Looking Back on the Decade with Kia Motors

As we enter a new decade, we’re also looking back to see just how far we’ve come. Over the past ten years, Kia Motors has made tremendous strides in their overall vehicle design, engineering and technology. In the spirit of the “Decade Challenge” we took last week with the Kia Soul, we’ve decided to take a look at the past decade in Kia Motors to see just how much the manufacturer has evolved! 


2010: All-New Kia Soul and Forte 

In 2010 Kia Motors introduced two All-New models: the Soul and the Forte! The sporty and fuel-efficient 2010 Kia Forte was an instant hit, named “Car of the Year” by NADAguides.com and chosen as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. The all-new 2010 Kia Soul stood out from the crowd with unique, modern styling and a playful tagline: “a new way to roll.” Since the release of the first Kia Soul in 2010, the Soul became a wildly popular vehicle thanks to a spacious interior, great fuel economy, and youthful aesthetic. 


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Browse Our Inventory of the 2020 Kia Forte 


2011: All-New Forte5 and Optima Hybrid



In 2011, Kia Motors unveiled a new five-door option of the popular Forte, and a Hybrid version of the Kia Optima! The 2011 Kia Forte Five-Door provided consumers with a versatile, spacious vehicle with all the benefits of the four-door Forte. The 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid was released as Kia’s first-ever hybrid vehicle and offered ground-breaking power and fuel economy. 


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2012: All-New Rio 5-Door 



2012 brought an all-new five-door option of the Kia Rio! The 2012 Kia Rio five-door provided consumers with the same fuel-efficiency, style, and technology features as the four-door Rio, but with a little more room to grow! 


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2014: All-New Cadenza 



In 2014 Kia announced their entry into the premium-car segment with the 2014 Kia Cadenza. The All-New 2014 Kia Cadenza was notable for its premium feel, European-inspired design, and long list of amenities. Some of the advanced technologies available included Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), and the Lane-Departure Warning System (LDWS). 


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2015: All-New K900 and Soul EV


In 2015, Kia announced their presence in the rear-drive premium luxury sedan segment with the 2015 Kia K900, and they introduced their first all-electric vehicle, the 2015 Kia Soul EV.  The K900 was equipped with the first-ever V8 engine in a Kia sedan, providing an impressive 420 horsepower. Additionally, the 2015 Kia Soul EV was honored with an industry-first automotive environmental validation by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) for its innovative use of bio-based materials.

2017: All-New Niro and Optima PHEV


For 2017, Kia Motors introduced “a new kind of crossover" with the 2017 Niro, and expanded their hybrid offerings with the All-New Plug-in Hybrid Optima. The 2017 Niro was luxurious, versatile, and sustainable, with Kia Motors proving you don’t have to sacrifice space or style for a hybrid. With the Niro, you could have it all, including fuel efficiency of up to 50 mpg combined. The All-New 2017 Optima PHEV was debuted as Kia’s first plug-in hybrid model. The 2017 Optima PHEV was designed to provide a superior hybrid driving experience with exterior enhancements, a more powerful hybrid engine, and an advanced telematics system. 


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View Our Inventory of the 2020 Kia Optima PHEV


2018: All-New Stinger and Niro PHEV

In 2018, Kia released the first high-performance production vehicle in the company’s history: the 2018 Stinger. The Stinger was created as a GT concept vehicle, achieving a perfect balance of performance, comfort, and cargo capacity. The 2018 Kia Niro PHEV was released as Kia’s third plug-in model. The Niro PHEV offered the same utility and youthful design of the Niro Hybrid, but with an estimated 26 miles of all-electric range. 


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2019: All-New Niro EV



The 2019 Niro EV provided all the versatility of a crossover with all the benefits of an electric vehicle. With an EPA estimated All-Electric Range of 239 miles and a fast-charging battery, extended road trips are possible with short charging intervals. The Niro EV has its own unique exterior style: a futuristic front fascia with a closed-off grille, “arrowhead” LED daytime running lights, reshaped rocker panels, and a redesigned rear fascia with blue trim accents. 

2020: Telluride and Seltos



The 2020 Kia Telluride is the largest Kia ever with space for up to eight occupants, and is equipped with a 291-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 engine. The Telluride opens up a whole new world for Kia consumers, encouraging the adventuring spirit to take on desert roads, mountain passes, and long coastal drives.


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 Following the Telluride is the 2021 Kia Seltos, coming to showrooms in the first quarter of 2020. 

The 2021 Kia Seltos is the newest addition to Kia’s utility vehicles. With an available 1.6-liter Turbo four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, this capable crossover can take on rough and rugged roads with ease. The tech features are noteworthy, too, including an available 10.25-inch high-resolution touch screen, an eight-speaker Bose premium sound system, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, available Kia Drive Wise Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, and more! 


At Steve Landers Kia, we’re proud to be a part of the Kia family, and we can’t wait to see what Kia Motors will unveil next. If a certain model in this post caught your eye, why not come down to our location on Colonel Glenn for a test drive? Once you drive one for yourself, they’ll be no turning back! 


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