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#213 of 464 Spectra mention during a KIA executive interview
Jan 31, 2005 (8:32 am)
In a recent interview with the Augusta Chronicle, Kia CEO Peter Butterfield described the automaker’s progress in the U.S. market and discussed what the future holds for the youthful, South Korean car company.
".....Today, people are much more accepting of products that haven’t been built in the United States. As long as you’re building a good-quality product with a good price and good styling, people will put you on their consideration list.”? Butterfield said Kia plans to promote its vehicles based on their styling and price. “If you can go out and buy a Kia Spectra vs. a Honda Civic, and you can save $3,000, that’s a pretty compelling reason to leave them - if you think that the Kia is a good-quality product,” Butterfield added.
Kia and its sister company Hyundai will move forward in with new ad slogans in 2005, likely to set the brands apart.? According to Automotive News, “Hyundai’s new slogan is "Drive your way." It is designed to communicate the brand’s ’refined and confident’ attributes. Kia’s new slogan is "The Power to Surprise." That aims at embodying the ’exciting and enabling’ values of the Kia brand.”
#214 of 464 AI: The Rise of Hyundai: The Next Toyota
Feb 02, 2005 (11:40 am)
Note: Wherever I see 'Hyundai' in the attached article, I also envision 'KIA'.
EXCERPT FROM AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRIES
"Hyundai’s remarkable resurrection from near death to a prominent position behind the three leading Japanese in North America — and, with more than 3 million total sales, ahead of two of them worldwide — has been driven by the potent combination of long warranties and high vehicle content at low prices and, most importantly, remarkable progress in product quality. In 2004, it tied Honda for second (up eight positions from 2003), just one defect per 100 cars behind leader Toyota, in J. D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) corporate rankings and was fourth in Power’s Customer Retention Survey. The Hyundai brand placed seventh in IQS behind Lexus, Cadillac, Jaguar, Honda, Buick and Mercury and ahead of Infiniti, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz."
#215 of 464 Hey, spectraman, are you still feeling
Feb 05, 2005 (2:51 pm)
worried about the NHIS head-on crash tests with the new model Kia Spectra? Or has the passage of time just sort of taken care of your concerns? I say just drive that puppy and enjoy it!
#216 of 464 Re: Hey, spectraman, are you still feeling [iluvmysephia1]
Feb 07, 2005 (7:40 am)
Hey there ILMS1!
Oh.... I'm most certainly driving my Spectra and enjoying it. It's pushing 7k miles now, and still no problems other than the oft-reported KIA owners lament of less-than-stellar fuel milage.
I would be interested in knowing what KIA's final reaction will be to the report. I suspect that they'll make the necessary tweaks that IIHS suggested, and try to get them into the 2006 or 2007 model years.
However, since the car passed the government ratings, I think that KIA more than likely thinks their liability needs are covered. If no actual statistical injury data appears, then they'll most certainly not plan on any retro-fitted safety upgrades for the 2004.5-2005 models (my opinion).
In the meantime, I made one small adjustment by moving my above-the-shoulder seatbelt adjuster down a couple of notches to make sure the belt is a tad more snug on my shoulder. The video seems to show the belt anchor being quite a bit higher than the dummy's shoulder.
Additionally, my seat is positioned back further than the starting point of the dummy's seat in the video.
It's my hope that those two factors MAY help my impact "score" should I ever have to put the Spectra's offset crash protection to the test!
Feb 07, 2005 (10:05 am)
drive carefully and enjoy your Spectra. You're right, Kia is probably fine with the government results and will not recall what they've built. As to whether they'll make a design change from here on out remains to be seen. We may never hear about it if they do, too.
#218 of 464 Re: Good move... [iluvmysephia1]
Feb 07, 2005 (10:25 am)
You'd hear about it when the IIHS does a re-test, which Kia would request after a design change.
Feb 08, 2005 (11:54 am)
I've got more than 9500 miles on my Spectra EX. It's got a manual transmission, and the factory options included alloy wheels, cruise control, and floor mats.
I really like the solid feel of the structure and doors. It handles well, and is pretty quiet. My only problem thus far is that I can't fill up the tank without having gas overflow out of the pipe, which gets gas on the paint, and sometimes on my hands or shoes. I assume this is a defective valve or something in the pipe to the gas tank - whatever it is that signals the gas pump to stop pumping. I'll live with it until the next oil change.
The only thing missing in the car is ABS, a standalone option that every car in Phoenix dealer inventories lacked. I also yearn for a smoother shifter. But overall, I really like the car.
As for the new engines in joint development with other firms, they can't come soon enough. The Spectra has a modern engine with competitive output, but most Hyundais and Kias have subpar engines. The Sorento is a good example - a 3.5 liter V6 that produces less than 200 HP is absurd.
Feb 08, 2005 (12:40 pm)
go to your Kia dealer and explain the fuel overfilling problem. It sounds like your Spectra may need a new valve. There may even be a TSB out for it already.
#221 of 464 Another positive review of Spectra from AutoMedia
Feb 11, 2005 (6:56 am)
3 excerpts from a much longer article....
"Inside and out, styling on the Spectra leans toward conservative with a contemporary flourish, paying homage to both European and Japanese design influences. While remaining a technical compact, the Gen II offering is a good deal more accommodating with respect to room for people and cargo. A healthy 2.0-inch wheelbase stretch, 2.2 inches of additional height and a 0.6-inch gain in cabin width all contribute to 97.0 cubic feet of interior volume, giving the Spectra a tangible edge in that department over direct competitors like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus. It's a packaging formula that ensures four full-size adults can be accommodated on a full-time basis and five can survive in a pinch."
"On the road, our Spectra proved an amiable and capable travelmate. Inside, the look, fit and feel of materials is on par with any of its international rivals. The front buckets, while on the somewhat firm side, offer a good combination of support and comfort. Control layouts, gauge legibility and driving position also merit kudos."
"Despite playing in a segment where sales don't tend to come easy, great things are expected of this new Spectra. With major upticks in style and substance, Kia is projecting annual volume for its most popular line to jump from a supply-constrained 50,000 units to 70,000-plus when all four variants finally come on line. Whether the Spectra's combination of attractive packaging, aggressive pricing and a world-class warranty will resonate quite that fully with potential buyers—especially those in the targeted Gen X segment—remains to be seen. But it's definitely become a more formidable foe, no matter how one chooses to draw the battle lines."