Did Kia Copy the Ford Fusion's Taillight Design on the 2014 Optima?

The midsize sedan segment is the automotive equivalent of televisions: everybody buys them and they're outdated after one year. Just recently, the Japanese brands started offering reversing cameras as standard, so if you own a 2012 model, it's already time to trader it in. Bummer!
Did Kia Copy the Ford Fusion's Taillight Design on the 2014 Optima? 1 photo
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Even though we look at the midsize sedan segment as a blur of identical cars passing before our eyes, there are some that stand out, the Ford Fusion through its design and the Camry and Accord through their tech and price. These things are benchmarks, to the point where we might believe some people are… getting inspired by the design.

While taking in an endless barrage of press photos from Kia, we noticed something interesting about the 2014 Optima Hybrid's taillights. When lit, they used to have this long U-shape, but are not a bright red loop, exactly like the Ford Fusion. This might not be a copy, but there's no way Kia's designers weren't looking at all their rivals when they made the facelift for the Optima.

The oval shape of the stop light is the same and so is the outer edge towards the number place. In fact, the only difference is that the Fusion's light tapers down and the Optima's goes up.

Kia, the Power to Surprise… if you've never seen a Ford Fusion before.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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