2017 Kia Sportage Recognized as One of the Safest Cars on the Road

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has acknowledged the 2017 Kia Sportage as one of the safest cars on the road by awarding it the IIHS’ highest honor–the Top Safety Pick + . Kia Motors America Vice President of Product Planning, Orth Hedrick, reacted with pride after Kia received such an honorable distinction.

“The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is one of the most recognized and respected organizations in the industry when it comes to evaluating vehicle safety, and as such, the Top Safety Pick + designation is a significant achievement,” said Hedrick, “We are especially proud to have our all-new Sportage earn that Top Safety Pick + rating in light of IIHS’ new, more challenging standards, validating the efforts of our engineers and the priority we place on safety.”

The challenging standards of the IIHS’ new safety tests required “good” ratings in five tests: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength and head restraints. However, to qualify for a Top Safety Pick + award, a vehicle would have to also score an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention.

The new 2017 Kia Sportage fits the needs of anyone, and with the added distinction of being one of the safest cars on the road, it will surely attract savvy shoppers looking for a safe SUV that comes with everything a buyer could want. From its optional and standard features such as its Bluetooth® wireless technology to leather seat trim, the 2017 Kia Sportage will have everything you need.

To test-drive the 2017 Kia Sportage, head down to our Kia dealership in Milwaukee, WI, and take one out for a spin. You’re so to enjoy getting in to one of the safest vehicles on the road!

Meet the All-New 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Crossover

In order to compete in today’s market, automakers have to be at the forefront of innovation. That’s exactly what Kia does, and it’s why the vehicle they premiered just this week is so exciting. Meet the 2017 Kia Niro, which is not just the first hybrid crossover from Kia, but their first dedicated hybrid model — that is, the first Kia hybrid that isn’t also available with a gas engine. Best of all, this vehicle was designed with looks in mind. Kia didn’t want it to call to mind blocky hybrids with high backs and odd proportions, but to slide in stylishly with the rest of the vehicles both in its lineup and on the road.

“Aerodynamics is of course important, but we wanted to offer a choice for which there’s utility involved, for which there’s a different look, a different stance, bigger tires…and with a DCT and a strong motor that has a great off-the-line experience, with a more premium power steering system that feels and tracks right, and with a suspension tune that gives up a little bit of tow in and tow out [for lowest rolling resistance] but gives you more road feel,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning for Kia Motors America.

The Niro will be powered by a 1.6-liter direct-injection Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine partnered with a 43-horsepower electric motor and will feature a six-speed dual clutch transmission. That’s good for 146 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. It’s expected to get 50 mpg and boasts an incredible drag coefficient of just .029. While the first release will be a traditional hybrid, a plug-in model is expected to follow.

The 2017 Kia Niro will be coming to our Kia dealership in Milwaukee, WI, later this year, so stayed tuned for more updates on this high-tech vehicle.

Nissan Shows Off Self-Parking Office Chairs

It’s no secret that the vehicle of the future is going to drive itself. In fact, the vehicles here at our Nissan dealership in Milwaukee, WI, already come with incredible technology that enables them to park for you! But what if the innovative tech used the pilot Nissan vehicles snugly into parking spaces was applied to other areas of life? Nissan asked that exact question, and the answer they came up with is surprisingly clever: self-parking chairs.

Everyone who’s working in an office has known the battle through a conference room strewn haphazardly with seating apparati seemingly placed precisely so it would be as difficult as possible for everyone to get into the room and sit down. But with Nissan’s new self-piloting chair tech, there’s no reason to fear. With just a clap of the hands, these intelligent people-holders maneuver their way back to pre-set positions. Whether you’re just walking into a room or just leaving one, it’s quick and easy to get everything tidy.

“By day, these chairs are inanimate objects,” Nissan says, positioning the chairs as a Batman-like symbol of greater justice, “By night, they park!”

Check out the video below to see them in action, and head to this Nissan press release for making-of footage. We can’t sell you self-parking chairs, but we do have self-parking cars, so pay us a visit today to get the next-best thing!