Kia abandoned the production version of the Optima van

April 15, 2015 at 16:39

The company KIA, most likely abandon mass production of large touring Optima Wagon. In an interview with Auto Guide said vice president of product planning Orth Hendrix. It was originally planned that the car will be built on the basis of the concept Sportspace.
“It’s really a very nice car and, obviously, intended primarily for Europe, as there are particularly fond of wagons. However, the company believes that the model will intersect with the Sorento and not be able to attract enough customers to justify the cost of production “, – said a top manager.

KIA Optima picture

KIA Optima pics

Recall, the design concept was developed Sportspace European Kia studio in Frankfurt, with the participation of Peter Schreier, who had previously had a hand in designing the interior of the first generation Audi TT.
At the request of Kia, a concept established 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol turbo T-GDI. The power unit makes 250 horsepower.
Dimensions of the car are 4885 mm long, 1870 mm wide and 1425 mm in height, wheelbase – 2840 mm. The luggage compartment is equipped with a special system consisting of 28 balls to help when loading heavy bags. When the engine is stainless steel balls sink to 3 mm in order to prevent slipping of the shipment.

KIA Optima pics

KIA Optima image

As for the new generation sedan Optima, it was presented at the New York International Auto Show. In the US, sales of the car will begin in the fall and in the European market model will debut later this year. The main competitors of new items called Volkswagen Passat, Ford Mondeo, Mazda6 and Skoda Superb.
Car design concept reminds Sportspace. The car has received an elongated grille Tiger Nose, other LED optics, modified air intakes and new bumpers. In addition, Optima is equipped with a new exhaust system, as well as 16- and 18-inch alloy wheels to choose from.

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