|Kia K9 (KH)|
|Assembly||Gwangmyeong, South Korea
Kaliningrad, Russia (Avtotor)
|Designer||Peter Schreyer (2009)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Full-size luxury car|
|Body style||4-door sedan|
|Platform||Hyundai BH-L (VI)|
|Transmission||Hyundai Powertech 8-Speed automatic|
|Wheelbase||3,045 mm (119.9 in)|
|Length||5,095 mm (200.6 in)|
|Width||1,900 mm (74.8 in)|
|Height||1,490 mm (58.7 in)|
|Predecessor||Kia Amanti/Opirus (U.S. & Canada/Worldwide)|
The Kia K9 is a full-size luxury car made by South Korean automaker Kia Motors. It replaces the Kia Opirus in the Korean market, and will sit at the top of the Kia range above the Kia K7/Cadenza. The K9 was launched in South Korea in May 2012, with export sales expected towards the end of 2012. As of June 2013, the car is available in South Korea (as the Kia K9), the Middle East, Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, Russia (as the Kia Quoris), United States, and Canada (as the Kia K900). There are plans to release it in China; however, Kia will not use the Quoris name.
The K9 is slightly shorter than the Equus, but has a more aggressive, sporty stance as well as a longer wheelbase with shorter front overhang dimensions. Kia's "Tiger nose" grill has been adopted in the front fascia design. It implements some new technologies to a KIA car like Blind spot assist, Head Up Display and an advance Adaptive Front Lighting System.
Launch engines in Korea include a 300 PS (221 kW; 296 bhp) 3.3L (3342cc) V6 and a 334 PS (246 kW; 329 bhp) 3.8L (3778cc) GDI direction-injection V6, coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Quoris debuted in Russia in 2013 with a 294 PS (216 kW; 290 bhp) 3.8L V6.
The K900 in the US uses a 426 PS (313 kW; 420 bhp) 5.0L (5038cc) GDI V8, producing 376 lb·ft (510 N·m) of torque. In Canada, the K900 can be fitted with either a 315 PS (232 kW; 311 bhp) 3.8L GDI V6, producing 293 lb·ft (397 N·m) of torque or the same 5.0L GDI V8 as the US market.
Marketing and sales
To promote the K900, Kia Motors released their Super Bowl XLVIII commercial, featuring Laurence Fishburne reprising his role as Morpheus from The Matrix series. On October 2014, basketball player LeBron James was named Kia's K900 luxury ambassador.
Despite the aggressive marketing, the Kia K900 has struggled in sales, having sold only 200 units per month during its first four months in the U.S. market. Sales dropped further to 100-130 units in July and August 2014, and then to 50-60 in September and October.
- Kia K9 specifications
- "Edmunds Inside Line". Retrieved 4 October 2014.
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- Kia SOuth Korea website
- "Sales of Kia Quoris Sedans to Kick off in March". Wroom.ru. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- "The Top-of-the-Range Kia K900". AutoTrends. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- Estrada, Zac (2014-01-28). "Kia's The Matrix Super Bowl Ad Sells A K900 With Morpheus And Two Keys". Jalopnik. Retrieved 2014-01-29.
- "Basketball global superstar LeBron James is Kia's luxury ambassador". Top Gear Philippines. 2014-10-16. Retrieved 2014-10-16.
- Lopez, Jose Antonio (2014-11-17). "Kia K900 Not Working in the United States". The Korean Car Blog. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
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