• JKD Posted: 2/25/2009 8:51am PST


    I doubt the oil burner will come here but, still, you'd be driving a Kia!

  • Mark Smith Posted: 2/25/2009 9:51am PST

    "Is this a new crossover platform?"

    Is this a car based crossover or built on the existing platform?

  • Marty Posted: 2/25/2009 10:53am PST

    "New platform"

    Yep, ditching the frame construction, likely shares undergear with the new Optima/Amanti replacement

  • Kia Forums Posted: 2/25/2009 11:19am PST


    It's a wonderful vehicle. Although those are only the renderings, production model will not look far from the one we see here.
    Great job Kia!!

  • Bill Burke Posted: 2/25/2009 3:31pm PST


    Lets face it, the wagers being placed in the global/American automobile business game have never been higher. The imports keep comming with more and more product and the U.S. industry has never had this level of challenge. Are we up to the challenge? In my meger opinion, not unless we have a fundamental transformation of the fundamentals of the auto business in America. Do we advocate government supported auto companies? Do we support research and development costs for intellectual assets and technical expertise? Do we surrender this asset to foreign entities that have inherent advantages over domestics? By whos' rules do we play and how do we level the field? Answers to these questions are generic to the problem.

  • JKD Posted: 2/25/2009 4:54pm PST


    But we need to be reasonable about it... Kia and its parent company Hyundai are trying to build their factories here but the wages and benefits are low and obviously this car is not going to be assembled here anyway. I just know their business practices are generally terrible and would never support them. But is GM who'll be building Cruze in Korea honestly any better than this or a Toyota assembled in Indiana? We need to push for domestic engineering but even more for domestic parts and assembly to give masses of our uneducated workers a chance of a decent life. Otherwise, we'll collectively go down in flames.