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Sunday, 6 October 2013

Concept KIA Vehicles

Welcome to the Chadstone KIA official blog! Watch this space for informative articles about KIA vehicles, our own services and just about anything that interests us. To get the ball rolling, we’re going to be looking at some of the concept, prototype cars that KIA has produced over the years.

Concept cars are essentially designed to showcase new design ideas and technologies that are possibly quite daring and in most cases could never be mass produced due to shortcomings in safety and practicality (very actually few are able to travel at over 20km per hour). Rather, they are generally presented to consumers at car shows and other events and used to gauge a reaction, so that the car manufacturers can take feedback into consideration when designing road vehicles. Here are some of our favourite KIA concepts cars design-wise over the past few years.

Kia Niro

The Kia Niro, which was presented just this month in Frankfurt, is a sleek, compact vehicle with vertical doors and front-wheel-drive capability. Featuring a 1.6 litre engine and seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, the Niro has been designed to rival European smaller, compact cars of a similar type.


                                                          Kia Track’ster 

The highly praised Track’ster caused a lot of buzz the time has been understood to sample the direction that KIA is taking with its Soul models. Described as looking ‘tough’ and ‘like a Bulldog’ by its chief designer, the Track’ster is great to look at and has a strong engine to back it up, boasting a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine with 186 Kilowatts of power! Would love to see this one mass produced.



Kia Ray

Released in 2010, the Ray is a classic example of a daring concept car that has futurist design elements. Looking as much like a spaceship as it does a road car, this four-seat prototype was put together with recycled materials and was in fact inspired by aircraft designs. Efficiency was the main concern here – this is a plug-in hybrid vehicle with a fuel economy rating of 86 kms per litre. It also reflects sunlight, meaning there is less of a need to burn energy using an air conditioner. They thought of everything here.

                                                          Kia Kee
Going all the way back to 2007, is the streamlined, eye-catching coupe – the Kee. Unlike many concept cars, this vehicle was actually conceivable and quite realistic. With a 2.7 V6 engine and 6-speed transmission, it has various elements that have influenced KIA road vehicles of today.

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