Kia No 3 Concept: A Korean Ka?

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The Geneva Motor Show will see the debut of this stylishly stubby Kia No 3, a 13.1' long concept MPV. Frankly, this little Ka-a-like looks like a frightened Pokemon character. Seriously, check out that face!


Kia's No 3 Concept is a 13.1-foot-long stubby little commuter swathed in stylish Europeany-ness. A giant glass roof, enormous rims, and fancy HID headlights are all things which will be stripped away in the production version set to debut in Frankfurt in the fall as the Kia YN (yes-no?). It will keep the overall shape, the Kia Soul-inspired grille and front end, and the efficient five passenger packaging layout.


Also at the Kia stands will be an updated version of the Magentis, which we know as the Optima, a new production variant of the Kia C'eed equipped with a start/stop system with the 1.4-liter four cylinder and a Kia C'eed Hybrid which will see limited production for European fleet evaluation purposes. Guess they don't want the go too fast with this weird "hybrid" fad all the kids are talking about these days.

All-new MPV Concept heads Kia line-up at Geneva
Kia will be displaying an all-new MPV concept, a range of Idle Stop & Go cars and an innovative Hybrid at the 79th Salon International de l'Auto which opens in Geneva on 3 March. There will be a total of 18 vehicles on the Kia stand [Stand 5231, Hall 5] including three models making their first appearance in Switzerland – the Kia Soul, upgraded 2009 Kia Sportage compact SUV and upgraded, new-look 2009 Kia Magentis sedan.

Kia No 3 Concept Car
All-new, the Kia No 3 Concept Car redefines the small MPV genre by creating a beautiful car that is also fun-to-drive. The concept features a unique extended windscreen and panorama glass roof with a diagonal supporting bar, an automatic sun visor and the new 'face of Kia' displays the front grille, head lamps and brand logo in a new constellation. The 4045 mm long concept is finished in matt Titanium Grey with contrasting gloss-white accents.

Kia cee'd ISG
The new Kia cee'd ISG (Idle Stop & Go) models, which offer up to 15% fuel savings in city driving, are now on sale in many countries across Europe. Kia's innovative ISG system automatically switches the engine off when the car is stopped in traffic and restarts the engine instantly when the driver wishes to move off. Kia cee'd ISG cars are available with a choice of 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre gasoline engines and each of the three cee'd family bodystyles – five-door hatchback, five-door sporty wagon and three-door pro_cee'd. The 1.4-litre ISG models at Geneva have a 137 g/km CO2 rating.

Kia cee'd Hybrid
Kia Motors has produced a fleet of prototype Kia cee'd Hybrid cars especially for testing and evaluation in Europe. The cee'd Hybrid uses an upgraded powertrain with Kia's Gamma 1.6-litre gasoline engine, mated to a 15kW, 105 Nm AC synchronisedelectric motor, a CVT transmission and the new ISG (Idle Stop & Go) system. Kia
calculates that the cee'd Hybrid accelerates to 100 kph in 11.8 seconds and can reach a top speed of 185 kph. The prototype achieves fuel consumption of 4.81 litres per 100 km and a CO2 figure of 109 g/km – down 25% compared to the standard 1.6-litre gasoline cee'd.


[Source: Kia, Kia-World]