Wednesday, June 13, 2018

2018 KIA SOUL NAMED TO KELLEY BLUE BOOK’S 10 COOLEST CARS UNDER $20,000 LIST

Soul Praised for Unique Combination of Style, Versatility and a Cool Collection of Standard Features
  • Funky hatchback continues to personify “fun to drive and fun to own”
  • Soul appears on KBB.com’s annual list for the seventh consecutive year
IRVINE, Calif., May 29, 2018 – On the heels of Soul sales crossing the one million threshold in the United States since going on sale in 2009, Kia’s funky urban passenger vehicle has been named to Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Coolest Cars list for the seventh year in a row.  Soul continues to stand out from the crowd with a unique combination of style, versatility and a long list of standard features.
“Soul’s fun and funky personality continues to shine as reflected by being named to Kelley Blue Book’s Coolest Cars list for the seventh consecutive year,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America.  “The versatile hatchback continues to provide consumers with a fun-to-own vehicle equipped with many convenience features.”



With a specific focus on “fun to drive and fun to own,” the editors at Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com created a list of the top 10 coolest cars.  Now in its 15th year, the annual list is gathered to prove it’s possible to find a dynamic and less expensive vehicle that still turns heads.  Each vehicle must be available for purchase starting at $20,0001 or less, using Kelley Blue Book’s exclusive Fair Purchase Price.

“Unmistakable styling, with a youthful demeanor, makes the Kia Soul a standout,” said Michael Harley, executive editor for Kelley Blue Book.  “The Soul’s long list of standard features and practical utility are sure to please, while its excitement factor is increased by a rainbow of available exterior colors – check out bright green Alien 2.  This is how you do automotive coolness.”

The 2018 Kia Soul enters its fifth model year as a carryover with minor enhancements.  Kia’s iconic urban passenger vehicle offers a fun, funky and functional approach to everyday driving.  The 2018 model focuses on expanding the availability of UVO2 across the model range, adding the innovative infotainment system to the Base Convenience Package as well as to Soul Plus as standard equipment.  The Soul Plus Primo Package now adds Smart Cruise Control (SCC)3 and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).3 The new Soul Plus Primo “Lit” Package includes HID headlights and LED positioning lights to enhance Soul’s on-road presence.



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.*

Thursday, June 7, 2018

KIA MOTORS AMERICA’S CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED PROGRAM NAMED TO AUTOTRADER’S BEST PROGRAMS FOR 2018 LIST

Kia’s Program Lauded for Outstanding Warranty1 and Vehicle Availability
  • Kia CPO program requires a meticulous 164-point Quality Assurance inspection by certified Kia technicians
  • Autotrader evaluates programs based on warranty, inventory and transferability to subsequent owners
IRVINE, Calif., May 25, 2018 — Kia Motors America's (KMA) Certified Pre-Owned Program has been named to Autotrader’s 10 Best Non-Luxury CPO Programs for 2018.  The list recognizes the standout programs car shoppers should consider when buying pre-owned.   

“The Autotrader award is further proof that’s Kia’s CPO Program provides consumers with quality, affordability and greater peace of mind when buying pre-owned vehicles,” said Bill Peffer, vice president, sales operations, Kia Motors America.

The experts at Autotrader researched them all, identifying the 10 Best Non-Luxury CPO Programs and 10 Best Luxury CPO Programs for 2018, which recognizes the standouts car shoppers should consider.  The Programs were identified based on a series of factors, including powertrain warranty length (with a minimum of six years or 100,000 miles of coverage from the original sale date), available inventory, bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage, deductible, and transferability to future vehicle owners.

“Thanks to plenty of new models, Kia vehicles like the Stinger and Sorento are getting lots of attention,” said Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader. “Still, there’s a lot of financial wisdom in buying a lightly used car from a reputable brand like Kia. Kia’s CPO program bridges the gap between buying a new car or settling for an older used car. Kia’s new car warranty is one of the best in the industry and their CPO program keeps the heart of that – the remainder of their 10-year / 100,000 mile warranty.”

KMA’s CPO program, administered by JM&A Group, accepts only Kia vehicles that are five years or newer with fewer than 60,000 miles on the odometer, and requires a meticulous 164-point Quality Assurance inspection by certified Kia technicians.  CPO vehicles also come with a 10-year /100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty1 and 12-month /12,000 mile-Platinum Coverage2.  Whether it’s the midsize Optima sedan, iconic Soul or the Sorento SUV that drivers dream of, customers get a great price matched with superb quality, bypassing the stress, risk and uncertainty that typically comes with buying a previously owned vehicle.



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.*

Thursday, May 31, 2018

KIA RANKED AS ONE OF 2018’S MOST TRUSTED AUTOMOTIVE BRANDS BY AMCI GLOBAL

Kia Named as One of Three Most Trusted Non-Luxury Brands in Annual Trusted Automotive Brand Study
  • 2018 marks second consecutive year Kia has ranked as an industry trust leader
  • Study shows trust accounts for more than 50 percent of repurchase decision
IRVINE, Calif., May 21, 2018 — For the second year in a row, Kia has been acknowledged as one of the most trusted non-luxury automotive brands in the annual Trusted Automotive Brands Study (TABS) conducted by AMCI Global.  Trust is one of the key factors leading to brand loyalty and a customer’s decision to repurchase that brand’s products.  Now in its second year, TABS again shows that trust accounts for more than 50 percent of a consumer’s decision to recommend or repurchase a vehicle from an automotive brand.

“Building trust is never easy.  It takes years of delivering great vehicles and standing behind those vehicles with an industry-leading warranty1 and a dealer network that’s devoted to customer service,” said William (Bill) Peffer, vice president, sales operations, Kia Motors America.  “It’s an honor for Kia to have ranked as one of the most trusted non-luxury automotive brands two years running.”
In January 2018, AMCI conducted its second annual TAB Study.  A nationally representative sample of 2,500 owners across 34 brands participated in the study.  “For both years of our study, Kia dealers have earned very high levels of trust from their customers,” noted Ian Beavis, chief strategy officer, AMCI Global.  “This, combined with strong OEM trust, puts them solidly in the top tier of the industry in terms of trust.”



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.*

Thursday, May 24, 2018

KIA LEADS ALL BRANDS WITH EIGHT VEHICLES WITH EITHER A 2018 TSP OR TSP+ RATING

2019 Kia Sorento earns 2018 Top Safety Pick Plus Rating from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
  • Refreshed 2019 Sorento receives 2018 Top Safety Pick Plus rating1, elevating the total of Kia vehicles with 2018 TSP+ ratings to four when equipped with front crash prevention and specific headlights
  • Four other Kia vehicles have 2018 Top Safety Pick ratingswhen equipped with front crash prevention and specific headlights
IRVINE, Calif., May 15, 2018 —The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded its best rating possible, Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+), to the refreshed 2019 Kia Sorento, bringing to Kia the highest number of vehicles with either a 2018 Top Safety Pick (TSP) or Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) rating among all brands. Kia’s best-selling SUV received good ratings in all six IIHS crashworthiness tests and “Good”-rated headlights when equipped with optional autonomous emergency braking and LED headlights.



“This is a significant and fantastic achievement for Kia,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA.  “It’s an honor to have earned strong safety ratings across so many of our vehicle lines.”

Vehicles with the TSP+ rating include: 2019 Sorento1, 2018 Forte sedan2, 2018 Optima3 and 2018 Soul4.  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.  Also required is “Good” or “Acceptable” rating in the passenger side small overlap test, an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention, and a “Good” rating in headlight testing.  Please see the disclaimer for each vehicle and refer to iihs.org for more information.

Vehicles with a TSP rating include 2018 Cadenza5, 2018 Sedona6, 2018 Sorento7 and 2018 Sportage8.  To qualify for a TSP rating, a vehicle must earn “Good” ratings in five crashworthiness tests—driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.  It also must earn an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention, and a “Good” or “Acceptable” rating in headlight testing.  Ratings are also dependent on specific “built after” date for each model.  Please see the disclaimer for each vehicle and refer to iihs.org for more information.



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.*

Thursday, May 10, 2018

KIA STINGER GT NAMED TO WARDS 10 BEST INTERIORS FOR 2018 LIST

Stinger GT Lauded for Aesthetics, Comfort, Ergonomics, Quality and Technology
  • Stinger GT recipient of Wards 10 Best Interiors and 10 Best Engines accolade proving the car's credentials as true Gran Turismo
  • Stinger provides the perfect balance between heart-pounding performance and convenience
  • Seating for five and up to 40.9 cubic feet of cargo space make Stinger the perfect road-going companion
IRVINE, Calif., April 26, 2018 — The 2018 Kia Stinger GT fastback sport sedan recently was named one of Wards 10 Best Interiors for 2018.  The list recognizes outstanding achievement in aesthetics, comfort, ergonomics, material use, fit-and-finish and user-friendly technology.  The honor comes on the heels of Stinger GT’s 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 being named to Wards 10 Best Engines list for 2018.  Stinger continues to redefine the sport sedan segment previously occupied by more expensive offerings from Germany.



“Ushering in a dynamic new era for the Kia brand, Stinger brings dreams to reality with the perfect combination of aesthetics, comfort, ergonomics, quality and technology,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America.  “On the heels of Stinger GT being named to Wards 10 Best Engines, the 10 Best Interiors is a true honor.”

Brimming with power, passion and performance, the 2018 Kia Stinger is a sport sedan dedicated to the thrill of driving while cossetting occupants in luxury.  A strong horizontal plane across the dash presents the driver with a thick, leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters.  Occupants feel a sense of intimacy balanced by warm and inviting available multi-color LED ambient lighting that softly illuminate the interior.  All Stingers come standard with leather trim-appointed seats, typically a high-cost option on many competitors.  Meanwhile, a trio of available high-performance audio systems turn Stinger’s interior into a dynamic concert hall.  Seating for five passengers and 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space (40.9 cu.-ft. with the rear seats folded) without sacrificing room for luggage further enhances the experience.

“After we tallied the scores, the Stinger GT took its spot on our list with no debate.  Its interior is both elegant and athletic thanks to its high-quality leather and soft-touch materials and a just-right mix of black and red on our test car, accented by real aluminum trim.  Our test car also quickly paired our smartphones, had easy-to-understand touchscreen menus, comfortable seats and good fit-and-finish,” said Christie Schweinsberg, WardsAuto Senior Editor.

The 2018 Stinger rides with good company.  Previous Kia recipients of Wards 10 Best Interiors honor include the 2015 Sedona, 2014 Soul, 2013 Forte and 2011 Optima.



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.*

Thursday, April 12, 2018

REIMAGINED 2019 KIA K900 MAKES GLOBAL DEBUT AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Next-Generation Flagship Sedan Redefines New Korean Luxury   
  • 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 and ‘confident comfort’
  • Standard UVO luxe1 embedded telematics allow remote start and HVAC control features
NEW YORK, March 28, 2018 – Kia Motors America (KMA) today unveiled the completely redesigned Kia K900 sedan at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, establishing a new standard for luxury.  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, vice president, Product Planning, 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 date2.

Stately Styling
Sophisticated and stately, the entirely redesigned 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.

Overall, the K900 is equal parts prestige, power and presence, embodying an appearance reminiscent of a finely tailored suit over an athlete’s well-proportioned physique.

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, Brown Olive Ash, Beige Olive Ash and Engineered Wood.  Soft leather balances the cabin’s harder natural surfaces in Black, Beige, Espresso Brown 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 this space.  The handsome dash is uncluttered and ergonomic, featuring a tech-savvy instrument panel and integrated air vents.  The driver helms the car with a heated leather steering wheel and a matching center console-mounted gear shift knob.

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 Nappa leather also is available.  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 curvy country roads.  The quilting on the seat “shoulders” is to invoke the spirit of clothing worn by Korean kings throughout the country’s rich history.

To compensate for both cold and warm climates, seats up front are heated and ventilated.  The available 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 can enjoy 12-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 offer available 12-way and 14-way adjusters, respectively, as well as reclining capability, height-adjustable headrests and forward/aft, tilt up/down cushions.  Seat heat and ventilation are 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 Color 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.  A similar approach to cabin lighting was first shown on the Telluride concept SUV.

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 an analog clock specially designed and co-branded by Maurice Lacroix,4 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 features 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 CarPlay7 and Android Auto,8 and additional convenience comes from a wireless cell phone charger.9

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 an available 9.7-inch Head Up Display (HUD),10 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)11, the K900’s Surround View Monitor (SVM)11 utilizes four cameras providing a 360-degree perspective with stitched images that provide a seamless view.  Blind Spot View Monitor (BVM)11 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 wheel10 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 ADAS11 technologies front, the K900 brings Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)11, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA)11 and Driver Attention Warning (DAW),12 the latter of 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 ADAS11 systems are Rear Cross Traffic Avoidance Alert (RCAA)11, 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 Assist,13 which can help notify the driver or passengers if 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)10, which can provide a degree of automatic steering control in certain circumstances during Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC)10 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 Harman Kardon/Lexicon14 system, Kia’s most powerful audio system ever, featuring QuantumLogic15 Surround Sound technology and Clari-Fi16 technology.  QuantumLogic15 extracts signals from the original recording and redistributes them into an authentic, multidimensional soundstage for playback that is clear, refined and full of detail.  QuantumLogic15 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–Fi16 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 horsepower17 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 fast-spooling single scroll turbos are integrated into the exhaust manifold for enhanced durability.  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 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 system9 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 a TSP+ rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) and a five-star crash rating from the 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 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, plastic bands within the 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.  An available Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS) 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 cumulative effect of these various efforts is a more confident and refined driving experience sought out by discerning buyers in the luxury sedan segment.

The all-new K900 will be built in South Korea at Kia’s Sohari premium manufacturing facility, shared with the Stinger.


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.*

Thursday, April 5, 2018

KIA CADENZA NAMED BEST LARGE CAR FOR FAMILIES BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Stylish and Spacious Cadenza Continues to Impress
  • Cadenza lauded for its roomy interior and host of available technology
  • Premium sedan continues to offer desirable traits that appeal to all types of families

IRVINE, Calif., March 14, 2018 — The 2018 Cadenza has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for winning the Best Large Car for Families award, marking the second consecutive year Kia’s premium sedan has taken home the honor. The Cadenza checked off all the boxes during the evaluation process, as vehicles were scored on their safety, seating and cargo volume, reliability and the availability of family friendly features.

“Winning a Best Car for Families award for the second consecutive year demonstrates our relentless commitment to building world-class vehicles tailored to all types of consumers,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America .  “The Cadenza’s winning combination of high-tech safety and convenience features, spacious interior and stylish design appeals to all members of the family. Add its incredible value into the equation, and the Cadenza is hard to overlook.”

To choose the award winners, U.S. News & World Report looked at 126 new cars, SUVs, and minivans currently on sale. Within each of the 11 automotive classes covered by the awards, the vehicle with the highest composite score is named the Best Car for Families in that category, and the Cadenza was chosen from a field of eight competitor vehicles in the Large Car category.

“Plenty of large cars can handle family duty, but none do it as well as the Kia Cadenza. The Cadenza's cabin has the space for car seats, but the kind of finishes that impress adults,” said Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor, U.S. News & World Report. “It also offers available features, like a surround view camera, rear sunshades, a hands-free trunk and heated rear seats that you typically find on SUVs or luxury cars.”

With an elegant design that was all-new for 2017, the 2018 Cadenza continues to offer luxurious amenities across three trim levels, with MSRPs1  ranging from $32,290 to $44,690. 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. Available driver assistance features include Surround View Monitor2, Advanced Smart Cruise Control2, Forward Collision Warning2, Autonomous Emergency Braking2, and Lane Departure Warning2.


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.*




* 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.