What’s New at Kia

September 15th, 2022 by
Kia Dealers Meeting

Last week, Steve Appelbaum, General Manager attended the Kia National Dealer Meeting in Las Vegas. This annual event gives dealers a firsthand look at new vehicles and insights from corporate leadership.   What new and exciting things does Kia have on the horizon? Here are Steve’s thoughts: 2023 Telluride – Refreshed and improved with new X-Pro trim is…

Goodbye 2021, Hello 2022

December 20th, 2021 by

Goodbye, 2021 We look forward to saying goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022. It’s an annual rite of passage. This year was marked by industry-wide inventory shortages.  We faced challenges in both service and sales. It’s difficult to repair cars when you can’t get the parts and it’s difficult to sell cars when your…

Introducing Kia Connect

November 2nd, 2021 by

Kia America has rebranded its long-standing in-car and app-based telematics system from “UVO” to “Kia Connect”. “As Kia shifts to electrification, in-car connectivity is a core pillar of the brand,” said Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America and Kia America.  “To that end, Kia Connect will deliver a world-class customer experience through an…

2022 Kia Model Updates

June 22nd, 2021 by

Kia updates some of its most popular models for 2022. Although these are considered carryover models, you will find new trim levels, technology, and option packages. 2022 Kia Telluride The Telluride maintains its bold style. It adds the new Kia badging and a slightly redesigned radiator grille. Inside, Kia’s award-winning SUV adds a larger 10.25-inch…

Facing the Vehicle Shortage

June 10th, 2021 by

Both dealerships and car buyers are facing vehicle shortages. The battle is real and is unlikely to end this year.  Some vehicle manufacturers are being hit harder than others, but almost all are facing production issues. What are the root causes? Component constraint such as chip shortages Raw material supply availability in steel and plastics…

Kia Country Named Dealer of Year

January 28th, 2021 by

Kia Country of Charleston has been awarded DealerRater’s  2021 Dealer of the Year Award, which recognizes auto dealerships across the U.S. and Canada who deliver outstanding customer service, based on consumer reviews. This the 5th time, Kia County has won the prestigious award. Kia Country also earned its 6th Consumer Satisfaction Award which recognizes top…

Service & Quality Control Manager

June 11th, 2020 by

Kia Country welcomes Eric Dambaugh, otherwise known as EG, to our Service & Parts team as the Service and Quality Control Manager. EG, a Charleston native, has been in the Automotive Service industry for over 40 years. EG grew up around cars, repairing and racing them. His father ran the Industrial Technology Center at Trident…

Industry Study Upends Perceptions

August 20th, 2019 by

A new industry study by Urban Science in conjunction with Harris Poll has upended several long-held perceptions about car buyers and dealerships: The Internet will render dealers obsolete Consumers do not trust dealerships Young car buyers shop online Buyers only visit 1-2 dealers before making a purchase The study included 2000 shoppers and 2000 dealers. According…

Memorial Day Sale

May 21st, 2019 by
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Kia Country’s Memorial Day Sale is one of the two best times of the year to reap savings on a new car. Why is Memorial Day so significant? Manufacturers are trying to push late model year inventory out to dealerships and dealers are trying to clear their lots of late model inventory to make room…

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