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Live photos of 2011 Kia Optima

By SYF77 on 03 Apr 2010

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This is a follow up post to my earlier post on the 2011 Kia Optima (Magentis). These photos are live images taken from the New York Auto Show. As the saying goes, a picture speaks a thousand words and the world can finally see the all new Optima in its full glory.

These live images confirm my initial impression that the new optima scores better in the looks department as compared to its cousin, the Hyundai Sonata. The alloy wheel design resembles those from a certain European make. The bumper is joined to the car body at a 45 degree (around there I suppose) angle and I like that treatment as it gives the car a coupe-like touch. The display car at the new york auto show seems to be fitted with red coloured brake caliper. I am doubtful that it will be a standard feature throughout the new Optima range, perhaps only reserved for top end high performance variant. Under the hood, we find three all-new and fuel-efficient Theta II powerplants: a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder, a 2.0-liter GDI turbo engine or a 2.4-liter hybrid. The 2.4-liter GDI engine delivers 200 hp while the 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine delivers an impressive 274 hp. The 2.4-liter hybrid engine will be introduced in 2011.

Will the new Optima enjoy the success of its smaller sibling, the Cerato Forte, in Singapore ? I believe it can, given the smart marketing strategy by C&C.

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Friendstar Apr 03 2010 12:39 AM
Win already la.

this car will surely win top awards.
Zniper Apr 03 2010 01:13 AM
kia now coming fierce....
Heartbreakid Apr 03 2010 08:46 AM
Somehow, I see some SAAB shadows within, but nevertheless, the new optima is a great effort. I like the european like style!!
Friendstar Apr 03 2010 09:32 AM
i got a feeling Peter schyrer will get a big fat bonus.
LoverofCar Apr 04 2010 12:38 AM
how i wish this will be the next silvercab taxi...so i can sit inside...without owning one....
Razgriz Apr 04 2010 01:21 AM
very future de feeling.. chio man~
Sohboonguan Apr 08 2010 06:52 AM
Friendster, what makes you think Peter Schyer will get a big fat bonus?
well... i agree with you. and give you a hint.
The production in the pipe line.
Plus the biggest hint.
His smile...
check this out, (HIS SMILE)
Ragingbull Apr 12 2010 03:19 PM
If not a fat bonus...then company shares at the very least. This guy changed the game for Kia.
Dzeisn May 02 2010 08:07 AM
Kia is attacking euro market..very continental design..i love it!!! but dunno technology is as good or not...any idea??
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