Kia Motors America Announces North American Debut Of The 2014 Cadenza At North American International Auto Show

Kia Motors America Announces North American Debut Of The 2014 Cadenza At North
                       American International Auto Show

Sophisticated and Elegant, Cadenza Represents the Most
Technologically-Advanced Kia ever offered in the U.S. market

Luxurious appointments, advanced technology and stunning European-inspired
design boldly announce Kia's entry into the premium-car segment

Cadenza sedan is expected to go on sale in the second quarter of 2013

PR Newswire

DETROIT, Jan. 15, 2013

DETROIT, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Kia Motors America (KMA) today unveiled
the all-new 2014 Cadenza premium sedan, the most technologically-advanced
vehicle Kia has ever introduced in North America. The long-anticipated
announcement today at Cobo Hall during the 2013 North American International
Auto Show (NAIAS) confirmed Kia's intentions to enter into the premium-sedan
segment. The Cadenza expands KMA's lineup of inspiring and award-winning
vehicles while moving the brand up-market with an impressive list of premium
standard and optional equipment, including Advanced Smart Cruise Control
(ASCC), Blind Spot Detection (BSD)^[1] and Lane-Departure Warning System
(LDWS). The Cadenza is expected to arrive in Kia retail showrooms in the
second quarter of this year, and pricing will be announced closer to the
vehicle's on-sale date.


"Since the introduction of the range-topping Optima SXL last year, we have
seen an increasing number of customers in our retail outlets looking for a
sedan with even more upscale amenities and technology," said Michael Sprague,
executive vice president of marketing & communications, KMA. "The Cadenza is
the new flagship for Kia in the U.S. market, and when it goes on sale later
this year, it will introduce a number of advanced systems that promise to set
a new standard in the premium segment."

With its distinctive front fascia and swept C-pillars, the Cadenza's taut
European design language is evident. That it's propelled by Kia's most
powerful V6 engine further announces its intentions to provide an invigorating
driving experience. Inside, unparalleled premium appointments for five
occupants strike the ideal balance between sport and luxury. Combining these
elements with technology that, until now, has never been offered on any Kia
vehicle in the market, the Cadenza quickly rises to the lofty elevation of
being the brand's most advanced U.S. product.

Sophisticated Features and Technology

Offered in one opulently equipped trim level, the Cadenza takes in-car
technology and premium features to an entirely new level. Standard features
include an advanced navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic™^[2] and UVO
eServices, displayed on a high resolution 8-inch touch screen. Further
enhancing driver assurance is a standard back-up camera^[3] and warning
system, as well as a premium 550-watt Infinity^®[4] 12-speaker audio system
including rear surround speakers and subwoofer. The Cadenza's standard
equipment level is on par with many premium brands and boasts standard leather
seat trim, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear seat ventilation,
Smart Key keyless entry with push-button start, 10-way power adjustable
driver's seat and Bluetooth^®[5] wireless technology. Two option packages are
offered: The Premium Package and the Technology Package.

Check the box for the Premium Package and receive a full-length panoramic
sunroof with power retractable sunshade, HID headlamps with adaptive front
lighting system (AFLS), 7-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster, premium Nappa
leather seats, a memory enabled 12-way ventilated driver's seat with seat
cushion extension for unsurpassed comfort, heated front and rear outboard
seats, heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping steering column,
as well as a power rear sunshade for enhanced comfort and privacy.

Stepping up to the Technology Package adds sleek 19-inch alloy wheels,
electric parking brake and Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), which
maintains a set distance to the vehicle ahead and can bring the car to a full
stop if necessary. The package also includes water repellant hydrophobic
windshield, a radar-based Blind Spot Detection system (BSD) and a Lane
Departure Warning System (LDWS) that provides audible and visual alerts to the
driver should they inadvertently veer into another lane without using the turn

European Design Evokes Premium Sport-Sedan Elegance

Penned under the watchful eye of Peter Schreyer, Kia's global chief of design,
the Cadenza's broad shoulders, contoured hood, large wheels and wide stance
give it a strong and grounded appearance. The striking design has a
distinctive sport-sedan form, as if the car would be equally comfortable on
the Autobahn or carving through the Swiss Alps.

The aggressive "Tiger Nose" front fascia instantly speaks to Kia's brand
identity. Flanking the grille are quad headlights that nestle deeply behind
crystalline lenses. The lower fascia is wide, lending to the Cadenza's
imposing stance, and chrome trim accents around the fog lights and grille add
to the vehicle's premium presence. LED positioning lights and available HID
headlights provide additional European sophistication.

Perhaps best enjoyed in profile, the Cadenza's silhouette is at once strong
and elegant. The vertical nose is imposing; the long hood is sensuously
sculpted to meet the swept-back windshield. The greenhouse curves gracefully
to the C-pillar and is surrounded by a tasteful chrome bezel that flares
upward at the rear door, effectively creating a beautiful glass droplet.
Beginning just aft of the front-door cutline is a chiseled indentation that
sweeps upward, seamlessly transitioning into the tail lights. Classic chrome
accents adorn the lower portions of the doors and the treatment continues into
the rear fascia. The 19-inch alloy wheels offered in the Technology Package
resemble a jet turbine and add to the Cadenza's athletic stature.

Moving to the rear of the vehicle, the standard LED taillights sit high on the
deck and are designed to cut across a large portion of the vehicle, lending to
the Cadenza's broad stance. The twin oval tail pipes accentuate the Cadenza's
sporty and elegant design.

The interior of the Cadenza envelops its occupants in a premium environment
complete with soft leather upholstery and tasteful accents of wood and
chrome. Ambient lighting and horizontally positioned switch gear radiates an
uncluttered and sophisticated aesthetic. An elegant analog clock centered
between the center stack buttons lends a classic feel. The center console is
angled toward the driver for optimized control, and an available large
seven-inch high-resolution TFT LCD screen in the gauge cluster showcases a
wide range of vehicle information including turn-by-turn navigation and
infotainment. Elegant chrome bezels surround the HVAC and audio controls, air
vents and the standard push-button start. Standard Bluetooth, wood-trim door
inserts, one-touch automatic up/down power front windows and power-folding
heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators all enhance the
Cadenza's premium image.

Engaging Driving Experience

The Cadenza is equipped with Kia's most powerful V6 engine ever. The
smooth-revving 3.3-liter utilizes gasoline direct injection (GDI) technology
that improves performance while maintaining fuel efficiency. Power is
seamlessly transferred to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic
transmission that includes a Sportmatic manual shift mode and paddle shifters
flanking the leather and wood-wrapped steering wheel. The GDI powerplant
produces 293 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 255 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm.
The advanced all-aluminum engine features dual continuously variable valve
timing for improved fuel economy and performance, a maintenance-free timing
chain, a three-step variable induction system for enhanced torque, and is
designed to run on regular unleaded gasoline. During durability testing, the
engine is run 300 continuous hours at redline under full load then for an
additional 20 hours at 10 percent above redline under full load.

To maximize driver engagement and performance, the Cadenza features a
sport-tuned fully independent suspension with a McPherson strut setup in front
and a multilink rear design. The Cadenza rides on standard 245/45R-18 tires
while 245/40R-19 tires are included with the Technology Package.

To further enhance performance and safety, while reducing NVH, 60 percent of
the body structure is strengthened through the utilization of High Tensile
Steel (HTS), which helps improve torsional rigidity. HTS is produced through
a 1,650 degree hot-stamping process, designed to toughen steel. Further
reducing the Cadenza's NVH is an extensive list of noise reducing
technologies, including a hydraulic transmission mount, optimally tuned damper
on the rear cross member and specially designed wheels (the multiple fins help
reduce wind noise at highway speeds).

Kia: One of the World's Fastest Moving Global Automotive Brands

Kia Motors America is one of only three auto brands to increase U.S. sales in
each of the past four years, and in 2012 the company surpassed the 500,000
unit mark for the first time. With a full line of fun-to-drive cars and CUVs,
Kia is advancing value to new levels of sophistication by combining
European-influenced styling – under the guidance of chief design officer Peter
Schreyer – with cutting-edge technologies, premium amenities, affordable
pricing and the lowest cost of ownership in the industry. Kia recently joined
the exclusive ranks ofInterbrand's "Top 100 Best Global Brands," and is
poised to continue its momentum with seven all-new or significantly redesigned
vehicles scheduled to arrive in showrooms in 2013. Over the past decade Kia
Motors has invested more than $1.4 billion in the U.S., including the
company's first U.S. assembly plant in West Point, Georgia – Kia Motors
Manufacturing Georgia – which is responsible for the creation of more than
11,000 plant and supplier jobs. The success of the U.S.-built* Optima
andSorento in two of the industry's largest segments has fueled Kia's rapid
growth and is complemented by Kia's comprehensive lineup which includes the
Soul urban passenger vehicle,Sportage compact CUV, Optima Hybrid, the Forte
sedan, 5-door andKoup compacts, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and the
Sedona minivan.

About Kia Motors America

Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors
Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of
vehicles through more than 765 dealers throughout the United States and serves
as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA. In 2012, KMA
recorded its best-ever annual sales total and gained U.S. market share for the
18th consecutive year. Kia is poised to continue its momentum and will
continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality, value,
advanced safety features and new technologies.

Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is available
at its website – For media information, including photography,

* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX Trims and certain LX Trims only) and GDI
Turbo are built in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

^[1] The blind spot warning system is not a substitute for proper and safe
lane changing procedures. Always drive safely and use caution when changing
lanes. The blind spot warning may not detect every object alongside the

^[2] Sirius services require subscriptions, sold separately after 3-month
trial included with vehicle purchase/lease. Subscriptions governed by SiriusXM
Customer Agreement at© 2011 SiriusXM Radio Inc. Sirius, XM and
all related marks and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc.

^[3] The back-up camera is not a substitute for proper and safe backing-up
procedures. Always drive safely and use caution when backing up. The Back-Up
Camera may not detect every object behind the vehicle.

^[4] Infinity is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries,

^[5] The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by
Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Kia is under license. Other
trademarks and tradenames are those of their respective owners. A compatible
Bluetooth® wireless technology enabled cell phone is required to use
Bluetooth® wireless technology.

SOURCE Kia Motors America

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