KIA RACING WINS FIRST-EVER GRAND-AM ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The No. 10 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup took top honors in the Street Tuner (ST) class at the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) race in Alabama!

 

Drivers Nic Jonsson and Michael Galati captured Kia’s first-ever GRAND-AM championship on Sept. 17 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Kia and racing partner Kinetic Motorsports entered the season finale at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with narrow three-point leads in both standings. Co-drivers Nic Jönsson and Michael Galati used the Forte Koup’s braking, handling and fuel-efficiency advantages on the 13-turn circuit to battle a field of more than 30 competitors during the 2.5-hour race, propelling Kia to its first-ever GRAND-AM road racing championships.

After qualifying in the third position on Sept. 16, Michael Galati maneuvered the No. 10 Forte Koup into second place at the 30-minute mark before a full course caution went into effect and all of the top five ST cars headed to pit row for a driver change and refueling. Galati climbed out, and Jönsson jumped behind the wheel for the final two hours of the race.

 

Jönsson steered the No. 10 Infinity Kia Forte Koup to victory when it crossed the finish line in seventh place for the Street Tuner class, good enough to earn Kia the driver and team championships in the season’s final race at Mid-Ohio on Saturday. Co-driver Michael Galati helped pave the way, holding second place at the 30-minute mark before switching out with Jönsson for the final two hours of the race.

But it was no easy feat, as Jönsson battled it out in the 71-car field against two Minis and two Mazda3s that held court the top five positions for most of the race. With 30-minutes to go in the race, Jönsson executed a perfect inside pass of one of the MazdaSpeed3s and moved the No. 10 Forte Koup into fourth place. Just a few laps later, the first-place MINI lost all power and a full-course caution was issued, with Jönsson now sitting in third place.

Once the green flag waved again, Jönsson managed to cross the finish line in seventh place as his Kinetic Motorsports teammates began celebrating Kia and Kinetic Motorsports’ first-ever GRAND-AM road racing titles on pit row.

Shot of the entire Kinetic Motorsports team with the championship-winning #10 Koup at the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season-ending banquet in Cleveland, OH.

The two-car Kia Racing team won two of the ten races during the season and finished in the top 10 in all but one race. After winning the championship, Jönsson said “Second-year motorsports programs are not supposed to win championships, but Kia Motors and Kinetic Motorsports have been committed to being the best since we formed our partnership in late-2009. The Kia Forte Koups have been fantastic since getting off the truck at Daytona in January thanks to the tireless dedication of the team. We couldn’t be happier with the end result, and I have to thank Michael Galati whose skill and experience was invaluable in this championship run.”

 

Article and Photos via Kia Buzz

Written by Kia Motors Corporation PR Team

Originally published September 23

Kia’s Smartphone Applications

The number of smart phone users is increasing worldwide. To keep up with this trend, Kia has offered various brand applications since 2009.

If you haven’t downloaded Kia’s applications, today’s posting will be helpful for downloading the applications you want.

Fight4Picanto -Released July 11, 2011

(Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fight4picanto/id432889434?mt=8)
Think cats are sensitive, sweet and cuddly? Not all of them. This is a game app where cat fighters face off. You can choose your own character from four cats that do karate, kick-boxing and street-fighting. You can also enjoy multi-player gaming through the Game Center.

Kia Optima AR- Released January 20,2011


(Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kia-optima-ar/id411887975?mt=8)
Also available in Android https://market.android.com/details?id=com.exploreenage.KIAExplore
This app starts when you capture the Kia logo with your camera. Once the app is open, you can learn more about the various colors and functions of the Optima.

Optimap – Released December 8, 2010

(Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/optimap/id397923373?mt=8)
Optimap helps search for real-time transportation information, gas stations, parking lots, auto services, hospitals, restaurants, coffee shops and more. You can also easily share this information with your friends.
Information about the Optima’s various features can be found through “My Features.” “My Location” makes it possible to send your current location and expected arrival time through SMS with various emoticons. You can also Tweet your current location with “My Tweets.”

My Kia Soul Cam- Released August 27,2010

(Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-kia-soul-cam/id379267762?mt=8 )
With this funny app, you can take a photo image with your smart phone and use the image to create a body sticker for the Kia Soul. You can also save or share this photo in your photo albums and on Facebook. Information about the features of Kia Soul is also available.

Kia Soul (Shake Your Soul) – Released January 30, 2009

 

(Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kia-soul/id301739923?mt=8)
You can see the different colors of the Kia Soul by shaking your iPhone. This application has simple functions that help view the Soul’s various colors.. For more information, visit http://soul.kia.eu

Article via Kia Buzz

Written by Kia BUZZ Editorial Team

Originally published July 28th 2011

DANCE LIKE ONE OF KIA MOTORS’ MUSIC-LOVING HAMSTERS IN THE “SOUL SHUFFLE SLAM” ONLINE VIDEO CHALLENGE

Think you can shuffle like a pro? Kia is giving you a chance to prove it!

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After more than three million online views since its debut in late-August, Kia Motors America’s “Share Some Soul” advertising campaign featuring the brand’s music-loving hamsters shufflin’ to the beat of electro-pop group LMFAO’s smash hit “Party Rock Anthem,” Kia is inviting dancers from around the globe to join the party and participate in a LMFAO-inspired dance video submission contest. Hosted on the Kia Soul YouTube1 and Facebook channels, “Soul Shuffle Slam” contestants will vie for a chance to win a Grand Prize of $10,000 and the opportunity to dance on stage with the wildly popular electro-pop group LMFAO by submitting videos of themselves grooving to the summer’s hottest song, “Party Rock Anthem.”

“Soul’s immense popularity is due not only to its unique styling, wealth of technology and convenience features and overall value, but also to the role that music has played in our marketing efforts for this vehicle,” said Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing & communications, KMA. “LMFAO is a fun, energetic and exciting group, and just like the Soul has done since its launch in 2009, they pride themselves on standing out from the crowd. With the 2012 model year featuring increased horsepower and fuel efficiency, it makes perfect sense to extend our partnership with LMFAO by inviting dancers from all over the globe to show us their best shuffle for the opportunity to win some $10,000 and the dance opportunity of a lifetime.”

As part of the contest, visitors to the Kia Soul YouTube and Facebook channels will be able to vote for their favorites, helping to pick the contest’s finalists. Four finalists will be selected to move on to the Kia Soul Shuffle Slam Showdown, where their videos will be judged by LMFAO’s very own Redfoo and SkyBlu along with members of the popular dance team, Quest Crew. Users also will be able to connect the “Soul Shuffle Slam” to their Facebook account and send dance challenges to their friends, as well as leave comments on the contest page via their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

About the “Share Some Soul” Commercial
Created by David&Goliath, KMA’s advertising agency of record, “Share Some Soul” finds three hamsters rolling through an apocalyptic landscape in an aptly named “Alien Green” 2012 Kia Soul with this summer’s hottest song, “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO – number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks – blasting from the hatchback’s new 350-watt Infinity®2 audio system. The hamsters bring style and flair to a dark and dreary scene with their fluorescent Hamstar® street wear and quickly capture the attention of battling robots when they emerge from their Soul and begin performing the latest dance trend, shuffling. Just as the Kia Soul infuses fun and personality into the compact CUV segment, the Hamsters’ positive energy causes the alien robots and humanoids to stop fighting, drop their weapons and shuffle and party together. The ad campaign originally debuted on Aug. 28 during the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) and now also appears on thousands of movie screens across the country.

“Share Some Soul” is the third in a series of award-winning Kia Soul campaigns and builds on the popularity generated by “A New Way to Roll” and “This or That,” both of which received numerous accolades including Nielsen’s “Automotive Ad of the Year” two years in a row and Silver and Gold Effie awards.

About the 2012 Kia Soul
Unveiled earlier this year at the New York International Auto Show, the 2012 Soul won critical acclaim for its finessed styling and increased power and higher fuel economy. With the new 2.0-liter engine, Soul now delivers a class-leading 164 horsepower3 (an increase of 22 horsepower over the previous model year), and the new 1.6-liter engine offers 138 horsepower (an increase of 16 horsepower) and fuel-saving and emissions reducing gasoline direct injection (GDI) technology. Mated to new more efficient six-speed manual and automatic transmissions, the 1.6-liter engine delivers up to a class-leading 35 miles per gallon4 (mpg) on the highway (up four mpg from previous model year), while the new Soul will be among the first in the segment to offer Kia’s new Idle Stop and Go (ISG) technology (late availability), further enhancing its fuel-sipping capabilities.

Available in three trims – Soul, Soul+ (plus) and Soul! – the 2012 Soul’s exterior design has been updated with subtle changes to the front and rear fascias to project a wider stance, while new headlamps, taillights, side mirrors and wheels project a more modern look. All Soul models also are improved with redesigned and upgraded interiors, significantly better noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) reduction qualities, a more refined ride and many new standard features, including a tilt and telescoping steering column, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC). On sale now, Soul begins at a best-in-class5 $13,900 MSRP6 while the Soul A/T starts at $15,7007.

Design-Led Transformation and Product Line
Kia Motors has undergone a dramatic, design-led transformation, which has been delivering dynamically styled vehicles in several important segments at exactly the right time, contributing to the brand’s continued gains in U.S. market share. Kia is poised to continue its momentum and brand growth through design innovation, quality, value, safety features and new technology. Kia’s commitment to the U.S. market is represented by its U.S.-based manufacturing facilities in West Point, Georgia – KMMG – which is responsible for the creation of more than 10,000 plant and supplier jobs and added the critically acclaimed Optima midsize sedan to its production line in September. Kia’s model year 2012 vehicle line includes the Sorento CUV, Sportage compact CUV, Optima midsize sedan, Optima Hybrid8, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Forte compact sedan, Forte 5-door compact hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, all-new Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and Sedona minivan.

Press Release via Kia