Direct Current 4: Halfway Home

By blogsadmin | Posted in Direct Current, Local Events, Sports on Monday, January 22nd, 2018 at 9:47 PM
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Tampa Bay Lightning News – January 2018

After the supremely disappointing season the Buccaneer’s endured, we’ve grown accustomed to looking toward the Bolts for inspiration, hope and joy. Doing so has been easy this year with the Lightning having spent most of the season at the top of the Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference and NHL. These times, my friends, are in peril. Read the rest of this entry »

What Is the Difference Between the Kia Forte and Kia Forte5?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Kia Forte, Kia Forte5 on Friday, January 19th, 2018 at 7:56 PM
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2018 Kia Forte Vs. 2018 Kia Forte5

Whether fairly or unfairly, compact cars have gotten a reputation for cutting corners. Arising out of the sedan-obsessed 70s and 80s, compact cars sought to provide transportation to individuals and families with a lower price point, and better fuel economy, than their larger midsize counterparts. Read the rest of this entry »

The 2018 FRIENDLIES Awards (presented by Ellie and Gillie)

By blogsadmin | Posted in Awards, Friendly Kia Dogs, General Information, Kia Soul, Kia Sportage, Kia Stinger on Thursday, January 18th, 2018 at 9:32 PM

Which Kia Models Have Won Awards?

Welcome everybody to the 2018 FRIENDLIES. We have a long night ahead of us, filled with the best of the best. Every Kia Model we’ll be talking about tonight has worked hard to be here. Our recognition of their excellence is something each model has earned. Without further ado, I’d like to introduce your hosts, Ellie and Gillie! Read the rest of this entry »

What to Do Instead of Gasparilla Pirate Fest Next Weekend?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Gasparilla, Local Events on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 at 9:49 PM
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Gasparilla 2018 Alternatives

Maybe parades aren’t your thing. Maybe the traffic and crowds are a little bit too much. Maybe you have a bad history with pirates (we hear you…). Whatever the reason, the 2018 Gasparilla Pirate Fest next weekend isn’t for everybody.

For those looking to enjoy Saturday the 27th, in an environment that is decidedly not swashbuckling, there are still some magnificent events happening in Pasco County, Tampa, St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas. Read the rest of this entry »

What the Ghost of Kia Future Showed Ebenezer Scrooge

By blogsadmin | Posted in Concept Vehicles, General Information, Hybrid Vehicles on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 at 10:14 PM
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The Future of Kia

For many of us, Christmas is in the rearview mirror (or standard backup camera in the case of Kia). After all, it’s been almost a month since we passed the festive period. Lights have been turned off, wrapping paper stuffed back into the crawlspace and our Christmas Trees have come down (here’s where to get rid of them, by the way).

Here in the greater Tampa area, most of us are getting ready to celebrate Gasparilla and enjoy its nautical, swashbuckling fun. Some of us have stayed behind, however, having experienced something so great during the holiday season that we haven’t quite processed its implications fully. Ebenezer Scrooge is one of those people. Read the rest of this entry »

What Time are the Gasparilla Children’s and Adult’s Parades?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Gasparilla, Local Events on Monday, January 15th, 2018 at 10:31 PM
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Gasparilla 2018: Gasparilla Parade Dates and Times

It’s almost that time of the year again! While the rest of the United States posts to social media about how miserable their winter is going, we gear up to celebrate the swashbuckling history of the greater Tampa area with Gasparilla – a festival of all things pirate. Read the rest of this entry »

2018 State of the Dealership Address [Speech Transcript]

By blogsadmin | Posted in General Information on Monday, January 15th, 2018 at 10:17 PM
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New and Used Kia Sales and Service Specials in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater

My fellow Americans, today marks the first year we’ve come to report on the State of the Dealership. Today is a beginning. Here in the center of January, we get the opportunity to decide how we will want this year to be viewed in the future. It is a ship leaving port setting its bearing, for which a single degree’s variance can mean a destination thousands of miles away from our intended target and goals. Read the rest of this entry »

Throwback Thursday: Kia Borrego

By blogsadmin | Posted in History, Throwback Thursday on Thursday, January 11th, 2018 at 9:58 PM
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Kia Borrego Model History and Photos

“It ain’t about how hard you hit…it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward…” This quote, from 2006’s Rocky Balboa offers a lot of insight into life and enterprise. Show me a success story without any failures along the way and I’ll show you what I was going for when I went to Bass Pro Shop for Christmas shopping last month and left $30 poorer with 0 presents. Read the rest of this entry »

Where in the World is the 2018 Kia Cadenza?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Kia Cadenza on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 at 8:32 PM
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2018 Kia Cadenza Specs and Release Date

Is there anything more heartwarming than the story of an underdog coming back and stunning everybody with their transformation? Not according to Hollywood. Movies like the Breakfast Club, Princess Diaries, Dodgeball and even going all the way back to 1954’s Sabrina have captured the magic we feel when we see somebody adopt an unexpected new self-image and composure. Read the rest of this entry »

Kia in the News: January 2018

By blogsadmin | Posted in Concept Vehicles, General Information on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 at 9:41 PM
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Kia News – January 9, 2018

2017 was a huge year for Kia. They entered the sports sedan market with the release of the lauded 2018 Kia Stinger, many of their models including the Kia Sorento won huge safety honors in annual testing and had multiple models recognized by automotive powerhouse JD Power as best-in-segment. It’s hard to imagine how 2018 could be a better year for Kia than 2017 was. Read the rest of this entry »