Daily Driving: Tips for Improving Your Commute

commuteDoes daily drive to and from work have you feeling down? If you changed your perspective and saw it as an opportunity instead of wasted time, you could even start to look forward to it. Sound crazy? Check out these tips for improving your commute.

# 1 – Are you a music aficionado? Use your time in the car to discover new music! Pandora is great for exposing you to music you might like.

# 2 – Collect your thoughts! Instead of letting traffic stir you up and stress you out, use your time in the car to think through a current problem or brainstorm for work. Make voice memos on your phone as you come up with ideas.

# 3 – Audio books can revolutionize your commute. It’s especially useful to choose non-fiction books. If you feel like the time you spend on your commute is wasted, why not turn it into an educational experience?

# 4 – Make it the ultimate “me-time.” Turn your phone off, roll the windows down, and just enjoy the fact that for the next minutes, all you have to do is drive.

Kia Sedona and Optima Named to KBB Top 16 Family Cars List

The Kia Sedona and Optima were named to the KBB Top 16 Family Cars List for 2016, which was released in early February.

2016 Kia Sedona Interior

2016 Kia Sedona Interior

A group of KBB.com editors came together to find the 16 most family-friendly cars of the year, taking into consideration factors such as safety, comfort, spaciousness, cargo area, convenience, and how child seats fit in the car seats.

KBB’s executive editorial director Jack R. Nerad said the two Kias had features families look for such as “a full list of features, a high level of build quality and low acquisition costs.”

Kelley Blue Book cited the Sedona minivan’s stylish appearance, available third row seating, safety features like its advanced airbag system, and great overall value.

The Optima, also the recipient of the 2016 Midsize Sedan Best Buy Award, was praised for its many standard and available features, including innovative safety tech like lane departure warning and automatic braking. Experts also appreciated the Optima’s excellent fuel economy, which helps families on the go save money and make fewer stops at the pump.

First 2017 Kia Picanto Spy Photos Captured While Testing

Kia LogoIf you’re anything like us, you anticipate the release of every new Kia model, and that’s why we’re excited to report that spy photos have been captured of the upcoming 2017 Kia Picanto–the first images of the new car.

Of course, the vehicle has a camouflage tarp obscuring some of the finer details, but these images still reveal quite a bit about the new vehicle.

It’s easy to see that the new Kia Picanto will have some sort of new LED daytime running lights, as well as potentially-LED rear lights. And in general, the body seems to be redesigned but not to a wild degree. It will likely fit in with the other modern styling seen in its segment.

You can check out the 2017 Kia Picanto spy photos here, thanks to Autoevolution. The vehicle isn’t scheduled to hit the road until 2017, so it’s likely that we’ll start to get updates on its specific stats soon.

In the meantime, to check out a current, available Kia model, visit us anytime here at Gossett Kia.

LeBron James Kia Ad Aims to Prove Basketball Star Drives K900

Kia K900

Kia K900

Basketball player LeBron James is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and he drives a 2016 Kia K900 family sedan. This is the claim that LeBron recently made, sponsoring Kia, but fans have been skeptical—understandably.

In fact, a few fans took to Twitter to make informal bets that LeBron doesn’t drive a Kia at all, but the man himself responded. Check out this new LeBron James Kia ad, in which LeBron proves that he does, indeed, drive a Kia.

And why not? Though the superstar really could drive any car he wants, the 2016 Kia K900 is stylish, fuel-efficient, and absolutely packed with modern features. It’s more than any driver needs, professional athlete or not.

If it’s fit for LeBron James–or as the ad says, “fit for a king”–surely, it’s good enough for you. To learn more about the Kia K900, visit us anytime at Gossett Kia. We’d love to set you up on a test drive!

Introducing the Kia A1A Optima: Built for Fun Driving

2016 Kia Optima

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Kia pulled out all the stops for this year’s SEMA show. The 2015 Kia SEMA lineup will feature some of the sharpest and innovative designs on the market, including the Custom A1A Optima.

According to Kia, the new Kia A1A Optima is meant to shock car enthusiasts with its exclusive styling. It includes things like a roofless bodystyle, backwards-hinged doors (aka suicide doors), and bright teal paintwork. Twenty-inch bright chrome wheels and lowered coilovers are also included.

“The A1A Optima takes inspiration from the iconic Florida A1A highway by letting the sunshine in and taking the all-new 2016 Optima in a new direction with its sliced top, shortened windshield and room for four,” said Kia in a press release.

Under the hood of the A1A is a 242-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This is paired with a high-performance exhaust, giving drivers incredible speed and acceleration. Although there is no news about Kia putting this custom model into production, we’ve got our fingers crossed that it will become more than just a concept model.

Kia and Sunday Night Football Bring You the All-New Sorento CUV

2016 Kia Sorento

2016 Kia Sorento

Football is finally back, and Kia couldn’t be more excited. Partnering with NBC’s Sunday Night Football, Kia has started a new marketing campaign for the Sorento CUV. This football season is bound to be unlike anything ever before.

According to Kia, the Kia and Sunday Night Football partnership means there will be three new ad spots right away. These include “Participation,” “Great Game,” and “Pants.” Celebrating the qualities of the Sorento than make it great for hauling football gear, driving to games, and tailgating, this ad campaign couldn’t be more about the game.

“Sunday Night Football attracts the largest primetime audience and provides an excellent opportunity to connect with football fans and showcase the premium utility experience of Kia’s largest and most capable CUV ever,” said Tim Chaney, vice president of marketing communications, KMA.

These ads are made by David&Goliath, Kia’s advertising agency. Sorento spots will be appearing now, and last throughout the season.

Kia Shows Off 2017 Sportage Exterior

2016 Kia Sportage

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Kia recently unveiled the first official images of the 2017 Sportage exterior. The compact SUV is entering its fourth generation and is slated to make its world debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in mid-September.

The new Sportage was designed with modern fighter jets in mind, and that source of inspiration shines through in the car’s slick lines and smooth angles. From the side, the Sportage looks very similar to previous models, but the angular headlights, wrap-around LED taillights, and tiger-nose grille all lend the SUV a more aggressive edge. Its wider nose and sleek, horizontal shapes aim to give the Sportage exterior a more stable stance.

The 2017 Sportage exterior was designed by Kia’s European studio in Frankfurt, Germany, though the team drew input from the company’s design studios in Korea and California. They worked together seamlessly to create a sportier, more muscular SUV while still retaining the Sportage’s overall shape and Kia’s signature look.

Celebrating Kia Motors’s Record August Sales

In the competitive, turbulent, and unpredictable auto industry, it can be tough to stay on top–but Kia Motors America seems to be managing. Kia Motors’s record August sales show the company continues to gain momentum in the US.

2015 Kia Sorento

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Buyers appear to be most attracted to the Kia Soul. The nameplate exploded in popularity and sold an all-time monthly sales high of 17,108 units. Other popular vehicles in Kia’s repertoire in the month of August included the Optima, at 13,980 units sold, and the Sorento, which came in at 10,211 units. In total, Kia sold 58,897 vehicles this August–a staggering 7.7% increase over the same sales period last year. Year-to-date, Kia’s sales are up 5.4%.

“Kia has outpaced the industry all year, and that trend continued in August as we set our fourth consecutive monthly sales record despite significant turbulence in the stock market and not having the benefit of Labor Day weekend sales,” said Chief Operating Officer and EVP of Kia Motors America Michael Sprague. He went on to praise the ever-popular Kia Soul for its success in the industry.

The 2016 Kia Soul is expected to go on sale sometime mid-2016, if you’d like to see what all the fuss is about.

2015 Kia Sedona Earns J.D. Power APEAL Award

2015 Kia Sedona

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The 2015 Kia Sedona is changing the game in the minivan segment. Designed to crush the negative reputation of minivans, the new 2015 Sedona is attracting a new generation of families back to the segment. In recognition of the Sedona’s advanced style and modern design, J.D. Power has awarded the 2015 Kia Sedona with its Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) award for the minivan segment.

The J.D. Power APEAL award is granted to vehicles whose owners are most satisfied with their new vehicles based on 10 categories. The study weights the following categories: audio, driving dynamics, exterior, fuel economy, heating and ventilation, interior, powertrain, seats, storage, and visibility.

“Customers want vehicles they’re proud to drive, and Sedona’s superior combination of a strong, confident design, advanced safety features, and premium amenities, is revolutionizing the minivan segment. Earning top honors in the J.D. Power APEAL study is affirmation from our customers of the new Sedona’s appeal and desirability,” commented Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning for Kia Motors America, in a statement.

Stop by Gosset Kia to check out the game-changing Kia Sedona for yourself. Packed with family-friendly technology and amenities, it’s a vehicle you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.

New 2016 Kia Forte Packaging Information Announced

2015 Kia Forte

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The new 2016 Kia Forte packaging will offer drivers a lot more out of the already-sleek, stylish, award-winning sedan. A few new options will enhance the Forte’s overall repertoire, making it an even more desirable compact sedan.

The 2016 Forte will be available in two trims—LX and EX—and each will offer new additional packaging. The LX comes with standard steering wheel-mounted controls, SiriusXM and satellite radio, power windows and heated mirrors, and Bluetooth. You have the option of adding on the “Popular Plus” package to the LX also. The new packaging will add on cruise, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a rear camera display.

The EX trim level comes standard with a rear camera display, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED and front fog lights, and has the option of adding on the new “Premium Plus” package. The new EX package will add on LED taillights, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, dual-zone temperature control, and a 4.2-inch color LCD media center.

In addition to the two trim levels and new packaging, the Forte comes with two engine options as well. The 2016 Kia Forte offers premium amenities and great value to those looking for a compact sedan that has it all. Come visit Gossett Kia Covington Pike for more information.

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