Import Insights: Kia (January 2016)

Import Insights: Kia (January 2016)

2016 Kia Soul Red Zone Special EditionSoul Wins ‘Active Lifestyle Vehicle Of The Year’ Award

Kia Motors America’s (KMA) 2016 Soul was named a winner at the 12th annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle (ALV) of the Year awards in Chandler, AZ.  For the fourth consecutive year, a panel of local media and athletes rated the Soul best in the “Urban” category.

“Combining an iconic design, refined interior, numerous tech features and impressive cargo volume, our urban runabout is a true standout for those seeking a vehicle that supports an active and athletic lifestyle,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, KMA.

“It is unprecedented for a vehicle to win the ALV award for four years in a row,” said Nina Russin, founder, Active Lifestyle Vehicle program. “The fact that the Soul has consistently won top honors in the Urban category is testimony to its widespread appeal among young buyers who need a stylish-yet-versatile vehicle that is small enough to navigate crowded urban areas and spacious enough to hold multiple passengers and a variety of gear.”

2017 Kia Sportage SX Turbo 2WD, SX Turbo AWDThe 2017 Kia Sportage

Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the all-new 2017 Sportage at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

“The Sportage is a breed apart in the compact CUV segment,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “Instead of bland utility, the Sportage combines distinctly European and sporty styling with thoughtful design and functionality.”

The redesigned front and rear suspension systems are now fully independent, featuring a four-point bushing setup on the front and a dual-member shock absorber housing on the rear.

The 2017 Sportage is offered in front-or all-wheel-drive, both coupled with a six-speed Sportmatic transmission. The Dynamax intelligent AWD system is available on every trim and features a 50/50 locking center differential. The system senses, anticipates and optimizes traction requirements for all road and weather conditions.

The hard-charging 2.0-liter inline-four turbo found on the SX Turbo makes 241 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine has been retuned to target improved fuel efficiency and offer better mid-range torque.

Kia OptimaKia Motors America Records Best November In Company History And Sells Six Millionth Vehicle In The U.S.

Kia Motors America (KMA) posted best-ever November sales of 45,553 vehicles, a 1.4-percent increase over the same period last year. The brand’s seventh straight monthly sales record was led by the Optima and Soul, with 13,048 and 10,045 units sold, respectively.

“Kia continues to grow and mature at a rapid rate, and surpassing the six-million-vehicles mark is the latest example of how far this brand has come in a very short period of time,” said Michael Sprague, chief operating officer and EVP, KMA.

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