• Soul wins for second year in a row
  • Cadenza wows with its accommodations for busy families

IRVINE, Calif., March 7, 2017 - The 2017 Soul and Cadenza have received 2017 Best Cars for Families awards from U.S. News & World Report. Vehicles were judged on their safety, seating and cargo volume, reliability and the availability of family-friendly features. U.S. News & World Report selected the Soul from 20 competitors in the Compact Cars category while the Cadenza was chosen from a field of 11 competitor vehicles in the Large Car category.

"We're thrilled to receive these great awards," said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA, "because they speak to the effort we put into creating vehicles that families will love. It's part of Kia's global commitment to offer attractive, reliable and dynamic vehicles with tremendous value. Being awarded Best Cars for Families by U.S. News & World Report is testimony to those efforts and we couldn't be more proud."

The Kia Soul was noted for outstanding ergonomics and tech features that make it a great choice for families. "The ride height is neither too low nor too high, making it easy for both little kids and grandparents with limited mobility to get in," said U.S News & World Report Autos managing editor Jamie Page Deaton. "Parents of teen drivers can get some peace of mind with the Soul's UVO1 system, while Apple CarPlay™2 and Android Auto™3 keep families connected with limited distraction on the road. Plus, its styling makes it a real standout in the school pickup lane."

U.S. News & World Report similarly praised the Cadenza. "The same features that make the Kia Cadenza luxurious for adults make it a great choice for families," said Page Deaton. "Rear sunshades keep backseat passengers cool so they can ride or nap in peace. UVO teen-driver controls make it easier to hand the keys over to new drivers, and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ make it easier to access common smartphone functions without having to learn a new operating system."

The hip and popular 2017 Kia Soul is available in three trim levels, including the new 201-horsepower turbocharged Exclaim4, and as a battery electric version, the Soul EV. Prices range from $16,100 to $35,950.5 Cadenza is all new for 2017 and is winning accolades for its elegant design and luxurious amenities. Offered in three trims, Cadenza prices range from $31,990 to $44,390.5

About Kia Motors America

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. Recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands and 50 Best Global Green Brands by Interbrand, Kia proudly serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and crossovers built at North American manufacturing plants in West Point, Georgia* and the municipality of Pesqueria in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

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February 9, 2017

Mazda CX-9 was named "Best Large Utility" by MotorWeek, a stalwart in automotive television content, as a part of the 2017 MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Awards.

The editorial team at MotorWeek evaluated the vehicles during its annual Drivers' Choice Awards from the "buyer's point of view," and the list of winners represent what the television program identifies as a practical guide for car shopping. After evaluating more than 150 vehicles every year, the winners are chosen based on what buyers value the most: driving performance, technology, practicality and dollar value.

Mazda CX-9 checks all the boxes. It sets itself apart from most three-row SUVs with KODO-Soul of Motion design and a sophisticated interior to match. In addition to its sleek design, CX-9 delivers in the performance department, with its SKYACTIV-D 2.5T turbocharged engine. CX-9 proves that a large utility vehicle can still have good looks and dynamic performance.

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DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 9, 2016 - The new Lincoln MKZ and Lincoln MKX have been named top safety picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in their respective categories:

·         Lincoln MKZ, Midsize Luxury Car Winner*

·         Lincoln MKX, Midsize Luxury SUV Winner*

IIHS conducts vehicle tests to determine crashworthiness - how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash. It also rates vehicles for front-crash prevention, systems that warn the driver or brake automatically to avoid or mitigate a frontal collision. The vehicles that perform best in the tests qualify for Top Safety Pick which has been awarded since the 2006 model year, or Top Safety Pick+, which was inaugurated in 2013.  

According to IIHS, to qualify for 2017 Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn good ratings in five crashworthiness tests - small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints - as well as a basic rating for front crash prevention. Also, IIHS says, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the five crashworthiness tests and an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

The new Lincoln MKX further strengthens Lincoln's position in the midsize luxury utility segment, one of the largest luxury segments in the U.S., representing about one-quarter of the retail luxury automotive market.

The new Lincoln MKZ for 2017 combines intuitive technology, effortless performance and distinctive design to deliver an enhanced driving experience Lincoln calls quiet luxury.

The vehicles are available with a suite of intuitive, driver-assist technologies. Their Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection uses camera and radar technology to monitor the vehicle's proximity to other vehicles and pedestrians. If a potential collision is detected, the system can alert the driver with visible and audible warnings and, if needed, pre-charge the brakes and increase brake sensitivity to help provide full responsiveness.

The lane-keeping system uses a forward-facing camera to detect lane markings. It can apply steering wheel torque and alert the driver with a steering wheel vibration should sensors detect drifting.

Both vehicles are equipped with BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert uses radar sensors to alert drivers with lights in their sideview mirrors if another vehicle is detected in blind spots. When drivers are backing up, the system can detect a vehicle approaching from either side, notifying drivers with a warning light and an audible tone.

An auto hold feature keeps the car at a complete stop without the driver having to press and hold the brake pedal - making stop-and-go driving more relaxing for Lincoln owners. Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection is an available technology that can help avoid some frontal crashes or lessen the severity of such events.

* With optional front crash prevention

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