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Rekor Systems Announces Selection of Waycare Technologies by Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for Pilot Program to Reduce State Traffic Congestion and Crashes California homeless camp fire damages 2 bridges, disrupts public transportation Austin finishes half of its bicycle network, expects to complete entire 400-mile system by 2025 The Top 10 Automotive Concepts that automotive enthusiasts will be itching to see on the road! Oregon Transportation Commission, wary of I-5 Rose Quarter project’s growing price tag, grants conditional approval Woman dies after being hit by car in North Windham Friday night Silk-FAW Continues To Poach Italy’s Automotive Talent, As Lamborghini’s Katia Bassi Joins As Managing Director Transportation Department cracks down on airlines withholding refunds for canceled flights Bear gets trapped in car, destroys interior Cycling apparel company adding full-service bike repair to visitor center
Sep
2021
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I Drove A Preproduction Kia EV6, The First Electric Car Built On Kia’s ‘Revolutionary’ E-GMP Platform. Here’s What I Thought

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The Kia EV6 is the first car from the Korean automaker to be built on a dedicated electric vehicle platform. Here’s what I thought about the EV6 and the E-GMP bones that underpin it — bones that will act as the foundation of millions of Kia, Hyundai, and Genesis cars in the future.

A few weeks ago, I attended the German Car of the Year assessment near Frankfurt, Germany. This was basically an event put on by journalists — in cooperation with automakers — to give writers a chance to drive and grade an assortment of over 40 cars.

I’ve already mentioned the GR Yaris and Toyota Supra that I drove at the event. Those were epic, though it was the EV6 that I had a hard time booking an appointment for, as Kia was giving journalists an exclusive opportunity to drive the preproduction vehicle. (There are few things that make a journalist’s mouth water as much as an exclusive).

A Quick Look At The Platform

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Introducing the platform was automotive design legend Luc Donckerwolke, the now-Genesis designer who had a hand in styling some famous Lamborghinis and more importantly the incredible aluminum-bodied Audi A2.

Kia’s platform is called E-GMP, and it stands for Electric-Global Modular Platform. It’s a big deal because it’s going to underpin many EV Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis cars moving forward. Kia discusses the platform’s flexibility in a press release, saying:

EV6 signals the U.S. launch of Kia’s ‘Plan S’ strategy that will deliver 11 all-new electrified models across the world by 2026.

[…]

The E-GMP modular platform maximizes development efficiency and enables the Kia brand to expand its dedicated EV portfolio across multiple vehicle segments – sedans, CUVs, SUVs – in a short time and with minimal complexity. The architecture provides an adaptable foundation with a long wheelbase and wide stance. 

It’s not always clear what it means when automakers say vehicles will share a single platform, but you can expect all E-GMP vehicles to share common battery modules, common suspension designs/subframes/mounting points (which means similar track widths), and common drive units and power electronics.

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Suspension is a MacPherson strut setup in the front (shown above) and a multilink in the rear (shown below — apologies for the not-so-optimal images):

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The big battery pack in between comes filled with 77.4kWh or 58kWh worth of Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese (in ratios of 80 percent, 10 percent, 10 percent, respectively) pouch cells:

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Battery voltage is 800V, just like on the Porsche Taycan. Kia says this high voltage potential should enable a charging times of only 18 minutes from 10 percent to 80 percent when using a 350 kW fast charger. Adding 70 miles to an “empty” car should take only five minutes (I’m assuming these numbers apply to the larger 77.4 kWh pack, which Kia says

Aug
2021
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LMP to acquire New York Kia store

LMP Automotive Holdings Inc. has agreed to purchase a Kia dealership in New York as its franchised dealership buying spree continues.

The deal for Yonkers Kia in Yonkers, N.Y., was announced on Monday and is expected to close in the fourth quarter. LMP entered into an asset purchase agreement with seller Harrison Gray of Respect Auto Group on Aug. 5 to buy the dealership for $14 million, according to a regulatory filing.

Up to $5 million of that $14 million could be paid in shares of LMP stock while the rest would be paid in cash and debt financing, LMP said.

LMP said the Kia dealership is expected to add $82 million in annual revenue to the company.

“This acquisition will further expand our Northeast footprint,” LMP COO Richard Aldahan said in a statement.

LMP said the acquisition is subject to certain conditions such as approval from Kia America.

Yonkers Kia is the latest planned acquisition for the small public auto retailer that bought its first half-dozen franchised dealerships in the first quarter for $143.6 million. In May, LMP bought an 85 percent stake in a Subaru store in Mount Hope, W.Va., for $3.2 million.

Last month, LMP said it agreed to purchase four dealerships in three states.

The group plans to buy Cadillac and Nissan dealerships in Houston for $141 million; a Kia dealership in East Hartford, Conn., for more than $9 million; and a Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram dealership in Clifton Park, N.Y., for $19.2 million.

In March, LMP said it would buy 85 percent stakes in Central Avenue Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram in Yonkers, N.Y., and White Plains Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in New York from Jonathan Grant and partners. LMP has said it is slated to close on those stores in the third quarter.

LMP, which has franchised dealerships in Florida, Tennessee and West Virginia in its portfolio, said in March that it aims to add 80 to 100 dealerships to its network by the end of 2022.

May
2020
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Drivers Looking to Get Their Kia Vehicle Thoroughly Cleaned are Invited to the Lehighton Kia Service Center

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Drivers and passengers can enjoy a clean Kia vehicle when they visit the Lehighton Kia service center.

Drivers have become more particular than ever before when it comes to cleaning the interior of their Kia vehicle. Not cleaning the interior of a vehicle allows for dust to build up, which can downgrade the performance of air vents and other components. It can also allow for stains to break down materials like leather quicker than normal. Of course, there is also always a concern over germs and bacteria.

At Lehighton Kia, the in-house service center’s technicians offer cleaning and sanitation services on Kia vehicles. Thanks to their knowledge and experience, they can clean and sanitize difficult-to-reach areas while using effective, yet gentle cleaning solutions recommended by Kia.

While cleaning each Kia vehicle brought in, the technicians can do a thorough inspection of the vehicle to ensure that everything is in working order and drivers can continue to enjoy a dependable ride.

In addition to the in-house service center that specializes in Kia vehicles, Lehighton Kia provides a full range of services for Kia shoppers and owners, including a vast inventory of new Kia vehicles, a large selection of used vehicles from Kia and other brands, various financing options, and a huge inventory of Kia-certified parts and accessories.

Drivers interested in having their Kia vehicle cleaned and sanitized are encouraged to contact Lehighton Kia through its website at http://www.lehightonkia.com or by phone at 833-335-5077. Lehighton Kia is located at 1502 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive East in Lehighton.

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