What’s in a name? The stories behind the name of Kia models

April 25, 2017 - Posted in Kia News , Product , Regist Featured Stories Posted by:


In the current automobile market where car names are composed of seemingly arbitrary numbers and letters, the distinct and recognizable names of Kia models definitely stand out.

Ever wonder how Kia cars get their unique and original names? Read on to find out about the stories and meanings behind the special names of our vehicles!






When the Kia Stinger first debuted at the 2017 NAIAS, the model was praised for its enticing and striking name. While the model itself takes after the designs of the 2011 GT concept, the car name pays homage to the GT4 Stinger concept.




The ‘Stinger’ name perfectly captures our high performance sedan’s ambition as a bold and aggressive new challenger in the market. The Stinger GT carries the appearance and aura of explosive confidence and edginess, living up to its name and the hype.


 Can you keep up with the Kia Stinger?






As a prize-winning best-seller, Kia really hit the mark with the name for the Kia Optima. The popular midsize sedan derives its name from the Latin word ‘Optimus’ meaning ‘the best.’ The release of the first generation Optima in 2000 was a turning point for Kia’s fortunes in the midsize sedan category as the car’s sleek and stylish design became a benchmark for future models to come.








Kia Carens was labeled a game-changing pioneer in its segment when it made its world debut in 1999. The name Carens, derived from the word ‘car’ and ‘renaissance’, perfectly illustrates the innovative and stylish characteristics of the well-loved compact MPV.

The third generation Carens is sleeker and more attractive than ever, making the name all the more suitable for the model.




 Why the Kia Carens is an outstanding family car






Kia Cadenza bears a name that aptly describes the elegance and lavish qualities of the premium sedan. ‘Cadenza’ is an Italian term meaning a beautiful and complex artistic solo, typically in a musical movement. True to its name, Kia’s Cadenza sedan boasts sophisticated style and robust performance that make for a pleasant, harmonious ride.




As you can see, Kia puts a lot of thought into naming our vehicles so that their spirit and strengths are effectively captured. Take a look at rest of the cars in our line-up – can you guess the meaning behind their names? Tell us in the comments section below.


... Kia BUZZ : Kia’s official corporate blog


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