2011 Kia Optima EX gallery

From Bullz-Eye.com:

Kia is making a real splash in the mid size sedan market with the stylish 2011 Kia Optima EX. Bullz-Eye is currently testing a jet black model and having fun behind the wheel. To learn more check out our complete review shortly.

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Upcoming Debuts at the NAIAS. Note: Stylish looks still move the metal

Everyone is working feverishly to increase m.p.g. but when it comes down to money time stylish looks still move the metal. Here are some new designs and debuts for this years North American International Auto Show.

Automakers are pouring billions of dollars into fuel-efficient powertrains. But shapely sheet metal still sells cars — which is why fresh design statements will be abundant at the North American International Auto Show next week.

Hyundai and Kia, for example, promise to make a splash with the Hyundai Curb and Kia KV7 crossovers.

Chrysler is trying for a more refined rear-drive sedan with the redesigned 300.

And a Toyota Prius wagon is scheduled to make its debut.

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Volkswagen to acquire Korean automaker Hyundai?

NEW YORK - JUNE 15: A detailed view of the new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Compact Sedan at the world premiere of Volkswagen's new Jetta compact sedan at Times Square on June 15, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Can it be true that the bigs at Volkswagen are very interested in acquiring Korean automaker Hyundai? This would make a merger of the two companies a real powerhouse moving forward. What happens then to KIA? Time will tell but inquiring minds are all over this one.

From AutoGuide.com:

The Truth About Cars is reporting that Volkswagen executives are turning their attention towards Korean auto giant Hyundai, after comments made to the press by two Volkswagen managers came to their attention.

According to a translation by TTAC’s Bertel Schmitt, VW CEO Martin Winterkorn spoke admirably about Hyundai in a German magazine, stating “I have the most respect for Hyundai. The Korean currency is low (as opposed to the Japanese …) and quality is high. “Hyundai now knows how to build good cars.”

In a seperate interview given to the Korea Times, Volkswagen honorary chairman Carl Hahn admonished Korean automakers to stop selling their cars based on low prices, and instead focus on quality and value for money.

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