5 Places in Central Jersey to Volunteer on EARTH Day

Earth Day, observed on April 22 each year, is the focus of an entire week dedicated to awareness of environmental issues and the need for environmental protection. In its grander scope, the event seeks to alter human behavior and mobilize formal governmental policy change, both with a view to reducing stress on the planet’s ecosystems. Celebrated in approaching 200 countries, the event is now globally coordinated by Earth Day Network.

Local Connection

Celebrated in the United States since 1970, countless communities now stage rallies in honor of Earth Week and Earth Day. Aside from New York City, the largest inaugural Earth Day event took place in Philadelphia, just across the bridge from us in Fairmount Park. Naturally enough, our region still gets behind the event in a big way.

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Amico Island Park

On April 12, 2014, between 8:30 AM and 12:00 midday, volunteers are staging a clean-up of AmicoIslandPark, Delran, NJ. The aim is twofold: to collect litter and debris from along the park’s shoreline and to inventory that waste for future reference work. Organizers of the event are the NJ Clean Communities Council’s Clean Water Challenge. To register, contact Geoff Richter at (609) 859-8860, extension 56.

Palmyra Cove Nature Park

On April 19, 2014, you can join in with another park clean-up, this time at Palmyra CoveNature Park, adjacent to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. Habitats within the park include creek and river shoreline, meadows, wetlands, woodlands and the freshwater tidal cove for which the 250-acre facility is named. Because of its location – in a highly developed urban area, right on the Delaware River – this habitat is in need of ongoing protection from environmental pollution. Hours for this volunteer event are 11 AM to 3 PM. For details, call the Burlington County Bridge Commission on (856) 829-1900.

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Burlington County Parks System

BurlingtonCounty’s Division of Parks continues to stage Earth Day celebrations across the region. Previous venues have included:

  • Boundary Creek Natural Resource Area in Moorestown
  • LongBridgePark in Hainesport
  • PenningtonPark in Delanco
  • Smith’s Woods in Eastampton

Bruce Garganio, a former Burlington County Freeholder Director, describes the events thus: “Residents are encouraged to visit one or more of the parks to hike the trails, meet park rangers, enjoy guided nature walks, learn about recycling and composting, and also take advantage of activities targeted to children.” For up-to-date information on this year’s events, contact BurlingtonCounty on (609) 265-5858.

Saddler’s Woods Urban Forest

The Saddler’s Woods Conservation Association is organizing an Earth Day Stewardship Event at 250 MacArthur Boulevard, HaddonTownship. Intended to raise awareness, and pride in, of the small urban forest opposite the Haddonview Apartments, volunteers are needed to weed out invasive species as well as to join in their clean-up activities. To register, contact Kristen at (856) 869-7372.

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Penn Institute for Urban Research

Between 5:30 and 7:30 PM on Earth Day itself, PIUR is hosting a lecture entitled Mapping Our Global Future in the lower gallery of its Meyerson Hall. To quote: “Panelists will examine rapid population growth and the institutional, technological, and behavioral innovations impacting the ability of the Earth to sustain future human settlement.” To learn more about this free event, contact the Institute at (215) 573-8386.

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Traveling between events, and doing so in an ecologically responsible way, is easy for drivers in the central west Jersey and metro Philadelphia area: check out the full range of Kia vehicles at Burlington Kia.  Located less than 1.5 miles eastward from the confluence of Burlington Pike (SR 130), and Reed Street/Keim Boulevard after it comes off the Burlington Bristol Bridge, access couldn’t be easier.

April is National Car Care Month – Spoil your Car with a Multi-Point Inspection

According to the Car Care Council’s national consumer media campaign, April is National Car Care Month. What does this mean for you?

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Why Take Part?

The real reward, is discovering that your vehicle is safe and roadworthy, or — more importantly — if it is not. If your brakes, or the belt which powers your steering, or a tire is about to fail, it is extremely important to deal with the event before it occurs, rather than after.

There’s another extremely pertinent reason to take advantage of these incentives. Always remember that preventative maintenance is much cheaper than repairing a neglected machine, and far less inconvenient: using a loaner vehicle for a couple of hours or reading a magazine in an air-conditioned waiting room while sipping a complementary coffee beats hanging around on the side of an Interstate in the rain, waiting for an overworked tow truck driver to reach you.

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The Results Are In

The dealership’s findings should be given to you in the form of a printed document listing the inspections carried out. Typically, that form will have a small colored panel beside each item on the inspection list, green meaning great, no work; yellow meaning be aware, this component is wearing out or in need of replenishment; red meaning warning, this item needs immediate attention.

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This document is effectively a prescription for your car and should be kept as a record and a cheat-sheet. If no urgent work is recommended, you can drive away with the inspection list, then use it to schedule your next maintenance visit or to prioritize your DIY work.

The Full Monte

All dealerships are different, but a good multi-point inspection done in a vehicle service center should cover most of the following:

  • Diagnostic Tests. ABS system codes; battery test; engine management codes; transmission management codes.
  • Interior and Under the Hood. Air filter; battery terminals and cables; brake fluid level and condition; brake pedal operation; cabin air filter(s); clutch (if present) operation; door latches and power-door lock operation; drive belts; emergency flashers; engine oil level and condition; fuel cap seal; glass condition and power window operation; horn; HVAC operation and hose condition; instruments and gauges; lights; master cylinder condition, and fluid level; mirror operation (including auto-dimming); oil levels and condition in the differential and gearbox; parking brake operation; power steering fluid level and condition; radiator condition and coolant level; seat belt operation and condition; spark plug condition; steering (operation, pump, hoses); turn signals; washers; wiper operation and blade condition.
  • Under the Car. Axle dust boots; brake pad and disc condition; engine mounts; exhaust system pipes and mufflers; fluid leaks (engine, transmission, front and rear differentials); front and rear suspension and struts; oil filter; steering system linkage and mounts; tire pressures; tire tread wear and depths; transmission shift linkages.

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Scheduling Your Appointment

Hairdressers are famous for signs that read “Walk-Ins Welcome;” doctors, dentists and other professionals, less so. An expert automotive technician is such a professional, thus it’s strongly recommended that you make an appointment for your inspection. The entire process shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes, just as long as you’re expected.

Drivers of all automotive brands can contact Burlington Kia, whose location is convenient for west central New Jersey and the eastern parts of Philadelphia. You can even book your appointment online!  Simply click here and fill in your details.

 

Celebrate Earth Day in an Environmentally Friendly Kia

April 22, 2014 marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day worldwide. What started as optimistic hopes of a flower-power culture in the United States has grown into a mainstream sensibility that we are all mere passengers on this planet and have a responsibility to care for it. 

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Earth Day Then and Now

In 1970, Americans used leaded gasoline to fuel V-8 engines powering steel cars manufactured in automobile plants freely and legally belching pollutants into the air. Today, nothing from that list appears anywhere on our landscape.

Green Cities

The Earth Day Network has designated Earth Day 2014 to emphasize its Green Cities campaign. This multi-pronged approach includes focusing on improving transportation, to make it more environmentally friendly. The Network seeks to improve emission standards in all areas of transportation. Some 23 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation, with road vehicles responsible for roughly 75 percent of that. 

Another focus for Earth Day 2014 is increasing mileage standards for road vehicles. With a projected 1.3 billion cars worldwide by 2020, every increase in mileage reduces greenhouse gases and extends limited resources. 

Your Role

Improving emission standards and increasing miles-per-gallon (MPG) standards are easily obtainable goals if you consider the environmentally friendly choices Kia offers. When you use your economic power to shop wisely at Burlington Kia, you show your support for ecological sustainability. 

Kia Optima Hybrid

The Kia Optima Hybrid has been delivering 34 MPG in the city and 40 MPG on the highways around Burlington for a while now, with a lot of satisfied fans. Its 2.4-liter, 159 horsepower, four-cylinder gasoline engine squeezes every drop of energy out of a fill-up. But switching to the lithium polymer battery drops fuel consumption to zero and keeps you moving on down the road to greener tomorrows. 

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Burlington Kia usually has at least one low-mileage, high-quality previously owned Optima Hybrid available, or they can help you find the earth-friendly car of your dreams. 

Arriving this spring, the Kia Optima Hybrid 2014 will make your Burlington neighbors green with ecological envy. Switching effortlessly between its 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and its lithium batteries, the car knows when to deliver environmentally friendly electric vehicle (EV) power and when to give you the get-up-and-go you want for highway merges and snappy acceleration. 

Kia Soul EV

Arriving this fall, the Kia Soul EV (electric vehicle) has a high-tech battery, motor and gear drive to give you the lively driving experience you want while bringing your greenhouse gas emissions on the road down to zero. Plug in, charge up, and drive away. No need for special electric charging stations either since the Kia Soul EV can plug in anywhere. 

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The Kia Soul EV has a motor delivering 109 horsepower in near silence. With 210 foot pounds of torque and the ability to pre-heat or pre-cool the interior while still plugged in, this earth-friendly car will get you where you want to go in style and comfort. Don’t think you can wait until the fall? Check out the current line of Kia Soul at Burlington Kia.

Longevity

Extending the useful life of a purchase helps the earth, too. Are you getting the most out of everything you buy? Buy a Kia with its 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty and you know you are investing in an ecologically sound automobile. Any Kia, whether electric, hybrid, or conventionally powered, is built to last. Driving a Kia for 10 years or more saves thousands of pounds of raw materials over replacing an old car every two or three years. Fuel efficient Kia cars also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower your carbon footprint. 

To learn more about Kia’s role in a greener earth, contact us at Burlington Kia today. 

Why your next vehicle should be a Certified Pre-Owned Kia

Even in an uncertain economy, certain financial strategies always pay dividends. Allocating your resources wisely can help you take advantage of multiple opportunities. Here are several reasons why you should consider parking a certified pre-owned Kia from Burlington Kia in the driveway of your Burlington-area home.

Kia Quality

Kia automobiles, whether pre-owned or new, carry one of the strongest warranty programs in existence. When you purchase a pre-owned Kia from Burlington Kia under the Certified Pre-Owned program, you get the ten-year/100,000 mile Limited Powertrain Warranty. This lasts from the manufacturer’s original in-service date (the date the car was first sold) for either ten years or 100,000 miles (whichever comes first).

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In addition to the powertrain warranty, you receive the balance of a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and the five-year/100,000 anti-perforation (rust-through) warranty. Considering many satisfied Kia owners sell their new Kias only a year or two after purchase to buy the newest model, you could get years of Kia quality and protection in a pre-owned Kia Sorento for the cost of a new Kia Optima.

Kia Value

A new car begins depreciating as soon as you drive off the dealer’s lot. Let the original buyer take the 40 percent drop in value the first year. Compare a 2014 Kia to its 2013 pre-owned predecessor and you can see the reward for waiting. You will worry less, too, because you are not as emotionally invested in the car. The first parking lot scratch, the first ding from a shopping cart, or the first dent from a softball tossed by your overeager little leaguer will matter far less.

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Kia Peace of Mind

A Certified pre-owned Kia from Burlington Kia passes a 150-point quality inspection. This is closer scrutiny than you could apply to any car yourself, new or pre-owned. But the Certified Pre-Owned program is not your only reassurance that your investment is safe.

You receive all these protections with a pre-owned Kia from Burlington Kia:

  • A CARFAX vehicle history report—Independent of Kia and Burlington Kia, the CARFAX report provides a reliable, third-party review of any issues the pre-owned car may have encountered, including flood damage, repair work, inspections and accidents.
  • Roadside Assistance—This is in effect for 10 years from the original in-service date and transfers from original owner to you, so you reap the balance of the program. For any limitations and exclusions, please ask to review the limited warranty.
  • Travel Breakdown Coverage—Like Roadside Assistance, this protection is in effect for 10 years from original in-service date, transferring fully to subsequent owners with some exclusions and limitations.

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Opportunity

When neighbors gaze admiringly at the new Kia Sportage parked in your driveway, you need not share with them the secrets of your financial wisdom that allowed you to afford it. With the confidence that comes from the 150-point inspection and the full coverage you get, you may be the only one to know your car is pre-owned.

There may be no sense telling everyone what you will be doing with the money you saved by buying a pre-owned Kia instead of a new model. When you take the family on a two-week vacation, if everyone wants to assume you earned a large raise, let them.

Buying a pre-owned Kia expands your purchasing power and increases your opportunities—to travel, to invest, to save for a vacation home or a college fund.

Test Drive

The only way to completely satisfy yourself about the benefits of a pre-owned Kia from Burlington Kia is to come in for a test drive. Check out 2013 and 2014 pre-owned Kias from the Soul to the Sedona. It’s a great opportunity!

Why Kia’s are perfect for Music Lovers

Nothing is more natural when you are driving a car you love than to turn up the radio and play your favorite music. A Kia is the perfect vehicle if you are a music lover and want to enjoy both a comfortable exciting ride and a great sound system while you drive. The audio system in the Kia has many features that are sure to love. At Burlington Kia, we can help you choose the perfect model with the highest quality sound system that will give you the best experience of your favorite music while you are in the driver’s seat.

Kia has a partnership with Infinity, a manufacturer of high-end home, auto and marine sound systems. You can experience Infinity’s cutting edge audio technology in a Kia automobile. Their Logic 7 proprietary technology creates an amazing envelope of sound in the vehicle cabin by distributing the audio signal to seven or more different channels. This system is designed especially for surround sound systems in the enclosed environment of an automobile.

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Infinity’s Metal Matrix Diaphragm speakers employs a lightweight composite of ceramics and metals that delivers clear high tones and bold low sounds with minimal distortion. They are engineered for great sound and long life. The Dual Voice Coil subwoofer effectively handles deep bass sounds and is placed in the rear of the vehicle for minimal distortion. The Infinity sound system can be installed many Ikea models for an enhanced audio performance.

The Kia Optima features 12 speakers in eight different locations with an 11-channel DSP amplifier to create a harmonically rich sound for the entire cabin. The Kia Sorento features the 11-channel amplifier with 12 speakers in ten different locations to produce an incredible audio experience that is optimized for the interior acoustics of the vehicle.

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Pump up your music experience in the Kia Soul. Ten speakers, including a sub-woofer mounted in the rear quarter panel, deliver high quality sound to all the passengers in the vehicle. You will turn heads as you cruise around town playing your music.

For a high-end audio experience, check out the luxurious Kia Cadenza. The Infinity Logic 7 Surround Sound system offers 12 speakers placed around the vehicle. It also has speed dependent volume to compensate for ambient noise and provide high quality music. It also features clickless controls for the volume and tone of the sound.

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A Kia vehicle is set up to deliver amazing sound through the audio system like no other vehicle. So whether you want to race down the highway to loud rock music or cruise around the boulevard to techno and hip-hop, a Kia will deliver an incredible audio experience. If you love classical music, the Infinity sound system will make driving in your Kia feel having front row seats in a concert hall. Visit us at Burlington Kia to test drive one of our vehicles. Bring your portable music device to plug in so you can enjoy your favorite tunes while you drive.

2014 Kia Forte – Best New Compact Sedan

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Kia has made great strides in the recent years. This is evident in their production of quality cars that top their segments. Industry experts and buyers alike are appreciating KIA vehicles more. This can be attributed to the fact that KIA models are comfortable, packed with lots of modern features and are reliable. Their designs are outright genius and unique, making these sedans trendsetters in the industry.

The success of the Kia brand has seen heavy investment in both production and distribution. Recently, Kia motors opened up shop in West Point, Georgia, their first assembly plant in the US. It is at this plant where the Optima and the Sorento, two of Kia’s leading brands, are manufactured. The success of the two brands is replicated in the compact sedan car segment with the Kia Forte.

Overview of the Kia Forte

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2014 Kia Forte

Acclaimed for its revolutionary design, the Kia Forte has been nominated for several awards as the best compact sedan. This is not just a fad. The vehicle is built with comfort and performance in mind. For a compact sedan, the Forte has raised the bar thanks to its features that are normally associated with high end cars. The exterior is bold and sleek and is bound to turn heads on the road.

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2014 Kia Forte Interior

The 2014 Kia Forte is large than it is predecessor and hence it has a spacious cabin. A larger cabin means more comfort, and this is especially demonstrated by the ample legroom on the back seat. The Forte is not just a beauty; it has the performance to match and is as comfortable as it gets with a compact sedan.

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The Forte is Winning

The 2014 Kia Forte is to be announced as the “best compact sedan car” later this year after emerging tops and beating five other nominated cars. This will be another award bagged by the 2014 Forte having earned top honors in previous compact sedan challenges. Evidently, Kia Motors has struck gold with the European inspired Forte! It is a compact sedan that puts it rivals to shame and back to the drawing board.

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The 2014 Kia Forte is not only winning awards but has also won praise and accolades from respected industry experts. Recently, a renowned executive heaped praise on the Forte, terming it a sleek sedan built for performance and packed with premium features. He further stated that the model has revolutionized the way people think about compact sedans. With the Forte, no longer is a compact sedan thought of as a boring ride. The fan base for the Forte is ever-increasing; a clear indication that all the praise is not for nothing.

With a strong brand such as the 2014 Forte, Kia Motors is sure of maintaining its upward trend in sales. The company is one of three manufacturers that have recorded tremendous growth in the last few years. Their European-inspired designs seem to have struck a chord with car buyers as sales of the brands has been steadily rising. Active brand lines have also endeared many to the Kia brand as each year sees improvement and refinement of their existing brands. Several SUVs have been produced that further cement Kia’s leadership in the market. The brands include the Optima, the Rio, the Cadenza, the Sportage, and the Soul. These models are distributed under Kia Motors America (KMA).

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Burlington KIA Dealership

Burlington Kia Dealership

KMA has an extensive dealership network that spans over 700 outlets throughout the US. Kia is a promising brand that will not be letting up anytime soon on the contrary their innovations and development will cement their position in the vehicle industry. To see the Kia Forte in NJ, visit Burlington Kia. Our expert staff can answer all Kia Forte related questions you have and will get you behind the wheel for a test drive.

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History of Kia Motors Corporation

The history of the Kia Motors Corporation demonstrates the innovation that is at the heart of this company.

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First Run from 1944 to 1981

A start-up company, Kyungsung Precision Industry, started making steel tubing and bike parts by hand in 1944. By 1951, the company was building and selling complete bicycles.
The company changed its name to Kia in 1952. The rough translation is “rising out of or to come up out of Asia”. The company expanded its product line in 1957 to include motorcycle manufacturing. Light trucks followed in 1962 and cars in 1974.
Through the late 1970s, Kia’s car manufacturing focused on the Brisa line of cars. Built on the 62 PS 1-liter Mazda engine, this line of cars were small and compact, used mainly in South Korea and in other parts of Asia. Production stopped in 1981, when the South Korean government forced industry consolidation which left Kia in the light truck market only.

Second Run from 1986 to 1997

Production resumed again in 1986 when Kia entered into a partnership with the Ford Motor Company. The company produced several Mazda-based vehicles for sale in South Korea and abroad. An example of this was the Kia Pride, sold in the American market under the name of the Ford Festiva.
Kia Motors America incorporated in the United States in 1992. This marked Kia’s direct entry into the American market. In 1994, four dealerships opened in Oregon featuring the Sephia and later, the Sportage. By 1995, there were over 100 dealerships in

over 30 states. That year the company sold almost 25,000 vehicles in the United States.
Things were going well for Kia until the Asian financial crisis began which lead the company to file bankruptcy in 1997. The next year, Hyundai Motor Company gained majority ownership of Kia and took the company in new directions.

Current Run from 1998 to Today

Under the guidance of Hyundai, throughout the early 2000s, Kia began offering more and more models in the North American market.
Kia hired Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, in 2006 to lead the way in renewing and updating the look of the Kia line of cars. One of his first innovations was introducing the now famous corporate grille known as the Kia Tiger Nose. The redesign was focused on making Kia recognizable without anyone seeing the logo or name.
Today, the Kia vehicle lineup has made its mark on the global marketplace. Their current models reflect the company’s evolution from bike manufacturing in the 1940s to being a major car manufacturer on the world market today:

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2014 Kia Lineup

2014 Kia Lineup

  • The Kia Forte is the current generation of compact sedans in Kia’s lineup. It replaced the Kia Cerato in 2008.
  • The Kia Optima came on the market in 2000 and stands as the line’s mid-sized four-door sedan. A hybrid version is available in the North American market.
  • The Kia Rio has undergone a couple of redesigns since it was introduced in 2002. It was a direct replacement for two other subcompacts: the Pride and the Avella.
  • Kia’s Soul hit the North American market in 2010. It fits into the compact MPV category nicely.
  • The Kia Sorento is the company’s mid-sized SUV offering in the U.S. Introduced in 2002, this vehicle will introduce a redesign in 2014.
  • The company introduced the Kia Sportage to the North America in 1995, making it the longest running model offered by Kia in this market.
  • The Kia Sedona is the company’s entry in the minivan class of vehicles. Introduced to North America in 1998, the Sedona is now on its second generation.
  • In 2013, Kia introduced the Kia Cadenza to the U.S. market. This luxury sedan replaces the Optima as the brand’s flagship model.

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