All-electric Kia EV6 wins 2023 North American utility vehicle of the year™

DETROIT, Mich., January 11, 2023 – Today, the all-electric Kia EV6 was named North American Utility Vehicle of the Year™ by the North American Car of the Year (NACTOY) jury. This is the second occasion in four years that the NACTOY jury has named a Kia vehicle as its top choice in the category, and the first win for a Kia electric vehicle (EV).

“Since going on sale in early 2022, the EV6 model range has illustrated the sophistication and refinement inherent to Kia EV engineering, and North American customers have taken notice,” said Sean Yoon, President and CEO, Kia America. “In a year with three electric finalists, this win proves that EV6 is not only a top utility vehicle, but also an exemplary EV.”

The EV6 was selected by 50 automotive experts from print, online, radio, and broadcast media. As part of the evaluation process, NACTOY jurors tested vehicles ranging from sports cars to pickup trucks, and assessed criteria including automotive innovation, design, safety features, performance, technology, driver satisfaction, user experience, and value.

The EV6 delivers jaw-dropping performance, ultra-fast DC charging compatibility, available onboard power, and a flat-floor interior that utilizes innovative materials throughout the cabin. The EV6 offers a wide array of advanced driver assistance systems1, a remarkable level of connectivity features, as well as Kia’s latest-generation energy-efficient heat pump, which scavenges waste heat from the car’s coolant system. The EV6 is a critical part of the Kia “Plan S” strategy to launch at least two battery-electric vehicles (BEV) per year and build a full line-up of 14 BEVs by 2027.

Kia Canada Announces Best November Sales in Company History

December 6, 2022 – Closing out another successful year, Kia Canada announces record November sales, marking a 57.9% growth compared to the same month last year. Seltos led the highest sales at 1,775 units, followed by Forte at 1,351 units and the all-new Sportage at 982 units. These results contribute to the 6,469 units sold in total by the brand in November.

Kia also continues to set records in CPO sales, having sold 856 units in November 2022 – the highest count achieved in the month of November in the brand’s history. This nearly doubles the previous record of 478 set in November 2020.

“We’re thrilled to see such incredible sales amid a tough year for the industry both at home and abroad,” says Elias El-Achhab, VP and COO of Kia Canada. “While up against the unprecedented global challenges, our dealer network has remained dedicated and agile, always striving to provide Canadians with quality products they can drive with confidence.”

Over the past two years, Kia Canada has introduced and refreshed over 50% of its innovative product offering, contributing to the brand’s upward trajectory. The most recent was the announcement of the refreshed 2023 Telluride with enhanced design, safety and convenience features. Now available in X-Line and X-Pro trims, the 2023 Telluride has landed in Kia dealerships across the country, adding another best-in-class option for Canadian families.

Kia’s most award-winning SUV, the Telluride, continues to command the road with design enhancements and two new trims for 2023

October 24, 2022 – Since the Telluride launched in 2019, it has become Kia’s most revered vehicle, an aspirational SUV praised for its unmatched design, comfort, space and utility. Today, Kia Canada announces key enhancements to its overall design, safety and convenience features to further bolster the Telluride’s position in the large SUV category, along with two brand new trims to the lineup.  

Arriving in dealers this month, Telluride has been redesigned to elevate its already striking appearance. The exterior of the vehicle receives brighter accents and the use of satin chrome to enhance the vehicle’s identity, as well as modifications to the front and rear, modernizing the aesthetic.

“Since its launch, the Kia Telluride has come in to set the benchmark, as the no-compromise choice for families in the large SUV segment, said Elias El-Achhab, COO, Kia Canada. “And now with the additions of X-Line and X-Pro trims, Canadians have even more reason to get excited about this vehicle, which continues to be the best-in-class option for families who expect more in advanced safety features, premium tech advancements and comfort.”

Exterior updates to the 2023 Telluride include:

  • New LED highlight and fog lamp design that will continue to be unmistakable on the road
  • More prominence has been applied to the redesigned grille, front bumper and wheels that maintain Telluride’s commanding presence
  • Around the rear, the signature taillight design remains, and the LED layout has been revised, the bumper is also more integrated in its styling
  • All emblems are now in Hyper Silver 

The cabin of the 2023 Telluride is updated to combine the latest of Kia’s cutting-edge technology into a slim but lengthened design that spread across the driver’s view, creating an open and inviting space. The pattern and garnishes featured on the C/PAD and dashboard were carefully selected to provide a premium feel and eye-catching design. Key feature enhancements include:

  • A larger 4.2-inch colour TFT Instrument Panel Cluster (EX)
  • Upgraded 12.3” TFT LCD (SX and higher)
  • 12.3” multimedia interface
  • Larger wireless phone charger area
  • Available 10-inch head up display
  • A sleek redesign steering wheel
  • Kia First – Available full display digital rearview mirror
  • C-type USB chargers
  • Away close function on power tailgate 

Brand-new for the 2023 model year is the introduction of the X-Line and X-Pro trims. These two models offer a more rugged look in their design and increased functionality. 

Available features include: 

  • Higher ground clearance of 10mm
  • Tow mode
  • Embossed front seat backrest
  • Dark accents for a more rugged and athletic appearance including high gloss black bridge roof rails, front grille, and dark metallic accents throughout
  • 5,500 lb towing capacity (X-Pro Only)
  • 110V inverter in the cargo area (X-Pro only)
  • An exclusive wheel design (18” X-Pro or 20” X-Line)
  • All-terrain tires (18”) – X-Pro
  • Two new interior colours to choose from: Terracotta Brown (X-Line and X-Pro) and Sage Green (X-Pro only)

The 2023 Telluride will also be the first vehicle in the lineup to receive Digital Key 2 Touch, taking convenience to a whole new level (available on SX trims and above). This feature lets owners use their compatible Apple smartphone as the key to both lock/unlock the vehicle and to start it. Digital key access can be shared with up to two additional users.

The 2023 Telluride receives several enhancements to its full suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)ii. New features to the Telluride include:

  • Standard High Beam Assist (HBA): Automatically adjusts the headlights between high beam and low beam dependent on the brightness of the headlights of oncoming vehicles
  • Standard Second Row Side Airbags
  • Standard Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA) with Junction Turning capability: Helps avoid collisions with an oncoming vehicle while turning left at an intersection
  • Standard Intelligent Speed Limit Assist: Provides a warning if the driver is operating the vehicle over the speed limit using the information from the front view camera. In some cases, the system also reads from the navigation system the speed limit information (if available) to automatically adjust the speed
  • Available Advanced Highway Driving Assist:  When driving on a highway the system maintains the distance from the vehicle in front and the lane position on the highway and also assists in lane changes. 

KIA IS MOST AWARDED BRAND IN J.D. POWER 2022 AUTOMOTIVE PERFORMANCE, EXECUTION, AND LAYOUT (APEAL) STUDY

  • Carnival earned top spot in the Minivan segment
  • K5 wins the Midsize Car segment

The J.D. Power APEAL study measures new-vehicle owners’ overall satisfaction with their vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership. The study asks vehicle owners to consider 40 attributes divided into 10 experience groups. J.D. Power then aggregates the responses to generate an overall APEAL score on a 1,000-point scale.

All-new Kia Niro confirmed for Canada

(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

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.”