Car and Driver Includes the 2017 Soul in its Prestigious List

Car and DriverThe 2017 Kia Soul is in some elite company. Earlier this week, it was named to the Car and Driver magazine “10Best Trucks and SUVs” list. Its colorful personality, extensive list of features and unmatched value wowed the experts, and it could not be left off the prestigious list.

The folks at Car and Driver have this to say about the Soul: “The current Soul has maintained the funky charm of the first-generation model with design – inside and out – that manages to be both fresh and genuinely attractive, attributes that are often at odds.

Kia of North Grand Rapids has a winner on its hands in the form of the 2017 Kia Soul. Why not stop by today for a test drive?


Kia Sits Atop the Strategic Vision Total Quality Impact Award List

Strategic VisionEach year, Strategic Vision surveys thousands of new-car owners in an effort to compile research for their annual Total Quality Impact awards. The 2016 results are in … and the outcome for Kia is impressive, indeed!

Among a survey of nearly 40,000 new-car drivers, Kia finished in a tie for first place in the brands under $26,000 category. Leading the way for Kia were the Sorento and Sedona, which achieved the highest TQI scores in the mid-size CUV and minivan segments (in a tie), respectively.

Alexander Edwards, President of Strategic Vision, had this to say: “Kia’s focus on design and technology has nurtured the belief that customers have in the thoughtfulness and quality of their products. The Total Quality Award winners, and other well-performing models like the Optima, point to the success that Kia has had in this regard.”

Kia continues to stockpile awards for quality, safety and styling … and we haven’t even mentioned their second-to-none warranties! There’s plenty to love about today’s Kia brand; so why not drop by Kia of North Grand Rapids today for a closer look? A warm welcome always awaits you!


Kia Motors America Completes its Best First Half Ever

Best First Half EverKia of North Grand Rapids is proud to say its corporate entity, Kia Motors America (KMA), just completed its best first half in company history. In June alone, sales went up by more than 15% compared to 2015 totals … and it was Kia’s fifth monthly sales record in the last six.

Some of the January through June highlights for Kia Motors America include:

∙ A total of 328,327 new vehicles sold

∙ A 76.3 percent year-over-year increase for the Sportage compact CUV, highlighted by the best-ever single month total in May for Kia’s longest-running nameplate

∙ Best-ever first half sales of the Forte compacts, including an all-time high of 10,406 units in March

∙ Continued popularity for the Soul, with the iconic urban passenger vehicle on pace for increased sales for the seventh straight year

Stop by Kia of North Grand Rapids today and find out what so many of your friends and family members already know – Kia is the most exciting brand on the road today!


2017 Kia Forte Receives Safety Award from NHTSA

Safety AwardIt hasn’t even reached the Kia of North Grand Rapids showroom yet, and already it’s winning awards: the 2017 Kia Forte has earned the highest five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Safety is always paramount for Kia, and the new Forte is certainly no exception.

The 2017 Forte received four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover crash test.

It is scheduled to arrive at Kia of North Grand Rapids by late summer.

Standard safety equipment includes six airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability control, brake assist and traction control. Optional safety equipment includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a blind-spot detection system, rear cross-traffic alert and lane keeping assist.

Be on the lookout for the 2017 Kia Forte, coming soon to Kia of North Grand Rapids.

 


TrueCar Award Shows the Sorento Keeps its Value

TrueCar AwardA recent study by TrueCar is further proof that Kia vehicles retain their value quite well – to the point where the Sorento has been recognized as tops in its category. The company’s first-ever Pre-Owned Value Awards awarded Kia’s flagship SUV the first-place distinction in the midsize utility segment.

The Pre-Owned Value Awards recognize model-year 2014 vehicles across the various segments selling in 2016 that are expected to retain the highest percentage of their value over the course of the next three years.

Why not stop by Kia of North Grand Rapids today for a test drive? After all, the 2016 Kia Sorento’s extensive list of features, industry-leading warranty and world-class design, it makes for a compelling value – both in the long term and the short term!


Kia Motors America Partners with Hire Heroes USA

Hire Heroes USATo help veterans transition from military service into civilian life, Kia Motors America is partnering with Hire Heroes USA. This is a non-profit organization that provides consistently effective and individualized career counseling services for veterans and their spouses.

As part of the partnership, Hire Heroes USA has been designated as the official charity of the 2016 LPGA Kia Classic professional golf tournament, which will be held March 24-27 in Carlsbad, California. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the charity.

Hire Heroes USA assists more than 300 veterans each week – in seven locations across the country. Its team of Veteran Transition Specialists helps veterans understand their transferable skills and learn job search techniques, and provides professional business resumes.

Kia of North Grand Rapids is pleased to be affiliated with a corporate entity that gives of its time and resources to worthwhile charitable organizations like Hire Heroes USA.


Plug-in Optima Hybrid Also Debuts in Chicago

Plug-in Optima HybridAs we mentioned in our last blog, the new Kia Niro was not the only vehicle Kia profiled at last week’s Chicago Auto Show. Also making its debut was the new 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid – Kia’s first plug-in vehicle.

Packed with a host of technology features, the Optima PHEV is engineered with an emphasis on both efficiency and driving dynamics. Its 2.0-liter “Nu” four-cylinder GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission to generate a class-leading 154 horsepower@6,000 rpm. The electric power is produced by a transmission-mounted 50-kW motor.

Boasting an estimated 600 miles of total driving range, the Optima PHEV’s next-generation battery system features a 9.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack.

While we don’t yet know the exact date this dynamic, unique car will arrive at the Kia of North Grand Rapids showroom, we do know that when it does it’ll be one of the most exciting eco-friendly cars on the road.


The Kia Niro Debut at the Chicago Auto Show Draws Rave Reviews

2017 NiroToday was finally the day of the Kia Niro debut at the Chicago International Auto Show. While it has not yet made its debut at Kia dealerships, we’re now able to show you a real photo of it – and give you a little more information about it.

Here’s the first thing you need to know: it’s not your typical cracker box hybrid vehicle. As you can see from the photo, you get the style and appeal of a utility vehicle – but you also get the fuel economy of a hybrid (Kia expects the Niro to get around 50 mpg).

It’s spacious and comfortable. It is expected to get top honors from The NHTSA and IIHS, the governing bodies on vehicle safety. It has been equipped with special accessories to keep the handling smooth and the noise at a minimum.

Of course, the big question you’re probably asking: does it lack power because it’s a hybrid? Absolutely not! The Niro accelerates quickly off the line and continues its smooth power delivery, making it fun to drive anywhere you need to go.

There’s no doubt that the Kia Niro debut was everything you could ask for – and then some! In the coming months, we’ll have a better idea of when we’ll be seeing the Niro in the Kia of North Grand Rapids showroom. In the meantime, we’ll just have to be patient!

In our next blog, we’ll be telling you about another exciting Kia that made its debut at the same Chicago Auto show.


Kia Sport Sedan Reportedly Coming Soon

Kia Sport SedanSomething in today’s edition of Automotive News grabbed our attention here at Kia of North Grand Rapids. The publication says that, according to some well-placed sources, Kia will be launching its first-ever sport sedan sometime in 2017.

For now, the sedan is code named CK, and will compete with cars such as the BMW 4 Series and the Audi A5. The article further says there will be three engine choices – and that it will be rear-wheel drive.

We want to emphasize that for now, at least, there has been no official announcement. But if this happens – and this car makes it into the Kia of North Grand Rapids showroom in 2017 – this is going to truly be a sight to behold!

We’ll give you more details on this exciting development as they become available.


Record January Sales for Kia Motors America

Record January SalesDespite fewer selling days … and despite some brutal weather that actually caused some dealerships to close for a short period of time, Kia Motors America recorded its best January ever. All told, the brand sold 38,305 new vehicles.

Leading the way is the sleek and sophisticated Kia Soul, which sold 9,191 models. The Soul was followed closely by the mid-size Optima sedan, which checked in at 8,413; and the Sportage compact SUV at 6,695.

During a month when most brands’ sales were down year-over-year, we’re pleased to report that Kia continued to grow. Stop by Kia of North Grand Rapids today and check out the new Kia of your choice today. Kia’s combination of styling, quality, safety and warranty simply can’t be beat.