Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kia Accessory Store's Deal of the Week

Save 16% on all orders
Deal of the Week 07/22 - 07/29


Cannot be combined with any other offer. Limit one coupon per order. Offer expires July 29, 2014 11:59pm (EDT). Please call 1-800-509-2652 for complete details.
Gary Rome Kia
809 Enfield Street, Enfield, CT 06082 

KiaAccessoryStore's Deal of the Week 7/22/14 - 07/29/14

Deal of the Week 07/22 - 07/29

Kia Accessory Store's Deal of the Week

Save 16% on all orders


Can not be combined with any other offer.  Limit one coupon per order. Offer expires July 29, 2014 11:59pm (EDT).  Please call 1-800-509-2652 for complete details.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

One Year: 2014 Kia Soul Exclaim Arrival

Alien II. That's the color of our new long-term 2014 Kia Soul. Of all the seven colors available for our top-trim Exclaim model, our car was delivered in a shimmery green color -- perhaps the most eye-catching choice on the palette after bright Solar Yellow. But even without a loud and crazy paint color, it's hard to overlook the funky Soul.

When it comes to box-on-wheels cars, the Soul is the last of a dying breed. The Honda Element was killed off a few years ago, and the Scion xB and Nissan Cube have struggled in sales for a while now. While those slab-sided cars are struggling to stay afloat, the Soul continues to be one of the Koreans' best-selling vehicles, coming in second to top-seller Kia Optima so far this year. Obviously, there's something endearing about the Soul, and we've got an entire year to figure out what it is.
For starters, staffers were surprised to find the Kia was equipped with a boatload of features, but that's because we got the top-spec Exclaim model, which rings in at $21,295. Standard features include UVO with eServices, Bluetooth connectivity, a leather-wrapped steering wheel that tilts and telescopes, and rearview camera. Even with all that, we went ahead and added the Whole Shebang -- yes, that's what the package is really called -- but we added it for good reason.

For $2500, that package throws in all the creature comforts you could possibly want including a push-start button and a bunch of heaters -- front and rear seats have them, as does the steering wheel. Having a black interior in Southern California is not ideal in the winter, but the package remedies that with ventilated front seats. We also checked off the $2600 Sun and Sound Package that throws in automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, navigation, an Infinity premium audio system, and those trippy speaker lights. 

The only downside with this package is that opting for the panoramic sunroof means you can't get a roof rack (something that I would've considered otherwise). Kia also claims that opting for navigation limits the UVO eServices functionality, so I intend to figure out whether choosing navigation is worth that "limited functionality." With all said and done, both these packages bring the Soul's grand total up to $26,635.Since the Soul arrived just in time for summer, it'll visit the beach a whole lot since its high roof will be perfect for loading it up with all the beach essentials such as umbrellas, coolers and skimboards. I'll also be taking the Soul up for some fresh up air at Big Bear Lake, and it could also be tapped on the shoulder for road trips to Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and San Diego, or even longer road trips to Utah.

With so many amenities, ample cargo room, respectable fuel economy rated at 23/31 mpg, and 164 hp coming from the 2.0-liter I-4, the Soul seems like a promising funky little car. Stay tuned to see if it truly proves that it's hip to be square.

Photos: GaryRomeKia

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

KiaAccessoryStore's Deal of the Week 7/15/14 - 07/22/14

Deal of the Week 07/15 - 07/22

Kia Accessory Store's Deal of the Week

Save 18% of Wheel Locks

Protect your wheels from theft with these security wheel locks. Made of case-hard steel, these locks are finished to prevent corrosion and staining, while the special key configuration helps ensure that you “stay” in possession of your own custom set of wheels.


Can not be combined with any other offer. Limit one coupon per order. Offer expires July 22, 2014 11:59pm (EDT). Please call 1-800-509-2652 for complete details.

Kia Reportedly Considering Diesel Model for the US

German carmakers are leading the way in terms of diesel offerings on the U.S. market, but competitors are trying to catch up. Mazda will soon offer a diesel on the Mazda6 sedan, and Kia is also considering introducing diesel engines to America. 

Offering diesel engines would allow the Korean carmaker to enter new segments, just as it did with the recently launched K900 full-size luxury sedan (pictured) and with the Soul EV scheduled to launch later this year. However, Kia doesn’t see the launch of a diesel model happening less than three or four years from now.

“The problem right now is that there are different emissions standards in Europe and the US, which means we would be faced with different after-treatments, and that makes it very expensive,” Orth Hedrick, the vice-president of product planning for Kia Motors America, was quoted as saying by Just Auto. 

“But with EU6 in 2017-18 there would be the same standards in both Europe and the US, and that gives us a better chance,” he added. Still, Hendrick said no decision has been taken, but the company is encouraged by German manufacturers’ diesel sales results. 

Since the US market has overtaken Korea as Kia’s top-selling region and is the most profitable sales area, the automaker is open to entering new segments. Kia sold more than 500,000 cars in the US in 2013, including 100,000 Sorento SUVs and 100,000 Optima sedans, both of which are produced locally.

In the first six months of this year, Kia sold 297,500 vehicles in the US, its best-ever half-year in the US.

By Dan Mihalascu

Friday, July 11, 2014

Eyes on the road: The head-up display, as experienced in the 2015 Kia K900

2014 kia k900 hud steering wheel controlsThe 2015 Kia K900 luxury sedan feels like a massive hot-tub with wheels, and I mean that in the best possible way. I was relaxed. I was comfortable. And on a winding road closer than anyone should ever get to cowpies and large farm implements, I zigged and zagged with alarming precision.

Some of the credit goes to the car’s HUD (head-up display), which hovers just above the steering wheel and keeps my eyes from drifting down to the instrument cluster.
I hit the button for the lane departure warning system (it beeps if you get close to a lane marking) and the adaptive cruise control (which controls your speed automatically based on the distance you are from the car in front of you).

2014 kia k900 hud 1 close crop
Almost magically, icons in the HUD glowed with a heavenly aura—orange bars to show the lane warnings are active, and a tiny car icon for adaptive cruise. If you press another button to change the follow distance from short to long, more bars appear.
The HUD also shows your current speed and the speed of the cruise control. If you use the navigation system, you’ll also see tiny arrows indicating that you should turn soon.
How tiny are they? The HUD is clear enough to see during the day, but don’t expect a gleaming, eye-catching holographic laser beam like you are driving a Star Wars TIE fighter. Not quite. The HUD is easier to see in the daytime than, say, the HUD on an older Chevy Corvette.
2014 kia k900
Image: Kia: The Kia K900's head-up display helps it keep up with the luxury competition, but it doesn't stand out from this ultra-refined crowed.
HUDs aren't new, however, nor are some of the K900's other tech advancements. Many new Acura, Audi, Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz sedans, for instance, keep you in the lane and don’t just warn you.
The K900 has a reasonable (compared to most luxe sedans) base price of $59,500. The VIP package that provides the tech features, like adaptive cruise control, adds $6,000 to the price. Definitely not cheap, but still several thousand less than Lexus LS 460 (at $72,140). A Kia does not scream “I’ve arrived,” but it does whisper that you saved at least a few thousand over other, more expensive luxury cars.

Author: John Brandon , TechHive 

Monday, July 7, 2014

KiaAccessoryStore's Deal of the Week 7/08/14 - 07/15/14

Deal of the Week 07/08 - 07/15

Kia Accessory Store's Deal of the Week

Save 18% of Cargo Screens

Protect your valuables from view with this Genuine Kia cargo screen. Fits in the factory holes on your trim panels.


Can not be combined with any other offer. Limit one coupon per order. Offer expires July 15, 2014 11:59pm (EDT). Please call 1-800-509-2652 for complete details.