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26d8270af305f5 o1.jpg1 Kia electrifies Las Vegas with music driven Souls at SEMA

Kia Motors America (KMA) provided the perfect rolling soundtrack to Las Vegas’ never-ending light show as the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show opened with five music-inspired all-new 2014 Soul vehicles, collectively making their presence known with a display worthy of the best Las Vegas nightclub parties.

The five sound-blasting creations feature music-themed builds including a DJ Booth Soul, an “Amped” Soul, the museum-like Music Memorabilia Soul, a Soul inspired by The Voice, which Kia has sponsored for four seasons, and a Soul highlighting the brand’s partnership with the Vans Warped Tour. All five Souls at SEMA tell their own unique story.

“Since the Kia Soul first arrived on the scene in America in 2009, it has established a very real and remarkable connection with music,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing and communications, KMA. “After harnessing five major marketing campaigns music has become a core attribute of the Soul’s persona. The SEMA show presented the perfect opportunity to bring that personality to life.”

Amped Soul

Popular Mechanics has energised this Kia Soul with the power of larger-than-life JBL speakers. Integrated into the rear-hinged doors, the JBL Pro Live sound equipment transforms this Soul into a full size boom box on wheels. With LED ambient lighting and four 12-inch Infinity power subwoofers, this Soul is ready to wow the crowds at any venue.

The Amped Soul features a modern and sleek design enhanced with blacked out windows and a custom paint job. It rolls on performance 22-inch Forgiato custom three-piece wheels with Hankook 245/30/22 tyres. And to make room for the club-sized stereo, the passenger side B-pillar has been removed.

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Vans Warped Tour Soul

Embodying the youthful and fun spirit of the Vans Warped Tour, Popular Mechanics designed a Kia Soul ready to hit the road on a musical journey. This unique Soul features a full custom paint job – inspired by the colors of the Van’s Warped Tour – with eye-catching air-brush artwork. The side windows have been replaced with custom-built fiberglass body panels housing eight Infinity eight-inch speakers to deliver a true concert experience. And to really put you in the middle of the performance, a 50-inch flat-panel monitor has been mounted atop the car with running footage from the tour itself.

The Vans Warped Tour is about music, friends and food. To that end, this Soul has been outfitted with a slide-out rear barbeque for the full music-inspired tailgating experience. With 20-inch wheels outfitted with performance low-profile tyres and vibrant LED ambient lighting, this Kia Soul is made to take music lovers on a rockin’ ride they’ll never forget.

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DJ Booth Soul

RIDES Magazine totally transformed this Kia Soul into the ultimate DJ booth on wheels. The roof was removed to give the DJ the ability to rise up and stand on a custom diamond-plated stage – which replaced the rear seats – and start spinning on the pro-grade Pioneer CDJs and mixer. Influenced by both EDM and hip-hop, this Soul is painted an eye-catching purple with turquoise accents. Outfitted with 19-inch Rotiform BRU wheels and Continental tyres, the DJ Soul has been lowered with Ark Performance springs to give it an aggressive stance. With LED lighting, front and rear strobes, and a speaker enclosure built into the lower grille, it promises even the most seasoned club-goers a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

With the Maschine Mikro production studio molded into the passenger dash, every control is available at any time. Blasting the beats is a Pioneer audio system that includes five amplifiers, three component speakers, two 10-inch and two 12-inch Champion Series subwoofers, and a sound bar housing four coaxial speakers.

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Music Memorabilia Soul

This one-of-a-kind Kia Soul encompasses the passion, raw talent and diversity of music as an industry and an artform. Creating a music museum on wheels, RIDES Magazine curated music memorabilia spanning rock, hip-hop and EDM history. The collection includes a signed Slash guitar, a G-Unit trainer signed by 50 Cent, a Jimi Hendrix gold album and a signed John Legend microphone, which are displayed in hand-built Plexiglas enclosures in the trunk, rear windows and rear hatch insert. This Soul was influenced by platinum and gold records: The Soul’s exterior received PPG waterborne platinum silver, gold exhaust tips and anodised 20-inch gold HRE 935s.

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The Voice Soul

With NBC’s The Voice inspiring so many talented people to sing their hearts out and bare their souls through music. RIDES Magazine customised the exterior with a bright red airbrushed The Voice logo on the side, incorporating vinyl on the window portion, as well as the inspiring words “I Want You” illuminated in the lower grille, along with the LED puddle projectors. In order to perform under pressure, 20-inch three-piece Niche Scope wheels color-matched to the vehicle, coupled with Falken tyres, add style and confidence.

To become a star requires practice; luckily, an iPad® Mini connected to a 40-inch LED TV allows you to use the preloaded The Voice app and sing at the top of your lungs through the wireless microphone, amplified through Rockford Fosgate speakers in their fiberglass.

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6299dd62abteaser.jpg First Kia Interactive Movie “Red Flash” Starring Forte/Cerato Koup

Today we want to share with you first Kia’s Interactive Video starring the All-New Forte Koup (named Cerato Koup in other markets or K3 Koup in South Korea). But sharing this video it’s special to me, today I want to offset a great friend from Kia Motors Corp, Colin Jang (who helped us a lot), one of the architects of this awesome video. If you don’t believe me, hit the jump and take a look!

The Forte Koup will debut in the US-market after the 2013 Los Angeles AutoShow to be held on November 20th. This is just a 30 seconds teaser, full interactive movie will be released this week! Thanks Colin! 64a2aa75bcn wink.gif First Kia Interactive Movie “Red Flash” Starring Forte/Cerato Koup


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Today we want to share with you first Kia’s Interactive Video starring the All-New Forte Koup (named Cerato Koup in other markets or K3 Koup in South Korea). But sharing this video it’s special to me, today I want to offset a great friend from Kia Motors Corp, Colin Jang (who helped us a lot), one of the architects of this awesome video. If you don’t believe me, hit the jump and take a look!

The Forte Koup will debut in the US-market after the 2013 Los Angeles AutoShow to be held on November 20th. This is just a 30 seconds teaser, full interactive movie will be released this week! Thanks Colin! 64a2aa75bcn wink1.gif1 First Kia Interactive Movie “Red Flash” Starring Forte/Cerato Koup


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cb8f211e67optima.jpg Kia Motors America Reports October Sales

Kia Motors America (KMA) today reported October sales of 39,754 units as the brand’s introduction of seven all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles this calendar year continued with the arrival of the all-new, second-generation Soul urban passenger vehicle and the 2014 model year Optima midsize sedan.

Looking ahead, all-new 2014 Forte5 and Forte Koup models will begin arriving in showrooms later this month, and the Los Angeles Auto Show will provide the backdrop for the unveiling of the all-new 2015 K900 – a rear wheel drive flagship sedan that will take value to new levels of sophistication.

MONTH OF OCTOBER YEAR-TO-DATE
Model 2013 2012 2013 2012
Rio 2,874 2,623 36,112 35,438
Forte 4,706 5,911 57,421 67,139
Optima 11,492 12,948 135,548 127,676
Cadenza 1,111 n/a 6,869 n/a
Sportage 2,513 2,223 25,745 32,392
Sorento 8,142 9,615 89,522 97,779
Sedona 676 1,144 6,056 15,598
Soul 8,240 7,988 98,864 101,344
Total 39,754 42,452 456,137 477,366

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4b919ec744sonata.jpg Hyundai Motor America Reports All Time Record October Sales

Hyundai Motor America today announced sales for the month of October of 53,555 units, up seven percent versus the same period in 2012, representing the best October in company history.

“October was a bit of a roller coaster ride for the entire automotive sector so we feel pretty good about exceeding prior year sales results and posting our best-ever October performance,” said Dave Zuchowski, executive vice president of national sales. “We expect continued economic and political stabilization throughout the final two months of 2013, which should ease uncertainty, boost consumer confidence and restore a robust growth curve for new vehicle sales.”

The core vehicles in the Hyundai line-up all saw sales gains during the month of October. Accent, Sonata, Elantra and Santa Fe sales were up 7, 18, 3 and 36 percent, respectively, with Sonata and Santa Fe aided by the arrival of freshened 2014 models with high-demand features like blind spot detection. The new 2014 Equus continues its roll, with sales up 14 percent. Azera, Tucson, Genesis and Veloster 2014 models are just now arriving at Hyundai dealerships.

“Consumers sidelined during the government shutdown took to showroom floors later in the month, with Hyundai sales pacing well over prior year levels in the last two weeks,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO. “While we continue to rebuild dealer inventories on core models like Sonata and Santa Fe, we’re also looking forward to the Los Angeles Auto International Auto Show in a few weeks, where we’ll be introducing a refreshed 2014 Elantra line-up and our take on the next generation of electric vehicles.”

Fleet sales represented 18 percent of total sales in October.

Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales for the month were 6,405 a gain of 106 percent.

CARLINE OCT/2013 OCT/2012 CY/2013 CY2012
ACCENT 3,605 3,373 48,717 54,811
SONATA 19,872 16,773 172,574 192,119
ELANTRA 14,876 14,512 209,469 167,087
SANTA FE 8,194 6,022 70,938 56,983
AZERA 512 840 9,617 6,833
TUCSON 2,016 3,451 34,907 41,295
VERACRUZ 0 343 175 7,683
VELOSTER 2,175 2,464 25,448 30,802
GENESIS 1,944 2,175 27,061 29,191
EQUUS 361 318 2,867 3,281
TOTAL 53,555 50,271 601,773 590,085

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4f097fda5864 001.png Interview: Mark Wilkins & Kia Racing Optima Turbo 2.0 T GDi

We had an event with Southwest Kia Mesquite Dealer, celebrating their customer appreciation day. This event was family friendly environment with many games for the kids, and some even bringing their best costumes for Halloween and of course winning prices. They also had a Texas band playing some great music and of course the some drinks and food for everyone who wanted to celebrate with them.

The Streetkiaz.com Texas chapter group was also invited on this event, showing their best customize cars in the state of Texas, but as always, having this big type of events we also got people from different states, such a Arkansas, Louisiana and even Michigan! One of the Main attractions for a lot of us, Kia Fans, was the presence of some special guest and they were Russell Smith and Mark Wilkins, owner and CEO of Kinetic Motorsports and Kia Optima Driver #38 from Kia Racing program. Of course, we couldn’t pass this opportunity and we created an interview for all our readers.

Without any further adieu here is the interview, enjoy it!

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1.  How did you become a professional car driver?

I grew up on Go Karts, did a lot of Go Karting until i went to open racing for 6 to 7 years until i develop my driving skill. i decided in 2006 to switch to sports cars racing and ran in Grand AM and did some American Le Mans type driving and in a number of different cars like Daytona Prototype and Prototype Challenge. The opportunity came in 2012 to join Kia in their exciting Motorsports program with their Optima Turbo, been with them ever since and that is a quick snap of my history racing.

2. How did you become part of Kia Racing Team?

From my experience and results, the knowledge accrued over number of years in sports car racing, from Kinetic Motorsports stand point i raced against them for many years and they decided i was a good fit for the Optima program with Kia in the World Challenge. Basically results, experience and stability, that kind of get in and do the job for Kia and represent the brand well in an exciting new motorsports program.

3. What does it means for you to race for Kia?

Kia is an unbelievable brand; it has come so far in the last few years. Speaking specifically on the Optima, the design, look, feel, quality, value, warranty, there are so many great things that as a car buyer you can’t overlook the Optima, it has a wonderful package. It takes all the check boxes from the performance standpoint like it has a great chassis, great motor, great power, great torque and strong fuel economy, and then you get all the bells and whistles, panoramic roof, and the cool air condition seats which is one of my favorites. It’s undeniable that Kia is here to show all the automakers that they are really serious about building great cars.

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4. As a professional driver, how was the adjustment from driving the Riley MK XX to the front wheel drive Kia Optima turbo?

Driving a front wheel car is a different animal, the Daytona prototype Riley that I drove for number of years, obviously, rear wheel drive car with high Horsepower, V8 engine and lighter on its feet, different type of class of car but jumping into front wheel drive, production based car it’s quite different. Obviously putting a little more power through the front wheels has its own challenges; it’s basically goes to the basic of driving a race car well, such as braking and getting to the apex as coming off the corner, so the team Kinetic Motorsports works really hard to get the most out of the Optima and improve on the package that Kia has given us which is really strong to start with and we just fine tune and make it work to compete against the Camaro, Nissan and Porsche that we race against.

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5. Back in 2012, you won first place in your homeland circuit, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, the very first year program with Kia and Kinetic Motorsports. Can you tell me about this experience?

The Canadian Tire Motorsports Park is a track that I have a lot of experience, been that I’m only an hour away; I do a lot of driving coach development also a lot of racing there as I grew up. I had a lot of confidence going into that race, even though it was one of the first races I have done with the Kia team. The track surface really suited the Optima and we were really strong right away, a lot of that was the ability to stretch the legs of the car, the confidence and knowledge of the circuit as well not having a whole lot of track time, that also helped. It was a great result with Kia to get their first win, we stayed there the whole weekend with my team mates really early on the program but it was a great accomplishment for Kia and the Kinetic Motorsports program.

6. You got your first place of the 2013 season for Kia racing in the championship GTS in the Detroit Grand Pix race #7, tell us your experience on this race and how did you manage to keep the position.

We were really strong on this race, certain tracks suits certain cars and Detroit circuit worked really well for us. We worked really hard on the balance of the car, the power was really strong on the car and we got couple of good straights that we really stretch the legs of the turbo. One of the things that we race against V8 power cars is they have a lot of torque, so they come out of the corners really well, but with the 2 liter engine motor we don’t have a lot of torque until the turbo spool up. On tracks with a lot of slow speed corners we struggle a little bit and on the faster tracks like Detroit we really can stretch the legs of the car and showcase a strong suite, the combination of track and suite of the car, a lot of work and development that kinetic did with the car and get the setup dial in, gave us the opportunity to be up front and we just out ran and kept everyone behind us, it was a great race for us, especially in Detroit.

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7. How does it feel placing 3rd place from the GTS Championship and positioning Kia 2nd in manufactures?

Our season just finished last weekend in Houston and I was third in the driver championship but more importantly Kia was second in manufactures, which is a huge accomplishment. Our closes rival is the Acura TSX, which finish third in manufactures, a car that has been racing and competing in the World Challenge for number of years, so it’s a great accomplishment for Kia in only 2 short years to finish second against Porsche, GM, Nissan, Acura and the likes. We did very well this year and lot of that comes down to the whole work we have done to the program and the development, ultimately just great basic package that Kia gave us to race with, with all things combine and putting it all together we made a really great season overall for Kia Racing.

8. Your last race was at the Reliant Park in Houston, because of the rain you had to switch tires. How did the Optima Turbo performed under those circumstances?

The car was really strong, we knew the track was going to dry eventually, which we obviously checked the radar before the race, and because it’s a short race we gambled a little and kept a little more of a dry setup on the car, in which a lot of our competitors went full wet setup. What that meant for us was, we struggle a little bit early on at the race with a little of lack of grip, obviously because been front wheel drive and when the turbo spool up you get a lot of wheel spin, so we struggle a little bit until the track started to dry and, as we thought, our paced picked up dramatically getting the fastest lap of the race by almost a full second. We gambled and its part of racing, and the Optima performed very well on the wet and even better once it started to dry, we were very strong.

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9. Can you tell us what happen in the Toronto race and how you were able to place 4th with a DNF?

Toronto was an interesting race; we had very competitive strong cars there. We basically didn’t get to the finish line by less than half of lap but because our paces throughout the race we actually pass enough cars that there wasn’t physically enough time lap race for competitors behind us to actually pass us, for example if we had the issue a lap earlier, the result would been worst. We got a little bit lucky and in racing luck is part of it. In Toronto we were very lucky when it happened and we took that to make the most out of race.

10. I have to ask you this question and I hope you can answer it. The new Kia Koup Turbo will be on dealers soon, will Kinetic and Kia be using this car?

I’m not really sure; we are on the silly season time frame. Certainly the new Koup model will make a really great car for the track with the 1.6L T-GDi engine but to my knowledge I’m not really sure if there is any plan to use that model.

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11. One of the biggest obstacles the Optima aftermarket community is having right now is the ECU tuning capabilities or rather the lack there of, how did your team overcome this? – Question asked by Brad William from our facebook page.

Our Optima, on ECU standpoint, are run by Bosch so it has a full standalone ECU, fully different ECU and we had to do that because just to get to the spec we needed to for the Motorsport program, the factory ECU wouldn’t allow us to make enough changes to make that work, so we had to go to a totally different system.

This was a great opportunity for us, we thank Kinetic Motorsport and Southwest Kia Mesquite for this great experience. Talking to Russell Smith we were able to made a great communication and hopefully soon we will be able to bring some new and great content from World Car News and Kinetic Motorsports!


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aebdb0e682nders3.jpg Hyundai Reveals New Details for the 2015 Genesis Sedan

Few weeks ago we starting showing the first naked pictures of the “All-New Genesis”, after that, Hyundai officially unveiled the first image renderings of the car. Now we know more about some specs like safety and performance, like a C02 sensor. The world-premiere in Korea is scheduled on November 26, the all-new Genesis will debut in major markets next year.

“Launched in 2008, Hyundai’s first premium rear-wheel drive sedan Genesis surprised the industry with its outstanding product competitiveness,” said Moon Sik Kwon, head of Hyundai Motor Group’s R&D Center, in his welcome remarks. “The evolved all-new Genesis is the product of Hyundai’s best resources and capabilities and we strongly believe it will be a game-changer in the market.”

With a total investment of 500 billion KRW, the project began with the aim of developing a world-class premium rear-wheel drive sedan, and it took four years to develop the current model. Its main strengths are: Premium and distinctive design, best-in-class chassis system, premium European brands’ level of driving and R&H performance, cutting-edge safety and convenience features.

With emotional touches included in every detail, conveying Hyundai’s brand identity ‘Modern Premium,’ the all-new Genesis has secured best-in-class basic product competitiveness through numerous tests carried out in various locations worldwide, including the famed Nürburgring in Germany.

The all-new Genesis significantly improved its safety in crash tests due to improved body structure and rigidity. Its torsional and bending stiffness have been increased by applying more ultra-high-strength steel, hot-stamping and double-section structure on the front, partitioned engine room design as well as improved rear and center floor structures.



684640751950x150.jpg Hyundai Reveals New Details for the 2015 Genesis Sedan
e5822bb51950x150.jpg Hyundai Reveals New Details for the 2015 Genesis Sedan

Hyundai engineers say elevated CO2 levels created by occupant respiration inside the vehicle cabin can cause drowsiness and slow reaction times. When a sensor located near the glove box detects CO2 levels above 2500 parts per million, it turns on a warning light on the instrument panel and triggers the climate-control system to bring in more fresh air from outside.

Passenger safety has been improved by the application of advanced seatbelt functions such as Emergency Fastening Device system (EFD), which tightly fastens passengers in crashes, and Pre-Safe seatbelt, which warns of danger in advance by tightening the seatbelt.

New Genesis will boast adaptive cruise control radar and a lane keeping assist camera to assess the possibility of a potential collision. When the car is traveling at over 51 mph, it will use partial braking to warn the driver of the chance of collision. At 50 mph and under, the car will employ full braking power to prevent a collision.

There are vehicles that use a sensor under the rear bumper to open the trunk, but that means getting on one leg in a potentially slippery surface. With the 2015 Genesis, all you need to do is approach from the rear with the remote key fob on your person. Pause for three seconds and the fob will communicate with the car to open the trunk. This will be a standard feature that is not tied in with the optional power trunk closer.

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Hyundai release a new video previewing some of its vehicle projects debuting at the 2013 SEMA Show. With less than a week to go, excitement is building as enthusiasts and automotive industry professionals descend on the Las Vegas Convention Center for one-of-a-kind project cars and product showcases.

This year, Hyundai is returning to SEMA with five custom cars developed by well-known tuners Bisimoto, ARK Performance, John Pangilinan, EGR and Fox Marketing. Check out the video below for a preview of the latest Hyundai projects and join the conversation at #HyundaiSEMA. You can read more about Hyundai Sema Cars in our 2013 SEMA SHOW Special Post

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