As the Government of New Brunswick and the Public Health Agency of Canada states, physical distancing, effective handwashing and avoiding the touching of one’s face are key preventive measures to contracting COVID-19. As you re-enter the our workplace, these measures are critical.
✅ Hand sanitizing stations. ✅ Wearing a mask in indoor places. ✅ We have installed physical barriers. ✅ We have adopted rigorous cleaning procedures. ✅ Evaluated the workplace for shared objects and common areas. ✅ Increased the frequency of cleaning of touched surfaces/ objects. ✅ Provided necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) and training on the proper use and maintenance of the equipment. ✅ Ensured all employees are fully aware of the preventive measures, and there are clear guidelines and instructions as well as enforcement of the measures.
As the world emerges from the current pandemic, we have made some fundamental shifts.
We are confident that you will adapt and respond to the challenges, but it will require thoughtfulness and planning.
We all will need to change our fundamental behaviours of how our new process gets done, how we keep our facilities clean and how we interact with co-workers and customers.
As we all move into this new normal, we must continue to strive for injury-free and disease-free workplaces.
We are here for you. Right now, our focus is to protect the health and safety of our people and you – our valued customers.
We know this situation will continue to evolve and we will do our very best to update you as things change. There is no doubt, we are in uncharted territory, but we will make it through this together.
Require that all customers wear masks while taking a test drive, in order to limit the possibility of droplet spread within the vehicle.
We clean and disinfect on surfaces frequently touched by clients, including but not limited to:
✅ Steering wheel ✅ Gear shift ✅ Dash ✅ Radio ✅ Door handles (interior and exterior) ✅ Mirrors ✅ Arm rests ✅ Seatbelts ✅ Buttons for windows and locks
Contact tracing is an important public health tool to stop viruses like COVID-19 from spreading rapidly in communities.
We keep a list of every customer for contact tracing.
Public Health staff may interview the positive person to identify public areas they have visited and people they’ve spent time with. These people are contacts. Public Health maintains the privacy of the positive person. Anyone who tests positive can choose to tell others about their diagnosis, but Public Health will not.
Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Kia Canada Inc.
(Toronto, ON) May 30, 2022 –Today, Kia Canada announces the highly anticipated and completely redesigned Niro will be coming to Canada. The next-generation Niro has been designed from the ground up to meet and exceed the expectations of eco-minded consumers. With striking styling cues and a commitment to sustainability and connectivity throughout, the 2023 Niro will launch in Canada with three highly efficient, electrified powertrains: hybrid electric (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and all-electric (BEV).
Launched for the first time in Canada in 2017, Niro was Kia’s first fully green vehicle offered only as a hybrid, plug-in-hybrid and pure electric small crossover. Perfectly timed for the growth in this segment, Niro has enjoyed tremendous success in Canada for those looking for a more environmentally conscious vehicle.
“This will be the 4th vehicle that Kia launches under the brand’s Plan S strategy that promises to bring 7 all-new electrified models to Canada by 2025,” said Elias El-Achhab, Chief Operating Officer, Kia Canada. “This next generation Niro not only satisfies the varying consumer needs with three different powertrain offerings, but also integrates sustainability through materials and technology that help propel the company’s vision toward more environmentally-responsible mobility.”
Inside and out, the 2023 Niro features bold design inspired by the “Opposites United” philosophy ‘Joy for Reason.’ The choice of colors, materials and finishes aim to strike the perfect balance between an environmentally responsible approach to mobility and a future-oriented passenger car vision. The exterior of the 2023 Niro embodies a sophisticated and adventurous sense of purpose that takes strong influence from the HabaNiro concept unveiled in 2019.
Specification and pricing details for Canada will be announced closer to launch.
Kia Communities in Motion announces the 2022 recipients of funding to nine charities and non-profits driving movement and innovation in their communities
TORONTO, May 25, 2022 – Today, Kia Communities in Motion announces nine charities and non-profits across the country that have been selected to receive funding in the program’s inaugural year. This comes on the heels of the program’s announcement in December where Kia Canada, in partnership with Community Foundations Canada (CFC), launched Kia Communities in Motion, a grassroots endeavour to invest $1.4M over four years to support local projects that are building inclusive communities through innovative programming that encourages movement.
As Canada continues to face challenges brought on by COVID-19 – widening inequalities and increasing the barriers that certain groups face – charities and non-profits play a critical role to create transformative change at the local level.
“The first year of Kia Communities in Motion is going to see several incredible opportunities to drive innovation, inspiration and movement at a grassroots level, supporting the various needs of people across the country,” says Elias El-Achhab, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Kia Canada. “At Kia we recognize the importance of the incredible work being done at a local level. Communities know better than anyone what they need, and we’re so excited to support these important initiatives empowering the betterment of our world and the critical change that accompanies it.”
EV6 marks a new and transformative era in EV motoring, where capability meets comfort, open roads beckon, and premium tech advancements make the driving easy.
Live the Life Electric
EV6 is designed, from the ground up, as a no-compromises EV with zero emissions, exceptional range and available all-wheel drive (AWD).
No Engine = More Space
For more than 100 years, cars were built with the engine first; space for drivers and passengers always came second. Now, with Kia’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), roominess and cargo space come first, with the engine giving way to an all-electric powertrain with instantaneous acceleration and superb driving dynamics.
Kia Telluride, Sorento, Carnival (built after March 2021), Sportage, Seltos, and Soul each earn TOP SAFETY PICK (TSP) awards when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights
K5 and Stinger sedans receive TOP SAFETY PICK+ honors
Kia ties for second most combined TSP and TSP+ vehicles in the industry for 2022
IRVINE, Calif., February 24, 2022 – The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recognized eight Kia vehicles – tied for second most in the industry – on its 2022 TOP SAFETY PICK (TSP) and TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+) awards lists. The Kia Telluride, Sorento, Seltos, Carnival built after March 2021 (with specific headlights), Sportage, and Soul (with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights) all received TSP awards. The Kia K5 and Stinger sedans qualified as TSP+ winners.
“As the Kia brand makes a momentous shift toward electrification with our next generation of vehicles, passenger safety remains a top priority,” said Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia America, Kia North America. “These eight TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ accolades from IIHS are the direct results of our commitment to delivering the highest standards for crash readiness, structural integrity and available safety systems for our customers.”
All 2022 TSP winners earned “Good” ratings in six crashworthiness tests – driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, original side, roof strength and head restraint tests – as well as an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention evaluations. In addition, the vehicle must have at least one available headlight system that earns a “Good” or “Acceptable” rating. For a TSP+ designation, the “Good” or “Acceptable” headlight system must be standard equipment.
EV6 begins to arrive in dealerships in February with an MSRP starting from $44,995
Up to 499 kms of driving range on select models and available heat pump system for Canada
Ultra-fast charging on 800V DC charger can supply up to 80% in 18 minutes
Available Vehicle to Load (V2L) technology turns EV6 into a direct power source for everything from personal electronics, appliances, even another EV
Spacious crossover with unique exterior styling, LED lighting throughout, flush-door handles (a Kia-first)
Convenient and minimalist interior with two 12.3-inch displays, thoughtful storage and high-quality recycled materials
Safety that continues to innovate with available Highway Drive Assist II and Remote Smart Parking Assist
(Toronto) February 2nd, 2022 – Kia’s first dedicated battery electric vehicle, the EV6, is set to arrive in Canada next month. The EV6 undoubtedly sets a new standard for Kia’s electrified vehicles with unique design elements, thoughtfully crafted convenience features and ever-evolving technology to enhance both safety and driving experience.
“The EV6 not only demonstrates Kia’s future in terms of design and technological advancement, it is also the embodiment of the company’s new brand and Plan S strategy, as Kia’s first dedicated battery electric vehicle,” says Elias El-Achhab, VP and COO of Kia Canada. “We are excited for Canadians to get behind the wheel and experience the new era of electrification brought to them by Kia.”
Built for Power Performance, Quick Charging and Long-Lasting Range
Built on the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the EV6 will be offered in RWD and AWD options and is powered by a Lithium-Ion battery, yielding performance to suit any type of driver’s needs and a range of up to 499 kilometers on select modelsi:
RWD: 58.0 kWh battery with a 125kW rear motor (up to 373 km range)
RWD: 77.4 kWh battery with a 168kW rear motor (up to 499 km range)
AWD: 77.4 kWh battery with a 74kW front motor and a 165kW rear motor (up to 441 km range)
AWD: 77.4 kWh battery with a 160kW front motor and a 270kW rear motor
This GT model will be available later in 2022
A world-first, the EV6 features a patented multi-charging system capable of ultra-fast-charging at 800V and 400V, without a separate controller:
800V DC fast charging can supply nearly 100 kilometers in less than 5 minutesii
Up to 380 kms of range (10-to-80 percent) added in under 18 minutes
On-board charger (OBC) for Level 2 recharging from 10-to-100 percent in 7 hours, 10 minutes (240v AC, at 48-amps) for the larger 77.4 kWh battery versions
For the Canadian market specifically, the EV6 will also come with an available heat pump system with waste heat recycling to help maintain the all-electric range even at low temperatures. First integrated into the Soul EV and available on the Niro EV, this next-generation heat pump system on the EV6 uses not only the heat from the external air, but also the waste heat from a variety of other electronic vehicle components resulting in a larger capacity of recycling.
Kia reported a total of 79,198 units sold in Canada in 2021, making it the brand’s best year ever
• The company finishes 2021 with 7 months of record sales, despite challenging year for the industry
• Kia’s outstanding year includes an all-time record-breaking June, which saw the automaker’s best-ever sales month in their over twenty-year Canadian history
• Top sellers from 2021 include the very popular Seltos, Forte and Sportage
• EV and PHEV sales are on the rise for the brand, in support of Plan S
(Toronto) January 5, 2022 – Kia Canada announces a record shattering 2021 with 79,198 units sold making 2021 the best-ever year on record for the brand. This included 7 months of record sales (February, March, April, May, June, July and September) including their best-ever month in Canadian history, in June with 8,850 units delivered. This 2021 record was a 9.3% increase YoY, with top models Seltos, Forte and Sportage among the best-selling models. Kia was also recognized by J.D. Power as the number one mass market brand in the 2021 Vehicle Dependability Study, three Autotrader.ca awards, as well as two AJAC category wins for the first-ever Kia K5 sedan in the Best Large Car category and Best Large Utility for the 2nd year in a row for the award-winning Kia Telluride.
“Our success in 2021 can be attributed to our industry leading design, safety and technology, as well as our dedicated dealer network, who remained agile in servicing our customers throughout another pandemic year,” says Elias El-Achhab, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Canada. “As we look forward to 2022, consumer demand remains exceptionally high, leaving us optimistic for the year ahead with new and exciting models like the highly anticipated Kia EV6, set to arrive in dealerships early next year.”
Top Selling Models
Kia’s compact SUV, the Seltos, led model sales in 2021, with a total of 14,436 units sold, closely followed by the brand’s previous top-seller, the Forte, with 13,190 units sold. Sportage, the brand’s most popular mid-size SUV also saw notable sales, with 11,837 units purchased.
With the brand’s focus towards electrification, EV and PHEV sales were also on the rise in 2021. The long-standing Soul EV saw a sales percentage increase of 24% over 2020, and the Niro EV and PHEV saw increases of 152% and 21% respectively. This past year marks the highest sales of PHEV and EV models for the brand, totaling 4,720 units sold.
The success Kia has had is not only limited to new car sales, but extends to Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) models too. With 10 record-breaking months this past year and the brand’s highest CPO sales month ever achieved in June with 779 units sold, 2021 was an extraordinary year across the board. “The strength of Kia’s CPO program reflects the reliability and durability of our products that Canadians can depend on,” says Elias El-Achhab, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Canada.
A New Brand that Inspires
Kia Canada introduced a new logo and brand purpose, ‘Movement that inspires,’ that demonstrates the company’s vision for the future and is supported by the Plan S strategy, introduced back in 2020. With this announcement came a commitment to providing Canadians with 7 all-new plug-in hybrid or dedicated battery electric vehicles by 2025. This past year, Kia Canada introduced the first of these two models, the 2022 Sorento PHEV, which is available now in dealerships and the 2022 Kia EV6, the brand’s first dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) arriving at the top of the year.
Closing out 2021, the company launched Kia Communities in Motion, a partnership with Community Foundations of Canada that will see $1.4M donated to community charities over the next four years. This all-new program was developed to support movement in local communities providing charities and the recipients of their efforts, the time, space and funding to find inspiration to move forward.
December 9, 2021 – Today, Kia Canada, in partnership with Community Foundations of Canada launched Kia Communities in Motion. This program is inspired by Kia’s brand belief, ‘Movement that inspires.’ Movement is at the core of human development – through movement we see new places, meet new people and have new experiences. It is through this movement that we find inspiration. This all-new program is developed to support movement in local communities providing charities and the recipients of their efforts, the time, space and funding to find inspiration to move forward.
Through Kia Communities in Motion, Kia Canada is investing $1.4M over four years to fund projects in communities that will help build inclusive communities across the country. In the face of rising challenges such as the impacts of COVID-19, and the climate crisis, Kia Communities in Motion will create lasting change over the next four years, supporting people in inspiring and innovative ways.
Many communities, including immigrants, Indigenous communities, racialized communities, individuals living with disabilities and the 2SLGBTQ+ community face unique challenges in creating safe and inclusive spaces. Kia Communities in Motion is supporting moving grassroots efforts forward to create a future where everyone flourishes
Kia and CFC are working with community foundations on the ground to identify projects which will be selected in 2022.
“Kia Canada is thrilled to partner with Community Foundations of Canada on this important and exciting project. We believe in the good work community foundations are doing at a grassroots level across Canada. As Kia Canada moves forward with our new brand and ethos of “Movement that inspires” we saw an opportunity to support organizations seeking a similar mission, be it figurative or literal forms of movement, we can’t wait to see the exciting work organizations are doing to move us all forward.”
Elias El-Achhab, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Canada Inc.
“We are pleased to announce the Kia Communities in Motion program in collaboration with Kia Canada. Throughout the pandemic, we have witnessed the creativity and resourcefulness of the non-profit sector as it works to support communities. This program puts innovation at the heart of its approach and supports the work that is happening on the ground to build a future where everyone belongs.”
Andrea Dicks, President, Community Foundations of Canada
• Two all-new PHEV & HEV powertrain options, a first for Sorento
• Estimated all-electric driving range of up to 51 kilometers on PHEV
• Sorento PHEV Price starting at $44,995 MSRP
• Sorento HEV to arrive in the fall, pricing to be announced
Kia Canada introduces the first-ever Sorento Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid, the initial product offering out of seven all-new plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles under the brand’s Plan S strategy. Two more powertrain options offer Canadians the opportunity to be inspired to take their adventures to new heights utilizing eco-friendlier driving solutions. Kia announced the 4th generation Sorento just last year, which delivered on its promise to be stronger, lighter, roomier and more technologically advanced than previous generations. This ‘greener’ 3-row, SUV with unmatched cargo utility, all-wheel drive and exceptional fuel efficiency is a natural evolution of this longstanding nameplate in Canada.
The Sorento PHEV will officially debut at the Montreal Electric Vehicle show September 17 – 19 and at the Quebec City EV show October 1-3, 2021. Alongside Kia’s other EV models, the Soul EV and Niro EV, attendees will be among the first to see and test drive the brand- new Sorento PHEV. Kia representatives will also be available to provide information about how HEV, PHEVs and EVs can be conveniently integrated into everyday life and will be busting myths and common misconceptions about green vehicle ownership.
“We are thrilled to now offer an HEV/PHEV option of Kia’s best-known model, said Elias El-Achhab, VP & Chief Operating Officer at Kia Canada. “This milestone enhancement to the Sorento comes at the right time in Kia’s transition to providing more sustainable and ‘green’ transportation options, especially on a vehicle that Canadians trust.”
Dynamic Styling, Inside and Out
The exterior of the 2022 Sorento HEV/PHEV maintains its sharp, modern lines, accentuated with high-tech details – elevating the entire Sorento experience beyond a standard SUV.
• Kia’s modernized “tiger face,” with “eyeline” details and a wide and thin front grille extending into the headlight and hood structure
• The hood edge wraps around the body side and integrates into the rear shoulder line, enhancing length and width
• Standard LED headlamps and optional signature LED forward lighting includes daytime running lights. Headlamp and DRL modules are separated for a high-tech look
• Strong side character line emphasizes muscular and athletic profile
• Available split-vertical LED taillights
• Two new wheel designs in 17-inches (LX HEV) and 19-inches (EX HEV + all PHEV trims)
The interior continues the strong, solid and sophisticated modernity of the exterior. Following a credo of “Refined Boldness,” the interior designers instilled the cabin with unexpected materials to cast a striking effect and introduce two new interior colour options:
• Available navy blue leather (SX only)
• Available light grey leather (SX only)
• Unique to HEV/PHEV includes standard Shift by Wire and available ambient lighting
Built on a Strong Foundation
The 2022 Sorento is built on the same all-new 3rd generation “N3” platform as the all-new 2021 model, that is lighter and stronger than previous models. Features include:
• Features the same wheelbase of 35mm (1.37 inches) for more interior space
• Average tensile strength remains improved by 4% compared to the previous Sorento
• Includes improved driving dynamics, including acceleration, ride and handling, and noise vibration and harshness (NVH)
Green Powertrain Options
Two powertrains are offered on the 2022 Sorento HEV/PHEV, each with standard all-wheel drive (AWD), shift-by-wire, drive mode select and exceptional fuel economy:
• Hybrid (HEV):
o 1.6L-Turbo 4 cylinder GDI with 270V AC Lithium Ion Polymer battery
o 227 hp and 258 lb-ft or torque
o 6.4 / 7.0 estimated fuel economy (L/100km city/highway) – comparable to the Kia Forte sedan
• Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV):
o 1.6L-Turbo 4 cylinder GDI with 360V AC Lithium Ion Polymer battery
o Up to 51 kilometers of EV range
o 261 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque
o 2.8 / 3.2 estimated fuel economy (L/100km city/highway) – just over two times the fuel efficiency of a Kia Forte
The Latest in Technology and Safety
All Sorento models are loaded with an extensive list of advanced technology, similar to the 2021 model:
• Available features include: 12.3-in. full digital meter cluster (a Sorento first in 2021 and first for any Kia Canada SUV)
• Available surround View Monitor utilizes four cameras to provide a 360-degree perspective around the vehicle and Blind View Monitor projects live video view of adjacent lanes in the instrument cluster and is activated via the turn signal
• Up to 8 USB ports (trim level dependent)
• 8-inch or available 10.25-inch high-resolution color touchscreen displayi
• Available split-screen functionality
• Available UVO Intelligence link telematics offers an array of advanced connected vehicle features, such as:
o Connected Routingii : A new cloud-based route calculation system that uses UVO cloud to calculate the optimal route using real-time maps, predicted upcoming traffic info based on historical information and AI to learn the preferred routes of users
o Connected Weatheriii : Provides weather information across North America
o Advanced notifications:
Engine Idle Notification and Automatic Engine Shut Off notifies the driver via the UVO link app if the engine is left idling and, after a pre-selected time, turns off the engine
Rear Occupancy Alert can send push notification alerts via the UVO Intelligence app if movement is detected inside the vehicle
SOS Connect and Roadside Assistance will automatically attempt to call 911 Call Centre via the built-in UVO modem if an airbag deploys. For non-emergencies, it can connect with 24/7 roadside assistance and share the vehicle’s location
o Also available with UVO Intelligence, are new features specifically for the PHEV model:
Remote Charging Control
Remote Charging Schedule
Target State of Charge Setting
This 4th generation Sorento is equipped with the leading-edge technology of Kia’s Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS)iv :
• Standard Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and -Avoidance Assist (FCA): Builds on FCW by assisting the driver when braking to help prevent a collision or lessen the effects in certain conditions if a vehicle or object is detected in front including vehicle or pedestrian
• Standard Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Land Following Assist (LFA): Follows lane markings that the system detects and provides steering inputs to help maintain the vehicle in the center of the lane
• Available Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA): Under certain conditions, can detect vehicles traveling in the next lane. When a vehicle is detected in the blind spot, the vehicle brakes the outer wheel under certain conditions to help return the vehicle to its lane
• Available Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA): Helps detect most approaching cross traffic when in reverse. When approaching cross traffic is detected, the system alerts the driver and applies brakes if necessary
• Available Parking Collision Avoidance Assist (PCA-R): Uses rear view camera and rear ultrasonic sensors to help detect most pedestrians or nearby obstacles when the vehicle backs out of a parking spot, warning drivers with a chime and can engage brakes to prevent a collision
• Available Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) – Junction Turning (FCA-JT): Assists the driver in braking to help prevent a collision or lessen the effects in certain conditions when turning left at an intersection and an oncoming vehicle is approaching
• Available Navigation Based Smart Cruise Control-Curve (NSCC-C): leverages the navigation system to lower the vehicle’s speed proactively before upcoming curves
• Available Highway Driving Assist (HDA)v : Uses federal highway speed limit information from the navigation system and, under certain conditions, will automatically adjust speed to be within the posted speed limit and maintain distance with the vehicle detected in front
• Available Safe Exist Assist (SEA)vi : Can alert the driver or passengers opening their door not to exit the vehicle when the system detects approaching traffic. When detected, a chime sounds. The system can intervene to lock the rear doors when the vehicle is equipped with available Power Child Lock
The Sorento PHEV is available in dealerships this month with a starting price of $44,995 MSRP.
The Sorento HEV will be available in dealerships this fall. Pricing to be announced.
For more information about this model, please visit www.kia.ca/sorentoPHEV for more information about our products.
i Distracted driving can result in a loss of vehicle control. When operating a vehicle, never use a vehicle system that takes your focus away from safe vehicle operation.
ii Available only with AVN 5.0 with Navigation.
iii Available only with AVN 5.0 with Navigation.
iv These features are not substitutes for safe driving, and may not detect all objects surrounding vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution.
v Highway Driving Assist is not a substitute for safe driving, may not detect all objects around the vehicle, and only functions on certain federal highways. Always drive safely and use caution.
vi Safe Exit Assist is not a substitute for one’s attention and may not detect all objects surrounding the vehicle. Always pay attention to traffic and to the area around your vehicle when exiting the vehicle