Kia K9’s California photo sparks speculations on possible US rollout

Article by Anita Panait, on May 18, 2012

Rumors have been circulating that Kia may bring its K9 flagship sedan to the United States, and a picture of an unmasked unit cruising along the streets of Orange County, California, further fueled the speculations. The picture shows the rear end of the unmasked K9 sedan having California plates marked with the vertical “DST,” which indicated that the unit is registered to a car company.

The picture also reveals a “3.8” badge, which stands for the 3.8-liter Hyundai-Kia V-6 engine that powers the K9 sedan. The K9 sedan on the picture features big rims, a fastback-like C-pillar and a broad stance. According to Kia spokesman James Hope, the company is still evaluating the K9 for the United States, on official note.

Hope remarked that it was not uncommon for the company to receive cars for evaluation. Kia’s spokesman declined to confirm whether the car on the picture was Kia’s because he has yet to see the image.

Despite being Kia’s flagship sedan, the K9’s marketability as a vehicle that complement its lineup in the United States remains a big question that Kia Motors America executives must answer. Although Kia has been creating a name that equals to style, value and quality, the K9’s success in the United States remains to be seen. [source: Autonews]

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