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Kia Takes Home 2014 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Award for Best Value

The Kia Optima is one of the reasons for Kia receiving a 2014 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Award.

You’ll go far in an Optima with its 23/34 mpg fuel economy.

It’s no surprise really. Kia Motors America has been a growing brand in the past decade, all thanks to vehicles that are built to last.

This past Wednesday, Kia received a 2014 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Award for “Best Value Brand.” It was the first time the automaker had won the highly-esteemed honor. Kia won it for a handful of reasons.

  • Stylish vehicles with great fuel economy. Specifically, the Optima, Rio, Soul and Forte were praised as cars that drivers could count on for a fun drive along with a strong performance from the gas tank.
  • Price. Quality-made cars usually come with a price. This can either be inviting to consumers or a turn-off. Fortunately with Kias, the price is just right because the value with each vehicle supersedes it.
  • Value. New car customers do not just want to find a sleek car with numerous features at a good price. They want to buy a car that will last and have very few problems for a long time. This is when Kia comes in.
The 2014 Forte is one of the cars that lead to Kia getting the 2014 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Award.

The Forte runs up to 173 horsepower and can get up to 36 mpg on the highway.

Are you looking for a car that fits this profile? Read the press release by clicking the link above, and visit Kia of Augusta for a great selection of Optimas, Rios, Souls and Fortes!

Kia MPV to Debut at the New York Auto Show

Find out about the Kia MPV at the 2014 New York Auto Show later this month.

The 2014 New York Auto Show will unveil Kia’s mystery vehicle (Photo Courtesy of Alexisrael).

Yesterday, Kia announced on its media website that it would debut a new car at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

“Kia will unveil an all-new midsize multi-purpose vehicle at the 2014 New York International Auto Show in two weeks,” the press release read. “This global debut will challenge the segment and will offer the functionality to transport as many as eight passengers and their belongings while also serving as a purposeful offering for adventure seekers. Stay tuned for more information in the weeks ahead!”

As unclear as this announcement may be, we at Kia of Augusta are excited to see the latest creation from Kia Motors.

Previously, the South Korean automaker brought back a minivan, the Sedona, with a few changes after dropping it from its lineup in 2013. While there has been no word as to whether the Sedona will return, the photo on Kia’s website pretty much confirms sliding doors. If it is indeed a minivan, this Kia MPV could end up being a worthy replacement.

Whether it’s a van or a crossover, we can be guaranteed that Kia has something special for us in the next two weeks. In the meantime, head over to our website, and check out our selection of minivans and crossovers!

Springtime Maintenance: Cleaning Your Car

Kia of Augusta has some pointers for you on cleaning your car.

Warmer weather is the perfect opportunity to wash off the salt and reminder of this past winter.

It has probably been a long time since you have found yourself cleaning your car. After one of the coldest, harshest winters in history, temperatures have returned to normal with sunshine and the collective harmony of birds roaming through the warmer air.

Its spring maintenance season for us here at Kia of Augusta! And we are here to give you tips on what to look at when you give your car that first washing of the season—and most likely of 2014.

When cleaning your car, consider:

  • Oil Change: It’s recommended that you change your oil every three months. This totals to four times per year, which means as a reminder, you can change it at the start of a new season.
  • Tire Check: Check your tire pressure and alignment, especially if you notice that your car is pulling to one side or the other. Also rotate your tires. Look to see how much tread is on the tires by using a penny. If the tread doesn’t touch Abraham Lincoln’s head, it’s most likely time to buy new tires.
  • Brakes: Hearing any strange noises when you decelerate? Your brakes may need to be checked.
  • Wipers: Winter tends to do a number on your windshield wipers, so be sure to get a new set if the change in weather reveals that your wipers are falling behind.

Need any more car maintenance tips for the new season? Visit our service department today, and they will be more than happy to help assist you!

Fun on the Run: 2015 Kia Sorento Features

The 2015 Kia Sorento is at Kia of Augusta.

The 2015 Kia Sorento is available at Kia of Augusta! Come take a look.

Kia of Augusta now has the 2015 Kia Sorento in stock, and we encourage you to check it out today!

When it came to engines, framework, and interior, the Sorento SUV got a thorough makeover last year from Kia. This year, it receives a few more adjustments that will get you tech-hungry and fashion-loving buyers excited.

With UVO eServices, planning a road trip has never been easier. Integrate your smartphone with the Sorento’s audio and navigation system, and you will be able to send routing information of a trip you plot from your home computer to the SUV’s navigation system.

Kia’s steering option system, FlexSteer, gives you the flexibility to create your own driving experience with three different settings. You can set your Sorento to Normal, Comfort or Sport. So whatever your preference may be, know that the 2015 Kia Sorento will give you the level of travel you want!

Other 2015 Kia Sorento Features


  • Choice of anodized silver metal or black mesh grille
  • LED-designed headlights
  • Door pockets light up at night


  • LCD speedometer
  • Retractable 2nd-row window shades
  • Huge sunroof

What are you waiting for? Come see for yourself and test drive the all-new 2015 Kia Sorento SUV today!


Kia Will Start Building the 2015 Soul EV Next Month

Kia is in the process of building the 2015 Soul EV for a possible fall release.

The 2015 Kia Soul EV could very well be on the lot by quarter 3 of 2014.

Kia is set to start building the much anticipated Soul EV next month in Korea. This is the first rechargeable battery-powered electric vehicle for Kia and the company could launch it in the US by quarter 3 of 2014. Kia is hoping to sell around 5,000 units by year’s end.

Drivers can expect 92 miles worth of driving after a fast charge of 24-33 minutes, or 4 hours on a slow charge. It will take roughly 12 seconds to go from 0-60 and the EV will have a top speed of 90 mph.

The Soul EV will come in three colors and will closely resemble the normal Soul, but there are some EV- specific differences. The EV also uses organic plant-based plastics for 19 different interior parts. Kia made sure that this vehicle would be as eco-friendly as possible!

While Kia’s focus is currently on launching battery-powered electric vehicles, Senior Vice President Lee Ki-sang has said that the time will come when Kia will introduce a fuel-cell car.

Are you excited for the 2015 Soul EV like we are at Kia of Augusta? Let us know if you’ll be plugging in!

Operation Kidsafe at Kia of Augusta This Friday

Come out to Operation Kidsafe at Kia of Augusta this weekend!

Establish an action plan to protect your children this weekend at Kia of Augusta!

This weekend, come on out to Operation Kidsafe at Kia of Augusta.

The event will offer a free digital fingerprint and photo safety program with specialized digital camera equipment.

What to expect from Operation Kidsafe at Kia of Augusta:

  • Photograph of your child with a digital video camera
  • Capture of child’s fingerprints with a digital inkless fingerprint capture device and special software
  • Data is printed out on a 8 ½ x 11 in. printout and handed to parent
  • The parents can then use this to assist law enforcement if their children go missing.

Parents should know that the printout they receive is the only record preserved. Operation Kidsafe doesn’t keep any records of the children captured.

Today’s statistics are alarming. Over 2,000 children are reported missing in the United States every single day, and we want to do something about it.

Operation Kidsafe is a nationwide movement, the #1 Child Safety event in the United States. Because of the organization’s strong efforts, one million children are protected, and we at Kia of Augusta are excited to be a part of this great work.

Stop by Kia of Augusta next weekend and set up a family safety action plan. Operation Kidsafe will be here Friday, March 14, from 1-7 PM and Saturday, March 15, from 10 AM – 4 PM. Names Kia Soul One of the Best New Cars of 2014

The 2014 Kia Soul was included on a list of Best New Cars of 2014 by

The Kia Soul continues to excite drivers as a fun ride with plenty of personality.

It all started with dancing hamsters, but now the Kia Soul has proven that it is worthy of the spotlight, receiving high praise with high honors and ratings. The latest award the Soul has received is being included on’s list for Best New Cars of 2014.

The Soul was redesigned for 2014 and has maintained its classic stance as a popular, fun vehicle with loads of personality. It features upgrades with a “more premium interior and improved driving dynamics.”

Aaron Gold of said that the Kia Soul has always stood alone for its style and value.

“With the 2014 redesign, Kia has managed to improve the driving experience without sacrificing the car’s unique features,” said’s Aaron Gold. “Not only is the Soul a great car, it’s a lesson to other automakers on how to update an iconic vehicle without taking away the attributes that have made it such a success.”

Would you like a closer look at the all-new Kia Soul? Stop by Kia of Augusta today, and we’ll give a test drive to remember!

Kia of Augusta Offers Military Service Special with Test Drive

This military service special could be all yours if you serve in the military and schedule a Kia test drive.

If you serve in our armed forces, schedule a test drive today for a service discount.

This month, Kia of Augusta has been offering a military service special with a scheduled test drive.

Like any other American citizen, we truly are grateful for every man and woman who takes on such a worthy sacrifice as fighting for and protecting this great country.

Right now, if you test drive one of our Kia vehicles; we will give you 10% off any service under $200. If your desired service is over $200, you will receive 15% off.

If you are a member of our nation’s military, head on over to our website now to redeem the coupon.

Visit us at 1770 Gordon Highway in Augusta, GA today.

If you have fought for us, we’ll fight for you at Kia of Augusta!

Kia Provo Hybrid Concept Car Debuts in North America

Kia unleashed its Provo Hybrid concept car at the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) last week. The car show is the 83rd Salon International De l’Auto in Geneva.

The car combines a turbocharged gas engine with regenerative-electric motors and has been crafted for fun drives and joy rides. From its curves down to the creases and lines, Kia has made this concept with the goal of impressing and increasing rapturous feelings in the person who owns it.

While Kia mentioned that this concept is evidence of Kia Motors’ plans for an epic expansion for the company B-segment, it did not specify whether this change would be about technology, design or both.

“The Provo is a game changer in the B-Segment,” said Robert Staffieri, Director of Marketing, Kia Canada Inc. “Designed with a balanced and refined outline, the overall shape truly presents an attitude that will allow it to stand out in the future of the segment.”

The emotional experience this muscle car delivers is backed up on a 1.6-liter turbo engine with smart-4WD-hybrid technology from an electric motor.

Will it go to production? Stay tuned and visit Kia of Augusta today for everything Kia!

Kia Soul EV Earns World’s First UL Environment Validation for Automobile Industry

The Kia Soul EV became the first electric vehicle to receive a UL Environment validation from Underwriters Laboritories.

The 2015 Kia Soul EV (above) has been quite an attention-getter for the South Korean automaker.

The Kia Soul EV made electric vehicle (EV) history last week. It grabbed the automobile industry’s first-ever UL Environment validation from Underwriters Laboratories, a global company specializing in safety science. The Kia Soul EV’s commitment to environmental friendliness goes far beyond the engine. Kia has invested heavily in using recyclable, renewable, biodegradable materials all over the vehicle. They even make use of five new eco-friendly materials.

To earn the UL validation, the Kia Soul EV underwent a rigorous and detailed review process. This culminated in the EV earning badges for the weight of its bio-based plastic and for having 10% bio-based materials in the vehicle’s overall makeup.

“We are proud that our Kia Soul EV has achieved the auto industry’s and the world’s first UL Environmental claim validation for its bio-based organic carbon content for 10% of its interior materials,” said Jong-Dae Lim, Vice President of Material Development Center of Hyundai-Kia R&D Center. “We will continue our efforts to develop cutting-edge products that satisfy not only the evolving market, but also customer needs.”

The UL Environment validation gives the Kia Soul EV an early leg up in the competitive EV segment. The Kia Soul EV just made its world debut at the Chicago Auto Show, so check it out there before it hits dealerships like ours here at Kia of Augusta.