Archives for June 2012

KIA Grows from Strength to Strength

Posted on Monday, June 25, 2012

kia optima 2012 tuning2012 is set to be another record breaking year for KIA in the new car market!

Maintaining an ever-growing presence in the Australian new car market, KIA keeps on delivering top quality and consumer friendly priced cars in all shapes and sizes.

Pleased with the year-to-date growth of 22.7 percent across all models in April, KIA Motor Australia’s Chief Operating Officer, Tony Barlow said that ‘...buyers are looking past badge snobbery and purchasing on quality and value.’

The KIA brand has been duly embraced in the Australian consumer’s car buying consciousness. KIA Australia has some very high profile Ambassadors across sporting and community groups, including the recent addition of Australian Under 20 Rugby Union Captain, Liam Gill. Community groups like Australian Rotary Health are supported by KIA in their Ride for Research campaign, and the ubiquitous Meals on Wheels are driving the 8 Seater Grand Carnival to deliver meals to over 15,000 elderly and disabled clients across New South Wales. The SIDS and Kids organisation have the use of six KIA Souls to help bereaved families of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

The KIA RIO Reborn, 2011 Car’s Guide Car of the Year, continues to be a huge presence and has gained even more R-E-S-P-E-C-T in 2012. With new sleek styling and ever fuel efficient economy, this popular small car with its 1.6 litre GDi engine has the flexible option of a 5-door hatch, 4-door sedan, and a sporty 3-door model.

KIA’s other small cars, Cerato and Soul, are not to be overshadowed by Kia RIO Reborn’s popularity as they too enjoy a steady growth. ‘Cerato is showing strong growth—something that the newly released limited edition Extra can only help,’ said Barlow. Some of the 2.0L Cerato ‘Extra’s ‘include 17inch alloy wheels, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, front fog lamps, rear parking sensors, chrome tipped exhaust and cruise control. And the Soul markets itself on its individuality. With a vast range of features and colour options the buyer customises their car to suit their own unique personality.

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In the popular SUV and family car market are KIA’s Sportage, Sorento, and the Grand Carnival. The Sportage, while not being as large as the 7 seater 4WD Sorento, is still incredibly spacious, sleek and, of course, sporty. With a 2.0L or 2.4L petrol engine or 2.0L R diesel engine it provides a smooth ride emitting low carbon emissions. The Sorento is still selling strong and will continue to grow in the SUV market when a new model is released with a brand new facelift later in the year. The Grand Carnival, KIA’s unrivalled 8 seater people mover, dominated the family car market with an amazing 38.9 per cent share, which was 23.4 per cent ahead of its nearest competitor.

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In the sophisticated sedan arena the KIA Optima, the award winning 2011 ECO Car of the Year, is enjoying massive sales figures not just for its unbelievable fuel efficiency, but also for its beautifully designed exterior and luxurious feature packed interior.

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As Tony Barlow confirms, ‘...KIA is right on track, no matter what, to meet its aggressive sales growth target in 2012.’

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4 Tuning Tips For Better Performance

Posted on Friday, June 22, 2012

There is so much information about modifying cars for better performance, that it's hard to squeeze all the art and science behind it in one article. However, in this post we want to touch on the most important aspects of the automotive performance, and give you some tips on how to get started with customizing your car for better efficiency.

Tip 1: Install A Cold Air Intake.

If we speak about performance and not just about a sporty-looking car, it's critical to know what actually makes power and what doesn't. So for starters, let’s find out where horses are hiding in your vehicle.

Basically, engine is a device which converts heat energy into mechanical energy. The most HP goes out of an explosion of air and fuel that forces the piston and gives your car or truck power. To increase this power you need to increase the amount of air. Cold air is much denser than warm, and it holds more oxygen. The more oxygen flows into the engine, the more ponies is coming out. Therefore, if you’re looking to boost your vehicle’s performance, consider upgrading your factory air intake to a more sophisticated cold air intake system. Not only will it press more HP out of your engine, but it will also improve mileage by a few mpg, which is quite an advantage in the paradigm of skyrocketing fuel prices.

Tip 2: Upgrade Your Exhaust System

The engine is breathing through an exhaust system. If you think that a louder exhaust makes more power, you’re wrong. Nowadays, there are a lot of well-designed exhaust systems which utilize cutting-edge straight-through mufflers and have a special built-in technology to mute the sound. Such muffler chambers are actually tuned as musical instruments contributing to powerful yet harmonic performance of your car. So if you want to let your engine breathe freely outputting both great HP and sound, upgrade your exhaust system.

Tip 3: Get Lightweight Custom Wheels

You can have all the horsepower in the world but it doesn't make sense unless you transfer it to the ground.

Remember one important thing: the bigger and the heavier wheels, the less performance is usually gained. The main goal is less rotating mass, which can only be reached with light-weight materials. Unless you can afford carbon fiber rims, consider getting light alloy or 1-piece wheels for your car. Another factor that affects weight is size, so when performance is put over looks, smaller diameter wheels usually work better.

Tip 4: Use a Body Kit

Fitting out your car with a body kit, you kill two birds with one stone, improving both the performance and the looks. A set of additional car accessories can not only give your car a unique exterior, but it can also improve its aerodynamics. However, don't forget that extra weight affects performance, so when choosing a body kit make sure it’s made of some lightweight materials. For example, fiberglass body kits provide a remarkable weight/price ratio, but on the other hand, fiberglass is rather fragile compared to other materials, such as polyurethane or ABS plastic.These materials are more durable and thus, more expensive.

The process of turning your daily driver into a road beast requires time and effort. Using the Internet for inspiration and the aftermarket parts store for tools, you can do much. But at the end of the day, on the way to your vehicle’s true identity, do only what makes sense for your specific vehicle. Good luck with your experiments and remember that if you have any questions, shoot ‘em in the comments!

Peter Altrem is a Technical Writer at, the US’ leading e-retailer of car parts and accessories.

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Used Toyotas- Who are they good for?

Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012

Japanese carmaker Toyota is renowned for consistently producing reliable, solid vehicles. The Toyota Avensis is testament to this. First produced in 1997, the Avensis was a rebellion against the somewhat dull Toyota Corona.

The Avensis still encaptures the essence of the good old fashioned reliable family car only with the style, power and innovation that takes it up a notch. It can be found on many second hand car websites such as and can be found at fantastic cheap prices!

Originally the Avensis was available in a 4-door saloon, 5-door hatchback and a 5-door estate, with the options of a 1.4, 1.6, 2.0 litre petrol engine or a 2.0 turbodiesel. It had everything a driver would want in a family car; comfort, reliability, high spec finish and a smooth ride.

The second generation Avensis in 2003 saw a facelift with it becoming a little more visually appealing.

Not surprisingly, with its increasing popularity amongst families and its reputation for reliability and comfort it has became a firm favourite with taxi drivers over the last decade.

It is easy to drive, has low running costs and its space a luxurious finish ensures that the passenger has a comfortable journey. It is also crucial for a taxi driver to have the unreserved assurance of reliability, giving them peace of mind that their livelihood is in safe hands.

Without question, the Toyota Avensis is an ideal choice for Taxi drivers with its unquestionable reliability and style.

Also popular with tradesman are the various Toyota vans. A painter and decorator in York has been driving the very same Toyota van for 8 years and previous to that has been driving Toyota vans for 30years. When questioned about why he had chosen Toyota the same reasons come up time after time, reliability, economical and comfortable. He went on to say that he also owns a BMW SLK Sports car but prefers to drive his Toyota van instead.

People in business who rely on their vehicle for their livelihood will most definitely benefit from driving a Toyota.

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