Employee Spotlight: Curtis Davidsson – Buick Parts Counter

Curtis Davidsson has been with VanDevere for 4 years. He started his career here in the Parts/Shipping & Receiving Department at our Chevy location. He then gave sales at Buick a try and decided to head back to Parts but at the Buick Location where he has been for over 2 years.

We caught up with Curtis and gave him our normal “get to know you” questions.

VDV: Hi Curtis, thanks for taking time out of your busy day! We will start simple. What is the best thing about your job?

Curtis: There is something new every day and it keeps me on my toes. I also love cars!

VDV: What is the best thing about VanDevere?

Curtis: The family feel… everyone has a place and we are all equals. No one goes overlooked
here. The owners say Hi to everyone and are available to anyone that needs to chat with them.

VDV: What 3 words describe VanDevere?

Curtis: Family, Faith, Integrity

VDV: What do you like to do when not at work?

Curtis: Wrenching, fishing, hiking, walking my dog, just about anything outdoors

VDV: If you could pick one super power, what would it be?

Curtis: Speed

VDV: What is your favorite travel spot?

Curtis: Hawaii!!

VDV: What is your favorite place to eat?

Curtis: The Hooley House

VDV: What is your dream car?

Curtis: A R34 Skyline GTR

VDV: (googling car) Never heard of that, what is it?

Curtis: currently it isn’t available in the US. Hopefully, 2025 it will be legal to get one here!

VDV: Wow, looks pretty cool. Last question, what are you wrenching on?

Curtis: I just finished my 1986 K10!

VDV: Sweet, those are awesome looking trucks. Curtis, thank you for taking the time to talk
with us and congrats on 4 years here at VanDevere! Cheers to many more.

Employee Spotlight: Josh Taylor

We sat down with VanDevere Kia Tech, Josh Taylor. Josh has been with VanDevere for 10 years. We spent some time getting to know Josh on his 10th anniversary!

VDV: Hi Josh, congrats on hitting the 10 year mark at VanDevere Kia. Thank you for sitting
down with us.

Josh: Thank you!

VDV: We will start easy. What is the best thing about your job?

Josh: The friends that I have here.

VDV: I bet you have made some good ones over the years. Besides the friends, what is the
best thing about VanDevere?

Josh: The culture, we’re all family.

VDV: We hear that a lot. What 3 words do you feel describes VanDevere the best?

Josh: Inviting, Fun and Consistent.

VDV: Good choice of we agree those fit pretty good. Ok now own to the personal stuff. Don’t
worry it isn’t too scary. What do you like to do when not at work?

Josh: Play guitar, do crossfit, mountain bike, hang out with my kids and family and go to church.

VDV: Those things must keep you pretty busy. What inspires you?

Josh: I’m inspired by watching others succeed.

VDV. That is definitely something we can get behind. When you are traveling what is your
favorite place to go?

Josh: Brevard, North Carolina.

VDV: When at home, what is your favorite place to eat?

Josh: The Valley Café in Wadsworth

VDV: Yum! Last question, what is your dream car?

Josh: Audi RS4 Avant

VDV: Awesome! Thank you for taking the time to let us get to know more about you and thank
you for your 10 years here at the VanDevere Bunch!

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.