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Being given its world debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show the Kia POP is a striking vision of future urban electric transport created by the company’s European Design Centre in Frankfurt led by Guillaume under the direction of Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors Chief Design Officer.

“The POP fits in perfectly with our ‘challenger brand’ ethos,” Guillaume continues; “We’re trying to stir things up in the automotive world, to surprise people even more. We wanted this car to act as a loose nucleus, a wild atom.”

“Many of the things that influenced this design were non-automotive,” Guillaume explains.  “We were looking at lightweight, aerodynamic things, such as gliders and high-speed bicycles.  We realised that the automotive world wasn’t inspiring us to achieve what we wanted to achieve.”

Powerful, dynamic and forward-looking, Kia’s new concept car signals the company’s distinctive new design direction.  This four-door sports sedan with a rear-wheel drive layout — a Kia first — marries sleek and muscular proportions with a sophisticated and elegant four-seater cockpit.

This particular design motif draws inspiration from the seminal Kia Kee concept car, shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007.  Indeed, Kia GT has a strong design lineage, with a number of central design elements that link it to last year’s Pop concept and the Kee, ensuring a high degree of visual continuity despite their divergent styles and themes.

One of Schreyer and Guillaume’s key goals was to ensure that the car’s proportions couldn’t be mistaken for anything other than a rear-wheel drive performance saloon.  Hence the extended bonnet with the front wheels pushed right to the very front of the car, the cab-rearward stance, powerful rear shoulders and truncated rear end.

The front doors and rear-hinged rear doors open outward at a slight upward angle, imbuing the car with what Schreyer describes as an air of grace and confidence.  Despite its low stance, fast roofline and shallow glasshouse, the Kia GT’s clean and uncluttered cabin architecture has created a spacious and airy interior with generous accommodation for the driver and three passengers.


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The single-piece seats float on arched supports, further accentuating the cabin’s spacious dimensions.  The Kia design team deliberately chose to emphasise the proportions of the transmission tunnel to reinforce the power and performance of the saloon, but then balanced this muscularity by moving away from a button-laden centre console and creating a strongly driver-centric layout.

The glass instrument panel — similar to that first seen on last year’s Pop concept car — features three layers of organic LEDs.  These not only give it a three-dimensional depth but also allow a wealth of information to be displayed at the driver’s command, freeing up the centre console from the usual proliferation of controls, buttons and displays.  Fingertip controls mounted on the small, dished, three-spoke steering wheel allow the driver to select the desired data display.

Naimo

Making its world premiere at the Seoul Motor Show, the Kia Naimo electric concept car combines Korean heritage with innovative modern features.

Taking its name from the Korean word Ne-mo, (pronounced ‘Neh-mo’, meaning ‘square shape’), the Naimo electric crossover utility vehicle (CUV) was conceived by Kia’s international design team in Seoul, and is characterised principally by its simple lines and solid, muscular stance.

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