Report: Kia to Launch Next Generation Optima/K5 Earlier Next Year

by Apr 24, 2014All News, Kia5 comments

The third generation Optima was a total hit for Kia since was launched in 2010 at the New York AutoShow. With an amazing design, the Optima surprised everyone and increased Kia brand image around the world. 

[ads id=”0″ style=”float:left;padding:9px;”]Again, at the 2013 New York AutoShow, Kia design team improved the vehicle’s front and rear ends and the brand’s signature “Tiger-Nose” grille, and included “ice-cube” LED lights like in the pro_cee’d GT. The K5 (also called Optima in overseas markets) was designed by Peter Schreyer.

To fight with the recently launched Hyundai Sonata and its success, (currently Sonata LF orders surpases 22,000 units) Kia has been rescheduled the launch of the second generation K5 and will debut during the first half of 2015, according to senior member said. The new Sonata LF is getting attention from the market and Kia wants to end the successful start in the domestic market.

The new K5 will have essentially same DNA but will give something new. Kia its doint the best best in the development of the 2nd generation “K5”. In first year the K5 sold 87,982 units in South Korea. During the second year Kia sold 228,000 units local and overseas, during 2012 Kia expanded the production capacy of Georgia plant and sold 341,059 units.

Written by Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Hyundai, Kia & Genesis. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.

5 Comments

  1. Andrew

    I’m not a fan of what Schryer is doing. I feel as though he has preference for KIA over Hyundai. Hyundai designs seem to be holding back not only in design but in terms of interior trim fit and finish etc. Meanwhile KIA has become more dynamic and has sustained their aggressive design language. What gives?

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    • cy

      I don’t think schryer is part of the hyundai design team at all. He might be consulted for his opinion, but I think hyundais design team is a totally different entity

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  2. kia

    Hope new optima will bring current optima design to next level instead of holding back like sonata.

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