"Behold the Kia GT4 Stinger," our friends from Korea suggest, offering the first rendering of the sporty little concept vehicle the maker plans to reveal at the North American International Auto Show just a little more than a week from now.
Kia had previously hinted that it was working up a 2+2 hatchback concept. And now that it's given the show car a name, it is supplying just enough new information to keep us teased.
Perhaps most intriguing is the mention of a "turbocharged 2.0-liter that pumps 315 horsepower to the rear wheels."
The Korean automaker does have both an engine and rear-drive platform in the parts bin it shares with sibling brand Hyundai, so perhaps we may learn at the Detroit Auto Show about some production plans.
But for now, the only other hard information we can relay is the fact that the show car will have an extremely low, supercar-like ride height, that it rides on custom 20-inch wheels, features a carbon-fiber front splitter mounted below the bumper, and that vertical LED headlamps surround an even more sporty version of the current Kia "tiger nose" grille.
The front end almost has an Audi R8-like appearance and that seems to fit the direction the automaker is taking. Long known for its bare-bones econoboxes, Kia has been developing a more recent reputation for cutting-edge styling, thanks to former Audi designer Peter Schreyer, now a vice chairman of Hyundai-Kia and still the design boss of the smaller brand.
Kia recently underscored its move upmarket by announcing plans to produce the new K900 premium luxury sedan; at as much as $70,000, the four-door taking aim at the likes of the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class — and the Hyundai Genesis.
What else can we add about the GT4 Stinger concept? We'll give Kia the last word, the maker suggesting it is "aimed at delivering head-turning looks while providing superb driving enjoyment, whether on the road or at the track."
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First of all anyone that buys a car based on it's resale value is crazy. Here is what you have to considered really when YOU buy a vehicle. You are not buying a vehicle for Mister or Miss X hoping they will like it.
1. Value for your money (what do you get in options and such)
2. Do you like the vehicle?
4. Does it suit your needs.
Resale value really means NOTHING as those thoughts can change on a brand at any time or even disappear like Mercury, Hummer, Saturn, Saab, Pontiac, Oldsmobile have in the recent years.
AT TP MAN, Please look at a map and history books. There are TWO Koreas, North Korea and Korea also known as South Korea or officially Republic of Korea. Korea (South Korea/Republic of Korea) is NOT communist. Japan had annexed Korea as a whole in 1910 after WW II the Soviet Union and the U.S. split the country in half. Then in 1948 a vote was held in the U.S. zone and the Republic of Korea was created. North Korea is really a dictatorship not communist. "Korea," "South Korea," "Republic of Korea," are all the same country and is a capitalistic country just as the U.S.A., Japan, The U.K. etc. is. Please learn your history facts before you spout off.
If you take care of ANY vehicle it will out last your loan, this notion you need to sell a vehicle after three to four years is crazy, you shouldn't be trading in a vehicle before you've paid it off. I don't care if you own a Toyota, Cadillac, or Kia you will likely always owe more on the vehicle then it's worth IF you are trading in a car with a loan on a different vehicle or new vehicle.
Now as for a high priced Kia or Hyundai as someone mentioned I agree in a brand perception, I would not pay over $30K for either of those brands. It is unfortunate if they price this vehicle over the $30K mark, VW found that out with their Phaeton. Hopefully Kia and Hyundai will learn from that.
I own two Kia's right now bought new paid cash for them, bought one for my mother, I also own two Ford Trucks one of which was bought new and paid cash for as well and a Subaru sports car.
I don't buy cars based on how much I can sell them for later. I buy them based on value at the time of purchase and if I like them.
I had a Rio just before becoming a blended family, Loved that little Sports car!
Sedona was a Great Van for my needs, when ever, where ever, and extremely satisfied until I had issues with that driveway again. Darn Wisconsin winters anyway.
Now I have the 2011 Kia Sorento- Love is not a strong enough word to state how I feel about this cross-over! Reliable, safe, value for the buck, and knowing the warranty is fully backed up and no corners are cut. LOVE