Thanksgiving Travel Time: Tips for Traveling with Food

ThanksgivingThanksgiving is right around the corner, which means many families will be traveling long distances to celebrate with family and friends. That also means that you’ll have to think of ways to keep your food at just the right temperature and freshness. We’ve put together a list of tips for traveling with food to make your life easier.

According to USA Today, you should transfer any hot meals to glass containers because they retain heat better. Consider wrapping bread, meatloaf, or sliced chicken in foil, as opposed to glass containers. For cold foods, plastic or glass will do just fine.

Use paper towels as insulation. Line the outside of food containers with paper towels to add a layer of insulation. They can also be used for easy cleanup, should any of the food spill during your commute.

Consider purchasing an insulated storage bag, hard cooler, or vacuum food flask. An insulated bag (similar to what the pizza delivery driver uses) is great for glass containers. Hard coolers are good for cold things, especially if you fill it with ice. Finally, the flask is great for liquids like hot soup.

If you have to travel further, you might consider a portable warmer/cooler. These devices are expensive compared to the other options, but they work the best. By plugging the device into the cigarette lighter, you can flip a switch to keep you food at the perfect temperature.

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.

Naming Your Car: Every Car Deserves a Title

Name Your Car DayThe official Nickname Your Car Day has already passed us by; however, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to celebrate. Naming your car is a tradition for auto enthusiasts everywhere, and the weirder, the better. We’ve put together a list of the best nicknames in pop culture to give you an idea of how it’s done.

NY Daily News has a great list of some of the most popular. We’ve put together our own, drawing from some of their insights.

  • Batmobile – Any sleek black car can earn this title if it’s big enough and loaded with high-tech gadgets. Though the Batmobile has been around for years, some of the most popular include Michael Keaton’s in the 1992 Batman Returns, as well as the latest pics from the yet to be released Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • Ecto-1 – Though you might not recognize the name of this model, you’d know it if you saw it. This famous retro model from the 1984 Ghostbusters film has remained one of the most iconic models in cinema.
  • Herbie – Everyone loves this bizarre VW Beetle that has a mind of its own. Premiering in 1968 in The Love Bug, Herbie has made appearances again and again, known far and wide for its red and blue stripes, as well as its No. 53 badging.
  • KITT Knight Rider fans have no doubt monopolized this name for many years. This super-intelligent talking car helps Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff) fight crime. What’s not to love about it?

Now that you know some famous car names, it’s your turn to give it a try.

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.

Road Trip Tips for Travelling with Pets

If you’re preparing to hit the open road with your beloved pet, there are certain steps you should take to ensure your pet’s comfort, safety, and overall well-being. Following these tips for travelling with pets will reduce your stress and ensure you and your furry friend have an enjoyable ride.

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Have a pre-trip vehicle inspection. Being stranded on the side of the highway with your pet in the car sounds like one of the least-ideal situations ever. While humans are widely accepted as passengers in taxis, a friend’s car, or a tow truck, you’re going to have to do some serious bribing to get Fido on board. Make sure your dealership checks the air conditioning too, as it will be important to keep your car at a comfortable temperature both for your sanity and your pet’s health.

Secure your pet. All pets should ride in the backseat, and should be properly secured. Cats should travel inside their carriers, and dogs should be restrained by a harness designed for car use, or a secured crate. Never transport a pet in the bed of a pickup.

Pack well. Make sure you bring everything your pet will need for the duration of your trip. Make sure water and food (along with bowls) are easily accessible along with their leash. Throw a towel in the car in case they get wet or dirty at a rest stop. Also consider bringing favorite toys and any medicine they will need.

Stop often. Just like you, your pet will need to stretch his legs and use the bathroom – but you should make it a point to stop more frequently than you otherwise would. Offer water at every stop, and food when you think they need it. Be sure to walk them around the rest area for several minutes.

For more information, visit humainesociety.org.

Here at Gosset Kia, we hope you and your pet have a safe and enjoyable road trip. Be sure to make an appointment for that pre-trip vehicle inspection before you go!

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.

Kia’s June Sales Broke Records

Kia’s June sales numbers have officially been released and the automaker broke another record! Coming off a strong month in May where Kia set an all-time monthly sales record, June sales maintained the momentum and set another monthly record. In addition, Kia recorded the best-ever sales for the first half of the year in the company’s history.

June sales were individually led by the Kia Soul and Optima, and in total, Kia notched 54,137 units sold. Overall, Kia year-date sales are up 4.6%.

2015 Kia Optima

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Michael Sprague, Chief Operating Officers and EVP of Kia Motors America, said, Customers continue to turn to Kia in increasing numbers for our world-class design, technology, value and, of course, our quality, which was recently reaffirmed in J.D. Power’s annual Initial Quality Study in which Kia finished second overall and first among non-premium brands.”

Kia continues to see tremendous success and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of that! Visit us at Gossett Kia Covington Pike to check out all of the new and award-winning models in Kia’s lineup.

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