Kia Credos

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Kia Credos
1999 Kia Credos 2.0 Automatic Saloon (20061885838).jpg
1999 Kia Credos (New Zealand)
ManufacturerKia Motors
Also calledKia Clarus (Europe)
Kia Parktown[1] (South Korea, station wagon)
AssemblyHwasung Plant, Hwasung, South Korea
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size car
Body style4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
RelatedMazda Capella/Cronos/626
Kia Carnival/Sedona
Engine1.8L Kia T8D Engine I4 petrol
2.0L Mazda F I4 petrol
2.0L Rover KV6 petrol
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,665 mm (104.9 in)
Length1995-1998:4,710 mm (185.4 in)
1998-2001: 4,745 mm (186.8 in)
Wagon:4,760 mm (187.4 in)
Width1,780 mm (70.1 in)
HeightSedan: 1,400 mm (55.1 in)
Wagon: 1,480 mm (58.3 in)
PredecessorKia Concord
SuccessorKia Optima

The Kia Credos in South Korea and Australia (known as Kia Clarus in Europe) was Kia's first self-developed mid-size family sedan, which went on sale in South Korea in 1995, and in Australia in 1998.[2][3]

The Credos is based on the fifth-generation Mazda Capella/Cronos, which was sold as the Mazda 626 stateside.

It was powered by one of four gasoline engines. Initially, three engines are offered, depending on the trim: 1.8 liter Kia T8D engine; 2.0 liter Mazda FE SOHC engine; and 2.0 liter Mazda FE-DOHC engine. A fourth engine, a licensed version of 2.0 liter V6 DOHC Rover KV6 engine, was available with the facelifted version from 1998 and on.

The car's interior was dull but spacious and comfortable, as well as the boot being massive. The asking price for the basic 1.8 SX was £11,000, around £4,000 less than the equivalent Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Vectra. In Australia, the Credos was introduced in May 1998, and was available only with the 2.0L engine. Sales totaled 839 units during the model's three year run.[4]

The Kia Credos was replaced by the Hyundai sourced Optima in September 2000, ending the badge engineered relationship with Mazda.


  1. ^ (in Italian) Kia Parktown debut in Geneva 1998
  2. ^ "Kia Credos: Korea Gets Serious About Larger Cars". AutoWeb. Web Publications. 1998-05-21. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  3. ^ "1998 Kia Credos sedan - Car review - The Car". GoAuto. John Mellor. 2001-05-16. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  4. ^ VFACTS Australia[full citation needed]