is no stopping them in sight. The Kia Soul, a favorite vehicle of college kids, was just named the best budget vehicle in 2017 by Parents magazine and Edmunds. Not a surprise, really. Starting at only $16,100 – it’s one of the better budget vehicles out there, and the price isn’t the only thing to talk about.
The 2017 Kia Soul was selected for its value, performance, safety, and family-friendly features. This can be attested to its (1) standard 130-horsepower 1.6-liter I4 engine; (2) UVO eServices, which is Kia’s infotainment package; and (3) its many advanced safety features.
This will be the tenth year that Parents magazine and Edmunds have partnered up together to share the Best Budget award, amongst other rewards, and to provide a reliable source for families looking to purchase cars for their new drivers.
We didn’t expect it, but Kia Motors played a strong hand at this year’s New York International Auto Show with the debut of the new 2018 Kia Rio sedan and Rio 5-door. Aside from dimensions, the hatchback door, and cargo space, the Rio sedan and 5-door models are very similar and they both have style and power in spades.
Powertrain and Drivetrain
Available in three trims, the all-new 2018 Rio models are powered by an enhanced Gamma 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder engine with VVT. “GDI” stands for “gasoline direct injection,” and it is a high-pressure fuel system currently taking over the way automobiles get their fuel into the combustion chamber. “VVT” stands for “variable valve timing,” and the Kia Rio has its own variable intake system designed to improve fuel economy. The power output adds up to 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque. The engine can be paired to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
Driver handling has also gotten better, with the engineers of the Kia Rio sedan and Rio 5-door refining the driving experience with a newly designed front suspension, 11-inch disc brakes up front and drum brakes in the rear for stopping power*, and increased durability to take the brunt in the event of a collision, all while still reducing the weight of the 2018 Kia Rio. The construction of both also implements reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) technology to dampen sound pathways and keep the cabin nice and quiet.
The Kia Optima has been steadily earning awards over the years and in 2016, the Kia Optima was ranked highest in vehicle appeal among midsize cars by J.D. Power, so for the 2017 model year, Kia expanded its lineup. New for 2017 are two new Kia Optima models, the Kia Optima Hybrid and the Kia Optima PHEV.
When a vehicle gets a hybrid version things tend to change, though most of it takes place under the hood. So what exactly is powering the three 2017 Kia Optima models – the 2017 Kia Optima, 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid, and 2017 Kia Optima PHEV?
These days, Millennials and iGen are starting to populate the consumer demographic in the auto industry. The new generations of auto buyers will soon be the majority of shoppers, but many automakers still have no clue how to serve the consumers that will make up a large percentage of their profit. Some brands are going beyond simple Bluetooth technology however, one of which, is Kia.
The Millennial Generation is anyone born between 1982 and 1994 and iGen makes up the generation following the Millennials. Many of the former are already in the auto market, and the latter are just starting to make a dent. Both generations have something in common – the internet.
Depending on when they were born, they may have been introduced to the internet when all we had was AOL and dial-up; if later, they may have been born with a cellphone and an email address, figuratively speaking. Either way, they’re connected. 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, the Cloud, all synchronized and linked. Not only this, but with smartphones and tablets becoming a large part of how businessmen keep organized and how students take notes, being connected wherever they go is becoming a larger part of their daily lives.
The 2017 Kia soul is finally getting some oomph! Yeah, that’s right. Since its birth in 2010, the Kia Soul has had many hurdles to jump, some of which were because of its aesthetics. Well, for the 2017 model, Kia is taking charge, making some changes, and adding a little more power under the hood — you could go as far to say they’re turbocharging its appeal.
The first big change for the 2017 Kia Soul is its new turbocharged engine. Originally, the Kia Soul Plus (+) and Soul Exclaim (!) shared the same 2.0-liter I4 engine, generating about 164-horsepower. It also had a combined EPA of 27 mpg. The new 2017 Kia Soul Exclaim will come standard with a 1.6-liter turbocharged I4 engine, increasing its horsepower to 201 horses, and its torque to 196 lb-ft. Contrary to popular belief that more power sacrifices fuel economy, the 2017 Soul model actually gets a slight boost in fuel economy to average out at 28 combined mpg. (more…)