Kia Unveils KH/K9 Rear-drive Sedan Photos on Facebook, Asks for Naming Help
By Davey G. Johnson
Unlike Peter Schreyer's striking Optima, which clearly thumbs its nose at his previous masters in Wolfsburg by showing them what the new Volkswagen Passat could've looked like, Kia's new full-size sedan has some serious post-Bangle BMW happening.
The new rear-driver, built on the Hyundai Genesis platform, previously code-named and known in South Korea as K9 (yeah, we love old-school Dr. Who, too) is actually--according to Kia's Facebook page--nameless.
Kia has enlisted the social network's hive mind to come up with a name for the machine, and so far, nothing has blown our mind, save for someone's suggestion of “Lagos." That's only because we've long nursed a fantasy of bombing across the Nigerian city in 1970 in a 1965 Wildcat convertible with the Ify Jerry Crusade bumping through the primitive sound system.
The most common response from commenters so far? "5-series." That leaves us wondering, after a killer run over the past few years, has Kia finally made a misstep?
While the car shown here is officially listed as a "concept," don't expect it to change much. A South Korean launch is to come within the first half of this year, followed by a rollout in unspecified global markets. Given the company's ambitions, we'd be more surprised if it didn't make a U.S. appearance--perhaps under the name Kia Dalek?
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