Kia shows off at 2018 SEMA in Las Vegas
Each year there are a lot of impressive auto shows that brands, like Kia, enjoy going to because they can show off upcoming models, concept vehicles, and drum up excitement for redesigns. It’s hard to choose a favorite auto show, as they each bring their own flair, but if we had to go with the most exciting one, we think SEMA would be at the top of the list.
SEMA — which stands for Speed Equipment Manufacturing Association — takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It’s a trade-show (aka: not open to the public) and this most recent 2018 event drew in 70,000 interested buyers from the States and overseas! Needless to say, it’s a big deal. Kia didn’t hold back at the 2018 SEMA, and they brought a lot of vehicles to the event.
The Kia Forte
The Kia Forte is known for being an excellent entry-level sedan, but the designers and engineers really beefed it up for SEMA. They did a world debut of the Kia Forte GT, brought in a Forte drift car they built alongside Red Bull, and the Forte Federation gave one lucky model tons of accessories for an aggressive look.
The Kia Stinger
With handling precision and lap times that beat several luxury models on the track, the Kia Stinger is already a performance standout. That said, Kia wasn’t afraid to spice things up for SEMA 2018. They brought in a police-version of the Stinger (it would be both exciting and scary to be pulled over by one), a custom-built Stinger from the DUB crew, and lucky participants got to ride in a modified Stinger GT that was piloted by Formula Drift Drivers. The DUB team also got their hands on a Kia K900 premium sedan.
The Upcoming Kia Telluride
Kia has been showing off its upcoming Kia Telluride SUV, and for the SEMA event they wanted to present its off-road capabilities. They brought not one, not two, but four models to take on the off-road courses at SEMA. Just look at the Telluride fly in the picture above!
While most of these models were custom one-offs, you can still drive into our North Aurora Kia dealership to test drive our current new Kia selection. We’re conveniently located to serve Aurora, Naperville, Elgin, and Schaumburg, and we look forward to meeting you!