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New, 2019 Kia K900 Goes After S-Class, Wants To Be New Standard Of Luxury

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New, 2019 Kia K900 luxury sedan

With so much attention focused on it, you would think the Kia Stinger was Kia’s flagship model. Nope! That honor actually goes to the K900, and there is an all-new model that wants to set a new standard for luxury.

Aimed at the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, Lexus LS and other premium full-size sedans, the new K900 seeks to garner more attention for a nameplate that most people seem to have forgotten. It is wrapped in a more sophisticated exterior that Kia describes to be more dignified and sophisticated than the outgoing model.

The minimalist designed interior is even more upscale than before, featuring high-quality materials like metal veneers and open pore matte wood trim, more soft leather upholstery, and a full range of safety and assistance technologies. Drivers are treated to a 12.3-inch infotainment system and tactile dial on the center console and an optional 12.3-inch digital display for the instrument cluster.

The 2019 Kia K900 is powered by a 3.3L twin-turbocharged V6 that produces 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a standard full-time Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control all-wheel drive system that, although rear-biased, can send up to 50 percent of torque to the front wheels. In Sport mode, up to 80 percent of the power can be sent to the rear.

A longer wheelbase and wider stance are said to provide improved control and stability, while stiffer torsional rigidity further elevates its “premium on-road feel.”

Apparently, the new Kia K900 has been completely reimaged with “only its name” carrying over, and for good reason. The first-generation K900 didn’t sell well (LeBron James couldn’t save it), with US sales declining steeply from a peak of around 2,500 in 2015 to only 455 units in 2017.

North American sales are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2018.

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New, 2020 Kia Soul EV Has 243 Mile (391 Km) Driving Range

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New, 2020 Kia Soul EV

Kia’s quirky crossover joins the high-range electric vehicle group.

The EPA has given the 2020 Kia Soul EV a driving range of up to 243 miles (391 km) on a single charge, placing it in the same class as the Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Niro EV and Nissan LEAF e+, all of which get over 200 miles (322 km).

In fact, the Soul EV uses the same 64 kWh battery pack as the Kona Electric and Niro. Power is provided by an electric motor that generates 201-horsepower and 291 lb-ft. of torque and can be modulated with four driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Eco+, which automatically adjust power output, regenerative braking, climate control settings, and set speed limits to help manage overall efficiency.

Similar to the Niro and Kona EVs, it will charge at around 100kW for at least the first 50 percent of charge. A DC Fast Charge port comes standard.

The 2020 Kia Soul EV goes on sale in the second half of 2019.

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Kia’s New Telluride SUV Is Big Enough For Your Whole Family

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New, 2020 Kia Telluride SUV

Kia’s biggest-ever SUV has enough room to accommodate eight occupants in relative comfort.

The Kia Telluride has finally seen the light of day, giving Kia a spacious modern SUV for the whole family.

Designed in California specifically for the North American market, particularly the United States, the Telluride stands out with a boxy shape, a blunt hood, and a wide grille flanked by a pair of blunt vertical headlights. It’s distinctive, attractive and should turn some heads in the rather soft and puffy-looking full-size SUV segment.

Power is provided by a 3.8L V6 that produces 291 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, good enough for a 5,000-pound tow rating. An 8-speed automatic transmission drives the wheels.

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The Telluride also features four-wheel independent suspension with an optional self-leveling system and all-wheel drive. ‘Comfort’ and ‘snow’ odes distribute just 20 percent of torque to the rear wheels, while ‘sport’ has a 65-35 front-back split and ‘lock’ divides power equally between all corners.

Inside, the clean, BMW-esque dashboard is fitted with a 10.25-inch touchscreen that’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibile, while a 10-speaker, 630-watt Harman Kardon sound system makes it easy to blast you favorite tunes throughout the cavernous interior. There’s also a wireless charging pad and a total of six USB charging ports.

Buyers looking for a more premium look and feel can splurge on a number of luxury interior appointments, ranging from quilted Nappa leather to matte-finish wood.

On the safety front, Kia’s big SUV is available with tons of safety tech, including forward collision warning, forward collision-avoidance assist, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, a blind spot monitor, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, and a head-up display.

The all-new, 2020 Kia Telluride goes on sale in the second half of 2019 in LX, EX, S, and SX trims. Would you consider it as your next family-hauler?

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Hyundai, Kia Show Off Wireless EV Charging, Automated Valet Parking

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Hyundai EV Wireless Charging, Automated Valet Parking System

After essentially charging itself, the vehicle automatically reparks itself in an empty spot.

Hyundai and Kia have revealed a new Automated Valet Parking System that makes it easier for electric car owners to charge and park their EVs.

The innovative feature informs the driver of the vehicle’s remaining battery charge and automatically finds wireless charging stations. When instructed, the vehicle then proceeds to drive on its own to an available charging station and charges wirelessly via magnetic induction, before navigating to another vacant parking spot so that other EVs have access to the charging station.

Once the driver is ready to go, the car autonomously returns to his / her location. Watch it in action…

Hyundai and Kia hope that their new Automated Valet Parking System will alleviate crowding at charging stations once electric cars gain prominence. But despite combining several technologies that are already under development, it isn’t expected to be ready until 2025.

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