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Kia Amanti 2006 and earlier

libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
I hope this is more luxurious than the XG350 (I don't have complaints about that even, though). I also hope it has a little more room and looks way different than the XG350 (as spy photos indicate it will).
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  • pzevpzev Posts: 807
    Well I'm sure you've seen the pictures of the Kia Opirus. It looks quite a bit different from the XG350, although I think the Kia's interior looks a lot more luxurious. I've seen spy pics of the next Sonata that looked legit and the interior looked higher quality than the current Sonata, and in a way higher quality than the XG350, just there wasn't any fake wood in it. The plastic looked nice though, better quality in my opinion than what the domestic companies in the price class are putting out. The exterior looked nice as well. The XG350 and Opirus doesn't really appeal to me and probably handle as well as a Buick, but there's no doubt that Hyundai/Kia is on the way up. If the new Sonata's and Opirus's interiors are any sign of what kind of interior quality Hyundai/Kia will be using in all their cars then they will deserve a long look over the competition if their reliability is average and the warranty remains the way it is.
  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    and long warrenties. Also, I think the Sonata is the best styled sedan on the market. Did u know Hyundai owns Kia? And that DC owns a lot of Hyundai?
  • smulveysmulvey Posts: 139
    A good deal of this is posted and printed in the Detroit area industry magazines.

    Do a google on " auto industry news" and you will be directed to periodicals in US , and even India that are english written , daily updates of the companies press releases. Since these firms have full time public relations firms they churn out favorable sounding press for theinvestment community. They want the stock brokers to think they are very busy , globally aware , and using the " cheapest " labor available anywhere. So they make purchases of stock in overseas firms and they announce " joint ventures" all the time.

    Will these ventures bear sweet fruit? that varies doesn't it ?

    Daewoo just had its manufacturing sold to General Motors who will bring the product back under the "Suzuki" nameplate!!
  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    I know more than you and as much as any website would about car company ownership. I was asking somebody else if they knew the facts I stated.
  • smulveysmulvey Posts: 139
    Well, yes , the connection is clear.
    When I did my first oil change, the oil filter on the Kia Sedona was acutually a Hyundai unit. This led me to look into it.

    The two firms merged during the economic crash suffered in Asia a few years back , and Kia was available cheap enough that Hyundai , a much larger firm , bought into them.

    For a number of years Kia built two american models for the Ford Motor company , the Ford Aspire and the Ford Festiva. I presume when Ford decided to re-work the Escort into the Focus they decided to stop buying the Kia cars and re-lableing them.

    This left Kia with a strong incentive to start a US line and also 10 years experience with building to the US govt specs. We alll have benefited with our purchases of Spectras and Sedonas.
  • Am hoping Kia is doing this in response to other manufacturers trend to cut both head room and upward visibility. Most apparently think there is a glass shortage and are lowering the top end of the windshields. HELLO--people are getting taller not shorter!!!! The Amanti design looks good and SEEMS to indicate an appreciation that headroom AND upward visibility are needed in the marketplace. The last car show I attended I ruled out 98% due to coffin like interiors. Hopefully with Hyundai's ownership quality is improving.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    new Chrysler designs look bizarre IMHO.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,711
    Korean car-lover really needs. That is by no means a knock on the car-actually who even owns one yet in the U.S.? Fall '03 release in the U.S.? Someone remind all of us when this ample luxury car will hit the roads. I will do a few double ganders at this one when I first see one out there, for sure! That large grille up there looms oninously, the interior is receiving early praise from many and this looks to be the type of new car that I'll need to see in person to see if I'll like it or not. $25,000 price tag is nice, eh?

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,711
    Kia's American website and it will be released in the fall of 2003 with final pricing to be released just before on their website. One feature I found helpful(among many)on this car is that if you leave your keys in the ignition and get out it has an electronic backup sytem that won't allow the doors to lock on you. Very shagadelic, huh, spacecadets? Love it! Also, it has some very nice load-distribution and power-directive drivetrain features involving braking and distributing power to the best wheels for the circumstance at hand that I found to be outstanding for a vehicle in this price range. It's absolutely LOADED with airbags too! If Jim Carrey was driving an Amanti in 'Dumb and Dumber' when he gets involved in that fender-bender at the airport he would have been buffeted and gently bounced to-and-fro in a most humorous way! It's really an informative re-read to see all the features Kia's loading into their first luxury car.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    My '01 Elantra does. Also turns your headlights off when you remove the keys.
  • that Electronic Control System developed by Continental Teves looks mighty impressive for active restraint. This is only one of the impressive features built into this car. It will be a unique and impressive luxury car from Kia for a non-luxury price.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • Looks like a Buick from the A post back. Looks like a Lancia in the front. Older people will most likely like it. It's just to huge a car for this family. We will wait on the new Spectra replacement which looks really good.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,778
    I just went to the New England Auto Show. I saw a Kia Amanti up on the stage. They didn't allow people to sit in the car. It looks very impressive with leather interior, memory seats, Infinity sound system, keyless entry with alarm system, 6 disc in dash CD, and more. The front end really looks like a previous generation of Benz E-Class. But my question is why there is no Kia logo in the front (grill or hood) like any other Kia vehicles? This is the same thing with Hyundai XG3500. BTW, no new Spectra in the show. I think they will release it after the Amanti.
  • You're the first one on Edmunds(I think)who's seen one and responded to Edmunds about it! Good information!

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • boredbored Posts: 300
    But it seems like there was a little timeframe where Kia just didn't want their name everywhere..... (The '03 Optima didn't have a logo either)

    Or, here's my prediction.

    Hyundai, and this is a known fact, does not want to expand, or do major advertising on their cars. Most Hyundai logos are quite small, and not noticeable. It shows because they didn't want the XG over here, and I think I read someplace that they didn't want the Santa Fe over here either. Maybe Hyundai just doesn't want to be noticed?

    However, Kia is an entirely different story. They want the general public, and the driver to constantly be reminded that they are driving a Kia. There just is no hiding the fact. Take for instance, the Sportage. Two logos, and one huge one on the spare tire cover. I would imagine that would be the same if the Sorento had the same setup.

    I predict an 2005 Kia Amanti with the general Kia grille, with a giant Kia logo horizontally attatched to a chrome bar going across the center. The front end may have to be redesigned for this, and for good reason. The thing looks like a big mouth, but I haven't seen it in person just yet.
  • the front looked symmetrically all right with the rest of Amanti's body. Also, check out the new 2004 Optima. Kia revised the front end...they opened up the front grille to actually have a grille instead of bringing the hood up right from the molded bumper. The grille has the bold Kia logo in the middle of the chrome-looks good! Check it out-I think it's a change for the better. As for Hyundai and Kia logo's-they're everywhere to people who are alive to cars...eh?

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  • netcamnetcam Posts: 30
    I checked out the review and Kia US site. The engine specs sound like it is the same 3.5 litre V6 used in the Sorento, rated with only a few more hp and small increase in torque.
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 642
    Saw the new Kia Amanti at the 2003 Seattle Auto show and here are my impressions:

    it is a large car, exceedingly well appointed, that seemed to have excellent fit and finish apart from one slightly loose roof liner margin above the left rear door. The doors closed with a solid "thunk." The controls were solid-feeling and well damped, not unlike the feel of those of some of the much more expensive and upscale marques. The ergonomic layout was good. The esthetics of the cabin were very well done with quality materials and pleasing color scheme. Room inside the cabin was very ample and airy. The steering wheel tilted but did not telescope, which it should. The leather seats possessed very high quality leather and were appropriately soft and supportive at the same time. The seating position was excellent. The glove box door fit snugly and securely and fastened properly. The exterior fit and finish appeared excellent with symmetrical gaps and tolerances between apposing metal surfaces. The overall external appearance and styling were pleasing.

    I would say overall the car appears to be a superb offering, especially for the money.

    Its similarity to the Hyundail XG350 is apparent and not unexpected.

    Has anyone driven the Amanti?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Isn't the wheelbase longer than the XG350? I though it was going to be slightly bigger, but I could be wrong.

    I saw it back in April at the NY Auto Show, I think that was its premiere here. This topic didn't exist back then! :-)

    Any how, in person it look nice, kind of big in an Avalon way. Styling takes cues from the Jag S-Type (grille) and the Benz E-class (lights).

    -juice
  • boredbored Posts: 300
    Kia just announced pricing for the Amanti. It starts at $24,995

    http://kia.com/amanti/index.php
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Avalon starts at $26.5k, so it's only slightly less expensive. I think they left a little wiggle room for rebates, built-in.

    -juice
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Admittedly, though, the Amanti is WAAAY better equipped at base pricing- With the Avalon XL, you need an option package to get alloys (15 inchers at that!), remote keyless entry, and a power drivers seat. The Avalons that people want typically sticker between 28,500 and 31K, topping out over 33K (of course this is all MSRP, although Im not aware of any mfr. rebates on the Av.). This year is a lame duck year for the Av, and while I dont know if the Kia is a better all round performer (ride, hanlding, MPG, accel, room), it offers a lot of car for the money, especially if you like airbags. I'm sure next year's redesigned Avalon, with Toyota's new 3.3L V6, will kick its [non-permissible content removed].

    ~alpha
  • boredbored Posts: 300
    At least it has decent gas mileage. 17 City and 25 Highway. However, it's not the best, but it's much better than the 15 City and 20 Highway that I was expecting.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,778
    Good observation. When I was at the N.E. Auto Show, they didn't allow people to sit in. I spoke with one of the sales rep in the show about The release date. She replied December is the latest. When I shopping for cars, I always open and close the doors several times to hear any noticeable noise. Like you described, this is a very solid car. Still don't know why they don't put Kia logo on the front grill. It used to be a red oval Kia logo on Sportage and Sephia.
  • and then, go, WOW! That is a Kia! Question for any of you: Does it say Kia ANYWHERE on the car? Surely it must!
         Another question: Do you know of ANY car in the history of cars(now just a bit over 100 years is all)where the manufacturer has NOT included the maker's logo on the car ANYWHERE?

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I think the Aurora had only one Oldsmobile logo - on the radio, IIRC.

    -juice
  • svevarsvevar Posts: 160
    The Oldsmobile Aurora had the company logo on the trunk and possibly the center cap of the wheels, but the word "Oldsmobile" never actually appeared on the car. Same goes for the new Pontiac GTO—no name, just logos.
  • The logo Kia designed for their domestic homeland market is different than the red oval we all know here, too. That's interesting about the Aurora as well.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • Hyundai/Kia currently develops all new 3.3/3.8 V6 engine. Those new engines will be available on Amanti/XG/Sonata/Optima/Sedona/Sorento/Santafe/Tucson in two years.
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