Kia aims to sustain its growth surge by launching 51 new or updated models before the end of 2016. So far, it has been so successful that in 2012, Kia is set to achieve its fourth straight record year of production, sales and profits. Under this plan, Kia will enter new niches. Kia has a new hot hatchback based on the new Procee’d making it arrival next summer.
In 2014, Kia will produce an electric version of the next Soul and this would also be when a rear-wheel-drive sports car will be presented. Kia would also be making more derivatives of current or updated cars. For the European market, Kia will start by introducing the next Procee’d and an all-new seven-seat Carens in the first half of 2013.
Before the end of 2012, Kia will reveal the second-generation Soul. It’s likely to arrive in the UK by 2014 at the earliest. Kia will also update and enhance three of its existing models. For non-European markets, Kia has recently unveiled a facelifted version of the K7/Cadenza executive saloon and a new K3/Cerato, which is a compact four-door car that has plenty of the same parts and systems as the European Cee’d.
The flagship K9 saloon, which started selling in South Korea earlier in 2012, will start exports as the Quoris. Kia took fewer than two years before it could replace nearly all of its European range so it will be 2015-2016 before huge changes are made to the newest models. After the Soul is replaced, it will be the Venga’s turn next.
Kia K9, the brand’s frontrunner in the saloon segment, is now sold in Korean markets, marking Kia’s entry into the new category. The stunning rear-wheel drive model will debut in several important offshore markets beginning from 2012’s last quarter.
The K9 provides a generous interior space with its 5,099-millimeter length and 3,045-millimeter wheelbase. With an overall height of 1,490 millimeter and width of 1,900 millimeters, the car is built with a spacious cockpit and cabin.
At the initial stages, the Kia K9 will be launched overseas with the improved 290ps Lambda V6 3.8L MPI engine as well as with the 334ps 3.8L GDI engine in its international engine lineup for 2013.
The brand-new saloon will debut a selection of modern luxury technologies and features that include all-LED headlights, radar-operated Blind-Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning System, the four-camera Around-View Monitor, the Smart Cruise Control, and the 17-speaker Lexicon by Harman audio system.
All K9 units are equipped with the company’s latest eight-speed automatic transmission. The expansive spread of gear ratios ensures high-speed refinement and fast acceleration. Its shift-by-wire technology with joystick control also provides smooth and fast gear changes.