Kia Sportspace concept rear three quarters left standstill

Kia SportSpace concept won’t spawn a production estate

April 15, 2015

The Kia SportSpace concept is said to have received an overwhelming response from the automotive media and auto enthusiasts globally. The concept debuted at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March and was highly expected to turn into an estate version of the 2016 Optima. However, the picture is clear now that the company is hesitant about offering a production estate based on the concept car.

Citing a conversation with Orth Hendricks, Kia Motors America Vice President of product planning, a new report from AutoGuide suggests that the company foresees an estate based on the concept car clashing with the Sorento. Mr. Hendricks thinks that the production model could be a potential product for Europe but the estate’s estimated sales volume did not seem profitable enough to him, indicates the report.

Kia Sportspace concept boot

Though the Optima is not likely to be offered in an estate version as of now, the company may feel persuaded to offer it in the future if rival brands like Volkswagen, Skoda, Mazda, etc. are able to improve their estate sales.

[Source: AutoGuide]

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  1. Unfortunate decision by KIA for the lovers of Long roofs.

    • I came back to this story to see the concept again and I feel the urge to reply you, although late, that I totally agree with you. This concept was Kia’s best creation so far.

      Good news is that the Kia Optima estate has been confirmed and we may eventually see the Sportspace concept going into production.

      Read the story here:

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