Thursday, December 18, 2014

How To Get The Bad Smell Out Of Car AC Vent System DIY

Odor problems in your cars ac system are easy to remove with ac car interior cleaners. The best way to remove your cars interior ac odor is to use a cleaner that uses enzymes. Enzymes in cleaners kill odors at the source and completely kill the smelly substance material and therefore stopping the a bad smell. Do not use common household cleaners as most do not have enzymes and the majority are just heavily perfumed which only masks the smell.

Cigarette smoke is probably the hardest of the smells to remove from your cars ac vents. The smoke from cigarettes gets into everything within your cars interior. You can remove the tobacco stench by shampooing the carpets, the upholstery and the headliner using an enzyme based cleaning product. After cleaning these areas of your car it is best to use an Odor Neutralizer with enzymes to finish the job and remove smoke smell for good.

If the bad smell is coming directly out of the cars air conditioning (A/C) system then there are a few methods to try. The air that comes into your car through the interior ac vents goes past the cars evaporator. Water condenses around the coils on the evaporator and the moisture on the evaporator makes it easy for harmful air particles, dust, dirt, pollen, spores and germs to enter your cars interior. These air particles form harmful and smelly substances such as bacteria, mites, and fungus.

Newer cars have an air filter inside the cabin of the car that removes bad smells from the air that comes into the car. You can look in your owners manual to find out if your car had a removable air filter installed. If your car has an air filter, then remove and replace it with one that your car manufacturer recommends. Sometimes after replacing the dirty air filter that horrible smell can still be present. If the smell remains you can get your car an A/C and heating system cleaning. These A/C System Cleaners are sprayed into the exterior air intake vents (located just underneath the windshield wipers) and the inside the car vents. These cleaners kill odors that are actually inside your cars ac vent system.

First turn on the ac to full, make sure the “recirculate” button is not on, spray a large amount of cleaner with odor killing enzymes into the EXTERIOR air intakes that are located just below the windshield wipers, let the car run for about 10 minutes with the ac on, after 10 minutes turn off ac and spray the cleaner into the ac vents on the INSIDE of your car. After doing all this, let the car sit for 20 minutes turned off and windows rolled up. Then repeat if the smell is still in the car. By doing this you are killing the bacteria or mold in the car ac vent ducts and also the evaporator mold that may be present.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Kia Motors Posts 8.1% Global Sales Growth

SEOUL—Kia Motors Corporation announced today its global sales figures(export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles forNovember2014, recording a total of 257,487units sold. This figure represents a8.1%year-on-year increase.


- 257,487Kia vehicles sold globally in November for 8.1% year-on-year gain

- November sales in China, Korea, General Markets and Europe post year-on-year sales growth of 16.2%, 14.2%, 7.7%and 5.9% respectively

- Kia’s bestselling model in overseas markets for month of November was B-segment Rio (K2) with 46,106 units sold


In November, Kia posted year-on-year sales increases in China, Korea, General Markets* and Europe* of 16.2% (64,915 units sold), 14.2% (44,500 units sold), 7.7% (46,580 units sold) and 5.9% (52,096 units sold), respectively.

Cumulatively, through the first eleven months of 2014, Kia’s global sales have increased by 4.6% year-on-year, reaching 2,655,365 units. China, North America and General Markets have experienced cumulative gains to date in 2014 of 15.7% (609,085 units sold), 5.3% (601,302 units sold) and 1.4% (482,996 units sold), respectively.

Kia’s bestselling model in overseas markets for the month of November was the B-segment Rio (known as ‘K2’ in China) with 46,106 units sold. The Sportage compact CUV was the second bestseller with 37,296 units delivered, while the C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ or ‘K3’ in some markets), Optima D-segment sedan and Sorento CUV followed with 35,945, 28,712 and 15,945units sold, respectively.

Monday, December 15, 2014

2016 Kia Sorento: First Drive

Stoic. That’s how I’d sum up our first drive of the 2016 Kia Sorento.

It’s not just because this completely redesigned, third-generation Sorento felt mostly unfazed, driving through a Sierra Nevada winter "storm of the decade" that brought 100-mile-an-hour wind gusts and made some stretches of steep highway quite slick indeed.

It’s this: Kia has built what feels, almost, like a German car. In terms of ride and interior ambiance, it might be mistaken for a vehicle with a VW badge. Or perhaps, from the inside, the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The 2016 Sorento takes aim directly at the Grand Cherokee, and the Toyota Highlander. You might recall that the Jeep was one of the targets of the ill-fated Borrego, a quite good body-on-frame utility vehicle that arrived on the market a bit too late, too thirsty—and right at the cusp of the recession.

Meanwhile, the Sorento has grown—more than three inches in wheelbase and overall length—and the result is a vehicle that’s no longer awkwardly in with the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, albeit slightly larger. Now, it sizes right in line with the Grand Cherokee and Ford Edge, and within a few inches of the Toyota Highlander, Honds Pilot, and Ford Edge.

It’s also grown more refined. Much more refined—to the degree that in a top-of-the-line Sorento SX-L we'd be hard-pressed to name a luxury model in which the whistling of strong sidewinds and the noise of wet, slushy roads would have been better isolated. Considering the tremendous attention paid to interior surfaces, it feels like it could have a luxury badge—definitely more successfully than the Cadenza sedan.

We’ve mused that Kia has had the Sorento on a constant improvement plan; but it couldn’t be more true. Kia just gave the second generation of the Sorento—around since 2010, when it shed the old body-on-frame layout—a major refresh for 2014, with a new V-6, much-improved interior refinement and, according ot the automaker, about 80 percent new parts. Now Kia has given this model a complete redesign, and with the 2016 model the Sorento’s changes go well beyond incremental improvements.

Mark 3 for one of Kia’s best-known nameplates

The exterior of the Sorento has such soft, evolutionary change that you need to look at the new model a detail at a time. Ultimately, it’s the blunt, more upright grille and front end, the somewhat higher hoodline, and the greater overall length that let you override the urge to conclude that these are carry-over lines. Inside, there’s far more convincing change, with a completely new instrument-panel layout offering controls for audio/infotainment and climate control bunched in horizontal ‘pods’ and loads of impressive soft-touch trims and materials.

The Kia Sorento carries over its two engines from last year—a 2.4-liter in-line four-cylinder engine and a 3.3-liter V-6—but for 2016 it adds a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

Base 2.4-liter four-cylinder models make 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque and, like all Sorento models, come with a six-speed automatic transmission and can be equipped with front-wheel drive or so-called DynaMax all-wheel drive—which ties in with inputs like yaw and steering angle and can apportion torque without wheelspin, definitely something we appreciated up on slick mountain passes. 2.0T models step up to 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet, while with V-6 models you get ratings of 290 hp and 252 lb-ft.

V-6 and base four-cylinder engines remain offered in the Sorento as last year; but the new addition to the lineup—and the best pick, in our opinion—is the new 2.0T model, offering a direct-injection, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. While the V-6 might have 50 more horsepower, the 2.0T model is the one that actually felt perkier in most types of driving—all but off-the-line acceleration. There’s a bit of turbo lag in some situations, but it’s entirely forgivable and peak torque comes on strong at just 1,450 rpm; as such, the six-speed automatic seems to work better with it than with the V-6 and doesn’t downshift nearly as much or as dramatically.

Sport Mode, yes, but don’t get your hopes up

A Drive Mode selector provides Sport, Normal, and Eco modes. But don’t get too excited by the thought of a sport mode; it only changes the shift points, and the steering bost, nominally—not accelerator tip-in, which still should feel a little more linear and easier to finesse in tight traffic or slippery conditions. And fundamentally, the Sorento just doesn’t feel like a sporty or particularly sharp-reacting vehicle. Which is fine, considering the mission.

One thing that’s been a Kia weakness throughout most of its model line—a ‘restless’ steering feel, on center—has been mostly quelled here, as far as we can tell. During times when strong crosswinds let up, on our drive, we found a good sense of center and impressively confident tracking.

Sorento models with the four-cylinder, oddly, have an entirely different power-steering configuration. Models with the 2.0T engine have a rack-mounted electric power steering system, while those with the four-cylinder and V-6 get a column-mounted one. We’ve heard good arguments for favoring both of these setups, so the takeaway isn’t that one’s superior but that Kia’s made some good tuning decisions—better ones, it seems than in the Sorento’s Hyundai Santa Fe cousin.

We’d much rather be behind the wheel of the Sorento than the Toyota Highlander, with its rubbery responses and unremarkable, sea-of-plastic interiors. On the other hand, it gets fuzzier when you compare the Sorento, and its upgraded interior, with the lavish Grand Cherokee—and, of course, with the Grand Cherokee’s available tough off-road ability. The Grand Cherokee has a heftier driving feel, and some might prefer the Sorento’s somewhat more responsive feel to it; and the current Grand Cherokee has never won kudos for being space-efficient.

Our gripes are relatively few, and other than that second-row seat and the headroom situation they mostly have to do with the odd limitations in builds. For instance, you can’t get what we now see as the best engine in the lineup—the turbo four—with a third-row seat. And if you want the V-6—for its higher towing capacity, for instance—you have to accept a third-row seat. So in other words, it’s not much different from the Hyundai builds.

And if you want the top active-safety equipment (Lane Departure Warning System, Forward Collision Warning System, Around View Moniror, and Smart Cruise Control), it’s only offered on the top-of-the-line SX-L, as part of an option package. So those who don’t want all the luxury items (like the power tailgate, the moonroof, or the chrome wheels) but do want top safety, the Sorento is not a particularly good pick or strong value.

Moving up a size, without moving up much in price

Base L models, at around $25k, are an absolute steal if you want the most vehicle for the money—essentially Honda CR-V money for a vehicle that’s a size larger, and somewhat better equipped. But at the top of the model line it seems that the Sorento costs just as much as rival models. After taking a look at some of the trims in person, and seeing what you get with each, we tend to think that the best-value pick is the EX model, where you step up to all the refinement upgrades that make the Sorento so refined and sophisticated-feeling. and where you get items like dual-zone automatic climate control, heated leather seats, and backup warning, and can opt for blind spot detection and lane departure warning.

SX and SX-L models get excellent driver’s seats, with extendable thigh bolsters that are godsends for long-legger drivers like this one. But the second-row seats are a little short and lack contouring that might help for adult use. Oddly, the third row is doable, for those up to about 5’-10”.

Kia has indeed added more noise insulation throughout the Sorento, and most versions include acoustic glass for the windshield and side glass. But the key to the Sorento’s unflustered, German-car ride might be its all-new body structure, which has more than twice as much high-strength steel and is far stiffer; and the reengineered front and rear suspensions are a key partner in keeping the ride rather firm but very absorbent.

The 2016 Kia Sorento goes on sale in January, and we hope to post an expanded set of driving impressions soon thereafter, with some of it on dry pavement. Until then, what you need to know is that the Sorento has grown and grown up—and it’s definitely worth the wait.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Plenty to Like About Refreshed Kia Optima

There's plenty to like about the refreshed Kia Optima, including its stylish appearance and the plentiful space inside the vehicle.

For a mid-sized saloon, the car didn't feel to dent the wallet too badly in terms of fuel consumption, with its 1.7 diesel engine providing enough power to move along at a decent speed without being too fuel-thirsty.

In a crowded marketplace, the Optima is a high-spec, value for money alternative to the mainstream opposition. The latest mild refresh of a car that has been around for a few years ensures it has remained competitive in a market populated by more expensive and long established rivals.

The Optima is easy on the eye, boasting striking looks and clean lines.

There have been some subtle tweaks to the car’s nose and tail, with a more comprehensive update inside and under the skin.

There’s also more standard and optional kit available. Kia’s following the trend for the inclusion of smarter safety technology, such as blind spot and lane departure warning kit.

The Optima is easily capable of munching the motorway miles and distancing the driver from poorly surfaced roads.
During a trip to East Yorkshire to visit my cousin John, I was impressed by the smoothness of the vehicle on the motorway, while the quietness of the cabin made for a refined driving experience.

John, a businessman who regularly travels up and down the motorway to appointments, was impressed by the refinement of the vehicle and noted that the1.7 engine seemed the cope adequately under acceleration with the weight of the lengthy vehicle.

And it's also true to say that the sharp-suited Optima has nothing to fear in the company car park, with the car’s decidedly European styling cues sitting comfortably with the less adventurous looks of many of its rivals. Crucially, the big Kia shares many of its exterior details with smaller cars in the family, and it’s this familiarity that should help tempt buyers to trade up with confidence.

And confidence also plays a big part in the ownership experience, which is why Kia has scored highly in recent years with its generous seven-year warranty. It’s an unusual yet welcome sales tactic, and has done wonders for the brand’s image at a time when it was keen to build confidence among buyers at the start of its big European sales push many years ago.

A large saloon like the Optima is designed from the outset to be accommodating, and the four-door Kia doesn't disappoint. Although the main focus is on front seat occupants, there’s also ample room in the back for business associates or the family. The car’s generous size boot is also a big plus and the cabin isn’t short of useful oddment storage options - making it an ideal environment for road warriors and their clutter.

The sole 1.7-litre diesel engine option delivers a strong performance, and remains reasonably quiet when pushed hard. Don’t expect the Optima to rival the German sports saloons for outright performance though, as Kia’s aim to major on refinement and comfort has largely succeeded.

In its refreshed state boasting more kit and visibly higher quality levels, the Optima offers budget-savvy buyers a credible alternative to the wares of the more established brands. With its sensible economy and emissions ratings, plus that all-important seven-year warranty, the Optima makes a lot of sense for both private buyers and company car users.

If you’re downsizing from a larger luxury car yet keen to retain your much loved creature comforts, Kia’s Optima is worth a serious look. That’s also true if you want to move up in the world but don’t fancy paying big bucks of the privilege. Either way, the Optima comes with plenty of kit, is refined and capable enough to worry the opposition. And if you’re a professional driver seeking reliable transport that will also impress customers, the Optima’s polished appearance and spacious cabin are a major plus points.


Kia Optima 1.7 CRDi, £24,495
Engine: 1.7-litre diesel unit producing 134bhp and 239lb/ft of torque
Transmission: Six-speed manual transmission driving the front wheels
Performance: Top speed 125mph, 0-62mph in 10.2 seconds
Economy: 57.6mpg combined
Emissions: 128g/km of CO2

Will's Ratings

Friday, December 12, 2014

Kia Motors Prepares Music Trip and Concert for Customers

As a part of its yearend KIA Surprise Weekend, Kia Motors planned a music trip and finale concert for its customers.

In November, the automaker selected 16 contest winners and sent them on a music trip to the countryside with four teams of indie musicians. On the overnight trip, participants and musicians enjoyed views of the Korean landscape along with great music, all in the comfort of Kia’s All New Sorento and New Carnival.

On December 6, to wrap up the event, the manufacturer invited another 300 guests to a concert featuring indie musicians including LONG:D, Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio, Lee Yu-rim and Born Kim, who shared their memories of the trip.

Kia Motors has hosted the KIA Surprise Weekend since 2013 to provide its customers with various cultural experiences, while showing off its new vehicles.  

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Double Your Impact Program to Deliver Over $1 Million in School Supplies and Educational Resources to High-Need Schools Across the Country

• For the third straight year, Kia will match contributions from “citizen philanthropists” to eligible projects available at

• Ongoing charitable partnership has impacted more than one million public school students and delivered more than $5 million in much-needed resources to classrooms in all 50 states since 2012

Irvine, Calif., Dec. 2, 2014 – In support of #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back, Kia Motors America (KMA) and today launched their annual “citizen philanthropist” empowerment campaign to raise more than $1 million to support high-need public schools across the country before the end of the year.  Building on the success of previous campaigns – which raised over $5 million and benefited more than one million public school students – KMA will again make a matching contribution for each donation to eligible projects.

“Today, people around the world are coming together to give, and on behalf of the thousands of Kia team members and dealers across the country, we are proud to join the effort and continue making a positive and lasting difference for students and teachers across the U.S.,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of sales & marketing, KMA. “We’ve enlisted the help of our NBA team partners as well as our brand ambassador, professional golfer, Michelle Wie, to spread the word about #GivingTuesday and encourage people to visit to find and support projects in their communities.”

#GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Together, with a team of influencers – including founder and CEO Charles Best – the global day for giving back has engaged over 10,000 organizations worldwide.

“Like, Kia believes in contributing to a better future for all, and this latest campaign allows citizen philanthropists to make a difference in students’ lives for as little as $1,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of  “#GivingTuesday is a simple idea, and thanks to Kia lending its support, this global celebration of a new tradition of generosity continues to grow.”

Individuals can join Kia, its dealers and in supporting public school teachers and students by visiting

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

2015 Kia Sorento Uses High Tensile Steel and Safety Tech To Earn 5 Star Safety Rating!

The all new 2015 Kia Sorento SUV crossover earned a rating of 5 stars for its European NCAP safety testing this week, the highest safety rating available from the European Union. The safe, affordable and feature rich vehicle looks to draw drivers away from the more premium and established brands in the segment.

The recent safety rating is made up of separate percentages for each category of vehicle occupant, as well as pedestrians. NCAP say the Sorento is 90% safe for adults, 83% safe for children, and 67% safe for pedestrians. This was achieved through a new tougher body. It’s on-board safety features and technology were given a percentage of 71%.

Base models of the new Sorento come equipped with alerts for Blind Spots, Lane Departure, and Rear Cross Traffic. There is also Adaptive Smart Cruise Control, and a handy little feature that reminds the driver of the speed limit by using its cameras to scan for signs on the road. This doesn’t always function accurately however.

The new body is made of 52.7 percent ultra-high tensile steel, whereas the last model was only 24.4 percent. This helped improved rigidity by 14 percent.

So if you’re looking for a safe family vehicle with a lot of room and extra safety features, the Kia Sorento may be worth checking out. Pricing begins at $24,100 for the base model, jumps to $31,500 for the EX trim, the SX trim is 36,500, and the top end SXL trim is $39,900.

The base model’s engine is a 2.4 litre four cylinder. This is bumped up to a 3.3 litre four cylinder V6 engine for the LX trim, which produces 290 horsepower. The engines are mated to an auto 6 speed gear box. The top end SXL trim comes with 19 inch allots, LED lights, a panoramic sun roof, and temperature controlled seating for front passengers. It also features an extra row of seating, for 7 seats altogether.