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  1. Your car’s dashboard is a hub of vital information to assist you while you drive. The instrument cluster – located right behind the steering wheel – is especially helpful when you are on the road. Complexly wired but simply presented, the car’s control panel is designed to foretell any signs of trouble. Those who have spent years behind the wheel are mostly familiar with the many gauges, displays and lights that make up the dashboard but sometimes even experienced drivers can encounter warning indicators that they have never seen before. Let’s learn about some of the warning lights and signals that you may come across while you’re on the road. Kia’s dashboard contains a combination of universally recognized signs and symbols that are unique only to the brand. The large gauges monitor fundamental functions such as speed, gas levels, car mileage, engine temperature and engine operation speed (in revolutions per minute). These analog gauges provide the basic information for drivers to utilize during their day-to-day vehicle operation. Because driving is usually relatively problem-free, these gauges will often be the center of your focus when you drive. However, the dashboard is also the first to communicate any signs of vehicle trouble on the off chance that things do go awry. The designs and hieroglyphics found on the cluster cover a wide range of issues. Because some of the lights signify serious issues, it is important to never ignore any signs that pop up while driving. Green is Go Pay close attention to the colors of the symbols on the dashboard. Symbols that light up green most often communicate the status of the vehicle. (From left) Cruise control indicator, Active Eco indicator, trunk open indicator Symbols illuminate in green when a certain system of the car is active, such as cruise control or the eco-driving system. Often when the trunk, car door or the sunroof is open or not closed securely, the corresponding symbols light up to notify drivers who may be unaware. Yellow for Safety Yellow lights indicate safety concerns, signaling drivers to be cautious or aware of a potential problem. While the issues may not necessarily require immediate action, yellow light symbols are an advisory warning that the vehicle should be check out at when it is safe to do so. (From left) Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Drivers are alerted to low tire pressure and emission control system malfunction via the TPMS and MIL warning indicators. When roads are icy or slippery, the ESC symbol will start to blink, indicating that the system has activated automatically to monitor driving conditions. If the ESC symbol lights up and stays on, it means that the system may not be working properly and a check-up with an authorized service center is advised. Red Means Caution A red light means that the vehicle has a significant problem such as low fluid levels or engine problems. If a red light appears on your dash, it is almost always a good idea to pull over right away and address the issue. If you are unable to stop, drive with the utmost caution. (From left) Battery charging system warning, engine temperature warning, master warning indicator Problems with the car’s electrical charging system or engine temperature are serious issues that will have long term consequences on your vehicle if not addressed properly. A master warning will be issued when your vehicle is running low on fluids or if additional maintenance is required. To address red issue warnings, it is recommended that you take your car to an authorized Kia service center. When turn the ignition, the first thing you notice is that all the warning lights light up momentarily. Kia cars are always programmed to self-check that all indicator lights are in working order. These self-checks make sure that drivers are always well-informed and up-to-date on the status of their vehicles. Furthermore, the number of informational and warnings lights often differ by model and trim level. Read through the owner’s manual to familiarize yourself with the different symbols and their meanings before taking off in your Kia. Driving around with dashboard lights on (in cases of yellow and red warnings) for an extended period of time can be extremely damaging to your vehicle. Always make sure to be in tune with your vehicle – and your dashboard – for happy and carefree driving! ▶ Read about what may happen to steering wheels in the future! Lees volledige artikel
  2. For the latest in our Kia owner interview series, we thought it would be a good idea to talk to someone with experience driving the Forte Koup. Those of you who follow our blog will already know that this sporty … Continue reading → Lees volledige artikel
  3. When you think about the Kia Soul, you don’t automatically think of a vehicle with a huge towing capacity. You might be surprised, though, especially if you are looking to haul smaller items such as motorbikes, small pieces of furniture, … Continue reading → Lees volledige artikel
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  5. Who doesn’t enjoy sun, sand and soccer? This year’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup took place in the Bahamas, providing the perfect blend of great weather, beautiful scenery and friendly competition that enticed spectators and players alike. Beach football teams representing 16 countries gathered in Nassau to compete for the biennial championship title. Crowds that packed the stands went wild as teams showed off their best skills and moves for the ultimate win. The festive and lively atmosphere of the Bahamas further boosted enthusiasm for the event. A FIFA partner since 2007, Kia Motors took part in making the two weeks of heated competition all the more exciting. A total of 33 official tournament vehicles were provided to assist players and officials getting to and from the event site. Four of our prized vehicles – the Sportage, Cadenza, Optima and Cerato (Forte) – were on display for audiences to enjoy and experience. At Kia’s ‘Fan Zone,’ event attendees entertained themselves with activities from face-painting to penalty shootout games. Kia also provided the opportunity of a lifetime for young beach football fans. Eleven lucky children from all around the world were selected to be official match ball-carriers (OMBCs) and root for their heroes and favorite teams up close. After two weeks of hotly contested matches, the Brazil national team emerged as the champion. With hundreds of people returning home in great spirits with memorable anecdotes, it is no doubt that the championship event was a glaring success. Enjoy the highlights of the final championship match below! Lees volledige artikel
  6. For many pet owners, warm weather means more outings with your pets. However, taking off with your furry friends requires some planning and preparation in advance. Here are a few tips to make traveling with your pets safe, easy and enjoyable! Familiarize Your Car If your pet does not have much experience with motor vehicles, it is a good idea to familiarize them prior to the actual trip. Let your pet walk around and inside car with the engine off. Take your pet out for short trips and gradually increase the length of drives as they grow more comfortable. To make your pet feel more welcome and relaxed in the new environment, bring along his or her favorite toy, pillow or blanket for the ride. Keep Your Pet in the Back While you are driving, your pet should be kept in the back of your vehicle at all times. Utilize special pet leashes or transportation crates that can be properly buckled and secured to car seats. Both harnesses and carriers should act as an enclosure to keep animals safely in the back of the vehicle while allowing them sit, stand and lie down comfortably. Take Plenty of Breaks Stopping to rest every two hours is as good for you as it is for your animal companion. Providing your pet with regular water and bathroom breaks will go a long way in preventing any unwanted accidents inside your Kia. Taking some time to exercise your pet is also encouraged to release any pent up energy. You can give your pet small snacks during breaks but be wary of overfeeding as a full stomach can lead to car sickness. It is best to feed your pet a full meal three or four hours before departure or once you have stopped driving for the day. Be Prepared for Emergencies Always pack an extra bag for your pet. Items to consider bringing include: identification tags, pet first-aid kit and medication, towels or pre-moistened wipes, extra leash and collar, and an ample supply of food and treats. Bringing bottled water is also a good idea as tap water in some areas may cause an upset stomach. Have access to your pet’s health documents in case of unforeseen and unprepared problems with your pet’s health. Adding a microchip to your animal companion prior to your trip may prove extremely helpful in the unfortunate event that he or she goes missing while on the road. By being prepared and taking precautions, you and your pet are sure to have a fantastic time on the road. Kia loves to see photos and images of our fans traveling with their pets and we encourage them to share photos under the hashtag #KiaPet. Kia Mexico even features an exclusive digital gallery encouraging pet owners to submit and share adorable images of their furry friends.. Keep the above tips in mind for a road trip in your Kia with your pets this season and don’t forget to share your adventures with us! Lees volledige artikel
  7. “It’s only been on sale in Australia for a year, but Kia’s current Picanto micro-car is about to be replaced by an all-new model. After some five years in development, Kia’s smallest model brings much fresher styling but few dimensional changes, although it looks and feels far roomier on the inside. ” Click to Read More Lees volledige artikel
  8. It’s springtime and love is in the air. So what better time than to celebrate love and appreciation for your Kia? Kia Motors is providing the perfect opportunity to do just that. Find out about the fun ways in which Kia fans are celebrating this season for love! Give it a Kiss! Just last month, the Southwest Kia Round Rock dealership of Texas, United States partnered with the local radio music station 96.7 KISS FM for an interesting contest that made headlines. The contest called for Kia fans in the area to gather and kiss a 2017 Kia Optima for a chance to claim the car as their own. Photo courtesy of Fox 7 Austin The aptly named ‘Kiss a Kia’ contest kicked off with 20 participants. Contestants were provided with a ten minute break after each hour and although fans lost sleep and sustained aching muscles, everyone was in good spirits. After a whopping 50 hours of locking lips with the vehicle, Dilini Jayasuria, a resident of Austin, Texas, was named the winner and took the beloved Optima home. Watch the footage of the contest below and see the winner collect her grand prize! Discover Your Soulmate Taking the baton from Texas, Kia Canada is holding a contest that allows fans to express their love for Kia in a more verbal way. With the Kia Soulmates contest, fans from Canada are encouraged to submit stories about their very own Kia Soul through writing, photos and videos. Image courtesy of Kia Canada One winner will be chosen among the submitted stories and will receive tickets for the Kia sponsored FIFA Confederations Cup football tournament in Russia that takes place in June. The winner and one guest will have to opportunity to set off on an all-expenses paid trip to St. Petersburg. If you are a resident of Canada and you own a Kia Soul, don’t miss out on the chance to win a trip of a lifetime! There are still more ways to show your love for Kia this season. We always enjoy receiving stories and photos from fans about their Kia experience and how much they love and care for their vehicles. Don’t forget to drop by our social media channels and show us some love! Lees volledige artikel
  9. For automobile brands, a flagship car represents the apex of achievement. It is the car that commands attention and stands out among all others. Considered to be at the top of the brand’s line-up, luxury flagship models feature the most top-of-the-line design and technology. Kia’s very own flagship sedan features elegance in design and prowess of performance and comfort that convey the brand’s appreciation of beauty and luxury. Learn about the progression of our luxury flagship models! Kia Enterprise Kia Enterprise was the brand’s very first flagship sedan. Modeled after the Mazda Sentia, the Enterprise sedan was released to the domestic market in 1998. Upon its debut, the full size sedan was praised for its excellent reliability and stately design. Kia Opirus First Generation Kia Oprius (2003) Kia replaced the Enterprise with the Kia Opirus in 2002. The Opirus – also known as Amanti in some overseas markets – became Kia’s first significant entry into the global executive luxury car market. Throughout its lifespan, the model received prestigious recognitions from J.D. Power and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for its style, performance and safety. Although the Opirus sedan reigned with popularity, it was discontinued in 2010. Second generation Kia Opirus (2006) Kia Quoris (K900) Kia Quoris (also known as K900 in some markets) currently sits at the top of Kia’s vehicle line-up. Released in 2012, the Quoris boasts a full range of luxury amenities and features that makes it the perfect executive luxury sedan. Kia Quoris/K900 (2014) Kia Quoris/K900 with minor changes (2015) Since its initial debut, the Quoris has undergone changes to become the model that it is today. The current day Quoris features an elegant elongated silhouette with a distinct and eye-catching grille. With legendary basketball player LeBron James as the ambassador for the Quoris in the USA, Kia proves that the full size sedan is ‘Fit for a King.’ In fact, Lebron surprised the world by revealing that the Kia Quoris was a treasured model among the star’s collection of luxury vehicles. Delivering full luxury, comfort and composure, Kia’s flagship sedans has proven to be a pleasant and desirable choices in the executive car segment. Explore the full range of premium features of the Quoris (K900) and discover how Kia’s flagship model is reshaping the driving experience! Lees volledige artikel
  10. Get the Flash Player to see this player. Welcome to AutoGuide.com’s weekly news roundup, where we take a look at the week’s most interesting automotive news stories. This week, AutoGuide.com discovered a cool new Toyota/Lexus patent, spy photographers caught the Ford Ranger and Ford GT500 testing, the Kia Forte Koup was discontinued, and Acura is considering bringing a subcompact crossover called the CDX to North America. A few of the headlines in this week’s roundup include: Is This the New Ford Mustang GT500? 2019 Ford Ranger Spied Testing High in the Mountains Toyota Patent Reveals New System That Uses Both Turbo and Supercharger Kia Forte Koup Axed Acura is Considering a Subcompact Crossover for the US Market Some features you can’t miss! Quiz: Which Fast and Furious Car Did Each Character Drive? The Only 15 ‘Real’ SUVs Left on the Market 10 Best Sports Cars Under $30,000 Get the Flash Player to see this player. And here are some of the reviews we published this week: 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-In Review 2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Ford Escape 2017 Lexus IS 300 AWD Review The post Ford Ranger and GT500 Spy Photos, Interesting Lexus Patent and More: Weekly News Roundup Video appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
  11. “As the latest entry into the hybrid vehicle market, the 2017 Kia Niro seeks to distinguish itself from rivals like the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Bolt by offering a higher riding, wagon-like package that is more akin to a crossover than a traditional hatchback.” Click to Read More Lees volledige artikel
  12. Kia Motors America have released the details of their sales figures for the month of April, so let’s take a closer look. As a whole, the first quarter has been a bit of a disappointment, with the 181,000 units sold … Continue reading → Lees volledige artikel
  13. Steering wheels are now smarter than ever before. As automobile manufacturers seek to make driving more comfortable and effortless, they are envisioning cars that require less effort on the driver’s part. Current day vehicles feature steering wheels that adjust automatically to suit drivers of varying physical statures, optimizing the level of comfort and control. Some steering wheels are even capable of incredible functions such as detecting altered mental states brought on by sleep deprivation or alcohol consumption to prevent dangerous situations on the road. However, as vehicles continue to grow more sophisticated and as brands move towards a future with minimal driver involvement, steering wheels may eventually become unnecessary relics. The advent of autonomous or self-driving cars has us swimming in an ocean of imagination and expectation. With rapid advancements in of autonomous technology, many aspects of the driving experience are heading for big changes. In the future, fully autonomous cars will be able to control and handle all aspects of driving through precise vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication and sensor monitoring. As a result, vehicles will no longer have to rely on human occupants, rendering all mechanisms for human control – steering wheels and even brakes and accelerators – completely obsolete. After all, why would such devices be needed if vehicles can take full control? At this point in time, the elimination of steering wheels is a hot topic of contention. The majority of current day drivers say that they are not fully comfortable with a steering wheel-less driving system and have lingering doubts about certain self-driving features. However, others reason that the steering wheel-less feature will be the only safe option for a self-driving car as it may be even more dangerous for a driver who hasn’t been paying attention to the road to suddenly or rather impulsively grab the steering wheel to override the autonomous system. This debate likely stems from inexperience with driverless cars and only time will tell which option will be the safer choice. Like many other automobile brands, Kia is preparing itself and its customers for the autonomous future. Kia launched its new autonomous sub-brand DRIVE WiSE just last year with ambitious plans to introduce partially autonomous cars by 2020 and fully driverless vehicles by 2030. In an attempt to familiarize our fans with this new driverless technology, Kia even offered a chance to test drive its newest autonomous vehicle – the Kia Cadenza (also known as K7 in the domestic market) – at the 2017 Seoul Motor Show. While the presence of steering wheels is somewhat of a dilemma when discussing the topic of autonomous driving, one thing is for certain – the future of autonomous driving is brighter and looming closer than ever before. Are you seeing a future without steering wheels? Share your opinion with us in the comment box below! Lees volledige artikel
  14. US’ IIHS just published the crash test safety ratings of the 2017 Kia Cadenza luxury sedan. When buying a car, safety is one of the most important things to keep in mind, which may explain why Kia vehicles are now … Continue reading → Lees volledige artikel
  15. Kia has decided to cut the Forte Koup from its lineup as demand drops for small coupes. “To better align with our customers’ purchasing trends, KMA will discontinue the two-door Koup following the sell-down of remaining 2016 model year inventory,” Kia spokesperson James Hope told CarsDirect. When Kia redesigned the Forte for the 2017 model year, the Koup model was left behind, signalling then that it would likely be discontinued. Leaving the Koup model behind also created trouble for dealers as selling old Forte Koups is tougher when sitting next to the new 2017 model. The Honda Civic Coupe also offers more features and better fuel economy for about the same price, making the Koup an even tougher sell. SEE ALSO: 2017 Kia Cadenza Aces IIHS Crash Tests Overall, the Forte had its best sales year ever in 2016, moving 103,292 units. In 2017, Forte sales are already up by five percent in the first quarter. Forte Koup EX models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 173 horsepower while a 1.6-liter turbo with 201 hp is also available. Pricing for the Forte Koup starts at around $20,700, but CarsDirect says that a $2,500 rebate along with a dealer discount could see the rest of the 2016 Forte Koups selling for as little as $17,000. [Source: Cars Direct] Discuss this story at our Kia Forum The post Kia Forte Koup Axed appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel