Kia Cadenza Takes Home AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award

2015 Kia Cadenza
2015 Kia Cadenza

AutoPacific, an automotive marketing research company, is known for publishing a large variety of studies on a yearly basis focusing on the auto industry. One of the studies it conducts is a survey of over 66,000 new car owners to see which cars effectively met buyers’ needs and expectations. Using this data, the company awards certain cars with the AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award.

The winner this year in AutoPacific’s Large Car category was the 2015 Kia Cadenza. The Cadenza was initially introduced in order to fulfill customer demand for a larger vehicle in Kia’s lineup. Orth Hedrick, the Vice President in Product Planning for Kia Motor America, graciously responded to the presentation of the award: “AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award is important because it represents the voice of the customer and offers confirmation that the Cadenza’s blend of world-class design, quality and features is hitting the mark with Kia owners.”

The AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award is presented to the Cadenza in addition to the Vehicle Satisfaction Award which was also presented to the vehicle earlier this summer.

Kia Reveals 2017 Sportage Interior

2016 Kia Sportage
Current Kia Sportage Interior

A couple weeks ago, Kia revealed the 2017 Sportage’s more dynamic, fighter-jet-inspired exterior. Now, the brand is unveiling more details as a teaser ahead of the vehicle’s Frankfurt International Motor Show debut. The 2017 Sportage interior has been redesigned for the sake of both spaciousness and luxury.

The redesigned interior images feature contrasting white stitching on the black leather seats and steering wheel. The wheel itself is flat-bottomed and heated, the seats can be heated or cooled, and the Sportage has several rows of climate control. The new dashboard is made to look more upscale and luxurious. The tech is up-to-date with the infotainment system that seems to be becoming standard with most modern vehicles, and safety features include a new autonomous emergency braking system.

The cabin also is improved over the outgoing model in terms of being quieter and roomier. The wheelbase has been stretched by 1.18”, allowing a bit of extra leg space for everyone in the vehicle. The dashboard is more insulated and the doors soundproofed.

The 2017 Sportage interior will feature more high-quality materials and paves the way for Kia’s venture into more upscale vehicles and design. Kia has referred to the next-generation Sportage’s interior as being one of the more significant improvements over last year’s model.