Kia will be promoting the new luxury car with ads during the 2014 Super Bowl, happy with the results from previous years of ads during the American football championship broadcast. Dealers were told that Kia expects to sell about 5,000 K900 units in 2014. The car shares a platform with the Equus, Hyundai’s flagship sedan. The sales projection is a bit more optimistic than the two to three thousand Equus units that Hyundai originally expected in its first year of sales in the U.S. The introduction of the K900 will follow the introduction of Kia’s current most expensive car, the Cadenza, by less than a year, which speaks to how seriously Kia wants to be seen as a seller of premium, as opposed to cheap, cars.

It’s fun.   Wheels – Do you want to me to go ahead and admit that I’m glad they built it?  Then yes, I’m glad a manufacturer had the balls to produce lightweight car “oriented towards enthusiast driving”, but that’s what a Miata is for.  Happy?   Mental – You act like you weren’t having fun driving it. It’s not that much different than your M Coupe, except, you know, it’s affordable. I wouldn’t call it pointless.

Learning is fun! Click here to view the embedded video. Next was the cone circle exercise. (Yep, it involved drifting around a circle of cones.)  There were two; one clockwise, one counter.  I started on the counter-clockwise side, and if I say so, mastered it quite easily.

John Clor, Buck Mook and Howard Payne Are Not At All Ashamed Of The Mustang II

Zoltan Glass read this c. 1931. Zoltan Glass was an amateur car racer and professional photographer who shot many of the major racing events in Germany in the 1930s as well as shooting commercial photography for automotive clients like Mercedes Benz, Horch and Auto Union. Glass, however, was Jewish so things started getting difficult for him after the National Socialists came to power in 1933, though he doggedly worked on, ironically doing advertising photo shoots with cars sitting next to Nazi planes, and covering races and motoring events partially sponsored by the party. After the Nuremberg laws were passed in 1936, severely restricting the civil liberties of Jews, an associate of Glass’ from the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency, Peter de Peterson, helped Glass move his base of operations to London, from where he managed his Berlin based photographic agency.

The Automotive Photographic Art of Zoltan Glass

Note the Pinto patch on his sleeve besides the one for the Mustang II. Full gallery of John’s ’77 Cobra II here . The inclusion of the Mustang II in the Mustang’s golden anniversary celebrations is appropriate, if only because of its role in the nameplate’s history. Unlike the Chevy Camaro and the Dodge Challenger, the Mustang never went out of production, in no small part due to the Mustang II’s success keeping the nameplate alive. While it may have had its shortcomings as a car, the ultimate measure of success in the auto industry is selling a lot of units.