Kia Launches Interactive "NiroBot" in Facebook Messenger

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To promote the launch of the new 2017 Kia Niro hybrid crossover, Kia Motor Company has launched a bot in the Facebook Messenger app, appropriately called "NiroBot," to deliver instant access to comprehensive product information for the all-new 2017 Niro which is scheduled to begin arriving in showrooms soon.

The NiroBot chat experience features full screen galleries, guided vehicle discovery, expansive technical knowledge, step-by-step tutorials, test drive scheduling and more.

“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,” said 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 users interact with the NiroBot at their own pace and focus on the specific areas that interest them most.”   

The NiroBot will offer real-time, interactive product modules, galleries and specifications, as well as the ability to schedule test drives in advance of the vehicle’s arrival in dealerships.  

Developed and implemented by Ansible, KMA’s agency partner, NiroBot features full screen galleries, guided vehicle discovery, rich product specification menus, deep linking to kia.com, expansive technical information regarding the vehicle, step-by-step tutorials and test drive scheduling calendars on an easy-to-use interface.  Additionally, the NiroBot can connect the user to a live Kia representative at any time during engagement.

“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, 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.”

For more info, check out the Kia Niro page, and keep an eye on SmailKia.com for when they are in stock.


First Gear - 2017 Kia Forte S - Review and Test Drive

 

Get a closer look at a 2017 Kia Forte S. I explore the exterior and interior of the vehicle before taking it for a brief test drive. What makes our First Gear series different from some other review shows is that I'm not a "car guy" or a salesman. I just like to push buttons and search for secret compartments to see what I can discover. You'll see me give my initial impressions of each vehicle, and follow up with any questions to a Smail sales representative.

I was pretty impressed with this Forte with the S trim. It was much more sporty than I expected, very fun to drive. It also has lots of interior room, and it so many features that you would expect to only find in more expensive vehicles. The large display screen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto is impressive.

If you want more information about our available Kia Forte at Smail, visit our website here. And don't forget to check out this playlist of all of our First Gear episodes.

 


2017 Kia Sedona Earns Top Safety Pick+ Rating From IIHS

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded its best rating possible, Top Safety Pick+, to the 2017 Kia Sedona minivan. Already distinguished by its elegant design, exceptional comfort and utility, the 2017 Sedona is offered with available Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), a system that helps to avoid forward collisions by warning the driver of an impending forward collision and then applying the brakes if no action is taken. The addition of AEB qualified the 2017 Sedona for the elevated 2016 IIHS TSP+ rating.

The IIHS puts each vehicle through a series of collision tests, including front, side and rollover tests, and grades the vehicle either Good, Acceptable, Marginal or Poor. To receive the designation of Top Safety Pick+, the vehicle must receive scores of "Good" in five body structure categories. 

The 2017 Sedona offers some key enhancements over the 2016 model year, including:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) is added to a rich mix of available Advanced Driver Assisted System (ADAS) features: Blind-Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Departure Warning (LDWS), and Smart Cruise Control (SCC). 
  • UVO3 e-Services system (with the added smart-phone connectivity of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Navigation system with larger 7-inch display screen. Navigation with 8-inch screen is also available.
  • Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) technology is combined with an upgraded High-Intensity-Discharge headlight system for even greater nighttime visibility. 
  • The enhanced Essentials Premium Package now includes Front & Rear Park-Assist, Smart Key, UVO3with rear camera, and leather trim.  
  • A new available Acoustic Windshield provides a supremely quiet driving experience.

            Also new for the 2017 model year is a front passenger’s seat power adjustment switch for the added convenience of easily operating the passenger seat from the driver’s side of the vehicle and new premium stainless steel second-row door steps are standard on SXL models. 

By going to the IIHS website, you can see the notes and ratings of each of the individual tests that the IIHS gathered and see why the 2017 Sedona earned the "Top Safety Pick+" designation. By using the navigation tabs on the left of their page, you can toggle between each of the individual crash tests as well as photos and videos. Click here to read the full IIHS report.

Visit SmailKia.com for more information.

 


Coming Soon: 2017 Kia Rio - New Red and Black Exterior Color Choices

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2017 Kia Rio - Red Exterior

The 2017 Kia Rio is heading to dealerships nationwide with only minor product enhancements from the previous year's model. One of the biggest updates is that the 2017 Rio will now be available in red and black exterior color choices for the LX trim.

Look for the 2017 models to arrive at Smail soon, and in the meantime you can check out our 2016 inventory. Since there aren't major changes in model years, sometimes you can find a deal on an outgoing-year model and get pretty much the same vehicle.

Click here for 2016 Kia Rio LX available here at Smail. And click here for 2016 Kia Rio 5-door hatchback available. (And don't forget about our Kia Rio Smail Ride Along video with Corey Heider!)


Kia Scores a Touchdown with these Techmo Bowl-Inspired Commercials with Bo and "The Boz"

If you ever played Nintendo in the 80s, you almost certainly played Techmo Bowl. At least one kid in the neighborhood had the game, and everyone would be over that house fighting over which player got to be the unstoppable Bo Jackson. For an entire generation of gamers, those specific graphics, sound effects, and songs are forever etched in their memories. The 8-bit tunes of Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda, and Techmo Bowl are the soundtrack to many a childhood.

So it's extremely safe to say that these new commercials featuring the 2017 Kia Sorento strike a nostalgic chord at the very core of my being. Check out this first one, featuring Bo Jackson and the "MVP of SUVs" Kia Sorento, highlighting its All-Wheel Drive capability.

 

Here's a second one highlighting the 2017 Kia Sorento's Autonomous Emergency Braking. And this time the legendary Brian "The Boz" Bosworth makes an appearance:

 

“At Kia, we are always looking 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,” said Michael Sprague, chief operating officer and EVP, Kia Motors America (KMA). 

“Football fans remember these legendary players, and paired with the ever-lasting popularity of Tecmo Bowl, we believed these were the perfect channels to communicate the power, intelligence and nimble handling of the Sorento,” said Colin Jeffery, chief creative officer, David&Goliath. “The play on technology in terms of blending the old video game graphics with the new advancements in the Sorento illustrates just how far Kia has come and how advanced this SUV truly is.”

Look for these commercials to air during Sunday Night Football games starting this week. 

For more information about the 2017 Kia Sorento, check out SmailKia.com.

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2016 Kia Sorento One of Cars.com's "Best Midsize SUVs to Buy Now"

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The 2016 Kia Sorento has been listed as one of the best midsize SUVs to buy according to the latest list released by Cars.com. The midsize SUVs have become more popular in recent years, as they have more seating and cargo space than compact SUVs, while typically offering better gas mileage and improved maneuverability compared to large SUVs.

Cars.com says, "The redesigned 2016 Kia Sorento has premium cabin materials and a kid-friendly third-row seat. It also offers plenty of driver-assistance features, great safety ratings, and punchy engine options."

You can read Cars.com's full review of the 2016 Kia Sorento for more information, and be sure to check out SmailKia.com for a Sorento near you.

 


All-New 2017 Kia Cadenza: A Second-Generation Redesign

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With a bold design inspired by "the simplicity of the straight line," the all-new 2017 Cadenza arrives to market with higher levels of luxury, technology and convenience than its predecessor. This second-generation model boasts a stronger, lighter and more rigid body structure that delivers a more enjoyable driving experience, while it takes its sophistication to greater heights with beautifully crafted interior.

“The new Cadenza adds an extra dose of excitement to the large-car segment with its striking looks and premium refinements,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, Kia Motors America.  “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.”

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Kia released a detailed overview of the 2017 Kia Cadenza, but here's some of the highlights:

Elegant and Confident Exterior

"It all starts with Kia Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer’s oft-quoted philosophy focusing on “the simplicity of the straight line,” defined by a single gestural contour that spans the length of the car, creating its sleek profile.  This lineation visually links matching Z-shaped lighting signatures in the headlights and LED tail lights, affording the all-new Cadenza a more distinctive road presence, day or night."

Exquisitely Comfortable Interior Space

"Kia designers visually widened the Cadenza’s interior space with a wraparound dashboard that flows into the door panels and features real stitching.  The door panels themselves have been adorned with higher quality soft-touch materials, while soft leather envelopes the Cadenza’s cabin space.  Nappa leather trim is available with quilted seat bolsters accented by diamond-shaped stitching."

The Driving Experience

"Bolstering the new Cadenza are cutting-edge driver assistance features such as Advanced Smart Cruise Control with stop-and-go functionality, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Warning.  Another Kia first is the Smart Blind Spot Detection System which is designed to sense unintentional drifting toward an adjacent vehicle and automatically brakes the opposite side front wheel to help maintain the vehicle’s intended course."

Harmonious and Modern Cockpit

"New to the 2017 Cadenza is the Head Up Display (HUD), which shows key driver information such as speed and turn-by-turn navigation directions on the windshield directly in the driver’s line of sight.  In addition, the Surround View Monitor has been updated with improved software and resolution that gives the driver a clearer birds-eye view of the area around the vehicle, with newly added reverse guidelines inspiring greater confidence when backing into confined spaces."

Efficient and Durable Performance

"Under the hood is a revised version of Kia’s 3.3-liter V6 engine, which has been retuned for improved fuel economy.  With 290 horsepower and 253 lb-ft. of torque on tap, the engine sends power to the front wheels via Kia’s first FWD-based eight-speed automatic transmission."

Look for the 2017 Kia Cadenza to hit dealership lots soon. For more information, please visit SmailKia.com.

 

 


Smail Ride Along - 2017 Kia Sportage Test Drive

 

Go on a test drive in the all-new 2017 Kia Sportage with Smail sales consultant Corey Heider. Right away Corey shows off one of his favorite optional features, the push-button start, along with the dual-panoramic sunroof. 

This particular Kia Sportage is the EX model, which comes with all the safety features you'd expect from a Kia vehicle, a large LCD display, leather interior, heated front seats and steering wheel, dimming rear view mirror, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Get a good look at the redesigned front end of the 2017 Sportage, with the changed grill and headlights. The headlights are now a little bit higher, so you'll have a better time seeing while driving at night. The grill allows for more airflow, keeping the engine cooler. 

You'll see several features up close, like the 12V outlets, aux port and USB chargers, the clean air cabin filter, programmable garage door openers, dual zone air conditioner, and dashboard features. And you'll hear Corey discribe the traction control, blindspot monitoring, downhill brake control, and see a quick demo of the back up camera.

For more information, visit us at SmailKia.com.

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2016 Kia Soul Named to Kelley Blue Book List of 10 Best Back-to-School Cars 2016

2016 Kia Soul named to Kelley Blue Book 10 Best Back-to-School Cars 2016 list - Smail Kia Blog

If you're in the market for a new car for your teen, or even one for yourself that a teen may be driving from time to time, you will want to take a look at the 2016 Kia Soul. Kelley Blue Book handpicked ten cars starting under $20,000 for their 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2016. These are considered some of the "best" cars for students, which often means that these are the cars that are best in its class for features like safety, affordability, practicality and style.

KBB says, "The Soul is a value-packed, practical hatchback wrapped in super-cool sheet metal. The stylish 5-door [...] boasts the best warranty of any car on this list with 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage. Available ventilated front seats and an 8-inch touchscreen display will satisfy students, while forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems can help put parents' minds at ease."

While ideal, it may not be financially possible for some families to afford a brand new car, especially if it is meant to be a primary vehicle for a teen driver. If that is the case, it is recommended that you still look for a newer model that still has available safety features that older cars wouldn't be able to offer. 

For more information about the Kia Soul, please visit SmailKia.com.