Archive for September, 2015

What Colors Will be Available for the 2016 Kia Optima?

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
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2016 Kia Optima Release and Available Colors

As much as we might try to think otherwise, first impressions are important.  Whether it’s our posture as we enter a room, or what we’re wearing, or how we shake someone’s hand at a meeting, these things send messages to the people we’re interacting with.

A vehicle’s first impression is created by the exterior, by its body shape and by its colors.  The 2016 Kia Optima is taking advantage of trends in color schemes and has a pleasing palette for you to choose from when you’re on the lot.  So let’s take a closer look at the 2016 Kia Optima release and its available colors. (more…)

2016 Kia Souls are Arriving on the Lot!

Friday, September 25th, 2015
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2016 Kia Soul Release and Features

It’s Christmas in September as the 2016 Kia Soul is arriving in full force on Friendly Kia’s lot.  The automaker’s best-selling model is coming straight at you with some new features for the 2016 model year, such as the Convenience Package with a color touchscreen and SiriusXM radio and the Designer Collection with a two-tone paint scheme.

Add that to the mix with the Soul’s already-famous sense of fun – we’re thinking its responsive mood lights and stylish-yet-boxy design – and you’ve got a real winner.  Read on and learn more about the 2016 Kia Soul release and its features. (more…)

Who is the NFL’s New Ad Partner? Kia and NFL Team Up for Road Trip

Thursday, September 24th, 2015
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Kia Optima Father-Son Road Trip NFL Commercial

On a day when rookie Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was busy tearing up the New Orleans Saints for two touchdowns in his first pro win on Sept. 20, you might have noticed the NFL and Kia are now partners.

How did this happen, you ask?  During the offseason, Hyundai and Kia secured the rights to be an official sponsor of the NFL, as the longstanding contract General Motors had with the league had expired.

Which should lead to a lot more of the fun Kia commercials we’ve come to know and love.  One of the latest examples, and one from this weekend’s NFL broadcasts, depicts a father getting a little jealous over his son quitting his job and selling his possessions so he can buy a new car and drive it across the country.  Let’s look at some fun details that emerge from the Kia Optima father-son road trip commercial. (more…)

Friendly Kia Says Pickers Can be Choosers with Amazing Promotion

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
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Kia Optima Soul Forte Rio Sportage Sale Clearwater FL

Whoever said pickers can’t be choosers?  At Friendly Kia we certainly never said that, as we have a special on the lot that combines great Kia cars with super-affordable prices.

The special is called the Pick and Choose Lease Offer, and it’s a sale on select Kia models at a tantalizing $99 per month price for 36 months of payments, with a $0.00 security deposit.  The offer runs through Jan. 4, 2016.  If you aren’t already heading to our lot in New Port Richey to get yourself a Kia, then you really should be, before the model you want is gone.  For more information, check out the Lease Specials page on the Friendly Kia website.  Let’s check out the details of the lease offer on the Kia Optima, Soul, Forte, Rio, and Sportage sale for the Clearwater FL area. (more…)

What are the Best Cars for Snowbirds?

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
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Top Vehicles for People Who Head South for Winter

Snowbird: To the uninitiated, it might sound like a bad word, or some odd slang.  But to those in the know, it’s a term that refers to people who live in cold areas in spring and summer but who head south for winter, much like birds do.

The Tampa area, which encompasses places like Clearwater, Spring Hill and St. Petersburg, is no stranger to these migratory creatures.  Friendly Kia of New Port Richey loves snowbirds, and we would like to make recommendations for the top vehicles for people who head south for winter. (more…)

Events in Tampa, Sept. 28-Oct. 4: Whimsy, Nostalgia Make a Tasty Treat

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
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Autumn 2015 Tampa Bay FL Area Events

The week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4 in the Tampa area features an interesting mix of community events, whimsy and nostalgia. Usher in the fall season with a fun race around Tampa, take a bite out of your health regimen with The Great American Bacon Race, and see and hear the sounds of the 1960s at two different events.

There’s plenty more to see in addition to those aforementioned events. Read on to see how you can enjoy that bacon as well as a Q&A with a teen movie icon, among other tasty fall treats. (more…)

Award-Winning Sedona Takes Cargo, Not Prisoners

Monday, September 21st, 2015
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2016 Kia Sedona Features and Benefits

The 2016 Kia Sedona is burning up the sales charts like they were doused in ethyl alcohol.  The total number of new Sedonas sold through midyear 2015 is nearly 500 percent greater than at the same point last year.  The reason why?  It’s a quality vehicle.

To add to this winning streak, the 2015 Sedona won the J.D. Power Apeal (Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout) Award in July, and the hits keep on coming in the 2016 edition of the sporty minivan.  In case you need more convincing, let’s review some of the 2016 Kia Sedona’s features. (more…)

Get Ready to Salute: A Major Announcement is Coming

Friday, September 18th, 2015
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2015 Kia Annual Dealership Convention

If you’ve watched the TV series “How I Met Your Mother” you might be familiar with how two of the main characters have this recurring joke where they salute each other whenever they hear something that sounds like a military title.  For example: “Sergeant Pepper,” “General Motors,” and “Private Practice” would all make Ted (played by Josh Radner) and Robin (played by Cobie Smulders) honor each other with a smile and a salute.

So in this spirit, we want to let you know that a major announcement (or more) is heading your way soon with the 2015 Kia National Dealership Convention in Las Vegas next week (the week beginning Sept. 21).  We don’t know all the details of what cool tech and awesome pricing will be unveiled in just a few days, but we would like to ask you to give this a salute and eagerly wait for more news.  At last year’s meeting, the ultra-luxury 2015 Kia K900 sedan was highlighted, and that is one sweet ride, so we can only imagine what is coming.  Feel free to speculate. (more…)

Optima, Soul Models Put the Charge in Kia’s Electric Car Plan

Friday, September 18th, 2015
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Kia Electric Cars Clearwater FL

A lot of kids – and adults – want to be like Michael J. Fox’s character Marty McFly when they see him ride a hoverboard in the 1989 blockbuster movie “Back to the Future Part II.” As McFly levitates above ground, basically surfing in the air, it’s mesmerizing, and it looks like a lot of fun.

The year those fictional hoverboard scenes took place in was set in 2015, but the future is indeed now for Kia, who are planning to release a couple new electric cars in the coming years. Around the year 2017, Kia will provide electric cars for the Clearwater FL area. (more…)

Kia Traffic Information is a Sirius Matter

Friday, September 18th, 2015
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Kia Sorento SiriusXM Traffic Availability and Features

Drivers of 2016 Kia models might be in for a bit of a surprise. Of course, there’s all the good surprises we might take for granted with new Kias, such as the 2016 Forte’s superior fuel economy or the 2016 Soul’s iconic design. But you might have also noticed, if you tried to use the SiriusXM Traffic feature that is available or standard in various Kias that your 2016 vehicle may not show you the traffic information you expected.

Never fear! The same kind of maps that work for 2015 Kia models and earlier years are also available for compatible 2016 Kias. We’ll focus on one of our more popular models for 2016, the Kia Sorento, and check out the SiriusXM Traffic application’s availability and features for the vehicle. We’ll also share how to find more information about SiriusXM Traffic. (more…)