Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Leaps and Bounds of Commanding Commuting: Stonic Turns Heads At Frankfurt Motor Show

The sub-compact SUV category is one that is of grave allure: once a customer has owned an SUV, they generally keep buying them during the years to come. Enjoying the nimble feel, fuel efficiency, and lower cost, consumers don't always mind the slight difference in cargo and passenger space. Industry writers and techs used to joke about the “hatchback on stilts” feel and appearance of some, but this now a huge niche in the market, and here at Jim Butler Kia, we are currently watching the vibe and features that the Stonic will storm the market with.

This past week at the Frankfurt Motor Show, it was unveiled just how awesome and game-changing the Stonic will be. It's based pretty rigidly on the regular Rio platform, but has been re-styled with wheel arch trims, obligatory skidplates, and roof rails found in other vehicles such as the Nissan Juke, and Mazda CX3 varieties. Similar to the Rio, the Stonic is front-wheel drive only, but the nicely elevated seating position and noticeably raised ride height should go over well with buyers that love a miniature-feeling yet grippy smaller contender of their own.

It is been proven that buyers in this category have shown much love for customization: there are 20 different two-tone paint jobs possible for new owners of the Stonic. Interior color scheme is a very standard black on black, but buyers can choose from four optional color packs – each offering unique combinations of contrast upholstery stitching, and other elements that highlight areas of the cabin. The selection of wheel designs are available in either 15 or 17 inches, and features such as heated steering wheel and seats, cruise control, and auto dipping headlights are also available.

Torque vectoring, cornering brake control, and a straight line stability system to keep the crossover tracking true-to-form under heavy braking are all additives that will help you in various ways during your journey, and hill start assist is also available. The good folks at Auto Blog called the Stonic “big on both style and practicality”, and cited the large spoiler and faux skid plate on the bottom of the bumper as great assets. There are about 12.4 cubic feet of storage in the trunk, and you'll absolutely be able to squeeze in the direst of necessities and then some, no matter how long the haul you are planning to embark on takes you.

Commuters in the St Louis metro have been sharing with us their challenges for decades, and the sales and service staff here at Jim Butler have been avidly listening. Some of the latest drivers aids such as blind spot warning, lane departure warning, and rear cross traffic warning can also be added on board, to make you feel at your utmost safest while driving the Stonic. We hope to see you soon during the upcoming fall, when you can check out the new addition from Kia that Motor Authority deems “strong, safe, and lightweight”, and to finalize your plans for that new fall auto addition!

Friday, September 15, 2017

2018 All-electric Niro to Debut Soon, 8 EVS are Planned within Next 5 Years

A reputation for producing very eco-friendly autos is one that Kia has been cultivating for years. Along with their close relative Hyundai, they are looking to be on course to achieve the lofty goal of having 31 green car models in production stages by 2022. 8 of the planned 31 cars will be all-electric, as many consumers worldwide begin to look towards survival solely by charge, and cut costs while helping preserve our diverse and beautiful planet.

The electricity to charge an EV makes it cheaper in the long run, and the battery electric vehicle has a lot less moving parts than a conventional car. Servicing is not as extensive, and the absence of parts such as starters, fuel injection systems, and radiators make for a simpler lifespan of ownership. By making the choice to opt for a Kia EV, you are helping to reduce harmful air pollution that comes directly from exhaust, and literally pushing that harmful number all the way down to zero. Reduced harmful exhaust emissions right here in St Louis is good news for anyone that is striving to stay healthy and thrive, and you're going to love how vehicles such as the Niro run as quiet as can be.

One of the reasons why we proudly stand by Kia's decision to thoroughly explore the potential and positivity in electric cars is within the realm of safety. EVs tend to have a lower center of gravity that makes them less likely to roll over, and they have a lower risk for dangerous explosions. Kia has already taken great strides by introducing the 2017 Kia Soul EV, which is a show-starting beginner for many more punchy EV models in the future. Since the Soul seems a bit boxy to some, the release of the 2018 Niro is aiming to appeal to a broader range of consumers, as well as providing very enhanced performance capability. Added entertainment features and comfort level are sure to coax buyers into owning a very integral part of a sustainable future.

Having a fully electric car is many brands' true long-term ambition, and we hope you can make time to come speak to us about including one soon among your ranks. Safe to drive, cost effective, easy on maintenance, and lowered noise pollution are all reasons to consider purchasing one. The idea of not fueling up is going to continue in its newfound popularity: the many different ways in which the future will change are becoming evident every single day. Charge times will eventually become much shorter, ranges will become much longer, but the feeling you get when you hit the open road with confidence and vigor: it will always remain the same!

Friday, September 8, 2017

KIA's Fourth Generation's Primo Offering: The 2018 Rio

On the beautiful and winding roads outside of Lisbon, Portugal, the testing team of Car and Driver spent two days with the fourth generation Kia Rio, and penned their thoughts regarding performance. Their first impression was that it is “A car that's far more than an appliance”, and that the 4thgeneration was the result of a “Significant leap forward” on Kia's part. A great deal of the weight loss in this new version stems from the use of very high-strength steel in the front structure, roof region, and A-pillars.

The electrically powered steering is more rigid than before, and at the same time much more responsive. The hatchback choice gives you the benefit of very aggressive body-side line, and an overall stance that is reminiscent of many of the concept cars of late. We really love the work that has been done to the area between the headlights which are painted black, making it appear like a conventional grille opening, and the relocation of the side mirrors to the A-pillar. Technology features such as a 7-inch touchscreen interface and UVO3 with Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto will assure that you will never be left without entertainment, and all of your passengers will be occupied for the distance.

Both the sedan and the hatchback offer Autonomous Emergency Braking, which has the ability to act independently of the driver to attempt to avoid dire accidents in progress. The system will usually try to act first to avoid impact by warning the driver of an upcoming situation, then in very serious circumstances apply the brakes. Also gleaning a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Rio is a vehicle that will ease your mind in the category of always arriving intact and safe as can be.

The exterior is a bit sportier in appearance than previous models, and the front end is rocking newly designed headlights that are swept back a bit, which results in a pleasantly aggressive look. Both the sedan and hatchback have been lengthened by just .6 of an inch, and have a bit of a sleeker appeal, sporting an ingeniously-developed shoulder line from front to back. You'll find 15-inch wheels when checking out what the Rio is packing in the undercarriage heat zone, and will notice how the distinct push towards the corners makes a difference when it really matters.

All of us here at Jim Butler Kia in St Louis are excited to show you how the Rio's cabin is also the roomiest in its class: valuable passenger space in the sedan is 89.9 cubic feet, while the dimensions in the hatchback measure in at 90.5 cubic feet. While you are looking for the version that best meets your needs, ask us about trim types: the LX, S, and EX are the various options you can choose from. 

Direct injection, a variable intake system, low-friction oils seals, and piston-cooling jets are other well-engineered assets that add up to 28 MPG in the city: this solid structured new vehicle from Kia is sure to attract the safety conscious and tech-savvy customers. If you are looking for a great value at a low price point, this is a recent offering from a world-class brand to seriously consider making your own!

Friday, August 25, 2017

2018 Kia Soul Turbo: Allure for the Youthful and Performance-oriented Driver

As we look towards the coming of football season, the time of year when the days get shorter, and when all of our favorite fall St Louis traditions take place, many customers are coming to us at the dealership asking what vehicle is right for them. Transition times for people make them think about which car is going to work in the long run, and this is the time of year when many new residents arrive at the city. If you have just graduated from college, signed the dotted line on a major job offer, or even thinking about hitting the books again in grad school, the turbocharged Soul may be just the car for you.

Cars like the Toyota Scion XB, Honda Element, and Nissan Cube were trying desperately to get ahead of the times, and bring customers their own unique version of the future. All of our staff here on the lot will be the first to tell you that those cars seemed so square to many, and had the uncouth reputation of simply not having enough power. Because their vibe was so boxy, many drivers felt that they could not get up off the line and go, and it made them more perturbed than productive. Many writers and avid test drivers felt that things took a drastic and very positive step forward with the Soul, now paired with a 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder engine that produces 201 horsepower, and 195 lb-ft of torque.

The Soul's transmission is a 7-speed dual clutch engagement, and for a car that weighs just over 3200 pounds, is able to give it a sporty feel. With just the punch of a button on the steering wheel, you can activate Sport mode, which will give you a sense of more manual control, and a taste of what stick-shift excitement is like. MacPherson struts do a great job of keeping the suspension at an even keel, and you will absolutely notice a difference when taking your new Soul down any road near you or elsewhere in Missouri that happens to be a bit “off the beaten path”. Ask us how a 10-way power seat with lumbar adjustments can make you more comfortable on the road, and the panoramic sunroof for the days when sun and warmth prevail.

The “technology package” includes a revamped navigation system, super cool power mirrors, blind spot detection, and a huge upgrade in the very important audio department. The Harman Kardon audio system included in this upgrade is going to win over every serious music lover that gets themselves into a new Soul: the clarity, amazing prowess in the low end and midrange club, and ability to nod to your favorite mix will tempt you to instantly turn it up. With a cargo volume of 61 cubic feet, you can get your bike in the back, or even the set of golf clubs that you've been dying to get out for a late-season tee session. This is not a car that is in any way traditional, and we are delighted to have many mags and review sites give it a very solid thumbs-up. Funky and futuristic, the Soul is one release in the sphere of 2018's coming goodness that will gravitate you towards that economical “happy place”!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Blind-Corner Battalion Leader: Kia Stinger GT Dominates the Demands of Nurburgring

“The Foxhole” is a widely unsettling and demanding stretch of racetrack that lies on one of the most intimidating raceways in the world. The high-speed sections of the Nurburgring Nordschleife are built to handle supreme steel beings like the Stinger GT at speeds of 90 MPH +, and Wired Transportation writer Joe Resnick took Kia's front-running sports sedan on a spin through this esteemed track section. The twin-turbo, 365-horsepower 2018 Kia Stinger GT fared quite well during this tremendous test, and everyone knows that this is the location where brands go to prove that their latest sports car is the best-handling and attractive option out there.

The Stinger GT is actually a bit longer then models from the BMW 3-club, and some out there wonder if this could affect its performance on a demanding and curve-laden section of track such as this. When you first climb into the Stinger GT, you'll notice that the front seats are positioned very low, which helps greatly with the center of gravity and sense of stability. There are three levels of engine selection to choose from: the base 252-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo 4 cylinder, the 365-horsepower 3.3-liter twin turbo V6, and a mid-range 2.2-liter turbo diesel 4-cylinder available in European and Korean markets only.

When Joe and his tech-savvy troupe from Wired got out on the track to prove themselves, the track's longest straight section had them reaching speeds of 135 to 140 MPH, and they enjoyed the overall performance of the rear-wheel drive Stinger the most. Hyundai's own patented 8-speed automatic is the medium for shifting sensibly in the Stinger GT, and many who have test driven it loved it right away. An overall stiff ride in a class that is similar to BMW's 3 and 4 series is another extreme highlight, and the Stinger GT handles bumps with a solid form that deserves high recognition.

This is admittedly a bit of new territory for Kia to pursue: going head to head with the sports-car coupe crowd may seem a bit of a lofty accomplishment. Motor Trend billed the Stinger as “confident and composed, while making the best use of the grip it affords”. When you are able to drive off the lot with a brand new Stinger, you are also getting behind the wheel of a vehicle that has the best power steering Kia has ever produced, which you notice at the go point right away.

This stacked wheel set will stay firmly planted no matter what type of speed or lunge is thrown at them, and the intense trail braking needed at Nurburgring is absolutely a ferocious proving ground. The Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tires are designed specifically for the fast and furious Stinger GT, and showed hardly any wear after a day of instructors trying to one-up their past records handed down abuse. For any model, the current time is the right time to spring a dusting of upper-level performance and speed, and the Stinger holds its own exceptionally well on the most legendary of locations.

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Close Look at the Stealth and Savvy Crossover Gem: 2017 Kia Niro

One of the reasons why the Niro was billed as the “Unhybrid” is that drivers are appreciating the design effort that allows it to not scream loudly to the masses about its status. Combining a hybrid powertrain with a subcompact crossover, the result is a very spacious interior, and a vehicle that yields 52 mpg in the city. The power source for the Niro is a 1.6-liter 4 cylinder, which gets the job done with the aid of an electric motor, and battery pack with lithium-ion.

The power rating of the Niro is 139 HP, and 195-lb of torque. We know that these are not numbers that will send the new driver trembling with excitement to their nearest test track, but will still allow for a punchy and swift journey to wherever they need to go. The cargo bay's maximum space of 54.5 cubic feet is accessed easily, by use of a 60/40 folding rear seat that will fold down to all the way flat. Even if you opt for the base trim, you still get awesome features such as satellite radio receiver, dual-zone climate, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and height-adjustable driver's seat.

The Niro is priced underneath other contenders in the crossover market such as the Nissan Rogue, and the Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid, by several thousand dollars each. Aside from the difference in price and other valuable features, we really enjoy the Niro's appearance: it's a smaller-sized, savvy and sleek vehicle that taps into a few different sources of charm. It takes quite a reach for a vehicle to really seem ready, poised, and efficient without wearing their prowess like a badge, and the Niro succeeds in that department.

Car and Driver proclaims that the Niro Hybrid “delivers sharp design language on top of the popular crossover form factor”, and goes on to state that the Niro is truly a more plausible version of what the Prius strives to be. When you come to pay us a visit and engage in a test drive, you'll see that the car feels just high enough to simplify getting in and out, but not so high that taking corners feels awkward. Behind the seat you can easily fit six carry-on sized suitcases, and the head and legroom space in the back will be ample for anyone joining you on an outbound journey.

Don't be too concerned if you think the power factor is a bit on the meager side: The Niro is more than sufficient for sports practice runs, the daily commute, and fun jaunts anywhere around St Louis that you feel calling your name during down time. If you do have a longer trip ahead of you, you're still going to love how you get a cost-efficient ride, with handling that allows you to maintain constant control.

One very noticeable advantage the Niro has over many of its imitators is the way in which it behaves a bit like a very conventional gas-only vehicle, and is not quite the same as the delayed and snarling characteristics of Toyota's dual-motor, Hybrid Synergy Drive. Push-button start, heated and ventilated front seats, and sunroof are some of the other essential additives that you'll benefit from within the vehicle. We'll show you how the Fuel Efficient, Touring, and LX and EX range trims differ from each other, and clue you in to which one will meet you and your family's needs to the T!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2017 Kia Cadenza: Bringing the Full-size Sedan Segment Upmarket, and Slaying It

The Kia Cadenza has been widely thought of
as one of the absolute best entries in the large sedan class for the year, and expert reviewers Edmunds stated this summer that “the materials quality is particularly impressive”. We daresay that the Cadenza before this one was handsome in a manner that was a bit more generic, and the 2017 version has a few things about it that are distinctly more unique. Once you climb aboard, the white leather's complement to the faux wood on the dash is a great trait of the car's visual identity.

After getting your hands on one of the coolest sedans out there, you're going to want to heavily stack your social calendar. One of the ultra fun end-of-summer events coming up in St Louis is the Fringe Festival: from August 19-27, the eclectic artists in the area are dishing up performance art, drama, and even circus acts for the masses to enjoy. Tracing its beginnings back to Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947, it is an alternative festival that draws individuals in the area who have a penchant for good taste, and are always embracing the Indie culture and way of life.

Elements of Shakespeare, Snow White, Dead Gothic's Society, and productions such as Please Remain Calm are going to all be offered up here this August, and it will be one of the coolest events of the year in Missouri. The Kia's UVO Infotainment system offers one of the best touch-based systems out there to keep yourself in stock with great new music, but before the weather chills just a little, the outdoor options such as this are key for making sure you have an abundant lineup of fresh air factor.

The spacious vibe of the cabin is really tied together with the accents of the white leather, as well as the dose of rays you'll get with the expanse of the Cadenza's sunroof. If you are thinking about taking your sales and marketing pitch on the road or visiting family you haven't seen for some time, the space in the back seat is going to be an important selling point. Class comfort is noticeable at every glance here, and you have the ability to acquire about 28 MPG while taking the show straight to the highway.

Constructed from expertly engineered adhesives and 53% very high-grade steel, the body of this car is built to be massively strong, and you notice that as you lurch forward immediately. It makes for better driving dynamics, and a more pleasurable ride in the long run. When you arrive at the lot to explore all of the options Kia has to offer for you this year, you'll get excited about how the brand new 4-wheel independent suspension offers up an extra smooth handling experience. Luxury does come in packages a bit bigger than average, and drivers across the nation are going wild over the Cadenza: you'll be amazed at just how intelligent the engineering is, offering you consistently proven peace of mind!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

KIA Trio Hailed as Segment Winners in 2017 J.D. Power Performance, Execution, and Layout Study

The Niro, Soul, and Kia Cadenza have all been making waves in the marketplace quite heavily: J.D. Power APEAL Awards came out with all them snagging the best in their specific genres. The Niro grabbed accolades in the Small SUV segment, The Soul Dominated the Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle segment, and the Cadenza presided at the top of the list for the Large Car Segment. For the second year in a row, Kia Motors was ranked the absolute highest in the industry, and all 3 Kia APEAL study segment winners were also IQS segment winners.

Here on the lot as every new day presents us with opportunities to link people up with great cars in the St. Louis metro, we recognize that buyers today have more choices than ever before. They are looking for vehicles that offer first-class design, technology, efficiency, and amenities that really shine. More consumers looking for a smooth and safe commute are finding KIA every day, and realizing just how incredibly well these cars are fating against the competition.

The Niro cross over hybrid performed a noticeably large 51 points total aboce other average models within its segment. The Cadenza also dominated highly within its own segment, surpassing the average model's score by 27 points. The Soul has always been a hefty favorite with consumers who march to a slightly different beat, and this year it nailed down its fifth APEAL Award. This solidifies its position as the vehicle with the most APEAL awards in Kia's entire lineup of cars, and it is the only care with a spot in the Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle category to score above its segment average.

The J.D. Powers APEAL study measure new-vehicle owners' overall running level of satisfaction with their vehicles during the first 3 months of ownership. This is such a crucial time when you really think about it: this is when the owner gets the most drastic first impression, that determines or not they would have recommend the car to a friend. It also determines whether or not they would choose to purchase the car again themselves, which we understand so much of our business at Jim Butler derives from.

Hailed by Car and Driver as "The fully realized execution that could elevate the hybrid crossover to widespread adoption", the Niro is rated at 50 MPG. Most likely causing many consumers heads to turn immediately, it is the true face-to-face contender of the supposedly savvy and dapper Toyota Prius. CNBC calls the Cadenza a "Spacious boat of a car with great value", with a true difference in identify. Motor Trend calls the Soul "Stylish and Surprisingly practical": make sure you take some xtra time over the coming month to see us at Jim Butler, and find out how a new Kia car will add a deliberate sense of direction to your fall driving itinerary.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Summer 2017 Safety Update: Kia Forte Nabs Top Safety Pick Plus Rating Via IIHS

The summer is in full swing around all of St. Louis, and now is the time of year when thoughts begin to drift into the back-to-school realm. Our beloved Cardinals are at 52-53, many of us enjoyed an awesome fourth of July with family last month, and set out to explore destinations like the Ozarks in the best vehicles KIA has to offer. When August rolls around, we are reminded that as fun as our days of outdoor recreation have been, the next vehicle on your family purchase list should be one that leaves you feeling secure and protected from any level of mishap on the road.

The 2017 KIA Forte was awarded the Top Safety Pick Plus Rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety this year, on models built after March 2017. When equipped with optional front crash prevention and high-intensity discharge headlights, this great auto selection from KIA now has the honorable distinction of the highest in class for safety. Just before receiving this top safety award, the Forte was also named the highest-rated compact car in the 2017 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, which is a benchmark for consumer satisfaction. Cars that have the least number of issues during the first three months are the name of the game here, providing minimal hassle and worry.

In order to qualify for this incredibly high ranking from the IIHS, vehicles have to dutifully earn "good" ratings in five astringent crashworthiness tests: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength and head restraints. Taking things a step further within the cloak of top-notch safety, the vehicle must also earn an "advanced" or "superior" rating for front crash prevention, and "acceptable" or "good" mark when it comes to headlight testing.

Completely revamped for the current year, the Forte features a sporty style, new powertrain components, and an array of driver assistance systems. Some of the features that will make you feel safe and sound are Autonomous Emergency Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Warning, and Dynamic Bending Light. This last function is a mega-cool way to help the drive during rain or any other element: the headlights are automatically adapted depending on how fast you're going, as well as noting the steering angle, immediately improving overall illumination quality.

When you come down to the lot to pay us a visit, you can check out the 3 different trim levels that the Forte is available in: Sport S trim, entry-level LX, and the top-trim EX option. The engine got an upgrade from the previous year: it is now a 2.0-liter Atkinson model, that generates 147 horsepower at 6200 RPM, and 132 lb-ft of torque. The new starting-point engine is matched up with a 6-speed manual transmission, though an automatic option is available. Once you get inside, you're going to immediately notice that the car feels far from compact, with very spacious front and back seats, as well as one of the largest trunks in existence for sedan and hatchback genres.

Known for reliability and having the features to be a satisfying daily commute car, the Forte is one of the most reasonably-priced compact cars out there. Talk to us about stepping up to the Forte S, which adds the rearview camera, cruise control, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto for entertainment. With top-level EX trim, you can acquire heated front seats and luxurious leather upholstery: the Forte is going to be an awesome staple of safety and secure riding for you before the fall hits!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Bestowing Teens with Behind-The-Wheel Knowledge: B.R.A.K.E.S. Driving School Confirmed for St. Louis

Here at Jim Butler, we fully understand the excitement that every parent feels when they are finally ready to hand the keys over to their teenage driver. Higher insurance premiums, the hours of discussion for them to be cautious you have had with them, and information they have learned in school have all been mulled over. If you have already selected the perfect KIA model for your teen, you may be feeling nervous, in that there's an extra bit of information you want covered before the ignition switch is punched on the maiden voyage. Vehicle crashes are the main cause of deaths for 15-17 year-olds worldwide, and so the issue of safety is one that we don't take lightly.

To provide teens with the knowledge and training for the ultimate in responsibility behind the wheel, Jim Butler teamed up with KIA and the B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) Teen Pro-Active Driving School to bring a no-cost advanced driver training class to the St. Louis Metro. One of the reasons why we jumped at the chance is because completion of the program has resulted in a 64% reduction rate of collision for teen drivers during their first 3 crucial years behind the wheel.

If you or any of your acquaintances have a teen that will soon be behind the wheel, there is currently still enrollment open at https://putonthebrakes.org/shop. All you need to get started is a permit or valid driver's license, a parent or guardian to participate, and a minimum of 30 hours previous driving experience. When you arrive, what you will be taught involves advanced behind-the-wheel training with KIA provided vehicles, by seasoned, professional driving instructors. Skid control, distracted driving awareness, panic stopping, drop-wheel recovery, and car control are all covered in detail. Distracted driving is what we have been seeing an alarming increase in, and so we are excited that this very necessary topic is being covered with B.R.A.K.E.S.

The training takes place on August 12 and 13, right at Gateway Motorsports park. Your avid teenager will love to get behind the wheel of a Soul, Cadenza or Rio for learning about the prime years of their driving experience. Worrying about the safety of a teen is something that can take up many of your precious hours, and the safety features that are available in KIA cars now are top-notch. The Optima alone earned a 5-Star Crash Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and comes with comprehensive airbags. Featuring dual front, front-seat mounted side, and full-length side curtain airbags, there are also high-tech sensors that can detect the level of impact, and presence of a front passenger.

After your teen learns the ropes with the B.R.A.K.E.S. curriculum, features such as Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) help deliver more consistent braking, and distribution and weight loads constantly change. Teens will also be able to take advantage of the Tire-Pressure Monitoring System, which continuously monitors the inflation pressure in all four tires, and provides an urgent warning when the pressure drops below a specified range. Together, we can all play an important roll in saving lives, and preparing teens for the hazards they will face on the road. Sign up for this event while there is still time, and allow yourself the peace of mind that comes with expert training!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The New Ad Spot for the KIA Soul: Turbocharged With Ace of Spades Goodness

For the past 8 years, commuters and other everyday folks in Missouri have enjoyed how the KIA Soul has embraced very innovative elements, and taken great strides to stand apart from the competition. Recently KIA thought that there should be a drastic improvement in the auto itself, and that it should also be made even more awesome to drive. Now supercharged, it is the proud owner of a 201-horsepower engine, and the latest ad campaign takes a peek at the lovable hamsters giving a very warm welcome to the newest Soul counterpart in "The Arrival."

This funny spot opens with a young nurse making her morning rounds in a maternity ward, when she comes across a furry and harried young hamster who is missing from the crib. The newborn bundle of cuteness utilizes a make-shift parachute to safely float to the street, where a new turbocharged Soul is waiting to whisk him away. The iconic song "Ace of Spades" is the soundtrack for the ad, conveying the high-paced luster of what speed can feel like: turbocharging gives consumers just one more powerful way to enjoy one of the most popular vehicles in the product line.

KIA's trademark hamsters have always done great at the job of standing out from the crowd, and were first seen during commercials 8 years ago. Iconic and lovable characters that help spread the brand's namesake, hamsters are a suitable pick to promote the KIA line's ease of use, great consumer reviews, and overall accessibility.

The 2017 Soul is available in 3 different trim levels. The Base has manual or automatic 6-speed transmission, Soul Plus has a 6-speed automatic, and the new 201-horsepower turbocharged Exclaim is the option on the higher end of the scale. Premium touch points, ultra-cool LED mood and music lighting, and a panoramic sunroof are some of the other offerings you can enjoy with the purchase of a new Soul For the 3rd year in a row, the Soul was the highest-ranked brand overall in initial quality for the 2nd year running.

Once you score a new Soul and are ready to check out some great things to see in the summer, we can always steer you in the right direction! For the days when the blazing sun makes the temps seem like an inferno, cool off indoors at the National Blues Museum. Dedicated to exclusively preserving the international story of the Blues and its impact on American culture, you can take a nice air-conditioned walk while checking out display after display of this amazing music genre. You're going to love getting there in a vehicle that is ranked high for safety, boasts a more-than-economical price, and is taking the auto world by storm: all of the possibilities St. Louis offers will be sensational from behind the wheel of a Soul.

Friday, June 30, 2017

J.D. Power's Initial Quality Nameplate Rankings Boasts Kia at the top for Year #2

Claiming the most vehicles of any Nameplate on the J.D. Power Study is quite an achievement: it makes complete sense that one of the most important ways to rank vehicles for consumers is in regards to how many documented problems they have. It excites us greatly that last year, Kia ranked highest in the entire industry, and improved 11 whole points. Owners reported having fewer issues with their Kia vehicles within the first 3 months of ownership than any other brand, an important trait in any car ranking. The Soul, Forte, Cadenza, Niro, and Sorento all were at the top of their respective categories, and the Cadenza nabbed the startling achievement of having the lowest average number of problems among every single model ranked in the study.

The jump in improvement to just 72 problems per 100 vehicles is the best nameplace performance for any brand within the last two decades of the study, which is driven by five unique awards. When Kia beat out the entire other list of competitors in last year's Quality Study, many wondered if our brand would come back swinging so strong for a second year. The craftmanship the team members instill into every single car is a symbol of the pride and top-notch skills that it takes to give Kia cars the predominant – ranking prowess they always deliver.

This annual report analyzes responses from 77,415 respondents, and encompasses 243 different vehicle models across 26 segments. The vehicles evaluated were done so based on driving experience, performance of engine and transmission, and a large range of problem symptoms reported by the numerous owners of vehicles. This year's findings revealed that audio/communication/entertainment issues continue to be the most common for owners of brand-new vehicles. On the bright side, it has also improved drastically within the last year. Cruise control and collision-avoidance / alert systems are some of the areas where new vehicles struggle, and have difficulty keeping free and clear of reported issues.

In many circumstances, multiple features are worth the hassle, but the more complicated a vehicle is, the more potential it has for problems. We will tell anyone that walks in the dealership here that it's going to be a pleasure to navigate the St. Louis Metro with a vehicle you can rely on, and one that is ranking on the front lines and known for minimal hassle. The eight problem categories that are asked about are designed to provide manufacturers with information that helps identify problems quickly, and propel quickly the ultimate drive of the product's long-term improvement.

The last thing we want to have happen to you as you are getting ready to enjoy an event-filled St. Louis summer is for you to obtain a vehicle that doesn't cut it for you during your first time increment of ownership. We understand that having a technical issue within the first 90 days is not going to make you feel confident about your future, and provide a hassle for your schedule. Choosing a Kia secures your future of ownership with the best in the business, and we are happy to provide the most resilient and well-built auto out there. Consistently ranking above par off the starting line is a necessary trait for a repeat purchase, and we can't wait to show you just how accessible and A-list champion your next Kia purchase will be.

Monday, June 19, 2017

2017 Kia Soul Nabs Prized Spot on Kelley Blue Book's “10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000” List

The mass offerings available in the current car market provide those searching with durable and husky trucks, mid-size sedans that ooze luxury features, and hybrids that are Eco-friendly and efficient. Many consumers out there are looking for a car that is stylish and funky, and these are the savvy young tech-workers, artists, and dedicated city dwellers our there making a difference. Kelley Blue Book has been the pricing and feature source dealing with all things car-related since 1918. A company that got its origins with just three Model T Fords, it later grew into the all-out industry standard for determining car value.

This is the sixth year in a row that the Soul was selected for the list of cool cars under $18,000, and it was selected for its signature combination of design, feature content, technology, as well as amazing value. Plenty of room for passengers, an interior filled with features savvy drivers are after, and a true sense of practicality within the crossover genre are all reasons to rush down and check out this awesome new release. You can come check out three different trim levels for this year's Soul, and figure out which one stokes your appetite the most: the Base has manual or 6-speed transmission, the Soul Plus with the 6-speed automatic, and the Exclaim Turbo, with the brand new 7-speed DCT.

Re-designed headlights and fog lights are great new features for this year's Soul, and front and rearfascias that are a bit edgier in appearance will be very well-received. Inside you'll find two dedicated USB charge ports, and an 8-way power passenger seat that adds to the convenience and comfort factor during your journey. Anyone who is truly searching for a bargain in the landscape of cars will appreciate the Soul right off the bat: the under $18,000 category has really never seen an entry with so much usable space, tech features, and an overall value. Cars that offer as much as the Soul does at this price make large strides in exceeding the cost element that for many other vehicles is a barrier to entry.

If you opt for the Base Soul, it comes standard with a gasoline direct injection, 1.6-liter all-aluminum DOHC 4-cylinder engine that sturdily cooks up 130 horsepower, and 118 lb-ft of torque. The Plus model makes use of the more muscular 2.0- liter engine with GDI technology, and has a power rating at 161 horsepower, with bragging rights to 150-lb.-ft of torque. If you are truly looking for the option that will give you the power off the line and momentum to conquer the road the way you want to, and by producing 201 horsepower, and 195 lb-ft of torque at 1,500 RPM. St. Louis has many long-standing summer traditions, such as grilling pork steaks, and Maull's Original St. Louis Barbecue Sauce; showing up to the party in your new Soul is going to make you want to stay in your summer sandals year-round!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

World-Class Ovation: 2017 Kia Optima Receives Top Safety Plus Rating From IIHS

As we get ready to gear up for what promises to be a hot and exciting summer here in the St. Louis metro area, we have been helping many customers pick out a sedan that fits their lifestyle. It's no secret that the name mentioned (and sold) the most is the Optima, and it has just received another prestigious safety nod as of late. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the Optima the “Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) rating, which is the highest destination possible within this entity.

The Optima scored incredibly high in five crashworthiness tests, and in the Integration of Autonomous Emergency Braking for crash prevention. The element to really take notice of here as a consumer is that good crashworthiness ratings, and a superior rating for the optional front-crash prevention system are all important to anyone looking for standout safety features in a current vehicle.
The IIHS is known for setting some of the highest standards when it comes to evaluating the many aspects of safety within a vehicle, and heralding this listing further proves the success of KIA's ongoing effort to do everything possible to improve the quality and integrity of their front-running auto line. When a model is qualifying for TSP+, it must earn “good” ratings in five different tests for crashworthiness: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof restraints, and head restraints. As we tread onward daily to what is certainly a modern climate in the auto manufacturing industry, drivers are now able to reap benefits from driver assistance systems that seemed far-fetched just a few decades ago.

Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are just a few of the features that will help you during your day-to-day drive. Front Collision Warning System is a particularly useful feature: it scans the road ahead while you drive, and is designed to give you fair warning If you're about to crash into a vehicle that is stopped, or slow-moving. Many that are involved in the research and development for future auto projects nationwide are certain that driverless cars are making their way very soon on the horizon, but for now, these added safety features work overtime to give you added protection from the various elements that could cause you harm.

The Optima is available with three engine choices, including the new 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, that proudly operates in conjunction with a sweet seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission. Ask us right here at Jim Butler about the five trim levels available for the Optima: LX, LX 1.6T, EX, SX, and SXL are all on top to see to it that you get the specific look and feel that works for you. With the SXL option, you get standard 18-inch chrome alloy wheels, and super cool LED dual-projection headlights with Dynamic Bending Light and High-Beam Assist.

Owning a top-notch sedan is going to absolutely put some oomph back into your daily life: come down and see us at Missouri's esteemed Kia dealer, and we'll lay the groundwork for you to enjoy the features of the Optima every day for a durable commute.