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Kia POP EV concept -- Paris Auto Show

By KBB.com Editors on August 18, 2010 4:17 PM
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Although its full reveal won't come until late September at the Paris Auto Show, Kia has offered a pretty clear look at a new urban vehicle concept that promises to be one of the stars on its stand. The Kia POP is an all-electric city car that offers room for three along with its zero-emissions operational capability.

About 10 inches longer than a smart fortwo, the Kia POP Concept complements its bold exterior styling with an interior arrangement that matches an angled bench seat and a with a conventionally positioned driver. However, it appears that the POP will stash its third occupant transversely behind prime perch in a modified 2+1 layout.

Although Kia said nothing at all about the nature of its electric-drive system, the teaser images indicate that the POP will fully embrace all of the latest in lightweight construction techniques and state-of-the-art exterior/interior lighting systems. In addition to its huge lozenge-shaped side glass, the POP's one-piece windshield/top is an all-glass -- or more likely, all polycarbonate -- element that adds even more drama to its futuristic character.

No word yet as to whether the Kia POP is the precursor to a full-production model, but the Korean automaker has proven itself ready to embrace some interesting and decidedly avant garde design approaches, and if the Kia POP plays well with show attendees, it may well earn itself a place in the future lineup.

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