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With its 2015 K900, Kia enters the luxury sedan market

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LOS ANGELES — Kia’s new flagship sedan debuted in the Korean domestic market (KDM, yo!) as the K9 sedan. But during its trip to the 2013 LA Auto Show, the name was changed to the 2015 Kia K900. Maybe it’s because 900 is a bigger number than 9; but I think that it was changed to avoid all of the “Kia’s flagship is a dog” jokes that the brand’s detractors were poised to make.

Kia needn’t worry about any dog jokes coming from Car Tech’s editors, because the K900 is essentially a brand-engineered clone of the Hyundai Equus premium sedan — a vehicle that picked up our Editors’ Choice nod in back in August — so we’re expecting nothing but good things from this rear-drive sedan.

However, the K900 isn’t exactly a badge job. While its wheelbase and chassis dimensions are nearly identical to the Equus, the overall length is a bit shorter. What’s more, the design of the sheetmetal is completely different, stretching the automaker’s Tiger Nose design language over the large sedan’s frame.

Under the hood, the K900 share’s its cousin’s 5.0-liter Tau V-8 engine, which uses direct-injection to wring 420 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque from Premium fuel. (The Equus, interestingly is rated at 429 horses on Premium and 421 horses on R… [Read more]


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Unlock your Hyundai with a tap of your smartphone by 2015

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In the future, you’ll be able to unlock your Hyundai car, start its engine, and more with little more than your NFC-enabled smartphone. Using the new Hyundai i30 (known here in the States as the Elantra GT) as its Connectivity Concept test platform, Hyundai showed off a variety of wireless technologies that it hopes to implement as early as 2015.

According to Hyundai, “the Connectivity Concept allows the user to lock and unlock the car by placing their smartphone over an NFC-tag (Near Field Communication), negating the need for a traditional key fob.” Upon entering the vehicle, placing the phone in the center console allows the car to be started. Meanwhile, a wireless charging pad built into the console keeps the phone juiced while you drive. NFC was selected by the Car Tech editors as the “Most promising future tech” as part of our 2012 Car Tech Awards with this very implementation in mind.

The smartphone will also enable the car's starter, unlock the driver's profile, power the MirrorLink infotainment system, and charge wirelessly from its place in the console.

(Credit: Hyundai)

However, as promisin… [Read more]

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