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Dynamax All-Wheel-Drive system for 2011 Kia Sportage

For the new generation Kia Sportage which has been upgraded in every aspect, the Korean company is also introducing a new All-Wheel-Drive system they have developed in collaboration with Magna.

It’s called the Dynamax and it has an intelligent control unit continuously analyzes data from the vehicle controller, so it sorta anticipates different conditions before they actually occur!

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Through a multi-plate clutch, the coupling system is fully controllable via an electro-hydraulic actuation system.  This Dynamax system behavior is completely transparent to the driver. Kia says that it also results in improved lateral stability while cornering, removal of unintended over and under steer by reducing unwanted traction and also lower fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions.

“The new Dynamax AWD system represents a significant technical advance that will bring real benefits to our customers,” comments Soon-Nam Lee, Director of Overseas Marketing, Kia Motors Corporation.  “The all-new Sportage compact SUV is an exciting newcomer to our product line-up and the availability of such a responsive AWD system for the first time in a Kia will raise this model’s appeal for many potential buyers.”

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2011 Kia Sorento wins safety award from IIHS

The new generation of Kia Sorento SUV (or CUV as the company calls it) is not only stylish, practical and efficient, also as it turns out it is also one of the safest crossovers in the market to day.

The car has been awarded as a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the midsize SUV category. Sorento receives top ratings for front, side, rollover, and rear impact protection.

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The car is packed by lots of safety features including driver and passenger advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags and front active headrests, four-wheel Antilock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Brake Control (DBC) also come standard on all models.

“In addition to offering consumers outstanding quality, appealing new design, comfort and value, the Kia brand is first and foremost committed to providing the highest levels of passenger safety,” said Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing of Kia Motors America (KMA). “The 2011 Sorento is an example of Kia’s ongoing and rapid vehicle expansion, demonstrating that buyers can have an affordable, well-equipped and attractive CUV without sacrificing impressive levels of crash protection.”

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2011 Kia Sorento SX In America

Kia Motors has launched the new generation of Sorento SX crossover in America. It is the first model to be produced at Kia’s recently opened manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia.

The 2011 Sorento comes with a totally new design inside and out and also features lots of new technologies.

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Unlike the previous model which was a full on SUV, the new Sorento tends to be more of a Crossover, or CUV as they call it. It also comes with a Unibody structure which means the chassis and the body are integrated, just like a mid-size sedan. It is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque.

The Sorento SX comes standard with leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, electrochromatic mirror with Homelink® and a voice-activated navigation system with back-up camera. The optional toys include an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with SIRIUS Satellite Radio capabilities, auxiliary and USB audio input jacks for connecting personal MP3 players, and Bluetooth®2connectivity with steering wheel-mounted voice activation controls toenable hands-free operation for all compatible mobile phones, the SXalso comes standard with an Infinity® Audio surround sound system with 10 speakers.

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2011 Kia Sorento debuts in Los Angeles

At 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, Kia Motors has revealed the new generation of Sorento crossover which will hit the American market in early 2010 as a 2011 model-year.

The new Sorento is a CUV (crossover utility vehicle) featuring a unibody design like a sedan car but with ride height and capabilities of a SUV. The car has a totally new design over the last generation, which gives it a more aggressive and sporty presence.

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2011 Kia Sorento comes with two engines, a 3.5-liter V6 with 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, and a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 175 horsepower and 169 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are optimized for fuel efficiency and both are couples with a six-speed transmission.

The Sorento can be had with either front or all-wheel-drive system with a locking center differential. It also features a more compact and lighter McPherson strut front suspension and a fully independent multi-link rear suspension.

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Available in base, LX and EX trim levels, the versatile CUV offers tasteful exterior features on all three including 17-inch alloy wheels with 235/65R17 tires and wheel moldings, while moving to the LX trim includes standard body-color heated outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signal indicators. All EX trims offer standard 18-inch alloy wheels outfitted with 235/60R18 tires, automatic headlamps, fog lamps (optional on LX trims) and a rear spoiler. Optional for LX and EX trims are roof rails for those looking to spend a weekend away or endeavor in recreational activities, while EX trims offer the options of 18-inch ultra bright mirror-finish wheels or a panoramic sunroof (V6 models only), a first for any Kia vehicle. With an overall length of 183.9 inches and overall width of 74.2 inches, the all-new CUV comes in longer, lower and roomier than the previous-generation Kia Sorento, offering occupants a more spacious and comfortable ride.

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New Sorento also features a wide range of standard equipments including air conditioning, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel with integrated audio controls, trip computer and rear map pockets. In addition to those features, the LX trims offers standard automatic up and down driver’s window function, illuminated vanity mirror, EcoMinder™ Indicator to assist with fuel efficient driving habits, and a second row arm rest with cup holder. Progressing to the EX trim provides even more well-appointed standard features including dual automatic temperature control, rear air conditioning (V6 models only) and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Moreover there are a number of high-tech luxury goods, including an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sat audio system with SIRIUS® Satellite Radio capabilities and three months complimentary service, auxiliary and USB audio input jacks for connecting personal MP3 players, and Bluetooth® wireless technology connectivity with steering wheel-mounted voice activation controls to enable hands-free operation for all compatible mobile phones. All EX models offer standard push button-start ignition with smart key and rear sonar back-up sensors, while available voice-activated navigation, rear view back-up cameras and air ionization purification technology complete the modern and high-tech driving experience.

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2010 Kia Sorento

Kia Motors has recently unveiled the new generation of its very successful SUV, the Sorento. The new model is totally new and has been redesigned from scratch! It has now become a Crossover rather than a medium size Sport Utility. In fact the only thing it shares with the previous gen is the name!

2010  Sorento is bigger than its predecessor and features Kia’s new designline, in which all models share a similar front grille. The car also comes with new equipments like third row seats and panoramic roof. It is also quit luxurious considering its class. It comes standard with a top-notch multimedia/navigation system with satellite radio and USB jack.

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As for the powertrains, the new generation Sorento comes with two engines, one of them a 2.4 liter four-cylinder developing 173 hp and the other a 3.5 liter V6 with 273 hp. The car is fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission and can be had with two or four-wheel-drive system.

Like the previous model, new Sorento offers very good value for money. It also comes with an astonishing warranty and support program which gives its owner peace of mind for the entire time of the ownership! New Kia Sorento will go on sale next year as a 2011 model and by the looks of things, it seems to have everything to challenge Hyundai Santa Fe.

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