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2017 Kia Proceed Concept

2017 Kia Proceed Concept

The company’s most daring design yet?

Launched in 2006 as a replacement for the Cerato, the Kia Cee’d is now one of the company’s most popular vehicles in Europe. Redesigned in 2012 into a more modern, better-looking car, the Cee’d, along with its Procee’d, GT, and station wagon variants, is getting a little long in the tooth, and a third-generation model is likely under way for 2018. While we don’t know much about it, Kia unveiled the Proceed concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, giving us a good glimpse of what the next-gen Cee’d might bring to the table.

Described as an "extended hot hatch that presents a new body type for Kia," the Proceed concept appears to be the bastard child of a Kia Stinger and a low, sleek shooting brake. And it’s one of Kia’s most intriguing design to date. Not surprisingly, it was penned at the company’s European design center in Frankfurt, only 500 meters (0.3 miles) from where it will be unveiled. Kia also says that the Proceed concept indicates what the next-generation Cee’d "could look like," so we might be looking at a fancier version of the upcoming hatchback.

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This Fancy Interior Is a Sign that Kia Is Taking the Luxury Path

This Fancy Interior Is a Sign that Kia Is Taking the Luxury Path

Are we getting a luxury model soon?

When it comes to luxury cars, Kia isn’t the automaker you’d usually go to. But the brand that was once associated with cheap, poorly built cars has evolved to the point where it can compete head-on with class leaders. Granted, it’s not yet there in the full-size luxury market, where the K900 has yet to gain popularity, but it’s making tremendous progress. And proof of that are not only in the latest production cars, but also the Proceed concept that was just unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Essentially a slightly more futuristic, shooting brake variant of the Kia Stinger, the Proceed isn’t overly spectacular on the outside. However, the interior is an attention grabber due to its out-of-the-box design and fancy features. More importantly, it shows what the brand is capable of and looking at it make me very confident that Kia will climb higher and higher on the premium ladder. Sure, the Proceed will remain a concept for now, but if previous show cars are any indication, we could see many of these features production models really soon. Keep reading to find out why I think this is one of the most exciting interior designs launched in 2017.

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2018 Kia Picanto X-Line

2018 Kia Picanto X-Line

Rugged looks, turbocharged engine

The Kia Picanto came to be in 2003 when it was launched on a shortened platform of the Hyundai Getz. Redesigned in 2011, it grew in size and shared underpinnings with the then-new Hyundai i10. Another update followed in 2015, but 2017 brought the significantly modified third-generation model. About half a year has passed since the new Picanto arrived and Kia just introduced a new model, the X-Line.

A range-topping model alongside the performance-oriented GT-Line, the X-Line is a crossover-inspired model in the vein of the larger Volkswagen Cross Polo and Cross Golf, and the Hyundai i20 Active. Modifications include a slightly higher ride height, black cladding on the wheel arches, and a few extra features compared to the standard model. The X-Line also introduces the new turbocharged 1.0-liter engine that will also motivate the GT-Line version.

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Kia's Upcoming Shooting Brake Concept has us Saying "Please Take our Money!"

Kia’s Upcoming Shooting Brake Concept has us Saying "Please Take our Money!"

The concept could previews the next-generation Cee’d

The 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show is just around the corner and, as usual, we’re in for a ton of debuts including both production and concept cars. Kia, which runs a design center just 500 meters from the Frankfurt Motor Show, is among carmakers that will bring new products to the event. The company’s main highlight is a concept car that presents "a new body type for Kia." It doesn’t have a name yet, but the Korean manufacturer points out that it indicates what the next-generation Cee’d "could look like."

It’s bold, athletic, and indeed brings a new body style to the current Kia lineup. While the company describes it as an "extended hot hatch," it’s actually some kind of modern shooting brake. Or a really sleek wagon with an almost fastback rear end. But it’s gorgeous, and the really wide wheel arches, the sculpted side skirts, and the rear diffuser suggest we’re looking at a performance model. Kia didn’t share any actual details about the car, but I might have an idea about what it may be. Keep reading to find out.

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2017 Kia Sportage

2017 Kia Sportage

Kia is unleashing the third generation of the Sportage for the 2017 model year with updated styling outside, including a redefined grille, new fog lamps, new headlights, new taillights and an overall sleek appearance. Inside, the passenger cabin is more driver-oriented, and the dash takes on the same look of width as the exterior. A new instrument cluster boasts a small LCD screen in the middle with the option for different color schemes and the infotainment system is available with a seven- or eight-inch display screen. We have yet to receive engine specifications for the U.S. market, but over in Europe, customers have the option between two gasoline engines and three diesels with output ranging anywhere between 113 horsepower and 182 horsepower.

As a competitor to models like the Nissan Rogue and the Mazda CX-5, the Sportage looks to push the envelope for quality and economy without being too expensive in such a competitive segment. With that said, the Sportage is available in three trim levels with prices ranging from $22,990 for the entry-level LX trim, all the way up to $34,000 for the range-topping Sportage SX. With a long list of optional packages and add-ons, the Sportage could end up being fairly cheap or somewhat expensive if you go for a fully loaded crossover.

The sportage is now and its third generation and only time will tell how well it performs during its lifecycle. But, you can make your own decision about the Sportage for yourself by checking out our detailed review below.

Updated 02/22/2016: Kia announced prices for the all new 2017 Sportgae which will go on sale later this spring. Prices will range from $22,990 to $34,000 depending on the trim version.

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2016 Kia Optima GT

2016 Kia Optima GT

The talk of whether or not Kia will ever build a full-on sports car at times seems like it will go on forever without the car ever actually materializing. But Kia does seem to be getting a little close with this, the new Optima GT, a sport sedan unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show. It’s not quite the same as getting a sports car, but having Kia thinking about performance at all is a welcome sign. The Optima GT is intended for the European market, and although Kia doesn’t specifically say that the car won’t be sold in North America, it is heavily implied.

The car being aimed at Europe actually follows Kia’s previous GT models, the cee’d GT and the 2014 Kia pro_cee’d GT. We haven’t gotten a GT version of those cars either, which are Europe’s versions of the 2014 Kia Forte5, but the Forte is just as fast without the GT suffix anyway. Kia also takes a different approach to the Optima in Europe, and this is why the GT will be staying on that side of the pond. It all seems much more complicated than it needs to be, but we’re here to explain it all.

Updated 09/24/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

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2013 Kia Niro Concept

2013 Kia Niro Concept

The Frankfurt Auto Show is ramping up nicely and it will kick off in just a few weeks on September 10th. With the show quickly approaching all of the key players in the automotive realm are in full teasing mode. Even Kia has gotten into the teasing game, as it released a few teaser images of a B-segment concept that will debut in Frankfurt.

The teaser images don’t give up too many details, but we can tell that this is a sleek compact crossover that features almost GT-R-like headlights and what appear to be gull-wing doors. Also evident on from the images is the staple Kia grille outlined in yellow and underscored by large fog lights that make it stand out from the shadows. Also highlighted in yellow are the side-view mirrors and wipers.

The interior image shows us s super-modern theme with a one-piece front seat, a knob-selector transmission and a sleek dashboard. We can also make out the same yellow highlights surrounding the air vents as surround the front grille. The neon yellow highlight also finds its way onto what look to be paddle shifter behind the steering wheel.

Short of those key details that are evident in the teaser images, the rest of the car is up in the air. We assume that because this is a city car concept that it will feature a small-displacement engine or possibly a hybrid setup for optimal fuel economy. By zooming in on the interior image, we also can make out that this model will feature all-wheel drive, hill decent control and an electric parking brake — these are evident by a series of labeled buttons on the dashboard.

Judging by the fact that this concept only appeared on Kia’s UK site, we can assume that this is concept is gauging only UK customer interest .

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2011 Kia GT Concept

2011 Kia GT Concept

One of the many highlights of the Frankfurt Motor Show was a concept car that could potentially lead to a new styling direction from the company that brought the car to Germany.

We’re talking about the Kia GT Concept, a rear-wheel four-door, four-seater sports sedan concept that bares a slight resemblance to the K9 sketch revealed back in 2009.

While we certainly were very surprised by the look of the car - at first, we actually thought it was a Maserati - Kia’s aggressive approach in the design of their future models just goes to show that their designers and engineers have some serious creative chops.

"No matter from which perspective you look at it – this concept car is roaring with energy and ready for take-off," said Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors Chief Design Officer. "I believe the car is a strong statement from Kia: we are ready to fast forward to an all new chapter."

With the aggressive approach the Korean automaker has taken in being more pro-active in the industry, we’re not betting against these guys when it comes to actually seeing this concept through. Who knows, a production version might be in the oven sooner than we think.

UPDATE 12/23/2011: We’ve learned that Kia is set to venture into a whole new market after news broke that they have green-lighted the production of the Kia GT Concept sports car for 2013. We first saw the GT Concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show a few months ago and were left breathless at the car’s cutting-edge design and significant - at least for Kia - performance numbers.

For the production GT Concept, Kia is looking at a comprehensive line-up that not only includes a sedan version, but also a two-door coupe variant and, quite possibly, even a station wagon.

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2010 Kia Venga

2010 Kia Venga

Kia unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show the new Venga MPV. The new model will go on sale later this year and will be manufactured in Europe.

At the launch the new Venga will be offered with 1.4 CRDi, a 1.6 CRDi, a 1.4 petrol and a 1.6 petrol, with output ranging from 90 hp to 128 hp. Transmissions available for the range are a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic depending on the model.

The new model will be offered in three trim levels, the LX, EX and the TX. All the versions will be offered with USB and iPod connection, a circular central ‘master’ control for the radio/ CD player, a 3.5-inch LCD display panel, wheel-mounted audio equipment remote controls, cruise control and a speed limiter.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Kia Cee'd

2010 Kia Cee’d

Kia will unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show the facelift version of the most successful model in the line-up: C’eed, in both sedan and station wagon versions.

For 2010, the new C’eed receives numerous exterior and interior design refinements, upgraded standard equipment and technical innovations. The cee’d also gets a fully-revised suspension set-up. Also Kia will focus on reducing fuel consumption (5% for all the line-up).

"The new cee’d is 25 mm longer and is more distinctive in appearance with a stronger road presence. Following our established model range line-up, customers will enjoy a thoroughly revised interior including a new-style steering wheel and gear lever, all-red instrument illumination, a new centre console and new audio systems, plus dual-zone climate control air-conditioning."

Press release after the jump.

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2007 Kia eco cee'd

2007 Kia eco cee’d

Kia is staging the World Premiere of a new ‘green-performance’ concept car at Frankfurt. Called ‘eco_cee’d’, the new concept is a development of the Kia pro_cee’d hatchback and aims to achieve better fuel consumption, with fewer emissions – while still delivering a lively, spirited drive.

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2008 Kia Kee

2008 Kia Kee

The World Premiere of the all-new Kia Kee sports coupe concept at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in Germany this week is a landmark moment in the Kia Motor Corporation’s evolution into a major global automotive company.

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2008 Kia Cee'd 3door

2008 Kia Cee’d 3door

Kia today revealed the first images of the Cee’d 3door hatchback, the model that will make its world premiere in September at Frankfurt Motor Show. The new model is the production version of the ‘pro_cee’d’ concept unveiled in 2006 at the Paris Motor Show.

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Kia will unveil Sports Coupe Concept Car At Frankfurt Show

Kia will unveil Sports Coupe Concept Car At Frankfurt Show

Kia announced today that they will unveil a dramatic 2+2 sports coupe concept at Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Kia preparing Audi TT rival

Kia preparing Audi TT rival

Kia is preparing a rival for the Audi TT. A concept of the sports car will be unveiled at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, and could hit production by 2009.
The new model has been codenamed Project Snowflake. This is a clear indication of Kia’s ambition; the TT project under Schreyer was known within Audi as Raindrop!
The new Kia will be a front-wheel drive, although a 4x4 version won’t be offered. It will use an all-new 2.0-litre turbo, which is being developed in conjunction with Hyundai (...)

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