Minggu, 11 Desember 2011

The New Kia Sportage Will Amaze You

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Forget what you think you know about Kia.
I’m here to tell you that their cars will impress you. Big time.
You see, I used to own a Kia Sportage myself. A 1999 Sportage. So I had an image in my head of what a Kia Sportage was, and it was just another small SUV. So when I had the chance to check out the new Sportage on a road trip from Sacramento, CA to Boise, ID I was amazed by how far Kia has come.
First off, let me just say that this car LOOKS great! Now, while I know that performance is so so much more important (I’ll get to that in a sec…) when this baby showed up I couldn’t believe how nice it looked! I thought it looked like a high end luxury SUV. Part of how I choose a car is based on looks. Granted, it’s a small part of my choice, but hey. I like me a good looking car, and I really like the look of the Sportage.
Need space? Covered.
We (rather, I) tend to overpack for trips, and we were able to comfortably fit in the car with 2 suitcases, presents, pillows, toys, snacks, 2 computers (because we’re THAT family) and a partridge in a pear tree…
There is an awesome hidden storage compartment under the floor of the trunk, just in case you need MORE storage! So cool.

As far as leg room goes, that’s where I tend to write a car off. I am 5’9″ with lots of leg, so I am usually squished in the backseat of a car. But I had plenty of space, as did my 6’2″ brother-in-law (yep, I made him sit in the back!). I was really pleased with the amount of leg room, and the more leg room a car has, the less likely my little future soccer player will be able to kick my seat too. NICE.
We loved the audio features of it so so much! The Sportage comes standard with built in bluetooth for your car, a needed feature here in CA where you can’t use a hands held device (although you should use bluetooth even if that’s not a law in your state), and it also comes with usb/iPhone connections too! We were able to jam out to all the tunes from our phones, rather than worry about making mix tape cds for our trip ;) Some of the models come with voice command, too. Such a nice convenience to have when you’ve got kids in the car…one less worry! Just press the voice command button on the steering wheel and instruct the car on what to do! “Serius Channel 2″ will immediately change to that channel! No more looking to see which buttons to push! Voice command can be used on almost anything in the dash.
The Sportage we tested had a navigation system as well. I loved the system that Kia uses! We programmed in our destination address (Mom & Dad’s house) and it mapped out the trip, showed us how the traffic looked (upgraded nav feature) and how long it would take to get there. My favorite thing was that it could also tell you what TIME you would get there!! It was spot on accurate with the time, too.
Let’s talk performance.
Holy toledo.
We had the Sportage SX with All Wheel Drive (AWD is needed if you travel over the Sierras in snow here in CA. Otherwise you wait hours to get a spot to put chains on. In the snow. bleh.) and boy oh boy was that a fuuuuun drive over the mountains! The SX comes standard with a Turbo engine that is incredibly strong. I am usually timid about passing other cars on the 2 lane highway in the middle of the trip up to Boise, but seriously I had no issue gunning the engine quickly enough to pass cars and feel safe. You’d think that turbo engine equals terrible gas mileage, right? Think again, friends! We averaged 28 mpg, and that included around town driving AND uphill (WAY uphill) driving through the Sierra Nevada mountain range. On the flat freeway, we got 31 mpg. No kidding. Amazing, right?! I was pleasantly surprised.
Saftey wise, you’re covered. There are airbags surrounding the front and sides of the car, extra beams in the car doors for side impact, excellent brakes and brake assist, and it comes with car seat latch systems on either side of the back seat as well as anchors behind the back seat for extra safety for your little.
Our ride was smooth, easy, comfortable and above all, fun…

Yes, I gave my son a whoopie cushion to keep him busy. No Judging.
There were a only a few things that I disliked:
  1. That there is no rear entertainment (DVD) available. As a mom of a 2 year old, I see value in having a DVD player for long road trips, but we brought a laptop and that served it’s purpose.
  2. The cupholders are really wide, so within a few minutes of my first coffee in the car, it was spilled. (silly complaint, but it happened.)
  3. The middle seat buckle comes down from the ceiling rather than the seat. Now, I only have one child. It didn’t bother me so much, but if you had 3 kids in the back, you may need to help with the buckling of the middle seat.
But we overall really liked it. If you had asked me before the trip how I felt about buying another Kia after owning my 1999 Sportage, I would have probably responded that I would prefer another brand. But after the trip?? I truly reccomend this car! It is a great family car for a smaller family, and one you can feel safe in. Kia has changed their image, their cars, and the performance of their cars for sure. The Sportage took us over the river, through the woods, over two mountain ranges and then some to get us safely to Grandmother’s house!

Sabtu, 10 Desember 2011

Kia to increase car production for 2012

Kia Motors
Kia Motors
Paul Philpott from Kia Motors Europe said: “Strong demand for all our models and especially our new Sportage compact SUV, made here in Europe, means we need to significantly increase production at our Slovakia facility.”
The South Koreans from Kia plan to add a third shift at the Zilina plant in Slovakia. This means that the production rate will increase significantly but also around 1,000 new jobs will be created there.
Kia Motors
Kia Motors
The same decision of adding a third shift will be applied at the West Point facility in Georgia which means that the factory will reach a total of 3,000 workers after Kia will add the new jobs. The main models which are currently in high demand are the Venga MPV, Sportage but also Cee’d.

Selasa, 15 November 2011

“Test Drive” KIA Melancong ke Australia

Test Drive KIA on Tour 2011 - 13 November 2011

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kmi Pengunjung mengantri saat akan mencoba New PicantoJika Anda ingin berlibur gratis ke Australia, PT KIA Indonesia memberi kesempatan, tapi harus mengikuti acara "Test Drive KIA on Tour 2011 yang mengambil lokasi di La Piazza, Kelapa Gading, Jakarta Utara, hari ini dan besok (12-13/11). Persyaratannya, enggak bayar hanya punya SIM A atau B.
 Ketika berlibur di negeri Kanguru, pemenang utama diajak menonton tenis Australian Open 2012 pada Januari 2012 di Melbourne, Australia. Yang kurang beruntung, masih ada hadiah menarik lain  berupa 3 Galaxy Ace dan 5 BlackBerry Gemini.

"Test Drive KIA on Tour 2011 ini merupakan program dari KIA Motors Corporation yang bertujuan memberikan kesempatan bagi khalayak luas untuk mengetahui performa dari  produk KIA terbaru tahun ini (New Picanto dan New Sportage). Pengunjung juga dapat melihat dari dekat penampilan Optima Hybrid dan model terbaru All New Rio yang akan diluncurkan awal Desember," papar Hartanto Sukmono, Direktur Marketing PT KIA Mobil Indonesia.

Event ini merupakan pembuka dari tour yang akan akan dilaksanakan secara estafet di 3 tempat, Bandung Indah Plaza, Bandung (19-20/11) dan Central Park, Jakarta (3-4/12).

KIA Optima Hybrid pun menemani All New Picanto

Mau test drive All New Picanto? Ada! atau penasaran dengan performa All New Sportage? Siap dicoba! :) Yuk ikutan test drive-nya.
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Kamis, 10 November 2011

All New Picanto Meraih the Best City Car dan All New Sportage Meraih the Best SUV dalam Indonesian Car of the Year 2011

09 November 2011
Bertempat di Hotel Kempinski – Grand Indonesia Jakarta, malam penganugerahan penghargaan yang ditunggu-tunggu semua Agen Pemegang Merk (APM) mobil di Indonesia datang juga.  Tepat tanggal 7 November 2011 pukul 7 malam acara penganugerahan Indonesia Car of The Year dimulai, ditandai dengan sambutan mulai dari CEO Majalah Mobilmotor, Chief Editor Mobilmotor, Ketua juri Indonesian Car of the Year 2011, acara dimulai dengan penjelasan mengenai mekanisme dan cara penjurian.  Pada ajang ini dilibatkan juga Sucofindo sebagai pengawas dimana keterlibatan Sucofindo adalah sebagai lembaga independen yang bertugas mengawasi proses penjurian sehingga menghasilkan sebuah proses kerja yang independen dan dapat dipertanggungjawabkan.
Indonesian Car of the Year 2011 merupakan salah satu kontes pemilihan dan pengetesan mobil-mobil yang dipasarkan di Indonesia. Ajang tersebut diselenggarakan oleh majalah Mobilmotor yang merupakan majalah otomotif  pertama di Indonesia dan telah melakukan ajang pemilihan dan penganugerahan tersebut pada tahun ini untuk yang ke10 kalinya.
Pada ajang pemilihan dan pengetesan tersebut, berbagai mobil yang dipasarkan di Indonesia dibagi menjadi beberapa kategori :
  • City car
  • Compact Hatchback
  • Small MPV
  • Compact SUV
  • SUV
  • Premium MPV
  • Premium Sedan
  • Diesel SUV
  • Double Cabin
  • Indonesian Car of The Year

Dari awal tahun 2011, Majalah mobilmotor telah melakukan berbagai pengetesan untuk mobil yang dipasarkan di Indonesia, dimana hasil pengetesan tersebut menjadi dasar dalam penentuan finalis pada kontes tersebut.
Setelah diseleksi berdasarkan hasil test awal, maka terpilih 25 mobil terbaru yang akan berlomba untuk 10 kategori dengan kriteria penilaian berdasarkan :
  • Aspek Engineering
  • Aspek ekonomi/ value for money
  • Aspek Desain
Dari 25 mobil terbaru, 10 kategori, 162 jam uji, pengujian sejauh 6.900km, 2500 liter bahan bakar, 52.800 watt konsumsi listrik dan total biaya pengetesan mobil senilai Rp.8,832 miliar pada ajang Indonesian Car of the Year 2011 , PT KIA MOBIL INDONESIA berhasil menempatkan All New Picanto dan All New Sportage sebagai finalis untuk kategori City Car dan SUV.
Dari 2 kategori yang diikuti, PT KIA MOBIL INDONESIA berhasil meraih 2 penghargaan terbaik yaitu :
Kategori City Car sebagai THE BEST CITY CAR : ALL NEW PICANTO
Yang berhasil menyisihkan finalis lainnya yaitu Suzuki Splash dan Nissan March
        Kategori SUV sebagai THE BEST SUV : ALL NEW SPORTAGE
       Yang berhasil menyisihkan finalis lainnya yaitu Chevrolet New Captiva 2.4 L

Penghargaan yang diterima All New Picanto sebagai The Best City Car dan All New Sportage sebagai The Best SUV dalam ajang Indonesian Car of the Year 2011 ini menambah penghargaan yang telah diterima sebelumnya oleh All New Picanto untuk  Best Engine 900-1200cc dan All New Sportage untuk Best Exterior Design dari majalah Car and Tuning Guide yang dianugerahkan pada event the 19th Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) 2011 yang lalu.

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