02 March 2009,
updated 4 Sep. 2009.
To present its all-new
small MPV model, South Korean carmaker Kia decided to start teasing
with the "No
3 Concept" at the 79th Geneva Motor Show (5 to 15 March 2009).
That's where the original and fun oriented concept car
will debut with its extended windscreen and panoramic glass roof,
featuring a diagonal supporting bar and an automatic sun visor. The
concept is expected to go into production later as a B-segment,
sub-compact MPV (called later the Kia
Venga, first shown in its production version at the 63rd Frankfurt
motor show in September 2009), but the extended windscreen and panoramic
glass roof may not go beyond the concept status.
Concept of the
new small MPV that will join Kia's lineup soon.
Designed by Kia’s European design team under the
leadership of Peter Schreyer, the No 3 also features the new ‘face of
Kia’ with the front grille, headlamps and brand logo in a new
constellation arrangement. It is finished in matte Titanium Grey with
contrasting gloss-white accents.
Alongside the 4045 mm long MPV concept, Kia (part of
the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group) will be displaying at Geneva a range of
Idle Stop & Go cars and an innovative hybrid system, within a total of
18 Kia vehicles on the stand, including the new Kia
Soul, the upgraded 2009 Kia Sportage compact SUV and the upgraded,
new-look 2009 Kia Magentis sedan (known as ‘Optima’ in some markets).
windscreen and panoramic glass roof.
On the fuel consumption and emissions reduction front,
the new Kia cee’d ISG (Idle Stop & Go) compact models (C-segment,
lower medium category), which are now on sale in many countries across
Europe, offer up to 15% fuel savings in city driving.
Kia’s Idle Stop & Go 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
versions are available with 1.4- or 1.6-litre petrol (gasoline) engines,
in the five-door hatchback, five-door sporty wagon or the three-door
pro_cee’d body styles. The 1.4-litre ISG models shown in Geneva have a
137 g/km CO2 rating.
On the hybrid car side, Kia Motors prepared a fleet of
prototype cee’d Hybrids 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 synchronized electric motor, a
continuously variable transmission (CVT) with the new ISG (Idle Stop &
Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles (founded
in 1944) says that its cee’d Hybrid accelerates to 100 km/h in 11.8
seconds and can reach a top speed of 185 km/h (115 mph). The prototype
achieves fuel consumption of 4.81 litres per 100 km (equivalent to 58.7
miles per imperial gallon, or 48.9 USA mpg) and a CO2 figure of
109 g/km (25% less than the standard 1.6-litre gasoline cee’d).