Sensational Kia Sport concept car premieres in Paris

Kia Motors Corporation is unveiling its sensational new Kia Sport concept car at the Paris Auto Show today. The Kia Sport concept car is based on the five-door hatchback version of the company's forthcoming all-new B-segment model (code-named `JB') which will be launched next spring.

Power for the bright yellow projectile comes from a special 2-litre, 200 hp turbocharged gasoline engine driving the front wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission.


Kia designers have created a dynamic, sporty-looking concept car that reflects the vision of Kia's small car design philosophy. The wide air intake and front air-dam, linear grill graphics, sleek profile, prominent wheel arches, wide 18-inch diameter five-spoke alloy wheels, dual exhausts, sweeping rear lamp clusters, bold exterior color and striking roof-top aerodynamic wing - all combine to give the Kia Sport a fantastic road presence.

"The Kia Sport really is a stunning concept car," said Yong-Hwan Kim, Senior Executive Vice President and COO of Kia Motors. "The design team in Korea has created a car that is young-at-heart, a bold but subtly detailed embodiment of automotive styling. It will undoubtedly appeal to our target customers, 20 to 30 year-olds with an exciting personality and an active lifestyle."

Inside, the styling is `driver-oriented' with a mix of leather and metal materials used to create a sporty, spacious and functional interior in colors which harmonize with the exterior. Yellow and dark grey leather is featured on the seats, door trims and center console. Light gleams from the metal finish of the center fascia, with its satellite-navigation, DVD player and climate control, and from metal highlights on the gear selector, steering wheel, and center console.

The Kia Sport concept car is 4150 mm long, 1800 mm wide and 1470 mm high, with a 2500 mm wheelbase.

"The bold, bright Kia Sport concept car is another milestone in Kia's journey to become a top global car maker. It has been created with young consumers very much in mind. Depending on public reaction to this sensational show car, a full production version may be introduced during 2006," concluded Mr. Kim.

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