Kia Brand History

Kia Motors has its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, and is the second-largest automobile manufacturer in the country. It is just behind the Hyundai Motor Company. Kia Motors is 32.8-percent owned by the Hyundai Motor Company, and it is currently led by Hyoung-Keun Lee.

Kia’s name comes from a combination of two Sino-Korean words, Ki, which means “to come out,” and a, which means Asia. The company was formed under the name of Kyungsung Precision Industry on June 9, 1944, and was first a steel tubing and bicycle-parts company. The company started to build motorcycles in the late 1950s, trucks later in the 1960s, and cars during 1974.

The first auto-assembly plant was created in 1973 and named the Sohari Plant. This plant created some of the first Kia vehicles, including the Brisa range. It wasn’t until 1986 that the company partnered with Ford and began to produce cars like the Kia Pride, which was sold in the United States.

In 1992, Kia finally made its way to the United States with the Kia Motors America branch. Cars like the Sephia and Sportage were the first to be sold en masse to the US market. By 1995, there were over 100 Kia dealerships across the country.

Recently, Kia opened the Georgia manufacturing plant. The February 2010 opening was shortly after Kia recorded the 15th year of increased U.S. market shares, showing how the company is still growing in today’s market.

If you’d like to check out some of the new Kia vehicles, stop by Paul Sansone Jr. 66 Automall. We can help you learn more about this bold company and the vehicles you can drive.


Kia Sedona EX Safety Features and Ratings

The Kia Sedona EX, available at Paul Sansone Jr. 66 Automall is a good family vehicle with many safety features and a good overall Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rating. Some of the safety features for children include child seat anchors and rear door child safety locks.

Safety Features: The 2014 Kia Sedona EX features several airbags to hopefully minimize injury in the event of a crash. It features dual front side-mount airbags and a passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation feature, which senses whether someone is in the passenger seat. If not, the passenger front airbag does not deploy. The Sedona EX also features head airbags in the front seats and in the rear and third rows.

Kia Sedona. Photo Credit: 66 Automall.

Skidding out in a hard braking situation is common, especially on wet or icy/snowy roads. The four-wheel ABS brake system, emergency braking assist, ventilated front disc brakes, stability control and traction control help keep the vehicle right-side up should you go into an out-of-control skid or spin.

The adjustable headrests in the front and rear plus the driver head restraint whiplash protection system help prevent injury from rear-end crashes. The front passenger seat also features the head restraint whiplash protection system.

IIHS Safety Ratings: The moderate overlap front test gave the 2012 Kia Sedona (the ratings for 2013 and 2014 are not available) a “good” rating in all categories, including structure and safety of the cage, head and neck areas, chest, both legs and both feet, plus restraints. All seat protection tests also received a “good” rating.

The side impact test rated the 2012 Kia Sedona with an overall rating of “good.” This test measures injury to the head and neck, the torso, pelvis and leg areas and head protection. Stop into 66 Automall today to test drive a new Kia Sedona and to learn more about the safety features for this vehicle.


The History of Nissan’s Start in America

We love learning about brand history at Paul Sansone Jr. 66 Automall, especially when it involves a great company like Nissan.

Nissan has always had an American connection, it seems. The company began investing in the idea of working in and with the USA around 1908, shortly after Yoshisuke Aikawa, the founder of Japan Industries (now known as Nissan), came to Detroit, Michigan. At the time, the chief designer was an American named William R. Gorham, and he, too, helped to form Nissan’s future with the United States.

By 1952, Nissan had entered into an agreement with Austin Motor Company. This agreement was for Nissan to assemble 2,000 Austins from imported sets. This was the start of American car sales in Japan, which later reversed to Nissan releasing its own vehicles in the USA. In 1969, Nissanintroduced the Datsun 240Z sports car, which became the push needed to cause Nissan to rise to world-class status.

Nissan decided to expand to world markets in the 1950s, including going to the Los Angeles Auto Show. In 1959, Nissan formed the US subsidiary, the Nissan Motor Corportation U.S.A. 1973 brought the oil crisis, and this further pushed Nissan to expand and to deliver smaller cars to the market. By the early 80s, taxes caused Nissan to create building plants in the US, starting in Smyrna, Tennessee. An engine plant was created in Decherd, Tennessee, and it was followed by another plant being built in Canton, Mississippi.

Nissan also partnered with Ford between 1993 and 2002. During this time, the two marketed the Mercury Villager and the Nissan Quest. The Terrano was released by Nissan just before this joining in 1992.


Kia Awards for 2013

Kia awards are pretty normal at this time of year, and at 66 Automall, we want to make sure you have all the information you need about the company and its cars.

For instance, Kia has received a top-10 ranking for initial quality this year from J.D. Power and Associates. The Kia Soul and Sportage both were at the center of the award.

The 2013 Soul has many upgrades, including enhanced power and upgrades. The car has power-folding side mirrors, upgraded leather in the interior, Bluetooth wireless technology, wheel-mounted controls for easier access, and more. It has Idle Stop and Go technology as part of the Eco package, and this allows the engine to be shut off when you’re not moving for maximum efficiency and reduced engine load.

The Sportage has low-rolling-resistane silica tires, electronically adjustable side mirrors, a six-speed manual trasnmission, and more that made it popular in 2013. The vehicle has LED daytime running lights that make you more visible to other vehicles, and fog lamps make the car safer during drives near lakes or during dawn and dusk.

The 2013 Kia Rio has also been the center of some awards as of late. Kia has had awards for this vehicle being an excellent value in the compact vehicle class, so you can be sure that you’re getting more for what you pay with this car.

These are just a sampling of the awards Kia has won in 2013, and since the year is still young, there may be many more to come. To test drive one of these cars, stop by 66 Automall and we’ll be happy to hook you up.


Title Model Showcase: 2013 NISSAN ALTIMA® SEDAN

At your local Neptune Nissan, we like to learn about new cars and all the coolest features that have been implemented.

The new 2013 NISSAN ALTIMA® SEDAN is spacious, attractive, and luxurious, which was the goal set by the company. According to Nissan, the sedan’s edges were softened, the inside has more open space, and everything is much quieter than before, so you can focus on driving, not that odd buzzing sound from the tires. Premium materials cover the inside of the car, so you can drive in comfort and style.

The model gets up to 38 mpg highway and 27 mpg city, and you can drive with Bluetooth, Advanced Drive-Assist Displays, Xtronic CVT, and more. Some models offer smart headlights and Nissan Intelligent Key, a six-way power adjustable seat for the driver, and cruise control for long drives.

With a 270 HP V6 engine, the car gets up to speed faster than previous models, and the four-cylinder model gets better gas mileage than any previous model of the Altima. The car is now able to alert you to certain aspects of maintenance, like needing air in its tires or being able to make the cabin the right temperature before you get inside. The headlights come on automatically in the rain, too, so you have one less thing to worry about on the road.

The best way to test out this Nissan Altima is to come have a test drive. So, we’re here to help you try it out. To learn more about this car and others, be sure to stop by or call your local Jersey Shore Nissan.


Nissan Awards of 2013

The Nissan LEAF has obtained a smart award this year from the United Kingdom. It recently was awarded the 2013 Fleet World Honors Award, because frankly, it’s electrical masterpiece. The car was given the top Environmental award at the honors ceremony, All manufacturers were able to enter one plug-in car, but the LEAF topped out the awards ceremony because of its low ownership cost and a design that suits the purposes people would have when driving it the best. According to Fleet World, the vehicle is the best environmentally friendly vehicle that is available on the market today.

But, Nissan didn’t only win an award for the LEAF; it won an award for how it runs the business, too. In Yokohama, Japan, the company was awarded the first prize at the 2013 J-Win Diversity Awards. The award promotes diversity and inclusion as a management strategy, including the advancement of women as a priority. The company believes that women should be active in the company, and also that human resources should be diverse, including men and women who can add value to the company. Nissan has things like in-house day care centers and networking among women workers, and it also focuses on promoting diversity and understanding among the employees.

So far, Nissan seems to be taking the world by storm in 2013. To check out a vehicle from the company, stop by 66 Automall, and we’ll be happy to help.


Model Showcase: 2013 Kia Sorento Maintenance Intervals

When you purchase a 2013 Kia Sorento, it comes with a maintenance schedule. You should adhere by the maintenance schedule by bringing it to Neptune Nissan for regularly scheduled maintenance to keep your vehicle in good running condition. Ignoring the maintenance will cost the life of the engine.

Service 1 – Every 3,750 Miles

Service 1 is very basic, but very important. During this maintenance interval, the Kia technicians change your Sorento’s oil and filter, check the fluid levels, check the tires and lights, and do a Kia 360 multi-point inspection. At the same time, the technicians check for any recalls. If there are recalls, the service manager will alert you so that you may schedule an appointment for the repair.

Service 2 – Every 7,500 Miles

Service 2 includes everything listed in Service 1, plus the technicians rotate and balance the tires, check and lubricate the front and rear prop shaft if necessary, and check the windshield and the brakes.

2013 Kia Sorento. Photo Credit: 66 Automall

Service 3 – Every 15,000 Miles

Every 15,000 miles, the Kia technicians perform Service 3, which includes everything in Services 1 and 2. Additionally, the technicians adjust the rear brake shoes and the emergency brake cable, replace the in-cabin and engine air filters, clean the throttle chamber, inspect the body and chassis bolts to ensure they are still properly torqued, and several other things.

Service 4 – Every 30,000 Miles

Service 4 is completed every 30,000 miles and includes the items in Services 1 through 3, plus several additional items.

In addition to these maintenance schedules, Kia publishes a list of additional preventative maintenance for each of its vehicles. These include things such as a rear differential service, timing belt replacement and valve clearance inspection.

Contact Neptune, a Jersey Shore Nissan dealer to make your next maintenance appointment today. Do not put it off as all services are important to the life and reliability of your vehicle.


Are You Facing Foreclosure New Jersey?

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Often you may think of problems with credit stemming form credit cards. However, credit problems can also arise from missing mortgage payments as well. And if you begin to miss your mortgage payments, not only will your credit become affected, but you may also lose your home to foreclosure. Lenders use foreclosure as a legal action to repossess your home. And if you owe more on your property than it is worth, lenders can pursue a deficiency judgment. A deficiency judgment can affect your credit as well. Follow the below steps to help keep your credit healthy and avoid foreclosure New Jersey.

• Never ignore any letters from you lender. If you are having trouble making payments contact your lender immediately. You can call or write their loss mitigation department and explain your situation. You will probably have to provide them with your financial information such as your monthly income and expenses, loan documents and information about your mortgage, tax returns and the amount of equity you have in your home.
• Stay in your home for the time being. If you leave and abandon your property, you may not qualify for assistance. A program called Hope for Homeowners, only offers 30-year fixed-rate mortgages to owners who are currently occupying their homes.
• You can also contact a HUD-approved housing counseling agency. They can provide you with information on services and programs offered by government agencies and private and community organizations. Generally, their services are free of charge. To find an agency near you, call 1-800-569-4287 or TDD 1-800-877-8339.

For more information about mortgage payments and foreclosure, visit If you have had problems in the past paying your mortgage and your credit has been negatively affected there is an auto-buying program for you. Visit your local new and used New Jersey auto dealer, Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall, and ask us about 866-Rent-2-Own today.


What’s Wrong When The “Check Engine Light” Comes On New Jersey?

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It has most likely happened to some or all of us one point in time.  You are driving your vehicle down the road and all of a sudden you notice your “check engine” light come on.  What does this mean?  It can be quite irritating when this happens because as you probably know, it could be any number of things.  Whatever the problem, when your “check engine” light comes on it needs to be checked out!

When your “check engine” light comes on this is the onboard diagnostics system or OBD II, letting you know that something is wrong with your vehicle’s emissions, ignition or fuel system.  These systems are there to detect when your vehicle is having any engine-related problems affecting the emissions system.

Whenever you start your vehicle, the “check engine” light will come on for a few seconds with your other warning lights, and then should go off as they all do.  However, if it remains on, then that means that there is a problem. There could be many things going on with your engine, so it is best for a professional auto technician to take a look at your vehicle.  You may be able to try a few things first based on what the “check engine” light is doing.  Before bringing it in you can try tightening the gas cap.  Sometimes if it is loose, it can set of the “check engine” light.  If that doesn’t work you can also try replacing your gas cap if it is old and worn.  However, if the light is flashing it is best to bring in your vehicle as soon as possible because this usually indicates a serious problem.

Once you have tried to fix the problem yourself, if the problem still persists, bring your vehicle in to be looked at.  An auto technician can diagnose the problem by connecting to your vehicle’s onboard diagnostics system.  For more information on your “check engine light,” visit  And if your check engine light is on, bring in your vehicle to your local new and used New Jersey auto dealer, Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall.  Our service department will be happy to help with any problem your vehicle may have.


Networking Tips For Getting The Most Out Of People New Jersey!

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Many people in sales and other types of business use networking to help build and grow their client base. Whether networking on a daily basis or once a month, this aspect of your business can help you expand and grow your current clientele. To get the most out of your networking and help reach your goals, there are some tips you can follow when it comes to networking.

1. Determine who can help you expand your business. Before you can use networking to grow your business, you need to determine who you think can help you. Make a list of individuals and companies who you would like to pursue, whether or not you have a current or existing relationship.

2. Reach out to these contacts regularly. Keep in touch with them on a regular basis and see what you can do for them rather than always asking for something yourself.

3. Give back to your contacts. Find out what the interests of your contacts are and make sure to ask and always keep these interests part of your conversations. If you read an article, meet another contact or become aware of an event you think they would enjoy or benefit from, reach out to them about it.

4. Contact them through social media. Reach out to your contacts through social media and stay connected to what is going in their careers. Congratulate them on achievements and keep a dialog through the social media site.

5. Make time for updates. Periodically update and maintain your contact list to reflect any changes. Perhaps some of your contacts have retired or changed direction in which you don’t gain as much from each other anymore.

6. Show appreciation. On occasion, take the time to send your appreciation and thanks. This can be done through a handwritten note, fruit basket or other form of recognition.

For more information on what you can do to in your networking to help grow your business, visit And you can also become a part of EZ Referral Network, the ultimate referral program.