Post archive for ‘Design & Technology’
Kia Motors’ global best-selling model, the Rio, is back with an enhanced look and features. Debuting at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and 2015 Chicago Auto Show, the Rio sedan and Rio hatchback are now available to global consumers. Rio’s sophisticated design has been refreshed and both the sedan and hatchback models, standouts in the subcompact segment, continue to offer a long list of standard features. Check out their fresh new looks, inside and out!
There’s a lot of excitement around the launch of the all-new Kia Sorento which goes on sale in the global market in early 2015. To provide an insider’s look at the newest model, we sat down with the Kia teams involved in the development and sales of the all-new Kia Sorento and asked them about what makes it the ideal SUV model for today’s motorists. Below are their answers and some photos taken at signature spots from around the globe.
In 2014, Kia introduced the Soul EV, the brand’s first-ever electric vehicle for overseas markets based on the second-generation iconic Soul urban crossover. With its fresher appearance and ultra-low operating costs, the Soul EV boasts an 81.4 kW electric motor, producing 285 Nm of torque, and a high-capacity 27 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. On a single charge, Kia Soul EV can travel up to 212 km (131 miles), and it comes with industry-leading warranties in its major sales markets (a comprehensive 7-Year, 150,000 km warranty in Europe and 10 year/100,000 mile warranty in US). With sales now getting underway in overseas markets, here are some fun facts about Soul EV you may not have known.
Kia’s GT RIDE smartphone app is not just a fun car game for your phone, but also one of the most well-designed. The app was recently awarded the prestigious Red Dot ‘Best of the Best’ design award in the Communication Design category. The Kia GT RIDE app, available to download for free on both Apple and Android devices, lets users design their own unique race track by moving their smartphone through the air and using its motion sensors to plot a route. Users can then race on their own GT RIDE circuits, steering a Kia pro_cee’d GT around the course and setting their own race times. Read on for more about the GT RIDE app!
The all-new third-generation Kia Sorento has clearly been making waves in the automotive world after it was unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The third-generation Kia Sorento is much more than just an upgraded SUV; it’s more of a luxury SUV. The latest Sorento was designed as a collaborative effort among Kia’s design teams in Korea, the United States and Europe. The end product? An SUV you just can’t take your eyes off of. Taking design cues from architectural structures, the all-new Sorento is both luxurious and sophisticated, the two design concepts that were the focus for both the exterior and interior.
As the number of electric vehicles continues to increase all over the world, Kia has also been making greener moves in the automotive industry, especially with the imminent launch of sales of the 2015 Soul EV—Kia’s first ever all-electric, zero-emissions car for the global market. More Kia retailers and sales offices will soon be outfitted with fast-charging stations for the new Soul EV, supporting our ongoing green efforts as one of the 50 Best Global Green Brands in the world.
Everything you need to know about the Kia Soul EV, right at your fingertips! Kia’s latest free iPad app for the Kia Soul EV lets users check out all the distinct features of the Soul EV through a digital interface, with interactive photo galleries and several videos.
Today, we give you a first look at the official photos of the all-new Kia Sorento. The all-new Kia Sorento, Kia’s best-selling SUV, gets a fresh look for 2015. Check out the official photos!
Following last week’s sneak peek video of the 3rd generation Kia Sorento, we present to you another look at the latest Sorento model, but this time a peek at the interior. The latest version of Kia’s best-selling SUV gets an upgraded interior, focusing on luxury with a modern, wrap-around dashboard.
We have yet another surprise for you! Check out this teaser video featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of the design of Kia’s all-new third generation Kia Sorento. The latest version of Kia’s best-selling SUV will be showcased at the end of August in Korea, then make its global motor show premiere on October 2 at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
Today, we’re taking a moment to acknowledge the creativity and innovation in car design, and what better way to do so than with Kia’s top 4 concept cars? Over the years, Kia has introduced concept cars that are experimental, fun, and sporty, but most of all—innovative. So we picked out the top 4 of Kia’s recent concept cars—the must-sees that have proved to the public and the automotive industry exactly what innovation is all about. Check out the vehicle specs and debut stories of our top 4 concepts.
When it comes to design, Kia is reaching new heights, and we are being recognized for our innovation. The GT4 Stinger and 2014 Kia Soul once again proved their car design prowess, especially after the Industrial Designers Society of America awarded Kia with a pair of prestigious design awards. The GT4 Stinger concept and the 2014 Kia Soul earned Silver and Bronze honors, respectively, in the transportation category of the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).
Kia is getting its very own sound. Fittingly, the new Kia trademark sound is called, ‘The Rise of Surprise,’ showing Kia’s commitment to its brand slogan of ‘The Power to Surprise.’ Drivers will hear the trademark sound when they start and stop their vehicles, in addition to various warning alerts. The first vehicles to feature the Kia sound will be the Kia Soul EV, Kia’s first full-electric model for overseas markets, and the all-new Carnival MPV (known as the Sedona in some markets).
Android Auto made its debut at the Google I/O Conference last week, bringing us one step closer to Android being available to you wherever you go. We talked about connected cars and UVO technology just a couple weeks ago, and this represents yet another exciting new development in “smart cars.” The Kia Soul got a chance to take Android Auto for a test drive! (Video below) Android Auto will offer just what its name suggests: easy access to any Android app from the dashboard of your vehicle, so you no longer have to dangerously drive and check your phone at the same time. Just check it from the dash of your Kia.
Connected cars, vehicles equipped with Internet or wireless data network access, are giving more options to more drivers, who are now able to share information with other devices both inside and outside of the vehicle. And as automotive technology continues to advance, drivers can do so much more with their cars that help make every-day life more convenient, especially with the many connected car applications on the market that may be downloaded to your mobile phone or directly to the vehicle.
We all know that the earth is hurting. In light of Earth Day this week, we look to spotlight Kia’s efforts to build a greener planet, starting with our vehicles. We‘ve been hearing about global warming for over a decade, along with how our daily lifestyles contribute to mounting environmental problems, and motor companies have been making increased efforts to be part of the change and lessen the world‘s carbon footprint.
The All-New Kia Soul is now ready to roll out in Europe! We were careful to keep the design DNA of the original Soul, while improving and enhancing various vehicle features to present an improved Soul. So what’s so new about it? Click to find out!
About 100 miles north of Los Angeles, in the Mojave Desert, sit the final testing grounds, where every Kia vehicle must receive the stamp of approval before mass production.
Check out Kia in Geneva, Switzerland, for the 84th Salon International de I’Automobile, also known as the Geneva Motor Show.
Kia’s engineers have been testing the Kia Soul EV in Swedish Lapland, a little more than an hour’s drive from the Arctic Circle, where temperatures can fall as low as -35°C. Take a look at what extremes the Soul EV went through!