Kia is hard at work cranking out a rash of new models, according to Automotive News. The South Korean automaker has plans to launch a new 40-mile-per-gallon version of the Forte Koup in January 2013, and the two-door will likely be trailed by a new five-door hatchback and yet another larger coupe. The latter two will likely see dealers by next summer, though Kia says those of us waiting to get our hands on the new Quoris flagship will have to twiddle our thumbs until 2015 at the earliest. As you may recall, the Quoris is a rear-wheel-drive sedan otherwise known as the K9.

In addition, Kia is expected to unveil the Cadenza front-wheel-drive sedan next summer as a 2014 model. Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, the four-door will be positioned above the smaller Optima and will likely carry an MSRP in the high $30,000 range. Meanwhile, forces inside Kia are still pushing to see the GT Concept translated into a legitimate production vehicle. The company is having trouble building a proper business case for the 395-horsepower sedan, however.


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      Jarod Forney
      • 2 Years Ago
      I find all the comments about KIA ripping off of German design...ironic, When in fact this car was designed by a German, Inception.
      untitledfolder
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kia/Hyundai, you are everything Honda wishes it could be. Stay classy.
      Mike Hunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Derivative ::yawn:::..... and reminds me of when the awkward Hyundai XG350 came out and looked like a quasi-Russian Commy cruiser. Pass! Resale will suck as usual.
      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      KiaMW 7?
        6thGear
        • 2 Years Ago
        @over9000
        I agree. Complete BMW 7 series rip off. Right down to the gear shift knob!!
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      It would be nice if Kia/Hyundai could do any of their design work themselves instead of copying from luxury brands. Not only does the exterior look extremely BMW 5/7 series, now the interior is a straight rip from BMW, too. I mean, just look at that shifter. It looks like they just called up BMW OEM and asked for a replacement.
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        As far as design is concerned, this car looks ten times better than the current/upcoming 7 series.
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        I know right. It's like going backwards. BMW engineers are too stupid to realize that the new shifter is a solution for problem that didn't exist. Kia is trying to look cool and copying it.
        Nathan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        E.Asians copying from the Euros / Germans , how dare you suggest such a thing! Don't you know that N.E. Asians have the world's highest I.Q.
      6thGear
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kia should get rid of the fake side vents.
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @6thGear
        Then so should everybody else. It's not like a side vent does anything besides be an accent piece.
      Ak74
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW 5GT Copy Paste
      suthrn2nr
      • 2 Years Ago
      "new 40-mile-per-gallon version of the Forte Koup" AB, you mean 40 MPG HWY, when you fail to mention it is HWY only people will think they will average 40MPG. Here is the "40 MPG" Elantra: Only ~30.5 MPG average real world AVERAGE http://www.fuelly.com/car/hyundai/elantra Here is the "40 MPG" Veloster: Only 32.3 MPG average real world AVERAGE (for 2012 model) http://www.fuelly.com/car/hyundai/veloster Here is the "35 MPG" Elantra: Only ~27.5 MPG average real world AVERAGE http://www.fuelly.com/car/hyundai/sonata The sample size of these averages means YMMV is not an issue, this is what a typical owner should expect in fuel consumption. And its not just Hyundai, this applies to all cars that advertise HWY MPG only, but Hyundai has one of the biggest variances from real world to advertised MPG.
        John Ward
        • 2 Years Ago
        @suthrn2nr
        This is true, but it's not AB's fault. Everyone uses the highway rating in their marketing. Plus 30mpg real world is still pretty damn good.
        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @suthrn2nr
        " but Hyundai has one of the biggest variances from real world to advertised MPG." Prove it or move on. Please list a link to a scientific survey stating this. Car mags dont count.....
          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @A P
          And many of those car mags have already proven that the numbers are fine. I honestly think that reason why people are whining is because A. Their vehicles are cheaply priced so a lot more people can afford them now B. Usually that same crowd of people whip their cars around as if they're Ferrari's and then wonder why they don't get as good as gas mileage as they claim. I'm consistently getting passed on highways by Prius' going 80+ mph and they are the same people to whine and moan that the car doesn't get that good of mileage.
          MotionDesigner
          • 2 Years Ago
          @A P
          Why do car mags not count? They do the testing. Many of them are reputable.
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @suthrn2nr
        oh shut up already! You act as if Hyundai is the ONLY car company in the world who uses their highway EPA numbers as a selling point!
      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car looks amazing at any price.
      Alywa
      • 2 Years Ago
      Such a 5 series clone. Exterior panels, grill, exhaust tips scream 550 / 550 GT. Interior too, dash lines, shifter, interior lighting, even navi screen, colors, etc. I guess Picasso was right, good artists copy, great artists steal.
        frost54661
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alywa
        Interior a 5 series clone? Get your eyes checked, seriously. Save for the shifter which may not be a BMW part (See the ZF 8 speed automatic shifter that's shared with the Chrysler LX cars and the Audi A8) there is nothing similar. Does the BMW have a clock in the center? Nope. Take a look to the LH side of the steering wheel. The BMW has headlight controls. Does the Kia? Nope. I can go on and on.
      V8RWD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Amazing what Kia/Hyundai is able to develop and/or market these days (K9, Genesis, Equus, Azera) given Lincoln with the backing of Ford has only been able to offer basically a Ford trim line of vehicles. WTF???? I mean, I'd rather drive a Chrysler 300c vs anything Lincoln offers!
      Kyngfish
      • 2 Years Ago
      Godddddd it really looks like a 7 Series to me. And it will probably sell. I hate it, but it's probably a good business model. Most luxury car brands aren't being very daring anyway. The Audi A5/S5/RS5 is one of the most beautiful cars on the road tho.
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