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First Look: 2011 Kia Amanti

Dubbed Cadenza for foreign markets, taking its first bow.

by on Nov.24, 2009

Dubbed Kia Cadenza for most of the world, expect to see this sedan show up as the 2011 Kia Amanti replacement.

Dubbed Kia Cadenza for most of the world, expect to see this sedan show up as the 2011 Kia Amanti replacement.

Don’t let the name fool you, the sleek new sedan taking its bow over in Seoul, today, may be known as the Kia Cadenza, to much of the world, but when it finally reaches the U.S., it will be dubbed the Kia Amanti, a replacement for the Korean carmaker’s current top-line 4-door.

The new car is clearly aimed at enhancing Kia’s already improving image.  The smaller sibling to the “other” Korean automaker, Hyundai, it’s been scoring steady gains in quality and is trying to move up from its traditional econobox base.  The old Amanti simply wasn’t going to cut it, especially with Hyundai scoring big with the Genesis line.

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Curiously, though, the Cadenza/Amanti won’t show up in Los Angeles, next month.  Its big debut is scheduled for Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Motor Show, a few weeks later.

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First Look: 2010 Kia Cadenza

Like its Korean sibling, Kia is moving up-market.

by on Oct.19, 2009

The production version of the KND-5 concept vehicle, the 2010 Kia Cadenza.

The production version of the KND-5 concept vehicle, the 2010 Kia Cadenza.

There may come a time when we’ll look back and try to remember when Korean cars might have best been described as cheap and cheerful.  These days, the Asian makers are moving decidedly up-market, as this pic of the 2010 Kia Cadenza clearly illustrates.

The other Korean brand, Hyundai, has already stepped up the automotive ladder with its Genesis sedan – winner of this year’s prestigious North American Car of the Year award.  Hyundai plans to press even further into luxury territory with the Equus sedan, planned for launch sometime next year. But those who thought Hyundai’s sibling Kia division would be left to focus on the entry auto market might have to think again.

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The 2010 Kia Cadenza is the production version of the maker’s well-received KND-5 concept vehicle.  We’ll get our first look at the actual sheet metal at the Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Kuwait motor shows, later this year.

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