2017 Kia Forte Are Here

The 2017 Forte is what you want in a compact sedan.  When the Fortes hit the lot the sales consultants had loads to say about it.  They noticed how the Forte is becoming even more Optima like which isn’t a bad thing.  The Optima is the Flagship of the Kia Cars and connecting it to the Forte will only make it better.  Today we will talk about why the Forte redesign made it a better car for you and your family.

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The forte has gotten stretched to give a spacious modern cabin. The cabin comes with clear sound with a stereo system that offers Sirius radio in addition to voice command and Bluetooth technology.  Forte’s distinctive new styling and Front Led positioning lights and available LED Rear Combination Lamps will get you noticed no matter where you are driving.  With its new design it got a sporty sleek feel to it.  It is the perfect addition to the 2017 line up.  Safety is always first.  The 2017 Kia Fortes are fitted with an advance airbag system, a reinforced body to new innovation like front active headrest.  Kia knows that safety is important and want to protect everyone in the vehicle. In some trims the 2017 Forte have Ventilated Front Seats that lets air circulate so you never have to feel too hot or cold again. Don’t like using the Ac? Get one of the Fortes with a sun roof to let the wind through your hair.  In addition to this the you can get comfortable having both hand on the wheel with Steering wheel mounted controls at your fingertips.

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Today we have a video of our Sales Consultant Eric Carroll showing you features of the brand new 2017 Kia Forte.  If you have any question please comment below and we will get back to you!

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Rise of the Electric Car!

A study released by New Bloomberg New Energy Finance sums up that by 2040 all electric vehicles could make up half of all new car sales (as long as oil prices eventually increase).

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The cost of the lithium ion batteries that are powering the new generation car batteries are decreasing.  But sales have suffered for the batteries since oil prices have gone down to $30 a barrel.  These oil prices are creating a trend for consumers to buy more SUV’s with worst gas mileage.  If this trend continues the electric car boom could be delayed for years.

“In a scenario where they become widespread in fleets and ride sharing scheme, new EV sales could reach 50% of new car sales by 2040,” Salim Morsy, senior analyst at BNEF, wrote in the study. “However, persistently low crude oil prices could also keep adoption as low as 25% by 2040.”Electric vehicles currently make up about 1 percent of global annual car sales.  Major factors will determine whether they’ll make up half of the market by 2040.

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Battery prices need to continue to get price efficient.  This can be accomplished with the Demand continuing to be high, as more automakers release electric vehicles and the energy storage industry begins to pick up pace.  Manufacturers are upping their production to fill orders.

“It’s very important, insofar as being a first move for establishing large-scale manufacturing assets globally,” Morsy told The Huffington Post on Wednesday. “But, relative to the install demand needed in the future to supply what we project to be demand, it is certainly not as important.”

Another component to make electric cars more viable is the development of self-driving cars.  These vehicles are seen to be commercially viable and all automakers are taking a swing at one.  Uber last year took a significant amount of the CMU robotic division to create a self-driving electric car.

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The success of the electric car will happen or not with the fate of oil prices.  Crude oil will need to creep up to $50 or more a barrel for consumers to buy electrical vehicles.  Electric cars are unlikely to surpass 5 percent of new sales in most markets for the next four years.  Many forecasters believe if oil stays at this low rate for a long time electric vehicles may only make up 25 percent of new car sales by 2040.

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So will cars like the mitsubishi i-miev rein supreme in 25 years?  Our prediction is that hybrid vehicles like the Ford C-Max and the Kia Optima Hybrid but only time will tell.

 

AWD vs FWD with Snow Tires

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We all hate driving in snow when we have places to go.  You just never know what lies around the next bend, whether if its black ice, an uncontrolled car or a steep grade you need to stop on.  Winter is the most challenging time to drive.  While talking to our Jim Shorey Kia Vice President Jim Jenkins about snow, he mentioned that with snow tires a forward drive is better in snow than an all-wheel drive without snow tires.  Jim made a great point and here at Jim Shorkey Kia we will give you some clarity about driving with different tires and vehicles.

Do tires really matter?

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The reality is your average conventional performance tires are accustom to causing fiction on the road.  Tires are designed to perform well in dry and warm weather.  They are designed to take the heat of the road and the friction between the road and the tire.  Most tires are designed to reduce heat and give extra traction.  These tires car even handle up to 200 degrees before they tear.  In the winter, these tires have issues doing their job.  The designs are to narrow and the pavement is not as dry.  No matter what type of vehicle you drive you are at a disadvantage when you are not driving with snow tires in the snow.  These tires give you additional grip on the road that effect stopping and acceleration.  Snow tires are wider and care less about heat and more about moisture.  Tires are a lot like shoes.  You wouldn’t wear sandals in the winter, why would you expect a car to give its best without its winter proofing.

All Wheel drivers

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Many drivers of All Wheel and Four by Four vehicles don’t think they need snow tires.  According to a Consumer Report, 54,295 subscribers(from there Magazine) who drove AWD or 4WD vehicles were surveyed. Less than 15 percent equipped their vehicles with winter tires. The rest kept rolling on their all-season tires and took their chances.  An AWD and a 4WD will help give you power to the right wheels, but it will not help you slow down.  In a study a sedan with snow tires slowed down on snowy pavement to a stop at 150 feet. A CRV AWD on snowy pavement slowed down to stop at 600 ft.  The sedan stopped 4X as quick.  The truth is that the AWD is great in snow because the car knows when to put power to the tires and a 4X4 is great for the raw power, but both still need time to use friction and break.  Traction is everything in winter driving.

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The most idea situation in bad winter weather is an AWD with snow tires like a Kia Sorento. But if you had to choose you would be wise to pick the Forward wheel drive like a Kia Forte with snow tires.  You could contact our service department and they could give you the best advice on winter tires.  Or talk to our sales teams about features that can help your during the cold season.

Knock, Knock. Who’s There? The Kia Koup and It’s Coming Back!

The Kia Koup is coming back and with quite a makeover! This 2 door version of the Kia Forte has all the right makings for the youngsters that want a cool, sports car. It has the look, but does it have the safty you may ask? Of course it does!

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The Kia Koup comes with 6 air bags and Motor Driven Power Steering ( MDPS) with Flex Steer, to allow you to have full control. It’s packed with a small punch of power with 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI engine with a 6 speed automatic transmission. And for the icing on the cake? It has leather trim seats, sunroof, keyless entry, and a 4.2-inch TFT LCD supervision cluster. The new Kia Koup is proof that good things come in small packages.

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Interested in a Kia Koup? Stop in at Jim Shorkey Kia today! We are located on Route 30 in North Huntingdon. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

 

The Kia Forte Proves Quicker Than Most

Want to go fast? (But not too fast because, let’s be honest, safety first!) Then, we have you covered! The Kia Forte just made Wall St CheatSheet Auto’s list of Top 10 Fastest New Cars Under $20,000.

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What did they have to say about this tiny powerhouse? Check it out:

“Not to be outdone by its competitors from Chevy or its sibling at Hyundai, Kia’s Forte EX has posted an impressive 7.8 seconds from zero to 60 during testing. The 173-horsepower EX trim, which is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder engine, costs $19,390. It does come in another variant, the cheaper base model, for those willing to sacrifice some speed and power to save a couple of thousand bucks.”

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We have the best selection of Kia Fortes in Western Pa, so give us a call or stop by our showroom on Route 30 in North Huntingdon today.

The 2015 Kia Forte: One of the Safest Cars in Pittsburgh

You know what they say: If it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it. With that mentality, Kia Motors added some minor revisions to the 2015 Kia Forte. Apparently, those minor revisions were just enough to push this affordable compact car from a four-star rating last year to a five-star rating this year from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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These minor changes to the 2015 Kia Forte include stronger A-pillars and lower side-sills, helping the compact sedan improve its frontal crash-test rating. NHTSA ratings for the outgoing Forte sedan were the result of a three-star front crash rating, a five-star side crash rating, and a four-star rollover rating. Improvements for the 2015 Kia Forte resulted in a four-star frontal crash rating, while the previous side crash and rollover ratings were unchanged. That was enough to push the overall rating from four to five stars.

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Stop by Jim Shorkey Kia in North Huntingdon, and test drive the 2015 Kia Forte today!

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