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Super Bowl Viewers Will Be Introduced To Kia's First-Ever Luxury Sedan In New Campaign Starring Laurence Fishburne In Iconic Role From The Matrix

Multifaceted Campaign for the All-New 2015 K900 Flagship Finds Morpheus Challenging Preconceived Notions and Opening Minds to a Side of Luxury Never Seen Before

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- "The world of luxury has been pulled over your eyes, to blind you from the truth."   With these words – and his signature trench coat and reflective sunglasses – Laurence Fishburne returns to the iconic role of Morpheus from The Matrix[1] trilogy in a multiplatform marketing effort from Kia Motors America (KMA) for the all-new K900 rear-drive luxury sedan set to premiere during the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII.  Modern and elegant, the K900 signals a new era for Kia, and the campaign was conceived to cause people to question everything they think they know about the brand by showing a side of luxury they've never seen before.

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Channeling the films' exploration of perception versus reality, the first element of the campaign is the 60-second Super Bowl spot in which Morpheus offers an unsuspecting couple a startling choice while waiting at an upscale restaurant's valet stand:  "Take the blue key, you go back to the luxury you know.  Take the red key, and you'll never look at luxury the same again."

After reaching for the red key, the plot thickens as Morpheus accompanies the couple on an unforgettable ride filled with imagery from and nods to The Matrix films to explain "what luxury looks like" – the K900's V8 power, advanced technology and superb craftsmanship and materials – and "what luxury sounds like," by serenading them with a soaring rendition of "Nessun dorma," an aria from Giacomo Puccini's opera Turandot.  As the K900 drives by, two strikingly similar-looking agents gaze in disbelief as streetlights explode and high-rise buildings ripple like water.

"Kia has always been willing to challenge the status quo, and starting with our Super Bowl commercial we are out to dispel the notion that tradition and history are what makes a luxury sedan – we invite those with an open-mind to take a look at the all-new K900 and form an opinion of their own," said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing & communications, KMA.  "The K900 offers something modern and different for the growing number of people who don't want to be confined by the traditional definitions of luxury, and returning to the Super Bowl for the fifth straight year allows us to send a clear signal to TV's largest audience that something different is going on at Kia."

Before and after the Super Bowl, the fully-integrated campaign – created by David&Goliath, KMA's advertising agency of record – will incorporate TV, cinema, digital, print, experiential, social media and CRM components, all drawing heavily on imagery and ideas from the films, including:  levitating cars, authentic costumes and props, and a recreation of the stark white environment of "The Construct."  In the extended 90-second cut available for viewing at www.kia.com/K900-superbowl, the K900's presence bends the spoon of a woman in a red dress.

With the V8 expected to go on sale this Spring[2], the all-new 2015 K900 is poised to challenge the full-size rear-drive luxury sedan segment with an extensive list of standard equipment, world-class accommodations and stunning design that will redefine consumer perception and expectations of the Kia brand.

About Kia Motors America

Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea.  KMA proudly serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA and surpassed the 500,000 annual sales mark for the second consecutive year in 2013 following the launch  of seven all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles.   KMA offers a complete line of vehicles, including the rear-drive K900 flagship sedan, Cadenza premium sedan, Sorento CUV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Sportage compact CUV, Optima midsize sedan, Optima Hybrid, the Forte compact sedan, Forte5 and Forte Koup, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and the Sedona minivan, through a network of more than 765 dealers across the United States.  Kia's U.S. manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia, builds the Optima*[3] and Sorento* and is responsible for the creation of more than 14,000 plant and supplier jobs.

Information about KMA and its full vehicle line-up is available at www.kia.com. For media information, including photography, visit www.kiamedia.com.  To receive custom email notifications for press releases the moment they are published, subscribe at www.kiamedia.com/us/en/newsalert.

[1] ™ & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

[2] 2015 K900 V8 expected Spring 2014. K900 V6 expected Summer 2014. Initially available in certain markets with limited availability.   Not all optional features are available on all trims.

[3] The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX Trims and certain LX Trims only) and GDI Turbo are built in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

SOURCE Kia Motors America

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