2017 Kia Cadenza: Best Car to Buy Nominee

2017 Cadenza SXL

The 2017 Kia Cadenza has been named a contender for The Car Connection’s Best Car to Buy 2017.

The all-new 2017 Cadenza arrives to market with higher levels of luxury, technology and convenience than its predecessor, and it comes wrapped in a beautiful, bold design inspired by the simplicity of the straight line.  The second-generation Cadenza boasts a stronger body structure and powertrain enhancements along with a more engaging driving experience than before.

“The new Cadenza adds an extra dose of excitement to the large-car segment with its striking looks and premium refinements,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, Kia Motors America.  “The Cadenza’s cabin has been improved in early every way, but it’s underneath where the Cadenza truly shines with a stiffer and lighter chassis, eight-speed transmission and vastly improved driving dynamics.”

Elegant and Confident Exterior
Designed at Kia’s California design studio, birthplace of the unforgettable Track’ster and GT4 Stinger concepts as well as the iconic Soul, the Cadenza’s high-end image exudes confidence and modernity. It all starts with Kia Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer’s oft-quoted philosophy focusing on “the simplicity of the straight line,” defined by a single gestural contour that spans the length of the car, creating its sleek profile. This lineation visually links matching Z-shaped lighting signatures in the headlights and LED tail lights, affording the all-new Cadenza a more distinctive road presence, day or night.

Head on, the Cadenza is more expressive thanks to the newly designed front fascia. While the signature Kia “tiger nose” grille is still an unmistakable design trait, it has evolved into a new hexagonal shape that emphasizes the Cadenza’s visual width with lines extending underneath the headlights.  But the more substantial change to the front end is the distinct concave grille, which curves in toward the engine bay, giving the Cadenza its handsomely chiseled face.

Exquisitely Comfortable Interior Space
The interior is thoughtfully redesigned with higher quality materials than the preceding model and higher levels of craftsmanship throughout. Like the exterior, the Cadenza’s soft interior contours are offset by sheared surfaces. Kia designers visually widened the Cadenza’s interior space with a wraparound dashboard that flows into the door panels and features real stitching.

The Driving Experience
The 2017 Cadenza is built upon a strong foundation with a body structure composed of more than 50 percent Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) — more than twice the amount used in the outgoing model, while a driver’s knee airbag brings the total number of airbags in the vehicle to nine.

Harmonious and Modern Cockpit
Brimming with technology, the cockpit is designed to provide a more harmonious human-machine interface with ergonomically intelligent design, intuitive controls, and a suite of enhanced convenience features that make the driving experience enjoyable and effortless.

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Best Jersey Shore Events to Attend


Looking for some fun stuff to do this November around Jersey Shore? Check out these events and festivals happening this month.

Costume Days at the Zoo – November 11 and 17

The Cape May Country Park and Zoo has a couple of dress-up days scheduled for November, including a pirate-themed day on November 11 and a princess-themed day on November 17.

The pirate day invites you to come dressed as a pirate and have a swashbuckling good time. Special activities are planned throughout the day, such as treasure hunts, games, pirate stories, and photo opportunities.

The princess day is similar, offering glass slipper hunts, games, sing-alongs, and photo opportunities. Princes are welcome as well, as are king and queens!

Both events take place between 11am to 2pm.

Of course, you can also enjoy the zoo as normal before and after the event. In any case, it’s a great day for families with kids.

Forks, Corks, and Hoops – November 14

This is a great opportunity to sample artful dishes from some of the best local restaurants as you partake in a wide selection of premier wines, beers, and inventive cocktails.

The event is raising funds for the Algonquin Arts Theatre.

Head to Spring Lake, NJ, on November 14 from 5:30-9:00pm. The event costs between $75.00 and $95.00.

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Stop by Paul Sansone Jr.’s Automall 66 this month to shop our inventory of vehicles, or to schedule some service. Paul Sansone Jr.’s Automall 66 offers Nissan and Kia sales, service, parts, and accessories.


Let Us Install Your Car Alarm

Instead of taking a chance on installing your own car alarm, let Automall 66 install it for you. You will be sure to get a quality product that is installed properly. The alarm will be professionally wired so that there is no chance of an electrical fire from faulty wiring and no chance that it doesn’t work properly due to faulty wiring.

Discourage Vehicle Theft and Content Theft

Not only does a car alarm discourage people from stealing your vehicle, but it also discourages them from stealing any valuables that you might have forgotten inside the vehicle. While it’s not a good idea to leave anything in plain sight, sometimes you do forget valuables in the vehicle. Other times, you have no choice, but may store them in the truck. However, thieves know that there may be valuables in the trunk or under the seats and may try to break in even if they don’t see anything.

How a Car Alarm Works

You already know that a car alarm is pretty loud when it is triggered. It may also flash the vehicle’s lights to catch your – or a policeman’s – attention. Certain car alarms will also page you and interrupt your vehicle’s electrical circuits so the thief cannot drive off in your vehicle. If you get a cheap alarm, it will only make noise. If you’re a heavy sleeper or at a loud venue, you may not hear it. Or, if you are some distance away from your vehicle, you definitely won’t hear it. It’s better to have an alarm with a pager and one that renders the vehicle “dead.”

Simple vs. Sophisticated

You’re better off with a more sophisticated alarm system. A simple alarm system senses vibration or may sense voltage changes to trigger the alarm. This type often has false alarms. A sophisticated system is wired into your vehicle’s electronics and features several inputs for unauthorized door and trunk access and also detects if the ignition is being turned on.

Stop by Automall 66 today to discuss your vehicle alarm requirements and we will find the best alarm system for your vehicle; and we will professionally install it for you. We have several alarms from which to choose from, so you’re sure to find something reliable in your price range.


Nissan Launches a Rogue Hybrid Model


Press Release issued by Nissan – September 9, 2016

The Nissan Rogue Hybrid, the newest addition to the popular Rogue crossover lineup, offers a second powertrain choice for Rogue buyers for the 2017 model year – in both FWD and AWD applications. Like the 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine-equipped standard Rogue models, the Rogue Hybrid offers freshened exterior and interior styling, additional safety, security and driving aid technology and a wide range of standard and available comfort, convenience and utility features.

The new, compact hybrid powertrain is designed to balance performance with significant increases in fuel efficiency. It takes full advantage of an electric motor’s instant torque for exceptional acceleration and, in combination with the 2.0-liter engine and advanced Xtronic transmission, provides an energetic feel under all driving conditions.

The 2017 Rogue Hybrid produces projected fuel economy1 of 33 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and 34 mpg combined (estimated) for the front-wheel drive model. Rogue Hybrid all-wheel drive models are projected at 31 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined (estimated)1. Most significantly, it does so with virtually no compromise of performance, interior roominess or cargo space (compared to standard Rogue models).

The hybrid system combines an advanced 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy inline 4-cylinder engine and a compact lithium-ion battery with an innovative one-motor, two-clutch control. The system’s gasoline engine is rated at 141 horsepower and 144 lb-ft of torque, while the advanced 30 kW electric motor is rated at 40 horsepower and 118 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid system net power is 176 horsepower.

At the core of the Rogue Hybrid gasoline-electric hybrid system is Nissan’s advanced Intelligent Dual Clutch Control system. The first of the two clutches is a dry clutch installed between the 4-cylinder engine and the electric motor, where the torque converter would normally be, and the second is between the motor and Xtronic transmission.

The high-output lithium-ion battery is able to charge/discharge quickly, which contributes to high-speed, precise control of the electric motor and optimum clutch control, and in combination enable smooth start and quick shift changes. An Intelligent Regenerative Braking system partially recharges the battery during vehicle braking and additional fuel economy is provided by an Idle Start/Stop system.

In addition, with use of the compact Lithium-ion battery located under the rear cargo area, the Rogue Hybrid maintains its flat rear floor for easy passenger access to the rear seat and little reduction of cargo room.

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1. Fuel economy based on targeted 2017 EPA fuel economy estimates for 2017 Rogue Hybrid. EPA data not available at time of publication. Targeted 2017 fuel economy 33 mpg city or 35 mpg highway or 34 mpg combined (FWD) or 31 mpg city or 34 mpg highway or 33 mpg combined (AWD) estimate based on Nissan internal testing results, subject to EPA confirmation. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.



Introducing the 2017 Kia Rio


The redesigned 2017 Kia Rio is one smart sub-compact car. Meet the 2017 Kia Rio and all the features it brings.


From the sculpted, aerodynamic shape, to its distinctive front grille, the 2017 Rio is sure to draw looks. Inspired by European design, Kia updated both the front and rear to be even sleeker than it was before.


The Rio’s bold and dynamic styling can be felt in the interior. Loaded with driver and passenger amenities, like extra headroom and legroom, the Rio is a compact car with lots of comforts.


The technology in the Rio is all designed to make the driving experience more convenient and comfortable. Tech like the available rear-camera display or interactive UVO display make driving the Rio one of Kia’s most convenient cars yet.


The 2017 Kia Rio comes equipped with a 1.6-liter GDI engine, which can achieve up to 37 mpg on the highway. The Rio strives for a balance of performance and efficient economy.

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The 2017 Kia Rio is starting to hit dealerships nationwide, including Paul Sansone Jr.’s Automall 66. Drop by today to test drive the 2017 Kia Rio or any other car we have on the lot. Automall 66 provides Kia and Nissan sales, as well as auto service, parts, and accessories in Jersey Shore.


Best Events Around the Jersey Shore


October brings with it many spooky events and activities for you and your family to enjoy. If you’re looking for a good fright this October in Jersey Shore, look no further than these upcoming events.

Historic Haunts House Tour

The perfect marriage of history and paranormal, visit the Emlen Physick Estate to learn more about the Victorian Era’s fascination with spiritualism, mysticism, the paranormal, and the macabre. You’ll also learn more about today’s methods of ghost hunting and paranormal research. The Emlen Physick Estate is a legitimate mansion from 1879. The estate is located at 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, New Jersey. The tour season starts October 5. A complete list of open tour dates is as follows: Oct 5, 7, 8, 9, and 31; Nov 5 and 12. The tours start at 7:45pm and run until 8:15pm.

Haunted Seaport

Visit the Tuckerton Seaport on October 20, 21, or 22 at 6:00pm for this unique event. Pirates and sea captains that were lost to the sea long ago will be out and about on the Tuckerton Seaport boardwalk for a night of frights. The event costs $8.00 per person. Head to 120 W Main St, Tuckerton, New Jersey.

Boo at the Zoo

The Cape May County Park & Zoo will host a family-friendly “Boo at the Zoo” event on October 22 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. There will be a costume contest, craft stations, children’s amusement rides, a magic show, candy, and, of course, animal exhibits. Head to 707 Rt, Cape May Court, House, New Jersey.

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Kia Maintenance Tips for Fall


Fall is officially here, which means that it’s time for some fall maintenance whether you have a Kia that you’re keeping or you just bought or leased a new Kia from Sansone Jr.’s Automall 66. Fall is a funky season since the weather could turn at the drop of a hat. While you expect the weather to be cooler, it could get crazy enough to snow, especially later in the fall. Thus, you’ll need to get your vehicle ready for fall – and maybe a touch of winter.

Oil Change

When you change the oil and filter this fall, check your owner’s manual to see if the manufacturer recommends a different weight oil for the winter. If you do a lot of driving and change the oil frequently, you could fit one more change in before you switch to a different weight, but by November you should switch pursuant to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Belts and Hoses

While you are still seeing days that are warm enough for the air conditioning, you’ll be turning the heat on before you know it. Have our service department check all radiator and heater hoses to ensure that they are not dry rotted. The last thing you need is to turn on the heat or the defroster and have a hose pop.

You should also check your vehicle’s belts. Your vehicle could have one serpentine belt that drives all of the accessories; it could have two or more serpentine belts; V-belts or a combination of serpentine and V-belts. All of them should be checked for wear and tear and dry rotting.

Additionally, your vehicle may have a timing belt. Your owner’s manual will tell you when the timing belt should be changed, if applicable to your vehicle. Some vehicles may have a timing chain or even a gear drive that do not need to be changed as often, though the most common is a timing belt.

Other Things to Check

Be sure to have your brakes and tires checked when you bring your vehicle in for service. If your ABS light is on, that should be repaired so you have the full benefit of the computer helping you in tricky braking situations.

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The 2017 Kia Sportage


This fourth-generation compact CUV features a refined interior, new design and improvements on ride and handling. Additional changes include an advanced driver assistance system, UVO3 and additional technological features.

Updates that you’ll notice right away across the line include soft-touch materials, a more spacious and luxurious cabin and better efficiency and performance. The new generation has three trim levels: the LX, EX and SX Turbo.

New Design

The 2017 Kia Sportage has new body panels, higher-positioned headlights, a new sharply detailed hood, lower and wider front clip for better cooling, and a new planted, aggressive stance. The width remains the same at 73 inches but the wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer at 105.1 inches. The overall length of the Sportage is now 176.4 inches, 1.6 inches longer than the 2016 model year.

The Sportage retained its sloping roof line and raked rear window, plus the signature short overhangs and wheels pushed out to the corners. The SX Turbo adds “ice cube” LED fog lights, LED tail lights, satin exterior trim, HID headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels and metal-look skid plates.

The Interior

The interior now features a driver-oriented cockpit including a laterally designed dashboard, a color touch screen that is angled 10 degrees toward the driver, switches for the dual-zone climate control that are easily identifiable for the driver and secondary audio controls.

Additionally, the Sportage features leather on the EX and SX Turbo trim levels and a D-shaped heated leather-wrapped steering wheel on the SX Turbo.

The headroom has increased by 0.2 inches in the front and 0.6 inches in the rear. Legroom has also increased to 38.2 inches in the rear. You also have more cargo room, including a dual-level cargo floor and a wider luggage area. This increased the cargo room from 26.1 cubic feet to 30.7 cubic feet.

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The Nissan Versa Note is a Top Back to School Car


The Nissan Versa Note is a good car for back to school – in fact, according to Kelley Blue Book, the Nissan Versa Note is named on its “10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2016.” This is the second consecutive year that it’s been included on the list.

To be included on the list, vehicles have to be available for under $20,000 and meet the editor’s criteria of being safe and stylish.

According to Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com, “Safety is the paramount decision when it comes to back-to-school cars, and practicality and affordability are also high on the list of desirable characteristics, at least according to parents. The kids involved also prefer to have a car they’re happy to be seen in, which suggests that style is part of the equation too. Our 2016 list of the 10 Best Back-to-School Cars addresses all of these wants with an array of cool cars that has something for just about any returning student.”

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If you’re interested in the 2016 Nissan Versa Note for your student (or even for yourself!) come check one out at Sansone Jr.’s Automall 66. For new and used auto sales, service, parts, and accessories in New Jersey, visit Sansone Jr.’s Automall 66 today!


September Events Around Jersey Shore


Pick up a new vehicle from Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall and then plan to attend some local activities. If you’re not ready for a new vehicle yet, be sure to call our service department to schedule an appointment for maintenance.

Hoboken Italian Festival – September 8-11

Jersey Shore has a lot of Italian heritage and this festival celebrates that. A waterfront extravaganza with international food and music. Celebrating the Feast of the Madonna Dei Martiri. Amusement rides and a carnival offer activities for kids as well. A fireworks display takes place Saturday night.

Roar to the Shore Wildwood Bike Rally – September 8-11

Come and see for yourself how local government officials, law enforcement, restaurant and bar owners, sponsors and rally attendees all work together to make Roar to the Shore one of the largest free motorcycle rallies on the east coast!

6th Annual Brew Blast on the Battleship – September 10

A great day of craft beer sampling (over 50 beers) & live classic rock on the tented deck of America’s most decorated battleship.  All tickets include a Free Tour of the Battleship New Jersey. Great food available for purchase. Tickets cost $35.

Ocean County Car Show – September 11

All cars that are at least 25 years old are welcome for judging. Over eighty trophies will be awarded! Proceeds benefit Ocean of Love and Seaside Heights Toys for Tots.

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