Kia has revealed an all-new SUV concept at the Indian Auto Expo with plans of putting it into production next year.The SP Concept, which will represent the brand's first entry into India, features a new design language that will influence future models destined for its global markets, including Europe.The SUV has a strong shoulder line with a tapered glassline towards the rear, with a wide front grille that's less pinched than those fitted to Kia’s other models. The car's headlights feature a new slatted design. A Kia spokesman told Autocar that there are no plans to offer the SUV elsewhere, but they suggested that, along with the new look, its technical features could offer hints for forthcoming models.Kia has refrained from revealing what will power the new model, but it has claimed that the car will feature “advanced technology”, suggesting electrified variants may be offered alongside conventional combustion engine versions.Kia … [Read more...] about Kia SP Concept heads to India with new design direction
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Over the last couple of weeks we traveled in space through Colombia, China and South Korea, and in time through the USA in 1975. This week we are getting icy and hop onto Sweden.If you are not in for a snowstorm, you are going to struggle through this article I’m afraid! But hey, I’ve also prepared 159 additional countries for you to visit in my blog, and I can tell you it is super good, so click away!Volvo is still the king of Swedish roads, placing 4 models in the Top 8 last month, while there was no Saab model in the Top 50…The Swedish car market is in great shape this year, with 252,590 registrations over the first 10 months of 2011, up 8 percent on the same period in 2010. In October though, sales were down 5% at 25,052 units.We may be on the cusp of a once-in-15-years event as far as the best selling models in Sweden are concerned…Since 1996, the Volvo V70 has been the most popular car in the country. Yep, … [Read more...] about Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: Volvo Still King Of Swedish Roads, Saab Out Of Sight
Pete writes:Hi guys,I’ve got a tough set of requirements for you. I’ve been driving a 1996 Honda Civic Si for many years and it’s time to retire the old girl.I live in Denver and I love to play in the mountains. I ski, backpack and rock climb, so I need a vehicle that can handle icy I-70 and rough forest service roads (need some ground clearance). I don’t need a large vehicle and I’d like to get at least 25 mpg highway. But I also really enjoy going quickly through the twisty bits, so handling is important too!I’ve been considering the Kia Sportage SX, although the fuel economy in the AWD model isn’t great and I’ve read the Sportage steering leaves a lot to be desired. Still, the new 2 liter engine sounds fun. I’m mostly looking in the $25-30k range. For something really nice I could probably go up to $35k.I feel like there must be some other options out there, but I haven’t had much luck finding anything! Steve … [Read more...] about New or Used: To Play In the Mountains?
Remember when Kentucky Fried Chicken suddenly became KFC after was determined that "fried" was losing its appeal as an appetizing buzzword? Reminds us of how GM, after nine years of marketing Japanese-designed Geos, jumped on the "buy American" bandwagon last year and rebadged them as Chevrolets. For 1999, the Chevrolet Tracker was redesigned, although it continues to be built in Canada alongside its Suzuki Vitara twin. So, has the chicken changed or just the name on the outside of the bucket? Well, for starters, it looks better. Chevy designers penned a smoothly sculpted modem shape to replace the crude, blocky body of the original Tracker hardtop, which was unveiled in 1996. Changes in exterior dimensions are mostly minor except for a 2.1-inch increase in width. This makes room for a third seatbelt in the rear, but the middle person had better be a small child. The rear seat is farther back, increasing legroom but shrinking cargo space from 21 cubic feet to 20. When … [Read more...] about Chevrolet Tracker
Less than two weeks after Peter Schreyer’s promotion to president at Kia Motors—one of three president-level executives—he has climbed another step up the corporate ladder. Schreyer now adds the title of president at the Hyundai Motor Group and will oversee the global design strategy for both Hyundai and Kia brands.Schreyer has transformed the image of Kia through his design leadership and a number of clever hires; some would argue that Kia has surpassed its big brother, Hyundai, in terms of image and design. It appeared as if an internal competition would unfold between the two brands; this amicable competition now can take place under Schreyer’s supervision.The 59-year-old Bavarian, who was educated in Munich and at the Royal College of Art in London, was a long-time Volkswagen and Audi designer before he moved to Kia in 2006. His switch happened following a power struggle with former VW chief designer Murat Günak, who has since left the company. One of … [Read more...] about Kia President Peter Schreyer to Oversee Global Design for Kia and Hyundai