Remember that simple black and sepia-colored image Kia produced last month showing their unnamed Detroit-bound concept car? Well this is it. It’s called the Kia GT4 Stinger, and it’s a 2+2, RWD sports car. The concept features the latest version of Kia’s signature ‘Tiger Nose’ grille flanked by stacked horizontal LED headlights. Front-brake cooling vents funnel air around 20-inch wheels whilst a carbon fibre front splitter mounted below the bumper provides added downforce.
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Kia have just published a simple, sepia-colored, birds-eye-view image of a brand new sports car concept which they will be unveiling at the 2014 North American International Auto show in Detroit. The concept has been developed by Kia’s California-based design team at Irvine.
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Remember that B-segment vehicle Kia teased earlier this month? This one. Well they’ve now spilled the beans on the car in more detail. It’s called the Kia Niro, and according to Kia it’s a possible supermini contender which is “ready to take on the urban environment”.
Funnily enough, the Niro concept was designed at Kia’s Frankfurt design studio – less than a mile away from where the Motor Show will take place. The concept was developed under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, Kia’s chief designer in Europe.
The Niro concept is quite a high-riding vehicle for the segment, and its modicum of ruggedness is emphasized by stainless steel elements and short front and rear overhangs.
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The Frankfurt Motor Show, as usual, is shaping up to be a big one. It’s still four weeks away and yet several major manufacturers have let slip what they’ll be bringing along to the party. Kia is the latest to tease their wares on the ‘net, publishing some artistic renders which show a B-segment supermini concept designed to fit in under the Rio and cee’d models.
Kia say the new concept is “playful but gutsy, sturdy yet impish”, whatever that means. The car was designed in Europe and is specifically aimed at European buyers. The car was designed to appeal to small car buyers who don’t necessarily want a compact car feel. To that end Kia say their concept features intruiging elements not usually found on smaller cars.
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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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