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    Thread: Kia K9 Caught Driving in Korea w/o Camo

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      02-27-2012 11:08 PM #26
      i like it except the stupid vents again and the grille treatment is not great.
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      02-27-2012 11:10 PM #27
      Looks like a previous generation Lexus GS had a gangbang with a BMW 5-Series and 7-Series.
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      02-27-2012 11:15 PM #28
      VERY nice.


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      02-27-2012 11:17 PM #29
      Oh sure it looks like a derivative mix of the 7-series, Quattroporte and last-generation Lexus GS. But to Kia's credit, at least they only took the good parts of the designs. Buyers should have no trouble sticking on some other brand's badges and convincing the valets of the world it's a new BMW/Maserati/Lexus whatever, all so you won't have to explain why the hell you just spent $50K on a Kia.

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      02-27-2012 11:22 PM #30
      I had no idea Koreans listened to country music.

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      02-28-2012 02:01 AM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by Fritz27 View Post
      I had no idea Koreans listened to country music.
      I said the same thing.

    8. 02-28-2012 06:18 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by omoderncultureo View Post

      front overhang is ginormous

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      02-28-2012 10:08 AM #34
      The front looks FUGLY - especially the grill and the side profile is 100% BMW 7.

      Too many shiny cut paste bits. Sorry but this is a fail from Peter Shreyer

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      02-28-2012 10:13 AM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by CP1 View Post
      ^ FAIL.


      How are the headlights even close, much less the grill? (Which is the same basic "tiger nose" grill on every other Kia like the Optima.)

      Let me know when the 6 Series or another other BMW for that matter has a headlight shape that goes like this.

      ohh get over yourself! It looks similar, nobody is saying its identical ..

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      02-28-2012 11:54 AM #36
      I like this a lot (production photos).

      Most importantly, it's amazing to me that Hyundai and Kia are now both fielding RWD, V8-powered, 5-Series competitors, while Cadillac is a few years away from a proper mid-sizer. Shame on Lincoln and Buick, too.

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      02-28-2012 12:09 PM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by reelknead1 View Post
      Came in expecting a Dog, leaving disappointed.
      That's racist!!


      Just because the car is Korean...oh wait.


      excute my short sightedness.

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      02-28-2012 12:18 PM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by whitejeep1989 View Post
      I like this a lot (production photos).

      Most importantly, it's amazing to me that Hyundai and Kia are now both fielding RWD, V8-powered, 5-Series competitors, while Cadillac is a few years away from a proper mid-sizer. Shame on Lincoln and Buick, too.
      ??

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      02-28-2012 12:25 PM #39





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    15. 02-28-2012 12:40 PM #40
      I like it. Too many people on this forum bitch about cars looking like other cars, who cares? If this car looks good and cost less I would buy it over the competitors. Guess what, that's how the average Joe thinks.

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      02-28-2012 12:43 PM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post
      ??

      The STS is out of production. While I really like the STS, even GM admits that the car was never really up to the task of taking on the German mid-size luxury cars. The STS, apparently, wasn't even up to the task of challenging the smaller CTS.

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      02-28-2012 01:51 PM #42
      a quick chop

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    18. 02-29-2012 12:48 AM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post
      Except, the BMW's headlight only angles back to the A-pillar at its corner.

      The bulk of the headlight is still facing forward..

      The cee'd entire headlight is angled baclwards to the A pillar.

      It's stuff like this that amateurs don't pick up on.
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    19. 02-29-2012 01:06 AM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by Notch__Johnson View Post
      Aston Martin One-77:



      Kia GT Concept:

      And this is another common misconception.



      Why you wouldn’t (buy an Optima SX):

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      02-29-2012 01:13 AM #46
      Do not want!
      "Of course that's just my opinion; I could be wrong."

      Quote Originally Posted by The Igneous Faction
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    22. 02-29-2012 01:22 AM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by 2.0T_Convert View Post
      Just to piss CP1 off a bit more:

      Does it look the same - No, of course not.

      But many of the basic elements are similar. It's as if Kia took a 7-series and refreshed it.

      So do these 2.






      Unlike the LS460, the K9 doesn't really have the Hofmeister kink

      And this is after Lexus virtually cloned the S Class w/ the LS430.


      And as Schreyer, himself, had stated, the front of the K9 gets its inspiration from the Quattroporte, having a similar protruding grill/nose which has become popular these days.








      Volvo has been doing it as well w/ their recent designs.
      Last edited by CP1; 02-29-2012 at 01:39 AM.
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    23. 02-29-2012 03:17 AM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by omoderncultureo View Post

      man, that angle just looks awkward. the bug eyes looked terrible on the Elantra and are completely out of character for a car of this class. the car in general just looks half baked. at least the Equus and Genesis were inoffensive. this car will have quite the uphill battle in getting sold. i wonder how much a quick mid-cycle refresh could change things (e.g. Genesis Coupe) but for the better?

      i think Kia's premium offerings should have their own design language (stop overusing the tiger nose and ridiculous cartoony headlights) similar to Hyundai's premium offerings although the new Genesis coupe now has the gaping maw and hexagonal grill.

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      02-29-2012 05:06 AM #49
      What are you guys complaining about ? 99% of those are going to be sold to airport limo companies. They are a modern day Lincoln Town Car.
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      02-29-2012 09:39 AM #50
      sigh...

      Modern car headlights =



      And it's getting worse.
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