Archive for January, 2016

Whatever Happened to the Tampa Bay Bandits?

Saturday, January 30th, 2016
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Tampa FL USFL Team Where Are They Now

We’re not afraid to admit we’ve got playoff fever.  Well, maybe’s it’s just the usual football fever, spiked with excitement over the improvement the Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed in the 2015 season.  There’s few things as exciting as watching a football team grow together and do the little things right, whether it’s passing, running or punting.

The Bucs don’t have a monopoly on good football in these parts, however; back in the 1980s, the USFL fought against the NFL for pigskin supremacy and one of its flagship franchises was the Tampa Bay Bandits.  The team was wild and unpredictable, and beloved, with a young Steve Spurrier as coach, 35 wins in three seasons, and even Burt Reynolds as a co-owner.  We’re going to take a look at where some of Tampa, Florida’s favorite sons are now, 30 years after the USFL stopped playing football. (more…)

What are the Available Seating Options for the Kia Sedona?

Thursday, January 28th, 2016
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2016 Kia Sedona Lounge Seating and Slide-N-Stow Seats 

The 2016 Kia Sedona is ideal to take you on the ultimate road trip.  Whether you’re taking the whole family on a trip to see relatives or your buddies to a weekend getaway, there’s space and features that put other minivans to shame.

Plus, the Sedona just looks better than other minivans, with a sleek, low-to-the-ground exterior design that helped it win J.D. Power’s APEAL (Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout) award in 2015.  But if you’re still on the fence about the 2016 Kia Sedona, what you may not know is it has lounge seating and Slide-N-Stow seats that can transform this minivan into a party bus.    (more…)

Check Out Friendly Kia’s Online Service Scheduling Tool!

Thursday, January 28th, 2016
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Friendly Kia Online Service Tool Tampa FL

When it comes to vehicle maintenance, it’s best to follow the golden rule and treat your car as you would like to be treated.  That means oil changes, new air filters, necessary repairs, and so on.

We know it’s not always easy to set up a time for your vehicle to get that oil change or check-up it needs, which is why Friendly Kia has an online service tool so if you’re in the Tampa FL area you can schedule your maintenance or repairs.   (more…)

Kia’s New Hatchback Will Make You Want to High-Five Strangers

Monday, January 25th, 2016
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2017 Kia Forte5 Release Date and Driver-Assist Features  

If you spend enough time in a crowded city, you’re bound to find passionate people.  Maybe it’s the teenager who calls out to you about your car.  Maybe it’s a street performer playing the drums, or a merchant selling fruit.  In the hustle and bustle of our lives we may not always stop to notice these people are really into whatever it is they’re doing, and when you’re passionate you get swept up in the moment – who cares what other people think, because it’s your moment.

Well, if you want to bottle that kind of passion so you can experience it over and over again, the 2017 Kia Forte5 (with a release date in 2016) is the car for you, thanks to cool tech, a new design and driver-assist features like Rear Cross Traffic Alert.  Simply put, this hatchback will inspire you to get out of your car and give the city (or your passengers) a high five.  (more…)

2016 Forte Koup and its Turbocharged GDI Engine: Racing Soon to a Neighborhood Near You

Monday, January 25th, 2016
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2016 Kia Forte Koup Release Date and Features

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: The Kia Forte Koup is a mean machine, capable of zooming past the competition and also saving you plenty at the pump.  If you’re still here, perhaps that means you aren’t already aware of the Kia Forte Koup, a compact which is so performance-packed it’s almost an open secret.

Even better, the 2016 Forte Koup and its 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI engine are set for a release date in the near future.  It’s filled with cool features and nearly ready to be test driven and purchased at a lot near you.   (more…)

Kia Telluride Tells You How You’re Feeling

Friday, January 22nd, 2016
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Kia Telluride SUV Concept Release Date and Features

We’re not driving to work in flying cars just yet, but we’re getting there faster than you think.  One amazing concept vehicle, the Kia Telluride SUV (which debuted this month at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show), won’t make you George Jetson as of yet, but it can tell if you’re having a bad day.

When will this awesome concept vehicle see a release date, and what other features does it have?  We’ll find out together.  (more…)

Valentine’s Day Ideas for New Port Richey, Clearwater, Tampa Area

Friday, January 22nd, 2016
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What to Do for Valentine’s Day Tampa FL

For those of you in relationships and marriages – or teenagers working on asking out a crush – romance is a very real thing in the Tampa area.  But the single day that embodies it, and a great day to commemorate the wonders of love, is nearly here.  Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14, and after scouring the beaches and the streets in and around the bay, we’ve got some ideas if you’re looking for something to do for Valentine’s Day in the Tampa FL area.     (more…)

Blake Griffin Predicts the Weather in New Kia Optima Commercial

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
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Blake Griffin 2016 Kia Optima Weatherman Commercial

We count on meteorologists to provide us with what kind of weather we can expect over the course of the day, or even the week.  We rely on them so much at times that when they miss their predictions we might wind up wearing shorts on a cold day or a rain coat in a drought.  You’ll probably still tune in again to see what they say about that storm front that may or may not be coming in, but each time they whiff on the weather, it eats away at your confidence.

We want certainty in life.  So when it comes to predicting the weather and living up to promises, look no further than the 2016 Kia Optima, the mid-size sedan that has everything you want in a mid-size – and more.  Blake Griffin illustrates this beautifully and hilariously, once again, in a 2016 Kia Optima commercial where he plays weatherman(more…)

Lightning’s Fan Fest is Electric

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
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2016 Bolts Family Carnival Tampa Bay

Our local NHL heroes, the Tampa Bay Lightning, are tied for second in the Atlantic Division as of Jan. 20, but when it comes to hockey they’re still number one in our hearts.  Our families are very important to us as well, and kids and the young at heart alike enjoy having fun in a sports-friendly atmosphere, so the 2nd Annual Bolts Family Carnival in Tampa Bay is the perfect place to celebrate 2016 and the Bolts’ potential journey to the Stanley Cup in a few months.  (more…)

What to Expect at Mr. Friendly’s Car Wash

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
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Mr. Friendly Car Wash New Port Richey FL

Mr. Friendly’s Car Wash and Auto Spa has been open for a few years now and those who go surely know how great it is, but there’s so many benefits to getting your car washed here, it’s time to spread the word some more.

While we cannot guarantee the disco-era hit song “Car Wash” will be playing while you visit, if you want a quality, affordable car wash, among other benefits, then head on down to Mr. Friendly’s Car Wash and Auto Spa in New Port Richey FL.   (more…)