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Meet the Kia Forte 5-Door Antenna Hockey Hatch.

Once again, Kia and Antenna Magazine have collaborated to make a exciting sports version of an already popular family car. This time it was the turn of the Kia Forte. The ice hockey edition features everything you could possibly need from a conventional family car, with the added bonus of cool storage facilities for all your necessary kit.

On first impressions, besides the eccentric electric-blue wheels and that fact it is lowered, you might think there is little difference between the Hockey and its predecessor. Well you would be very wrong.

The Hockey features bucket seats for maximum ride comfort, and the headrests are fitted with monitors, so you can play the latest NHL games, on the integrated games console, while en-route to a match.

                  

Picture from kia-buzz.com

Kia and Antenna have managed to utilise all the available space effectively. I particularly like how they have created a partial-glass rear centre console, which acts as storage for your hockey stick, through the boot.

Not only that, included in the centre console, are two sports bottle holders and a holder for a selection of hockey pucks. Fairly pointless, but nonetheless amusing.

It amazes me how Kia are always thinking of new ideas to improve the functionality. Okay, so lining the foot-wells with full rubber, replicating that of the surrounding rink surface, might not be ground breaking, but it certainly makes the car even more practical for those wet trips to the rink.

Now for the boot space. If this doesn’t leave you open mouthed I don’t know what will!

Every single nook and cranny is filled with storage for your gear. There’s a shelf for you helmet, a rail for you shirt and a compartment for your skates. The look is finished off with neon accenting to match the wheels. 

I personally am not a massive fan of the colour scheme. Had Kia chosen to sport this funky little number with black rims as opposed to blue, I think there would be far more people wanting to own one.

This is a highly functional car, packed with features. Probably not that suitable for the ‘school-run-mum’, but I’m sure you wouldn’t think twice about catching a ride with your mates to the game.

I’d love to see Kia releasing far more cars like this, and really taking the meaning of sports hatchback to a new level.

-KiaCarCrazy

Kia unveil the 2013 Kia Sorento

         

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The flashy new model has had a cheeeky facelift! It now comes with 17in wheels as standard, as well as a new front end and different colour body kit – as you would expect from the updated model.

The top of the range model is packed full of exciting new add ons. It comes with a chrome exhaust tip, even bigger, 18 inch wheels and LED taillights.

You might be thinking ‘thats nothing special!’ but just wait until you see the interior. Kia have really gone all out on this one.

The standard Sorento comes with full electric windows, air con and a telescopic steering wheel – probably enough for most. The upgraded model however, comes with all of this plus a UVO infotainment system, a plush leather steering wheel, electric drivers seat, and just incase, a first aid kit.

The UVO infotainemt system is a top of the range sound system which allows you to 'use’ your phone by 'talking’ to the system. Not only that, the system provides a quality sound system through a number of connections. It includes an AUX imput so you can attach your ipod etc and a USB slot. That was just a brief description of what it does, but if you want to know more then check out the video link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tM3h-CWKdXo

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As well as this, the Sorento is available in 3 different engine sizes – which can give you up to 191 hp! Having said this, owning a 3.5 litre V6 is going to set you back quite a bit on fuel!

The price is yet to be disclosed but I have a feeling its probably going to be a bit pricey!

-KiaCarCrazy

Kia Unveil the flashy new Sorento

I have just been checking out the Kia UK website to see if they have any exciting news for all the Kia fans and found an article about the new Sorento - due to be unveiled in Autumn.

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Although they have not given specifics regarding the trim and interior, they have said that they been paying close attention to what you guys have been saying. The spokesperson for Kia has announced that the new Sorento will feature new and improved headlights. They will include snazzy new LED positioning lights - which not only look better, but actually light up the road in front of you more effectively. Presumably they will be similar to that of the K9 (below) and they Optima.

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Courtesy of: http://blogs.automotive.com/

Kia’s designers have also included new bumpers both front and back to accommodate a larger body-color surface. Unfortunately I was unable to find any pictures other than the ones on the website - they are quite small but can be found by clicking here.

The final alteration that Kia have announced is that they will be offering a greater choice when it comes to wheels. Customers will now be able to get up to 19 inch alloys - depending on the model. Fingers crossed they will be offering something a bit more exciting like they have done on the new picanto - as opposed to more conventional alloys like other companies.

I would love to see these on a Black Sorento!

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What do you think of the latest upgrade?

-KiaCarCrazy

Drakey - Pro Ceed

Hi everyone - hope you are all good!

As hoped, I’ve made some good contacts on the Kia Forum! I got chatting to ‘Drakey’ the other day and he kindly agreed to let me do a post about his Pro_Cee’d (which I am really grateful of!).

This is his Pride and Joy - WOW

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So, Drakey has managed to make his Kia even more gorgeous, with subtle red highlights and modifications, whilst maintaining almost all the standard components.

…The story began in 2008 when Drakey took that noble step and purchased his brand new Kia Pro_Cee’d. He wisely chose Phantom Black as his base. Since then he has done several things to make it even better.

For a cheeky bit of personalisation he has removed his Kia badge. I have only seen this done on a few cars and most of them looked bodged! When I read this I was initally shocked and couldn’t understand how he could make such a massive mistake… And then I saw the difference!

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He has also kindly explained how debadge your kia.

He then went one step further and changed his front Kia badge and the chrome grille to fit in with the red and black theme. He has cleverly used red and black carbon fibre wrap to do this. I really do admire his work as this can’t have been easy!

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Exterior Mods:

Rear de-badged and personalised
Chrome on front grille painted black
Kia Forum window decals
Window wind deflectors
Shortened aerial



When it comes to the interior Drakey hasn’t really altered it much from standard - and I don’t blame him! Why spoil what is already perfect?

He has added some fitted floor mats with red stitching and a hands free kit.

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Fully fitted Matts Hands-free audio connection


Some may think he is a fool. I on the other hand think he is a genius! Drakey has decided not to alter anything related to the engine and I think he has made a good decision. I test drove one of these the other week and they certainly aren’t lacking in power!

Okay, so I have a silly little 1.1 and this probably isn’t a fair comparision, but hey ho!

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As you may or may not have noticed in the above picture, Drakey has put some sexy new alloys on and changed his tyres. Not only that he has also lowered his Pro slightly (-30mm) with some Eibach springs to improve ride and handing. They also fit the arch much more nicely.

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His Pro is rocking some sweet 17 Inch Hijoin H286 Black with Red Ring Alloy Wheels with 205/40/17 Tyres. Need I say more?

I will leave you with one final image - Drakey’s Red & Black 08 Pro_Cee’d

As is often said Less is more.

-KiaCarCrazy


All photos can be found on kiaownersclub.co.uk and kia-forums.com.

Thanks Drakey!