Archive for August, 2018

What’s Going on in Tampa Bay Over Labor Day Weekend?

Thursday, August 30th, 2018
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Tampa Bay Events Labor Day Weekend 2018

Our events roundups have been becoming more and more focused on accepting the fact that summer is truly on its way over the horizon. Despite this, we believe in continuing the laid-back and fun summer vibes as long as we can (you’ll find they go further in Tampa Bay than anywhere else on the planet). (more…)

What Kia’s Luxury Sports Sedan Will Look Like in a Year

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018
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2019 Kia Stinger – What We Expect

The reliability, safety and thoughtfulness-in-design for which Kia as a brand have come to be known are incredible testaments to the power of simply giving drivers a new and exciting option. Beyond simply these features, however, Kia isn’t just producing the kind of sedans and crossovers you would expect from a company that’s been on a trust-building campaign. (more…)

Enjoy Your Favorite Apps and Music with Apple CarPlay in a 2019 Kia Model

Monday, August 27th, 2018
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Connect iPhone X to Apple CarPlay in a Kia Vehicle

Is there any feeling more freeing than setting out on a big road trip with the perfect playlist? Maybe you prefer a podcast or an audiobook. Maybe you’re planning on relying on navigation while you listen to that amazing late-summer drive playlist you cooked up. (more…)

Can Style, Capability and Efficiency Co-Exist in a Single Vehicle?

Monday, August 27th, 2018
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What is the Best Hybrid Crossover?

An accurately-named segment of vehicles, crossovers allow you to cross from versatility over to the style and handling of a car in one vehicle. They’ve taken the place of gigantic bulky SUVs that are built on the frame of a truck as the preferred way for families to get around without sacrificing capability or interior space. They’re also much easier on your gas tank. (more…)

Auto School 1: The Engine

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018
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How Does My Engine Work?

At Friendly Kia, we’ve always been committed to transparent and honest automotive service. The people we help feel good and secure about their vehicles every day are the same people who we see at our kids’ parent-teacher conferences or help us with our bathroom remodeling project. You’re our neighbors and because of that, we want to not only give you our assurance that we take our role as Kia service technicians seriously, but also give you some information that can keep you safe from less-Friendly automotive service centers. (more…)

What’s Going on in Tampa Bay This Weekend?

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018
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Tampa Bay Events August 25 and August 26 2018

With summer in official wind-down mode, we’re staring down the final weekend of August with trepidation. It doesn’t have to be like that, though. It’s nice to remember that while children need to return to the locker-laden halls of school soon, us adults can continue to enjoy the warmer temperatures and the extensive list of outdoor activities that our location provides. (more…)

Kia’s TV Advertisements are Always a Treat. See the Best!

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
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The 8 Best Kia Commercials Ever

Whether it’s “So easy to use a caveman could do it,” “Where’s the beef?” or “How many licks does it take to get to the center?”, certain TV ads are so good that they become part of the collective conscience the same way that a song like “Baby One More Time” or “She Loves You” can. While most people wouldn’t consider television advertisements to be works of art, a few of them have hit so well that they transcend the simple goal of communicating a product or brand. (more…)

Wonderful Things from Tampa Bay 4: Craft Breweries Part 2 – St. Petersburg

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
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Best Local Breweries in St. Petersburg, Florida

Part of the reason we love living in Tampa Bay so much is that Tampa Bay is an area that has cultivated an incredible culture of fun and craft. You have amazing food from a variety of diverse backgrounds. You have plenty of ways to have fun that are unique to West Central Florida and you have a deep well of craft brewers and beer enthusiasts. (more…)

Slogans can Make or Break a Brand. Let’s See How Kia Does!

Friday, August 17th, 2018
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What is Kia’s Slogan?

Slogans add a layer of elaboration and wit to brand names that may not be immediately identifiable. Some, like Wheaties “Breakfast of Champions” or Nike’s “Just Do It,” have been great and continue today as a testament to the power of positive advertising and creativity. Others, like AT&T’s “Reach out and Touch Someone,” or the perplexingly-bad, how-did-anybody-sign-off-on this “It’s Not for Women” from Dr. Pepper Ten, remind us that like all sciences, sloganeering can blow up in your face. (more…)

What’s Going on in Tampa Bay This Weekend?

Thursday, August 16th, 2018
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Tampa Bay Events August 18 and August 19 2018

It’s mid-August and like an episode of the Twilight Zone, the people around us share one of two expressions. The first, seen in people from Kindergarteners through graduate students, is one of dread and foreboding – like being out to sea in a small boat and gazing at a swelling storm. The second, noticeably present in parents of the first group, is one of mirth and elation – as if they had won a small fortune in the lottery or been told that Daylight Saving Time now includes nine extra hours that MUST BE used only for sleeping. (more…)