Kia Motor Corp.’s next-generation Optima will make its world debut at next month’s New York auto show. The ’11 Optima, going on sale in the U.S. this fall, is lower, wider and features a significantly longer wheelbase with more cargo and passenger volume than its predecessor. Historically, the Optima has been one of Kia’s best-selling models in the U.S., notching a record 53,492 deliveries in 2004, according to Ward’s data. But it trails by a wide margin competing midsize sedans such ...

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