The Optima Hybrid, Kia’s powerful, fast-accelerating performance sedan with low fuel consumption and emissions, has received upgrades to its ‘parallel hybrid system’, bringing improvements in fuel economy, CO2 emissions and even trunk space.

Published | 04/03/2013
Kia Optima Hybrid upgraded for 2013
  • Optima Hybrid sedan receives extensively revised powertrain for 2013 
  • Improved ‘parallel hybrid system’ delivers 5.1 l/100 km, 119 g/km CO2
  • Power lowered, though generous torque ensures no loss of performance
  • Powertrain changes free up additional trunk space
Frankfurt, 4 March 2013 – The Optima Hybrid, Kia’s powerful, fast-accelerating performance sedan with low fuel consumption and emissions, has received upgrades to its ‘parallel hybrid system’, bringing improvements in fuel economy, CO2 emissions and even trunk space.  The Optima Hybrid still benefits from a highly competitive price and the backing of Kia’s unique 7-Year, 150,000 km warranty. 

The enhancements to the innovative Kia-developed ‘parallel hybrid system’ mean that the Optima Hybrid now delivers class-leading efficiency.  Fuel economy has been improved to 5.1 l/100 km (down from 5.4 l/100 km), while CO2 emissions have also dropped from 125 g/km to 119 g/km.

Despite these efficiency improvements, the 2.0-litre engine continues to produce 150 ps and the electric motor now produces 35 kW (up from 30 kW).   Combined torque is now 319 Nm and is accessible at lower engine speeds – peak torque is available between 1000-2000 rpm.  As a result, while combined maximum power has been cut from 190 ps to 177 ps, the vehicle retains the same impressive blend of performance, delivering acceleration to 100 kph in 9.4 seconds and a top speed of 190 kph.

By locating the hybrid system above the rear axle and moving the battery cooling air duct, Kia engineers have also freed up a further 12 litres of trunk space, bringing the total to 381 litres.  The changes also mean that the Optima Hybrid can now hold a full-size spare tyre under the trunk floor.

The 2.0-litre Optima Hybrid is manufactured in Korea exclusively for the European market (left-hand drive only) and pioneers new technologies which are destined to appear in other Kia production models in Europe and around the world.  The 2.0-litre model was developed from the 2.4-litre Optima Hybrid originally created primarily with the US market in mind. 

Taking Kia further forwards into its ‘EcoDynamics’ era, the 4.85-metre long Optima Hybrid was the first gasoline hybrid on sale in the European D-segment.  

“The Optima Hybrid combines the best of both worlds – performance and efficiency – and the latest powertrain upgrade makes the car an even more attractive proposition.  It is the fastest-accelerating Optima and also has the lowest emissions,” commented Benny Oeyen, Vice President Marketing and Product Planning, Kia Motors Europe.  

“The Optima Hybrid provides customers with a fascinating powertrain choice.  Our first hybrid production model in Europe showcases ingenious engineering and advanced technologies and has attracted new customers to the Kia brand,” added Mr Oeyen. 

The gasoline engine is paired with a small electric motor and drives the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission – without the traditional torque converter.  A special clutch is fitted between the gasoline engine and the electric motor, enabling the gasoline engine to be de-coupled from the powertrain so the sleek sedan can operate in zero-emissions, full-electric drive mode.  Furthermore, the system’s configuration does not require a high-capacity electric motor and generator, saving both weight and cost. 

Every Optima Hybrid comes with Kia’s Hybrid Starter motor / Generator (HSG) stop / start system (equivalent to the company’s ISG stop/start system for its conventional internal combustion engine-powered vehicles), which minimises idle fuel consumption and reduces emissions. 

Seamless driving for everyday motoring 
In everyday motoring, under all conditions, the Optima Hybrid’s operation is automatic and seamless.  When setting off, the car drives in Electric Mode at speeds up to 100 kph.  As vehicle speed increases, HSG starts the gasoline engine and the clutch is closed, allowing the engine to take over the task of powering the car.  The electric motor switches into hybrid operation and serves as either a secondary engine (during full acceleration and hill-climbing) or a generator (during cruising and deceleration) to recharge the battery pack as necessary.  

Whenever the car comes to a stop for more than a few seconds, the gasoline engine automatically shuts off to conserve fuel and minimise emissions.  When braking, the electric motor converts kinetic energy into electricity for storage in the battery pack.  The HSG also functions as a generator to recharge the battery pack if the state of charge is low when the car is stationary.  

A responsive and rewarding drive is guaranteed by the Optima Hybrid’s 35 kW Interior Permanent Magnet (IPM) synchronous electric motor, which produces 47 ps and 205 Nm of torque in electric mode, and by the combined (electric motor plus gasoline engine) hybrid powertrain power output of 177 ps at 5500 rpm. 

State-of-the-art batteries and optimised engine 
With the Optima Hybrid, Kia is the first manufacturer (together with Hyundai) to employ a lithium polymer battery pack in a production car.  Developed in partnership with LG Chem., lithium polymer battery technology is 20% lighter and 40% more compact than a traditional nickel metal hydride battery.  The new batteries for Optima Hybrid hold a charge for up to 25% longer and provide an optimum balance between power delivery, energy density and thermal stability.  Reliability is so good that the Optima’s battery pack is covered by Kia’s 7-Year, 150,000 km warranty. 

Taking advantage of the additional, instant and continuously available torque from the electric motor, the improved Optima Hybrid now uses 33% less fuel on the combined cycle, emits 33% less CO2, yet produces 7% more power, than the 2.0-litre gasoline Optima automatic model. 

Kia modified its popular six-speed automatic transmission to suit the hybrid application.  The traditional torque converter is replaced with the electric motor and a high-efficiency oil pump.  This allows EV mode operation, maximises regeneration of kinetic energy during braking and also provides a more responsive drive than competitors’ CVT systems. 

Ultra-low-drag aerodynamics 
The award-winning styling of the Optima is further enhanced for the hybrid model to optimise its aerodynamic efficiency.  Lightweight low-drag alloy wheels, smooth under-floor panels, a lip-type boot spoiler and a new front grille with an ‘active air flap’ that closes as the car’s speed increases.  Together, these changes result in an ultra-low drag coefficient of Cd 0.26 – down from 0.29. 

Inside, there is a unique supervision instrument cluster (with added hybrid powertrain information), plus a new centre stack, new door trim and new seat trim. Thanks to the long (2795 mm) wheelbase, the Optima Hybrid’s cabin is exceptionally spacious, offering best-in-class front passenger headroom and legroom. 

Generous equipment across three variants 
Depending on individual markets, the Optima Hybrid is available with up to three different equipment levels.  The ‘Base’ model is generously specified with 16-inch alloy wheels, solar glass, dual zone air-conditioning, cruise control, eight-way powered driver’s seat with memory function, Bluetooth® hands free and smart-key entry with engine start/stop button. 

The ‘Mid’ model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, part-leather seat trim, heated front seats, ventilated driver’s seat, 7-inch touch-screen sat-nav, rear-view safety camera and an Infinity premium audio system developed by Harman. 

The flagship in the Optima Hybrid line-up, the ‘Top’ model, gains Xenon headlamps, full leather seat trim, four-way powered front passenger seat, heated rear seats and a tyre-pressure monitoring system.  Mid and Top models will be available with an optional panoramic glass sunroof. 


Editors’ Notes 

New Optima Hybrid range 
Some markets may select particular levels of equipment to suit the preferences of their local consumers.  Please check the final technical specification and model equipment details with your national Kia PR representative. 

 
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS / EUROPE  

New Kia Optima Hybrid 

Body and chassis 
Four-door, five-seater D-segment sedan, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell.  Transversely mounted gasoline / electric parallel drive hybrid system powering the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.  

Gasoline engine     
       
2.0-litre 150 ps      
Type / capacity Nu, MPI, 4-in-line, DOHC 16-valve CVVT / 1999 cc
Power / torque 150 ps (110 kW) @ 6000 rpm / 180 Nm @ 5000 rpm
Bore x stroke (mm) 81.0 x 97.0
Compression ratio 12.5:1
   
Electric motor  
270 VDC, 47 ps  
Type Interior-permanent magnet synchronous motor
Power / torque 47 ps (35 kW) @ 1630-3000 rpm / 205 Nm @ 0-1630 rpm
   
Combined outputs  
Max power 177 ps (131 kW) @ 5500 rpm
Max torque 319 Nm @ 1000-2000 rpm

Transmission
Automatic  6-sp (with fully automatic and sport modes) 
   
Battery pack  
Type Lithium Polymer
Voltage / Capacity 270 / 5.3 Ah
Max output 47 kW
Weight (kg) 41.3
       
Suspension and damping     
Front Fully independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, with coil springs and twin-tube gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll bar.
Rear Fully independent by subframe-mounted multi-links, coil springs and twin-tube gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll bar.
       
Steering      
Type MDPS electric power assisted rack and pinion steering
Wheel turns 2.94 turns lock-to-lock; turning circle of 10.9 metres
   
Brakes  
Front 300 x 28 mm ventilated discs
Rear 284 x 10 mm solid discs 
Booster size 10.5 inch
100-to-0 kph 38.6 metres (with 16-inch wheels/tyres)
   38.3 metres (with 17-inch wheels/tyres)
       
Wheels and tyres      
Standard* 16 x 6.5 inch alloy 205/65 R16   
Optional 17 x 6.5 inch alloy 215/55 R17   
Spare Temporary steel wheel
   
        
Technical Specifications / New Kia Optima Hybrid      
        
Dimensions (mm)      
Exterior       
Overall length  4845      
Overall width  1830 (excluding door mirrors)      
Overall height 1455      
Wheelbase 2795  
Front track  1595-1601 (depending on wheel / tyre combination)      
Rear track 1595-1601 (depending on wheel / tyre combination)  
Front overhang  965      
Rear overhang  1085      
Ground clearance 135      
Aerodynamic Cd  0.26      
        
Interior Front Rear   
Head room  1028  965    
Leg room  1155  880    
Shoulder room  1455 1415
Hip room  1388  1384
        
Capacities (litres)     
Fuel tank 65     
Luggage 381
        
Weights     
Kerb weight (kg) 1587
Maximum (kg) 2050  
Weight distribution  57.6 / 42.4%  front / rear
        
Performance       
Top speed (kph) 190
0-to-100 kph (sec) 9.4

        
Fuel consumption and emissions
Litres / 100 km* 5.1
CO2 (g/km) 119

        
*Official combined cycle test, model with 16-inch wheels/tyres
        
        
MARCH 2013       
Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT make world debuts at Geneva
  • 230 kph top speed for most performance-focused Kia models ever 
  • Turbocharged 1.6-litre engine produces 204 ps and 265 Nm 
  • Designed, developed and manufactured  in Europe
Frankfurt, 4 March 2013 – The all-new high-performance Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT make their global debuts at the 83rd Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva on Tuesday 5 March.  This new duo powers Kia into one of the most high-profile market segments in Europe, and they are the brand’s most performance-focused production cars ever. 

The two new models are powered by a new version of Kia’s 1.6-litre GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine equipped with a twin-scroll turbocharger and strengthened internal components.  Power and torque outputs are dramatically increased (compared with the non-turbo engine), with maximum power up 51% to 204 ps, and torque up 61% to 265 Nm.  The Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT each deliver fuel consumption of 7.4l / 100km and emit 171 g/km CO2.

Fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, the front-wheel drive models can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 7.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 230 kph. They can also accelerate from 60-100 kph in fourth gear in 5.4 seconds, 80-120 kph in fifth gear in 7.3 seconds and 80-120 kph in sixth gear in 8.8 seconds.

“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,” comments Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors Europe.  “The new Kia pro_cee’d GT will have great appeal for motorists looking for style, performance and dynamism in their next car – and the cee’d GT adds an extra level of practicality for buyers who prefer five doors.”

Designed in Europe under the direction of President and Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, the Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT feature new front grilles and lamp clusters, deeper bumpers, jewel-like four-point LED daytime running lights, new fog lights, dual-exhaust pipes, larger 18-inch alloy wheels, eye-catching red brake calipers and a range of special paint finishes. 

Inside, the GT models are equipped with Recaro sports seats, alloy pedals, bespoke surface materials and a seven inch racing car-inspired TFT instrument cluster to create an engaging, performance-oriented ambience for the driver and passengers.

Significant developments to the suspension system ensure that the high performance credentials of these more powerful models are matched by exceptional dynamic characteristics, while retaining an outstanding ride quality, ensuring that both GT models are well suited for every day driving. 

Production of the Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT, the newest members of the cee’d family, is scheduled to start at Kia’s Zilina plant in Slovakia in mid-May 2013, with cars going on sale across Europe from mid-year.  Prices and specifications will be confirmed closer to the on sale date. 


Editors’ Notes 

Kia Motors Europe 
Kia Motors Europe is the European sales, marketing, and service arm of Kia Motors Corporation.  With its headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, it covers 30 markets in Europe. 

About Kia Motors Corporation 
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kia.com) – a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart – was founded in 1944 and is Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles.  Over 2.7 million Kia vehicles a year are produced in nine manufacturing and assembly operations in five countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering around 150 countries.  

Kia today has over 47,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of US$42 billion.  It is the major sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA – the governing body of the FIFA World Cup™.  Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan – "The Power to Surprise" – represents the company's global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting and inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.


Kia reveals future powertrains at Geneva Motor Show
  • New three- and four-cylinder turbo-GDI units, from 999 cc to 1,998 cc 
  • 204 ps and 245 ps from latest Gamma 1.6 and Theta-ll 2.0 engines 
  • Kia’s first Kapa 1.0 100 ps and 120 ps engines

Frankfurt, 4 March 2013 – A special powertrains display on the Kia stand at the 83rd Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva will preview four new turbocharged GDI (gasoline direct injection) engines which are currently being developed in Korea for use in future models. 

The engines embrace the growing automotive industry trend towards smaller capacity, higher efficiency units that consume less fuel and emit fewer emissions – while still delivering responsive performance. 

Depending on the engine, innovative features shared by the quartet will include: DCVVT (dual continuously variable valve timing – for both intake and exhaust systems), high pressure direct injection (up to 200 bar through a six-hole injector), exhaust-manifold integrated low-inertia single-scroll or twin-scroll turbochargers, an air-guided inter cooler (with innovative ducting which doubles air flow and improves cooling performance), a separated wall exhaust manifold which reduces exhaust back pressure, enhanced oil injection to decrease piston temperature for improved durability, and tumble-enhanced intake ports for more efficient combustion.  

Kia’s powertrain display features a three-cylinder Kappa 1.0 T-GDI unit that develops either 100 ps or 120 ps –  the same  as the current four-cylinder unit and a delivers 10-to-15 percent fuel efficiency improvement.  The new Kappa 1.2 T-GDI is a four cylinder 1,248 cc unit which promises a similar performance to current 1.6-litre units.  Moving up the new T-GDI line-up, the Gamma 1.6 T-GDI has four cylinders.  It is a 1,591 cc unit that generates 204 ps and 265 Nm of torque.  Offering the prospect of sensational performance, the new Theta-ll, 2.0 T-GDI four cylinder engine has a capacity of 1,998 cc and produces up to 245 ps.  


Editors’ Notes 

Kia Motors Europe 
Kia Motors Europe is the European sales, marketing, and service arm of Kia Motors Corporation.  With its headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, it covers 30 markets in Europe. 

About Kia Motors Corporation 
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kia.com) – a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart – was founded in 1944 and is Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles.  Over 2.7 million Kia vehicles a year are produced in nine manufacturing and assembly operations in five countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering around 150 countries.  
Kia today has over 47,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of US$42 billion.  It is the major sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA – the governing body of the FIFA World Cup™.  Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan – "The Power to Surprise" – represents the company's global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting and inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.

Limited edition model marks arrival of high-performance Kia pro_cee’d GT

  • Unique colours and equipment for Kia pro_cee’d GT ‘1st edition’

  • 500 units available in Europe, on special order from 1 April 
Frankfurt, 4 March 2013 – Kia is celebrating the arrival of its new high-performance Kia pro_cee’d GT model with a limited edition variant that features a host of unique interior and exterior styling enhancements.  With a production run of just 500 units and available to order from 1 April, the ‘Kia pro_cee’d GT 1st edition’ is based closely on the all-new Kia pro_cee’d GT which makes its global debut at the 83rd Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva. 

Every Kia pro_cee’d GT 1st edition is finished in Tri-coat White and comes equipped with a solid red garnish below the front air-intake, 18-inch alloy wheels featuring black high-gloss spokes, jewel-like four-point LED daytime running lights, black high-gloss door mirror housings, stainless steel scuff plates with red illuminated GT badging and unique numbering, red cabin-footwell lighting and premium-quality velour floor mats with red double stitching. 

Like other Kia pro_cee’d GT models, the 1st edition is powered by a new turbocharged 1.6-litre GDI gasoline engine producing 204 ps and 265 Nm.  Fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox, the GT models can accelerate to 100 kph in 7.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 230 kph. 

Standard equipment, also available on top-spec regular pro_cee’d models, includes Bi-Xenon headlamps, automatic climate control air-conditioning and a panoramic glass sunroof. 

Prices for the new Kia pro_cee’d GT 1st edition will be confirmed closer to the on-sale date.


Editors’ Notes 

Kia Motors Europe 
Kia Motors Europe is the European sales, marketing, and service arm of Kia Motors Corporation.  With its headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, it covers 30 markets in Europe. 

About Kia Motors Corporation 
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kia.com) – a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart – was founded in 1944 and is Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles.  Over 2.7 million Kia vehicles a year are produced in nine manufacturing and assembly operations in five countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering around 150 countries .  
Kia today has over 47,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of US$42 billion.  It is the major sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA – the governing body of the FIFA World Cup™.  Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan – "The Power to Surprise" – represents the company's global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting and inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.

Kia launches unique free 7-Year navigation map updates
  • Kia’s new 7-Year Map Update provides latest satellite navigation data for full duration of Kia’s 7-Year warranty
  • Available immediately to new customers across continental Europe
Frankfurt, 4 March 2013 – Kia today announced details of a new offer, the 7-Year Map Update, which allows buyers of new Kia models to  claim satellite map navigation updates for the duration of the car’s 7-Year warranty.

Available from March in continental European markets, all new Kia models purchased with manufacturer-fit satellite navigation systems will enable to customer to receive annual map updates from every participating Kia dealer or Kia service partner. The program will be designed according to local market specifications. 

The data behind the 7-Year Map Update – expected to be provided in the form of six separate upgrades during the lifetime of the standard Kia warranty – will be delivered by NAVTEQ Maps and will ensure Kia buyers across Europe have the latest road network information.  The offer is also transferable to subsequent owners of the car and is not limited by the car’s kilometres.

“Kia’s new 7-Year Map Update offer demonstrates our commitment to making the Kia ownership experience as satisfying as possible, and means our customers will always be able to rely on the accuracy of their navigation system,” commented Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors Europe.

“With Kia’s unique 7-Year, 150,000 km warranty, we have already pushed the boundaries of what is possible from an aftersales perspective – it therefore made sense to provide 7-Year Map Update to our customers for the same period,” concluded Cole.


Editors’ Notes 

Kia Motors Europe 
Kia Motors Europe is the European sales, marketing, and service arm of Kia Motors Corporation.  With its headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, it covers 30 markets in Europe. 

About Kia Motors Corporation 
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kia.com) – a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart – was founded in 1944 and is Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles.  Over 2.7 million Kia vehicles a year are produced in nine manufacturing and assembly operations in five countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering around 150 countries. 

Kia today has over 47,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of US$42 billion.  It is the major sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA – the governing body of the FIFA World Cup™.  Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan – "The Power to Surprise" – represents the company's global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting and inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.

All-new Kia Carens delivers stylish, spacious practicality
  • Lower, sleeker compact MPV with choice of five or seven seats  
  • Longer wheelbase delivers impressive interior space and versatility 
  • Choice of four engines with CO2 emissions from 124 g/km

Frankfurt, 4 March 2013 – The all-new Kia Carens is a compact MPV designed and engineered from the ground up to meet the needs of modern families. With sleek aerodynamics, a cab-forward design, choice of four powertrains, low CO2 emissions (from 124 g/km), up to seven seats and a broad range of convenience and safety features, the new third-generation Carens is set to attract many more customers to the Kia brand.

“The all-new Carens takes Kia back into one of the most important and competitive sectors of the European market with a strong contender for class-honours. Very stylish and sporty looking, new Carens has a spacious and versatile interior with five or seven seats and large storage compartments throughout the cabin. This model will have great appeal to families with an active lifestyle who don‘t want to compromise between style and practicality. New Carens is a key step in Kia’s strategy to become a Top 10 car manufacturer in Europe,” commented Benny Oeyen, Vice President Marketing and Product Planning, Kia Motors Europe.

Stand-out sporty design

With a sleek and sculpted design, the all-new Kia Carens marks a dramatic shift away from the more utilitarian look of its predecessor. It features a spacious five or five-plus-two seating layout, a generously proportioned luggage bay and numerous stowage spaces, and wraps this family-friendly adaptability in more purposeful sheet metal.

“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, Kia’s Chief Design Officer.

“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,” explains Schreyer.

The new Carens is shorter, narrower and lower than the previous-generation model (by 20 mm, 15 mm and 40 mm, respectively). However, cabin space is generous thanks to the new model’s increased wheelbase (up by 50 mm) and cab-forward design which places the base of the A-pillar above the front-wheel centre line. Its overall height is one of the lowest in class – giving the model a more sporty appearance.

The contemporary styling of new Carens is highlighted by its standard LED daylight running lights and optional LED rear combination lamps.

Up to seven seats with excellent versatility

For the new Carens, the long wheelbase and the latest packaging technologies have resulted in a spacious cabin with generous room for up to seven occupants.

To deliver the maximum carrying versatility expected by MPV customers, the front passenger seat backrest can fold forwards (enabling objects up to 2150 mm in length to be carried), the second row features three individual sliding / folding seats split 33 / 33 / 33 and the third row seats (where fitted) split 50 / 50 and fold flat into the trunk floor when not required.

A comfortable environment for the driver and passengers is assured by the standard air-conditioning (manual or automatic, depending on model), rear air vents and optional side window blinds. A special wide-angle mirror in the overhead console allows parents to safely monitor their children while on the move.

Storage compartments are conveniently located throughout the new Carens with under-seat drawers, under-floor storage boxes, a deep centre console cubby hole and large door pockets.

All models will be available with optional heated front- and second-row seats, while top-specification models will also offer ventilated front seats with powered cushion extension and powered lumbar support as an option. Buyers can also choose a heated steering wheel and a supervision instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch TFT LCD screen that displays high-definition graphics.

Multiple choice of high-tech features

The new Carens will offer buyers a wide range of innovative and high-tech comfort and convenience features.

Cruise control with a speed limiter will be standard on all models. Available features will include an electric parking brake, ‘smart key’ with engine start / stop button, a six-speaker audio system with optional amplifier and sub-woofer, puddle lights in the exterior side mirrors, and a large, powered panoramic glass sunroof.

Power spread from 115 to 166 ps

Customers in Europe will have a choice of four engines. Two diesel and two gasoline power units offer a broader range of power outputs compared to the previous model – ranging from 115 ps to 166 ps with competitive fuel economy and CO2 emissions from 124 to 179 g/km for manual models.

The 1.7-litre diesel engine is already popular in a variety of Kia vehicles around the world and in new Carens it will be available in two versions. The low-power version generates 115 ps maximum power and 260 Nm maximum torque. The high-power unit produces 136 ps and 330 Nm. Modifications to these engines have resulted in lower CO2 emissions for both versions – down to as little as 124 g/km for the ISG stop / start equipped low power variant, a 17% improvement over its predecessor.

Both gasoline engines feature gasoline direct injection to boost power output without increasing fuel consumption. The 1.6-litre GDI engine, introduced in the Kia Sportage and subsequently fitted to new cee’d, generates a maximum of 135 ps and 165 Nm. The 2.0-litre unit delivers 166 ps and 213 Nm maximum torque.

The fastest accelerating new Carens, the 2.0-litre gasoline model, reaches 100 kph in 9.7 seconds and has a top speed of 203 kph.

Six-speed transmissions for all

To help optimise the balance between performance and economy, every new Carens will be fitted with a six-speed transmission. Low first and second gear ratios boost low-speed acceleration, while high top (sixth) gear ratios allow low engine revs during high-speed cruising – reducing cabin noise, enhancing refinement and lowering fuel consumption.

The highest-power diesel and gasoline engines will be offered with an optional automatic transmission engineered and manufactured in-house by Kia. This six-speed unit has a manual sport mode with optional paddle-shift on the steering wheel, and is an unusually compact design ideal for front-wheel drive vehicles.

Extensively engineered running gear

The suspension and running gear of new Carens has been comprehensively developed to deliver responsive handling, excellent straight-line stability, and exceptional ride quality and refinement.

The MDPS electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering features a combined torque / angle sensor to protect against side wind gusts. It is geared for 2.7 turns lock-to-lock, and the steering wheel is adjustable for both height and reach. Kia’s new FlexSteer™ system is fitted as standard. This offers three different steering weights to match customer preference with Normal, Sport and Comfort modes.

Mounted on a sub-frame to isolate road shocks, new Carens boasts MacPherson strut front suspension, while at the rear, the CTBA (coupled torsion beam axle) is engineered with a strong connection between the trailing-arms and the stub-axles, and is designed to reduce under-steer and bump-steer, while delivering a comfortably compliant ride.

An all-disc braking system – with 300 mm ventilated front, and 284 mm solid rear discs – is standard on all models. The performance of the braking system is supported by ABS anti-lock, electronic brake force distribution and emergency ‘brake assist’ systems.

The standard wheel and tyre package is a 16-inch steel wheel with 205 / 55 R16 low rolling resistance tyres, or similar size alloy wheels – depending on model. To suit customer preference, new 17-inch silver and 18-inch dark grey alloy wheels with lower-profile tyres will be available as options.

Active safety systems make a big step forward

Kia has a strong record for producing vehicles that offer customers high levels of active and passive safety technology. The all-new bodyshell created for the new Carens incorporates Kia’s latest CAD techniques and structural lessons from recent Kia models. Manufactured with a high percentage of high-strength steel, the new bodyshell will contribute to new Carens earning an anticipated 5-Star rating in Euro NCAP crash safety tests.

Innovative ‘active’ safety features available for the new Carens will include LDWS (Lane Departure Warning System) and SPAS (Smart Parking Assist System).

LDWS uses a forward-facing video camera to monitor the car’s position in relation to lane markings and triggers a warning in case of unintended lane departures at speeds above 60 kph. SPAS features automatic steering control by ultrasonic sensors and an on-board computer to safely perform parallel parking. The computer ‘takes over’ the task of steering, while the driver remains in control of the accelerator and brake.

Safety during parking manoeuvres can be enhanced by using the optional rear-view safety camera, while visibility during night-time driving can be enhanced by specifying HID Xenon headlamps.

“With its low CO2 emissions, competitive pricing and total cost of ownership, unique Kia 7-Year warranty, higher residual values and added appeal to fleet customers, we expect new Carens to bring a new group of consumers to Kia showrooms across Europe and introduce many of them to the benefits of Kia ownership,” adds Oeyen.

Editors’ Notes

All-new Kia Carens range

Some markets may select particular powertrains and levels of equipment to suit the preferences of their local consumers. Please check the final technical specification and model equipment details with your national Kia PR representative.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS / EUROPE

All-new Kia Carens

Body and chassis

Five-door, five- or seven-seater MPV, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell. Choice of transversely mounted diesel and gasoline engines driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission (depending on model and market).

Diesel engines

1.7-litre 115 ps
Type / capacity U2, TCI, VGT, four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve / 1685 cc
Power / torque 115 ps (84.6 kW) @ 4000 rpm / 260 Nm @ 1250-2750 rpm
Bore x stroke (mm)      77.2 x 90.0
Compression ratio 17.0

1.7-litre 136 ps
Type / capacity U2, TCI, VGT, four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve / 1685 cc
Power / torque 136 ps (100 kW) @ 4000 rpm / 330 Nm @ 1750-2500 rpm
Bore x stroke (mm)      77.2 x 90.0
Compression ratio 17.3

Gasoline engines

1.6-litre 135 ps
Type / capacity Gamma, GDI, four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve / 1591 cc
Power / torque 135 ps (99.0 kW) @ 6300 rpm / 165 Nm @ 4850 rpm
Bore x stroke (mm)      77.0 x 85.4
Compression ratio 11.0

2.0-litre 166 ps
Type / capacity Nu, GDI, four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve / 1999cc
Power / torque 166 ps (122 kW) @ 6500 rpm / 213 Nm @ 4700 rpm 
Bore x stroke (mm)      81.0 x 97.0
Compression ratio 11.5

Transmissions

Diesel Gasoline
   1.7 (115)    1.7 (136)    1.6 (135)    2.0 (166)
Manual 6-sp 6-sp 6-sp 6-sp
Automatic ----- 6-sp ----- 6-sp

Technical specifications / New Kia Carens

Suspension and damping

Front      Fully independent subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.
Rear Coupled torsion beam axle, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers.

Steering

Type MDPS motor-driven electric power steering, with Flex Steer™
Wheel turns      2.7 turns lock-to-lock; turning circle of 11.0 metres

Brakes

Front Ventilated discs, 300 x 28 mm
Rear Solid discs, 284 x 10 mm
Booster size     11-inch
100-to-0 kph 40.8 metres

Wheels and tyres

Standard           16 x 6.5 inch steel 205 / 55 R16
Optional 16 x 6.5 inch alloy* 205 / 55 R16
17 x 7.0 inch alloy 225 / 45 R17
18 x 7.5 inch alloy** 225 / 45 R18
Spare Temporary mobility kit

*standard on top models, **top models only

Dimensions (mm)

Exterior
Overall length 4525
Overall width 1805 (excluding door mirrors)
Overall height 1610 (excluding roof rails)
Wheelbase 2750
Front track 1563-1573 (depending on wheel/tyre combination)
Rear track 1576-1586 (depending on wheel/tyre combination)
Front overhang 940
Rear overhang 835
Ground clearance         151
Aerodynamic Cd 0.30


Interior Front      2nd row      3rd row
Head room 1035 1002 867
Leg room 1034 940 707
Shoulder room      1438 1440 1313

Capacities (litres)

Fuel tank 58.0
Luggage (7-/5-seater)      103 / --- behind 3rd row seats, to window
492 / 536 behind 2rd row seats, to window
1650 / 1694      behind front row seats, to roof

Weights (5-seater)

Diesel Gasoline
1.7 (115)      1.7 (136) MT / AT      1.6 (135)      2.0 (166) MT / AT
Kerb weight (kg)      1482 1492 / 1512 1383 1420 / 1445
Maximum (kg) 2110 2110 / 2130      2000 2040 / 2060     

Technical Specifications / New Kia Carens

Weights (7-seater)

Diesel Gasoline
1.7 (115)      1.7 (136) MT / AT      1.6 (135)        2.0 (166) MT / AT
Kerb weight (kg)      1506 1516 / 1525 1408 1444 / 1469
Maximum (kg) 2240 2250 / 2270 2140 2180 / 2200

Performance

Diesel Gasoline
1.7 (115)      1.7 (136) MT / AT      1.6 (135)      2.0 (166) MT / AT
Top speed (kph) 181 191 / 186 185 203 / 200
0-to-100 kph (sec)      13.0 10.4 / 12.0 11.3 9.7 / 10.8

Standard models

Fuel Consumption and Emissions

Diesel Gasoline
1.7 (115)      1.7 (136) MT / AT***      1.6 (135)       2.0 (166) MT / AT
Litres / 100 km      4.9      5.1 / -- 6.8 7.3 / 7.9
CO2 (g/km) 129 134 / --- 159 169 / 184

***Figures for 1.7-litre diesel (136) AT not yet homologated

ISG models

Fuel Consumption and Emissions*

Diesel Gasoline
1.7 (115)      1.7 (136) MT      1.6 (135)      2.0 (166) MT
Litres / 100 km      4.7 4.8 6.4 7.2
CO2 (g/km) 124 127 149 166


MARCH 2013

All-new Kia pro_cee’d on sale in March
  • Range of new Kia pro_cee’d models on sale during March 
  • Choice of four engines and two equipment levels 
  • Roofline lowered 40 mm for enhanced sporty appearance

Frankfurt, 4 March 2013 – Following its launch at the 2012 Paris International Motor Show, the third member of the new Kia cee’d family – the three-door pro_cee’d – will go on sale in Europe during March. The new pro_cee’d is a more sophisticated car, featuring all the improvements of its sister model, the cee’d five-door, while dramatically progressing the sporty appearance that made its predecessor so popular.

The new pro_cee’d will offer buyers the same range of engines, transmissions and running gear as the cee’d five-door and cee’d Sportswagon.  While the overall length (4310 mm), width (1780 mm) and wheelbase (2650 mm) are also the same as the five-door, the new pro_cee’d showcases significant styling changes as part of the transformation into the sporty three-door body.

Compared to the cee’d five-door, the roofline of the new pro_cee’d is lowered by 40 mm, the B-pillar is moved back by 220 mm and the side panels behind the B-pillar are new, as are the side windows, C-pillar, tailgate, rear light clusters and rear bumper.

“This car embodies emotion and energy through and through,” explained Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer.  “You know from a single glance that this is a car you want to drive, not just own.  Kia is on a distinctive design adventure and the all new pro_cee’d spearheads this forward-looking journey.”

To further distinguish the new pro_cee’d from its stablemates it will be offered in a range of six special colours.

Depending on model, the exterior of pro_cee’d grabs the attention thanks to a unique dark chrome front grille, LED daylight running lights and LED rear lamp clusters.  Premium features available inside include leather seats and steering wheel, piano black dashboard and centre console, and alloy pedals.  

Among the options to maximise safety and convenience, new pro_cee’d also offers electric heated folding exterior mirrors with puddle lamps and a tyre pressure monitoring system. 

“Since its introduction in 2007, the original Kia pro_cee’d has attracted more than 55,000 customers across Europe, accounting for 12% of total cee’d sales,” commented Benny Oeyen, Vice President Marketing and Product Planning, Kia Motors Europe.  “With the second-generation pro_cee’d looking even more sensational than the first, we expect to significantly grow Kia sales in this niche of the popular C-segment.“ 

The new pro_cee’d will be joined in the middle of the year by the Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT, the brand’s most performance-focused models so far.


Editors’ Notes 

New pro_cee’d range 
Some markets may select particular powertrains and levels of equipment to suit the preferences of their local consumers.  Please check the final technical specification and model equipment details with your national Kia PR representative. 


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS / EUROPE  

New Kia pro_cee’d  

Body & Chassis 

Three-door, five-seater coupe, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell.  Choice of transversely mounted diesel and gasoline engines driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission (depending on model and market).  

Diesel engines          
           
1.4-litre 90 ps          
Type / capacity U2, WGT, four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve / 1396 cc
Power / torque 90 ps (66.0 kW) @ 4000 rpm / 220 Nm @1500-2750 rpm
Bore x stroke (mm) 75.0 x 79.0
Compression ratio 17.0
   
1.6-litre 110 ps  
Type / capacity U2, VGT, four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve / 1582 cc
Power / torque 110 ps (81.0 kW) @ 4000 rpm / 260 Nm @ 1900-2750 rpm
Bore x stroke (mm) 77.2 x 84.5
Compression ratio 17.3
   
1.6-litre 128 ps  
Type / capacity U2, VGT, four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve / 1582 cc
Power / torque 128 ps (94.0 kW) @ 4000 rpm / 260 Nm @ 1900-2750 rpm
Bore x stroke (mm) 77.2 x 84.5
Compression ratio 17.3
   
Gasoline engines  
   
1.4-litre 100 ps  
Type / capacity Gamma, 1.4 MPI, four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve / 1396 cc
Power / torque 100 ps (73.2 kW) @ 5500 rpm / 137 Nm @ 4200 rpm
Bore x stroke (mm) 77.0 x 75.0
Compression ratio 10.5
   
1.6-litre 135 ps  
Type / capacity Gamma, GDI, four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve / 1591 cc
Power / torque 135 ps (99.0 kW) @ 6300 rpm / 164.3 Nm @ 4850 rpm
Bore x stroke (mm) 77.0 x 85.4
Compression ratio 11.0
           
Transmissions          
  Diesel   Gasoline    
  1.4 (90) 1.6 (110 / 128) 1.4 (100) 1.6 (135)  
Manual 6-sp 6-sp 6-sp 6-sp  
Automatic –– 6-sp –– 6-sp (DCT)  
           
Suspension and damping     
Front Fully independent subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.
Rear Fully independent subframe-mounted multi-links, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers.
           
Steering          
Type Motor-driven electric power steering, with (optional) FlexSteer™
Wheel turns 2.85 turns lock-to-lock; turning circle of 10.6 metres
   
Brakes  
Front Discs, 280 x 23 mm / 300 x 28 mm (depending on model)
Rear Solid discs, 262 x 10 mm / 284 x 10 mm (depending on model)
Booster size 10-inch
100-to-0 kph 36.5 metres
           
Wheels and tyres          
Standard* 15 x 6.0 inch steel 195 / 65 R15      
  16 x 6.5 inch steel 205 / 55 R16      
  16 x 6.5 inch alloy 205 / 55 R16      
  17 x 7.0 inch alloy 225 / 45 R17      
Spare Temporary mobility kit *depending on model and market      
           
Dimensions (mm)          
Exterior          
Overall length 4310 Overall width 1780 (excluding door mirrors)    
Overall height 1430 Wheelbase 2650    
Front track 1549-1563 (depending on wheel / tyre combination)
Rear track 1557-1571 (depending on wheel / tyre combination)
Front overhang 900 Rear overhang 760    
Ground clearance 140 Aerodynamic Cd 0.31    
           
Interior Front Rear      
Head room 986 939      
Leg room 1067 893      
Shoulder room 1420 1373      
Hip room 1362 1308      
           
Capacities (litres)          
Fuel tank 53.0        
Luggage 380 rear seats upright (up to belt line)
  1225 rear seats folded (up to roof line)
           
Weights          
  Diesel        
  1.4 (90) 1.6 (110) 1.6 (128) 1.4 (100) 1.6 (135)
    MT / AT MT / AT   MT / DCT
Kerb weight (kg) 1212 1225 / 1235 1225 / 1235 1109 1117/1146
Maximum (kg) 1910 1920 / 1940 1920 / 1940 1820 1820/1840
           
Performance          
Top speed (kph) 170 182 / 180 197 / 190 182 195 / 195
0-to-100 kph (sec) 13.5 12.7 / 12.3 10.9 / 11.7 12.8 9.9 / 10.8
           
Fuel consumption and emissions Standard (15-inch wheels)
Litres / 100 km 4.1 4.0 / 5.5 4.1 / 5.5 6.0 5.8 / 6.0
CO2 (g/km) 109 104 / 145 109 / 145 139 135 / 137
           
Fuel consumption and emissions EcoDynamics* (manual models, 15-inch wheels)
Litres / 100 km 4.0 3.7 / n/a 3.7 / n/a 5.6 5.2 / n/a
CO2 (g/km) 105 97 / n/a 97 / n/a 130 119 / n/a
           
*models fitted with ISG only
           
           
MARCH 2013          


Kia looks to set the streets alight with radical provo concept at Geneva

Frankfurt, 4 March 2013 – Looking every centimetre a road-legal racer, Kia’s new provo concept, unveiled at the 83rd Salon International De l’Auto in Geneva, mixes ultra-modern technology with a self-confident and agile look to deliver an exciting new B-segment car for enthusiasts.

The sleek, low, yet muscular coupe-style hatchback mixes a petrol-fuelled turbo-charged engine with clever regenerative-electric motors to bring a smart-hybrid solution to this fun-focused concept that points to Kia Motors’ future B-segment expansion plans.

This is a car designed for fun – pure and simple.  Every curve, crease and line combines to bring provo to life with a single purpose – to delight and entrance its owner and to bring a smile to the driver's face.  The car is meant to be cheeky and cheerful in its compactness and to hint at the fun awaiting on the open road.

Created to deliver a new interpretation of the DNA from sporting coupes of the past  with all the advantages of up-to-the-minute technology and materials, provo blends a clean, simple yet muscular exterior with a stunning interior treatment mixing high-tech and luxury materials that will set pulses racing whether on busy city streets or at the race-track.

From its steep leading edge featuring an aero-style splitter, carbon-fibre panels and tiny LED cluster front lights, over the long bonnet and sculpted flanks, visor-look windscreen to the sharply cut-off rear treatment (also featuring an aerodynamic splitter with an adjustable vent system to direct airflow), the provo looks every inch a purposeful performer.

Described by Gregory Guillaume, Chief Designer at Kia’s European styling base in Frankfurt, 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.  It combines a 1.6-litre Turbo GDI engine producing 204 ps with smart-4WD-hybrid technology from an electric motor delivering an additional power surge to the rear wheels when required and also allowing low-speed electric-only motion.  A seven-speed DCT transmission – Kia’s first – completes the impressive technical package.

Guillaume went on: “This is entirely a car for European tastes and conditions.  Designed purely at our Frankfurt studios the provo was conceived as a confident and single-minded statement of dynamism and energy to deliver a new sense of fun into the B-segment.  The potent shaping displays a balanced and refined outline within a compact overall shape and the tiny front and rear overhangs enhance the balance within its proportions.”

Clearly a car from Kia, the compact provo which is 3.88-metres long, 1.77-metres wide and 1.35-metres tall, introduces itself with a steep front nose and carbon fibre lower valance that immediately convey a sense of purpose.

Hidden behind a single piece of glass is the latest take on the Kia’s ‘tiger nose’ grille treatment linking straight into the Schreyer-inspired headlamp units that are made up of more than 850 tiny LEDs.  The programmable LEDs can be used to provide daytime running lights, full beam or even race-style configurations – as well as more humorous and decorative displays to add to provo’s sense of fun!

This thin, sharp glass panel is echoed at the rear of provo’s body and separates a purposeful splitter-style lower valance from the long, flat bonnet panel sculpted with twin creases to hint at but not slavishly copy the muscle cars of old.

A wrap-around front screen hides the A pillars and frameless doors, giving a visor-style appearance to the cabin glass with the clamshell-like roof floating above.  This is divided at the rear by different colour sections rising up from the C-Pillars in an almost roll-over bar appearance.

Colour is used on the provo to enhance the almost-masculine stance with sharp points echoed throughout the design.  High-intensity blood-orange accents contrast with the grey-green ‘Storm Metal’ body colour to draw the eye to particular aspects of the structure and equipment, while carbon fibre surfaces interplay with traditional materials and high-gloss or anodised aluminium to strengthen the connection to the track cars that inspired provo.

Planting provo firmly in touch with the road are distinctive 225/40 19-inch milled-alloy wheels with a traditional ‘cast’ look fixed by single centre nuts finished in anodised blood-orange.  And with just a 2.53-metre wheelbase, exciting handling and road-holding is guaranteed.

Backing up those performance credentials, provo utilises an ingenious Smart 4WD Hybrid power train.  The four cylinder turbocharged 1.6-litre GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine is tuned to deliver is 204 ps rapidly and progressively allowing provo to deliver an injection of speed and performance often absent from the more functional B-segment mainstream.
But, this potent internal combustion engine also benefits from a regenerative-powered electric motor driving the rear wheels either automatically when required during cornering and in strong acceleration – giving a power boost of as much as 45 ps – or in a button-activated creep-mode at low speeds to avoid emissions in city traffic or when ‘stealth’ is required. The regenerative system captures its power during braking when in normal use.

Moving inside, the Kia Europe Design team was able to let imaginations run free although in typical Kia fashion it delivers clear functionality with exuberant style – essential if provo is to go into production at some point in the future.

Guillaume commented: “The interior is very, very black – as we believe it should be to allow drivers to focus on the experience.  But we have also looked to make the functional aspects of the car fit the modern demands of today’s motorists.”

Opening the two side doors – via flush-fitting push-up electronic handles that operate with a satisfying electric click – reveals that the polished aluminium panels featured in the external sculpted flanks extend to create a relatively high-level two-step sill into the car – cut-away at the leading edge to allow easier ingress and exit.

The next surprise is the door construction itself – the doors are made from three individual panels – the outer panel, a carbon-fibre inner panel and a neoprene-covered inner section that also features the Storm Metal body colour.  The inner door releases are reassuringly solid polished aluminium.

The dashboard is made from a single expanse of carbon fibre, but does not extend down to the floor – deliberately – in order to keep the footwells clear and uncluttered except for polished aluminium footrests and pedals.

Echoing the sculpted flanks of the provo, the dashboard has a business-like main binnacle containing large analogue dials on a digital display and a smaller central display of other minor gauges, but because the display is digital it can be programmed to offer a selection of functions.  Set on the centre tunnel are two control hubs – the engine stop-start button and drive selector for the seven-speed DCT transmission and a Multi-Media Interface control.

This latter control allows the driver to select a variety of screen displays – as well as controlling infotainment functions.  In ‘normal’ mode the driver sees a speedometer, rev counter and sat-nav route instructions.  In ‘cruise’ the display is centred on a large scale map, route instructions and a speedometer, while in ‘track’ mode the display features just a large rev counter, a track-map and a lap-timer.  There is also a full ‘entertainment’ mode allowing visuals of music, radio and other information. 

The centre-mounted display provides appropriate gauges to the mode with a series of aluminium toggle switches set underneath – including an anodised blood-orange toggle for the hazard warning lights.

Modern materials allow the front seat construction to be made from a single wave-like panel running from one door sill to the other – covered in quilted leather.  The seat backrests are cleverly mounted on a rotating aluminium track so that instead of folding forward, they spin into the centre of the vehicle allowing easy access to the admittedly occasional-use rear seats.

Guillaume commented: “The whole interior concept was designed around not having a big centre console, but instead using latest technology to provide excellent functionality in a clean, clear and attractive manner.

“By using a DCT gearbox we were able to get rid of the floor-mounted gear-shift and use paddles behind the steering wheel, which has blood-orange stitching and a race style straight-ahead indicator, allowing us to use the floor space for other controls resulting in a much tidier environment.  And because the seats are fixed we have full electric adjustment for the pedal box and steering column – further simplifying the interior and giving a perfect-fit for any driver.”

Completing the moody cockpit feel are tiny red LEDs set in the multi-layered doors, in the air vents and also in roof to give a low-glow ambient illumination.  The roof panel also incorporates aluminium window toggle controls.

Whilst no specific production schedule for provo is on the calendar, the arrival later this summer of the new Kia pro_cee’d GT makes it clear that the company remains committed to delivering desirable, dynamic and stunningly attractive vehicles that will deliver affordable enjoyment to real, everyday motorists.  The provo could be just such a car.


Editors’ Notes 

Kia Motors Europe 
Kia Motors Europe is the European sales, marketing, and service arm of Kia Motors Corporation.  With its headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, it covers 30 markets in Europe. 

About Kia Motors Corporation 
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kia.com) – a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart – was founded in 1944 and is Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles.  Over 2.7 million Kia vehicles a year are produced in nine manufacturing and assembly operations in five countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering around 150 countries. 

Kia today has over 47,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of US$42 billion.  It is the major sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA – the governing body of the FIFA World Cup™.  Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan – "The Power to Surprise" – represents the company's global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting and inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.


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