The 2021 Kia Sorento X-Line, Alderson Dealership, & Chip Shortage
Thursday on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin, The Car Pro Jerry Reynolds joined Dave and Matt to talk about several auto industry topics including his test drive of the week, the fate of the Alderson dealership and their new owners, rent car shortages, people's favorite car colors, what Ford is doing during the chip shortage, and more.
This week the Car Pro was test driving the 2021 Kia Sorento X-Line, a car that he couldn't help but compare to the Kia Telluride. Reynolds explained that the Kia Telluride has been the hottest SUV on the market for 2 years, and that he has never seen a car come out of the gate selling as much as it did, and then continue to do so. Jerry suspects that what Kia did was take the Telluride and make a version for people who don't need quite as much room. This new model takes the great attributes of the Telluride, minus the large amount of room in the 3rd row seat and cargo area, and puts it into a high quality Sorento. The car comes with some nice features, such as advance blind spot monitoring, where you can turn your blinker on, and a wide angle camera will come on giving you a good view of your blind spot. The 2021 Kia Sorento X-Line has a window sticker price of $44,000.
The Car Pro also talked about several other issues concerning the car industry right now. Reynolds said that he had several emails from people who were worried about the Alderson dealerships which have existed for decades and have been well regarded, and their acquisition by the Cavender family of dealerships. Jerry explained that he has interacted with several members of the company, and he believes they are top notch, and that Lubbock will be very glad to have them here. "I don't think they could've sold to anybody who would have taken better care of the people there," Jerry said.
Reynolds also talked about the ongoing car shortage. He explained that because of the continued shortage of chips, people are unable to make complete cars, and it is forcing companies like Ford to manufacture cars without the electronics and store them out on a racetrack until they are able to be outfitted properly. Additionally, there is a shortage of rent cars as car manufacturers are unable to provide rental companies with cars to use. Jerry said that it is a mess, and it will continue to be a mess.
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