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click above for high-res gallery of the Kia Koup Concept

Wave goodbye to the Spectra name; Kia's planning on sending the moniker packing when the car is replaced in mid-2009. Kicking up the style as a way to grab the dollars of younger buyers, Kia will introduce the styling paradigm laid out by the Koup Concept at last year's New York Auto Show, which will grace a production sedan and coupe. The sedan will hit the market first, with the coupe following within a couple months. The hatchback Spectra will be out of the U.S. lineup entirely; Kia thinks the coupe and its sexier lines will move more units. European buyers will still be able to purchase the Spectra hatch as the cee'd, though. More style in this instance is a good thing. We've seen the Koup, and we like it. We've driven the Spectra, and we like that, too. If Kia can successfully match the chassis to the expectations set by the body, the Spectra's successor should have no problem maintaing that model's best-seller status in the Kia lineup.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      It's certainly inspired by the Civic...but the sad part is it looks better. So Kia can make a better looking Civic I guess.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Most people who buy Spectras are buying them because they're cheap and get good MPG. I don't think they care if it looks boring and bland. As long as they can keep the sticker price close to where it is now and still be fuel-efficient, they'll continue to sell. If the thing ends up costing as much as a Corolla or Civic, they won't do as well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks pretty good, but I kinda wish Kia didn't copy so many different elements from other companies. Its got the Subaru grill/hood, Honda/Acura headlights and Euro Ford's lower fascia. Just seems they could have been a bit more original.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It looks like a damn 2006+ Honda Civic.
        • 7 Years Ago
        For all of the useless complaining about the cars that Kia's Koup borrows cues from, this is a fine looking car. If it undercuts (in price) all of the brands and models it steals design cues from and proves to be reliable, it'll be a hit.

        This looks to be a great salvo at some of the young adult buyers that Civics and Scions attract.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Normally, I get really annoyed with the "this car looks like _____" posts because, well, everything looks like everything else.

        But in this case, yeah, the above car really looks like an eighth-gen Civic. Distractingly so.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Vintage, I was going to say the EXACT same thing.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Looks like a Chinatown Civic.

        Should go great with my Folex watch.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Holy civic coupe ripoff!

        They have no shame! That's just BLATENT!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I was thinking a touch of the old Saturn SC2 myself.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah...it really really looks like a Civic.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Honda Civic poser, but a good looking one, which most can't pull off...

        Wasn't there supposed to be a new spectra coming out? The spectra has good sales, and will continue if they keep a good design. Why ruin a good thing?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow .. beautiful car. Almost like something Honda would do.

      3 years ago I drove a lot of cars and though I felt Kia details of finishing were not quite up to Dodge or Mazda -- I was very impressed with the powertrain. At the time I felt it was the sweetest of the cars I drove.

      This one looks like a stunning car that is right in tune with the market.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I guarantee it won't come with those wheels.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice Civic... eh car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like a cramped, watered down version of Pontiac G-6.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You mean the G5? =P
      • 7 Years Ago
      The cars overall lines look most like the Scion, from there you can pick different elements from different cars here and there. I own a 08 Civic and never thought it looked anything like it. Scion on steroids is my overall thought.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Almost all styling is derivative, people, but this looks damn good to me.

      You go, Kia!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice looking.
      Lesson for Detroit: Making cars for long time doesn't necessarily gurantee to make good cars, at least, good looking cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't mind what it looks like. I like it. If Kia markets it right, it will be a big hit for the company. I like the play on the name, you could easily interpet it for the sales attack they're planning on the Japanese. Or, the name could be a quiet nod to Hyundai's Scoupe from the bad old days. (And I hope that's not the case, because we're all trying to forget those sad moments.)
      • 7 Years Ago
      To everyone who is pointing out how much this car looks like a Civic/TSX. Yes, it does. However this is just a concept used to showcase the new sharper and upscale look of Kia's to come.

      Also, dropping the Spectra name for a fresh start seems like a wise business decision.
      Not that the current Spectra is a terrible car. It's just a forgettable snooze. No offense intended towards owners.
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