Kia unveils upmarket front-drive saloon, but it's not coming to UK
30 March 2009

These are the first pictures of the new Kia VG luxury saloon concept, released ahead of its launch at the Seoul motor show.

The Kia VG, likely to go on sale in Korea in the autumn and the US in 2010, will be a front-wheel drive executive saloon, sharing its underpinnings with the Hyundai Azera.

The production version of the Kia VG will be a class above the Kia Magentis. It will be powered by either a four-cylinder 2.4 litre engine or a 3.8-litre V6.

A Kia spokesman said that the VG was unlikely to be sold in the UK as there would be little demand for it.

Kia Motors UK is instead focusing on the forthcoming Magentis, which has been designed by ex-Audi designer and Kia design boss Peter Schreyer.

A spokesman for Kia UK said: “The Magentis is the car that carries relevance for the UK market, as people look to downsize and get the best value.”

Mark Tisshaw

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