Archive for June, 2017

Save Even More Money Now Through 7/5 With Our Summer Sale at Friendly Kia!

Thursday, June 29th, 2017
Summer's On Us sales event and additional 4th of July savings Tampa FL

Summer’s On Us Sale 2017 Fourth of July Savings Tampa Clearwater St. Petersburg FL

If you’re looking for a new car, Summer’s On Us is a sales event that is a must-attend!  Whether you prefer the smooth stylings of vehicles like the Kia Forte compact, the style and grace of the Kia Optima sedan, the playful fun of the Kia Soul crossover or the sheer power and versatility of the Kia Sorento SUV, we have a vehicle for every mood.

While Summer’s On Us started off with a bang with available incentives like five months with no payments and 0% APR for up to 66 months for qualified shoppers, a new money-saving wrinkle has been added.  Stay tuned to see more details of the 4th of July Savings!

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Did Drake Take it for a Test Drive? We Had a Kia Stinger Sighting at the NBA Awards

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
2018 Kia Stinger sports car at NBA Awards Show presented by Kia

2018 Kia Stinger and 2017 Kia Optima at NBA Awards Show Presented by Kia 

The Kia Optima has a long-standing tradition as being the Official Vehicle of the NBA, and it’s a sweet ride if you haven’t had the opportunity, with performance, sleekness and comfort that is unmatched in the midsize sedan class!  But there’s another Kia vehicle that just got some NBA love.  That would be the 2018 Kia Stinger, the first-ever Kia sports car, which made an appearance during the June 26 broadcast of the 2017 NBA Awards presented by Kia.

We’ll give you a look at the 2018 Stinger, plus we’ll give you a recap of some of the people who won awards during the first-ever NBA Awards show!

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What are the Best Summer Cars?

Friday, June 23rd, 2017
2017 Kia Soul crossover KBB.com 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 list

Top Five Cars for the Summer of 2017

What makes a great summer car?  Is it fuel economy?  An available sunroof or moonroof?  Ventilated seats?  Cargo room for all those bags you want to bring on a trip?  Kia models have the features and specs to meet any of these needs, and we’ll give you five models on the lot right now that are ideal vehicles for the summer of 2017.

Read on for our list of the top five Kia cars, SUVs and hybrids for the summer of 2017!

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When Have Tampa Bay or its Ybor City Neighborhood Been Mentioned in Song Lyrics?

Friday, June 23rd, 2017
Songs which mention Tampa Bay in the lyrics Hold Steady Aaron Carter Owl City

Music Lyrics and References Songs with Tampa Bay in Them

It’s summertime, which means it’s high time we discussed the possible “Song of the Summer,” which has become a major part of pop culture.  While millions have enjoyed past nominees or winners of this unofficial honor like B.o.B.’s “Magic” (with Rivers Cuomo) in 2010, Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” in 2014, and last summer’s “One Dance” by Drake, this year’s best warm-weather earworm is still yet to be determined.  Stay tuned for tracks from megastars and rising stars, for sure.

So while the summer unspools before us, and we enjoy time on the beach and relaxing with friends and family, we have a soundtrack you can tune into right now, with some of the songs that have mentioned Tampa-area cities.  We present to you some of the top songs with Tampa in their lyrics!

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AutoPacific Has Spoken Again: Kia Makes Great Cars

Friday, June 23rd, 2017
2017 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards Optima Sportage Cadenza Kia models

AutoPacific 2017 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards for Kia Optima Sportage and Cadenza

Kia vehicles win a ton of awards.  They can come from judges at auto shows, experts like Kelley Blue Book and Cars.com, and publications like Parents Magazine, among other sources.  But what sets AutoPacific apart is its annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards compile surveys from new car owners, and records which vehicles drivers like you are the most satisfied with.

So it’s satisfying to see three of our models receive a Vehicle Satisfaction Award for their class in 2017 from AutoPacific.  They are the 2016 Kia Optima, 2017 and 2016 Kia Cadenza, and the 2017 Kia Sportage.  Read on to see more about each award-winning vehicle, below!

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J.D. Power IQS Shows Stunning Results: Five Kia Models Highest-Ranked in Their Class!

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
2017 Kia Initial Quality Study Results 2017 Forte Cadenza Niro Sorento and Soul models

2017 Kia Cadenza Forte Niro Sorento Soul J.D. Power Initial Quality Study Results

When you think of the most authoritative voices about cars, what group or publication comes to mind?  J.D. Power should come in at or near the top of the list, as the research company annually compiles the findings of new vehicle owners and lessees and sees which vehicles are reported to have the fewest problems.  For 2017, the survey pool was about 80,000 new vehicle owners and their responses about the number of issues within the first 90 days of 2017 model year cars comprised the latest annual J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (aka IQS).

We have some great news for you: For the second year in a row, Kia vehicles ranked with the fewest issues in the first 90 days among all mainstream auto brands.  And while last year two Kia models led their segment, the 2016 Soul and 2016 Sportage, this year, five Kia models led their segment, including the 2017 Forte compact and 2017 Niro hybrid crossover.  Read on to see all of the Kia models that were highest-ranked in the IQS, after the break!

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As the NHL Expands to Las Vegas, a Look Back at the Expansion Tampa Bay Lightning

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
Tampa Bay Lightning first NHL team 1992-93 and Expansion Draft Kontos Bradley Rheaume Chambers

NHL Expansion Tampa Bay Lightning 1992-93 Players and Statistics

Hockey fans will surely know the NHL’s Expansion Draft took place to stock the roster of the all-new Vegas Golden Knights on June 21 during the NHL Awards Show and Expansion Draft.

Which made us think of our own Tampa Bay Lightning, and the first-ever roster as it stood after the expansion draft, way back in 1992.  So how did that first group of players perform, and how did their Tampa careers wind up?  In the spirit of “Throwback Thursday,” Take a look and see!

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Summer Concert Series in NPR Means Music and Fun for All

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
2017 Summer Concert Series at Sims Park downtown New Port Richey FL KiaFest

Summer Concert Series 2017 at Sims Park in New Port Richey FL

The summer of 2017 is home to live performances that will thrill and amaze, and will quite simply make the season of sun and fun a lot more enjoyable.

At Sims Park in downtown New Port Richey, a number of performers will grace the stage to bring the tunes to you in the coming weeks.  We have the lineup of all the bands that are scheduled to play the rest of the summer, after the break!

Live Music Schedule: 2017 KiaFest

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What Accessories are Available for the 2017 Kia Optima?

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
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2017 Kia Optima Accessories for Exterior and Interior

The 2017 Kia Optima is a fine sedan just the way you purchase it on the lot, but if you would like to augment your driving comforts and experience, then there’s plenty of interior and exterior accessories you can get for your Optima as well as other Kia models.  Read on and we’ll share links to Kia accessories and some of the options you have to trick your Optima out in high style!

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If You Like Fun and Live Near New Port Richey, Here’s KiaFest’s Live Music Lineup

Monday, June 12th, 2017
2017 Friendly Kia KiaFest downtown New Port Richey FL live music trolley pull fireworks

Friendly Kia 2017 KiaFest New Port Richey FL Live Music Artist Schedule

Summer is here and we’re ready to have fun, right?  The annual Friendly KiaFest Main Street Blast, sponsored by your local dealership, yours truly at Friendly Kia, comes to New Port Richey FL June 30 and July 1, 2017!

While we previously gave you the details on the time and place, and some of the events you can enjoy at KiaFest 2017, this time around we will focus on the music performance schedule so you won’t miss any bands you want to see rock out during the two-day festival.

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