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The last photo we ran showed a new sedan from Kia. Long known for its small, inexpensive cars, Kia is introducing the 2014 Cadenza, a large car along the lines of the Toyota Avalon and the Buick LaCrosse.

For a better picture and a review of the Cadenza, read this week’s road test.

Chosen randomly from the correct entries was PJ Rodgers, of Evans.

Other readers identifying the Cadenza were:

CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “Manufacturers over the years have spent millions of product development dollars to name new models. Camaro, Mustang, Corvette, Charger – they just would not be the same if they had been named anything else.

“On the other hand, could a different name have helped Edsel, Corvair or even the Vega? Until the concept of time travel is a reality, I guess we will never know.

“It is probably no accident then that the word cadenza (according to dictionary.com) is a musical term meaning ‘an elaborate flourish or showy solo passage, a virtuoso solo passage.’ The new Kia Cadenza is introduced as a premium sedan for a customer to step up into from the Optima. Although very similar in size and stature, the Cadenza offers just enough unique ‘flourish’ to attract someone looking for ‘a little more.’

“Some of that additional flourish includes a more powerful V-6 that is both smoother and quieter than either of the Optima’s four-cylinder choices.

“Although there are only three available ‘options’ in the form of a Luxury Package, a Technology Package or a no-cost White Leather interior package, these packages contain individual items that either are not available on the Optima or are optional on only the highest-trim level.

“One such item is ‘hydrophobic’ front side window glass. Yes, the glass is afraid of water and will repel it for a clearer view. I wonder if this means a bottle of Rain-X is included in the glove box?

“As with all new model introductions, the buying public will determine whether this ‘aria’ is magnificent or laborious and shrill. Since a musical cadenza usually occurs towardsthe end of a performance, let’s hope there is no further symbolism in the choice of the name relative to Kia’s future.”

EVANS: Wayne Wilke wrote: “The car is
a 2014 Kia Cadenza, which will go on sale this summer. It will compete with its Hyundai/Kia stablemate (the Azera), the Toyota Avalon and Chevrolet Impala, all of which are good-looking cars. It will have the same 3.3-liter, 293-horsepower V-6 engine and six- speed automatic transmission as the Azera.”

MARTINEZ: Jim Muraski

PERRY, FLA.: Larry Anderson

SHAWANO, WIS.: Karen McKenna

WARRENVILLE.: James Covar said: “The Cadenza is a brand-new car to the market this year.”

THIS WEEK’S CONTEST

Because of software problems last week, this page never ran in print, but it did appear online. So, once again, can you tell us the make and model of this new vehicle? If you’ve already guessed it, you don’t have to answer again.

E-mail to glynn.moore@augusta
chronicle.com or call (706) 823-3419.

Please tell us your name and telephone number and the city you live in. It helps if you spell your name for us so we can include your response along with everybody else’s.

The deadline is noon Wednesday. A winner will be chosen randomly.

– Glynn Moore, staff writer


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