Archive for the ‘Kia Brand’ Category

Kia Telluride and Stinger Earn Segment Titles in J.D. Power Study

Friday, July 24th, 2020
Blue 2020 Kia Stinger

J.D. Power Names Two Kia Vehicles Among Top APEAL Study Rankings 

J.D. Power has announced the rankings for another one of its 2020 automotive studies, this time it’s the 2020 Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study. Two of the Kia brand’s top-selling models earned winning rankings in their respective segments during the APEAL Study. Coming in just after Kia took home the #1 ranking in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, the Kia Telluride and Stinger have won APEAL segment titles.  


Kia Motors Unveils 13-Part Film on YouTube Channel

Monday, July 20th, 2020
The Features Film title card with "The Features Film" written in red

Kia Motors Releases The Features Film 

The Kia brand has been known for its eye-catching commercials throughout the years – remember the dancing hamsters? Now in 2020, the brand is releasing a 13-part film on YouTube that is the perfect blend of adrenaline-pumping action and star-studded automobiles. The Features Film follows a young man who gets the help of eight Kia vehicles throughout one action-packed night. 


Kia in the News: June 2020

Monday, June 29th, 2020
Closeup of Kia Sorento with red tint and "Kia News Network Breaking News" text

Kia News for June 2020  

The month of June brought a lot of attention to the Kia brand. From the brand’s continued efforts with COVID-19 relief to an array of awards won by top models and the brand overall, June has been a big month for Kia.  


J.D. Power U.S. Initial Quality Study Ranks Kia Number One

Thursday, June 25th, 2020
Blue 2020 Kia Forte

What Brand Did J.D. Power Rank Number One? 

J.D. Power announced its rankings for the 2020 U.S. Initial Quality Study and for the sixth consecutive year the Kia brand was named the number one mass-market automotive brand. Not only was Kia ranked number one by J.D. Power, but it had multiple frontrunners that led the way for various segments, and it had two vehicles among the top 10 vehicles in the industry.  


How Different are Kia Crossovers and SUVs?

Monday, June 15th, 2020
Green 2020 Kia Soul, Red 2020 Kia Niro, and green 2020 Kia Telluride

Kia Crossovers vs SUVs 

When it comes to vehicle classifications, the lines between model groups can get fuzzy. With titles such as crossover, subcompact crossover, SUV, full-size SUV, and mid-size SUV, how can you tell what is what? The Kia brand offers six different crossover and SUV models in its lineup and some shoppers at Friendly Kia have wondered how different Kia crossovers and SUVs are.  


How Safe are Kia Vehicles?

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020
Kia safety diagram with black "2020 Kia Safety" text

IIHS Names 2020 Kia Vehicles as Top Safety Picks 

No other vehicle brand does safety quite like Kia. The vehicles that Kia has produced over the years are known for snagging awards left and right for things like safety, being a best fit for families or graduates, interior design, and more. One area that Kia shines in is safety and a big reason for that is the implementation of Kia Drive Wise in all of its vehicles. This suite of safety and driver assistance features changes the way drivers experience their time on the road and it helps instill confidence in drivers and passengers.  


Is Kia Producing Vehicles Right Now?

Monday, June 1st, 2020
Closeup of two Kia logos

Kia Vehicle Production Updates 

Across the globe many auto manufacturers put their production lines on standby, halting vehicle manufacturing everywhere. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, businesses everywhere shut down to keep their employees safe at home. After some time, some companies turned to producing personal protective equipment to help communities throughout the country as we faced the pandemic head-on. Kia was one of the companies.  


Will the U.S. Get a Hybrid Kia Rio?

Friday, May 29th, 2020
Blue European 2020 Kia Rio

Kia Rio Brings Mild-Hybrid Technology and Powertrain Updates 

The Kia Rio has been in the news lately with the reveal of a mild-hybrid powertrain and a full round of various spec and feature updates. The Kia brand’s iconic small car is set to get a large lot of updates, but there’s just one small catch. Right now, this news of a hybrid Kia Rio is in reference to the European model.  


Battle of the Brands: Kia vs Lexus

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020
Closeup of Kia and Lexus logos

Kia vs Lexus Lineup Comparison 

Kia is continuing to expand its wheelhouse and has been adding luxury-inspired vehicles, like the Telluride, that have been giving luxury brands a run for their money. With the addition of more and more chiseled and sophisticated vehicles, the Lexus brand has become more of a competitor for the Kia brand. That’s why in this edition of Friendly Kia’s Battle of the Brands we are putting Kia and Lexus up against one another to see how the two will battle it out.  


U.S. Kia Market Drops the Optima Name in Favor of All-New 2021 Kia K5

Thursday, May 21st, 2020
blue 2021 Kia Optima K5

2021 Kia Optima Becomes Kia K5 

Since 2000 the Kia Optima has been a part of the Kia brand’s lineup. Now for 2021, the U.S. Kia market is dropping the Optima name and the 2021 Kia Optima is becoming the Kia K5. The K5 name has been around for a bit in the Korean market but this will be the first time the U.S. variant will wear the alphanumeric name. However, a new name isn’t the only thing the 2021 Kia K5 is bringing to the market. Let’s take a dive into the all-new 2021 Kia K5 below.