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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.

Kia Sedona Minivan Makes Ward’s Top 10

This year Ward’s Top 10 Best Interiors List featured three sedans, two trucks, two crossovers, two hatchbacks, and a minivan. The only vehicle representing its segment for best interior on Ward’s Top 10, the Kia Sedona minivan offers comfort, safety, and value where other automakers have taken the cheap way out. That says a lot about the minivan segment but it says more about the Sedona itself.

The WardsAuto World Best Interior List put 42 vehicles under scrutiny. All new to the United States market (or drastically improved), the editors drove the vehicles around Detroit for two months to determine which would make the top 10. Only the best of the best were chosen, no matter the popularity of the segment.

“Minivans may not be as popular as they used to be, but the all-new Kia Sedona gives us reason to think this segment is in store for a resurgence,” said Tom Murphy, executive editor, WardsAuto World magazine.  “Kia takes stylistic chances with the Sedona interior.  Sedona is unique in its interior design with two-tone leather set off with white piping and orange contrast stitching. The van’s comfortable and spacious, with way-cool second-row lounge seats with footrests.  It’s also flexible, with third-row seats that fold into the floor. Finally, a minivan that is truly cool!”

You heard the man. For space, design, and value, the Kia Sedona is the only “truly cool” minivan on the market.

New Kia Sorento Ranked Second by U.S. News & World Report

Last year, the Kia Sorento ranked tenth among midsize SUVs according to U.S. News & World Report. That might seem like the kind of detail we’d be better off leaving out, especially since the midsize SUV segment is in such high demand right now. However, we don’t mind admitting it—because Kia itself didn’t mind admitting it.

That’s obvious by how much work they put into the new Kia Sorento, which is out now as a 2016 model. One of the major improvements for the new Sorento is the improved interior. There is an additional 2.2 cubic feet of cargo space, new soft-touch materials, improved overall look and feel, and plenty of comfort and convenient options.

The new Sorento is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine, with a six speed automatic transmission. Add a very controlled steering system and excellent overall driving dynamics and you’ve got yourself a dream SUV.

Come see us here at Kia of Augusta to learn more about all the changes that have pushed the Kia Sorento from the middle of the pack to the top of the heap in the midsize SUV market.

Kia B.R.A.K.E.S. Program Teaches Teens Defensive Driving

The Kia B.R.A.K.E.S. Program is an effective method of teaching teenagers the the rules of the road.

Teach your kids the B.R.A.K.E.S.

Kia is looking to help teenagers become better drivers. Currently, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the United States. To help more teenagers learn safer driving habits, Kia continues to offer the Kia B.R.A.K.E.S. Program, a driving school that offers free advanced driver training for teenagers.

“Kia is dedicated to making roads safer and giving back to the communities we call home,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Kia Motors America. “We are determined to help reduce the number of distracted driving accidents by working with B.R.A.K.E.S. to provide teens with the tools they need to be safer, better trained drivers behind the wheel.”

This new program helps teenagers learn more defensive driving techniques, providing 300 students during the month of April with important driving instruction. So far, more than 15,000 teenagers have graduated from the intensive half-day training course. The Kia B.R.A.K.E.S. Program includes instruction on reducing distracted driving, using the anti-lock braking system, evasive maneuvering, and skid-control practice.

For more information on the Kia B.R.A.K.E.S. Program, contact Kia of Augusta today!

2015 Kia Soul EV Best Value in America

The 2015 Kia Soul EV is continuing its rampage through the electric vehicle market and it shows no sign of slowing down. Vincentric, a company that analyzes cost-of-ownership data in the automotive industry, awarded the vehicle the “Best Value in America” award. The award reinforces Kia’s commitment to customers.

“The Soul EV, our first all-electric zero-emissions vehicle for the U.S. market continues that commitment. It offers iconic design, the best range of any vehicle in its class and superbly practical packaging, all at an affordable price. Being honored as a ‘Best Value in America’ by Vincentric is validation of Kia’s winning formula,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning for Kia Motors America.

Vincentric awards the Best Value in America after analyzing eight cost factors. These factors include fuel, insurance, maintenance, repairs, depreciation, taxes and fees, and opportunity cost. Vehicles are analyzed in every state and DC. Once the results were in, the Kia Soul EV was the clear winner in the Electric/Plug-in Hybrid category.

“As a first time winner of the ‘Best Value in America’ awards, the Kia Soul EV rose above the competition with a total cost of ownership that was more than 9% below expected. Contributing to its performance were low operating costs, which were powered, in part, by a 5-year, 60,000-mile comprehensive warranty,” stated David Wurster, Vincentric President.