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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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