Back in the days when I was living in Eastern Europe, these types of Asian brands were only bought by people who knew nothing about cars. I mean, who in their right mind would choose something that came from Korea, China, India etc. over a German car? I only like car brands with history behind them, and Kia is obviously not one of them. I mean, they didn't even exist when BMW and Mercedes-Benz were making cars to die for.
Does a history of a few decades qualify them to make a better car than the ones who started it all? Well, according to some European car magazines it does. I recently arranged a new contract with Cletus, my illegal internet provider, and I finally got high-speed connection. You know, for porn and car news, just like everyone else.
Well, it so happens that I did a little research on the Kia Cee'd before I got the chance to actually knock on its hood and on the dashboard in order to provide my utter expert opinion. First off all, apparently everybody that tested it was happy-happy joy-joy about the car. Second of all, I found out it was designed in Europe, by a Hungarian fellow, and... most interesting, it is built in Eastern Europe, in Slovakia.
Naturally, there's no way I could not like something of my own, since I also have an Eastern European background and everyone knows we're all about patriotism and stuff. When the car was delivered in front of my porch I immediately jumped to apply my trademarked method of testing cars without actually driving them – a few taps on the hood with my fingers informed me about the engine's predilection for high-revs. Later on, a few more knocks on the dashboard were enough to tell me everything about the car, including the number of bolts required to hold every panel in place.
I must say, I started with some major preconceptions about the Cee'd, but thanks to Cletus, who recently got married to his second sister (Congratulations, old dog!), those are now in the past. I must say that if this thing was imported over here I'd buy it the second I had enough dough. We're not so rich here in the wilderness...