Kia Optima Wagon Headed to Production

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Kia Sportspace concept will head to production within the next 18 months.

After making its worldwide debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, a spokesman for the Korean automaker confirmed to Top Gear that the concept will head to production as the Optima wagon. In addition, the CEO of Kia Motors Europe, Michael Cole, admitted that the company wants to “enter segments that we’re not in to support our growth,” and wagons sell particularly well in Europe.

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As a result, don’t expect to see the Optima wagon on U.S. shores anytime soon considering how weak wagon sales are in North America. The European market will likely get to enjoy a performance version of the Optima wagon in the future as well the Korean automaker said. What North American shoppers can get excited for is the idea of a performance sedan that was previewed by the Kia GT concept.

Those hoping to see the GT4 Stinger concept head to production will have to wait a bit longer. Currently the company has no plans of bringing that to production due to everything already on its plate.

[Source: Top Gear]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Sigh... Sigh... on Mar 04, 2015

    US killed the sports wagon

  • Sky Pilot Sky Pilot on Mar 06, 2015

    One can only hope it makes its way to the US market. I love the looks and versatility; of course I currently own a 2015 Optima SXL and a 10 year old Saturn LW300 "Wagon"...