Kia’s First-Ever Sportage Plug-In Hybrid Set to Arrive at Dealerships this Fall

(Toronto, ON) July 19th, 2022 – Earlier this year, Kia Canada announced the complete redesign of one of the brand’s most popular models, the 2023 Sportage. This fifth-generation model is sportier, more dynamic, more connected and more innovative than ever before. From bold lines on the exterior, to the sleek and high-tech interior and the absolute latest in safety and convenience features, the Sportage will undoubtedly continue to be a class-leading SUV that Canadians will be proud to own. The fully gasoline-powered model landed in Canada in the Spring, followed by the first-ever Sportage Hybrid option in early Summer and the first-ever Sportage Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) is expected to arrive this fall. Supporting the company’s Plan S strategy, this brand new model adds another electrified option to Kia’s SUV lineup following the introduction of the Sorento PHEV in 2021.

“Offering a plug-in hybrid option in one of our brand’s most popular models is a true turning point for our electrified future,” says Elias El-Achhab, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Canada. “The Sportage PHEV is uncompromising in providing Canadians leading design, safety, convenience and remarkable fuel-savings.”

The most powerful Sportage in the lineup, the PHEV features a 1.6L turbo plug-in hybrid engine, with 6-speed automatic transmission and standard shift-by-wire, producing a combined output of 261 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft of torque. The vehicle hosts a 66.9 kW permanent magnetic electric motor and 13.8kWh lithium-ion battery, providing up to 55 kilometers of all-electric range and remarkable fuel economy of 6.7L/100km combined (2.8Le/100km).

The 2023 Sportage PHEV will be available in two trim options, with a starting MSRP of $44,995:

  • EX Premium AWD $44,995 MSRP
  • SX AWD $48,395 MSRP

Iconic Kia Soul modernized for 2023

(Toronto, ON) June 27, 2022 – The brand’s most iconic vehicle, the Kia Soul, will receive several modernized upgrades in safety, technology and design for the 2023 model year. The vehicle is set to arrive in dealerships this summer across Canada.

With over 126,000 Soul owners in Canada, the reception of this iconic vehicle has always been remarkable,” says Elias El-Achhab, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Canada. “We’re ecstatic to introduce a refreshed Kia Soul that we’ve been able to continually innovate when it comes to unique styling and practicality in the subcompact SUV segment.”

Exterior body enhancements refine the unique character of the Soul even further. The front grille becomes more dynamic in styling with increased angular design flanked by refined headlights. To really stand out on the road available MFR LED headlights, and LED Daytime Running Lights (starting at EX) provide the Soul a signature presence and high tech imagery. On the rear, the vehicle maintains it’s very planted stance, but now features a more modern outer lens around the taillights and simplified rear bumper. New for 2023 is a 17-inch wheel design available on the EX+ trim, matching the angular styling of this refreshed model. The GT-Line trim is differentiated with a more aggressive and technical mesh pattern in the grille, body coloured front and rear bumper, a center exit exhaust, chrome garnish extends along the back of the vehicle and new 18-inch alloy wheel design exclusive to this trim. To really stand out, opt for the brand-new Surf Blue exterior paint option.

Heading to the interior, the 2023 Soul gets a brand-new steering wheel design and adopts the 4.2inch cluster as seen on the 2023 Sportage. The centre fascia design is more seamless with an optional 10.25-inch AVNT Multimedia Integrated Navigation System featuring Kia’s impressive Kia Connect Telematics system. The Soul also maintains its spacious passenger and cargo capacities.

The 2023 Soul maintains its 2.0L MPI 4-cylinder engine, delivering 147 horsepower and 132 lb. ft. of torque and 7.9L/100 kilometers of combined fuel economy. When it comes to driving experience, improvements have been made to the Soul’s ride handling as well as reduction in noise, vibration and hardness through the optimization of sound absorbing materials.

The 2023 Soul also receives some new safety enhancements to ensure its well equipped with leading-edge technology from Kia’s Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS)i:

  • Standard Rear Occupant Alert: designed to provide an audible alert and message in the instrument cluster for the driver to “check rear seats” in order to help prevent leaving the vehicle with potential rear occupants left inside; the warning message appears when the engine is shut off and the driver’s door is opened
  • Available Lane Follow Assist: Improving on the available Lane Keep Assist, Lane Following Assist monitors lane markings to keep the Soul centered in its lane
  • Available Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC-C): helps drive at a safe speed in the curved section when driving on highways and automatically reduces the speed appropriately before entering a curve in the road
  • 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 Highway Driving Assist (HDA)[i]: 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

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NHL Partnership Announcement

Hyundai Auto Canada, Genesis Motors Canada, the NHL and the NHLPA Announce Multiyear Canadian Partnership

 Hyundai named the Official Automotive Partner of the NHL and NHLPA in Canada and Genesis will be the Official Luxury Automotive Partner of the NHL and NHLPA in Canada; Partnership Begins for 2022-23 NHL Season

 NEW YORK, NY/TORONTO, ONT./MARKHAM, ONT. (May 25, 2022) – Hyundai Auto Canada, Genesis Motors Canada, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced a multiyear partnership, naming Hyundai the Official Automotive Partner of the NHL and NHLPA in Canada, which includes the Genesis brand being the NHL and NHLPA’s Official Luxury Automotive Partner in Canada.

Launching this fall for the 2022-23 NHL season, the partnership represents the next evolution of Hyundai Canada’s ongoing commitment to driving hockey forward. Since 2010, Hyundai has supported community programs that increase access to the great game for youth in underrepresented and marginalized communities.

In collaboration with the NHL and the NHLPA, Hyundai will continue to foster its connection to hockey in Canada through NHL events including the NHL Heritage Classic™ and Stanley Cup® Playoffs, media exposure, and usage rights of the NHL name and logo, and current and former NHL Players through the NHLPA and the NHL Alumni Association. The partnership will also provide the opportunity to enrich shared corporate social responsibility initiatives through community engagement and joint projects.

“Hyundai has long been champion of Canada’s hockey community at the grassroots level. On behalf of Hyundai Auto Canada and our 252 dealers across the country, we are incredibly excited to expand on that, and at the highest level, as the NHL and NHLPA’s official automotive partner starting next season in Canada,” says Don Romano, president and CEO of Hyundai Canada. “At Hyundai, we’re always aiming to connect with our customers in meaningful ways, and this partnership with Canada’s premiere sports league provides us with an exceptional opportunity to engage with not only our customer base, but Canadians from coast-to-coast who share Hyundai’s love for hockey.”

“Genesis is delighted to be the first-ever official luxury automotive brand partner of the NHL and the NHLPA,” says Lawrence Hamilton, executive director of Genesis Motors Canada. “At Genesis, we believe to move forward, you must have a sincere connection with your audience and nothing connects Canadians quite like the game of hockey. We look forward to sharing this experience with customers and Canadians across the country over the coming years.”

“This partnership with Hyundai Canada brings together our shared love of hockey and driving joy and access to our game at all levels in all communities,” said Kyle McMann, NHL Senior Vice President, North American Business Development. “We can’t wait to dig in with Hyundai in the upcoming season and beyond and bring our brands to life while also elevating grassroots hockey. The NHL couldn’t ask for a better fit for our official Canadian automotive partner.”

 

“The Players are thrilled to be partnering with Hyundai Canada, a proven industry leader and a brand that is dedicated to supporting grassroots hockey and driving hockey across Canada,” said Devin Smith, NHLPA Senior Director, Marketing and Community Relations. “Every player has memories of hockey road trips. We are excited to work with Hyundai Canada by engaging Players in authentic storytelling from their hockey experiences through this exciting partnership.”

 

Further details about the partnership will be announced in the coming months.

Kia receives eight IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards

  • 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.

Kia announces pricing and arrival of the highly-anticipated EV6 in Canada

  • 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. 

New battery system that powers more than just the vehicle

Innovative and hassle-free, EV6 features available Vehicle-to-Load (V2L), allowing the EV6 to operate as a power source with an output of 1.9kWiii. This is made possible through the Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU), which allows electricity to flow from the battery pack, powering everything from personal electronics like a laptop or phone, a projector during an evening out camping, a generator or home appliances and even another EV in emergency situations.

  • 120V power outlet located in the lower centre of the rear seat (indoor V2L, a Kia-first)
  • Exterior V2L, located on the rear passenger side of the vehicle, has an output of 1.9kW and can also support Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) charging in case of emergency

Modern exterior and interior: Kia’s first vehicle to utilize ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy

The Opposites United design philosophy makes its debut on EV6, under the ‘Power to Progress’ pillar, which draws inspiration from the more recent evolution of the brand’s strength in design. EV6’s exterior design is distinguished and striking, with head-turning contours and eye-catching features:

  • A new interpretation of the ‘tiger face’ for the digital era
  • Daytime running lights with moving light pattern inspired by electronic pixels
  • Intake molding at the base of the front bumper provides an emphasized wide stance
  • Clamshell style hood incorporated into the entire fender
  • Along the side, voluminous silhouette with sharply integrated contours from hood to spoiler
  • Side sill garnish that visually connects the side of the vehicle to the tail lamp
  • 3 unique wheel designs for a high-tech look
  • Auto flush-type door handles, a first for Kia
  • Full LED rear lamps with built-in turn signal function, standard on all models
  • Rear spoiler and powered charging door that is camouflaged

EV6’s interior sets a new standard of possibilities when it comes to EV technology, improved interior space and interaction: 

  • Panoramic curved display with two connected 12.3-inch displays (cluster and navigation)
  • Start button and dial-type Shift by Wire applied in optimal position
  • Lean, minimalist structure across a wide cockpit area that is lightweight, simple and full of character
  • Unmatched interior console space featuring armrest and large open tray storage, large capacity lid-type glove box and hangers just behind the two front seats
  • Seats are slim, lightweight and contemporary and is comprised of robust fabrics using recycled materials equating to 111 water bottles 

Kia Canada achieves historic record-breaking year in 2021

• 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.

EV6 is Coming 2022

EV6, Kia’s first dedicated EV built on the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP)

First applied to the EV6, Kia’s new electric-global modular platform (E-GMP) enables diverse number of interior layouts thanks to the flat floor. Despite the EV6’s compact exterior dimensions, its 2.9m wheelbase results in a cabin space similar to many mid to large SUVs. That means more interior room for you and your passengers to enjoy.

Ultra Fast Charging

The 800V high-speed multi-charging system of the EV6 enables you to find that extra time for things that really matter to you. A quick charge for less than 4.5 minutes would give you 100km of driving range. It takes less than 18 minutes to charge from 10 to 80%.*

480km Estimated Range

EV6’s 77.4kWh battery can enable an estimated 480km driving range when fully charged. This means less frequent charges and, again, more time to discover your passions.*