Archive for February, 2018

When is the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival?

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
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2018 Tampa Bay Margarita Festival Dates and Times

You may be wondering what’s happening around these parts. Here on the Friendly Kia blog, we’ve gone from whimsical articles about which Kia models would be which holiday foods and how 2018 Kia models could ruin your favorite movies to writing about pirate parades, strawberry festivals and fine art shows. It may seem a bit “out of character” for a Kia blog. (more…)

When Is the Florida Strawberry Festival?

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
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2018 Plant City Strawberry Festival Dates and Events

The Florida Strawberry Festival is one of our favorite annual events. Sprawling more than a week in Plant City, the Florida Strawberry Festival provides more than just strawberry-themed fun. A parade, craft show, live music beauty pageant and live music. In recent years, the live music has been one of the more notable attractions seeing Plant City host artists like Willie Nelson (last year), Ricky Skaggs (2015), John Legend (2015) and Demi Lovato (2012). (more…)

Kias You Can’t Buy: The Kia Stonic

Monday, February 26th, 2018
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Kia Stonic US Release Date and Availability

Although Kia’s lineup doesn’t have as many models as that of their Japanese and North American competitors, they’ve always believed this to be a feature, not a bug. For instance, Chevrolet and Toyota respectively offer 3 and 4 third-row SUV models. (more…)

When is the 2018 Gasparilla Festival of the Arts?

Friday, February 23rd, 2018
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Gasparilla Festival of the Arts 2018 Dates and Times

In case you haven’t been reading our blog lately, we’re eagerly awaiting the festivals that make-up Gasparilla 2018. Ever since the pirate festival, we’ve been twiddling our thumbs here waiting for more Gasparilla fun and resorting to publishing blogs with themes like analyzing how Bill Murray would spend Groundhog Day in 2018 Kia models and giving out fake awards from the Friendly Kia dogs.

We’re desperate for more swashbuckling fun in Tampa Bay. (more…)

Kias in the News: February 2018

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
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Kia News February 2018

As modern automotive innovators, we’re always excited to hear about what is coming out of Kia’s headquarters. Being a Kia dealership, we’re often privy to some of the most exciting news and stories relating to Kia’s mission to give drivers stylish and feature-packed vehicles which solve problems. (more…)

Direct Current 6: 6 Weeks to Stanley Cup Glory

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
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Tampa Bay Lightning News February 21, 2018

We’re between six and seven weeks from the beginning of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and things are getting a lot sweatier at the top. At the time of this blog post’s publication, the Tampa Bay Lightning are still sitting on top of the NHL for points scored, wins, goals scored and goal difference.

That’s only part of the story, however, as Boston has recently been surging and is within a point of the Bolts with two games in hand on them. Across the continental divide, Nashville’s win streak has propelled them to the top of the Central Division, while Las Vegas’ loss keeps them below us by only one point. (more…)

What Apps Does the Kia Rio Have?

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
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2018 Kia Rio Apps and Smartphone Compatibility

When most of us were just learning to drive, entertainment while driving meant finding a new radio station, switching a CD or using a cassette tape adapter to play a bulky iPod through the car speakers. It was a darker time. Similarly, navigation meant either stopping and checking a map or printing off directions from MapQuest. If routes had changed, or roads were closed, we were out of luck! (more…)

Notes from the Rebellion: 2019 Kia Forte

Monday, February 19th, 2018
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2019 Kia Forte Vs. 2018 Kia Forte

We’ve been patiently waiting to announce information on the newest threat to BIG3, Kia’s score-settling, table-turning redesigned compact car, the 2019 Kia Forte and we have it now. Having spent the better part of the Christmas holiday in hiding, we the rebellion have been eagerly awaiting Kia’s latest release only to be surprised and impressed by what is now offered in a compact car. (more…)

What to Do in Tampa Bay This Weekend

Friday, February 16th, 2018
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Tampa Bay Events February 17-18, 2018

Here in West Central Florida, we have a truly unique opportunity to enjoy fun events pretty much all year-round. Up in Wisconsin, for instance, it’s been right around 10 – 20 degrees over the last week so those people are all huddled up inside blasting through their Netflix queue and forgetting about the beautiful layers of grass beneath the snow that just won’t go away. (more…)

Things You Should Know Before You Buy a New Car

Thursday, February 15th, 2018
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New Car Buying Tips from the Folks Who Sell Them

Every day at Friendly Kia, we have people come into our lot purchasing their first new car. The high value of Kia models like the 2018 Kia Forte, 2018 Kia Soul or 2018 Kia Sportage make them great cars to mark the inaugural purchase or lease. Similarly, drivers who have always waited for fast cars to hit the used circuit are finding the 2018 Kia Stinger to provide high value thrill with Kia’s 5-year/60,000-mile warranty in tow. (more…)