The Future of Kia
For many of us, Christmas is in the rearview mirror (or standard backup camera in the case of Kia). After all, it’s been almost a month since we passed the festive period. Lights have been turned off, wrapping paper stuffed back into the crawlspace and our Christmas Trees have come down (here’s where to get rid of them, by the way).
Here in the greater Tampa area, most of us are getting ready to celebrate Gasparilla and enjoy its nautical, swashbuckling fun. Some of us have stayed behind, however, having experienced something so great during the holiday season that we haven’t quite processed its implications fully. Ebenezer Scrooge is one of those people.
We do talk a lot on this blog, so instead of us playing telephone with friend-of-the-dealership, Ebenezer, we’re going to let him tell his own story about a fantastic and phantasmal visit he experienced on the eve of Christmas 2017.
“I had hardly been in my room for 10 minutes when I saw it – a tall and grave phantom. The ghastly figure approached me, and I bent down upon my knee. The air around it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery.
Having just been in the presence of the merry ghost of Kia present and seeing the stylish and budget-friendly 2018 Kia Optima, decadent 2018 Kia Cadenza and adventure-ready 2018 Kia Sportage, I was unsure how to address this decidedly different specter.
“I am in the presence of the Ghost of Kia Future,” was all I could muster.
The figure pointed onward into the dark corner of my room. My walls began to shift and move, the city rose where my bureau and bed had previously stood. I was in the middle of the bustling downtown with the spirit by my side.
As we walked along the city, things felt different and new. I turned to the grave image that seemed to hover alongside me and noticed it had come to a stop and was pointing. Standing alongside this mysterious horror, I fixed my eyes upon that which the spirit indicated.
There, was the Kia Niro EV, just as I had seen it before on Bob Cratchit’s iPad. But this was parked on a street in the city as if it was a vehicle available to the public. The spirit pointed a bony finger around the back and I noticed that the Kia Niro EV had a bumper sticker on it for a local university.
“Surely, spirit, a college student cannot afford a luxury such as a fully-electric vehicle.” I implored the hooded figure which continued pointing. I re-read the bumper sticker and remembered that the college was out of state, at least 100 miles from here.
“Do you mean to suggest, spirit, that a fully-electric vehicle was able to make this journey?” The spirit said nothing, yet tacitly affirmed my presumption.
The spirit turned and walked further down the street, I followed. As we walked, I noticed the landscape shift and become a driveway in a large estate manor. Parked in the driveway was a large crossover SUV that featured Kia’s trademark “tiger’s nose grille” and an attractive squared design with rounded-off corners.
Again, beckoning me to pay notice to its details, I approached it. This SUV looked like something new. Whereas I had recognized the Kia Niro’s design, I now experienced both confusion and interest. The vehicle looked firm and luxurious like it could climb hills but also show up at the country club that evening.
The spirit stood and pointed at a window sticker that had fallen near my feet. I dare not disclose the pricing information I saw on it, though I will say it was considerably lower than I had thought. Bob Cratchit may even be able to afford one. This was the Kia Telluride, and I had fallen in love with it.
I gazed further at the window sticker and noticed some interesting inscriptions. The Telluride was powered by a hybrid motor offering the power of 400 horses when combined. It sat seven passengers, which would make it ideal for my nephew Fred and his family.
The technical features and luxurious finish of the interior were elements I remain unable to communicate with words. I have instead opted to draw pictures of what I remember in the hopes that it will convey some level of the sophistication and luxurious refinement I witnessed.
Feeling as though my time in the Telluride’s presence was coming to an end, I turned toward the spirit and asked it “Why have you shown me these things? Will these vehicles be available for purchase in the next year? The next two years?” The spirit remained silent.
“Good spirit,” I continued “Your nature intercedes for me, and pities me. Assure me that I yet may purchase these shadows you have shown me within my lifetime.”
The outstretched hand of the Ghost of Kia Future trembled.
“I will honor Kia in my heart, and try and keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me how I may experience the writing on this window sticker.”
I am ashamed to admit, but in my agony, I caught the spectral hand. It sought to free itself, but I was strong and detained it. The spirit, stronger yet, pushed me away.
I watched the spirit as the beautiful SUV shrank into shadow. Just before I was returned to my bedchamber, I saw its disposition change ever-so-slightly and knew that the future of Kia would be as positive and merry and full of good faith as had the past been.
So there you have it, from the man himself. Kia’s future appears to be as bright as its past. If you’re yearning for a spirit to show you the future of Kia vehicles, yearn no longer. Kia showed off their Niro EV at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). We have photographs and more information in this recent blog post.
As for the Telluride, it’s a beautiful and luxurious vehicle that seems all but certain for production. We’re really excited about this one, as it promises to deliver first-class interior comfort and convenience in a stylish and ready-for-anything crossover/SUV package.
Here at Friendly Kia, we know the future is always bright when you prize innovation and creatively solving problems over bumping up specs.
Kia is a brand that has been around for a long time, and enjoyed a long trajectory which began outside of the United States, worked its way in through lackluster economy vehicles and has now led the badge to signify elegance and ingenuity.
For more information on Kia concept vehicles, currently-available Kia models or to schedule a test-drive with one of the Ghost of Kia Present’s star performers, contact us today!
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