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Kia Spectra, Kia, Sedan, Wagon
#70 of 431 alpha01-the new Spectra will be on the same frame
Dec 03, 2003 (5:34 pm)
as the next-gen Elantra under development right now(sometimes referred to as the 2006 Hyundai Elantra). The new Spectra will go into production in December in South Korea for models that will be exported to the U.S. It will be FWD and will get the CVVT engine(to cut down on emissions and get better gas mileage). I would guess that that engine will be 2.0L 4-cylinder for the U.S. The new Elantra will also get the CVVT engine. There has been mention of Kia putting a Navigation system in the console but whether we'll get that here or not is another question. We will learn a lot more when a microsite becomes available for us to review. If you have time scroll back in this thread and read all of the posts and you'll get a pretty vivid picture of this handsome sedan starting into assembly as I type this in South Korea. The Korean Kia site has a cool microsite(hard to understand the text, but!...it's posted as a link on this thread if you want to check it out)that allows you to turn the car in a circle, view the headlights on and off, open and shut the doors, open and shut the trunk and hood, etc. You can also color the car how you want, etc. Pretty cool site to look at even if it's in the Korean language.
#71 of 431 Let me re-pop this pup in here and we'll see what
Dec 03, 2003 (6:27 pm)
else we can learn. Check this out:
http://www.kiamotors.com/UVehiclesNewsWeb/KmceVn01_VehiclesNewsRe- - - - ad.aspx?Idx=196
Common rail diesel engines, a first for Kia. Very interesting. Note what it says at the very bottom of this link. We're snooping around early on this one a bit, Kia motorcars do that to people, I know. Specs and photos will be released as we draw closer to the worldwide debut of this new motorcar at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2004.
Dec 04, 2003 (8:07 am)
I'll be in Detroit on Jan 6-8 pre-viewing the show as Subaru's guest, so I'll try to get pics and details. It only opens to the public on the 10th.
#74 of 431 I'll be perking up my ears the entire month of January
Dec 04, 2003 (8:34 am)
for news about this car. I would think that a microsite would be appearing soon to the Kia America website, too.
#76 of 431 Good searching pzev...those
Dec 04, 2003 (7:07 pm)
spy pics of the Cerato 5-door hatchback remind me vaguely of the design of the new Kia Sportage small SUV under development right now. It's those rear upper corners that do it.
Dec 04, 2003 (9:48 pm)
door groove is very TSXie.
Dec 05, 2003 (9:30 am)
Should compete with the Suzuki Aerio SX.
I prefer the sedan's styling, but a 5 door is always more practical.
Dec 06, 2003 (4:17 pm)
look good. Unlike the Saturn Relay pics which were a bit disappointing, I have to say.