Archive for December, 2016

Who’s Playing in the Outback Bowl in Tampa?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
Outback Bowl Tampa FL Raymond James Stadium Florida Gators Iowa Hawkeyes

2017 Outback Bowl Schedule and Matchups Tampa St. Petersburg FL

Are you ready for some college football?  We have the Florida Gators and the Iowa Hawkeyes in a matchup of two long-standing powers of the gridiron, set for the Outback Bowl game in Tampa to kick off the new year in 2017!

Read on for more about the team matchups, as well as related events that will happen in conjunction with the Outback Bowl, which will bring the party to the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg FL area for the better part of a week!

Details: Tampa’s National Title Game

See When the Pirates Invade Tampa!

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The Seafarers are Coming – and All Will be Joyful – with Gasparilla Pirate Fest

Friday, December 23rd, 2016
Gasparilla Invasion Tampa FL 2017 Friendly Kia

Gasparilla 2017 Invasion Events Tampa Clearwater St Petersburg FL

Have you seen the “Seinfeld” episode where Jerry doesn’t want to wear a puffy shirt someone made for him, saying “I don’t wanna be a pirate!”  Well, you will feel the opposite of the esteemed comedian when the pirates arrive on the shores of Tampa in early 2017, with the Gasparilla invasion and the ensuing Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest.  Once the party begins, you’ll grab a swash to buckle, and find some landlubbers to sing a sea chantey to, in zero seconds flat.

What’s a good time with a couple hundred thousand of your closest friends, and in the Tampa area?  It’s the Gasparilla event season,  which kicks off in early 2017 with an invasion and hits its party stride even further with a music festival and movie festival later in the year.  Read on for details on all of these upcoming festive Tampa events!

Updates: Gasparilla, Local Activities

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2017 Kia Niro Specs Released, Set to Dazzle and Save You Money Soon

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
2017 Kia Niro Guinness World Record fuel economy for hybrids Friendly Kia

2017 Kia Niro Trim Level Specs and Guinness Record Fuel Economy

The all-new 2017 Kia Niro hybrid utility vehicle is set to reach the lot very soon, and we have details on the specs of the various trim levels of this fuel-efficient machine, as well as a Guinness Book of World Records mark it recently set.

Stay tuned for the next-level fuel economy, and details of the record!

Learn More: Kia Niro and its Features

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Who Will Play in the College Football National Title Game in Tampa?

Monday, December 19th, 2016
College Football National Playoff Championship Tampa FL 2017 Ohio State Washington Clemson Alabama

2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game Tampa FL

We’re in the stretch run for the 2016 college football season, and the National Championship is set for January 9, 2017 in Tampa!

We’ll compare the teams that will play for the rights to be in the big game, make some predictions, and also detail some of the other festivities that will take place during the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship game.

Blog: Tampa-Area Events, Sports

Tampa’s Heisman Trophy Winners

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Get Your First Look at the 2017 Kia Optima

Friday, December 16th, 2016
2017 Kia Optima commercials and release date Tampa FL

2017 Kia Optima Official Vehicle of the NBA Shoe Store Commercial 

We’ve seen high-flying NBA star Blake Griffin soar with the Kia Optima.  We’ve seen Christopher Walken show how the Optima stands out from the crowded midsize sedan herd, with a sporty, Euro-styled exterior and an interior that has up to 10 speakers, more room than most of the competition in its class, and performance that rivals luxury brands.

So yes, we’re plenty excited to see what the 2017 model year has in store.  To wit, we’ll show you a commercial (“Shoe Store”) for the 2017 Optima, which is still the official vehicle of the NBA, and give you a review of what the 2016 Optima accomplished, while we all wait for an official 2017 Kia Optima release date.

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Get the Latest Kia Optima News in Our Blog

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What is “The Curve Ahead” for Kia Vehicles? 

Friday, December 16th, 2016
Kia sports car 150 MPH domestic premiere The Curve Ahead January 2017

Kia The Curve Ahead 2017 Sports Car Premiere

Kia vehicles are set for a monster 2017, with new models either already on the lot or coming in 2017, such as the 2017 Kia Forte, 2017 Kia Sportage, 2017 Kia Soul, and the 2017 Kia Niro, to name but a few.

There is something epic happening with one of the new 2017 Kia models in early 2017, and we have a teaser video from September 2016 in Germany to whet your appetite.  In the meantime, since we have until January 8, 2017 to see the official unveiling, we will give an educated guess about which Kia vehicle is set to show off its agility, speed and power in Germany.  Stay tuned for a teaser video, and then for our speculation!

MENU: Research All Kia Models

No Payments for 5 Months: Kia Sale

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Friendly Kia is a Designated Toy Drop-Off Location for Toys for Tots

Friday, December 16th, 2016
Friendly Kia Toys for Tots drive holidays 2016 New Port Richey FL

Holidays 2016 Toys for Tots Donations New Port Richey FL

No child wants to be gift-less at Christmas.  Which is why the work of organizations like Toys for Tots is so valuable, as the campaign helps gather new toys to give to kids who are in need and might otherwise be without the joy of opening a fun new toy during the gift-giving holiday.

Friendly Kia has long been a partner with the Pasco County FL Toys for Tots drives, and this year we are a designated drop-off site.  Even better, we are putting the gifts in a cool all-terrain vehicle which we have on site at the dealership!  Please read on if you would like to participate in Toys for Tots and give a child a gift.

See the Buccaneers’ Chances for a Title!

Specials for Out-of-Town Car Shoppers

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How Do Kia Models Stack Up Next to Dodge Models?

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
2017 2016 Kia Models vs. Dodge models comparisons Friendly Kia

Kia Optima Sorento Sportage vs. Dodge Charger Durango Journey

Dodge is a fine domestic vehicle brand, with a campaign tagline that says: “Domestic.  Not domesticated.”  Unfortunately for Dodge, Kia models tame the savage beast, with superior prices, performance, and available features.  Plus, our Kia models have a style all their own, that is as fun as it is stylish.

Read on for our links to five model comparisons that pit Kia vs. Dodge, like the Kia Optima / Dodge Charger showdown and the Kia Sorento / Dodge Durango matchup, with one menu page we compiled with all of the links!

Kia Models vs. Dodge Models

Test Drive a Kia, Get a $500 Gift Card!

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Make Run for Second Title with 5-Game Streak

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl chances remaining schedule Tampa FL

2016 Tampa Bay Bucs Playoff Chances and Remaining Schedule

When the Buccaneers began the 2016 NFL season 1-2, we were a little worried, but we held out hope for a rebound.  And boy howdy, have we seen a resurgence, as quarterback Jameis Winston and his teammates have put together an impressive five-game win streak, and are now eyeing not only a playoff spot but a division title.  Besides that, there’s always the elusive Lombardi Trophy for winning the whole enchilada in the Super Bowl.

So we’ll look at the final three games of the Bucs’ schedule, size up their playoff chances, and hope this great winning streak continues!

What we Said When the Bucs Were 1-2

Who are the Bucs’ Heisman Winners?

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Time to Fortify Your Drive with a 2017 Forte5

Monday, December 12th, 2016
2017 Kia Forte5 release date Tampa St. Petersburg FL

2017 Kia Forte5 Hatchback Release Availability Specs

The 2017 Kia Forte5 is on the lot, and is bringing its fun versatility to a road near you.  So if you would like a compact hatchback that can fit more of your bags and also save you a ton at the gas pump, then you’ll want to see our specs and availability information on this exciting new release!

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Get Updates on Kia Forte, Forte5

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