LOS ANGELES - Kia Motors America will have several new products arriving within the next 18 months, including the first vehicle that will share a platform with Hyundai Motor Co. The as-yet-unnamed mid-sized sedan will come off the next Hyundai Sonata platform, and will arrive in Kia's U.S. dealerships in early 2001, even before Hyundai gets its next Sonata in America
Other products are on the way as well. In March 2000, a version of the Korean-market Shuma will come to the United States.
The five-door hatchback will be called the Spectra and will have the same chassis and powertrain as the Sephia four-door.
In July 2000, a version of the Korean-market Avella subcompact will arrive. The four-door sedan will be called the Rio and will have a 1.5-liter, twin-cam four-cylinder engine. The rear styling will be similar to that of the Toyota Echo, but its styling 'will not be as evocative or dramatic,' said Dick Macedo, Kia Motors America senior vice president.
In the future, Kia subcompacts will be built off the Hyundai Accent platform.
In fall 2000, the Sport-age sport-utility will get a facelift, to be followed by a 2003 model year redesign.
Macedo said the Sportage will continue in the Kia product line, even after the Santa Fe sport-utility arrives for Hyun-dai. The Sportage will remain a body-on-frame construction, while the Santa Fe will be based on the Sonata sedan.