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Kia debuts its first feature(s) film complete with a kidnapping, chase, and heist

“The Features Film” showcases the Kia lineup

Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The Kia hamsters have party rocked their way into retirement. Kia has moved onto more sinister promotion opportunities. One might say that as the brand has matured, so has its audience and advertising approach.

The company's latest promo is a short film that shows off a select list of features from Kia's stable of models. Taking center stage alongside a roster of actors that look like they're supposed to remind the viewer of John Malkovich, Aubrey Plaza, and Karl Urban are the Kia Forte, Soul, Stinger, Niro EV, Niro HEV, Seltos, Sportage and Sorento.

"We'll miss going to the movies this Summer and catching the latest Hollywood blockbusters, so Kia took this as an opportunity to provide a similar viewing experience, but with a plot twist you never saw coming," said Russell Wager, director, marketing operations, Kia Motors America. "With many automakers offering the same or similar vehicle options, 'The Features Film' is a unique, entertaining and fun way to differentiate ourselves and reach consumers directly with highly creative content."

Along with an entertaining storyline, “The Features Film" has appearances from a host of technology including remote start, remote climate control, rear cross traffic alert, rearview camera, smart trunk, mood lighting, premium audio systems, lane keeping assist, long-distance EV and hybrid range, cargo space, blind spot collision avoidance assist, and turbocharged engines.

“The Features Film" will have you rooting for the getaway driver and mourning the loss of a rubber ducky.

The film is divided into a series of 13 individual 15-second videos and as a six-minute longform film. Watch the entire film below.

Kia Presents: The Features Film (Full Video) www.youtube.com

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Samson Sky is currently accepting reservations for the Switchblade flying car.

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On July 24, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed House Bill 1182, which, among other things, defines and establishes inspection and registration requirements for roadable aircraft. It was signed into law by Governor Sununu that same day.

That's right. New Hampshire is ready for you, flying cars.

The bill, which originated in the House's Transportation Committee defies the term "roadable aircraft" as being "any aircraft capable of taking off and landing from a suitable airfield which is also designed to be driven on public roadways as a conveyance".

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It also defines a process for the registration and collection of fees associated with that registration. The piece of legislation states that upon receiving an application for registration of a roadable aircraft and the payment of applicable state and municipal registration permit fees, the department shall issues a certificate of registration, provided that the person filing the application meets the requirements - proof of valid and unexpired aircraft registration issued by the New Hampshire department of transportation and a copy of an annual aircraft inspection completed within the 12 calendar months immediately preceding the date of application.

Each roadable aircraft will be identified by a registration number that is assigned to it. Traditionally, airplanes have similar registration numbers. The registration number and the registration certificate will expire at the same time - no longer than 16 months after issuance, and to coincide with the birth month of the registration holder. The roadable aircrafts will not be required to display an additional license plate or decal.

There will be a fee associated with each registration. While the exactly total isn't defined by the bill, the legislation states that the fees will be at least $2,000, which will be payable to the city or town where the roadable aircraft resides.

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Unlike traditional roadworthy vehicles, the roadable aircrafts will not have to be inspected annually. The bill makes this distinction alongside provisions for snowmobiles, mopeds, or off-highway recreational vehicles. However, new roadable aircraft must be inspected within 20 days of purchase as new and 10 days if the sale is the result of a used vehicle purchase.

The bill also takes into consideration how the roadable aircraft will be traded on the roadways. There, it is considered a motor vehicle, where it must obey the traditional laws of the road, just like any other motor vehicle would.

When using its airborne functionality, the roadable aircraft must "take off and land from a suitable airstrip and shall be prohibited from taking off and landing from any public roadway, unless under conditions of an emergency.", which means allow flying away from a traffic jam isn't allowed.

There are no self-driving cars or roadable aircrafts driving on America's streets today. But, it never hurts to plan for the future. The section of the bill that contains the sections relating to roadable aircrafts went into effect on July 24.

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The 2021 Kia Seltos is a fresh addition to the company's portfolio.

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You can learn a lot about a person by going on a road trip with them. Sharing a cramped space for days on end will bring out the best and worst in everyone.

Are they clean or messy; patient or not; tolerant of their companions' playlist picks or a more discerning musical connoisseur? All of this goes into whether a road trip partnership will be a success or failure. And there's a similar equation to be balanced with the other member of the road trip crew: the car itself.

2021 Kia Seltos Kia has made the Seltos stylish and given it unique paint color options.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

A proper road trip requires (ideally, anyway) a few things from an automobile. Decent fuel economy is always nice, as is ample cargo space for both your haul and supplies. Comfortable seats are a must, a decent stereo and convenient storage cubbies for drinks, food, phones, and whatever else must be kept close at hand.

Finally, the car must be a good companion — not too noisy and harsh, and definitely no complaining about the heat. Just smooth acceleration and an enthusiasm for eating up endless miles of American asphalt.

The new 2021 Kia Seltos checks every box.

The review car for my 1,700-mile road trip was the top-of-the-line Seltos SX Turbo AWD, weighing in at $29,485 after an extra $345 for the Starbright Yellow paint that was either a rather pleasing shade of dark yellow or an unfortunate sickly green, depending on the light. At least it photographs well, which is probably the point.

2021 Kia Seltos The Seltos is well appointed for a sub-$30,000 car.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Even for just under thirty grand, the Seltos SX was totally loaded with useful features: Automatic high beams (which seem silly until you have them, then they're essential); adaptive cruise control (ditto); active lane keeping; a large center touchscreen; wireless phone charging; a Bose stereo; and a full safety suite including pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, and rear-cross-traffic alert. The only safety feature it was missing, somewhat weirdly, is automatic windshield wipers — a small complaint, really.

The center console, which is an essential part of road trip kit, is particularly well thought out. There's a bin just ahead of the shift knob that's the perfect size for both your smartphone and for storing bags of beef jerky or Skittles. Above the bin is a wireless charging pad, which, when combined with the USB cable that's required for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, lets you keep two smartphones charged up with ease. There are a pair of decently sized cupholders behind the shift knob, just fore of an armrest and storage bin that's perfect for holding a vast quantity of facemasks which you'll need to do just about anything these days.

2021 Kia Seltos Despite its size, the Seltos has a good amount of storage in the rear.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The Seltos is not a particularly large subcompact crossover, which is both good and bad, though it makes excellent use of the space it does have. This is certainly a car meant for a two-person road trip, but there is ample room in the back for kids if you're bringing those along. My traveling partner and I preferred to put a cooler on the backseat instead, which was easily reached by either driver or passenger.

The trunk is surprisingly roomy for such a small crossover, easily swallowing up my full size suitcase plus several weekender duffel bags, a couple of collapsable lawn chairs, and a case of water — all without obscuring visibility through the rear window.

The SX Turbo comes with a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, but it produces an easy 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque that is more than enough to keep things moving along. It was no problem to pass slow-moving trucks on the highway or to merge into traffic, and we easily exceeded the 25/30/27 fuel economy ratings. We averaged 30.7 mpg across more than 1,700 mostly-highway miles, which is particularly important in California, which has some of the highest gas prices in the country. And, though it has a turbocharged engine, the Seltos is happy with regular gasoline.

2021 Kia Seltos The 2021 Kia Seltos delivers enough space for kids in the second row.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

I wish the digital speed indicator on the instrument cluster was a bit bigger, and a sunroof would have been nice — that last feature isn't available if you get the black or white roof option. And dual-zone climate control might have been nice, though I wouldn't really expect it on a sub-$30,000 car. And to be honest, I can't come up with any other complaints.

The Seltos SX, with its small, turbocharged engine and eminently reasonable price, was our perfect vehicular road-trip companion. Quiet, practical, comfortable, and completely overshadowed by the grandeur of America's National Parks. Just as it should be.

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