All New Kia Stinger Coming Soon

2018 Kia Stinger | Memphis, TNNew cars don’t appear out of the ether. Every new design starts as a car designer’s dream, his or her idea of the perfect vehicle. Sometimes these ideas get made into concept cars and make appearances at auto shows. And sometimes these concept cars go into production and onto the market.

Six years ago, Kia showed one of these concept cars, the Kia GT, at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. This sporty, sleek sedan was rear-drive and featured rear-hinged suicide doors plus loads of other applauded details. But the cool Kia GT never made it to production.

Until now. The Kia GT went through tweaks and redesigns over the last several years and evolved into something even more desirable: the Kia Stinger. The 2018 Kia Stinger recently debuted at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show and is set to be on sale next fall.

There are no suicide doors on the Stinger and no more side-view cameras. However, the Kia Stinger offers up much of the desirable elements of the GT and more. A stylish, fastback design will be accompanied by one of two engine options. A standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder offers up 255 horsepower while an available 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 is said to reach 365 horsepower. With specs like these, drivers everywhere can’t wait to settle into the luxurious interior of the Kia Stinger and taking it for its first test drives.

10 Reasons To Buy a Kia

2017 Kia Rio | Memphis, TNIt’s no mystery that we love Kia cars and SUVs. There are so many good reasons to buy a Kia that you can’t even count them on both hands! We’ve gone so far as to give you ten of our favorites.

  1. Great Value

Kia vehicles may have started as modest cars, but today they’re packed full of features and gadgets that offer a lot of bang for the buck.

  1. Warranties

Kia models offer generous warranties that prove that they stand by their lineup’s quality and durability.

  1. Hybrid Options

Kia offers capable and affordable hybrid models, all of which offer great mileage plus a fun, dynamic ride.

  1. Stylish

The Kia lineup competes with the best when it comes to style. Thanks to Peter Schreyer, the famous Audi designer, Kia has been graced with a fresh spin on its exterior design.

  1. Personality

From the Kia Soul to the Kia Forte5, this manufacturer’s lineup is full of unique styles and designs loaded with personality.

  1. Tons of Options

Speaking of personality, no matter which vehicle you choose you’ll find plenty of trims, add-ons and colors that can make your Kia truly yours.

  1. Quality

Many Kia cars are made in America and composed of the highest quality materials and the strongest design.

  1. Luxury

The Kia Cadenza is one example of how the Kia brand offers luxurious options for affordable price tags.

  1. Family Friendly

Kia isn’t just about compact cars. They specialize in family vehicles, too, like the Sedona minivan, a perfect fit for both parents and kids.

  1. They Just Keep Growing

Sure, Kia started small. It took the brand some time to shake off any negative stereotypes related to foreign car companies. But they’re gradually proving themselves as a great option in all sorts of car markets. Kia is not done impressing us yet.

Car and Driver 10Best Trucks and SUVs Award Goes to Kia Soul

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The new-and-improved 2017 Kia Soul.

Everyone’s favorite vehicle, the Kia Soul, recently earned a spot on Car and Driver’s 10Best Trucks and SUVs list. This award is given out to the best 2017 models on the market right now. The Soul was chosen because of its spunky personality, excellent features, and great overall value.

“We are honored that Car and Driver has named the Soul to its ‘10Best Trucks and SUVs’ list,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “The Soul has been an extraordinary success story for the Kia brand, and earning this award is a testament to our continued commitment to world-class quality and top-notch design that can be – in the Soul’s case – as funky as it is functional.”

In the 10Best Trucks and SUVs list, awards are given to vehicles in numerous segments, including the subcompact SUV category, which is where the Kia Soul took home its prize. To be eligible for this award, a vehicle must be all-new or significantly updated.

This year, the 2017 Soul arrives with some significant updates, including a new turbocharged 1.6-liter engine paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This engine will be available on the new SX model, which also comes with some dynamic visual cues including an aggressive front bumper, twin exhaust pipes, sporty side sills, and exclusive 18-inch wheels.

The exciting, updated 2017 Kia Soul is available now at Gossett Kia.

5 New Year’s Resolutions for a Safer Year

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Become a safer driver is possible with these easy-to-follow tips!

Now that 2017 is here, it’s not too late to make a resolution. If you’re at a loss as to what you want to do this year, here are five resolutions for a safer year that will help make you a better driver.

  1. Enforce a seatbelt rule. Have everyone in your car buckle up, no matter their age. Don’t start driving until all passengers are secure. You can even extend this rule to the family pets.
  2. Put away your distractions. Everyone knows that texting while driving is dangerous, but so is talking on the phone, even while using a hands-free device. Put your phone away and commit to stopping other distracting activities, such as eating or putting on makeup, behind the wheel.
  3. Slow down. Speeding can be dangerous and it’s also detrimental to your fuel efficiency, too. Commit to driving the speed limit this year.
  4. Stay up-to-date with vehicle maintenance. By getting your oil changed regularly and getting your other routine maintenance done on time, your car will run better than ever and you can potentially prevent a more serious breakdown.
  5. Watch for pedestrians. Be on the lookout for pedestrians and bicyclists, especially when driving through neighborhoods and busy city streets.

If you can master these five resolutions, you will be well on your way to being one of the safest drivers on the road.

Do you have any additional tips? Let Gossett Kia of North Covington Pike know!

Great Gifts for Car Lovers

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Spread the holiday cheer by giving the perfect gift to a car lover you know!

They say there’s a kid’s spirit inside every car lover, and there are plenty of gifts to prove it. Not every present has to be new seat covers or wheels. There are dozens of toys, nostalgic items, and pricey gifts to choose from. Here are a few great gifts for car lovers recommended by us here at Gossett KIA. Happy holidays!

  • Exotic Racing – There’s a need for speed inside every enthusiast, and you can satisfy the beast with the help of Exotic Racing. The company owns plenty of exotic cars, including an Audi R8 and Lamborghini, that car lovers can choose to ride in. Two-lap rides start at $99. The company is based in Las Vegas. It may not be the cheapest gift, but it certainly is unique!
  • Gear Shift Cufflinks – Add a touch of style to your favorite car lover’s attire. Gear shifter cufflinks go great at most occasions. They can even serve as a conversation starter.
  • Automatic – Feeding information to your smartphone is as easy as plugging in Automatic to your car’s OBD II port. The device can call for help in an emergency, monitor fuel economy, help decode dashboard warning lights, and more. It’s the perfect gift to keep your loved one safe and it won’t break the bank!