• Mar 29, 2009
Click on the Kia VG concept to enlarge

So, what happens when you build a Kia based on the Azera's architecture? You get Kia's upcoming flagship sedan. The Kia VG concept has leaked onto the web and will debut at the Seoul Motor Show later this week. It's one of these concept-in-name-only deals, so look for the production version to hit South Korean showrooms in September, with a North American arrival in Spring, 2010. Power for the front-driver will range from the 2.4-liter four we'll be seeing a lot of in the coming months, to the 3.8-liter Lambda V6 in what's likely to be the range-topping torque-steer special. Looks nice, too. Kia's increasingly-formidable, value-priced lineup gets better with each new announcement. We've gone from the likes of the Sephia to this? Impressive. We'll have more on the VG concept once it makes its debut this week.

[Source: The Car Blogger]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      How many of you think those curves are copied from Buick Invicta and current [butt ugly] BMWs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I must agree with most everyone else, it's a very nice looking car. The downside (and the critical flaw that would prevent me from buying it) is that it is FWD, or perhaps at best a FWD-based AWD. Such a point apparently means little to most Americans who don't hesitate to buy up Accords and Camrys, but to anyone who actually enjoys the subtleties of a taut chassis and good steering, a well-sorted RWD is the only way to go. However, if the VG paves the way for perhaps a sporty Genesis cousin (and a manual tranny, please), then I'm hopeful. Styling-wise, the VG is sharp.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm glad to hear this. Looks real nice! The Amanti is the ugliest car on the road. I hope they replace it with this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sketch looks nice, let's see if they can deliver the final product.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Korean finally build their own car after all the copies.
        think about all the scoffer in the past who see korean as a joke
        but now don't know who is the joke
        sow the wind and reap the whirlwind lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        My first reaction was "wow". This looks very, very good.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with you!!!

        seriously, isn't that look sooo nice?

        I've never thought that I would see this kind of vehicle from KIA :D

        cheers, KIA!
      • 5 Years Ago
      i dont know about you guys but, this Kia clearly has the Lexus look IMO...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The rear looks a little too bulbous, but the rest looks really nice. Again, can this really be a KIA? Someone pinch me!
      • 5 Years Ago
      vg=value genesis?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's Seoul, not Soul.
      • 5 Years Ago
      MVP_X:
      You were close. The current chief designer for Kia is former head designer of Audi, and responsible for the 1st gen Audi TT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This thing has 3 series painted all over it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh c'mon! I dislike BMWs for the most part, but check out a new 335i side profile
        shot and tell me it doesn't look like a bimmer. Not the front, the back. Crissakes
        • 5 Years Ago
        Perhaps you mean the same shade of white of the 3 series painted all over it. Other than that, I think you may just be a blind BMW follower.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it looks nothing like a 3 series. it does, however, look like everything else on the road. i say that as a good thing. Although I don't think Hyundai and Kia are at the bottom of the automobile totem-pole anymore, i think they are on the verge of setting the standard for everyday cars. ( like what honda and toyota are doing now) Anything uglier or less equipped than a hyundai/kia will be put into the 'substandard' box and anything that is just as good will be a normal everyday house-appliance car.

        In other words, Ford and Chrysler should be worried. although they have many hits ( new Taurus, 300, etc) they also have many, many, losses when compared to Hyundai products. GM may be in hot water right now but In the last 2 years I've seen that they can turn things around and bring some fresh designs. Honda and Toyota are also safe in my book because they know how to quickly change their designs in order to keep up with the standard. they might not make cars that spark your wildest imaginations, but they always know how to make cars that can just get by.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hot dog, Kia's just keep getting better and better. It's fun to see an automaker in ascendancy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You don't like the c'eed, EU_reader?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I forgot about that one in lapse of retardation :p

        But indeed, the c'eed is a nice looking car as well. Again, good value for money with some interesting designs and a youthful appearance.

        Totally different from the usual korean nameless boring cars.

        I was referring more to the genesis sedan which seems to be USA only.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car will be for the driver who appreciates a softer riding vehicle than the Hyundai Genesis sedan. The current Kia Amanti is actually a very impressive vehicle. It's comfortable, interesting looking enough to turn heads, and quick - I timed 0-60 at 6.1 on a number of occasions. Yes, that surprised me..

      In any event, the Kia Amanti is very comfortable inside - and roomy for a mid-sizer. I'm not sure if this VG is going to grow enough to be considered a full-size car, but I have a feeling it will. If it does, the design is looking very good - and all it needs to make for a SERIOUS entry-level luxury competitor is a quieter interior - which I'm confident we'll have here.

      The Kia Amanti is very noisy inside - road noise and engine noise galore - though no wind noise. It's also a much better handler than it was a few years ago - though it's certainly not a car to speed on twisties with.

      Sal Collaziano
      http://www.genesisowners.com
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