Kia presented the CUB concept on home turf at the 2013 Seoul International Motor Show. According to Kia, the concept is designed to appeal to city-living trend-setters. Large belt-buckle wearing stone-washed denim aficionados need not apply.
The Kia CUB is fairly compact, measuring less than 13 feet (4 metres) in length. It features a smooth, rounded body which is a little different to the more sharply styled recent Kia concepts like the Kia Provo and Kia Cross GT. Unfortunately Kia have succumbed to the now ridiculous habit car manufacturers have of calling their cars things they ain’t. In this case Kia are describing the CUB as a four-door coupe. Well it’s not. It’s a hatchback.
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With the 2013 Geneva Motor Show just days away, Kia’s little surprise for the event is, well, no longer a surprise. The Kia Provo concept is proposal for a funky looking small coupe which has a number of styling cues borrowed from contemporary and classic race cars.
Kia say of the Provo that it is a “provocative and racy new urban concept car”. They go on to point out that the Provo features a unique take on the company’s trademark tiger-nose grille, by blending the grille and headlight assembly into one piece.
From the outside the Kia Provo is a rather tidy looking bit of kit. It’s quite simple in its design, and looks quite sturdy and well planted. It has the feel of a MINI Cooper or Citroen DS3 Racing about it – quirky but desirable.
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At the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, Kia pulled the covers off a luxury SUV concept which is designed to hint at the brand’s design direction for future large vehicles.
The company says the car uses influences from the 2011 Kia GT concept, however these seem to be limited to fairly standard Kia traits like the tiger-nose grille and, well… That’s about it. The Cross GT rides on the same chassis as the GT, however it is taller, and instead of being rear-wheel drive it features an all-wheel drive system.
Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors Corporation President and Global Chief of Design, said of the concept: “The debut of the GT in 2011 heralded a new frontier for Kia, both from a design and a business perspective. It beautifully illustrated to the world that the brand was ready to explore the possibility of perhaps one day offering a full-size rear-wheel-drive luxury saloon. The Cross GT, with its raised stance and large cargo area, allows us to envision the GT in the form of a full-size luxury crossover.”
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At the Chicago Auto Show next month, Kia are set to unveil a luxury crossover concept. Their teaser image shows a chunky looking machine which displays almost every one of the company’s most recent styling cues. Including the “tiger nose” grille and headlight arrangement, and flicked-up d-pillar.
The Cross GT is larger than the Sorento in size, suggesting that it might have three rows of seating. The Cross GT is also aimed at the more luxurious end of the market, which is inline with Kia’s current strategy of going more upmarket.
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Kia have just released a quartet of images showing their headline act for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Surprisingly Kia have eschewed the usual hopelessly vague teaser image BS in favor of publishing four images which give a pretty good idea of what the concept will look like from a number of angles.
They’ve been a little less revealing in their description of the car, saying only that it is a, “provocative and racy new urban concept car”.
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The Kia Shift concept is an independent design proposal for a two-mode sports car. The concept was created by Iranian designer Mohsen Khorsandi, a 21 year-old Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Isfahan, Iran.
Khorsandi says the concept was inspired by race cars from the 1970s and 80s, namely the Porsche 917 and the 908. Although its difficult to see the connection – especially when the Kia Shift concept is dressed in its full bodywork. The racing connection becomes a little clearer when the two sides of the vehicle are removed to reveal an open wheel racer and a perfect track-day tool.
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Kia have just released a series of sketches depicting their all-new RWD flagship sedan. The vehicle, codenamed KH, is Kia’s first ever rear-wheel-drive sedan. It will make its production debut in the company’s home market of South Korea, starting in the first half of 2012. Later it will be rolled out across various overseas markets.
The Kia KH sedan is designed to be ‘distinctive, modern and classic’. The grown-up appearance of the car is fairly understated and sensible, generally the sort of characteristics large sedan buyers appreciate. In profile, Kia’s new luxo-barge has a noticeable Germanic influence, even featuring an Asian twist on BMW’s trademark Hoffmeister kink styling detail. I’m not going to call it copying. Just imitating the best.
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Kia has finally revealed the name and some additional details of their latest concept car. The car was previewed almost a month ago, but it’s only now that we know it’s called the GT. The Kia GT concept showcases the company’s first rear-wheel-drive platform, while also wearing the brand’s new styling language.
According to Kia, work on the GT concept started back in November of last year – although the idea of producing a sporty RWD car had been bouncing around Kia’s European design studio for some time. Peter Schreyer, Kia’s Chief Design Officer said of the GT: “This concept allows us to explore exciting new design directions, as using a rear-drive layout creates very different proportions compared to a front-wheel drive car. The classic front-engined, rear-wheel drive layout of a performance saloon has distinct appeal not just for the domestic Korean audience, but also for the European and American markets.”
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The title says it all really. Kia is going to unveil a four-door sports sedan at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Kia have gone the opposite way from most manufacturers when it comes to providing a teaser for an upcoming concept. Most of the time we get to see a vague, stylised image of the vehicle along with its name. Kia have opted to provide five hi-res images showing their concept from a variety of angles, but then decided to keep the name a secret.
Kia’s four-door sports sedan concept is a good looking car by anyone’s standards. In fact from some angles it even has a touch of the Lamborghini Estoque about it – which isn’t bad for a budget South Korean brand!
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