The K900 Arrives at Jim Shorkey Kia!

Autotrader.com has added the 2015 Kia K900 to its reputable list of “Must Test Drive” vehicles. The K900 is Kia’s first premium world-class rear-wheel drive luxury sedan, and it’s making its debut with a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers an outstanding 420 horsepower and 376lbs.-ft torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. (Later in the model year, Kia will introduce a 3-11-horsepower V-6 model to the K900 lineup).

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If that isn’t enough to spark your ignition, maybe the amenities will. The standard features of the K900 are designed for comfort and convenience. These amenities include headed and ventilated front seats, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel and 12-way power adjustable seats. The comfort doesn’t stop with just the driver. The passengers can also enjoy the lap of luxury in the backseat with their own climate controls, heated seats, rear sunshade, and a center console with a USB port. (If you wanted to spoil your passenger a little bit more, the VIP Rear Seat package also adds reclining and ventilated rear seats!)

Still not enough? Lets talk technology. The K900 is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, 17-speaker Lexicon 900-watt audio system, satellite and HD radio, a 9.2 – inch center screen that displays the standard navigation system and Driver Information Systems infotainment functions, front and rear camera display, and front and rear parking sensors with Park Guide System (PGS).

The luxury experience continues behind the wheel as you drive. The K900 offers smooth and effortless power, launching the car from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, all while isolating passengers from bumps, ruts, wind, and road noises.

Stop by Jim Shorkey Kia and challenge the luxury you know by test driving the new 2015 Kia K900. Check out our K900 photo gallery below!

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2015 Will Be a Good Year for the Kia Sedona

As we blogged about last week, Kia Motors has been keeping the doors locked on the announcement of their redesign for the 2015 Sedona—until now. The automaker that was recently voted Kelley Blue Book’s Best Value Brand in 2014 has released images and information regarding the minivan on the cusp of its official unveiling at the 2014 New York Auto Show later this week.

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Power for this game-changing minivan now comes from a 3.3-liter V6 that makes 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque, hooked up to a six-speed automatic transmission.

On the outside, the Sedona adopts the “tiger-nose” grille that has become a staple of Kia design up front, while the back end adopts some square haunches. The van’s wheelbase grows by 1.6 inches compared to the previous version, while a rear-spoiler and LED taillights are standard. On the inside, Kia has done a full revamp of the van, which now offers more room for all of its passengers, either 7 or 8 depending on how the van is configured. Second row leg room grows to 41.1 inches, while third row passengers are treated to 34.8 inches. Up front, 43.1 inches of legroom is available, along with 39.8 inches of headroom.

A new system Kia calls ‘Slide-n-Stow’ has been designed for the second row of seating, allowing passengers to easily enter the third row or to create more storage space. The seat bottom folds up and the entire seat slides forward to maximize space in the back, while the third row seats retract into the floor offering a flat space in the back.

Power hookups are found throughout the Sedona, including a new 2.1-amp USB charging port and a 115-volt AC outlet. Other technology includes the latest generation of UVO infotainment, a surround view monitor that allows the driver to see all the way around the vehicle using cameras, and an auto-opening tailgate that opens when the key fob is detected for more than three seconds.

When it comes to driving this people mover, Kia claims that the Sedona has 36-percent more torsional stiffness than its closest competitor. It also packs electronic stability control, a brake assist system, hill-start assist, electronic brake force distribution and ABS.

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2014 Pittsburgh International Auto Show This Weekend

With the snow moving out and warmer temperatures moving in next week, it’s time to look forward. Lucky for us, the 2014 Pittsburgh International Auto Show is steering into David Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh this weekend, February 14-17. The Auto Show is a self-proclaimed supermarket for anything on wheels. The entire Convention Center is filled with the latest domestic and foreign cars, trucks and SUV’s from over 35 manufacturers and exhibitors—all under one roof.

With over 500 vehicles on display, even the most organized and focused automotive aficionado may need some help navigating through the sea of gleaming, polished chrome. Here are a few of our must-see picks that are sure to catch your eye and maybe even your heart this Valentine’s weekend.

  • Listed as one of their featured vehicles, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the most fuel-efficient, non-hybrid vehicles on the market, averaging an eye-popping 44 mpg. This illustrious vehicle also boasts an array of color options, including kiwi green, plasma purple, starlight silver, and infrared.
  • Also featured on display are the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander for the safety-conscious car buyer. These cousin vehicles have picked up the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus and the IIHS Top Safety Pick- Safest SUV awards, respectively.
  • Neighboring these vehicles on the first floor of the Convention Center is Kia’s new world-class luxury sedan, the K900. This debut vehicle boasts standout features characteristic of a premium rear-wheel sedan. From the 17-speaker surround sound Lexicon® Logic 7 audio system created by GRAMMY® Award winning Harman, to the Dynamic Parking Guide System, to the hydrophobic glass that helps repel water, the K900 is packed with hands-on innovations that enhance the total driving experience.
  • Being touted as a highlight of the entire weekend, the 2015 Chrysler 200 is sure to have a steady stream of onlookers. This vehicle resembles the Dodge Dart in a big-brother sense, but includes its own distinguishing characteristics with available best-in-class 295 horsepower, class-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission, and world-class innovative safety and security features.