Cadenza hints at styling for future models
Mark Tisshaw
20 October 2009

Kia has launched a new luxury saloon, the Cadenza, which hints at the styling of the new Magnetis.

The Cadenza replaces the Opirus model, which is sold in Korean, North American and European markets. It is set to appear at various Middle Eastern motor shows later this year, before going on sale in 2010.

Kia is currently working on its next-generation Magnetis saloon, which sits a class lower than the Cadenza. The styling of the Cadenza, which was previewed as the VG concept earlier this year, is set to heavily influence the Magentis as part of Kia’s new design language.

“It very clearly shows the deign direction we want to be going in and any new car we bring along now will conform to what our designer Peter Schreyer’s trying to achieve,” a Kia source told Autocar. “And that includes the Magentis.”

The source said it is likely to eventually be sold in mainland Europe, where the Opirus is currently sold, although a UK launch was unlikely.

“We’ve no plans at all at the moment to bring the Cadenza to the UK,” said the source. “It’s a segment we’re not in at the minute and it’s one dominated by German manufacturers in the UK. The product would have limited appeal here financially so a right-hand drive version is unlikely.”

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20 October 2009

Hyundai is now working on KIA, like they worked one themselves 10 years ago. KIA will soon go upmarket everntually.

By the way, KIA will have a Sedan that will slot above this sold in America, Korea, China, Middle East, and Australia only. Its Larger and more Muscular than the Cadenza, something that us Americans could make, but are too scared to.

Guess What it will be All Wheel Drive, and have RWD too. It will feature the V6 from the Genesis V6 Option. Look for that to drop soon enough, yall.

It will be a Lower Cost Hyundai Genesis essentially.

The Cadenza will get AWD too, as AWD will be a KIA trademark for the company as a whole.

20 October 2009

The Cadenza is called the K5, the Larger Sedan prototypes are called K7. Look it up, I think youll like what you see..

20 October 2009

Haha, I see you lot FINALLY got around to posting this! I tried posting it as a thread in the NEW section of the FORUMS but you Autocar crew kept removing it - but I forgive you now you have posted a proper article on this beautiful offering from Kia (which rather fortunately deeply resembles the concept on which it's based).

20 October 2009

There is a Maserati Quattroporte somewhere with no tail lights!

20 October 2009

Sensible move not bringing it to the UK, no matter how good it is. If they did, it could repeat the sales performance of the Hyundai Grandeur, which in isolation wasn't a bad car.



It's all about the twisties........

20 October 2009

Hyundai Grandeur, is import special order only in UK afaik.The luxury XG was fully available though.

Much prefer XG to bland Grandeur.Suppose Grandeur is for someone who finds a Honda Legend too common

22 October 2009

Well that Honda Legend you speak of is sold in here the States as an Acura RL.

That's good to compare the 2, as Hyundai is going for that Lower Tier Luxury Acura Market in America.

22 October 2009

Oh Hey Johnathan, how you doing man? Us Hyundai/KIA guys have to be all over, man. I want to see our cars the most popular everywhere too.

I want guys in Chicago trading in their Acura MDX'es and MINIs for Tuscons and Accents . I want guys in New Castle trading in their Audi A2s for Hyundai i20s, and Vengas. I want People everywhere trading in Renaults, Peugeots, Toyotas, Diahatsus, Hondas, Citroens, TATAs, Chryslers, Dodges, Acuras, Mercurys, Lincolns, Small Audis, VWs, MINIs Etc..... for Rios, Cadenzas, Vengas, Optima/Magentises, Fortes, C'eeds, Sedonas, and Picantos.

I love that Little Car: the Picanto. Ive never seen one in person, but in pics that thing looks like it has some heart in it. A Proud Noble Little car. They should Turbo one and bring it here to the States.

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