Kia begins manufacturing personal protective equipment at U.S. plant

Kia's plant in Georgia is assembling face shields for front-line workers.

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Kia has activated its U.S. manufacturing facility, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG), to assemble personal protective equipment. The plant in West Point, Georgia will assemble shields to distribute to front-line workers in the battle against COVID-19 using components produced at Kia facilities in Georgia, Alabama, New York, and California.

The company has a monthly capacity to produce 200,000 units.

"Giving back in meaningful ways is a key component of Kia Motors' 'Give It Everything' strategy in the U.S. Our Accelerate the Good program identifies areas where Kia can make the biggest impact and we are proud to lend our manufacturing capabilities and talents to produce face shields that will protect America's courageous healthcare workers," said Sean Yoon, president and CEO, Kia Motors North America. "Kia is driven by an unstoppable spirit to take on and overcome challenges, and the world-class team members at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia have come together in support of those who are giving it everything on the frontlines of the pandemic."

The face shields are being assembled by paid volunteers from KMMG and materials are being sourced from vendors including 3-Dimensional Services Group, a Michigan-based rapid response manufacturer supporting prototype and low volume production applications.

Kia joins other coronavirus reaction initiatives by Ford, FCA, and GM. Honda has pledged $1 million to food banks and meal programs. Hyundai has spent $4 million to support drive-thru testing centers. Mazda is offering free car care services for health care workers and Subaru is providing 50 million meals via Feeding America.

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The 2023 Sportage Hybrid starts at around $28,000.

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Kia's moving full steam ahead to an all-electric future, but the automaker's intermediate models should not be overlooked. Kia and Hyundai do hybrids as well as anyone, and the 2023 Sportage Hybrid is coming soon with new tech, updated styling, and a value-forward price. The 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid goes on sale in spring.

2023 Kia Sportage HybridThe Sportage Hybrid delivers up to 39 mpg.Kia

Kia offers the Sportage hybrid in three trims: The $28,505 LX, $32,205 EX, and $37,405 SX-Prestige. All models come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and a 44kW electric motor that combine to produce 226 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission with a rotary shifter is standard, and all-wheel drive become standard at the EX trim. The powertrain is efficient for an SUV, delivering up to 39 mpg when paired with front-wheel drive.

Kia says the Sportage Hybrid's interior features a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster for almost 25 inches of display. Standard tech is generous, and includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also plenty of safety tech. Kia adds standard gear that includes:

  • Driver attention warning system
  • LED headlights
  • Lane following assist and lane keep assist
  • Forward collision warnings with cyclist detection
  • Rear occupant alerts
  • Rearview monitor
  • Reverse parking distance warnings
Several optional features are available, including blind spot warnings, forward parking distance warnings, navigation-based cruise control, and more.

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The 2023 Sportage PHEV will land late this year.

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The Sportage is Kia's longest running nameplate, and is entering its fifth generation with a complete redesign for 2023. With it, a new plug-in hybrid variant is on the way, and today Kia outlined specs for the new electrified SUV. The 2023 Sportage PHEV builds on the standard model with decent all-electric range and a frugal electrified powertrain.

2023 Kia Sportage PHEVThe aggressive X-Line package comes standard with all PHEV models. Kia

Two trims will be available: X-Line PHEV AWD and X-Line Prestige AWD. The Sportage PHEV will look and feel a lot like the standard Sportage, which is also all-new for 2023. The big difference here is that the PHEV comes standard with the X-Line package, which adds blacked-out exterior trim and black wheels. Kia overhauled the Sportage line in general with new boomerang LED running lights, a more prominent grille, and a new, more upscale interior.

Power for the Sportage PHEV comes from a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that makes 177 horsepower. It's paired with a 66.9-kW electric motor and a 13.8-kWh lithium polymer battery. A six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard, and Kia says the battery pack provides enough juice for a 32-mile all-electric range.

As they are for the standard Sportage, several advanced safety features come standard. They include blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, speed limit assist, safe exit warnings, and much more. The top Prestige trim adds a navigation-based cruise control system that uses map data to adjust vehicle speed in response to changing road conditions.

2023 Kia Sportage PHEVThe Sportage PHEV shares many of its features with the standard Sportage. Kia

Kia hasn't elaborated on pricing yet, but we expect the Sportage PHEV to start in the mid-$30,000 range. It's scheduled for release in late 2022, and more information will trickle out close to that time.

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