Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Kia Goes Global With Release of 2019 Stinger GT Atlantica Special Edition

It only makes sense that a car as phenomenal as the new Stinger GT would have what is considered by all means an incredibly limited special edition. The Maserati Ghibli-inspired styling was dreamt about and conceived back when chief designer Gregory Guillaume admired the GT's that roared down the Autoroute du Soleil to the south side of France during his early years. At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Kia announced plans to sell just 500 numbered models of the Stinger GT Atlantica in the states, with its unique paint, wheels, and very unique Nappa leather interior.

There is an aggressively-blended cultivation of great ideas all at work here: the 19-inch alloy wheels are a design from Europe, while the super cool rear badging is a model characteristic courtesy of Korean design elements. The deep blue metallic paint really offers up a sense of mystery, and throws down a greatly-appealing color on the car's already very strong design lines. Once you really settle in and spend time in the interior of any car, the true vibe really washes over you. The interior of the GT Atlantica's ultra high-end feature is the Espresso Brown Nappa leather, with a black suede-like headliner. You'll have no problem keeping at full capacity on your gadgets with the wireless phone charger, and the surround view camera is another modern safety feature that keeps the peace-of-mind factor high when coming or going for the day.

During 2014, Hyundai Motor Group successfully lured Albert Biermann away from one of the most prestigious duties in the industry: heading up BMW's M GmbH. Biermann says his main focus at Kia is to now “try to match the dynamic experience with the emotional appearance” of our beloved new Stinger. The twin-turbocharged GT is the sportiest in the Stinger club, and prominent auto journalists were invited to Nordschleife to observe the 12.9-mile run, where engineers and testing staff completed much of the hard development work.

This is a very high-performing car that adamantly exchanged the 255-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four for a twin-turbo 3.3 liter V-6, which generates an eager allotment of 365 horsepower. Standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires deliver reactive steering and tenacious grip with the included 19-inch wheels, and the engine onboard delivers an eager pull, and a robust, nearly baritone noise for appreciation. The larger side of relatively inexpensive rear-drive sedans seem to be in a bit of short supply as of late, and many are standing up and taking notice at the fact that the Dodge Charger may be nearing the end of a very long lifespan. Come soon to see us here at Jim Butler of St Louis, and check out the exciting new model that Motor Trend praised for its “sexy exterior design” and “Overly potent engine options”!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Car Buzz Hails 2018 Kia Niro as “The Best Everyday Hybrid on the Market”

One of the highest areas of focus for Kia automobiles is making a car with stellar fuel economy, that does not have the soaring expense of competitors in the same niche. There is an inescapable truth right now within the market segment that the industry is transforming into offering up hybrids and crossovers that absolutely lack character and excitement. The experienced writers and staff at Carbuzz.com happily claimed that past week that “Hybrids don't at all have to suck, if Kia has anything to say about it”. We fully admit here at Jim Butler Kia of St Louis that the Niro is our attempt to formidably knock down the Toyota Prius from its throne as the most dominant seller in the hybrid car segment.

The approach at hand was to put hybrid technology in the one package modern car buyers find irresistible: the classic SUV. At the present time, the Niro is the competitor for larger Toyota models such as the RAV4 and Prius v, but due to its very high level of fuel economy, it can go toe-to-toe with the efficient and best-selling Prius. This Niro plug-in is a new addition for 2018, and it makes use of a larger battery, ultimately resulting in an EPA-rated all-electric driving range of 26 miles. It is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder, with direct injection and variable valve timing. In the PHEV model, an 8.9-kWh battery offers up 60 HP, nearly 20 more than in the standard hybrid.

Power is sent to the front wheels only by means of a six-speed dual clutch transmission, refusing to file quickly in line behind other hybrids that use continuously variable transmissions, sometimes emitting an annoying noise when you step on the gas. Writer Jared Rosenthal had a commute less than 26 miles, and averaged around 52 MPG when running in hybrid mode, with a model that had the addition of the EX Premium trim. They enjoyed the 8-inch navigation system, Harman Kardon audio, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, heated and ventilated front seats, leather steering wheel and a power driver seat featuring two memory positions. The team also expressed their appreciation for the high-tech safety features on board such as autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert.

During a test drive with us here at Jim Butler, you'll love the influence that is evident from the Jeep Cherokee in the rear, while the front has Kia's slightly more corporate stance, with daytime running lights and LED headlights. Characteristically light steering makes it a snap to maneuver into tight spots, and the CarBuzz team also claimed that the Niro runs circles around the Prius in terms of driving feel. Be sure to check out the benefits of Sport Mode: it has the added valuable effect of charging the battery during high performance drives.

The team was heavy on the throttle and braking, bringing the battery to its fully-charged state in just 45 minutes. Driving range is approximately 560 miles with a full tank and charge. When situated head to head with the Prius, the Niro wins out in terms of noise: if St Louis area highway driving is frequently on your itinerary, you will be thrilled to spend your drive time among high doses of electric silence!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Motor Trend GIves 2018 Kia Cadenza Gold Star for Luxury Features, Champion-grade Charm

With all of the grave attention and focus on the crossover SUV category the past few years, all of us here at Jim Butler want to be sure to highlight the benefits of other stellar categories like the full-size sedan! It's true that it seems that nearly every other vehicle on the road has the telltale hatchback and appearance that so many customers love in an SUV, but what about the longstanding and satisfying relationship we have had with the standard automobile? Fitting in right above the midsize Optima and the rear-drive K900, the Kia Cadenza is our front-drive, full-size near-luxury sedan. It is equipped with a 290-hp 3.3-liter V-6, paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission, and the good folks at theMotor Trend blog recognized it this month for its outstanding value.

One of the key reasons that it really stands out Is the features usually found on more expensive trim levels such as a head-up display, 360-degree view multi-camera system, a power-operated trunk, and the best in various other technology features to keep you safe. Emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and lane change assist are also included. Adaptive cruise control is incorporated based on information gleaned from on-board sensors, and has the ability to adjust the vehicle speed to maintain a safe distance from vehicles ahead.

Car and Driver avidly claims that the Cadenza is a “compelling choice in a shrinking segment”, recognizing the value of a sedan with a well-built cabin, and luxury styled features throughout the entire model range. The well-built cabin has room for four adults to easily travel with full comfort, and these features get much better as you opt for higher trim levels. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are offered as standard features, and the very handsome and upscale design is bound to make lovers of that much-heralded brand that starts with an “L” take immediate notice.

Car and Driver's overall verdict was that “The Cadenza is a high-tech haven for the upper-middle-class sedan buyer”. For this year's model, the Panoramic Sunroof package is now part of the Luxury package on the base premium trim, not a separate $1000 option as it was before. One reason that there have not been many changes to this year's Cadenza is the massive redesign that took place for 2017: it was then a Motor Trend car of the year contender, favored highly over its stiff competitor the Buick LaCrosse.

Our Staff here at Jim Butler can show you the benefits during a test drive: 12-speaker Harman-Kardon audio, proximity approach lighting, an 8-inch touchscreen with infotainment and navigation, and panoramic sunroof are all extra goodies that will tie together this vehicle. Made as not just a car, but a satisfying place to spend your time, the Cadenza reigns champion in the realm of charm!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Cars Guide Test Drive First Glance: 2018 Kia Sorento G-Line

Writer Nedahl Stelio from Cars Guide is well-known for her uncanny ability to rank a vehicle in terms of family-friendly essence, and aspects such as size and swift steering. She has provided readers with great insight over the last year regarding vehicles like the Audi S5, Toyota Kluger Grande AWD, and Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander. This past week she set her sights on the 2018 Kia Sorento, asking in grave detail if it “hits the seven-seat bullseye”. Since this was back-to-school week for her, she had play dates, tons of shuttling back and forth, and pick-ups loading up her always frantic itinerary.

Nedahl opted to get around in the Kia Sorento GT Line, which is top-of-the-line, as well as diesel-driven. Stolidly going up against other seven-seat contenders are the Nissan Pathfinder, Mazda CX -9, and a Toyota Kluger, and the extra seats in all mean that you can offer up room to your children's best friends, if they need a lift to any of their various after-school activities. Upon first drive, Nedahl ranked the Sorento as incredibly smooth and responsive. The way in which it handled ultimately left her feeling very safe, and the corner-handling was ranked with off-the-charts goodness. The 2.2-liter 4-cylinder engine has ample power for necessary hill climbing, and she claimed that parking, even in a pinch, was still a very easy task.

This review really highlighted how comfortable the back row is, which is a very well-appreciated trait for a family vehicle. Both of her girls aged four and six had enough space to swing freely within their child seats, and they always quarreled less among each other when they had enough room to work with. Stating that “practical is the Sorento's middle name”, Nedahl also had much love for the metal step alongside the car, and six cup holders on top of a bottle holder in each door. The center storage bin is deep enough to house toys, Ipads, or any other various comfort items the younger ones may want to haplessly drag along for the drive.

The heated/cooling front seats, as well as heated steering wheel, are some of those features that cannot be appreciated enough: just this year in St Louis, we have seen some pretty intense and record-breaking low as well as high temperatures, that have rocked the metro this past season. Characteristically defined by the big grille on the front, the Sorento avoids appearing overwhelmingly boxy, and and the bubble-finish dash keeps things nicely grounded and well-tied-together.

Taking the time and energy to sync phones is a thing of the past, because Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will provide the ability to use the apps from your phone with ease on the available 8.0-inch touchscreen. Come pay us a visit to check out the Sorento this month, and check out just how safe you and your family will feel with features like auto emergency braking, blind spot detection, and lane departure warning!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Kia Soul and Sorento Claim “Best Cars for the Money” Award from U.S. News

When customers are flocking to our lot here at Jim Butler Kia of St Louis, we admit that large scores of them are concerned with the bottom line. What a vehicle really offers in terms of a low price and features is frequently the absolute most important thing on the agenda for many getting ready to purchase. Fortunately, Kia doles out the best in the value category once again: both the 2018 Kia Soul and Sorento were announced as the victorious winners of U.S. News & World Report's Best Cars For the Money awards. The awards recognize vehicles across 14 categories that represent the winning combination of value and quality.

The Soul was honored for the Best Compact Car for the Money, and Sorento claimed the Best 3-Row SUV for the Money in this year's sparring-off of value-minded vehicles. We are all very proud of this recent achievement, which shows how Kia vehicles are not only fun to drive, but possess the ability to boast a low total cost of ownership. The U.S. News and World Report rankings do the duty of comparing cars based on the elements of reliability, safety, value, and the opinions of industry experts. This is the second consecutive year of winning, and both of these cars continue to be leaders in their own classes, by offering buyers a smart balance of quality features, utility, performance, and comfort.

As the “Best Compact Car for the Money”, the 2018 Kia Soul urban passenger vehicle offers up a funky, fun, and longstanding practical approach to anyone's everyday drive. The 2018 model focuses on the expansion of available UVO eServices across the model range, and the addition of the innovative infotainment system to the Base Convenience Package as standard equipment. The Soul Plus Primo Package adds Smart Cruise Control and Autonomous Emergency Braking, providing a sense of unparalleled modern safety precaution, and peace of mind. The new Plus Primo “Lit” Package adds LED positioning lights and HID headlights to enhance the on-road presence and appeal.

The wildly popular 2018 Sorento SUV was named the “Best 3-row SUV for the Money”, and is widely-known for its stellar technology offerings. You now get a 3rd-row seat as standard on all 2.4-liter all-wheel-drive and 2.4-liter LX AWD models. The driver assistance features on this vehicle really take the cake: Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Dynamic Bending Lights are all included to keep your safety level at a monumental high. We are wildly excited to see our vehicles rank so high in a category of awards that is so crucial to everyday living: vehicles ranked high in the value factor are always going to be the innovative change the auto world is currently so hungry for!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Kia Niro Wins Honors for Green Car Journal's Green SUV of the Year Award

So many customers that come to visit us here at Jim Butler have a very important priority when they visit us to see about a brand new car: they ask us about how it benefits the Earth. A few decades ago, this wasn't as much a concern, as fuel-guzzling vehicles worldwide dominated local and national markets, and consumers flocked to whatever was best for them. Now as time has moved forward, and things have changed drastically, environmental concern has risen. Last week in Washington DC, car entries from Kia, Chevy, Mini, Mazda, and Volvo all did their best to show the masses their most Eco-friendly traits.

Recognizing environmental achievement in the auto industry, the Kia Niro was named Green Car Journal's 2018 Green SUV of the Year. From the moment the Niro was introduced to the masses last year, it has been wildly popular among those who are seeking a hybrid with stellar looks, as well as practical crossover utility. Kia vice president of planning and strategy Orth Hedrick commented that “we're thrilled to have received this special distinction”. This award truly represents the payoff for years of hard work by Kia to engineer a hybrid that promotes fun, is versatile, and economically feasible for today's driver.

There are many buyers out there who want to find something to drive with a smaller environmental footprint, shying away from huge trucks and gas-guzzling SUV's. The Touring model now comes standard with HID headlights, Autonomous Emergency Braking, a Forward Collision Warning system, and a Lane Keep Assist system. You'll also enjoy the benefits of a wireless phone charger, as well as adaptive cruise control. Powered by a hybrid powertrain made up of a 104-hp, 109 lb-ft of torque 1.6-liter engine, the pairing for the transmission is a six-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Motortrend remarked that the Niro is composed of “a seamless shift between EV and Hybrid modes”, and had high levels of praise for the multiple driver assist safety features. Quick acceleration, ample interior space, and a uniquely comfortable ride are characteristics that will leave buyers overly satisfied, and is perfect for St Louis residents who have large amounts of urban travel built into their schedule. When you check out this award-winning and family-friendly vehicle, see how the 7.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility will boost your productivity and media needs! Additional features such as 16-inch wheels, automatic headlights, rear spoiler, matte black front grille, woven and knit cloth seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control benefit you if selecting the Niro FE model!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Roadshow by CNET Shift Award for 2018 Vehicle of the Year Honors Kia Stinger

If there is one vehicle that is definitely causing a stir right here in St Louis and across the nation, it is Kia's fastback sport sedan that has been hailed for its high performance level, practicality, and sleek design. The stinger is on sale now, and is set to completely redefine the category of the auto market that is populated by some of the most hailed European brands in the business. Roadshow by CNET announced this past week that the Stinger was its 2018 Shift Award Vehicle of the Year, beating out front-line competition from the likes of Audi and Honda.

It was held in the highest of regard by the editorial staff for not just being a class game-changer, but a car that is perpetuating the industry towards a smarter, more entertaining, and dynamic existence in the future. This is the top award category for the Roadshow, which is now entering its third year. All of us here at Jim Butler were closely watching as the categories of Disruptor, Driveline Tech, Cabin Tech, Safety Tech, and the top Vehicle of the Year were doled out respectively. Editor in chief Tim Stevens claimed that by the end of the allotted voting time, it was the Stinger's mix of refinement and power in a practical, attractive, and attainable package that edged it to the top of the pack this year.

Designed in Frankfurt and tested exclusively on the famed Nurburgring track, the Stinger is the cutting-edge addition to a fleet from the brand ranked #1 in initial quality. Sporting low and lean looks and a longer-than-average wheelbase, other very experienced writers from the Chicago Tribune lamented that while sitting still, it appears as if it is already in full motion. There is a bit broader version of the prominent Kia honeycomb handle grille, giving the all-new Stinger a look that is familiar to our brand as soon as you see the car arrive. When the folks from the Tribune took the 6-cylinder model for a test spin, they were rabidly admiring nearly everything about it.

Claiming that it “jumps from the line with a satisfying but not overwhelming warble that can erupt into a growl”, the test drive also provided a 0-60 mph conquer time in roughly 4.7 seconds. When you opt for a test drive of your own, you'll love the quick corner-gracing qualities of Sport mode: it delays the shift points, tightens the suspension, and even provides red lighting to the display to complement the existing interior color.

This is a car that handles curves and corners so amazingly well, that it just makes the urge to drive build up more and more the longer you are behind the wheel. Even in Eco mode on the highway, you'll get a quiet and pleasantly gripping ride, with very direct steering, and a bit of spare time to enjoy the leather seats and interior that has been compared to the likes of Jaguar. A performance sedan that is thrilling as well as it is stylish and practical, the Stinger is eager to etch its mark into your driving regimen: come check out what the most exquisite in engineering and development chops can offer up!