I gotta say - Kia and Hyundai are REALLY REALLY stepping up their game.
If you recall, Honda and Toyota had reputations and crap boxes in the 70s. They completely turned that around in the mid-late 80s and now they are some of the most reliable cars on the road.
I think Kia/Hyundai are in that phase right now. The styling is REALLY good. That Optima looks great. My buddy bought his daughter a Hyundai Santa Fe and he said it's been a great car. He's a big car guy to having everything from a BMW 850 to a AM Vantage.
The Cadillac stuff is looking nice. By that, I mean the CTS. The Escalade is well, the Escalade. The SRX is fug....
But those CTS are REALLY nice. They also had to VERY sharp concepts at Pebble Beach - the Converj which was a crossover/hot hatch kinda thing. Looked like a hothatch version of the CTSV. And the amazing CIEL. That thing had the best looking interior I've ever seen.
That being said, I'm curious of their sales figures. There's the whole issue that people have with GM in general and the 'perception' that Cadillac's are cars for old Italians living in Florida. I REALLY like that CTS-V though. I know there's more than just 0-60, but 0-60 in just 3.9? That's craziness.
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