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Kia Now Compares Stinger GT To Porsche Panamera And BMW 6-Series 17
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 6-Series, BMW Videos, Film, Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Porsche Videos, video on 01 17th, 2018


The Kia Stinger is a more affordable alternative to cars such as the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe and Audi A5 Sportback, undercutting the latter in the USA by over $10,000 in base form.
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Kia Telluride Full-Size SUV Concept Reportedly Heading To Production 16
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, Kia, Kia Concepts, PHEV, Reports, SUV on 01 16th, 2018


Kia’s new Forte might have just made its debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but the Korean automaker is also working on another, totally different, project as well.

This project is the production version of the Telluride Concept that debuted a couple of years ago in Motor City, as confirmed to GoAuto on the sidelines of the Detroit Show by the brand’s President and Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, who simply said: “yeah, we are working on that car, actually”, when asked about it.

The Telluride (production name unconfirmed) will sit at the top of the firm’s SUV range, above the Sorento, and it will be offered in North America and other markets, according to Kia Europe’s Chief Designer, Gregory Guillaume.

“I could imagine that there are other markets that would be interested in taking it… apart from America, so there could be other markets that are interested. For example, the one we used to have before the Mohave, it was pretty popular in Russia and those countries.”

However, “Europe doesn’t make much sense”, Guillaume said, adding that “it is a more difficult segment for us. We are pretty good with Sorento with large SUV in Europe”, and right-hand drive markets such as Australia are currently under the question mark. It also remains unknown when it will be launched or where it will be manufactured.

The concept displayed by Kia in 2016 was underpinned by the same architecture as the Sorento, but it had a larger footprint, a boxy exterior design and a minimalistic cabin. It also had a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combined a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine and an electric motor for a total of 400 horsepower, which might be one of the options available for the production version.

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Kia Telluride Full-Size SUV Concept Reportedly Heading To Production 16
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, Kia, Kia Concepts, PHEV, Reports, SUV on 01 16th, 2018


Kia’s new Forte might have just made its debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but the Korean automaker is also working on another, totally different, project as well.

This project is the production version of the Telluride Concept that debuted a couple of years ago in Motor City, as confirmed to GoAuto on the sidelines of the Detroit Show by the brand’s President and Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, who simply said: “yeah, we are working on that car, actually”, when asked about it.

The Telluride (production name unconfirmed) will sit at the top of the firm’s SUV range, above the Sorento, and it will be offered in North America and other markets, according to Kia Europe’s Chief Designer, Gregory Guillaume.

“I could imagine that there are other markets that would be interested in taking it… apart from America, so there could be other markets that are interested. For example, the one we used to have before the Mohave, it was pretty popular in Russia and those countries.”

However, “Europe doesn’t make much sense”, Guillaume said, adding that “it is a more difficult segment for us. We are pretty good with Sorento with large SUV in Europe”, and right-hand drive markets such as Australia are currently under the question mark. It also remains unknown when it will be launched or where it will be manufactured.

The concept displayed by Kia in 2016 was underpinned by the same architecture as the Sorento, but it had a larger footprint, a boxy exterior design and a minimalistic cabin. It also had a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combined a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine and an electric motor for a total of 400 horsepower, which might be one of the options available for the production version.

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2019 Kia Forte Breaks Cover With Stinger Design Cues And New Tech 15
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Detroit-Auto-Show, featured, Galleries, IVT, Kia, Kia Forte, new cars on 01 15th, 2018


Kia has just unveiled the all-new and much-improved 2019 Forte Sedan at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

The automaker recently launched a series of renderings that previewed the 2019 Forte, although while the new car does slightly resemble the Stinger, it doesn’t quite look as dynamic as it did in those images.

Yet, the all-new Kia Forte is said to offer higher levels of comfort than its predecessor, with visual enhancements inside and out, as well as improved fuel efficiency and modern advanced driver assistance technologies.

“The compact sedan segment is highly competitive, but with all the improvements the new Forte brings to market for the 2019 model year, it is more than prepared to take on the toughest the segment has to offer,” said Kia U.S. VP, Orth Hedrick. “As one of our top-selling models, the all-new Forte follows some large footsteps, but enhancements in styling, packaging and content make it even more attractive to drivers seeking a compact sedan that can accommodate their versatile lifestyle.”

In the styling department, you’ll notice that the 2019 Forte features a long hood and short deck, resulting in a Fastback-like shape, similar to the Stinger. Kia also moved the cowl point back by 5 inches, creating a more dynamic stance for the new model. The headlights don’t actually resemble those found on the Stinger, while the LED taillights kind of look like those on the Sportage crossover – thanks to their overall shape and the horizontal trim piece.

Since the Forte’s overall length was increased by 3.2 inches (81 cm) to 182.7 inches (4,640 mm), overall legroom and additional trunk space also grew. Meanwhile, Kia increased the height by nearly half an inch (12.7 mm) to 56.7 inches (1,440 mm), while width expanded to 70.8 inches (1,798 mm).

Inside, the Stinger-inspired dashboard features circular vents, an 8″ color touchscreen, soft-touch points and a horizontal theme with clear lines and minimal buttons. The new Forte comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and can also read your SMS text messages aloud through Bluetooth. Another useful feature is the available wireless charging tray, compatible with certain Android devices as well as the Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

What Kia calls a “surprising feature in this segment” is the new Forte’s 320-watt Harman Kardon premium sound system, with its unique speaker hole pattern on the door panels and throughout the cabin. As for active safety tech, in addition to Blind-Spot Collision Warning and Lane Keeping Assist, the all-new Forte comes with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Smart Cruise Control.

Power comes from a second-generation 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, boasting Atkinson Cycle technology and a cooled EGR system, both designed to boost fuel efficiency. The new unit can be paired to either a 6-speed manual or Kia’s new Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). While power and torque remains the same as on the 2018 Forte, meaning 147 HP and 132 lb-ft, the new model is estimated to return up to 35 MPG (6.7 l/100km) combined, a 3 MPG improvement over the current car.

The all-new 2019 Kia Forte will arrive in U.S. showrooms later this year.

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2019 Kia Forte Breaks Cover With Stinger Design Cues And New Tech 15
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Detroit-Auto-Show, featured, Galleries, IVT, Kia, Kia Forte, new cars on 01 15th, 2018


Kia has just unveiled the all-new and much-improved 2019 Forte Sedan at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

The automaker recently launched a series of renderings that previewed the 2019 Forte, although while the new car does slightly resemble the Stinger, it doesn’t quite look as dynamic as it did in those images.

Yet, the all-new Kia Forte is said to offer higher levels of comfort than its predecessor, with visual enhancements inside and out, as well as improved fuel efficiency and modern advanced driver assistance technologies.

“The compact sedan segment is highly competitive, but with all the improvements the new Forte brings to market for the 2019 model year, it is more than prepared to take on the toughest the segment has to offer,” said Kia U.S. VP, Orth Hedrick. “As one of our top-selling models, the all-new Forte follows some large footsteps, but enhancements in styling, packaging and content make it even more attractive to drivers seeking a compact sedan that can accommodate their versatile lifestyle.”

In the styling department, you’ll notice that the 2019 Forte features a long hood and short deck, resulting in a Fastback-like shape, similar to the Stinger. Kia also moved the cowl point back by 5 inches, creating a more dynamic stance for the new model. The headlights don’t actually resemble those found on the Stinger, while the LED taillights kind of look like those on the Sportage crossover – thanks to their overall shape and the horizontal trim piece.

Since the Forte’s overall length was increased by 3.2 inches (81 cm) to 182.7 inches (4,640 mm), overall legroom and additional trunk space also grew. Meanwhile, Kia increased the height by nearly half an inch (12.7 mm) to 56.7 inches (1,440 mm), while width expanded to 70.8 inches (1,798 mm).

Inside, the Stinger-inspired dashboard features circular vents, an 8″ color touchscreen, soft-touch points and a horizontal theme with clear lines and minimal buttons. The new Forte comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and can also read your SMS text messages aloud through Bluetooth. Another useful feature is the available wireless charging tray, compatible with certain Android devices as well as the Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

What Kia calls a “surprising feature in this segment” is the new Forte’s 320-watt Harman Kardon premium sound system, with its unique speaker hole pattern on the door panels and throughout the cabin. As for active safety tech, in addition to Blind-Spot Collision Warning and Lane Keeping Assist, the all-new Forte comes with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Smart Cruise Control.

Power comes from a second-generation 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, boasting Atkinson Cycle technology and a cooled EGR system, both designed to boost fuel efficiency. The new unit can be paired to either a 6-speed manual or Kia’s new Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). While power and torque remains the same as on the 2018 Forte, meaning 147 HP and 132 lb-ft, the new model is estimated to return up to 35 MPG (6.7 l/100km) combined, a 3 MPG improvement over the current car.

The all-new 2019 Kia Forte will arrive in U.S. showrooms later this year.

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Kia To Offer 4D Virtual Test Drives Of The Stinger At The Detroit Auto Show 13
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Detroit-Auto-Show, Kia, Kia Stinger on 01 13th, 2018


Kia’s doing things a little differently with the Stinger, and this includes more than showcasing the aggressive styling and powerful powertrain. The automaker recently announced that it would be offering four-dimension (4D) virtual reality test drives of the Stinger at the upcoming North American International Auto Show.

The automaker will have the Kia 4D Stinger Experience available for visitors of the auto show. Upon entering, the viewer is treated to a brief introduction, which outlines Kia’s six-year journey to develop the Stinger, before going on a virtual journey with the sedan. Participants will be able to choose one of three destinations: driving through Southern France, traveling on the Pacific Coast Highway, and spending some time at the Cadwell Park racetrack in the UK.

If you’re wondering how the 4D aspect of the test drive works, five projectors will display the test drive onto three projection screens and the floor, which has been specially programmed. The modified suspension rig will provide participants with haptic feedback that will match what’s going on in the screens.

The 4D experience, according to Kia, will give participants a realistic look at what the Stinger is capable of. “Every twist and turn, every rush of acceleration and every braking run is experienced as if you, the driver, are in command,” Saad Chehab, vice president of marketing communications for Kia Motors America, said.

For Stinger fans that won’t be able to attend the Detroit Auto Show, the automaker is also offering virtual test drives that you can enjoy at home by visiting Jaunt.

Just like with the 4D experience at the auto show, visitors can choose from the same three locations – Cadwell Park, France, and California. Those with virtual reality equipment can download the Jaunt app to get the full effect of the test drives from their house. For the rest, the video offers a 360-degree look at the vehicle and the chosen location. Not as good as the 4D experience, but still quite interesting.

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Kia Soul EV Gets Larger Battery, Improved Range For New MY 11
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Galleries, Kia, Kia Soul, new cars, prices, Reports on 01 11th, 2018


The electric version of the Kia Soul has entered its fourth year in the market, and changes made to it are quite considerable.

Quoting a document posted by EPA, InsideEVs states that the 2018 Kia Soul EV has a new 30kWh battery that replaces the old 27kWh version.

The extra 3kWh allow it to travel up to 111 miles (179km) on a single charge, or 18 miles (29km) longer than before, which bumps its combined MPGe to 108 from 105. Its range may not be as impressive as the Chevrolet Bolt’s 238 miles (383km), but is believed to help Kia sell more examples of the zero-emission Soul.

Previously available from an MSRP of $32,250, the Kia Soul EV has become a tad more expensive for the 2018MY, as it can be had from $33,950, as confirmed by the car marque’s official USA website. Opt for the 2018 Kia Soul EV+, though, with its extensive list of features, including leather trimmed seats, Park Assist, and others, and get ready to pay at least $35,950.

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Kia’s Bringing A Sleeker New Forte Sedan To Detroit 11
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Detroit-Auto-Show, Kia, Kia Forte, Renderings on 01 11th, 2018


To the growing list of new cars we can look forward to seeing unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show next week, we can now add the Kia Forte sedan.

Previewed in this trio of teaser renderings, the new Forte is slated to replace the current model that was introduced in 2012 and updated for 2017.

The all-new 2019 model has been styled to look more like a scaled-down version of the Stinger, the cab-forward design of the current model giving way to a more swept-back profile.

The Korean automaker points out the fresh take on its signature tiger-nose grille, the aggressive-looking vents in the front bumper, and the sharp-looking headlights at the front end, with indicators separated from the taillights above and a horizontal strip visually broadening the rear end.

The horizontal dashboard design inside aims to give it an airier feel than its compact dimensions would suggest, with a free-standing infotainment screen in the middle and circular air-conditioning vents at the extremes.

The sedan is just one bodystyle in the Forte family, but we can expect that potential successors to the Forte Koup and Forte5 hatchback will follow the four-door’s lead.

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Kia Adds Picanto X-Line Edition To UK Lineup, Priced From £12,595 11
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in AEB, Kia, Kia Picanto, prices, UK on 01 11th, 2018


Kia’s all-new Picanto X-Line goes on sale today, boasting SUV-inspired visuals and a 1.25-liter petrol engine.

The £12,595 price tag refers to the 1.25 petrol and five-speed manual pairing, whereas the four-speed automatic option is available for an additional £650.

In X-Line trim, the Picanto is longer, wider and taller than conventional city cars, and features rugged looks and an increased ground clearance, by approximately 15 mm (0.59 inches).

Lime green highlights on the grille and fog lamp surrounds help the Picanto X-Line stand out, as does the black cladding around the side sills and wheel arches. Meanwhile, the exterior door handles are finished in body color, while the twin exhaust outlets, 16″ alloys, shark-fin antenna and LED lights give the car a more aggressive look.

Inside, it has lime green stitching on the flat-bottomed steering wheel, gear lever and armrests, a 7″ touchscreen display with DAB radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus faux leather upholstery, satin chrome interior door handles, stainless steel pedals with rubber inserts, cruise control, automatic air conditioning and keyless entry.

In addition, the Picanto X-Line is also fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) as standard.

The 1.25-liter four-cylinder engine in the Picanto X-Line serves up 83 horses and 122 Nm (90 lb-ft) of torque, and was extensively re-engineered for the launch of the all-new Picanto last year.

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Kia’s Current Sportage And Next Cee’d To Feature Mild-Hybrid Tech 10
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Geneva Motor Show, Hybrids, Kia, Kia Ceed, Kia Sportage, Reports on 01 10th, 2018


Like all manufacturers, Kia has to meet stricter emissions targets in Europe, and to do so it will electrify some of its models and launch some EVs.

The current Sportage and next generation Cee’d are two models that will arrive with a 48V mild-hybrid technology, Hyundai’s R&D chief, Woong Chul Yang, told AutoExpress.

“For Europe, there is demand for mild-hybrid 48-volt technology, so we are working on that for the Sportage, and for medium-sized SUVs, and we are working on that for the new Cee’d. This is to meet all those tough CO2 requirements”, Yang said.

The third-generation Kia Cee’d appears to be ready, in South Korea at least, where the car was recently spotted without any camo at all. However, it will make its European premiere at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Aside from the confirmed mild-hybrid technology in Europe, the 2019 Cee’d will use several three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, most of which (if not all) will be shared with its Hyundai “cousin”, the i30.

Kia will also launch a fully electric variant of the Niro later this year, as previewed by the concept that debuted at CES, while the Stonic sub-compact SUV is also tipped to get an all-electric version as well.

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Google Assistant Heads To Android Auto To Battle Amazon’s Alexa 10
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in CES, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Film, Google, Jeep, Kia, RAM, Tech, video on 01 10th, 2018


A number of automakers have recently announced plans to integrate Amazon’s Alexa into future models but Google is fighting back by adding its Assistant to Android Auto.

The company is rolling out the update in the United States this week and the addition of the Google Assistant will allow drivers to easily ask their vehicle for directions or have it play their favorite music. Drivers can even use the Assistant to send or receive messages though services like WhatsApp.

Despite the backlash over GM’s marketplace app, Google is following a similar route as the company announced its Assistant will soon enable drivers to reserve a parking space with SpotHero and order from Starbucks while driving.

To use Android Auto and its new Assistant, users can download the app on their smartphone or connect their phone to one of the more than 400 models that offer Android Auto compatibility. Google went on to say they are working with automakers to directly integrate the Assistant into upcoming models and this will eliminate the need for a smartphone in the future.

In related news, Google announced Kia and Fiat Chrysler owners will soon be able to use the Assistant to remotely lock / unlock their vehicle doors and check its fuel status – among other things. The feature is already available on certain models from BMW, Mercedes, and Hyundai.

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2018 Kia Stinger Gets A Big Thumbs Up From Kelley Blue Book 9
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Film, Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, reviews, video on 01 9th, 2018


If you’re on the lookout for a practical yet sporty grand tourer that’s also great value for money, the Kia Stinger might fit the description perfectly.

The latest review of the 2018 Stinger comes from Kelley Blue Book, and is full on the superlatives. According to the reviewer, the only downsides he found on the Stinger were the thick rear pillars and the infotainment display, specifically the fact that it was positioned a little too far away from the driver.

Otherwise, inside the Stinger you’re treated to high levels of practicality and connectivity, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available, plus leather seats as standard – although if you want the luxury of hand-stitched nappa leather, you need to pay extra for it.

In the back, while leg room is fine, as everyone has pointed out, taller people will struggle with headroom due to the slopping roof – a clear case when form didn’t follow function and a small sacrifice was done in favor of styling.

As for performance, the 3.3-liter V6 is the engine of choice, as it’s not just faster but smoother, too, than the base 2.0-liter turbo.

In the end, what makes the Stinger stand out in a crowd is undoubtedly the fact that it ticks all the right boxes. It’s a sporty looking, high-value sports sedan that’s also practical, solidly built and well equipped – plus it undercuts its posher rivals. What’s not to like?

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U..S. Wants To Maintain Import Tariff On Korean Pickup Trucks 9
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Donald Trump, Hyundai, Kia, Korea, KORUS, Reports on 01 9th, 2018


USA and South Korea talks about a new trade deal come at a time of great pressure due to North Korea’s nuclear arms.

President Trump wants to sign a trade deal with South Korea that strikes a balance between his domestic agenda and the need to contain North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, Reuters reports.

Since signing the previous U.S-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) in 2012, the U.S. goods trade deficit with South Korea has doubled. Almost 90 percent of the 2016 shortfall ($27.6 billion) came from the automotive sector, which is an issue expected to be pressed hard during the negotiation.

The talks are led by Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Michael Beeman and the Director General for FTA negotiations at South Korea’s trade ministry Yoo Myung-hee. Yoo confirmed that the U.S. has primarily raised the issue of the automobile sector.

According to sources on both sides, a top priority for the U.S. is to maintain a tariff of 25 percent on imports of Korean pickup trucks and vans, which the existing deal would phase out from 2019. South Korea has also been criticized as discriminating against imports with a range of non-tariff barriers.

The report goes on saying that the two South Korean car makers, Hyundai and Kia, also believe that Washington will push for increasing the current 25,000-vehicle per U.S. car maker shipment to South Korea limit that can enter the country without meeting their domestic industry regulations.

Another source said that the U.S. is interested in South Korea easing its vehicle emissions targets which are viewed as discriminating against vehicles made in the United States.



2019 Kia Cee’d Hatch Unexpectedly Revealed In Korea 9
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Geneva Motor Show, Kia, Kia Ceed, Kia Scoops, Scoops on 01 9th, 2018


While Kia continues to conceal its European 2019 Cee’d prototypes, in Korea, the automaker has circulated an example of the all-new hatch on the road without a single trace of camouflage.

Boasting a sleek Tiger Nose grille and a couple of design traits borrowed from the smaller Rio, the 2019 Cee’d builds on its five-door replacement. The new car features a slightly more dynamic exterior, one you could almost mistake for being German.

These images from FreeCarTok, show that the all-new Cee’d comes with a simpler rear end design, featuring elongated horizontal taillights that are far less bulbous than before.

While it would be a bit of a stretch (no pun intended) calling the new Cee’d a larger version of the Rio, the resemblance between the two can be uncanny, especially if you look at the contours of the body.

As far as technology is concerned, we expect the Cee’d to share its petrol and diesel engines as well as its on-board tech with the Hyundai i30, including turbocharged three-cylinder petrol and a 1.6-liter turbo diesel. It will come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, plus safety systems such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Detection and even Lane Keeping Assist.

We expect the 2019 Cee’d in five-door trim to make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March followed by the three-door Pro_Cee’d and a sleeker looking yet practical shooting brake model that was previewed by the Proceed Concept in Frankfurt last fall.

H/T to Jean-Philippe!

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CES 2018: Kia Adds Google Assistant To Its Infotainment Systems 9
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in CES, Google, Kia, Kia K900, Kia Niro, Kia Optima, Reports, Tech on 01 9th, 2018


Kia Motors has made their UVO infotainment systems compatible with the Google Assistant, enabling customers to execute a variety of remote commands.

So far the integration with the Google Assistant is available for models equipped with the UVO system, including the 2018 Niro PHEV, Soul EV, Optima PHEV and the K900 flagship.

Through an UVO agent, customers can set up the Google Assistant or Google Home app, allowing for simple voice commands to access a variety of functions. The new commands include “Tell UVO to start my Soul EV,” or “Tell UVO to lock my Niro.”

The UVO agent offers remote functions such as Remote Start/Stop Engine, Remote Climate Control, Remote Charge Start/Stop, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Lock. Add to that the ability of the Google Assistant to provide real-time answers and activate streaming music services, smart home devices and you got a pretty much seamless experience.

“With more people using smart technology at home and work, it was a natural extension to bring this easy to use and widely adapted platform to the driver’s seat,” said Henry Bzeih, director, connected car & mobility services, strategy & planning, KMA. “With a simple voice command, Kia owners can interface with their vehicles in the same manner they use the Google Assistant in their homes.”

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