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Kia KCD12 Concept to Signal Plans for Large CUV

Debut planned in Detroit.

by on Jan.06, 2016

The Kia KCD12 concept vehicle takes aim at the large, high-line crossover segment.

Kia will roll out the latest in its long-running series of KCD concept vehicles at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.

Dubbed the KCD12, the show car will offer a solid glimpse of what the Korean carmaker has in mind for the full-size crossover segment, slotting in above its current Sorento model, a company source told TheDetroitBureau.com.

What a Concept!

Kia officials released this teaser image during this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. An initial look suggests the KCD12 would be sized somewhere between a Toyota Highlander and Sequoia. But the concept vehicle appears to be targeting a more premium segment of the market.

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Kia Powers Up GT4 Stinger Concept

High-performance hatch scheduled for Detroit debut.

by on Jan.02, 2014

Kia will show us more of the GT4 Stinger in Detroit.

“Behold the Kia GT4 Stinger,” our friends from Korea suggest, offering the first rendering of the sporty little concept vehicle the maker plans to reveal at the North American International Auto Show just a little more than a week from now.

The maker had previously hinted that it was working up a 2+2 hatchback concept. And now that it’s given the show car a name, it is supplying just enough new information to keep us teased.

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A Safe Bet!

Perhaps most intriguing is the mention of a “turbocharged 2.0-liter that pumps 315 horsepower to the rear wheels.”

The Korean carmaker does have both an engine and rear-drive platform in the parts bin it shares with sibling brand Hyundai, so perhaps we may learn at the Detroit Auto Show about some production plans.

But for now, the only other hard information we can relay is the fact that the show car will have an extremely low, supercar-like ride height, that it rides on custom 20-inch wheels, features a carbon fiber front splitter mounted below the bumper, and that white surrounds and vertical LED headlamps surround an even more sporty version of the current Kia “tiger nose” grille.

The front end almost has an Audi R8-like appearance and that seems to fit the direction the automaker is taking. Long known for its bare-bones econoboxes, Kia has been developing a more recent reputation for cutting-edge styling thanks to former Audi designer Peter Schreyer, now a Vice Chairman of Hyundai-Kia and still the design boss of the smaller brand.

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Kia recently underscored its move up-market by announcing plans to produce the new K900 premium luxury sedan; at as much as $70,000, the four-door taking aim at the likes of the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class – and the Hyundai Genesis.

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What else can we add about the GT4 Stinger Concept? We’ll give Kia the last word, the maker suggesting it is “aimed at delivering head-turning looks while providing superb driving enjoyment, whether on the road or at the track.”

First Look: 2014 Kia Cadenza

New sedan reveals Korean maker's upscale aspirations.

by on Jan.15, 2013

The 2014 Kia Cadenza displays the latest take on the Korean maker's Tiger Nose design.

Like Hyundai, its better-known Korean sibling, Kia has some aggressive upscale aspirations – and it’s revealing what’s in store with the new 2014 Cadenza premium sedan making its first appearance at the North American International Auto Show.

As with other recent Kia offerings, such as the stylish Optima, the bigger model adopts a sleeker and more upscale appearance developed under the guidance of former Audi designer Peter Schreyer, who has led the dramatic transformation of the Korean brand since joining Kia five years ago.

News You Can Trust!

Known as the K7 in the Korean market, the new 2014 Kia Cadenza is slightly longer than the BMW 5-Series, albeit a bit narrower.  It shares the same underlying platform as the Hyundai Azera and will go up against such competitors as the Acura RL and the newly restyled Toyota Avalon – as well as Chevrolet’s 2014 Impala update.

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Kia Expects U.S. Sales to Surge Past 500,000

Pushing for more product.

by on Jan.10, 2012

The midsize Optima sedan has been a transformational product for the Kia brand.

After setting a blistering pace during the past three years, Kia Motors America expects sales to continue climbing well past 500,000 units in 2012 even though it will not be launching any new products for the first time in recent years.

Kia sales increased 36% last year to 485,000 units in the US as its rebuilt product line and its clever and aggressive advertising — featuring dancing hamsters and stars from the National Basketball Association — helped draw new customers into U.S. showrooms. Overall, sales of new light-duty vehicles increased 8% in 2011, so Kia gained market share as well as volume.

In the Know!

“You have to remember we were capacity constrained last year,” said Michael Sprague, Kia vice president of marketing and public relations.“ Between November of 2008 and November of 2011, Kia sales grew 78% as it rolled out the Kia Soul, Kia Optima and Kia Sorento.

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