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Employee Spotlight: Mike Robinson – Kia Sales & Leasing Consultant

This month we sat down with Kia sales associate, Mike Robinson. Mike has been with us for 8 years! Thank you for your time here! We appreciate you!

VanDevere: Hi Mike, thanks for sitting down with us and thank you for 8 great years! What is the best think about your job?

Mike: The people that I get to meet and helping them find their new car.

VanDevere: What is the best thing about VanDevere?

Mike: The family and relationships I have made here.

VanDevere: What do you like to do when you are not at work?

Mike: I love music. I listen and play music.

VanDevere: What are your favorite types of music?

Mike: Gospel and R&B

VanDevere: Awesome. What inspires you?

Mike: My family! My wife of 25 years and my 2 girls!

VanDevere: Wow, 25 years! Congrats! Fill in the blank: I once met…..

Mike: Thank you! I once met Fred Hammond, he is a fantastic gospel artist!

VanDevere: Very cool. If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?

Mike: Mind reading

VanDevere: That’s a good one. What is your favorite travel spot?

Mike: We love going to the Bahamas!

VanDevere: Great choice. What is your favorite local place to eat?

Mike: El Jalapenos

VanDevere: Ok last one, what is your favorite car?

Mike: a Lambo!

VanDevere: Sweet! Thank you for taking the time to sit with us! Congrats on 8 years!

Is There Going To Be A New Kia Borrego?

From: https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1124550_kia-reveals-new-mohave-is-a-borrego-coming-too

Kia on Wednesday revealed a redesigned Mohave, a mid-size SUV whose predecessor was briefly sold in the United States late last decade as the Borrego.

There isn’t any indication that the redesigned Mohave is destined for local sale, but given the consumer trend toward crossovers and SUVs we wouldn’t be surprised if the vehicle ends up here as a little brother to the Telluride.

The six-lug wheel design suggests more ruggedness and off-road capability than your typical Kia, something which could set this SUV apart from the family-oriented Telluride. There are also chunky fog lights and fixed running boards, which once again suggest a vehicle for active lifestyles.

Underpinning the redesigned Mohave is thought to be an updated version of the body-on-frame platform found in the outgoing model. It enables rear- and four-wheel-drive configurations.

A “V6 3.0” badge on the tailgate suggests the vehicle will be offered with the 3.0-liter diesel fitted to the outgoing model. The outgoing model’s 3.8-liter V-6 will also likely be offered, though don’t count on its 4.6-liter V-8 being offered too.

Unfortunately, Kia hasn’t released any information on its redesigned Mohave. We’ll bring you an update as soon as more is known.

2020 Kia Sportage Changes

From: https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/refreshed-2020-kia-sportage

2020 Kia Sportage Will Arrive With Aggressive Styling, Updated Features, and a New Trim

The Kia Sportage doesn’t sell nearly as well as most of its rivals, despite offering plenty of value due to its extensive feature set, luxury-grade cabin, high predicted reliability rating, and industry-leading warranty. Kia is making some notable changes for the 2020 model year in an effort to boost the compact crossover’s appeal.

Kia completely redesigned the Sportage for the 2017 model year, and the current generation has proven itself as a vast improvement over previous generations. The 2020 Sportage gets a new S trim and an augmented list of safety and convenience features, which includes a standard 8-inch touch screen with the latest smartphone app integration.

Trims

The 2020 Kia Sportage will be available in four trims: LX, S, EX, and SX Turbo. We know that the S is a new midrange trim level, though Kia hasn’t provided many details about the variant, aside from specifying that it will offer unique exterior and interior design features. All Sportage trims are available with either front- or all-wheel drive.

Exterior Design

According to Kia, the Sportage has always employed distinctive European styling. It’s meant to be outwardly curvaceous, while remaining bold and aggressive. The 2020 model builds upon this design philosophy with several subtle revisions, including a new front bumper, grille, air intake, and skid plate. At the rear, Kia redesigned the bumper, skid plate, tail light trim, and exhaust tips. Also, the headlights, fog lights, turn signals, and wheels are all new. Wheels are available in 17-, 18-, and 19-inch diameters. Exterior color choices remain the same as those available on the outgoing Sportage, though Kia is adding a new metallic Steel Grey option.

Interior Design and Seats

The 2020 Sportage gets an upgraded interior with a newly designed steering wheel and reshaped vent bezels. In addition, SOFINO synthetic leather seat surfaces are available.

The Sportage seats five passengers in two rows. Based on our review of the comparable 2019 Sportage, the seats are some of the most supportive in the segment, and there’s plenty of space for adult passengers in both rows.

Cargo Space

Kia doesn’t mention any changes to the size or interior dimensions of the Sportage, so it’s likely that it will offer the same cargo volume as the outgoing model. You get nearly 31 cubic feet with all the seats in use and a little more than 60 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded down. This is below-average for the class.

Interior Technology

The refreshed Sportage gets an 8-inch touch-screen interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. In the 2019 model, these niceties are optional. Navigation and wireless smartphone charging will also be available for the 2020 model year.

Powertrain and Fuel Economy

The 2020 Sportage will arrive with the same two powertrain options as the current model: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which only comes in the SX Turbo trim level. The base engine makes 181 horsepower, while the turbo churns out 240. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

According to the EPA, the naturally aspirated engine returns 23 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway. The turbocharged four-cylinder gets 20 and 28, respectively.

Safety Features

The 2020 Sportage comes standard with a rearview camera, just like the outgoing model. However, several new advanced driver assistance technologies are available, including high beam assist, driver attention monitoring, lane keep assist, forward collision assist, pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control with start and stop functionality.

Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane change assist, and automatic pre-collision braking are available as well.