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    Kia readies redesigned Magentis/Optima

    Source: http://www.just-auto.com/news_detail.asp?art=49005

    FRANKFURT PREVIEW: Kia readies redesigned Magentis/Optima

    10 Aug 2005
    Source: just-auto.com editorial team

    Kia Motors Corporation will stage the world unveiling of its redesigned Magentis/Optima four-door sedan at Frankfurt on 13 September.

    Designed in Korea, USA and Europe, and sharing its platform with the new Sonata made by parent company Hyundai, the Magentis is the latest model in the complete regeneration of Kias product lines over the last four years.

    Kia sees the new car, which is longer, wider and higher than the previous model, on an extended 2,720 mm wheelbase, as a strong challenger for D-segment sales world-wide. It is 4,735 mm long, 1,805 mm wide and 1,480 mm tall.

    Available safety equipment will include ABS (now mandatory in the EU) and ESP stability control, rear parking sensors, front, side and curtain airbags, and active (anti-whiplash) front seat head restraints - depending on model and market. The Magentis will also have a fully comprehensive three-year warranty in Europe.

    The new Magentis will be available with a two-litre diesel engine in Europe, as well as two petrol engines two-litre I-4 and 2.7-litre V6.

    Other markets including the US and Australia/New Zealand - will also be offered a 2.4-litre petrol I-4.

    Badged as the Optima, the new Kia will make its Australian debut at the Brisbane motor show in March 2006.



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    Re: Kia readies redesigned Magentis/Optima





    The styling looks very clean to me and very attractive. It's kind of understated in a Honda/Acura kind of way. The front end reminds me a great deal of an Infiniti, but the lights kind of give me a VW Jetta/Nissan Altima/New Lexus IS-swept back look. Attractive though. The rear is kind of like the new Sonata (which it's based on), but much tighter and more European looking IMHO. I swear, if you were to take a quick look, you'd almost think they came off of a Saab, no?

    I'm kind of impressed by how far the Koreans have come in such a short time. You have to give credit where credit is due -- even if all they did was copy the same formula that Honda and Toyota pioneered years ago :-D.
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    Re: Kia readies redesigned Magentis/Optima

    Actually Fellas, doesn't the front lights and grille kinda/sorta look like the front end of the "Saturn"/Opel Vectra testing in Brazil that princecharmless posted a few days ago?





    Not exactly the same (lower bumber is different) but has the same swept back lights look and similar shaped grille.
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    Re: Kia readies redesigned Magentis/Optima

    I just realized the headlights look extremely similar to the Lucerne, though I won;t accuse them of taking the Lucerene's headlight design as neither of them are out, and I can't be sure of when either design was finalized. The lights definently work perfectly on the Lucerne and the new Optima/Magentis though.

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    Re: Kia readies redesigned Magentis/Optima

    Let's face it, there's nothing special here.

    And it's proof positive that there are several standards: when the grill is stamped "Detroit," it's declared a miserable attempt at transportation; when it's stamped "Import," excuses and apologies abound.

    And I say this as someone who thinks this design is OK, actually.

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    Re: Kia readies redesigned Magentis/Optima

    There is nothing offensive about that car.
    But there's really nothing exciting about it either.
    It will do well with Kia buyers, but won't woo people that don't generally consider Kia.

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    Re: Kia readies redesigned Magentis/Optima

    Has a lexus look to it...nice

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    Re: Kia readies redesigned Magentis/Optima

    Since the Lucerne was already mentioned by someone else, I feel compelled to mention that the cars remind me of each other. They both look like rejected Infiniti designs from 5 years ago to these eyes, and that's not a compliment. Why anyone would take this over a Sonata is beyond me.

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    Re: Kia readies redesigned Magentis/Optima

    The Rear lights remind me of Lexus' new design philosophy


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    Not a single original design cue on the whole thing. Blah.
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    Re: Kia readies redesigned Magentis/Optima

    Quote Originally Posted by tgagneguam
    Let's face it, there's nothing special here.

    And it's proof positive that there are several standards: when the grill is stamped "Detroit," it's declared a miserable attempt at transportation; when it's stamped "Import," excuses and apologies abound.

    And I say this as someone who thinks this design is OK, actually.
    Like I said earlier, the design is very clean and attractive in the same way that the "clean" designs of Honda/Acura are attractive. You're right that it's not offensive in any way.

    But you hit the nail on the head with your import/Detroit comment! It's amazing that when folks look at some of GM/Ford/Chrysler designs they say they're boring and have not character etc....but doesn't the same hold true for the Camry/Accord/Galant/et al? Nothing against the Accord, it's a nice enough car, but it doesn't exactly get your soul stirring, does it? Yet just because the badge in front is an Import badge v. a domestic, folks get all wet in the pants for it.

    This is strictly a desgin critique -- I'm not getting into the quality/fit n' finish/materials/etc arguement. Though one could argue that some folks would prefer the boring designs of the Accord and Camry just b/c they're getting that "vaunted Honda/Toyota quality" they keep preaching out.
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    Re: Kia readies redesigned Magentis/Optima

    It looks great to me. A huge improvement over the current model.

    The Optima is probably going to be marketed as a sports sedan. The new Optima is several inches shorter than the new Sonata and is more focused on performance and sport. Think of it as a Mazda 6 competitor. This is only speculation.

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    Re: Kia readies redesigned Magentis/Optima

    I have a question. What's with the old 2.7 in the article? Maybe Europe never got the 3.3?

    I certainly hope the US-spec Optima has the 3.3. If it's the 2.7 from the current Optima, it'll bomb.

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    Re: Kia readies redesigned Magentis/Optima

    Well I think Hyundai is starting to give each brand their own niche:

    Kia - Sport - competitor to Pontiac/Mazda/etc

    Hyundai - family - more uscale - competitor to Toyota, Honda, etc

    Now think about a third company that Hyundai is considering for selling luxury vehicles.....

    Hyundai is really getting their act together.

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    Re: Kia readies redesigned Magentis/Optima

    It's one of those cars where you could stick any badge on it and not know the difference, but it does appear to be well-built.

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