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Kia Optima


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A sedan produced by Kia in four generations since 2000. Also sold in various markets as the Kia Magentis, Kia Lotze, and Kia K5.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Kia Optima page on 29 April 2017, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Kia Optima is a mid-sized 4door sedan manufactured by Kia Motors since 2000 and marketed globally through various nameplates. First generation cars were mostly marketed as the Optima, although the Kia Magentis name was used in Europe and Canada when sales began there in 2002. For the second generation models, Kia used the Kia Lotze & Kia K5 name for the South Korean market, and the Magentis name globally, except in the United States, Canada, and Malaysia where the Optima name was retained. The Optima name is now going to be used for all markets except China, where they will also use the South Korean market name.

First generation (2000–2005)

From 2000–2005 Optimas were a rebadged variant of the Hyundai Sonata, differing only from the Sonata in minor exterior styling details and equipment content.

In Australia, the Optima was introduced in May 2001, offered only with a 2.5 L V6 engine, and choice of manual or automatic transmission. The updated Optima was offered with a new 2.7 L engine, 4-speed automatic (the manual was dropped), and features such as full leather interior and alloy wheels were made standard. Thanks in part to better marketing, sales increased to 41,289 units in 2005, an all-time high. The Optima was sold until 2006, when it was replaced by the Magentis.

Second generation (2005–2010)

The second generation Optima, known as the Kia Magentis globally except the United States and Malaysia, and as the Kia Lotze in South Korea, was launched in South Korea in November 2005. This generation differed further from the Hyundai Sonata donor vehicle than the previous model. Unlike the previous Optima though, this vehicle uses a global platform, unique to Kia, designated "MG". The car continues to be built in South Korea and shares its 2.4-litre inline-four engine, five-speed Sportmatic automatic or five-speed manual transmission with the Sonata.

The Optima was revised and updated in 2008, debuting at the New York International Auto Show (as a 2009 model year). This update features new front-end styling and tail lamps. In addition to the revised exterior, length is also slightly increased by roughly 70 millimetres (2.8 in) to approximately 4,800 mm (190 in) long. There is also a new engine and the interior has also been revised. Main changes in the interior are a redesigned instrument cluster and a Sirius Satellite Radio/AM/FM/MP3/CD with an auxiliary jack. In certain markets, the option of satellite navigation is offered.

Third generation (2010–2015)

The completely redesigned Optima, sharing the same platform as its sibling Hyundai i40, named the Kia K5 in the South Korean and China market, made its world debut at the 2010 New York Auto Show. It features a much sleeker, sportier profile designed by new Kia design chief Peter Schreyer, following the new design language featured on the Kia Forte, Kia Sorento, and upcoming Kia Sportage and Kia Cadenza — and using Kia's new corporate grille, known as the Tiger Nose, also designed by Schreyer. Lead designer of the TF in the team of Peter Schreyer and Miklos Kovacs was the Italian Davide Limongelli. For the first time, this model will be using the Optima name worldwide, where the Magentis name had been used previously.

As with its Hyundai Sonata sibling, the Optima's lineup has been replaced with a universal GDI 2.4-litre 4-cylinder engine, either mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Eco dash display, or to a 6-speed manual transmission that is only standard on the LX model. Sales began in Fall 2010. The new K5 was released in the South Korean market on 29 April 2010.

Fourth generation (2015–present)

The 2016 Kia Optima went on-sale towards the end of 2015. It shares a platform with the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, and offers a new design, with new features and enhancements. As with the previous-generation Optima, the new model was designed by Kia's Chief of Design, Peter Schreyer, who was a previous designer for Volkswagen Group, AG, working mainly with their Audi division of luxury cars.

A plug-in hybrid variant was unveiled at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. The Kia Optima PHEV shares the powertrain of the Hyundai Sonata PHEV, and like its sibling, it has a 9.8 kWh battery pack that delivers an all-electric range of 27 mi (43 km), but the Optima plug-in hybrid has a lower drag coefficient, which at 0.24 Cd is on par with the all-electric Tesla Model S. The Optima PHEV has an active grille, which automatically opens and closes at high and low speeds, contributing to reduce the Cd. The plug-in hybrid features a 50 kW electric motor and 2.0-liter “Nu” four-cylinder GDI engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.


Photographs

Hip Cat Optima Meme Hip Cat Optima Meme
Photo ©2015 Heidi Walczak
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Kia Optima Hybrid 2013 Geneva International Motor Show
Photo ©2013 Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
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Custom Kia Optima Custom
Photo ©2017 Eli Walczak
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Custom Kia Optima Custom
Photo ©2017 Eli Walczak
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Custom Kia Optima Custom
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Custom Kia Optima Custom
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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
October 2002On Site Side Air Bag Investigation / Vehicle to Vehicle
2002 Kia Optima
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 451KB - 17 pages
July 2005Remote Redesigned Air Bag Investigation
2004 Kia Optima
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 795KB - 12 pages
September 2007Calspan On-Site Child Safety Seat Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2006 Kia Optima
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 698KB - 24 pages
22 July 2010Vehicle Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 208, Occupant Crash Protection; FMVSS 212, Windshield Mounting; FMVSS 219, Windshield Intrustion (Partial); FMVSS 301, Fuel System Integrity
2009 Kia Optima Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 29.1MB - 339 pages
March 2011Optima (MG) A/T Shift Cable Inspection (SC088)
Kia Motors
NHTSA Recall 11V153000

PDF
- 211KB - 5 pages
3 March 2011NHTSA Recall 11V153000
2006-2008 Kia Optima
Power Train:Automatic Transmission:Lever And Linkage:Column Shift
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
3 March 2011Voluntary Safety Recall Campaign: 2006-2008 MY Kia Optima (MG) Automatic Transmission Shift Cable Inspection
From: Robert Babcock, Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center
To: Frank Borris, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V153000

PDF
- 337KB - 3 pages
9 March 2011Automatic Transmission Shift Cable Inspection
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: Robert Babcock, Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center
NHTSA Recall 11V153000

PDF
- 28KB - 3 pages
23 March 2011Safety Recall Notice
Kia Motors America, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 11V153000

PDF
- 25KB - 2 pages
5 April 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, Upper Interior Head Impact Protection
2011 Kia Optima LX
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 7.9MB - 166 pages
15 June 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 301R: Fuel System Integrity - Rear Impact
2011 Kia Optima
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 5.5MB - 59 pages
28 June 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 214: Dynamic Side Impact Protection (Rigid Pole)
2011 Kia Optima LX 4-Dr Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 4.8MB - 116 pages
July 20112011 Q2
Kia
NHTSA Recall 11V153000

PDF
- 12KB - 1 page
19 October 20112011 Q3
Kia Motors America, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 11V153000

PDF
- 28KB - 1 page
10 November 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 126: Electronic Stability Control Systems
2011 Kia Optima
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 4.7MB - 65 pages
26 January 20122011 Q4
Kia
NHTSA Recall 11V153000

PDF
- 23KB - 1 page
27 April 20122012 Q1
Kia Motors America, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 11V153000

PDF
- 30KB - 1 page
27 April 20122012 Q2
Kia Motors America, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 11V153000

PDF
- 7KB - 1 page
21 August 2012IMPORTANT – THIS IS A SECOND NOTICE
Kia Motors America, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 11V153000

PDF
- 25KB - 2 pages
25 October 20122012 Q3
Kia Motors America, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 11V153000

PDF
- 8KB - 1 page
May 2015
crash date
Special Crash Investigation On-Site Alleged Unintended Acceleration Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2008 Kia Optima
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 4.2MB - 43 pages


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
28 January 2008Kia Optima Engine Mount Reduces Automobile VibrationAnthony Fontanelle
5 January 2012Briggs Kia Announces that the Kia Optima is Named “One of the Top Drives for 2012”Briggs Kia
7 February 2013Superman-Inspired Kia Optima Hybrid Soars Into Chicago For Auto Show Debut Kia Motors America


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