- The first work by the integration of the Kia·Hyundai platform...
investment about 220 billion won for 20 months
- The environment friendly vehicle adopted gracious style and cutting-edge technology equipment
- ★★★★★ level of safety and best performance in same class
"Optima" is the first car born according to the integration scheme for Kia and Hyundai's platform integration, which started development in October 1998. The Optima appeared in 20 months through the investment of total development costs of 220 billion won. Kia and Hyundai focused on 5 main development goals such as style, power, smooth ride, safety and environment during development.
The Optima showed excellent safety, evidence of new technology, and garnered best performance in the same class and five stars during the NCAP test. It will be on sale in full-scale beginning from the 10th. Kia aims to sell 100,000 vehicles in the domestic market and 100,000 overseas markets planning to average about 160,000 vehicles.
The Serius engine boasts of 149 horsepower and a maximum speed of 207km/h. The Delta engine takes pride in its 176 horsepower and a maximum speed of 209km/h. Both showed best performance in the same class.
Regarding precautionary safety: The Optima improved the performance of brakes by adopting large capacity of 8" × 9" tandem boosters and brake discs of 24mm thickness to handle emergency braking situations. Stopping distance is 11.6m at a speed of 50km/h, which is better than competing cars.
The Optima is equipped with 4 channel 4 sensor ABS distributing high-tech electronic type braking and equipped with TCS providing prevention of tire sliding in case of sudden run and optimum driving safety in case of circular driving.
What is Optima?
Optima, which has been propelled in the project name of MS, is the plural form of optimum and means best or best appropriateness. Actually, Optima carries the meaning of 'new medium size passenger car for new millennium, assuring optimum success with gracious and refined style'
The Optima is classified as three kinds of 1.8, 2.0 and 2.5 V6 based on the amount of exhaust. 1.8 specifications are based upon, a basic type and a luxurious type, and 2.0 is divided into LS, which means Leader Spirit, and MS, which means Millennium Spirit, and VS, which means Vanguard Spirit. 2.5 V6 has only one kind. There are a total of 6 different kinds.