Facts about Kia Optima Car. The Kia Optima Car is a four-door, medium-size sedan manufactured by the second largest automobile manufacturer in South Korea, Kia Motors Corporation. The Kia Optima has been sold all over the world with different nameplates. First generation sedans of Kia were mostly sold under the name Optima, even though the name Kia Magentis was used in Canada and Europe when sales commenced there during 2002.
For the next generation Kia models, the manufacturer sold the vehicle under the names Kia K5 and Kia Lotze for the South Korean automobile market. It was sold with the name Kia Magentis all over the world, except in Malaysia and the United States where it was sold with the same first generation name, Kia Optima Car. The name Optima will currently be used for all worldwide markets, except China, where the Kia Optima Car will be sold with the name as used in the South Korean automobile market.
The first generation of Kia Optima Car was sold in the market from 2000 to 2005. The Kia Optima vehicles were a rebadged model of the Hyundai Sonata, and they differ from the Hyundai Sonata only in terms of slight exterior styling details and in terms of equipment.
The Kia Optima Car was introduced in Australia in May 2001, equipped with a V6 engine with the displacement of 2.5 liters and with the option of automatic or manual transmission. The revised Kia Optima Car was equipped with a fresh engine with the displacement of 2.7 liters and with a four-paced automatic transmission only by excluding the manual transmission from the earlier model of Kia Optima Car. The Kia Optima Car was available with standard features, like alloy wheels and complete leather interior. These features made the Kia Optima Car a highest selling vehicle and the sale of the vehicle was increased to an all-time high sale of 41,289 vehicles during 2005. The Kia Optima Car was available in the market until 2006, after that, it was replaced by the Kia Magentis.
The 2002 model of Kia Optima Car received only a minor revision. The Optima was a higher end model of Kia Optima Car with luxury features, which was sold in South Korea. The grille of the Kia Optima Car was revamped for the United States market in 2003 and it was released as the 2004 model year vehicle. It was then again redesigned in 2004 with the Kia badge, and with restyled headlamps it was released as the 2005 model year vehicle.
In the meantime, Kia unveiled the hybrid version of Kia Optima Car at the Auto Show in Los Angeles in 2010, and the hybrid version was introduced in the United States automobile market during November 2011. During its initial month of release, 524 units were sold in the market. Considering increasing sales in the American market up to December 2011, with 19,672 vehicles sold, together the Kia Optima Car Hybrid and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid grabbed the second place in terms of sales for the 2011 calendar year.
There are no outwardly apparent features that distinguish the Hybrid version from the Kia Optima Car, except the hybrid brooch, a lowered travel height by about an inch (25 mm), different wheel discs, and extraordinary light platinum graphite body color.
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