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Kia’s SEMA Vehicles Ready to Wow

Kia’s SEMA Vehicles

Vehicles that make an appearance at SEMA are often out of the ordinary and rarely make it to production lines. That said, there have been some pretty unique creations in the past and this year, Kia looked to top that list. This year the automaker packed six vehicles in its holster.

To start things off, the ever popular Kia Optima lost its roof and got custom teal paint and rear suicide doors. The ride height was lowered and the entire thing sits on 20 inch wheels and Ksport coilover suspension.

Under the hood is the same engine as the average Kia Optima, a turbocharged four cylinder capable of 245 hp, but the automaker also threw in a high-performance exhaust.

The most interesting of Kia’s SEMA vehicles was the Forte Koup Mud Bogger. Equipped with 28 inch off-road tires, the Forte Koup Mud Bogger also received a four inch lift to take on tough terrain.

The carpet was removed and replaced with Line-X protective coating. The front seats were upgraded to Sparco Evo II Red Race Seats. To finish it all off, a powder white roll cage matched the wheels.

We here at Kia of Augusta were thrilled to see what Kia brought to SEMA this year!

Christmas Travel Tips

Christmas Travel Tips

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it and shortly after, Christmas. December can bring snow to most northern areas and that can mean packed airports, whether due to the holiday travelers or simply flight delays. Avoid the crowds and board your flight on time with these Christmas travel tips from us here at Kia of Augusta!
1. Arrive Early. Generally speaking, arriving two hours prior to your flight will allow you to get through security and reach your gate with time to spare. That isn’t always the case during the holidays. More people tend to travel in a smaller amount of time and that leads to crowds and long lines. Consider arriving three to four hours early to avoid the crowds.
2. Pack Light. Plain and simple, the less bags you need to check, the less time you need to spend in a line. Ask relatives if you can send your extra clothes and other items you don’t need for the flight by mail. Bring everything you need for the flight in your carry-on to make life that much easier.
3. Avoid Delays. To avoid delays, book a flight for the early morning. When flights are just starting to take off, it’s less likely you’ll experience a delay due to a full runway. As a result, you’ll be able to make any connecting flights with time to spare!

New 2015 Kia Optima Commercial has Major Plot Twist

Though the 2016 Kia Optima is already enticing consumers at dealerships across the nation, Kia is making sure you don’t forget how amazing the previous generation model is. To make consumers remember the 2015 Optima’s most appealing features, the Korean carmaker recently released a new 2015 Kia Optima commercial that will keep your attention.

The 30-second television spot begins with a man purchasing a new 2015 Kia Optima for his teenage daughter’s birthday. As the father drives the car home, though, he’s so impressed that he decides to keep it for himself.

When his daughter runs out of the house, excited to receive his new car, her father hands her a puppy in a big, red ribbon instead of the car keys like she expects. After the confused daughter walks off with the puppy, the mother turns to the father with a look, to which the father responds, “It’s a turbo.”

And it’s really no surprise that the father was so impressed with the 2015 Optima Turbo. Outfitted with a 2.0-liter 274-horsepower engine, it’s easy to see why Dad might want to keep the car for himself. Add the 2015 Optima’s attractive exterior design, which includes red front and rear brake calipers and LED front fog lights, and you’ll want to keep it for yourself, too.

Kia Continues NBC Sunday Night Football Partnership

When you think of football, it’s likely you think of grilling out, big screen TVs, and cheerleaders. Now, you might associate something entirely unexpected with the football season—the 2016 Kia Sorento.

To kick off the football season right, Kia has recently released an entirely new 2015 Kia Sorento commercial lineup, as part of its continuing NBC Sunday Night Football partnership.

“Sunday Night Football attracts the largest primetime audience and provides an excellent opportunity to connect with football fans and showcase the premium utility experience of Kia’s largest and most capable CUV ever,” said Tim Chaney, vice president of marketing communications for Kia Motors America.

The three new TV spots each focus on a different family-friendly feature of the Sorento. “Participation” showcases the 2016 Sorento’s new exterior design, while “Great Game” shows off the Sorento’s cargo space, which is big enough for all your kid’s football gear. Finally, “Pants” highlights the SUV’s available all-wheel-drive system, which means you can park anywhere you want.

If you want to see why the 2016 Kia Sorento is the perfect vehicle for you and your family, don’t hesitate to stop in to Kia of Augusta for a test drive.

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!