• Feb 24, 2009
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Kia No 3 concept

At next week's Geneva Motor Show Kia will show off a new crossover concept -- dubbed the No 3 -- and two variants of the c'eed. The No 3 is basically a tall five-door hatch that appears to be based onthe c'eed platform. The 13.27 ft long five-door features a glass roof and an odd diagonal windshield header which stretches from the A-pillar on the passenger side to the B-pillar on the driver side.

The two new c'eed variants are both aimed at reduced fuel consumption. The c'eed ISG is a new regular production model that adds auto-stop-start to the both 1.4- and 1.6-liter versions of the sub-compact sedan, with a claimed boost in urban fuel mileage of around 15%. Kia is also showing a hybrid version of the c'eed that uses the system developed by Hyundai-Kia with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder. The car is part of a test fleet that will be run in Europe this year and averages 49 mpg (US) and emits just 109 g/km of CO2. Expect live shots from the show a week from today.


[Source: Kia]

All-new MPV Concept heads Kia line-up at Geneva

Kia will be displaying an all-new MPV concept, a range of Idle Stop & Go cars and an
innovative Hybrid at the 79th Salon International de l'Auto which opens in Geneva on 3 March. There will be a total of 18 vehicles on the Kia stand [Stand 5231, Hall 5] including three models making their first appearance in Switzerland – the Kia Soul, upgraded 2009 Kia Sportage compact SUV and upgraded, new-look 2009 Kia Magentis sedan.

Kia No 3 Concept Car
All-new, the Kia No 3 Concept Car redefines the small MPV genre by creating a beautiful car that is also fun-to-drive. The concept features a unique extended windscreen and panorama glass roof with a diagonal supporting bar, an automatic sun visor and the new 'face of Kia' displays the front grille, head lamps and brand logo in a new constellation. The 4045 mm long concept is finished in matt Titanium Grey with contrasting gloss-white accents.

Kia cee'd ISG
The new Kia cee'd ISG (Idle Stop & Go) models, which offer up to 15 compared to the standard 1.6-litre gasoline cee'd.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I looks a little like the Fiesta...Just add Lime Green
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is why GM and Chrysler are going down the toilet. They don't produce 21 Century vehicles. See ya!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, I was going to say, this looks very much like Citroen's current design language. Either way, it's not a bad direction for Kia, and should build on its very successful c'eed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Alex, I think you have a good point,
        but I would argue that Citroen's current design language is an evolution of many of their other designs, many of which were in development or even on the road before the Kia's you're referencing were unveiled. I think some good examples are the current C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso (unveiled in January 2007) which essentially look like a minivan sized version of the C3 Picasso, as well as the C1 city car, which has been on sale in Europe since 2005, and the 2nd generation C5 (unveiled in October 2007). If you look closely at these vehicles, you will see several common themes inside and out that I don't think are influenced by Kia.

        I actually would also argue that Kia's design language is overall much more influenced by European designs in general than vice versa, and perhaps this is another case where we see similarities, but actually the designs really had little to do with each other.
        • 5 Years Ago
        James, I think you are absolutely right on many points. However, the window line on the C3 Picasso does look very reminiscent of the Kia Soul concept first unveiled in early 2006. Indeed, the overall shape of the C3 is like a slightly more rounded and blobbier version of the Soul. Who was influenced by whom? I don't know. I do know that certain details, such as the design of the headlights and tailights on the original Soul concept, clear, with geometric forms within, I have since seen on many other cars from many other makers. I do not know who first came up with these details, but I noticed them first on Kia concepts. Of course, it's fair to say that Kia's design is European-influenced, as Peter Schreyer is, indeed, a European designer. Plus, we now seem to be in an age in which car designers are all very much "inspired" by one another's work. There seems to be constant back and forth borrowing of cues, and the Kia No. 3 concept certainly reflects influences from Ford and Citroen. Plus, I concede that Citroen's current design language is about my favorite in the automotive world. So your points are well taken!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey. I think it's pretty adorable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This plus Hyundai's 1.6 GDI engine would make a great Sportage replacement in the US.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To me, it does look like the Fiesta, the overall shape is almost the same. Just like the New Cerato is a Civic Rip off.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Forte does bear some resemblance to the Civic, especially the front.
        It looks like a more aggressive Civic. I guess that's why they called it "Forte."
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who does no. 3 work for?
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOL. it's pretty unique design than current Lexus design.

      Kia cars designed by former audi TT designer, and its design center locate in German.

      • 5 Years Ago
      @P.V. - I attempted to answer your question about design themes below.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like my Scion xA RS1 from 2005.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It looks much better than any of the cars you have mentioned! Good job Schreyer and Kia!
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a rip-off! Looks just like the new Europen Ford Fiesta!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rip off the Ford? I think not. Your talking about a Ford. US made car. Which basically means a piece of crap. Yes your Ford will run well for about 4 years. Then a cascading set of problems will begin. From engine issues, trims falling off, pieces of the car just falling apart. You know, the typical long term quality of American made cars. There is none.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This guy has no previous record of posting comments? I bet this person is either Sektor or Trishield or some troll in disguise..
        • 5 Years Ago
        Funny--it looks like a taller Ceed to me.

        Especially those doors--the sheetmetal on the doors is directly taken from the Ceed and the 2007 Elantra, which predate the Fiesta.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL looks like I already made a name for myself. It's not me.
        It doesn't look like the Ford Fiesta, but I am sure I've seen this somewhere.
      • 5 Years Ago
      More like the new Citroen C3 Picasso or DS inside concept in my eyes...
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