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    Detroit Auto Show: 2014 Kia Cadenza



    By William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    January 15, 2013

    The last full-size FWD sedan Kia sold was the Amanti back in 2009. Four years later, Kia is giving the full-size FWD sedan another chance with the introduction of the Cadenza at the Detroit Auto Show.

    The Cadenza's exterior styling is a blend of athletic lines, Kia ubiquitous front grille, angular headlights, wraparound LED taillights, and dual oval exhaust tips.

    Peel back the skin and you'll the Hyundai Azera underpinnings, starting with the 3.3L V6 producing 293 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. The Cadenza rides on a sport-tuned suspension with MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link rear configuration.

    Stepping inside the Cadenza, you're surrounded by wood trim and leather. Standard features will include navigation with SiriusXM traffic updates, Kia's UVO entertainment system, an 8-inch touch-screen, a backup camera, an Infinity premium stereo, Bluetooth connectivity, 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, and keyless entry with push-button start.

    The new Cadenza arrives this spring.

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    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    KIA MOTORS AMERICA ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT OF THE 2014 CADENZA AT NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

    Sophisticated and Elegant, Cadenza Represents the Most Technologically-Advanced Kia

    ever offered in the U.S. market

    - Luxurious appointments, advanced technology and stunning European-inspired design boldly announce Kia's entry into the premium-car segment

    - Cadenza sedan is expected to go on sale in the second quarter of 2013

    DETROIT, Jan. 15, 2013 – Kia Motors America (KMA) today unveiled the all-new 2014 Cadenza premium sedan, the most technologically-advanced vehicle Kia has ever introduced in North America. The long-anticipated announcement today at Cobo Hall during the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) confirmed Kia's intentions to enter into the premium-sedan segment. The Cadenza expands KMA's lineup of inspiring and award-winning vehicles while moving the brand up-market with an impressive list of premium standard and optional equipment, including Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and Lane-Departure Warning System (LDWS). The Cadenza is expected to arrive in Kia retail showrooms in the second quarter of this year, and pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle's on-sale date.

    "Since the introduction of the range-topping Optima SXL last year, we have seen an increasing number of customers in our retail outlets looking for a sedan with even more upscale amenities and technology," said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing & communications, KMA. "The Cadenza is the new flagship for Kia in the U.S. market, and when it goes on sale later this year, it will introduce a number of advanced systems that promise to set a new standard in the premium segment."

    With its distinctive front fascia and swept C-pillars, the Cadenza's taut European design language is evident. That it's propelled by Kia's most powerful V6 engine further announces its intentions to provide an invigorating driving experience. Inside, unparalleled premium appointments for five occupants strike the ideal balance between sport and luxury. Combining these elements with technology that, until now, has never been offered on any Kia vehicle in the market, the Cadenza quickly rises to the lofty elevation of being the brand's most advanced U.S. product.

    Sophisticated Features and Technology

    Offered in one opulently equipped trim level, the Cadenza takes in-car technology and premium features to an entirely new level. Standard features include an advanced navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic™ and UVO eServices, displayed on a high resolution 8-inch touch screen. Further enhancing driver assurance is a standard back-up camera and warning system, as well as a premium 550-watt Infinity® 12-speaker audio system including rear surround speakers and subwoofer. The Cadenza's standard equipment level is on par with many premium brands and boasts standard leather seat trim, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear seat ventilation, Smart Key keyless entry with push-button start, 10-way power adjustable driver's seat and Bluetooth® wireless technology. Two option packages are offered: The Premium Package and the Technology Package.

    Check the box for the Premium Package and receive a full-length panoramic sunroof with power retractable sunshade, HID headlamps with adaptive front lighting system (AFLS), 7-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster, premium Nappa leather seats, a memory enabled 12-way ventilated driver's seat with seat cushion extension for unsurpassed comfort, heated front and rear outboard seats, heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping steering column, as well as a power rear sunshade for enhanced comfort and privacy.

    Stepping up to the Technology Package adds sleek 19-inch alloy wheels, electric parking brake and Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), which maintains a set distance to the vehicle ahead and can bring the car to a full stop if necessary. The package also includes water repellant hydrophobic windshield, a radar-based Blind Spot Detection system (BSD) and a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) that provides audible and visual alerts to the driver should they inadvertently veer into another lane without using the turn signal.

    European Design Evokes Premium Sport-Sedan Elegance

    Penned under the watchful eye of Peter Schreyer, Kia's global chief of design, the Cadenza's broad shoulders, contoured hood, large wheels and wide stance give it a strong and grounded appearance. The striking design has a distinctive sport-sedan form, as if the car would be equally comfortable on the Autobahn or carving through the Swiss Alps.

    The aggressive "Tiger Nose" front fascia instantly speaks to Kia's brand identity. Flanking the grille are quad headlights that nestle deeply behind crystalline lenses. The lower fascia is wide, lending to the Cadenza's imposing stance, and chrome trim accents around the fog lights and grille add to the vehicle's premium presence. LED positioning lights and available HID headlights provide additional European sophistication.

    Perhaps best enjoyed in profile, the Cadenza's silhouette is at once strong and elegant. The vertical nose is imposing; the long hood is sensuously sculpted to meet the swept-back windshield. The greenhouse curves gracefully to the C-pillar and is surrounded by a tasteful chrome bezel that flares upward at the rear door, effectively creating a beautiful glass droplet. Beginning just aft of the front-door cutline is a chiseled indentation that sweeps upward, seamlessly transitioning into the tail lights. Classic chrome accents adorn the lower portions of the doors and the treatment continues into the rear fascia. The 19-inch alloy wheels offered in the Technology Package resemble a jet turbine and add to the Cadenza's athletic stature.

    Moving to the rear of the vehicle, the standard LED taillights sit high on the deck and are designed to cut across a large portion of the vehicle, lending to the Cadenza's broad stance. The twin oval tail pipes accentuate the Cadenza's sporty and elegant design.

    The interior of the Cadenza envelops its occupants in a premium environment complete with soft leather upholstery and tasteful accents of wood and chrome. Ambient lighting and horizontally positioned switch gear radiates an uncluttered and sophisticated aesthetic. An elegant analog clock centered between the center stack buttons lends a classic feel. The center console is angled toward the driver for optimized control, and an available large seven-inch high-resolution TFT LCD screen in the gauge cluster showcases a wide range of vehicle information including turn-by-turn navigation and infotainment. Elegant chrome bezels surround the HVAC and audio controls, air vents and the standard push-button start. Standard Bluetooth, wood-trim door inserts, one-touch automatic up/down power front windows and power-folding heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators all enhance the Cadenza's premium image.

    Engaging Driving Experience

    The Cadenza is equipped with Kia's most powerful V6 engine ever. The smooth-revving 3.3-liter utilizes gasoline direct injection (GDI) technology that improves performance while maintaining fuel efficiency. Power is seamlessly transferred to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission that includes a Sportmatic manual shift mode and paddle shifters flanking the leather and wood-wrapped steering wheel. The GDI powerplant produces 293 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 255 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm. The advanced all-aluminum engine features dual continuously variable valve timing for improved fuel economy and performance, a maintenance-free timing chain, a three-step variable induction system for enhanced torque, and is designed to run on regular unleaded gasoline. During durability testing, the engine is run 300 continuous hours at redline under full load then for an additional 20 hours at 10 percent above redline under full load.

    To maximize driver engagement and performance, the Cadenza features a sport-tuned fully independent suspension with a McPherson strut setup in front and a multilink rear design. The Cadenza rides on standard 245/45R-18 tires while 245/40R-19 tires are included with the Technology Package.

    To further enhance performance and safety, while reducing NVH, 60 percent of the body structure is strengthened through the utilization of High Tensile Steel (HTS), which helps improve torsional rigidity. HTS is produced through a 1,650 degree hot-stamping process, designed to toughen steel. Further reducing the Cadenza's NVH is an extensive list of noise reducing technologies, including a hydraulic transmission mount, optimally tuned damper on the rear cross member and specially designed wheels (the multiple fins help reduce wind noise at highway speeds).

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    Very Nice, seems to be a blend of Aston Martin in the front with Ford in the back. Over all a pleasant looking sedan. Interior is acceptable, but far from class leading. I can see this selling very well to many people.

    I would have to say a very nice Lemming Mobile! :)

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    The 300, Charger, Lacrosse, Avalon, Genesis, Passat each do what they do in a more stylish or interesting way and each have a unique combination of features that makes each one a more valid choice over the Cadenza no matter what feature you favor most. Want room and fuel economy? Go see your VW dealer about a Passat TDI. Looking for Lexus Light luxury? Go visit the Toyota or Buick dealer in your area. Want RWD handling and luxury with the possibility of a V8? Chrysler and Hyundai would love to have a conversation with you. Want aggressive sportiness and an optional V8? Charge over to Dodge. The only one I can think of that doesn't have a compelling case over the Cadenza is the Taurus... so if you're shopping for a Taurus... then sure, go give the Cadenza a look. Otherwise the only time you'll see one of these is when you get upgraded to a "luxury car" the next time you're at Avis.

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      The new Rio is available with a choice of black or grey cloth seat upholstery, or with black or grey artificial leather. A ‘Red Pack’ for the Rio gives buyers black with red artificial leather-trimmed seats throughout the cabin. The cabin itself features gloss black and metallic trim throughout, for a more modern finish.
      Production starts at the end of 2016
      The all-new Rio will offer buyers class-leading practicality and safety technology, the latest connectivity features, and more assured and engaging ride and handling characteristics.
      The Kia Rio is the Korean manufacturer’s global best-selling model, with more than 473,000 sold around the world in 2015. The next generation will enter production towards the end of 2016 for Europe, with production timings for other regions to be announced closer to launch.
      Kia’s 2016 Mondial de l’Automobile press conference will start at 14:45 CET on 29 September. Kia’s stand will be located in Hall 3 of the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.
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    • By William Maley
      Kia Motors America Announces August Sales
      Year-To-Date Sales Up 3.8% for the Highest Scoring Nameplate in the Industry for Initial Quality by J.D. Power IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced August sales of 54,248 units, led by Soul and Optima. Sedona minivan sales more than doubled over the same period last year, and the Forte family of compact cars posted their best-ever August sales.
      "Despite signs that industry-wide sales may have peaked in 2015, Kia is up nearly four percent through August on the strength of double digit year-over-year increases for Rio, Forte, Sportage and Sedona," said Michael Sprague, chief operating officer and EVP, KMA.
        MONTH OF AUGUST
      YEAR-TO-DATE
      Model
      2016
      2015
      2016
      2015
      Rio
      3,325
      1,734
      22,024
      18,796
      Forte
      8,307
      6,862
      71,352
      57,912
      Optima
      9,470
      13,980
      80,317
      106,584
      Cadenza
      272
      322
      3,363
      4,021
      K900
      53
      386
      553
      1,576
      Sportage
      6,888
      5,749
      57,228
      34,996
      Sorento
      8,533
      10,211
      77,465
      76,381
      Sedona
      5,147
      2,545
      34,304
      26,825
      Soul
      12,253
      17,108
      95,938
      99,069
      Total
      54,248
      58,897
      442,544
      426,160
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