Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The 2017 Kia Niro Takes Home Guinness World Record Title

The 2017 Kia Niro, which isn’t set to arrive until early next year, is already breaking records with its performance capabilities. The crossover hybrid vehicle has recently taken home a Guinness World Record title for the lowest fuel consumption driving across the United States from coast to coast (hybrid car) with an astonishing 76.6 mpg.

“We’re extremely pleased with the Niro’s record-breaking performance,” stated Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning KMA. “We set out to build a vehicle that offers real-word utility, great looks and fantastic mileage, and setting the Guinness World Record title confirms our achievement.”

Wayne Gerdes of Carlsbad, California and Robert Winger of Williamsburg, Virginia trekked a total of 3,715.4 miles from Los Angeles City Hall to New York City Hall in the Niro EX on just 48.5 gallons (4.1 tanks) of gas.

Pretty amazing, huh? Be sure to be on the lookout for the 2017 Niro, which should be rolling into Jim Butler Kia in St. Louis, MO in the first quarter of next year!

Monday, December 19, 2016

6 Winter Weather Driving Tips To Keep You Safe This Season

Winter is making its way here, and we all know that with the turn of the season comes the snow. In a perfect world, we can enjoy the snow from the warmth of our home… but we don’t live in a perfect world and there will come a time when we all end up having to drive in it. Driving in snow can be dangerous and our team at Jim Butler Kia in St. Louis, MO wants you to get where you’re going safely. Check out the tips below for driving safely in wintery conditions:

Clear snow and ice off of your car before driving

Clearing any snow from your vehicle is a very important step to take before you head off. Snow on your windshield blocks your view and creates blind spots. If you leave snow on the roof of your car, it may slide down and block your view while driving or fly off and create trouble for the drivers behind you.

Reduce speed

Though it goes without saying, tires do not have as much grip of the road in icy and snowy conditions. Slowing down gives you more control and more time to react if slippage occurs, and should things go wrong, a reducing your speed lessens the impact.

Accelerating, braking and turning should all be separate actions

Braking while turning or accelerating while turning are two things that will lead to disaster in snowy conditions. Slowly apply the brakes while the vehicles is going straight and very gently accelerate when making the turn. Remember: Gently.

Longer braking distance

When driving in winter conditions, always keep your distance from the vehicle ahead of you and apply the brakes much earlier than you would in dry conditions. Use less pressure on the brakes than you normally would, as locking your brakes will cause the vehicle to slide or skid.

Steer into a skid

If the rear of the vehicle does happen to begin sliding during a turn, do not panic. Let your foot off of the accelerator and steer your vehicle in the direction of the slide. By doing this, you remain in control.

Just because the road looks clear, doesn’t mean it's clear

Just because a road looks clear of snow does not mean that it is clear of danger. Black ice, a layer of ice on the road that is typically mistaken for wet pavement, is often found on bridges, overpasses and shaded parts of the road. According to one study, trying to stop on black ice takes nine times longer than normal, so you truly have no room for error if you come across it. Remember that if the road is wet and temps are below 32 degrees, freezing will occur and the possibility of black ice increases.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Kia's First-Ever Sports Saloon: The 2017 Kia GT

If this isn’t a teaser, we don’t know what is! Kia’s next big thing is on its way and we are as eager as ever to get behind the wheel. What is this “next big thing”, you ask? The 2017 Kia GT- AKA the brand’s first sports saloon. And considering the timing of the released video, it is likely the vehicle will be making its debut next month at the Detroit Auto Show.

Though Kia has released very little about the GT, we do know that this car is focused on driver enjoyment and will reach speeds up to more than 150 mph. It has been caught testing multiple times in Nurburgring and is expected to be positioned at the top of Kia’s range.

We’ll keep you posted with more details but we don’t expect to see the Kia GT roll into our showroom until after summer of 2017!

In the meantime, stop by and see us at Jim Butler Kia in St. Louis, MO to check out our current Kia lineup!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NiroBot: The All New Way To Learn About The 2017 Kia Niro

Kia Motors America took a big step into the tech world last week when they launched NiroBot, an interactive bot for Facebook Messenger which delivers fast and comprehensive information for the all-new 2017 Kia Niro.

Roughly 1 billion consumers use Messenger monthly and NiroBot provides great access to those interested in learning more about the vehicle. Kia is among the first automotive brands in the U.S. to utilize Facebook Messenger.

“The all new Niro is like nothing else on the road today, and kicking off our pre-launch strategy by breaking new ground with our bot for Messenger that will make the new car research process much easier and more efficient for shoppers,” stated Kimberley Gardiner, director of marketing, KMA. “The user friendly interface combines the experience of being in a showroom with the convenience and mobility today’s car buyers are looking for as most users interact with NiroBot at their own pace and focus on the specific areas that interest them most.”

Developed and implemented by Ansible, NiroBot has tons of features, like full-screen galleries, guided vehicle discovery, informative product specification menus and step-by-step tutorials. It even gives users the ability to schedule a test drive and connect to a live Kia representative at any time throughout the chat.

“Word of mouth remains the most influential, and coveted, form of brand communication. However, when launching a car and building awareness in a crowded marketplace it’s hard to achieve,” said Travis Johnson, global president of Ansible. “We created the NiroBot to be everywhere our customers are - in chat platforms - and allow them to have a natural conversation about the Niro enhanced throughout by multimedia such as videos, images, links and even the ability to register for a test drive.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the 2017 Kia Niro, give NiroBot a go by clicking here. Afterwards, be sure to stop in the showroom at Jim Butler Kia in St. Louis, MO to give the all-new Niro a test drive!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

2017 Kia Sportage Named Kelly Blue Book "Best Buy Of The Year"

The Kia Sportage, Kia Motors America’s longest running nameplate, has been named Kelly Blue Book’s Best Buy of the Year among small SUVs/crossovers. Following substantial yearlong data collection, which also included testing and evaluation, the Sportage was one of 12 winners out of the 300 total new-car models included in the process.

“The new-for-2017 Kia Sportage offers versatility, ease-of-use and laudable utility in a fun-to-drive package,” stated Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “Its value-price and the length of comprehensiveness of its warranty were also keys to its 2017 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award win in the red-hot Small SUV/Crossover category.”

The 2017 Kia Sportage was designed with flexibility in mind- with tons of safety features, innovative packaging, a turbocharged engine and a completely driver-friendly interior.

“The all-new 2017 Sportage has improved in all the right areas, from its expressive styling and functional interior to its refined performance,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “To be recognized by the experts at Kelley Blue Book as a Best Buy among some of the toughest competition demonstrates the all-new Sportage is a breed apart from the CUV segment.”

The 2017 Kia Sportage has also been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick+.

These awards speak volumes and you can’t deny that you want to check out the 2017 Sportage for yourself… Visit us at Jim Butler Kia in St. Louis, MO- we’d love to help you find your next car!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Turn Up The Power With The 2017 Kia Soul Turbo

As if the 2017 Kia Soul wasn’t awesome enough, Kia Motors America decided to take it up a notch by adding a 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI engine, which produces 40 more horsepower and 45 more lb.-ft. of torque. Pair this with the new 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) and alas, we have the 2017 Kia Soul Exclaim.

“We wanted to provide loyal Soul lovers and new buyers a sportier option,” stated Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “The 2017 Soul Exclaim with its turbocharged engine gives the car’s fans another wonderful choice from an already wonderful line-up.”

The turbocharged engine offers 201-horsepower and has a fuel economy of 28 miles-per-gallon, city and highway combined. This is slightly better than the 2.0-liter 161-horsepower engine, which is found in the Soul Plus and the 1.6-liter 130 horsepower engine of the Soul Base.

The exterior features some sporty additions too, like exclusive 18-inch wheels, red-accented body trim, chrome grille surround, Soul tailgate badge and a dual chrome twin-tip exhaust. Inside, you will find pushbutton start with smart key, UVO with integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Harman Kardon premium audio system with eight speakers, an 8-inch touchscreen display and even more.

Dying to give it a test drive? So are we. We’ll let you know when it arrives to Jim Butler Kia in St. Louis, MO!

Friday, November 11, 2016

5 Tips To Get Your KIA Winter-Ready

As hard as it is to believe, it’s already November and winter is right around the corner! With the new season and change of weather ahead of us, it is essential to prepare our cars for the cold weather too. Winterizing your KIA will keep things running smoothly this season and could save your life! Check out the tips below:

1. Check Your Battery

If your battery is over three years old, be sure to have the Jim Butler Kia service department test its ability to hold a charge. If it is not three years old, it is still important to check that the battery’s posts and connections have no corrosion and that the battery has all of the water it needs.

2. Check Your Tire Pressure

As the weather has gotten cooler, it is likely that the air pressure in your tires has dropped. Tires must be inflated properly to ensure the best traction while driving- especially in wet and snowy conditions- so be sure to get your tires checked before the crazy weather kicks in!

3. Change Your Oil (With The Right Kind Of Oil)

With the change of climates and temperatures should come a change of your oil, too! The oil used in your vehicle during this time of the year should have the right thickness and viscosity so that it doesn’t get too thick...if it is too thick, it will fail to keep your engine lubricated properly.

4. Keep Your Windshield Clear
Has it been a year or more since you’ve replaced your windshield wiper blades? If so, you’re due for a new set! Additionally, be sure your windshield wiper reservoir is filled with washer fluid. Though water may do the trick in the summer, it will just freeze this time of the year so actual washer fluid is the way to go!

5. Prepare An Emergency Kit

Whether you’re going on a road trip or not, you never know what could happen! Having an emergency kit on hand will ensure your safety.. Just in case! Some things to include: a blanket, boots and gloves, a flashlight, windshield washer fluid, jumper cables, flares, a bag of salt (or kitty litter) in case a tire is stuck in the snow, snacks and water and an extra set of warm clothes!

Lastly, always keep your gas tank as full as possible to prevent it from freezing!

Our team at Jim Butler KIA in St. Louis, MO wants to make sure your car is prepared for the winter! Visit our website to check out our service specials and schedule your appointment today!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Jim Butler KIA To Host BBQ And Car Wash In Support Of Stray Rescue St. Louis

Jim Butler Kia, located in Chesterfield, MO will be hosting a BBQ and car wash this Saturday, November 12 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in support of Stray Rescue St. Louis. Barbecue will be served from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and the car wash will also take place from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Proceeds from this event will go directly to Stray Rescue St. Louis, a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to rescue stray animals in need of medical attention, restore them to health and place them in loving adoptive homes. Almost all pets Stray Rescue St. Louis have helped were once abused and neglected.

Our team at Jim Butler Kia encourages the city of St. Louis to stop by the dealership on Saturday to get their car washed, eat some barbecue and have some fun- all for a great cause!

The dealership is located at 722 Long Road in Chesterfield, MO.

For more information about this event, go to Jim Butler Kia's Car Wash Event Page on Facebook and RSVP today!

Visit the Stray Rescue St. Louis website at

Friday, November 4, 2016

KIA Soul Named Active Lifestyle Vehicle Fifth Consecutive Year

Kia Motors America’s iconic Soul has been named a winner at the 13th annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards for the fifth year in a row. As the only annual awards program where outdoor enthusiasts, athletes and automotive media come together to pick the winners of these awards, it is especially unique and quite an honor.

“Winning the Active Lifestyle Vehicle award for the fifth consecutive year is a clear indication that the Soul makes a great companion for urbanites who are constantly on the go,” stated Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, KMA. “Its unique combination of style, fun-to-drive attitude, extensive feature content, and practicality make the Soul a crowd favorite, while the Cadenza’s upscale design, ample interior, and advanced convenience features make it a fierce competitor in the full-size sedan segment.”

With design characteristics that stand out, a premium interior and a long list of standard and optional amenities, it is no wonder the 2016 Kia Soul is one of KMA’s best-selling nameplates. The brand will be taking the Soul even further in the 2017 model year with the addition of a turbocharged engine option.

“Buyers with active lifestyles have always been value focused. They need vehicles with the versatility to haul their gear, but want to have money left over to afford the new bicycle, kayak or skis they’ve been lusting after,” said Nina Russin, founder of the Active Lifestyle Vehicle program. “The Kia Soul won the urban category for the fifth consecutive year because it’s a stylish, affordable vehicle with a spacious cargo area and small footprint that functions well in congested city centers.”

Interested in checking one out for yourself? Come give the 2016 Kia Soul a test drive at Jim Butler Kia in Chesterfield, MO!

Friday, October 28, 2016

KIA's SEMA 2016 Teaser Video Has Us Excited For 2030

According to a recent KIA Motors America press release, the brand plans to have a fully autonomous vehicle on the road by 2030. In their SEMA 2016 teaser video, you will find the “Soul First Class”, an upscale inter-city vehicle that the company says allows business travelers both work and relax as they venture to out-of-town meetings and other destinations.

This custom-built vehicle features rear-facing seats, no steering wheel (say what?!), and a wide array of luxury enhancements, which includes:
  • A 40-inch flat screen is connected to premium-level speakers throughout the cabin
  • A custom motorized center console reveals two tablets, which are used to control the vehicle
  • White and gray leather upholstery with diamond stitching and white and gray wood flooring to match
  • PPG Lux Blue exterior paint
  • Modified upper and lower grilles with LED lighting
  • Aerodynamic 19-inch Rotiform Monoblock CCV wheels
 Sounds pretty awesome if you ask us.

Check out the exclusive first-look video above and keep an eye out for this futuristic KIA at the 2016 SEMA Show!

Also, be sure to stop in Jim Butler KIA in Chesterfield, MO to check out the 2016 KIA Soul... You’ll have to drive it yourself though!

Friday, October 21, 2016

KIA's Advanced Safety Features

We’ve all been there, right? It’s easy to get distracted while driving (especially when our favorite songs come on the radio) and that’s why many KIA vehicles offer a range of safety features to help act as your extra eyes for the road. Though this video showcases the KIA’s Emergency Braking feature, the brand offers much more than that. Some of the safety features offered on select models include:

Rear Cross Traffic Alert:

Using sonar sensors as you reverse, this system will give an audible warning when it detects an obstacle behind the vehicle.

Autonomous Emergency Braking:

This feature utilizes a camera, which is mounted on the windshield of the car. The camera senses the lane ahead and if you happen to depart from it, it warns you to take control of the car again (as featured in the video above).

Tire Pressure Monitoring:

This feature monitors the air pressure inside the tires of the car and will alert you if there is any under-inflating tire. The alert will also indicate exactly which tire needs more air.

Emergency Stop Signal:

When this system is in use, abrupt braking while driving triggers fast blinking of the brake lamp to alert the vehicles behind you of any danger.

Forward Collision Warning:

With this system, a camera monitors the distance between your car and the one in front of you. If the distance becomes excessively short, you will be alerted.

Blind Spot Detection:

This system sends both visual and auditory signals to help warn you of objects that are located in your blind spot.

Check out these latest safety features on the all-new KIA lineup at Jim Butler Kia in Chesterfield, MO!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Welcoming The 2017 Kia Niro

The 2017 Kia Niro has made its official arrival to Jim Butler Kia in St. Louis, MO and we can’t wait for you to come check it out. Referred to as a “hybrid utility vehicle”, the Kia Niro is the perfect combination of a hybrid-electric car and CUV. Add this to an impressive design and enjoyable driving experience, and you can’t ask for much more.

“The Niro hits the sweet spot by offering the best combination of outstanding mpg, an engaging driving experience, utility, and most importantly, a stunning design that doesn’t shout ‘hybrid’”, stated Orth Hedrick, vice president product planning KMA. “The subcompact CUV market continues to be one of the fastest-growing segments in the world, and the Niro offers a uniquely alluring yet practical package that consumers haven’t seen before.”

The interior is spacious and an elevated seating position provides a clear view of the road and easy entering and exiting. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard on the Uvo platform. Safety technology includes blind-spot warning with rear-traffic alert, adaptive cruise and lane-departure warning.

As far as power goes, the gas engine paired with an electric motor produces 146 horsepower and has an estimated fuel economy of 50 mpg combined.

To check out the all-new 2017 Kia Niro for yourself, be sure to stop by and give it a test drive at Jim Butler Kia in St. Louis, MO!

Friday, October 7, 2016

The Turbocharged KIA Soul

Within a new hamster commercial, which was released in May, Kia hinted that they would soon be rolling out a turbocharged version of the Kia Soul sometime later in the year. Fast forward to today and we finally get to take our first look at the Soul Turbo, which is in the form of the European-market Soul SX.

The exterior and interior have both been given slight updates that indicate a quicker Soul. The front bumper has been given a larger grille, offering a more aggressive look and the side sills are a little bit wider. Additionally, this Soul offers 10-spoke, 18-inch wheels, red accents, a Soul badge and a twin-tip exhaust, all exclusive touches.

As far as the interior goes, the vehicle features black cloth and leather upholstery with orange stitching and of course, the flat-bottomed steering wheel.

Under the hood of this bad boy, you will see a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, which you may recognize if you’re familiar with the Veloster Turbo and Elantra Sport. It produces about 201 horsepower and according to Kia, will travel 0-62 mph in 7.8 seconds, while topping a speed of 124 mph.

The final US spec version has yet to be revealed, but it shouldn’t be too much longer. In the meantime, stop by Jim Butler Kia in St. Louis, MO to check out our 2016 Kia Soul!

Monday, October 3, 2016

2017 Kia Sedona Awarded Top Safety Pick+ From IIHS

The 2017 Kia Sedona, Kia’s very popular minivan, has earned itself a Top Safety Pick+ Award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). As the highest award from the IIHS, a Top Safety Pick+ title is awarded to vehicles that earn “good” ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. Additionally, the vehicle must earn an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention.

Contributing to this award is the Sedona’s addition of its optional automatic braking technology, technology that uses sensors to detect when other vehicles or obstacles may be ahead and automatically reduces the speed of the vehicle. This technology boosts the minivan’s front crash prevention rating from basic to superior.

Additionally, on the IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph, the Sedona equipped with the new front crash prevention system avoided collisions. This system also includes a forward collision warning component that meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

Want to check out the Kia Sedona for yourself? Right now is a great time to save on one of the 2016 models! Stop by Jim Butler Kia in St. Louis, MO to give it a test drive!

Friday, September 23, 2016

The All-New 2017 KIA Sorento

The 2017 Kia Sorento, as featured in Kia’s recent ads with Bo Jackson and Brian Bosworth, was fully redesigned for the previous model year. This year, the brand has built upon the redesign even further, creating the best Sorento yet and something all St. Louis Kia fans are going to love.

For 2017, the Sorento features better smartphone integration, more advanced safety features, and the option of three different engines. The Sorento also offers two additional trim levels- the new Advanced Technology Package (which features Kia’s latest driver assistance features) and the Advanced Touring Package.

Standard on both the L and LX trims, power comes from a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter engine. A 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is exclusive to the EX. In all Sorento trim options, torque is routed through a six-speed automatic transmission.

As far as the interior goes, the 2017 Sorento will offer the ability to configure the cabin for either five-passenger seating or seven-passenger seating- a very popular option in previous years. Regardless of trim, Sorento purchasers can choose from cloth, leather or Nappa Leather upholstery.

In addition to the 2017 Sorento’s upgrades, this vehicle has also earned itself a Top Safety Pick+ status from the IIHS, when equipped with the front crash prevention technology.

To check out this awesome crossover for yourself, be sure to stop by Jim Butler Kia in St. Louis to give it a test drive!

Monday, September 19, 2016

The All-New 5-Door Kia Rio

The 5-door 2017 Kia Rio hatchback will be making its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show on September 29. The Kia Rio has earned itself a solid reputation for great fuel economy and being a fun-to-drive car, but the brand was determined to make it even better this time around.

In comparison to later models, the new Rio has grown in size- it is 15 millimeters longer, 5 millimeters wider and a has a wheelbase 10 millimeters longer. With a body just 5 millimeters shorter, the brand wanted to create a sportier, more dynamic version of the Rio.

In hopes to modernize the interior, the dashboard is now angled towards the driver and will house a new infotainment system and touchscreen interface in the center. The infotainment center will likely feature more connectivity options and the smartphone-driven UVO infotainment system. Additionally, the Rio will now be offered with red and black exterior color choices on the LX trim.

Kia plans for the Rio to enter production later this year for the European markets and a 2017 production start and model-year launch here in the US. If you’re a St. Louis Kia buyer, you’ll want to get your hands on this one! We’ll let you know when it arrives to Jim Butler Kia!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Kia Motors Takes Nostalgic Approach For New "Sunday Night Football" Ads

Football has officially made its return for 2016 and Kia is excited to get back in the game. For the third consecutive year, the brand will be the presenting sponsor of the pre-kick and kickoff shows that air right before “Sunday Night Football”. This year they plan to take a nostalgic approach…

Almost 30 years ago now, in what was called a showdown between the two, Bo Jackson tore through Brian Bosworth on his way to a touchdown run. Also occurring about 30 years ago was the release of the classic Tecmo Bowl. The two combined create something quite hilarious. Check it out for yourself--

“At Kia, we are always looking for ways to stand out, and using the Sorento to take football fans inside a beloved video game and bring two legendary players roaring back in all their 8-bit glory was an opportunity that was simply too good to pass up,” stated Michael Sprague, chief operating officer and EVP, Kia Motors America. “Sunday Night Football has been the top-rated primetime show for five straight years, and after our football-themed advertising helped push the Sorento sales up more than 13 percent in 2015, returning this year was a no-brainer.”

In an ESPN 2015 retrospective, this Nov. 30, 1987 game was coined as the night that marked “the birth of Bo and the end of Boz”. We give them both props for the good sportsmanship.

To take the Kia Sorento on a little test drive for yourself, be sure to come visit us at Jim Butler Kia in St. Louis, MO!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Kia Motors America Impresses With August Sales

Yesterday, Kia Motors America announced their August sales performance and it did not disappoint. Led by the Soul and Optima, the company sold a total of 54,248 units. Additionally, the Sedona experienced doubled sales when compared to the same period last year and the Forte family reached their best August sales yet.

Michael Sprague, chief operating officer and EVP, KMA stated, “Despite the signs that the industry-wide sales may have peaked in 2015, Kia is up nearly four percent through August on the the strength of double digit year-over-year increases for Rio, Forte, Sportage and Sedona.”

The year-to-date sales is up 3.8% for Kia Motors, which also happens to be the highest scoring nameplate in the industry, according to J.D. Power. To get in the Kia action yourself, be sure to stop by Jim Butler Kia in St. Louis, MO to check out the 2016 and 2017 Kia vehicle lineup!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Coming Soon: The All-New Kia Rio

If you’re a Kia Rio fan, you’re going to want to check this out. Kia has recently unveiled sketches of its all-new, overhauled fourth generation Rio and there is excitement worldwide. The vehicle will make its official world debut at the 2016 Paris Motor show next month. Production for Europe will begin at the end of 2016, however, production times for other regions have not yet been announced.

As you can see, the new Kia Rio has received a sporty makeover- with an even lower and wider look than before. The iconic ‘Tiger Nose’ grille has been stretched out to reach the headlights, which have a slimmer look themselves and straight, smooth lines offer an overall balanced appearance. The interior will house a large display screen, of course featuring “the latest technology features” Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Though we’re not sure when we’ll be getting this car, we are sure it’s going to be a hit, especially for our St. Louis Kia drivers! We’ll be sure to update you when we hear more!

Friday, August 19, 2016

The All-New 2017 Kia Cadenza

The 2017 Kia Cadenza is headed our way with updated technology, a more luxurious interior, and even more convenience. In addition to interior updates, the Cadenza has also received a refreshed, stronger body structure and powertrain enhancements- leading to sophisticated look with improved driving dynamics and efficiency.

Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning at Kia Motors America stated “The new Cadenza adds an extra dose of excitement to the large-car segment with its striking looks and premium refinements. The Cadenza’s cabin has been improved in nearly every way, but it’s underneath where the Cadenza truly shines with a stiffer and lighter chassis, eight-speed transmission and vastly improved driving dynamics.”

Utilizing Kia Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer’s “straight line” philosophy, the exterior of the 2017 Kia Cadenza possesses an overall clean, sleek image. The front fascia has been newly designed with a hexagonal shape and curved grille- giving the “tiger-nose” front end an even more sharp appearance. In the back, LED “piano key” taillights have been added.

The interior of the Cadenza rings true to its luxurious claims- offering tons of space and rich materials. As far as technology goes, the third-generation UVO system has been added which also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features include keyless entry and push-button start, Bluetooth, dual zone climate control, and safety features like Advanced Smart Cruise control with stop-and-go functionality and Lane Departure Warning.

Power will come from an improved version of the 3.3-liter V6 engine, which has been revised for better fuel economy and produces 290 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque. The new transmission, and Kia’s first FWD eight-speed automatic, is very efficient and contributes to quick shifts and an overall captivating driving experience.

The 2017 Kia Cadenza should be at Jim Butler Kia in St. Louis, MO sometime this fall, so be on the lookout! We’ll be sure to remind you too!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Kia Takes A Leap Into Next Generation With Worldwide GT Models

Though typically known for their family-oriented model lineup, Kia is planning to take a leap into the next generation with slightly more aggressive and sporty GT versions of their mainstream vehicles. The company’s first GT model- the ProCeed GT- was sold exclusively in Europe in 2013, so those of us in the U.S. (and especially at Jim Butler Kia) are looking forward to this next line being sold globally.

Though GT is not a perfect fit for all Kia models, it will be for the Kia Optima. This Optima GT will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing 242 horsepower. Additionally, it’s looking like a GT version of the Rio will be available, packing a three-cylinder turbocharged engine and rivaling the Ford Fiesta ST. Contrary to the Hyundai N division cars, these GT models are not built for the track. The main goal, according to performance boss, Albert Biermann, is to build cars that “drive as well as they look.”
Selling more than 626,000 vehicles in the U.S. just last year, Kia hopes to boost sales even further with the introduction of these GT models.

St. Louis Kia fans- get ready!

KIA Motors Experiences All-Time Sales High In Certified Pre-Owned Segment

Just this past June, KIA Motors was recognized by J.D. Power as the highest scoring nameplate of all 33 makes in the U.S. in the 2016 Initial Quality Study and in July, the company saw record-setting new-vehicle sales. This success has now been carried to pre-owned vehicles, as KIA Motors has experienced an all-time sales high in the Certified Pre-Owned segment over the summer of 2016.

Following an all-time high in June, a retail sales report by Autodata shows that Kia held a market share of three percent in Certified Pre-Owned sales in July- making this their second-strongest month in CPO sales ever. It is predicted that this trend isn’t slowing down either- in 2015, about 2.6 million CPO vehicles (across all brands) were sold and many are expecting these sales to hit nearly four million by the end of the decade.

Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst at AutoTrader stated “With household budgets squeezed, CPO vehicles represent a great opportunity for consumers, especially Kia customers who place such emphasis on affordability and value.”

To be considered as a Certified Pre-Owned, KMA requires the vehicle to be five years or newer with less than 60,000 miles. Additionally, the vehicle must pass a 150-point Quality Assurance inspection by a certified Kia technician.

Check out Kia pre-owned vehicles for yourself on our website or stop in and see us at Jim Butler Kia in St. Louis, MO!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Kia Offers UVO Upgrade To Late Model Year Vehicles

Kia Motors America is driven to provide customer satisfaction and they surely don’t fall short. The company recently announced they will be enabling owners of late model year vehicles- equipped with the UVO platform- to upgrade to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Eligible owners of these certain vehicles will have access to this free software update at the end of this month at These vehicles include:

  • Kia Forte (MY17)
  • Kia Soul (MY14-16)
  • Kia Soul EV (MY15-16)
  • Kia Optima (MY15-16) 
  • Kia Optima Hybrid (MY15-16)
  • Kia Sedona (MY15-16)
  • Kia Sorento (MY16)
  • Kia Sportage (MY17)

Through Apple CarPlay, users have the ability to access the iPhone interface through the UVO infotainment system. Drivers can make phone calls, send and receive texts, utilize Siri voice control and get directions all while staying focused on the road. Similarly, Android Auto connects the user’s device- providing access to apps such as voice-guided Google Maps navigation, hands-free phone calls and text messaging, voice recognition and Google Play Music.

Managing Director Connected & Mobility Services, KMA, Henry Bzeih stated “With the advanced growth of telematics and infotainment systems, Kia is excited to offer to more of our customers the opportunity to have the latest software update for their vehicle free of charge via Providing CarPlay and Android Auto to a greater number of vehicles in our lineup will revitalize our current owners’ systems with an additional element of convenience while maximizing the benefits of connectivity.”

As mentioned earlier, Kia Motors America is focused on customer satisfaction, just as Kia drivers should be focused on the road. This update ensures that. Call Jim Butler Kia if you have any questions and don’t hesitate to stop in to check out our lineup!

Monday, July 25, 2016

2017 KIA Sorento Earns Top Safety Pick Status From IIHS

The 2017 Kia Sorento has earned “Good” ratings in multiple crash tests and high scores for its optional front crash prevention system- earning itself a Top Safety Pick+ status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The vehicle earned these ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.

The Sorento’s new automatic braking system passed with flying colors, avoiding collisions in the 12 mph and 25 mph tests and earning a “Superior” rating by the IIHS. This system meets the criteria of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Orth Hedrick of Kia Motors America stated “These results are a clear indication that Kia places a high priority on safety by offering advanced crash avoidance technologies and enhancing vehicle structure through the use of advanced high-steel strength. We are proud that the Sorento received strong ratings across the board, and having earned the prestigious TSP+ award bolsters our strong safety record and the integrity of our products.”

Kia Motors continues to remold the Sorento to be the best family crossover in the St. Louis car market. Stop by Jim Butler Kia in the meantime to check it out for yourself!

Monday, July 18, 2016

The All-New 2017 KIA Forte Is Coming Soon

The Forte family of compact cars has been hugely successful within the last couple of years, with the 2016 model being a top-rated small car in the J.D. Power IQS, and KIA plans to continue on that path with the all-new 2017 model. In 2015, the vehicle experienced best-ever sales and after a few refinements, the company is confident they’ll be seeing that all over again.

In addition to an updated exterior style, the Forte has also been given a new 2.0-liter Atkinson I-4 base engine, making it even more fuel-efficient and improving its performance. Advanced driver-assistance features have also been added- leading to an overall convenient driving experience for those behind the wheel.

To elaborate on the exterior updates, the Forte sports a new front bumper and “tiger-nose” grille. This grille connects to new headlights, which also have the option for Xenon HID lights. Now with a sleeker appearance, the Forte will be available in two designs- one focusing more on its sophisticated personality and the other bringing out a sporty and aggressive side of the vehicle. Redesigned taillights pull the entire look together.

The 2017 model is available in three trims- an entry-level LX, the new sporty S trim, and the EX, which is the top-trim option. The interior cloth upholstery of the LX has been upgraded and the S features an exclusive black cloth with white stitching. Heated front seats and leather upholstery comes standard with the new EX model, in addition to rear vents and push-button start with Smart Key.

As for the driver-assistance features, the Forte will include Autonomous Emergency Braking, a Forward Collision and Lane Departure warnings, Rear-Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot detection. Depending on the trim, this vehicle will also house Kia’s navigation and Drive Mode System.

The 2017 KIA Forte should be available at Jim Butler Kia in St. Louis, MO within the next few weeks...we’ll be sure to keep you updated! In the meantime, don’t hesitate to stop in or call us for any questions you may have!

Friday, July 8, 2016

KIA Motors Experiencing Even More Growth After 2016 J.D. Power IQS

Last month, KIA Motors was recognized by J.D. Power as the highest scoring nameplate of all 33 makes in the U.S in the 2016 Initial Quality Study. Following this feat, the company has experienced a 15.6 percent rise in sales in June in comparison to the same time period last year, hitting a total of 62,572 sold vehicles. This is the best quarter and half-year performances KIA Motors America (KMA) has seen in its history.

Chief operating officer and EVP of KIA Motors America stated “No auto brand experienced greater growth over the last 20 years than KIA, and J.D. Power’s IQS announcement boosted our momentum with huge increases in online and showroom traffic. By every measure, the ‘New KIA’ is an elite automaker and one of the industry’s greatest success stories.”
The vehicles that contributed to the 328,327 of year-to-date sales for KIA include:

  • The Sportage compact CUV, "Highest Ranked Small SUV in Initial Quality"- which also experienced a 76.3 percent year-over-year increase in sales
  • Forte compact family- which hit its all-time high of 10,406 units sold in just March
  • The KIA Soul, "Highest Ranked Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle in Initial Quality, two years in a row"- still increasing in sales for the seventh year in a row
To check out any of these vehicles for yourself, visit us at Jim Butler KIA located in St. Louis, MO!

Friday, July 1, 2016

2017 KIA Sportage: The Perfect Car For Life In And Out Of The City

Looking for the perfect CUV for life both in and out of the city? The 2017 KIA Sportage is your answer. Designed with flexibility in mind, this vehicle is perfect for your activities around Downtown St. Louis and winery getaways in Augusta. Not to mention, the KIA Sportage is loaded with features to make every drive simple, fun and safe.

Advanced features of the 2017 KIA Sportage include fully active all-wheel drive, which enables the car to handle all kinds of driving conditions. Blind spot detection helps you keep track of other cars on the road and the lane departure warning system will give you a heads up when you may be veering into another lane. To keep you from backing into things, rear-cross traffic alert will let you know when cars are approaching behind you and the Rearview Camera will assist with parallel parking. 

Built with high-strength steel, the 2017 KIA Sportage provides a quiet ride and great handling. Inside, you will find an UVO system, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The back provides an expanded cargo space for anything you may want to bring along on your travels.

The all-new KIA Sportage is the perfect fit for any driving experience. Make it yours today by visiting Jim Butler KIA in St. Louis, MO!

Friday, June 24, 2016

KIA Tops Rankings in 2016 J.D. Power Study

KIA Motors was recently recognized by J.D Power as the highest scoring nameplate in its annual Initial Quality Study (IQS). All 33 makes in the U.S. are evaluated in this study, so needless to say, it was a huge feat for KIA. This marks the first time in 27 years that a non-premium brand has topped the rankings. 

These IQS rankings are determined by the owners of vehicles, who evaluate the driving experience, engine and transmission performance, and a range of quality-related problems that may occur within the first 90 days of ownership.

Contributing to KIA’s success is the segment-leading performances from the Sportage and Soul. Additionally, the Forte, Rio, and Sorento all ranked in the top three of their respective categories. KIA’s sales in the U.S. have grown consistently over the last four years, as have their performance in the J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study. In 2013, they made it to the the overall top 10, placing second in the industry and led all non-premium makes in IQS in 2015.

Michael Sprague, chief operating officer and EVP, KIA Motors America states, “Ranking number one in the entire industry for initial quality is the result of Kia’s decade-long focus on craftsmanship and continuous improvement, and reflects the voice of our customers, which is the ultimate affirmation. As the highest ranked brand in the industry, there is no doubt Kia is a world-class automaker.” 

Visit us at Jim Butler KIA in St. Louis, Missouri to test out the KIA Sportage, Soul, Forte, Rio, or Sorento for yourself!

Source: KIA Media

Friday, June 17, 2016

2016 KIA Optima and Soul Drive Away with Two Great Awards

Both the 2016 KIA Optima midsize sedan and the the 2016 Soul hatchback have been named among the 10 Best Family Cars of 2016 by Parents magazine and KIA Motors America is one of just two brands that had two vehicles make the prestigious list.
Parents magazine and create this annual list after evaluating a variety of factors, which include the quality of the ride, comfort and capacity, fuel efficiency, price and value, safety, and reliability. The Optima and Soul were designed with these qualities in mind, with the Optima earning the title of “Best Sedan” and the Soul being recognized as “Best Budget Vehicle”.

Dana Points, editor-in-chief of Parents magazine stated, “The Soul is a great starter model for young families, with surprising room at a base price of $15,900. Additionally, the redesigned Optima sedan is striking inside and out, with advanced technology, a smooth ride and better fuel economy than the previous car.” 

Customers at Jim Butler KIA enjoy the fuel economy of the Soul and its utility. As for the 2016 Optima, St. Louis drivers appreciate its spacious interior and available technology, in addition to its great safety features. 

Check out and test drive both of these awesome vehicles at Jim Butler KIA in St. Louis, MO! 

Source: KIA Media 

Strategic Vision Names KIA Motors “Highest Quality Brand Under $26,000”

KIA Motors has won yet another award; Strategic Vision recently named KIA the “Highest Quality Brand Under $26,000” (in a tie) in their Total Quality Impact study, which surveys over 39,000 people. This study is considered to be the automotive industry’s most complete measure of the quality of a new vehicle, according to the consultancy’s website. 

The KIA Sorento and Sedona specifically achieved the highest scores of the study. Specifically the Sorento was praised for its value and interior design, which we at Jim Butler KIA can attribute to the 2016 Sorento being a top seller in the St. Louis Area. The Sedona was praised for its features, craftsmanship, and performance which had dramatically increased with the recent redesign.  Orth Hendrick, the vice president of product planning at KIA Motors America commented on this victory, saying “the Sorento and Sedona are prime examples of KIA’s commitment to surpassing consumers’ expectations in everything we do.” We look to see more and more St. Louis car buyers shopping for a new KIA as our award winning lineup keeps growing. 

Jim Butler KIA is proud to provide quality cars at an affordable price. Hurry in to Jim Butler KIA today to test drive one of our award-winning vehicles for yourself!  

Thursday, June 16, 2016

KIA Motors Ranks High at the AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

Jim Butler KIA is proud to announce that KIA Motors ranked first among all popular brands and fifth overall in the industry, beating luxury brands like Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche in the 2016 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA). The KIA Soul, Optima, and Sedona have also each been named the Most Satisfying Cars in their segments this year.

The Autoacific VSA’s nominate the most satisfying vehicles for sale based on roughly 65,000 surveys completed by owners of 2015 and 2016 vehicles. Orth Hendrick, vice president of product planning at KIA Motors explains that “AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards have become an industry benchmark for measuring how satisfied owners are with their new vehicle…The Soul, Optima, and Sedona…represent just how far the KIA brand has come.” The AutoPacific VSA’s are of to help new-car buyers in making informed vehicle purchase decisions. Come into Jim Butler KIA today and try out one of these award-winning vehicles for yourself!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Introducing Kia's Apple Carplay With UVO

Kia motors is proud to announce its revolutionary technology in phone to car integrated technology with the launch of Apple Carplay with UVO programming. The advanced UVO Carplay system will be able to provide a much better phone connection as well as easier and safer accessibility to the driver.

With Carplay, Kia is making the driving experience much safer by enabling features such as hands-free devices. When you plug in your IPhone via the USB port, Carplay syncs all of the information from your phone right into UVOs infotainment system. Now the driver is able to access every aspect of his or hers phone while maintaining 100 percent focus on the road.

Currently, the all-new 2017 Kia Sorento is the first in its class to include the Carplay software and other members of the fleet will be announced at a later date. Any 2017 Sportage or 2016 Optima that are equipped with UVO3 or a navigation system will be offered Apple Carplay during the second quarter. If you have already purchased one of the 2016 Optimas or 2017 Sportages, Carplay will be available to download during the third quarter via

Kia's Apple Carplay along with Jim Butler's Teen Driver Contract will make your kid the safest driver on the block. Take the pledge to protect your community.

Friday, May 6, 2016

The 2017 KIA Sorento Is Coming To Town

KIA’s best-selling CUV, the 2017 KIA Sorento, is entering its second model year, but has many added features. The Sorento now features new technology, including the Andriod Auto, Apple CarPlay, Advanced Touring Package and the Advanced Technology Package. The 2017 Sorento also offers new driver assistance features that the 2016 Sorento did not previously offer. These drive assistance features include Autonomous Emergency Braking, Dynamic Bending Lights, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and much more.  

The 2017 Sorento has three different engine options, and all three are 6-speed automatic. The base model has a 2.4-liter I-4 engine with 185 horsepower/178lb. ft. torque. The second option is 2.0-liter turbo I-4 and 240 horsepower/260lb. ft. torque. Finally, the third engine has 3.3-liter V6 and 290 horsepower/252lb. ft. torque.

Jim Butler KIA cannot wait for the 2017 KIA Sorento to hit the lot later this year.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The 2016 KIA Optima Wins Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick Plus Award

The 2016 KIA Optima earned the most distinguished safety award from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Top Safety Pick Plus award has been revised and is more rigorous from the previous years. Each vehicle must earn “good” ratings in the five crashworthiness tests, “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention in order to qualify for the award, and have driver assistance technologies to aid in crash prevention.

The 2016 Optima features a wide range of safety features including:

Rear-camera display
360-degree Surround-View Monitor (SX and SXL Trims Only)
Advanced Smart Cruise Control
Lane Departure Warning System
Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Front Collison Warning System
Lane Departure Warning
Rear Parking Assist

The all-new Kia Optima has significantly improved because of its extensive use of Advanced High Strength Steel and with 51-percent of the body-in-white consisting of Advanced High Strength Steel that has improved by 39-percent. Furthermore, the Optima has more than a football field’s length of structural adhesives.

The all-new 2016 Kia Optima features an athletic identity but rides on a longer and wider chasis. It comes in three engine choices. The newest engine has a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that is mated to a seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission. The all-new KIA is roomier and has a luxurious cabin that comes standard on five trims (LX, LX 1.6T, EX, SX, and SXL).

Friday, April 22, 2016

The 2016 KIA Sedona Is Named Autotrader's Must Test Drive Vehicle

The 2016 KIA Sedona was picked as one of Autotrader’s Must Test Drive Vehicles for 2016. To be selected for the Autotrader 2016 Must Test Drive, car shoppers must be able to purchase the vehicle at the time of the award announcement. The model must be current or the upcoming year and have a base price under $75,000. Award winners must score at least 4 out of 5 in five different catergories: exterior styling, interior quality, cargo capacity, included and available technology, and ride quality.

The KIA Sedona did not sacrifice style for functionality. The minivan is ultra-functional, stylish, and the best minivan on the market. There are multiple interior textures and colors and offers a quiet ride that feels more like a luxury sedan than a family wagon.  The second-row reclines to look up at the huge sunroof over the middle and third row seats.

Jim Butler KIA is very excited about the well-deserved award that the 2016 KIA Sedona has won. For more information please visit or call 844-921-4067.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

2017 KIA Sportage Wins Top Safety Pick Plus Award

The 2017 Sportage earned the most distinguished safety award from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Top Safety Pick Plus award has been revised and is more rigorous from the previous years. Each vehicle must earn “good” ratings in the five crash-worthiness tests, “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention in order to qualify for the award, and have driver assistance technologies to aid in crash prevention.

The 2017 Sportage features a wide range of safety features including:
Autonomous Emergency Braking
Lane Departure Warning System
Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Bi-HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light technology
High-Beam Assist
Front Parking Assist
Rear Parking Assist

The all-new KIA Sportage has significantly improved because of its extensive use of Advanced High Strength Steel and with 51-percent of the body-in-white consisting of Advanced High Strength Steel that has improved by 39-percent. Furthermore, the Sportage has more than a football field’s length of structural adhesives.

The all-new 2017 KIA Sportage features significant suspension, steering improvements, and intelligent AWD. It comes in three trim levels. The SX trim has a 2.0-liter inline-four with 240 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft of torque. The LX and EX trims use a 2.4-liter engine that puts out 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft. The Sportage is the first Kia to offer UVO3, featuring 14 telematics services, eight GB of music storage, and access to onscreen apps and Wi-Fi tethering capability, complete with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, all which are free of charge.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The 2016 Kia Optima earns the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Pick+ Award

The newly redesigned 2016 Kia Optima was awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Pick+.  To earn this award, the 2016 Optima had to be rated as ‘good’ in all tests, including the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint test. The Optima also had to earn an advanced or superior for the front crash protection system test. Not only did the Optima pass but it was able to avoid collision at both 12 mph and 25 mph.
Jim Butler Kia is excited to have such a safe, affordable, and fun car on its lot. It has made an excellent addition to the fleet and will continue to be a customer favorite.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The 2017 Kia Cadenza is a force to be reckoned with

The all-new 2017 Kia Cadenza is a force to be reckoned with. It truly shines with a stiffer and lighter chassis. The new Cadenza has a stronger body structure, advanced technology for connectivity and driver experience, and powertrain enhancement for a superior experience behind the wheel. The Cadenza doesn’t stop there; it has an eight-speed transmission and tremendously enhanced driving dynamics.

With a 3.3-liter V6 engine, it is estimated that the Cadenza will have a 290 horsepower. However the exact numbers will be released closer to the vehicles on-sale date. Kia’s first front-wheel drive based eight-speed automatic transmission will be pushing power to the Cadenza’s front wheels.

The 2017 Cadenza’s interior will feature Head Up Display, which shows driver information such as speed and turn-by-turn navigation directions on the windshield level with the driver’s eyesight. The Surround View Monitor system and software has been enhanced for a clearer birds-eye view of the vehicles surrounding area. The Surround View Monitor has also added reverse guidelines, which will provide confidence when backing into cramped spaces. Other amenities include: a wireless smartphone charger, UVO system featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 12-speaker Harman/Kardon system, and ClariFi music restoration technology option.

The driving experience offers Advanced Smart Cruise Control and stop-and-go functionality, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Warning. A first for the Kia is the Smart Blind Spot Detection System that senses unintentional drifting toward neighboring vehicles and automatically brakes the opposite front wheel to help maintain the vehicles intended course.

Jim Butler Kia has always loved the Cadenza, but they are seriously looking forward to these awesome upgrades. The 2017 Kia Cadenza will make a great addition to the Kia family.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Kia Sorento Awarded Truecar Pre-Owned Value Award

Jim Butler Kia was pleased to hear that the Kia Sorento was given the Truecar Pre-Owned Value Award. This award is given to the top previously owned vehicle that represents excellent value for consumers based on future resale value over the next three years. Not only does the Kia Sorento offer the best resale value, but it is larger and more capable than ever.

 The Sorento has plenty of space for passengers and cargo, offers five trim levels, and customers have the choice between three engines – one being the 240 horsepower 2.0L turbocharged inline-4. The Sorento has a world-class design and technology, while still being and affordable and smart purchase. For more information on the Kia Sorento, please visit or call 636-256-9600.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A New Four-Door Coupe is Coming to Town

Kia has been teasing the idea of building a sporty four-door model. According to Seoul, the Korean automaker will stop showboating and finally put one into production, and it will come out spring of 2017.

The power will reportedly come in from engines displacing 2.0, 2.2, and 3.0 liters. Jim Butler Kia has been waiting for Kia to capitalize on a more sportier, youthful, coupe; The four-door coupe will only add to the success of the Kia brand.

The new Kia is reported to be released  in May 2017, with a targeted annual production of 60,000 vehicles worldwide. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The 2017 Kia Sportage is coming

 Jim Butler Kia is getting excited about the new 2017 Kia Sportage. The 2017 Sportage has the most eye-catching redesign out there. It will definitely be giving the competition a run for its money.

The 2017 Sportage measures the same 73 –inches wide, but gained 1.2-inches on the wheelbase and 1.6-inches in overall length. There is more overall room for passengers, and there is 18% greater cargo space in the rear. Also, the luggage floor can be moved down to a lower position to offer more vertical space when needed.

We didn’t think it was possible, but the 2017 Sportage got ‘sportier’. It has a lighter and stiffer redesigned suspension, and some engine tuning. Kia has improved the fuel efficiency over the Sportage with its powertrain updates. The entry level 2.4-liter incline-four puts out 181 horsepower and 175 pount-feet of torque.

The Sportage will come with the Magna Dynamax all-wheel drive system. It will electronically sense the road conditions and predict possible chances of sliding, and will brake individual wheels to prevent sliding. The Magna system can push as much as 100 percent of the power to front and rear wheels as needed, and there is a 50/50 locking differential.

The Sportage comes with Eco, Normal, and Sport driving modes. The suspension dynamics does not change between settings, but the throttle response and steering weight are altered.

The Sportage will also feature a UVO infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, and rear cross traffic alert.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Jim Butler Kia Carries ‘Best Compact Car for Families’

U.S. News and World Report named the 2016 Kia Soul the Best Compact Car for Families. With the combination of high safety and reliability ratings, it was no surprise to Jim Butler Kia that the 2016 Soul came out on top.

The 2016 Kia Soul has many family friendly features:  advanced driver assistance systems, cutting edge technology, spacious passenger seating, and cargo space. It is a great pick for families on the go, who want a vehicle with a small footprint, and plenty of interior space.

The base model comes equipped with the Convenience package has a 4.3-inch color touchscreen, SiriusXM satellite radio, and integrated Rear Camera Display. The Soul EV now comes with a two-toned color combo: white with a red roof or red with a black roof. It also has 18-inch alloy wheels with black spokes, leather steering wheel and gear shift knobs. The Premium Package features Forward Collision Warning System, and Lane Departure Warning System, both new to the Kia Soul.

Monday, February 15, 2016

New Sporty KIA Sedan Could Be Available by 2017

Rear-wheel drive model would complement K900, give sportier feel to KIA offerings at Jim Butler KIA

KIA has been busy with its concepts and plans. The latest addition to the KIA line-up is the Niro, which will be the brand’s first dedicated hybrid CUV. However, KIA may more than likely put a sporty sedan into the mix as early as mid-2017.

This new vehicle would more than likely be based off previous concepts in years past such as the GT and Novo. KIA has internally dubbed this upcoming vehicle possibility the CK, and a vehicle such as this could compete with European models such as the BMW 4 series without the European price tag.

Sound familiar? This is the same great point that the new K900s in St. Louis at Jim Butler KIA makes on a daily basis. The CK will more than likely be a rear-wheel drive vehicle just like the K900 and fill a segment of the market without emptying wallets. Engine sizes could possibly be 2.0 liters, 2.2 liters and 3.0 liters.

The KIA CK has no official word yet from the company, but May 2017 is an estimated released date by Reueters. A vehicle such as this would make a great compliment to the new 2016 KIA K900s at Jim Butler KIA in Chesterfield Valley. Those in St. Louis shopping for a sporty, youth-driven vehicle will be thrilled at what KIA will have to offer in the near future.

To learn more about upcoming KIA models or to schedule a KIA test drive near St. Louis, contact Jim Butler KIA in Chesterfield Valley online or give us a call at 636-256-9600!

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Monday, February 8, 2016

KIA Optima, Sedona Named to Top Family Vehicle List by KBB

Jim Butler KIA vehicles assert value and family functionality with latest Kelley Blue Book awards

Two KIA models available at Jim Butler KIA in Chesterfield Valley earned spots on Kelley Blue Book’s (KBB) 16 Best Family Cars for 2016 list. For the family of any size, from newly married couples to ones with newborns to the experienced families, Jim Butler KIA has the 2016 Optima and the 2016 Sedona, both KBB choices.

The Sedona is the KIA brand’s minivan, and the model garners attention wherever it goes. The outgoing model was named the ultimate minivan by MotorWeek and, and the 2016 edition takes these attributes even further. KBB editors placed the Sedona on its list because of the van’s style, function, modern interior and overall value.

“Sedona was designed for today’s active lifestyles and families on the go with more power, a longer wheelbase for improved leg room and unique seating configurations combined with intuitive technology and safety,” Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning for KIA Motors America (KMA), said.

Winning design and first-class comfort set the 2016 Sedonas at Jim Butler KIA apart from the rest of the minivans in St. Louis. Active and passive safety features, dual sunroofs, heated/ventilated seats and more technology than you could shake a smartphone at will make your choice of a KIA Sedona a smart one.

Optima a top choice for St. Louis family sedan

While minivans usually scream “family vehicle,” the sedans can still serve a family just as well. KBB was impressed with the Optima’s family-friendly style and bevy of features. Safety, convenience and spaciousness for passengers and child safety seats also weighed heavily in the 2016 Optima’s favor.

“The all-new 2016 Optima has matured in all the right ways, from the European sport-sedan design to the premium interior materials to its vastly improved ride and handling and advanced safety features,” Hedrick said.

Five trim choices and two turbo engines will have the Optima fitting whatever needs your family has. The new 2016 Optima at Jim Butler KIA dares you to break away from the cookie-cutter sedans you see at any other dealer. This award is the second in the past few months for the Optima which was also named to KBB’s Best Buy list last November.

“When looking at the car market through the family friendly lens, KIA vehicles deserve serious consideration,” Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for KBB, said.

Come see for yourself why the Optima and Sedona are on everyone’s lists! To schedule a KIA test drive in St. Louis, contact Jim Butler KIA online today or give us a call at 636-256-9600!

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