Kia premieres three all-new models at Frankfurt Show

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Kia Motors Corporation hosted the World Premieres of three all-new vehicles at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in Germany. The Kee Sports Coupe Concept, pro_cee'd three door hatchback, and eco_cee'd eco performance concept.

Kia Kee Sports Coupe Concept

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.

The Kia Kee (pronounced 'key') is a 4.3-meter long, four-seater, 2-door coupe with svelte, newly proportioned lines resulting from a slightly lengthened greenhouse. It is a new interpretation of a 2+2 coupe with an imposing road presence that demonstrates an uncluttered, pure and timeless execution and represents a new design ethos for Kia.

Kia Kee features a broad stance and a low profile, with three unique exterior elements the strong and powerful frontal design with its distinctive headlamps and eye-catching LED cluster, a dynamic profile with striking greenhouse treatment and 20-inch diameter alloy wheels. Measuring 4,324 mm long, the Kia Kee is powered by a 'next generation' 2-liter, V-6 gasoline engine producing 200 ps, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

"The new Kia Kee is a clear and emphatic statement that the future of the Kia brand is set to be one that will excite and surprise an entirely new audience of consumers," commented Peter Schreyer, Chief Design Officer Kia Motors. "In making this design departure for Kia it was essential to my thinking that we did not lose sight of the fact that the Kia brand must continue to appeal to customers in the mainstream. It would have been easy to present an extreme supercar at Frankfurt that would attract plenty of attention, but could have no place in Kia's future. Our sports coupe concept is not simply a flight of fancy but represents an affordable dream for sports car lovers."

Kia pro_cee'd three-door hatchback

The introduction of the new three-door Kia pro_cee'd, making its World Premiere at Frankfurt, marks a major expansion of the popular Kia cee'd family of cars and brings more style and more sportiness to the C-segment in Europe. Despite its lowered, sportier appearance, pro_cee'd provides generous legroom front and rear, and luggage capacity is a class-leading 340 liters, with the rear seats upright.

Longer, lower and lighter, the new pro_cee'd has an extended nose, a shallower front grille, new-style headlamps, a wider bumper with a prominent lip spoiler, a deeper central air intake and larger fog lights. The windscreen is much shallower and the doors, which are 276 mm longer, have a unique design. The side profile is truly distinctive, with a beltline that rises much more steeply towards the rear of the car. The 19-strong Kia pro_cee'd is scheduled to go on sale across Europe early next year.

Kia eco_cee'd the 'green-performance' concept car

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. Based on a pro_cee'd fitted with a lively yet frugal Euro-5 compliant, 115 ps, 1.6-litre diesel engine, the new eco_cee'd concept has been designed to hugely enhance the 'green' potential of the standard model. A combination of small but significant modifications to the base vehicle result in much improved fuel consumption (just 3.9 liters/100km) and reduced CO2 emissions (just 104 g/km).

The impressive performance, fuel economy and emissions figures of the eco-cee'd are largely the result of improved aerodynamics which bring the drag coefficient down to just Cd 0.29. To maximize the value of the aerodynamic and powertrain improvements, eco_cee'd is fitted with Kia's new Idle Stop&Go and Regenerative Braking systems.

As a 'green-performance' concept car the eco-cee'd demonstrates a part of Kia's vision for the way ahead with future engine developments for next-generation environmentally friendly and fuel efficient production models without losing sight of customer expectations for cars with a sporty design and fun-to-drive performance.

Kia FCEV all-new platform makes European debut

Kia Motors Corporation is staging the European Premiere of its latest Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) platform at Frankfurt. The hydrogen-fuelled, electrically-driven FCEV platform represents the next step forwards in Kia's continuing commitment to develop cleaner, greener production vehicles for the future.

The all-new 4.6-meter long platform is designed to fit beneath an SUV-style vehicle.

Propelled by three electric motors, powered by a 100 kW Fuel Cell and fueled by twin 76-liter tanks storing hydrogen at 700 bar, the 4x4 FCEV promises real-world usable performance and has the ability to start in extremely cold temperatures (down to 30C).

Kia's computer simulations indicate that clothed in a Sorento-type body, the new FCEV could accelerate to 100 kph is just 10 seconds, reach a top speed of 170 kph and achieve a 600 km range all with zero emissions. While accomplishing good progress in terms of greener motoring, the new FCEV is very much a 'real world' solution to daily transport challenges offering lively performance to match its commendable emissions and fuel consumption.