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Kia Stinger vs BMW Gran Coupe

Kia has come a long way in the past few years, especially shedding its image of making stylish hatchbacks and CUVs that lacked the performance figures to go head to head against its rivals. With the Stinger, Kia has improved its focus on the overall performance of its product and yet maintains its design USP. The aggressively styled sedan is a step forward for the South Korean carmaker as it takes on the likes of BMW, Audi, Infiniti and other brands. The performance figures of the Stinger are sure to surprise you – but not as much as its modest price. Especially when you consider its German counterpart which is way above the Kia’s price bracket.

The BMW Gran Coupe 430i and 440i, on the other hand, complete the 4 series along with the Coupe and Convertible. While these have been traditionally a part of the 3 series, the upward naming is largely in response to Audi’s A5 range.

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JB4 Smart Phone Wireless Connect Kit (Rev. 3.6)

Wirelessly connect and control your JB4 with your phone! The JB4 Connect Kit (Rev 3.6) allows your Bluetooth 4.0 compatible iOS and Android devices to connect wirelessly to your JB4. View critical engine data in real time, data log, read codes, change maps, update settings, update firmware, and more, all from the palm of your[…]Read more…

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Should you go with an aftermarket badge? Or an OEM badge?

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Should I buy an aftermarket badge? Or should I go for the OEM “E” badge for the hood (or hatch) and the OEM “Stinger” badge for the hatch? It’s the greatest dilemma of all time. 

Here’s what I’ve learned after spending the past several years buying and selling badges… If you’re the type of person who will examine a badge under a microscope – if you specifically look for something to say, “Aha! It’s less than absolutely perfect!” – there’s a good chance you’re going to find something.

On one hand there’s really nothing wrong with this. I mean – who doesn’t want the best possible product? On the other hand, nobody is going to examine the badge on your car THAT closely. For 99% of people, aftermarket badges will look just as good (or better) than OEM badges.

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Kia Motors America is Official Vehicle Provider of “One Lap of America” 2018

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Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced that the company will act as the Official Vehicle provider of the 35th Annual “One Lap of America” race, which starts Saturday, May 5, in South Bend, Indiana, and travels 3,716 miles across 12 states before returning to South Bend on Saturday, May 12.

“We’re thrilled and honored to be the ‘Official Vehicle provider of the One Lap America race,” said Saad Chehab, Kia vice president, Marketing Communications, Marketing. “Stinger’s combination of performance and head-turning style make it one of the most desirable sports sedans in America, and the newly-refreshed 2019 Sorento offers elegant design, utility and a serene cabin all within the ideal mid-sized SUV package. Both are perfectly matched to represent Kia in the 35th running of One Lap of America.”

“One Lap of America” is the modern day version of the now infamous Cannonball Sea-to-Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash that was created by Brock Yates in 1970, and popularized by the 1981 movie The Cannonball Run, starring Burt Reynolds. Renamed “One Lap of America”, the race challenges its participants to endure long transit drives of sometimes more than 700 miles daily to compete in timed trials on some of America’s most iconic racetracks.

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Kia Stinger GT Named to Ward’s 10 Best Interiors for 2018

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The 2018 Kia Stinger GT fastback sport sedan recently was named one of Wards 10 Best Interiors for 2018.  The list recognizes outstanding achievement in aesthetics, comfort, ergonomics, material use, fit-and-finish and user-friendly technology.  The honor comes on the heels of Stinger GT’s 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 being named to Wards 10 Best Engines list for 2018.  Stinger continues to redefine the sport sedan segment previously occupied by more expensive offerings from Germany.

“Ushering in a dynamic new era for the Kia brand, Stinger brings dreams to reality with the perfect combination of aesthetics, comfort, ergonomics, quality and technology,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America.  “On the heels of Stinger GT being named to Wards 10 Best Engines, the 10 Best Interiors is a true honor.”

Brimming with power, passion and performance, the 2018 Kia Stinger is a sport sedan dedicated to the thrill of driving while cossetting occupants in luxury.  A strong horizontal plane across the dash presents the driver with a thick, leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters.  Occupants feel a sense of intimacy balanced by warm and inviting available multi-color LED ambient lighting that softly illuminate the interior.  All Stingers come standard with leather trim-appointed seats, typically a high-cost option on many competitors.  Meanwhile, a trio of available high-performance audio systems turn Stinger’s interior into a dynamic concert hall.  Seating for five passengers and 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space (40.9 cu.-ft. with the rear seats folded) without sacrificing room for luggage further enhances the experience.