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Seoul Seeks to Sell a Lexus Substitute
by Luke Vandezande

Buying a Lexus ES is a lot like eating lunch at Chipotle. You donít need to be particularly wealthy to do it, but extras like a bottle of beer, chips and guac add up quickly. It can be expensive but that doesnít matter because customers are never hard to find.

And so it is with Lexusí mid-size sedan. Like the burrito chain, thereís a degree of implied quality. The product never changes much and thatís OK because nobody really wants it to. Long live reliable brands.

Hereís another premium fast food analogy for you: imitators are never far behind. You might be familiar with Qdoba. If not, youíre definitely familiar with Kia. Qdobaís burritos arenít really any cheaper than Chipotleís, but Kiaís vehicles are usually priced at a discount to their competitors. Earlier this year, the South Korean brand began selling the Cadenza in North America; a V6-powered, front-wheel drive premium highway cruiser meant to compete with Lexusí ES 350. At any rate, thatís what the marketing material suggests. We spent a week driving them side-by-side to find out.

Sometimes the Specs Say Very Little

Engine size, vehicle size, drivetrain, and transmission type are all similar. The Cadenza costs $35,900, or $1,480 fewer paper portraits of George Washington than an ES 350. The Cadenza is a little bit longer and wider, but not by much. With 293 hp, its 3.3-liter direct injection V6 is smaller, more modern and more powerful than the 3.5-liter, 268 hp motor moving the ES 350.

Transplanted Audi designer Peter Schreyer penned Kiaís recently-handsome product line and itís hard to argue with his logic. Like Audi, Kiaís cars adhere to a singular design with varying lengths. The Cadenza currently holds the crown as Kiaís big kahuna sedan.
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it's Kia's first real attempt to compete in this segment and they did a good job, but Lexus has been in it for a while and i still think they're one of the best. the Kia is a good second choice.
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The Cadenza is establishing itself in its segment. if the K900 can do the same then slowly Kia will be able to build higher-end cars into their brand reputation and not be seen as an outsider in those segments. It'll be pretty hard to outdo Lexus right now, but Kia could set their sights on this goal in the future (6-10 years.)
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The Cadenza is a popular car for KIA

I took a look at one last year. Its a nice car

It'll compete well with the Lexus ES
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The Cadenza is establishing itself in its segment. if the K900 can do the same then slowly Kia will be able to build higher-end cars into their brand reputation and not be seen as an outsider in those segments. It'll be pretty hard to outdo Lexus right now, but Kia could set their sights on this goal in the future (6-10 years.)
Yup.

Just look at the new Hyundai Genesis sedan that was redesigned, amazing. But it did take time to get their, didn't happen over night.
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Looks like Kia is doing a great job at the beginning of this whole moving up market strategy that they have. You can't expect Kia to win out the gate, but the K900 looks like its good enough to sell enough that we will see some of them around. I could see the K900 selling better than some of the Acura sedans.
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Now i wonder what the next step is for the Cadenza, sport version? Like real sport, a long the lines of a BMW M-Package. Hyundai is launching a performance brand, will Kia?
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It would make sense for Kia to have a performance wing since all the luxury brands they want to compete against have them. Kia could make use of it for the Cadenza and the K900. If they did it well, it would make them seem far more legitimate as a up market brand.
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It would make sense for Kia to have a performance wing since all the luxury brands they want to compete against have them. Kia could make use of it for the Cadenza and the K900. If they did it well, it would make them seem far more legitimate as a up market brand.
Indeed it would.

Now that Hyundai is doing it, Kia might come out with something unless they wan to go a different direction
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