What we're reading this morning in the Motoramic Dash about Kia's new flagship, Bertone's auld lang syne and Chrysler's brightest moments:
Kia teases all-new rear-wheel-drive sedan [Kia] Discontent to play the smaller sibling to Hyundai, Kia will introduce its own rear-wheel-drive flagship sedan in South Korea this year, with other markets — especially the United States — expected to follow close behind. Codenamed KH, it draws heavily from the sharp-looking Kia GT concept. Given that Kia shares engines with Hyundai, the logical choice for power would come from one of two V8s, with up to 400 hp.
Bertone to celebrate 100th anniversary with Nuccio concept [Car Design News] Italian styling house Bertone's centennial will be spent sharing this car with the world — the Nuccio, named for the company's founder. This sketch suggests the concept will follow the extreme wedge shape of the 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero, one of the company's most iconic designs. That concept created a whole era of wedge-shaped sports cars impossible to build under today's safety regulations.
Chrysler's illuminati spar over lighting up the Dart's derriere [Auto News] With the new Dodge Dart soon to start rolling from an Illinois factory, Chrysler's brain trust is debating whether to make the track of LED brake lights standard on all models or only available on higher-end versions. Because, you know, people who buy cars love being reminded that they couldn't afford the snazziest exterior features a company offered.
SNL spoofs Eastwood, Chrysler's "Halftime in America" [Hulu] If you haven't seen these yet, don't be caught off guard by what your friends are talking about this morning. You can start with the first, although the second of the trilogy was an effective pitch for another iconic Detroit business: