Kia K9 Spotted In California: Does That Mean U.S. Sales?

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
kia k9 spotted in california does that mean u s sales

Automotive News posted a picture of a Kia K9 luxury sedan wearing manufacturer plates on the road near Orange County, California. Does that mean we’re due to get the K9 any time soon?

Once upon a time, my father worked for Kia Canada, and the company’s head office had a frequent rotation of Korean market cars sent over for evaluation. Some, like the Carens, made it over under a different name, while others, like the Enterprise, were merely showpieces for what Kia could do with a re-skinned, decade old Mazda platform. Nevertheless, I wanted an Enterprise, complete with back massagers and headrest mounted TV screens.

The K9 could very well make it here, depending on Kia’s push to bring themselves upmarket. It would need a new name, lest it evoke visions of Iams pet food and invasive, racially motivated vehicle searches. Unfortunately, a piece of forbidden fruit wearing Manufacturer plates is not always a reliable indicator of future product plans.

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  • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on May 18, 2012

    K9? Who let the dogs out?

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    • Stuki Stuki on May 18, 2012

      There's nowhere to let them in. If there was ever a car that screams out for a wagon version, it would be a car called K9.

  • APaGttH APaGttH on May 18, 2012

    Doesn't look like a dog to me. Looks like a pretty nice car. Wait, did I miss something?

  • Bd2 Bd2 on May 18, 2012

    I'd say that it'll eventually make it's way to the US (after the K7/Cadenza). If Kia gives the greenlight for production of the GT, it would make for a 2 sedan luxury lineup.

  • Daveainchina Daveainchina on May 18, 2012

    I'm curious if Kia has plans for the K7 to come to the USA. I've seen a few of them here in China and I must admit I like them more than the Optima(K5). K9 I think is a bit big for what I'm looking for.