Thursday, June 22, 2017

2017 KIA OPTIMA RECEIVES TOP SAFETY PICK PLUS RATING FROM THE INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY

2017 Optima Earns the Prestigious Safety Award Under New Headlight Testing Standards


IRVINE, Calif., June 1, 2017 – Kia Motors America’s (KMA) top-selling sedan, the 2017 Optima, has earned the highest designation possible – Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) – from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for vehicles built after March 2017 when equipped with optional front crash prevention and LED headlights with High Beam Assist. The rating reflects top scores in each of five crashworthiness tests as well as the integration of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)1 for crash prevention and new headlamp testing standards which were introduced this year. Aside from earning “good” crashworthiness ratings and a superior rating for the optional front-crash prevention system, the 2017 Optima achieved a “good” rating in IIHS headlamp testing2.

“The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety sets some of the highest standards when it comes to evaluating vehicle safety, and the Top Safety Pick Plus designation is a significant achievement that substantiates Kia’s ongoing effort to improve the quality and integrity of our world-class model line,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA. “We are pleased that the Optima received strong ratings across all of IIHS’ rigorous testing, validating the high priority we place on safety for our customers.”

To qualify for TSP+, the IIHS testing parameters require each vehicle to earn “good” ratings in five crashworthiness tests – small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength and head restraints – as well as an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention and an “acceptable” or “good” rating in headlight testing.

The 2017 Optima offers a suite of available driver assistance systems3 such Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC),3 Blind Spot Detection (BSD)3 with Lane Change Assist,3 Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA),3 Rear Parking Assist System (RPAS),3 Front Collision Warning System (FCWS),3 Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)3 and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)3.

About the 2017 Optima
Conceived under the watchful eye of Kia’s president and chief design officer, Peter Schreyer, with modern and instantly recognizable design cues, the Optima exudes an athletic and sophisticated identity. Available with three engine choices, including a new 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that’s mated to a seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), the Optima is highly confident on the road. The Optima’s cabin features an impressive level of craftsmanship that comes standard across five trim levels – LX, LX 1.6T, EX, SX and SXL.


About Kia Motors America
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. Recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands and 50 Best Global Green Brands by Interbrand, Kia proudly serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and crossovers built at North American manufacturing plants in West Point, Georgia* and the municipality of Pesqueria in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
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* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX, SX & Limited and certain LX Trims only) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2017 KIA SOUL FEATURED ON KELLEY BLUE BOOK’S KBB.COM 10 COOLEST CARS UNDER $18,000 LIST

Soul’s Fun and Funky Personality Recognized Once Again on KBB.com’s Top-10 list
  • Stylish urban runabout keeps things cool thanks to being “fun-to-drive and fun to own”
  • Soul appears on KBB.com’s annual list for the 6th year in a row
IRVINE, Calif., May 25, 2017 – Kia Motors America’s funky urban commuter, the 2017 Soul, has again been named as one of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 in 2017, according to Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. This year marks the sixth consecutive time the Soul has been selected for the list, which features some of the most fun-to-drive and fun-to-own vehicles on the market. Once again, Kelley Blue Book editors chose the Soul for its unique combination of technology, design, feature content, and excellent value. With a base MSRP price of $16,1001, the Soul offers crossover practicality, plenty of passenger room, and a feature-rich interior.



“It’s exciting to see that the Soul continues to be recognized as the stand-out vehicle it is,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America. “We’ve really upped the fun factor this year with a new turbocharged model and its personality is infectious regardless of which model a customer buys. The fact that it’s been consistently included on Kelley Blue Book’s list of 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 is a clear indication that the Soul offers the perfect blend of style and substance.”
The 2017 Soul is available in three trim levels: Base with manual or automatic 6-speed transmission; Soul Plus with the 6-speed automatic; and the Exclaim turbo with the new 7-speed DCT.  Redesigned headlights and fog lights, along with front and rear fascias lend a more aggressive appearance while the availability of two dedicated USB charge ports and an 8-way power passenger seat add convenience and comfort.

“The Kia Soul continues to find a spot on our list of 10 Coolest Cars under $18,000, because it delivers so much personality and versatility for the money,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com.  “In fact, there are very few vehicles we can think of that offer more usable interior space, features and sheer presence for the money than the Kia Soul. It is truly a car whose value exceeds its cost.”

The Base Soul comes standard with a gasoline direct injection (GDI) 1.6-liter all-aluminum DOHC four-cylinder engine that makes 130 horsepower (at 6,300 rpm) and 118 lb.-ft. of torque (at 4,850 rpm). The Plus model enjoys the more powerful 2.0-liter engine with GDI technology.  Power is rated at 161 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 150 lb.-ft. of torque at a 4,700 rpm.  Meanwhile, the Exclaim model comes standard with a turbo engine that produces 201 horsepower (at 6,000 rpm) and 195 lb.-ft. of torque (at 1,500-4,000 rpm).


About Kia Motors America
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. Recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands and 50 Best Global Green Brands by Interbrand, Kia proudly serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and crossovers built at North American manufacturing plants in West Point, Georgia* and the municipality of Pesqueria in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
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About Kelley Blue Book (www.kbb.com)
Founded in 1926, Kelley Blue Book, The Trusted Resource®, is the vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry.  Each week the company provides the most market-reflective values in the industry on its top-rated website KBB.com, including its famous Blue Book® Trade-In Values and Fair Purchase Price, which reports what others are paying for new and used cars this week.  The company also provides vehicle pricing and values through various products and services available to car dealers, auto manufacturers, finance and insurance companies, and governmental agencies.  Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. is a Cox Automotive™ brand.



* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX, SX & Limited and certain LX Trims only) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

KIA MOTORS RETURNS TO MOM 2.0 SUMMIT FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Automaker to Showcase Growing Line of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles at the Sold-Out Conference for Online and On-Air Content Creators
  • More than 800 leading bloggers, entrepreneurs and marketers expected to test-drive and create unique content with four award-winning Kia models
  • As part of the brand’s ongoing support of digital influencer communities, Kia will serve as the Host Sponsor of the 2017 Iris Awards ceremony which honors standout content creators and platforms in the parent media space
Irvine, Calif., May 5, 2017 – For the third consecutive year, Kia Motors America (KMA) will proudly serve as Premier Sponsor and Official Transportation Sponsor of the Mom 2.0 Summit, which takes place in Orlando from May 10-12.  The conference, attended by more than 800 leading influencers, content creators, bloggers, female entrepreneurs, and marketers, is designed as an open forum for sharing ideas, developing creative digital content and highlighting unique programs and platforms that engage audiences, online and beyond.  In addition, Kia is Host Sponsor of the 2017 Iris Awards ceremony, which honors stand-out content creators in the parenting media space.

At this year’s summit, Kia will feature hybrid and all-electric vehicles from the brand’s expanding EcoDynamics lineup, including the all-new Niro1 crossover, the Optima Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models, and the Soul EV2, all of which were named by the editors of Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com as “Best Eco-Friendly Cars” under $40,000.

“Kia is committed to sustainability and is investing more than $10 billion to develop new technologies that reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency, so we are excited to share our growing lineup of EcoDynamic vehicles with attendees at the Mom 2.0 Summit,” said Kimberley Gardiner, director of marketing communications, KMA. “Digital influencers are connectors, and their followers seek advice and counsel from them, just as they would a family member, friend or trusted confidant. Building close and personal relationships with influencers helps extend the Kia story, and there’s no better place to do so than the Mom 2.0 Summit which represents the best and brightest in this ever-evolving genre.”

Kia’s support of the influencer community has been extended to include the brand’s role as Host Sponsor of the 2017 Iris Awards ceremony, which recognizes the finest expressions in art, commentary, commerce, philanthropy, ideas and connections, and celebrates the emerging industry overall. The Iris Awards will be handed out during a livecast gala ceremony on May 12.
“Kia’s continued dedication to this industry event, and now their support of the 2017 Iris Awards, underscores their celebration of the powerful content developed by today’s leading parenting media,” said Carrie Pacini, Mom 2.0 co-founder. “The combined total audiences of Mom 2.0 influencers exceed 100 million individual readers, fans and followers, and forward-thinking brands like Kia know that Mom 2.0 is a highly effective way to reach a large, engaged audience of parents across the nation and around the world.”

About Kia Motors America
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. Recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands and 50 Best Global Green Brands by Interbrand, Kia proudly serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and crossovers built at North American manufacturing plants in West Point, Georgia* and the municipality of Pesqueria in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
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About Mom 2.0 

Mom 2.0 is the premier professional community and annual Summit for parenting influencers and female entrepreneurs who create online content. Every year, leaders in media and industry converge at the Summit to compare notes, discuss ideas, and forecast what's next for women online and in the marketplace. Mom 2.0 was conceived in the fall of 2008 to facilitate a much-needed, focused conversation between moms and marketers in the growing online marketing and social media space. Even then, as Mom 2.0 launched its first sold-out event with 175 attendees, the conference was trending #1 worldwide on Twitter. And today, the conversation continues to grow. Operated by Texas-based Mom Media Enterprises, LLC, Mom 2.0 is one of several MME platforms that help connect moms, marketers and media throughout the year. The May 2017 Mom 2.0 Summit will bring together 800 influencers, bloggers, media, marketers and entrepreneurs to share best practices, content ideas and inspiring conversation.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

KIA MOTORS MANUFACTURING GEORGIA PRODUCES ONE MILLIONTH SORENTO IN THE U.S.

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia

(West Point, GA.) May 2, 2017 – On Monday, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) celebrated production of the plant’s one millionth Sorento CUV at its West Point facility.

Representing an investment of more than $1.1 billion, KMMG launched production of the Sorento on Nov. 16, 2009. It was joined by the Kia Optima mid-size sedan in 2011. Together with on-site and local suppliers, KMMG is responsible for the creation of more than 15,000 jobs in West Point and the surrounding region. To date, KMMG has produced almost 2.4 million vehicles.

“The Sorento is a special product to our KMMG team as it was the first vehicle assembled at our Georgia plant,” said KMMG CEO Harrison Shin. “Our team is committed to building the best vehicles in the world right here in West Point, Georgia and we dedicate ourselves to world-class quality each day. I want to congratulate our team on another remarkable milestone.”

Monday’s honorary vehicle is a snow white pearl 2018 Sorento SXL and will be on display in the coming weeks at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

About KMMG
Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) is the first manufacturing site in North America for Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, Korea. With an annual capacity of 360,000 units, KMMG is located on 2,200 acres in West Point, Georgia, and began mass production on Nov. 16, 2009. KMMG is home to the Sorento CUV and the Optima mid-size sedan, two of the brand’s top selling models in the U.S.   

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

2017 KIA CADENZA ACHIEVES TOP SAFETY PICK PLUS RATING FROM THE INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY



Advanced Driver Assistance Features Earn Second-Generation Cadenza Prestigious Safety Award
IRVINE, Calif., April 25, 2017 – The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded its highest designation possible, Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+), to the 2017 Kia Cadenza, when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights. Defined by its luxurious refinements, expressive styling, advanced technology and refined powertrain, the Cadenza joins a growing number of Kia vehicles that have earned the TSP+ rating.  

“The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is one of the most respected organizations in the industry when it comes to evaluating vehicle safety, and this designation is a great achievement that speaks to Kia’s commitment to safety, quality and continuous improvement,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA. “We are proud that the Cadenza received across-the-board good crashworthiness ratings, which is another testament to the efforts of our engineers and the integrity of our vehicles.”

To qualify for TSP+, the IIHS mandates that each vehicle earns “good” ratings in five crashworthiness tests – small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength and head restraints – as well as an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention and an “acceptable” or “good” headlight rating.

The 2017 Cadenza offers a suite of available driver assistance systems1 such as Kia’s first application of Smart Blind Spot Detection System1, which is designed to sense unintentional drifting toward a vehicle in the driver’s blind spot and, in certain situations, can automatically brake the opposite side front wheel to help maintain the vehicle’s intended course. Advanced Smart Cruise Control1, a Forward Collision Warning System1, Autonomous Emergency Braking1, and a Lane Departure Warning System1 are also available. For improved durability and reduced NVH, the Cadenza is built upon a strong foundation with a body structure composed of more than 50 percent Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) — more than twice the amount used in the previous model.

About Cadenza
The 2017 Cadenza boasts luxury refinements with expressive styling, advanced technology, and refined powertrain. Designed at Kia’s California design studio, the second-generation Cadenza is available in three trim levels. The handsomely equipped Premium, Technology and Limited models feature an enhanced 3.3-liter V6 that produces 290 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque. The powerplant comes paired to a highly efficient eight-speed automatic transmission, a Kia first for a FWD vehicle. The Cadenza offers available driver assistance features such as Advanced Smart Cruise Control1, a Forward Collision Warning System1, Autonomous Emergency Braking1, a Lane Departure Warning System1 and a Smart Blind Spot Detection System1.


About Kia Motors America
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. Recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands and 50 Best Global Green Brands by Interbrand, Kia proudly serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and crossovers built at North American manufacturing plants in West Point, Georgia* and the municipality of Pesqueria in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Motor Mondays: ​Turbo power takes on Kia Soul critics

Kia Soul still rules while other small boxes like Nissan Cube and Scion xB fade into history. In fact with 145,748 units sold in 2016, it is Kia’s best-seller.

That said, I’ve heard plenty of complaints, mostly from auto reviewers, about Soul’s humdrum driving experience. It’s never been sporty, but I’ve always liked the Soul for its fun personality, unique looks and practicality.

So to widen its appeal for 2017, Kia brings turbo power to its Exclaim model. That still doesn’t make Soul a sporty ride, but does raise the fun factor – especially in Sport mode. But price also takes a leap.

While the Soul Base still starts at an affordable $16,995 with the 1.6-liter, 130-horsepower engine and 6-speed manual transmission, you have to move to the top-line Exclaim for the 201-horse turbo. It’s matched to a dual-clutch automatic transmission and prices from $23,695. The mid-level Plus splits the difference at 161 horsepower.

So it’s great to have more choice. The curious thing is, the turbo plant ekes out a win on fuel economy at 28 miles per gallon in combined city-highway driving versus 27 for all other models.
You definitely notice the turbo’s increased zip. You also get red accents, 18-inch wheels and a flat-bottom leather steering wheel. And it handles better than you might think for its tall stance. But it can be a little noisier than the other models.

As before, Exclaim also gets you a nice lineup of standards, including push-button start, blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert. Kia’s UVO3 infortainment package also is standard and includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Forward collision and lane-departure warning systems, however, only are available on the Plus. Navigation, a panoramic sunroof and leather are among options.

Introduced as a 2010 model, Soul was redesigned for 2014 with only a few packaging changes until the addition of the turbo this year.

Soul came out of the 2014 makeover a bit more sophisticated than Gen 1, in particular addressing criticism over the use of too many cheap plastics.


Given the price, of course, you can’t expect a Mercedes here. But you will find a softer touch with better materials on the instrument panel, center console and doors.

The new generation also has slightly more room with plenty of space for five to cruise comfortably around town. Cargo capacity with rear seats in use also jumped from 19.3 to 24.2 cubes.

Fuel economy isn’t bad if you think of Soul as a small crossover, especially in turbo guise, but some such as Mazda CX-3 do better. If saving at the pump is a priority, though, Kia’s come up with yet another option with the new Niro, a small cross with hybrid power.

Kia Soul Turbo

Boxy 4-door compact with a kick

Base price:$23,695

MPG: 26/31

Manufactured: South Korea

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: 5 of 5 stars for front impact; 5 for side; 4 for rollover resistance; www.safercar.gov


Competitors: Chevrolet Trax, Ford Fiesta, Fiat 500, Honda Fit and HR-V, Kia Forte5, Mazda CX-3, Nissan Juke and Versa, Toyota Yaris

Bottom line: Always personable and versatile and now with more zip – at a cost

Thursday, April 20, 2017

FOUR KIA VEHICLES NAMED AMONG BEST ELECTRIFIED AND “ECO-FRIENDLY” OFFERINGS BY KELLEY BLUE BOOK’S KBB.COM


Editors’ List Names Cars “Stellar on Fuel Economy at Affordable Prices” 
  • Kia Niro and Kia Optima Hybrid ranked among 10 best hybrid cars under $40,000; Optima PHEV makes list of best plug-in hybrid cars
  • Kia Soul EV named one of the five best electric cars under $40,000
IRVINE, Calif., April 19, 2017 – As Earth Day 2017 approaches, four vehicles from Kia Motors America’s (KMA) EcoDynamics line-up have been recognized by editors of Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com as top picks among “eco-friendly” cars under $40,000.  The trusted consumer website highlights vehicles with a variety of alternative-fuel powertrain configurations that can still accommodate the lifestyle and budget of many new car shoppers.

The 2017 Niro, offering an EPA estimated 52 mpg city/49 highway/50 combined for the FE trim1, and 2017 Optima Hybrid were named on the list of the 10 best hybrid cars under $40,000, while the 2017 Optima PHEV, with an EPA-estimated 29 miles of electric range2, ranked among the top plug-in hybrids under $40,000.  The 2017 Kia Soul EV made the list of five best electric cars under $40,000.

“We’re very proud of the strides the Kia brand has been making to achieve its goal of increasing electrification and improving overall fuel economy by 2020,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, Product Planning, KMA.  “Having four of our vehicles recognized by Kelley Blue Book as top ‘eco-friendly’ choices validates our priorities to the environment as well as our efforts to maximize affordability.”

Kelley Blue Book’s “eco-friendly” cars lists can be viewed at the following links: 10 Best Hybrid Cars Under $40,000, 5 Best Electric Cars Under $40,000 and 5 Best Plug-In Hybrid Cars Under $40,000.


About Kia Motors America
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. Recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands and 50 Best Global Green Brands by Interbrand, Kia proudly serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and crossovers built at North American manufacturing plants in West Point, Georgia* and the municipality of Pesqueria in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
For media information, including photography, visit www.kiamedia.com.  To receive custom email notifications for press releases the moment they are published, subscribe at www.kiamedia.com/us/en/newsalert.



* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX, SX & Limited and certain LX Trims only) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2017 Kia Soul is a lot of car staring at $16,100

The Kia Soul was originally introduced in 2010 and it was the perfect car for its time. Fuel prices, recession recovery, and small stylish boxy cars were all the rage for millennials without money and seniors soon to be retiring. Kia keeps up that money saving big value trend with the 2017 Kia Soul.

The Soul comes in 3 trim types – Base Manual/Automatic, Plus (+), and Exclaim (!) The base model starts at $16,100 and gets you a 130hp engine with 27 mph and a 1.6L 4 cylinder engine. The Base Automatic is simply the Basic Manual with automatic transmission at $17,700. The + (yes, the plus sign. It’s actually pronounced plus) starts at $19,800 and comes with a 6 speed automatic with sportmatic shifting and a 2.0L 4 cylinder 161 hp engine with 27 average MPG. The ! (that’s pronounced exclaim) comes with a 7 speed dual clutch transmission and a 201 horsepower 1.6L turbocharged 4 cylinder that gets average 28 mpg.

We tested the ! version and the Kia Soul is deceptively large. Missing is the engine transmission column that takes up a huge amount of space and instead the seats sit closer without feeling cramped. The Kia Soul ! comes with 201 horsepower and its the most powerful Kia Soul ever made. That meant passing and accelerating in Miami traffic wasn’t mind blowing amazing but was great enough to feel confident when you need it.

We took the car on a 2 hour road trip to the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center and was the only car that didn’t have trouble parking between mangroves. The 40.9 inches of front legroom and 39.1 inches of rear legroom meant no complaints from passengers big and small. And the 61.3 inches of cargo room (that’s with the rear folding seats down) means I can finally return my J√ĄPPLING Ikea chair.

The Kia Soul competes with a lot of different cars for your attention and dollar. Depending on who you ask the car compares to the Hyundai Elantra, the Volkswagen Golf, the Scion xB, the Nissan Cube, and the Honda HR-V. The Soul is so big on the insider it might be a small crossover. But based on first impressions it’s just a normal subcompact with a 8.9/10 from U.S. News.

I’m never a big fan of the default car navigation but Kia makes Android Auto and Apple Carplay easy to work with. Just plug in your phone and it pops up. I understand why manufacturers still have their navigation systems – not every road has cellphone reception – but I’m always finding Google and Apple do maps better.

Standard features in the 2017 Soul include cloth seating, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and satellite radio. Optional features include include automatic temperature control, a rearview camera, a 5-inch touch-screen audio display, the UVO infotainment system with a 7- or 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 4.3-inch digital instrument cluster display, a Harman Kardon premium audio system, navigation, HD Radio, two USB ports, proximity-key entry, a push-button ignition, remote start, HID headlights, a panoramic sunroof, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning.

2017 Kia Soul is available now starting at $16,100.

Source: http://communitynewspapers.com/miami-beach/2017-kia-soul-lot-car-staring-16100/

Thursday, April 13, 2017

ALL-NEW 2018 KIA RIO SEDAN AND 5-DOOR MAKE U.S. DEBUT AT NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

Fourth-Generation Subcompact Touts Sporty Design, Greater Comfort, More Room and Refined Ride
  • Rio features available upscale convenience technologies such as a seven-inch touchscreen interface and UVO3 with Apple CarPlayTM1 and Android AutoTM2
  • Sedan and hatchback offer available Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)3
  • Targeting the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick designation and a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 
NEW YORK, April 12, 2017 – With its eye-catching design and impressive roster of features, the all-new 2018 Rio sedan and 5-door are the latest additions to the world-class Kia Motors America (KMA) model lineup.  Penned at Kia’s European and U.S. design studios in collaboration with Kia’s design base in Namyang, Korea, this subcompact duo will bring an exciting combination of impressive fuel efficiency, innovative technology, advanced safety features4, everyday convenience and fun-to-drive character to value-conscious consumers when they arrive at Kia retailers later this year.

“Value has always been a core tenet for the Kia brand and the all-new Rio sedan and 5-door continue to underscore our commitment to those buyers looking for an entry-level vehicle but desire more than what the subcompact segment currently offers,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, KMA.  “This fourth-generation Rio makes significant improvements over its predecessor in design, technology and passenger comfort, resulting in an even better value proposition for our customers, while raising the bar in the small-car segment.”

Attractive Exterior
Rio’s exterior is defined by crisp lines and smooth surfaces, providing a more sophisticated and sporty look over the previous generation.  The front end wears the latest iteration of Kia’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille, integrating newly designed headlights that are swept back for a more aggressive appearance.  In addition, Rio’s fog lamp surrounds have been moved outwards, creating greater visual width to the front fascia and a lower window line around the cabin provides the driver and passengers with a better all-around view.

The Rio sedan has been lengthened to 172.6 inches (from 172.0 inches) and the Rio 5-door is now 160.0 inches long (from 159.4 inches).  Both profiles feature a longer wheelbase of 101.6 inches (from 101.2 inches) and more upright A-pillars.  The sedan and 5-door are also lower and wider for a more balanced and athletic stance compared to the outgoing model.  And a well-creased shoulder line runs from front to back, further stretching the appearance of the car to give it a sleeker and more substantive look than what’s currently found in the subcompact segment.

The rear of the Rio is now more upright thanks to shorter overhangs and thinner, more expressive taillights. Like the front-end, the rear view of the car is wider, furthering a sense of stability.
The Rio rides on 15-inch wheels that have been pushed to the corners.  The EX trim’s sporty alloy wheel design underscores Rio’s fun-to-drive side and refinement.

Modern and Convenient Cabin
The Rio’s interior has become decidedly more spacious, modern and upscale with an improved instrument panel, more ergonomic layout and upgraded interior materials.  The cabin has also been redesigned to better accommodate the Rio’s new range of technologies.

Horizontal lines running the width of the dashboard mimic the exterior design and give the cabin a wider and more expansive look and feel.  For convenience, the center console offers a bi-level tray to better accommodate portable devices such as smartphones and small tablets.

Thanks to Rio’s larger dimensions and wheelbase, its cabin is among the roomiest in its class – the sedan’s passenger space is 89.9 cubic feet while the 5-door hatchback measures 90.5 cubic feet.  Front occupants will enjoy more head room, leg room and shoulder room while those in the second row will benefit from greater leg- and shoulder room.  These improvements are the result of re-profiled door trims, new material for the headliner and a reshaping of the dashboard.  Those looking for ample cargo room will not be disappointed with either the sedan’s 13.7 cubic feet or the 5-door hatchback’s 17.4 cubic feet.  With the seats folded down, the hatchback offers a voluminous 32.8 cubic feet with a low and flat cargo floor to accommodate luggage, small furniture or weekend gear.
The front seats have also been redesigned to enhance comfort.  They feature a slimmer design yet more cushion and padding to minimize driver fatigue during long commutes and road trips.
On the tech front, the Rio offers a generous roster of features including Bluetooth® hands-free functionality5, a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio and a rear-view camera system6.  Available only on the top-tier EX trim is a seven-inch floating touchscreen interface, UVO3 voice recognition infotainment system and smartphone integration through Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM, all of which are not typically found in the subcompact segment.

Power and Efficiency
Available in three trims – LX, S and EX – the all-new 2018 Rio is powered by a carryover but enhanced Gamma 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder engine, targeting improved fuel efficiency, better responsiveness and low-speed driving dynamics.  The main features of this unit are a high-pressure fuel system with direct injection, variable intake system, low-friction oil seals, and piston cooling-jets.  The well-engineered powerplant also utilizes an aluminum valve cover and block for reduced weight, while incorporating cast iron linings for increased durability.

Power is channeled to the front wheels through either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission in both the Rio sedan and Rio 5-door.  Output is a spirited 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque for a more engaging driving experience.

Advanced Platform
The unibody Rio’s all-new platform is not only dimensionally larger than the previous generation model, but is now underpinned by a completely new suspension geometry.   Weighing in at just 2,648 lbs. (manual transmission) and 2,714 lbs. (automatic transmission), engineers sought to refine the driving experience with more agile handling and improved ride comfort, and this was achieved by designing a fully-independent MacPherson strut front suspension and a torsion beam rear axle.  The new Rio sedan and Rio 5-door also benefit from a revised spring and damper setup that helps make the car more compliant and comfortable.  Stopping power comes from 11-inch disc brakes up front and drum brakes in the rear, while the EX model is outfitted with 11-inch disc brakes up front and 10.3-inch rear disc brakes.  In total, these modifications deliver crisp and nimble handling and improve overall driver confidence.

Rio’s solid structure makes use of advanced high strength steel to increase durability, collision test performance and torsional stiffness, while also reducing weight, for improved handling and ride quality.  For reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), the Rio uses body sealing and bonding adhesives to dampen sound pathways throughout its construction.

Safety Conscious
The all-new Rio is targeting the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick designation and a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Standard safety features include six airbags, side-impact door beams, Electronic Stability Control, a four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)4.


About Kia Motors America
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. Recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands and 50 Best Global Green Brands by Interbrand, Kia proudly serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and crossovers built at North American manufacturing plants in West Point, Georgia* and the municipality of Pesqueria in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
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* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX, SX & Limited and certain LX Trims only) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

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3 Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) is not a substitute for safe driving, and may not detect all objects in front of vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution.
4 No system, no matter how advanced, can compensate for all driver error and/or driving conditions.  Always drive responsibly.
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Kia Niro Touring loaded with surprises

Roughly once a year a test car knocks my socks off, and the Kia Niro Touring has me amazed.

Looking at it you’ll say that’s not a car, that’s a crossover vehicle. And that’s what Kia wants you to say. The styling is typical Kia with a good-looking nose, tail and beautifully proportioned profile. It has a taller stance like a crossover, but (and this is one of at least two surprises) it is front-wheel drive, and as of now AWD is not an option.

Second surprise, from a driving standpoint, is that Niro is a hybrid.

It has an electric motor to go along with its 1.6-liter 4-cylinder gas-powered engine to create what sounds like a modest 139 horsepower.

In Normal drive mode the acceleration here is modest. But sliding the 6-speed Sportronic gear lever to the left into Sport mode the Niro jumps to life. Acceleration is quick and quiet as the electric motor propels Niro to normal city cruising speed.

I found myself leaving the shifter in normal mode, which is the most economical way to go, and then slipping it into Sport at stoplights.

Niro is so well put together, and along with that electric motor, is very quiet. Not many compact cars can claim this level of smoothness and quietness inside.

Handling? Well, again once in Sport mode the steering wheel’s feel firms up and the Niro behaves more like a sport sedan than economy hybrid. In Normal mode the steering is light and easy, but with Sport there’s a more precise feel with more feedback.

Ride is well controlled and pleasant. This is a small car, but not tiny and rides on a 106.3-inch wheelbase. That, along with an independent rear suspension, smooths out the ride considerably and keeps the car from becoming jittery over rough city streets. The Niro Touring comes with 18-inch tires. Other trims come with 16-inchers.

Braking is fine and the Touring model includes blind-spot warning and adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning. A backup camera is standard.

Inside, the bright red test car featured a black textured dash, and being the upscale trim it came with black leather seats that were both heated and cooled. The seats have gray stitching to add to the interior’s style, plus graphite gray dash trim and gloss black edging by the center screen, shifter and on the doors.

Everything looks good and the dash is logically laid out with all buttons and gauges simple to see and use.

The main gauges are snazzy looking and the center screen is split to see radio and navigation at one time, or you can devote the full screen to either. Two climate control knobs are easy to use and all the adjustment buttons on the center stack are big enough to press with a gloved hand and the labeling is simple. Dual zone climate controls are standard.

Niro has a manual tilt/telescope steering wheel with the usual cruise control, trip computer, radio and phone controls on its hub. The steering wheel also is heated, it and the seat climate controls being conveniently found on the console, not several screens in on the main dash screen as more pricey cars and crossovers prefer.

Kia includes its UVO infotainment system with an easy-to-tune-and-set radio, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It also gives you 8GB of music storage.

Overhead in the gray roof liner is a power sunroof with pull-shut cover to block sun as needed. Sun visors also slide.

In the cubby below the center stack you’ll find the usual assortment of electrical hookups, including two 12-volt plugs, a USB port and auxiliary hookup. There’s also a coin holder in the console and a fine armrest with storage box beneath where you’ll find a charging port for your phone.

Seats are powered and include a power lumbar. They are well shaped and comfortable, but flatter in design than some. Still, they offer good hip and back support.

This is a four-door and there is ample room in the back seat for a couple of adults, plus Kia includes a monster 19.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seat. Fold it down — it splits and folds flat —​ there’s 54.5 cubic feet of room. That’s even more than last week’s roomy Renegade. Plus there is even some storage under the cargo floor for small items or tools.

I got 35.6 miles per gallon in about an even mix of city and highway. As with all hybrids, city mileage is projected to be better than highway. EPA says to expect 46 mpg city and 40 highway. It’s possible my love of the Sport setting cut into my mpg a bit.

Also note that the Touring model, because of weight added by its plethora of desirable equipment, gets lower mpg than other Niro models with less content. Those are expected to average about 49 mpg, says the EPA.

The Kia Niro FE starts at just $22,890, which bests many of its competitors, including the Prius V Two, Honda HR-V and Ford C-Max to name a few.

There are five trim levels. From the FE, pricing moves up to $23,200 for the LX, $25,700 for the EX, $28,000 for the Touring Launch Edition and $29,650 for the tested Touring model, which added only floor mats for $130 and an $895 delivery fee to hit $30,675.

So if you want hybrid efficiency that’s fun to drive and looks less nerdy than a Prius, this is a stellar choice, in fact, the only real choice. Niro is a winner and deserves a test drive if you’re in the hybrid market, or if you just want a good-looking car that delivers a fun, comfortable drive with super mpg.

Source: http://www.jsonline.com/story/money/2017/04/07/kia-niro-touring-loaded-surprises/100181018/