To be honest, when somebody says “sports car,” the word “Kia” doesn’t leap first to mind. However, the South Korean car maker wants to rectify that and after dropping a trail of hints, Kia’s GT4 Stinger
concept got its world première on Monday at the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).
Not known as the sportiest marque in the industry, Kia has been using auto-show concepts to experiment with more playful designs. We saw it last year with the Niro
concepts, and the automaker is starting 2014 off with the GT4 Stinger. As that name implies, the 2+2 concept shows a little more aggression than the average Optima.
Details were thin on the ground when Kia revealed plans for a Soul EV
last month. The Korean carmaker has now shed a little more light on the first all-electric Kia that will be sold outside its home country.
Although Kia already offers an electric car
to consumers in Korea, those of us living in North America have so far been unable to buy a Kia EV. That's set to change, however, as the automaker has just announced that an electric version of the Soul will be released in the US next year.
The exhibition halls at Messe Frankfurt are a fertile hunting ground for lovers of concept cars at this time of year, as automakers unveil vehicles that give a glimpse of possible future design directions, technologies that might be integrated into forthcoming production models, or pure flights of fancy. This year proved no different, with vehicles big and small, practical and absurd, strutting their stuff on the Frankfurt stage.
Having already seen the pre-show teaser shots
, we had a chance to take a closer look at Kia's vision for the European B-segment at the Frankfurt Motor Show today – the Niro.
It seems that nearly every automaker is checking in early with a new model or concept car for next month's Frankfurt Motor Show. Kia is the latest, showing a small, sporty hatchback that it calls the Niro. The slightly sinister looking little Niro showcases some interesting design and tech, including butterfly doors, a widescreen infotainment display and an "innovative new powertrain."
A concept clearly aimed at a young, urban demographic, the all-new Kia provo concept is a small, sporty, three-door hatchback with eye-diverting looks and a focus on technology. Designed at Kia's European styling center in Frankfurt, Germany, the colorful provo concept looks as ready for SEMA
as the Geneva Motor Show, where it was unveiled last week.
Kia has chosen the Chicago Motor Show to unveil its Cross GT Concept CUV. Designed at the Kia Design Centre America, which is also behind the designs for Kia’s Track'ster
concepts, and the 2014 Forte sedan (which is still marketed as the Cerato in some markets), it’s intended as a demonstration of Kia’s plan to one day market a GT that is a full-size luxury crossover.
Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America have overstated the fuel economies on the window stickers of some 900,000 automobiles from 13 models sold since late 2010, The Detroit News
reports. An investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that the results of its own tests did not always tie up with the companies' claimed mileages, and as a result Hyundai and Kia are lowering fuel economy estimates on what is reportedly a majority of current models.