Friday, October 19, 2018

2018 KIA RIO RECEIVES TOP SAFETY PICK PLUS RATING FROM INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY

2018 Rio EX
Rio is First Vehicle in Minicar Segment to Earn Coveted Safety Accolade
  • Dynamic and stylish subcompact earns high marks in crashworthiness tests
  • Award increases total number of Kia vehicles with 2018 Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus ratings to 10
IRVINE, Calif., October 15, 2018 —The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded its best rating possible, Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+), to the 2018 Kia Rio sedan when equipped with optional Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and LED headlights on vehicles built after June 20181. Thanks to the “Superior” rating given to the AEB system2, and the “Good” rating given to the optional LED headlights, the 2018 Rio becomes the first vehicle in the IIHS minicar segment to achieve the TSP+ designation.
 “The Rio may have a small footprint, but it’s a big performer in all other areas, including driving dynamics, style, features, and now safety accolades,” said Orth Hedrick, executive director, Car Product and Telematics, Kia Motors America (KMA). “Being the first automaker to establish a TSP+ in the minicar segment is further proof that Kia is dedicated to improving the quality and integrity of our world-class model line.”
The TSP+ rating for Rio increases the total number of Kia vehicles with 2018 Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus ratings to 10.
“We are honored to receive the Top Safety Pick+ award for the Kia Rio, the only vehicle in IIHS’s minicar segment to earn such an accolade,” said Wook Jin, Director of the Vehicle Safety Engineering Group at Namyang R&D Center. “The Kia Rio joins several other Kia vehicles in achieving this feat, and this continues to show our commitment to safety across different vehicle segments and sizes.”
To qualify for TSP+, the IIHS testing parameters require a vehicle earn “Good” ratings in six crashworthiness tests – driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength, and head restraint – as well as a “Good” or “Acceptable” rating in the passenger side small overlap front test, an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention, and a “Good” rating in headlight testing.
Completely redesigned for the 2018 model year, the Rio stands apart from others in the subcompact segment with its combination of eye-catching design, available technology, fun-to-drive character, and excellent safety ratings. Available in three trims – LX, S and EX – the 2018 Rio is powered by an enhanced Gamma 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder engine that can be paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Output is a spirited 130 horsepower and 119 lb.-ft. of torque.
On the tech front, the Rio is available with desirable features including Bluetooth®3 hands-free functionality4, a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio and a rear-view camera system5.  Available only on the top-tier EX trim is a seven-inch floating touchscreeninterface, UVO eServices6 voice recognition infotainment system and smartphone integration through Android AutoTM7 and Apple CarPlayTM7.

Friday, October 12, 2018

ALL-NEW 2019 K900 MARKS NEW PINNACLE OF LUXURY, TECHNOLOGY, DRIVING DYNAMICS AND DESIGN FOR KIA


2019 K900
Next-Generation Flagship Sedan is the Most-Advanced Kia Ever   
  • Classically drawn exterior inspired by ‘Gravity of Prestige’ design concept
  • Wrap-around cabin touts sophisticated materials and wide array of high-tech features and upscale amenities
  • K900 offers superb ride quality, driver enjoyment and passenger comfort
  • Standard UVO luxe1 embedded telematics allow remote start and HVAC control features
NAPA, Calif., September 27, 2018 – The completely redesigned Kia K9002 establishes a new standard for luxury, driving dynamics and automotive technology for Kia.  The all-new second-generation model combines a dignified and sophisticated exterior design, a beautifully crafted cabin of premium materials, and performance characteristics that befit a world-class flagship sedan.  Reimagined in every way, the K900 brings with it an array of new systems and safety features, making it the most technologically advanced Kia ever.
“The all-new 2019 K900 is much more than a generational redesign, as it takes on a whole new look, feel and character over its predecessor. Only its name – K900 – is carried over,” said Orth Hedrick, executive director, Car Product and Telematics KMA.  “Our designers and engineers have done an extraordinary job of reimagining the K900 to fully meet the needs and desires of consumers shopping in the luxury sedan segment with the promise of a tremendous value proposition that only Kia can deliver. The all-new K900 is a push into new territory and serves as further evidence this brand is moving in a forward direction.”
Conceived and created in Kia’s design studio in Korea with collaboration from the Irvine-based California studio, the new K900 is slated to go on sale in the U.S. during the fourth quarter of 2018.  Pricing will be announced closer to the K900’s on-sale date.
Stately Styling
Sophisticated and stately, the 2019 K900 brings a new definition of premium luxury to the Kia portfolio.  Although it’s slightly longer and wider than the outgoing model, this K900 actually looks tighter thanks to its reimagined proportions, especially with respect to its profile.  Combining a beautifully balanced design with flowing lines, tensioned surfaces and geometric details, the K900 introduces a modern air of elegance to the large sedan segment.  Kia’s designers were inspired by a design ethic they call ‘The Gravity of Prestige,’ and this all-encompassing philosophy translates to a feeling of solidity and volume in the upscale space.
Based conceptually on the ever changing shape of condensed energy, a new ‘Quadric pattern’ signature grille is the focal point of the K900.  There are 176 jewel-like ‘cells’ within the grille, suggestive of released energy accelerating away from its center in the way ripples in water move away from the impact of a splash.  Natural flowing lines emanate from this frontal area, rise over the hood, sweep through the flanks and culminate at the rear.
Influenced by the trajectory of light, the design of the duplex headlamps provides the K900 with a visually progressive image that establishes presence and character.  Above the light housings, a floating hood design emphasizes the length, volume and balanced proportions of the car.
In profile, a satin chrome flash adds depth to the smooth bodywork, running along the base of the doors and around the lower rear section of the K900 to pull your eyes downward to the car’s large and detailed 19-inch wheels.  The brightwork along the window-line adds a degree of structure to the rich and exaggerated C-pillar design before it merges with the rear deck.
The rear of the K900 shows off a wide stance decorated with eye-catching details.  The duplex rear combi lights echo the design language of the headlights and the integrated exhaust housings are finished off with chrome.
Luxury Retreat Within
Elegant by design but with a minimalist layout, the interior of the new K900 provides drivers and passengers with a peaceful retreat that is simple, modern and comfortable.  The cabin wraps around the driver, enhancing the sense of being cocooned from the outside world.  A tight and virtually uninterrupted line between the doors and the instrument panel creates a deliberate sense of continuity.  Flowing from the center of the dash and outward to the doors, surfaces are trimmed in a sophisticated combination of materials, with metal veneers and a choice of four open pore matte wood selections – Walnut, Beige Olive Ash and Engineered Wood.  Soft leather balances the cabin’s harder natural surfaces in Black, Beige or two-tone Sienna Brown.
Kia’s definition of luxury is not limited to the privileged, but there is a distinct feeling of exclusivity achieved by tasteful accents throughout the space.  Ease of operation was improved, with interior switches and controls being reduced from 91 on the outgoing model to 73 on the new K900. The driver helms the car with a heated leather steering wheel and a matching center console-mounted electronic gear shift knob. The seats are specially designed to help prevent phones and other small objects from falling underneath and out of reach. And, in order to improve outward visibility and interior brightness, the greenhouse has been enlarged.
The leather-trimmed premium seat design achieves the ultimate in luxury, exuding a substantive look and feel as well as a high degree of durability thanks to extreme validation testing in the areas of UV, temperature and humidity.  Premium quilted Nappa leather trim also is standard.  The seats are well-contoured and shaped to deliver maximum support and comfort while minimizing fatigue for occupants, whether the K900 is straight-line cruising over a long distance or moving ambitiously over country roads.
To compensate for both cold and warm climates, the front seats are heated and ventilated.  The standard 20-way adjustable driver seat is equipped with width-adjusting bolsters and lumbar support with power air cells and shoulder adjustments for exacting comfort. The front passenger seat is equipped with 16-way adjusters to find the ideal position. 
Additionally, substantial improvements in rear seat comfort have been made over the outgoing K900.  The driver side rear seat and the passenger side rear seat will enjoy available 12-way and 14-way adjusters, respectively, as well as reclining capability, height-adjustable headrests and forward/aft, tilt up/down cushions.  Rear seat heaters are standard, while ventilation is optional for the outboard rear seats.  Enhancing back seat comfort are optional HVAC controls, which allow rear passengers to have separate fan controls from the front seat passengers.
For further comfort and relaxation, drivers can adapt the cabin of the new K900 to personal preferences with a new mood lighting system developed in conjunction with the world-renowned Pantone3 Institute.  Of the 64 total colors available, Pantone3 created seven specific color settings, each with its own message and meaning inspired by oceans, forests, skies, the Aurora Borealis, and other aspects of nature.  The lighting elements are located in key areas throughout the K900 including the overhead console, door panels and front/rear footwells.  This system helps occupants immerse themselves in the cabin, making the K900 a rejuvenating space of inspiration rather than just an upscale mode of transportation.
To further elevate the mood, the K900 features interaction lighting thanks to an Intelligent Lighting Control system that uses proximity sensors to brighten 20 percent when the driver’s hand is sensed reaching for a switch on the dash.   
Although the K900 prides itself as not being overtly luxurious, the one nod to the haute lifestyle is the specially designed analog Maurice Lacroix4 clock, a symbol of globally renowned sophistication and the pursuit of perfection in craftsmanship.  This eye-catching timepiece is set in the center of the dash and tangibly elevates the prestige level of the cabin.
 Tech-savvy Flagship
As expected, the all-new K900 comes equipped with a wide array of advanced technology, connectivity and infotainment features.  The center console features a tactile port dial that is both convenient and intuitive for driver operation of the 12.3-inch Human Machine Interface (HMI) touchscreen that displays maps, trip information, audio sources, climate controls and more.5  A newly designed, modem-based Premium Navigation6 system comes equipped with enhanced user-friendly features accessible via Kia’s UVO luxe1 sub-brand, dedicated exclusively to K900 owners. UVO luxe1 offers a full suite of remote features7 through an embedded modem in the vehicle and accessible once the UVO account is created on the myUVO.com website and the vehicle is enrolled. UVO luxe1 telematics features can be used from the desktop, tablet, or dedicated UVO luxe1 app, and all three access points allow remote start, setting of preferred cabin temperature, or easy to use features, such as Find My Car.  K900 owners are also provided with a dedicated service representative reachable through a VIP phone line. There’s also full connectivity via Apple CarPlay8 and Android Auto,9 and additional convenience comes from a wireless cell phone charger10.
When piloting the K900, the driver will benefit from either a high-resolution seven-inch color TFT instrument cluster or an available 12.3-inch color TFT instrument cluster with graphics differentiated by the selected drive mode – Comfort, Eco, Sport or Custom.  Beyond the gauges, there’s a standard 9.7-inch Head Up Display (HUD)11, teeming with content related to speed, navigation, audio, and driver assistance systems that allows the driver to focus more of their attention on the road ahead.
As part of Kia’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)12, the K900’s Surround View Monitor (SVM)12 utilizes four cameras providing a 360-degree perspective with stitched images that provide a seamless view.  Blind Spot View Monitor (BVM)12 provides the driver with a live video feed of adjacent lanes in the instrument cluster and is activated via the turn signal.  Utilizing the blind spot sensors, the K900 also enhances visual awareness by offering a haptic steering wheel9 that can help alert the driver by way of vibration in the event of a potentially unsafe lane change if the vehicle senses the presence of another vehicle or object.
Additionally, on the ADAS12 technologies front, the K900 brings Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)12, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA)12 and Driver Attention Warning (DAW)13, which is designed to advise the driver to stop the vehicle and get rest if it detects drowsiness or fatigue while monitoring driving behavior and patterns.  Other significant ADAS12 systems are Rear Cross Traffic Avoidance Assist (RCAA)12, which can automatically apply the brakes when backing up in the event it detects an object crossing a predetermined distance from the rear of the vehicle, Safe Exit Assist14, which notifies the driver or passengers when it detects potential hazards, including passing cars, bicyclists or pedestrians, when opening any door to get out of the vehicle, and Lane Follow Assist (LFA)12, which can provide a degree of automatic steering control in certain circumstances during Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC)12 operation based on analyzing lane markings and radar-based front vehicle information that it detects.
A fully immersive driving experience is only complete with proper acoustics and the K900 delivers premium sound through a 900-watt 17-speaker Lexicon15 system, Kia’s most powerful audio system ever, featuring QuantumLogic16 Surround Sound technology and Clari-Fi17 technology.  QuantumLogic16 extracts signals from the original recording and redistributes them into an authentic, multidimensional soundstage for playback that is clear, refined and full of detail.  QuantumLogic16 also offers selectable modes including Stereo Mode, Audience Mode and On Stage Mode, which highlights 360-degree instrumentation that will make listeners feel like they are on stage with the performing artist.  Simultaneously, Clari–Fi17 works in real-time to rebuild audio details lost in digitally compressed music.
World-Class Powertrain
The K900 has evolved into a truly sophisticated driving machine powered by a 3.3-liter twin turbo V6, the same engine found in the automaker’s highly acclaimed Stinger fastback sport sedan.  This world-class engine outputs 365 horsepower18 and 376 pound-feet of torque and was recently named to Ward’s 10 Best Engines list for its exceptional responsiveness and refinement.  The twin  Honeywell turbos are integrated into the exhaust manifold for enhanced durability and quicker response.  Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) works seamlessly in tandem, resulting in optimal and instant power delivery.
Since turbo engines typically generate more heat than non-turbo engines, a robust cooling system was required.  To meet the challenge of extreme environments, Kia’s development team exceeded internal targets and over-engineered a system that utilizes a wider radiator for more efficient cooling and airflow, and adopted a high-capacity 600-watt brushless electric fan motor.  Aiming to provide the highest level of quality and durability, Kia conducted testing and validation in extreme environments all over the world.
The engine pairs with a second-generation in-house engineered and built 8-speed automatic transmission to manage its power in a smooth and seamless manner.  The Shift-by-Wire gear selector is standard and with no required scheduled maintenance under normal conditions, the transmission is excellent for everyday driving.  At the same time, this gearbox allows quick and confident shifts during more spirited driving.
For an added dose of performance, improved handling, stability and agility, the K900 is equipped with a standard full-time Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control all-wheel drive system19 that is rear biased and electronically controlled based on road conditions.  Following the Stinger, the K900 becomes the second application of this in-house built system and elevates traction and handling to help the K900 compete against its premium European competitors.  Designed to improve performance in a variety of environments, it freely distributes torque between the front and rear wheels and also can send power from side to side, depending on conditions. Should the system detect slippage, power is seamlessly directed towards the front or rear wheels, depending on the driving situation.  Up to 50 percent of torque can be distributed to the front wheels, and in Sport mode, up to 80 percent of the power can be routed to the rear wheels.
Vehicle Dynamics
The sedan’s performance equation was further honed with a number of enhancements under the direction of Albert Biermann, president of Kia’s Vehicle Test and High Performance Development. “The goal for the K900 was to achieve ‘confident comfort’ on the road,” stated Biermann.  “To deliver this result, we focused on four main categories: drivability, NVH, comfort and steering precision.”
A longer wheelbase and a wider stance provide greater control and stability, as well as an ultra-smooth ride. The chassis was strengthened over the previous K900, achieving a more rigid body with increased front and rear lateral stiffness thanks to a greater use of structural adhesives – 676 feet for the new model versus 279 feet for the outgoing K900.  And with 25 hot stamped parts, the most of any Kia vehicle, the all-new K900 has four times more hot stamping than before.  Torsional stiffness increased by 33 percent over the outgoing K900, helping to give the vehicle a more solid and premium on-road feel.  The K900 is targeting top ratings from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Aerodynamically, the K900 utilizes a wheel air curtain to minimize vortices inside the wheel arches by introducing air from the bumper.  In addition, full underbody panels reduce air drag by “straightening” airflow below the vehicle.  And an active air flap further reduces drag depending on driving speed.  The end result is a drag coefficient of .27 Cd.
And when it comes to noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), the K900 is already known for being incredibly quiet but further sound absorption remained a goal for the development team of the all-new model.  This was pursued with the use of new and enhanced insulation throughout the vehicle structure, including the engine compartment firewall, the rear seat sandwich panel, under floor cover and vibration pad behind the headliner.  An acoustic film on the windshield and front side glass dramatically quiets the cabin as does the use of resonance chambered wheels, which reduce road noise while driving.
For a large car to enjoy precise handling and a sense of nimbleness is no easy task.  To that effort, the K900’s four-wheel independent suspension geometry, including a new front multilink design, is aimed at delivering tighter, quicker turn-in for a more athletic and spirited driving experience.  The system is designed to improve driving stability and steering agility by increasing stiffness of the front and rear axle assembly.  All K900s are equipped with an Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS) that is tuned to maximize driving pleasure and increase performance.  ECS helps to reduce variations in wheel load, complimenting traction and reducing chassis motions.  An internal damper system utilizes wheel acceleration sensors to detect rough roads and responds by modulating the suspension setting accordingly.
The K900 utilizes an electromechanical, rack-mounted power steering assembly designed to increase agility and comfort.  Equipped with standard variable ratio steering, the system delivers a “slower” off-center feel, which provides a better sense of stability, especially during high-speed driving.
Smooth and linear stopping force with definitive confidence is the result of a front four-piston brake caliper design in combination with a rear two-piston brake caliper setup.  Underbody cooling ducts guide air to cool the brakes and enhance performance.  The system features standard Corner Brake Control and Brake Fade Compensation, which are designed to automatically increase hydraulic pressure in the braking system as the rotor temperatures rise to maintain a more consistent brake pedal feel in certain circumstances.  This results in a more linear stopping feel.  There’s also a brake drying feature that can periodically apply the brakes (undetectable to the driver) to sweep water build-up and maintain consistent performance in certain conditions.
The all-new K900 will be built in South Korea at Kia’s Sohari premium manufacturing facility, shared with the Stinger.
When it goes on sale later this year, the new K900 will be available in two trims, V6 Luxury and VIP Package. V6 Luxury is extraordinarily well equipped and the VIP Package additions include the 12.3-inch full TFT-LCD instrument cluster; three-zone HVAC, power-adjustable and ventilated rear seats, rear seat wireless charging, and Premium headliner.

Monday, October 1, 2018

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

ALL-NEW KIA TELLURIDE MAKES TEXAS-SIZED STATEMENT ON BRANDON MAXWELL’S RUNWAY AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

2020 Telluride

Kia’s Largest and Most Refined SUV Confirmed for U.S. with Production in West Point, GA1
  • Influenced by fashion designer Brandon Maxwell’s latest Texas-inspired runway collection, a ranch-ready Telluride with saddle-like leather accents debuted at New York Fashion Week2
  • Penned at Kia’s U.S. design studio, the Telluride production model is scheduled to arrive in showrooms in early 2019
  • Together with Maxwell, Kia is donating substantial funding to the public school system of Marfa, Texas, where Maxwell designed his SS’19 collection
IRVINE, Calif., September 8, 2018 – Breaking new ground, a bespoke version of Kia Motors America’s largest and most refined SUV – the all-new 2020 Telluride – made its first public appearance today at fashion designer Brandon Maxwell’s New York Fashion Week show. Created by Kia’s U.S. design studio in Irvine, California, the customized Telluride that appeared on the runway drew influence from Maxwell’s inspiration for the Spring Summer 2019 collection: Texas.

“Telluride summits Kia’s SUV lineup and forged a surprising new path with its runway debut at New York Fashion Week,” said Saad Chehab, vice president of marketing communications, Kia Motors America. “Only a brand as forward-thinking as Kia could collaborate with Brandon Maxwell to launch the Telluride ahead of its official debut at the North American International Auto Show in January.”

The eight passenger Telluride production model – which will be assembled at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia – will provide a new, V6-powered option that is several inches longer and wider than Kia’s award-winning, seven passenger Sorento midsize SUV.          

For Brandon Maxwell, the combination of childhood nostalgia and an exclusive preview of Kia’s largest and most refined SUV provided an opportunity to give back to the Marfa, Texas, community.

“My Mom drove me to school in East Texas in a Kia Sedona, and my adoration for the brand runs deep,” said Maxwell. “When I left Marfa, Texas, where I designed my SS’19 collection, I started talking with Kia. I wanted a partner who could help fill a need in Marfa’s public school system and Kia was looking to create a unique integration for their new Telluride. It was a natural fit as Kia has a long history of philanthropic initiatives that support education. Kia is not just funding necessary technological purchases and educational programming to give the children of Marfa the quality education they deserve, but also providing a vehicle for local teachers’ use. I am honored to collaborate with Kia Motors.”

The one-of-a-kind Telluride featured in the show provides a thought-provoking glimpse into the creative process that takes place when designers in separate industries collaborate. This specially tailored Telluride includes several nods to Maxwell’s Texas roots, including natural wood interior trim and saddle-inspired double-stitched leather adornments on the dash, door panels and grab handles. Similar leather details cover the outside rearview mirrors and door handles. Outside, the Telluride’s deep green paint reflects the color of the concept vehicle that debuted in Detroit two years ago. Custom front and rear bumpers, skidplates and sidestep sills exude a ranch-ready look that’s backed up with a hidden winch and a snorkel for deep-river fording. Burly 265/50R-20 off-road tires wrap around flat-black alloy wheels and the spare tire has been custom mounted to the rear hatch, which opens to a metal- and leather-trimmed cargo area. A custom wood and aluminum roof rack with a beautiful custom leather tow strap tongue provide the perfect finishing touches.
About Kia Motors America
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America continues to top quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands and 50 Best Global Green Brands by Interbrand.   Kia 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 SUVs proudly built in West Point, Georgia.*
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 (S, EX, SX and certain LX Trims only) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.


1 The Telluride will be assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.
2 Custom 2020 Telluride with options and aftermarket features shown. Brandon Maxwell designed Telluride not available for purchase.

Monday, September 10, 2018

2018 SPORTAGE NAMED TOP PICK FOR TEENS BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Compact Sport Utility Vehicle Scores High for Teenage Drivers
  • Sportage lauded for long list of tech and available driver assistance features
  • Top IIHS safety rating and predicted reliability also major winning factors

IRVINE, Calif., August 31, 2018 —U.S. News & World Report has awarded the 2018 Kia Sportage Best New SUV for Teens, $25k to $30k.
“The Sportage should be at the top of your list if you want to buy a safe and dependable SUV for your teenage driver,” says Jamie Page Deaton, executive editor, U.S. News & World Report.
Available Advanced Driver Assistance Features,1 including Blind Spot Detection System, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane Change Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert were key contributors to the Sportage’s win. U.S. News & World Report was also impressed with Kia’s UVO technology2, which can be programmed to record when a teen keeps the Sportage out past an established curfew, exceeds a preset speed limit or strays outside geographic boundaries set by parents.3
Safety and reliability ratings were also major factors in earning Sportage the top spot. Sportage holds a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, as well as a 2018 Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety4. And, U.S. News & World Report awards the Sportage an excellent predicted reliability rating, scoring 4.5 out of five, among the highest in the compact SUV class.
“It’s fantastic Sportage is rated best for teen drivers,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA. “Young and new drivers face many challenges on the road and we’re pleased Sportage offers the right combination of technology, safety ratings and reliability to be rated best in class by U.S. News & World Report.”
For more information on the award, visit https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/best-cars-for-teens                
About Kia Motors America
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America continues to top quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands and 50 Best Global Green Brands by Interbrand.   Kia 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 SUVs proudly built in West Point, Georgia.*
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.

Friday, August 24, 2018

2019 FORTE OVERVIEW

Compact Sedan Levels Up with Sophisticated Yet Sporty Design, Advanced Technology, and All-New Efficient Smart Stream Intelligent Variable Transmission
  • Forte evolves into a more refined compact sedan with design cues inspired by Stinger
  • Kia’s first in-house designed and built Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) introduces new line of Smart Stream technologies designed to help increase fuel efficiency in a variety of situations, resulting in an EPA-estimated 35 MPG combined1 for the FE trim2
  • Standard 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, and a number of Kia Drive Wise technologies join Forte’s tech roster
PITTSBURGH, August 28, 2018 – The all-new 2019 Forte sedan enters its third generation with a more sophisticated design and desirable features, transforming one of Kia Motors America’s (KMA) best-selling vehicles into something more than just a commuter car. Thanks to a number of improvements, Forte now offers drivers a higher level of comfort and Kia Drive Wise technologies that are aimed to make the journey – whether a short commute or long haul – a more rewarding and decidedly upscale experience. Sporting an overall bolder appearance, the newly designed compact sedan also boasts improved EPA-estimated combined MPG ratings.
“The compact sedan segment is highly competitive, but with all the improvements the new Forte brings to market for the 2019 model year, it is more than prepared to take on the toughest the segment has to offer,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA. “As one of our top-selling models, the all-new Forte follows some large footsteps, but enhancements in styling, packaging and content make it even more attractive to drivers seeking a compact sedan that can accommodate their versatile lifestyle.”
Standard features and desirable amenities in the Forte continue to be available across four trims – FE, LX, S and EX – with the model line continuing to expand throughout its lifecycle. Available later this fall, a limited Forte Launch Edition commemorates the all-new model with unique visual enhancements and standard technology upgrades.
Sophisticated Yet Sporty Design
While the third-generation Forte retains its sporty and youthful image, it has graduated to a more sophisticated appearance thanks to a number of sleek and dynamic styling cues inspired by the Stinger fastback sport sedan. Lauded in the auto industry for its excellence in design, the Stinger is a product fueled by Kia’s bold and adventurous spirit, and Peter Schreyer’s global team of designers translated elements of the Stinger’s design language onto the compact to give it a commanding road presence. Enthusiasts know that the right proportions are key, and like the Stinger, Forte’s long hood and short deck lend it an overall fastback-like shape. The cowl point was moved back five inches, creating a more athletic stance that makes the Forte appear well-planted to the ground.
Creases in the hood contribute to the Forte’s muscular appearance while the combination of a newly designed signature tiger nose grille and aggressive black lower valance enhances its individual character. Standard projection or available full LEDs can be had on the Stinger-inspired headlamps, while separate turn signal indicators are mounted near newly designed air curtains that help improve aerodynamic performance. Around back, the rear bumper gets the same treatment with separate reverse and turn signal indicators located beneath available LED taillights. Similar to the Sportage compact crossover, a sleek horizontal trim piece connects the taillights.
Comfortable Cabin
Creating the fastback shape strengthened the Forte’s exterior appearance, but it also gave engineers an opportunity to expand the occupant compartment in several key areas so passengers are treated to a comfortable space no matter how long the journey. Overall length has increased by 3.2 inches to 182.7 inches, allowing for more rear legroom and additional cargo in the trunk. With 15.3 cu.-ft., cargo room is among the largest in the segment and generous enough to accommodate gear for a group of friends on a road trip or a growing family managing a busy schedule. Additional rear headroom results from increasing the overall height to 56.5 inches, while the overall width has grown to 70.9 inches.
While the extra 0.8 inches of width may not be noticeable to the naked eye, the newly designed layout of the dashboard paints a picture of a wider interior space. Again drawing inspiration from the Stinger, a horizontal theme creates a sense of openness and avoids clutter with clean lines and minimal buttons that are intuitively placed below an 8-inch color touchscreen3. Aeronautically inspired spoked circular vents adorn the dash and increased soft-touch points create a visually appealing cabin. Drivers and passengers alike will appreciate easier ingress and egress, plus improved outward visibility and stronger and more lightweight seat frames that provide a more comfortable seating position with increased lumbar support and denser seat foam for more pleasurable long-distance drives.
Strong Foundation
Building upon an already solid structure that helped the 2018 Forte sedan achieve an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick Plus rating4, the all-new 2019 Forte strengthens its bones with additional hot-stamped components and 54 percent Advanced High-Strength Steel5. The all-new Forte offers standard projection or available full LED headlights and is targeted to receive the highest ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and IIHS.
Because body stiffness plays a major role in NVH performance, engineers worked to increase rigidity for a quieter cabin and better handling tuned to match the Forte’s sporty and dynamic exterior appearance, resulting in a 16 percent stiffer body in white. New subframe designs help to improve lateral responsiveness, while steering feel is upgraded compared to its predecessor’s thanks to enhancements within the Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) system that reduce artificial steering feel and friction. Reworked suspension geometry provides a quick and nimble behind-the-wheel feel and evolutionary improvements were made to throttle and brake feel performance, yielding a smoother initial response at tip-in.
A More Efficient Powertrain
Housed underneath the Forte’s longer hood is a second-generation 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine that benefits from Atkinson Cycle technology and a cooled EGR system. Typically applied to hybrid and electric vehicles, the Atkinson Cycle and cooled EGR technologies are designed to help boost fuel efficiency in a variety of situations. The new powerplant can be paired with a standard six-speed manual or an all-new available Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). The engine and in-house-built IVT are the first of a new line of highly efficient “Smart Stream” powertrains that will make their way into the Kia lineup in the future.
Waiting before developing Kia’s own continuously variable transmission (CVT) allowed engineers to research issues often associated with CVTs and apply their findings in the application used in the Forte.  One of the main criticisms is that they can create a rubber-band-like feel, and in an effort to address this issue, engineers built the IVT with adaptive style shift logic with a chain-type belt instead of push belt, a first in the compact class. This results in smooth and linear acceleration, and for a more enjoyable and sporty driving experience, a step-shift-like feel mimics a conventional automatic at wide-open throttle or when more acceleration is needed.
Noise is another issue CVTs can sometimes face and engineers worked hard to reduce this in the Forte by wrapping the transmission case in a sound-insulating cover to help quiet the typical “drone” associated with this tech from other manufacturers. In doing so, NVH levels in the Forte are reduced by 5dB from the outgoing model.
Horsepower and torque remain unchanged from the 2018 Forte, putting out 147 HP and 132 lb.-ft. of torque. Without sacrificing engine performance, the Forte delivers improved EPA estimated combined MPG ratings all around. The FE trim equipped with the six-speed manual returns 27/37/31 mpg city/highway/combined1, but when outfitted with the IVT, the ratings improve to 31/41/35 mpg city/highway/combined. The LX, S, and EX trims are rated at 30/40/34 mpg city/highway/combined.1
Brimming with Technology
Staying connected with advanced technology and infotainment features allows the driver to dedicate their attention to the road ahead. In that regard, the Forte comes standard with an 8-inch color touchscreen with support for Android Auto™6 and Apple CarPlay®that’s integrated neatly on the dash and within the driver’s line of sight. With select smartphone devices, the system also has the capability to read SMS texts aloud through Bluetooth®8. Eliminating the need for a charging cord is an available wireless charging9 tray perched up on the center stack for compatible smartphones.
Another welcome and surprising feature in this segment is an available 320-watt premium sound system developed with Harman/Kardon®10 that pumps out music through an eight speaker sound system with Clari-FiTM11, a patented music restoration technology that rebuilds audio signals that are lost during digital compression.
A number of Kia’s Drive Wise technology features are now standard on all Forte trims, positioning it as an even more value-laden option for shoppers looking for some of the latest convenience technologies. In addition to Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)12  and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)12, the all-new Forte comes equipped with Driver Attention Warning (DAW)13, Forward Collision Warning (FCW)12 and Lane Departure Warning (LDW)12. More Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)12 are available including Smart Cruise Control (SCC)12 and Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW).12 Smart Cruise Control is designed to maintain a pre-set distance between the Forte and the vehicle detected in front and can slow the vehicle slows with traffic in certain circumstances, while Blind Spot Collision Warning, which includes Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW)12, scans the area behind the vehicle when backing from a parking space and can alert the driver with an audible warning if it detects cross traffic.
Forte Launch Edition
Commemorating the arrival of the all-new Forte is the Launch Edition14, which sets itself apart with unique exterior elements starting with LED headlights, 17-inch graphite finished alloy wheels and rear spoiler that ramps up its sporty appearance. An exclusive Fire Orange exterior paint color completes the look. In terms of creature comforts and technology, the Launch Edition adds a power sunroof, LED interior lighting, wireless charging9 for smartphones, UVO15 eServices with Voice Command Premium Navigation, and Harman/Kardon®10 premium audio system with Clari-FiTM11 to the list of standard equipment. Smart Cruise Control (SCC)12 and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection (FCA-Ped)12 round out the Launch Edition’s tech roster.
About Kia Motors America
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America continues to top quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands and 50 Best Global Green Brands by Interbrand.   Kia 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 SUVs proudly built in West Point, Georgia.*
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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.


1 Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.
2 Fuel economy based on EPA estimates (city/highway/combined): FE 6MT: 27/37/31; FE IVT: 31/41/45; LX, S, EX trims: 30/40/34. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.
3 Distracted driving can result in a loss of vehicle control. When operating a vehicle, never use a vehicle system that takes your focus away from safe vehicle operation.
4 When equipped with optional Autonomous Emergency Braking and LED headlights.  
5 54 percent refers to ‘body in white’ (BIW). BIW refers to a vehicle’s sheet metal components that have been welded together; it does not include moving parts, the motor, trim, chassis parts, or paint.
Android Auto™ is a trademark of Google Inc. Requires a compatible Android device sold separately.
CarPlay® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. Requires a compatible Apple device sold separately.
The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG Inc., and any use of such marks by Kia is pursuant to license. A Bluetooth® enabled device is required to use Bluetooth® wireless technology.
Charging system only works with select devices. Refer to the vehicle's Owner's Manual for warnings and instructions.
10 Harman/Kardon is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries, Inc.
11 Clari-Fi is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries, Inc.
12 These systems are not substitutes for proper and safe driving, parking, and/or backing-up procedures. These systems may not detect every object behind or alongside the vehicle or in the vehicle’s blindspot or direction of travel. Always drive safely and use caution.
13 Driver Attention Warning is not a substitute for safe driving and may not detect all instances of driver fatigue or inattentive driving practices. Failure to pay attention to travel conditions and vehicle operation could result in loss of vehicle control. Always drive safely and use caution.
14 Quantities are limited and will be available later in 2018 
15 Purchase/lease of a new 2018 Kia Forte vehicle with UVO eServices or UVO eServices with Premium Navigation (“UVO eServices”) includes a complimentary 5 year subscription starting from new vehicle retail sale/lease date as recorded by the dealer. After expiration of such period, you will no longer be able to access or use UVO eServices. For applicable full terms, see the UVO Privacy Policy (available at https://www.myuvo.com/legal/privacy-policy.shtml) and Terms of Service (available at https://www.myuvo.com/legal/terms-of-service.shtml).
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

RIO AND STINGER NAMED SEGMENT WINNERS IN J.D. POWER 2018 AUTOMOTIVE PERFORMANCE, EXECUTION, AND LAYOUT (APEAL) STUDY


2018 Kia Stinger GT2 RWD
Kia’s Overall Score Increases Eight Points Since Last Year 
  • Rio and Stinger fastback sedan dazzled in their respective segments 
  • Kia continues to cement its place among the top 10 non-premium brands
IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 2, 2018 – Following the launch of the 2018 Rio and highly anticipated 2018 Stinger, Kia Motors America (KMA) has earned two more J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) awards for its stylish subcompact and its powerful fastback sports sedan.  The double win helped increase Kia’s overall score by eight points since last year, while also securing the brand’s spot among the top 10 non-premium nameplates. The announcement follows Kia Motors being named the highest ranked mass market brand in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study for the fourth consecutive year1, with the Rio also capturing a win in the small car segment.
“Whether it be a practical commuter car for people just looking to get from point A to B, or a sports sedan with up to 365-horsepower for enthusiasts, we design every Kia with the customer in mind,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA.  “Earning a J.D. Power APEAL award for both the Rio and Stinger demonstrates the level of dedication we put on delivering a superior combination of the desirable features and attributes today’s savvy car buyers want from their vehicles.”
Completely redesigned for the 2018 model year, the Rio outshined the competition in the small car segment, being one of the only contenders to score the highest marks in overall performance and design, comfort, features, and style. The highest performing vehicle in Kia’s history, Stinger bested its more expensive European counterparts in the compact premium car segment.
The J.D. Power APEAL study measures new-vehicle owners’ overall satisfaction with their vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership.  The results are divided into 10 categories and weighted accordingly: exterior, interior, storage, audio, seats, heating and ventilation, driving dynamics, powertrain, visibility, and fuel economy.
About Kia Motors America
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America continues to top quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands and 50 Best Global Green Brands by Interbrand.   Kia 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 SUVs proudly built in West Point, Georgia.*
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.