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Koons Has The Kia K900!

Kia K900 MontageWhen you are in the market for a luxury sedan you are announcing to the world that you have arrived! You are no longer penny pinching, or thinking about one feature in lieu of another; you are thinking of comfort, size, power, and most importantly appearance… yours and your cars.

When carmakers set out to design their luxury sedans, AKA: their flagships, they put a great deal of thought and time into the power plant, appointments, and appearance. Cost is still a consideration, as a famous commercial once asked “How do you think I got to be sooo rich?” But it’s not a deal breaker and if it’s an expense for a sumptuous appointment or performance then the trade off is considered fair.

As a premier dealership we’re always looking to offer the best and newest products to our growing customer base, we’re thrilled to be able to bring this vehicle to the mid-Atlantic region”

          John Fee — GM
         Koons Kia of Woodbridge

All of the major automobile manufacturers have well established flagship sedans in their lineup. But in the past few decades’ new manufactures have been appearing in the U.S. and securing a foothold with less expensive trend setting new cars and trucks that  appeal to younger audiences. They usually start out following Henry Ford’s maxim that says, “I will build a car for the great multitude.” But once that happens, once they secure their market, they have to expand it, move on, and increase their market share; history has shown that the best way to accomplish this is by creating a car with luxury and style that will appeal to their now aging and successful audience.

This is the approach that Kia is taking with their K900 entry, a review from Motortrend.com explains their attempt to enter this high-end market and create their first luxury sedan… their Flagship!

The Kia K900 is entering a crowded market and Kia’s goal of capturing some of the prestige in that market will take awhile. In the mean time, in order to create some anticipation, and excitement  the K900 will only be sold by selected dealerships in the country and Koons Automotive is one of those select few. “As a premier dealership we are always looking to offer the best and newest products to our growing customer base. We are thrilled to be chosen by Kia to bring this vehicle to the mid-Atlantic region,” said John Fee General Manager of Koons Kia in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Stay tuned there is more to come! 

 

 

Hybrid Cars – Why Do We Have Them?

Hybrid cars and electric cars will ultimately help the countryMy brother is an avowed “tree hugger.” No joke he is as green as green can be. I can remember a debate I had with him a little over 8-years ago about fuel cell cars and hydrogen.  His whole premise was that, “They’re keeping the fuel cell vehicle from us, we could have them right now if it weren’t for them.” I responded to his claim by saying, “The concept of a fuel cell car is great, but there is no infrastructure in place for it and there won’t be for a long time. What do you do when it breaks?  That’s why we have hybrid cars and all electric.” And I continued, “Who are these ‘They’s’ you keep referring to?”

Koons carries several different manufactures and many of them have hybrid vehicles, stop by any of our showrooms to get more information on them and take one for a test drive today

For the record I am over-dramatizing our discussion, but in all fairness I am trying to make a point, and the discussion did happen but it wasn’t so much of a debate as it was just a conversation.  That said, he had no answer on the infrastructure issue, but as for “the They’s”? That was “the man, man!”  Whoever that is…

Hybrid vehicles answer the infrastructure questions very nicely for many different reasons not the least of which is, availability.  I’ll explain, so you’re driving down the street in your bright shiny new fuel cell car, when suddenly it has an issue with the “quevo-disc” (for you Seinfeld lovers you know what that is) and you need to bring it in to fix it, but alas the nearest technician is a 5-hour drive away and parts are going to take sometime to get there as well, now what do you do? You wait, that’s what you do.  You wait for the infrastructure to catch up with the technical advancement that is the fuel cell.  You see, although we could have fuel cell cars right now they’re a technology that outpaced reality.  No one knows how to care for them, hydrogen is not readily available and it’s expensive to manufacture, and parts are based on an entirely new type of engine so they aren’t readily available or warehoused and stocked around the country.

Some background:
Hybrid cars have both a standard gasoline engine and an electric engine in them.  This is the blending of two worlds; the gas engine is great for quick starts and long hauls at highway speeds.  The electric engine is great for short trips and slow starts.  Both hybrid cars and all electric are  perfect for around town driving, and with hybrids the act of driving recharges the batteries.  For those of you with all electric cars, charging stations are being built in major cities around the nation so refueling them is getting easier as well.  The other good thing about hybrids and electrics is that if something goes wrong with either the gas or electric engines, their parts are so ubiquitous and technicians are so abundant that you can get your car fixed by just about anyone.  In hybrids they have the added benefit that if the electric engine has an issue it may take a bit of doing to get it fixed but you at least can get the car to the tech that is 5 miles away for a look see by using just the gas engine.  Oh! and the parts needed to fix the gas engine are available at every major auto parts store in the country.

A hybrid vehicle is the perfect tool for the job right now, that job being, getting us from total reliance on the internal combustion engine to an all-electric vehicle dominated economy.  They are referred to as a “Bridge Technology,” as in they bridge us between those two different states, mostly what it does in this case, is allow the realities of the world to catch up with the pace of technology.  We all know that gas powered vehicles are here to stay and they will have their place along side hybrid cars, all electric, clean diesel & biodiesel but for now you have a choice and they are readily available.

Koons carries several different manufactures and many of them have hybrid vehicles, stop by any of our showrooms to get more information on them and take one for a test drive today, Mother Nature will thank you for it. ♛

 

Koons Labor Day Savings End Monday!

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Happy Labor Day!

This weekend, please take some time to remember the reason for the holiday, and to honor the social and economic achievements of all American workers. This Labor Day, let’s celebrate what makes our country great – hard work and determination!

In addition, be sure to take advantage of our incredible offers this weekend – and they all end on Monday! Here are a few of the many offers we have available at various Koons locations. For specific details and to view our inventory and locations, head over to Koons.com where thousands of vehicles await you!

Ford:

  • 0% APR for 60 months PLUS up to $3,000 Cash Back PLUS No Payments for 90 Days on 12 different models!

Toyota:

  • $500 Holiday Bonus Cash on Camry. This offer can be combined with all other incentives.
  • 0% APR for 60 months on Corolla.
  • 0% APR for 60 months + up to $750 Customer Cash on Prius.

Chevrolet:

  • $500 Holiday Bonus Cash on all Chevrolet-brand vehicles in addition to current incentives. Excludes 2013 Silverado Ext Cab and CrewCab.
  • 0% APR for 60 months or up to $2,500 Customer Cash on Malibu.
  • 0% APR for 36 months or up to $1,500 Customer Cash on Camaro.

Nissan:

  • $500 Holiday Bonus Cash in addition to all incentives on Nissan Altima, Sentra, Pathfinder and Rogue.
  • 0% APR for 60 months + $1,100 Customer Cash on Altima.
  • 0% APR for 60 months + $2,800 Customer Cash on Rogue.

Plus, incredible savings and WOW pricing, only at Koons, on vehicles from Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Volvo, Mazda, Lincoln, Kia, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz! Check out Koons.com for the entire list!

Wishing you and your family a Happy and Safe Labor Day,

–Krystal Koons

Holiday Vehicle Savings are Heating Up!

Happy pre-Memorial Day Weekend!

In the event you happen to be shopping for a car this weekend, I thought I’d write up a quick blog post about all-new offers right from the manufacturers that could save you thousand’s on a new vehicle this weekend! Before you go out shopping be sure to do your homework – there are a lot of resources out there to help you find the right vehicle for your needs!

Here are a few new offers that were just announced for this weekend only:

  • Toyota: 0% APR for 60 months on 7 models: RAV-4, Corolla, Venza, Sienna, Highlander, Tundra (B/C Cab) and Tundra CrewMax; $500 Customer Bonus Cash on Corolla, RAV-4 and Highlander; or $199 lease on the all-new 2012 Toyota Camry!
  • Chevrolet: 0% APR for 60 months on Malibu; or $159/month lease on Cruze; or 0% for 60 months on the rugged Silverado!
  • Ford: up to $2,000 off Ford Focus; up to $3,250 off Ford Fusion; or up to $3,250 off 2012 Escape – or 0% APR for 60 months!
  • Kia: up to $6,000 Optima; up to $4,000 off Sportage; up to $7,000 off Sorento; or up to $4,000 off Forte
  • Jeep: Sign n’ Drive Event featuring Grand Cherokee for $389/month and $0 due-at-signing; Wrangler for $369/month and $0 due-at-signing; or Patriot for $279/month and $0 due-at-signing.

Also to be sure to check out Koons.com and view all of our inventory of over 5,000 vehicles and 16 automotive brands that we represent. Another great resource for car shopping this weekend is AOL Auto’s column on Memorial Day vehicle savings.

Whatever you’re doing this weekend – make it a Happy and Safe Holiday weekend!

–KK

The Accolades Come Rolling in for Kia

In the past few years, Kia has become quite the contender in not only the US market, but the global market as well. Their product line is comprised of award-winning vehicles such as the Optima, Sportage and Sorento.

This isn’t to say their other models are not privy to accolades as well; in fact, the 2012 Soul, Sorento, Optima, Optima Hybrid, Sportage, and Forte Sedan have all been named 2012 IIHS Top Safety Picks. Even the little Rio 5-Door was named ‘Best Hatchback’ by VroomGirls.com.

In addition, Kia was recently rated No. 1 for best Total Coverage of Ownership in 2011 by Kelley Blue Book. With the styling, refinement, quality and price for new Kia models, we can’t argue.

So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and test drive an all-new 2012 Kia Optima; it’s said to be “A Dream Car for Real Life

Drive Safe,

-KK