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Kia extends warranties through June 30, 2020

Kia is allowing customers to have repairs under warranty by extending the coverage through the end of June.

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The Accelerate the Good program, launched by Kia last year, has a new component - Kia Promise. The iniatiive is designed to ease concerns of owners as their scheduled warranties come to an end during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"These are uncertain times and the Kia Promise warranty extension program will help bring peace of mind to customers affected by this pandemic by giving them one less thing to worry about," said Michael Cole, president, KMA. "The health and safety of our customers and employees are our top priority and this warranty extension program is yet another way Kia and local Kia dealerships are working to support our customers' individual needs."

The Kia Promise program allows customers who experienced potentially warrantable concerns with their vehicle during the period of March 2020 through May 2020, and were not able to obtain service from a Kia dealer due to circumstances related to coronavirus, to receive repairs through June 30, 2020 at no additional charge.

Kia advises that, "customers should check with their local dealership regarding their current hours and available special programs, such as vehicle pickup and delivery service, loaner vehicles, and electronic or digital repair authorizations, as well as sanitizing efforts taken to protect the safety of employees and customers.:

Customers should contact Kia Consumer Assistance at 800-33-4KIA(4542) or online at www.kia.com for assistance with any COVID-19 related vehilce issues.

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New appearance package

2022 Kia Stinger gets new Scorpion Package

The range-topping GT2 trim is available with a new Scorpion Package.

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Passenger cars have been losing ground to SUVs and trucks in the United States for years, but that hasn't stopped some automakers from continuing to build compelling, fun-to-drive coupes and sedans. Kia is among them, and has just announced a new addition to its Stinger lineup for 2022. The fastback sedan will still offer blazing performance from either a turbocharged four-cylinder or twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine, but will also be available with a special edition package that adds unique exterior styling and interior trim pieces.


Kia Stinger GT2 with Scorpion Package The package includes exclusive wheels and exterior appearance changes.Kia


The Scorpion Special Edition will be limited to just 250 units per month and will only be available to customers in the United States. Kia says the package is expected to sell out quickly, and notes that it will be available for the Stinger GT2 RWD and AWD. The package will be offered in Snow White Pearl, Aurora Black, and Ceramic Silver paint colors.

The 2022 Stinger got several other meaningful updates to keep it fresh. They include a new LED exterior lighting scheme, geometric alloy wheels, and a sportier quad exhaust system. Kia also added a new GT-Line trim, which gets a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that make 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. The GT trim that can be equipped with the Scorpion package gets a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 that get a bump in power to 368 ponies and 375 pound-feet of torque. Power hits the rear or all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.


Kia Stinger GT2 with Scorpion Package The Stinger GT2 is available with RWD or AWD.Kia


The Stinger can match its bark with some real bite, but it also happens to be a spacious, comfortable sedan with plenty to like inside. The car gets a standard 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a multi-device Bluetooth system, wireless charging, and more. The Scorpion Edition adds carbon fiber pattern trim pieces throughout the cabin.

The 2022 Kia Stinger is on sale now. The base GT-Line trim starts at $37,135, which includes a $1,045 destination charge. The Stinger GT1 starts at $44,735 and the GT2 trim starts at $52,335. Adding the Scorpion Package to the GT2 model bumps the price by $1,295.


Kia Stinger GT2 with Scorpion Package The Stinger got a new exhaust for 2022.Kia

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The 2022 Kia EV6 made its grand entrance to the North American market tonight.

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In March, Automotive Map reported on Kia's brand-new EV6, the automaker's first dedicated battery electric vehicle. During a flashy event held in Times Square last night, Kia officially debuted the vehicle, and announced that the EV6 marks the beginning of its Plan S strategy in the United States. The roadmap will bring 11 all-new, all-electric models to the brand's lineup over the next five years.

If you've been waiting for an innovative new mass-market EV, get ready to make your reservation. In a first for the brand, the EV6 First Edition will be available by advanced reservation starting June 3 at Kia.com. Similar to the approach taken by several automakers with recent releases of desirable new models, Kia will limit the number of First Edition units to just 1,500 and will offer exclusive features for the configuration.

The loaded First Edition will be powered by a dual-motor all-wheel drive system and a 77.4 kWh battery, and will get an augmented reality head-up display, a 14-speaker Meridian stereo, 20-inch wheels, and a remote smart parking system.

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The E-GMP platform that the EV6 is built on can facilitate the development of sedans, CUVs, and SUVs. Similar to the skateboard platforms used by other brands, E-GMP will allow Kia to swap in various components and body styles without the need to redevelop the underlying architecture each time. The automaker says that the platform also offers the ability to expand wheelbase and track width for different vehicle applications.

That platform also underpins the new Hyundai Ioniq 5, an all-electric crossover that delivers similar power to the EV6 but with different interior and exterior design. Expect the similarly sized models to have different turning when they reach a dealership near you as the two companies, which share common Hyundai Motor Group ownership, work to make them individually appealingly their particular consumer base.

2022 Kia EV6 The head-up display in the Kia EV6 shows speed, safety, and navigation information.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia hasn't divulged pricing or exact release date details yet, but we know that the first EV6 models will hit dealers' lots in early 2022 across the U.S. The high-performance GT model is slated to land in late 2022.

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