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Kia Cadenza Earns AutoPacific’s 2015 Ideal Vehicle Award

AutoPacific’s 2015 Ideal Vehicle Award

The 2015 Cadenza recently won props for its design.


The premium Kia Cadenza sedan has been honored with AutoPacific’s 2015 Ideal Vehicle Award (IVA) in the Large Car category, based on over 66,000 surveys completed by new-car owners in the first half of 2015.

The IVAs recognize products that most closely meet buyer requirements and expectations, with numerous key automotive attributes taken into consideration, including ride and handling, interior storage, safety features, engine power and acceleration, technology, and driver’s seat comfort.

“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,” said Orth Hedrick, VP of Product Planning, Kia Motors America.

This is the second time AutoPacific honors the Cadenza this year, which earned a Vehicle Satisfaction Award earlier this summer. It’s one of our most popular vehicles at Kia of Augusta—visit today to schedule a test drive!

First Look at the 2016 Kia Sportage

first look at the 2016 Kia Sportage

Only a day after Kia teased the next-generation Sportage with three renderings ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, we got a real first look at the 2016 Kia Sportage thanks to leaked photographs leaked online on The Korean Car Blog.

The all-new model is reminiscent of the smaller KX3, especially at the front, where Kia’s trademark “tiger nose” is bigger than ever and flanked with new quad-LED daytime running lights. Overall, the design is sleeker and more outgoing than previous generations.

The interior wasn’t revealed, but older spy shots have already shown a few details there. The dashboard is not unlike the latest version of the Sorento, including an 8-inch Infinity infotainment system. According to Kia, the Sportage will feature the highest-quality cabin the automaker has ever built, which we’re really looking forward to at Kia of Augusta.

It’ll share a platform with the Hyundai Tucson with a 164-horsepower 2.0-liter and a 175-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo as your choices under the hood. We’ll get all of the other details when it is fully revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show!

The Difference between Diesel and Gasoline Engines


If you’re in the midst of the great car search, and haven’t considered going with a diesel engine, you’re not alone. When you think of diesel, large trucks and loud, inefficient sedans may come to mind – but those stereotypes couldn’t be further from the truth. Today, diesel vehicles are some of the most efficient cars available, and in Europe, they represent nearly half of all vehicles on the road.

So what’s the difference between diesel and gasoline engines?

To put it simply, gas engines use spark plugs to ignite the gasoline when the fuel and air is compressed, creating energy to power the car. Conversely, diesel engines don’t use a spark at all. Instead, the compressed air and fuel combust on their own with the help of intense heat.

What’s the benefit?

While diesel fuel is currently generally more expensive than gas, the engines are more efficient, meaning that less diesel fuel is needed to turn out the same amount of work. Simply put, diesel vehicles get better mileage than their gasoline counterparts, allowing drivers to go longer distances between fill ups.

Additionally, the higher amount of energy produced by diesel vehicles means more torque. The more torque a vehicle has, the greater its ability to tow and haul loads – which is why pickup trucks commonly use diesel engines.

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Here at Kia of Augusta, we are here to help you find your next car! Stop by to learn more about diesel and gasoline engine options!

Kia Hybrids Headed Our Way

More hybrids will be joining the Kia Soul on the road soon.

More hybrids will be joining the Kia Soul on the road soon.

Kia and Hyundai are gearing up for the next chapter in mobility – whatever that turns out to be. Instead of doubling down on one single type of gasoline-alternative vehicle, the Korean automakers are hedging their bets – and are preparing to launch four hybrids, two plug-in hybrids and an electric car in the U.S. by 2018.

According to Automotive News, both brands will launch their first dedicated hybrid vehicles in 2017. The all-new cars are promised to feature modern, aerodynamic design elements, and will mark a new chapter for sister brands Kia and Hyundai. The Kia hybrid will reportedly be based on the Kia Forte platform, and be powered by a direct-injected 1.6-liter gasoline engine paired with an electric motor.  Spy shots suggest the Kia hybrid will be a compact crossover.

Both brands are preparing for a shift in consumer demands, and are planning a lineup that will meet all consumer needs not if, but when, gas prices begin to rise again.

“They’re doing hybrids, they’re doing PHEVs, they’re doing pure battery electrics,” said Ed Kim, vice president of industry analysis at automotive consultancy AutoPacific and a former product planner at Hyundai. “They’re basically throwing darts at the wall, preparing for the future by having expertise in all of these types of vehicles.”

Look for the new Kia hybrids to arrive as soon as next year, and stop by Kia of Augusta today to learn more!

What Should You Do If Your Car’s Brakes Fail?

If your car's brakes fail you, follow these simple tips from the team at Kia of Augusta in Augusta, GA.

Above all else, don’t panic if your brakes fail you.

Imagine driving down the highway during rush hour only to find that your brakes don’t work. That can be absolutely horrifying but there are measures you can take to ensure your safety and the safety of other drivers. While we here at Kia of Augusta hope you never find yourself in this situation, it’s always good to be prepared. Here’s what you should do if your car’s brakes fail.

  • Remain Calm. Keeping a clear head is vital to getting out of traffic unharmed. If you don’t panic, you’ll be able to do small things that will be a massive help, like remembering to turn on your emergency lights.
  • Leave Your Engine On. Turning off your engine may sound like a great idea to slow down but it won’t help in the grand scheme. Without power, you have no power steering, meaning it will be much more difficult to navigate to the side of the road.
  • Try the Brakes Again. Modern vehicles have a dual braking system in which the front and rear brakes are independent. You aren’t without braking power if at least one of the systems is working. Try putting strong, consistent pressure on the brake pedal to slow down.

Kia’s Luxury Car Tops Satisfaction Survey

You might be inclined to think only premium brands can truly provide luxury satisfaction but owners of Kia’s K900 luxury car are the happiest of all, a survey found. Kia took four categories in the 19th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. That brings the automaker in as runner up just behind General Motors, which took five categories.

The competition is often close and no automaker walks away with the win. While General Motors came in first with five wins and Kia second with four, Nissan finished third with three categories.

Kia driving away with the Most Satisfying Vehicle Overall marks a huge improvement over the past decade.

“Kia and Hyundai are continually improving owner satisfaction in key areas like reliability and quality, yet are also hitting the mark with safety, braking, handling, styling and seat comfort, not to mention a very satisfying warranty program,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific.

The survey’s outcome is the result of 66,000 responses with over 274 models from 33 automakers.

While Kia’s luxury car took Most Satisfying, the Cadenza and Soul took their respective categories as well. The Kia Sportage won both the Compact Crossover SUV and Compact Pickup categories.

We here at Kia of Augusta are happy to see Kia getting the recognition it deserves!

Kia Awarded Big in 2015 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

The Kia Sorento and Soul were both awarded with the best scores in their segments in the 2015 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study! In addition, five other Kia models (Rio, Optima, Cadenza, Sportage, Sedona) were ranked within the top three of their segments, improving Kia’s overall brand position to number two.

It is the third consecutive year in which Kia has improved its position in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. Kia’s brand score improved 20 points, allowing it to reach the number two spot out of 33 automotive brands, which is also the highest position among mass-market brands.

Michael Sprague, Chief Operating Officer and EVP of KMA, said, “We believe the J.D. Power report leaves no doubt that Kia builds world-class vehicles, and the results are especially gratifying as the IQS study truly reflects the voice of our customers.”

If you want to learn more about the award-winning models, or try them out for yourself, visit us at Kia of Augusta.

The City of Augusta Independence Day Celebration

Father’s Day—June 21st—marked the official start of the summer season. Up next after celebrating our own fathers, is observing the holiday brought to us by our Founding Fathers. If you’re anything like us, celebrating our nation’s independence has become a favorite holiday of ours.

If you and your family do not have plans just yet and you’re looking for some fun to have, The City of Augusta Independence Day Celebration is something you don’t want to miss.

The annual event, held downtown at Augusta Common, is free and suitable for all ages with plenty of family friendly activities to take part in. There will be live entertainment starting at 4 p.m., along with numerous vendors and a children’s area with kids’ favorite inflatables. And, of course, there will be fireworks! The light show is set to start at 9:30 p.m.

Bring the whole family and enjoy your holiday weekend in our beautiful town of Augusta. For more information about the Independence Day Celebration, click here.

“King James Edition” KIA K900 Auctioned to Benefit Charity

Kia and LeBron James have teamed up to auction off a one-of-a-kind KIA K900 for the benefit of the LeBron James Family Foundation. James worked with Celebrity Auto Group to fully customize the luxury K900 (valued at nearly $170,000), and fans were invited to place their bids on

The “King James Edition” KIA K900 includes a King James Limited Edition Plaque, James-related icons in the headrests, color-matched diamond contrast stitching, Alcantara Suede interior and headliner, customized audio system, and Llumar® Ceramic window tint.

“I’m excited to share this custom car with the winning bidder and even more proud that all of the proceeds are going to help my Foundation continue its amazing work,” said LeBron James. “All of the proceeds raised will help us keep kids in school and give them an education that is extremely important for their futures.”

The LeBron James Family Foundation works to keep at-risk youths from dropping out of the Akron Public Schools system, and also runs a youth basketball program in the greater Akron area. Additionally, the foundation donates to James’ alma mater, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

“The K900 challenges everything people think they know about Kia, and the King James Edition takes on a new personality by showcasing LeBron James’ unique style,” said Tim Chaney, vice president of marketing communications, Kia Motors America in a statement. “We are proud that LeBron chose to drive a Kia, and to provide fans the opportunity to bid on the K900 and have the proceeds go to the LeBron James Family Foundation.”

Did you miss your chance to win? (Bidding closed on May 7th.) Stop by Kia of Augusta today to learn more about the K900!

All-New Kia Sedona Receives Top Safety Rating

The all-new Kia Sedona has officially earned a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; the highest rating a vehicle can earn. With a new chassis and reinforced structure, the 2015 Sedona ensures you and your family’s safety.

76 percent of the Sedona’s body is made up of Advanced High Strength Steel which provides more durability and crash protection than the previous model. In addition, the new chassis offers 36 percent greater static torsional stiffness than the Sedona’s closest competitor.

Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning said, “As families begin planning summer vacations in their Sedonas, they can feel confident in the engineering that went into their vehicle and that NHTSA has validated the product with its highest safety rating.”

In addition to the new structure of the Sedona, it also comes with driver assistance technology which includes Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Surround View Monitor and Lane Departure Warning.

If you’re interested in a vehicle that’s as stylish as it is safe, then all-new Kia Sedona is a home-run choice. Come visit us at Kia of Augusta to test-drive one today.