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Kia Gets Edgy with New Provo Concept

“Setting pulses racing” with a sporty hybrid.

by on Mar.04, 2013

Kia hints at production plans for the Provo Concept.

He has shaken up a staid and conservative brand, and now, as Kia’s new president Peter Schreyer is out to show that it can maintain its edgy pace with the introduction of the new Provo concept, which is making its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

Perhaps the biggest challenge for Schreyer’s design team will be continue evolving the so-called Tiger-Nose styling cues now in use on models like the Optima sedan and Sportage crossover. And like the Cross GT Concept, the Provo gives a hint of what’s to come, here with a mix of sophisticated technology in a B-segment package.

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Gregory Guillaume, Chief Designer at Kia’s European styling base in Frankfurt, described the Provo as “an emotional and muscular car aimed at delivering pure fun and performance for today’s city-based enthusiast driver who longs for the curves of the open road.

The Kia Provo isn’t just a styling exercise, he added. Like the Cross GT, it is expected to have a very clear influence on products the Korean maker will soon bring to market.


Kia Proceeds to Up Performance of pro_cee’d GT.

Korean maker takes aim at Volkswagen’s newest GTI.

by on Mar.04, 2013

Kia ups the performance of the pro_cee'd GT with a new 1.6-liter turbo package.

Kia has made a rapid transition from econobox maker to a brand better known for strong design and unexpected performance, a shift it hopes to reinforce when it pulls the covers off the new Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT at the 83rd Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva.

“The world premiere of Kia’s new pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT highlights the diversity of our current product line-up and underpins the natural expansion of the brand into the performance car market, an important step forward for Kia,” said Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors Europe.

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Designed in Europe the Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT are expected to challenge the likes of the Volkswagen GTI, no easy task considering VW’s dominant position in the Continental hot-hatch segment. Performance will be part of the pitch, but so will styling.


Kia Brings New Carens People Mover to Geneva

Koreans take another stab at minivan segments.

by on Mar.04, 2013

Kia hopes a more stylish entry like the Carens will help it gain traction in the global "people-mover" category.

Kia is bringing its penchant for stylish design to the people-mover segment at this year’s Geneva Motor Show with a new model that will eventually be sold around the world.

The all-new Kia Carens is a compact MPV designed and engineered from the ground-up to meet the needs of modern families, the maker claims, with a cab-forward design, choice of four powertrains, up to seven seats and a broad range of convenience and safety features.

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“I wanted to give the new Carens a sleeker look and feel, to create a design that envelops its functionality and versatility in something altogether more athletic and dynamic,” says Peter Schreyer, president of Kia and Hyundai design. “This new-found visual dynamism is important – this car needs to look appealing and attractive – but during its design and development stages, we never lost sight of the fact that its packaging flexibility and adaptability are why people buy these cars.”


First Look: 2012 Kia Rio

“Korean spice and Latin flair” to debut in Geneva.

by on Feb.11, 2011

The new Kia Rio will debut in Geneva next month.

One by one, Kia is redesigning its entire line-up, putting each new model in sync with the critically well-received styling transformation underscored by the new Optima.

Next to come out of Peter Schreyer’s studio is the 2012 Kia Rio, which will make its debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, alongside another new model, the Picanto.

Selling the market on B-segment models like Rio isn’t easy.

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They’re typically been targeted to the price conscious, or those who look at fuel economy above all else.  But styling has become an increasingly critical competitive edge, as Ford has demonstrated with the latest-generation Fiesta.  And Kia is betting it can get a leg up with a look it describes as a blend of “Korean spice and Latin flair.”