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Kia Pop Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

When the Paris Motor Show opens up next month, Kia will roll out a new battery powered commuter concept.

Thus far, Kia has only released a few details about its door-stop-shaped Pop Concept, including its sub-10-foot length and its three-seat layout. Interestingly, Kia has gone with a bench with the driver on the left rather than a central driver layout like the Gordon Murray-designed T.25. For a tiny car like this, it would seem like putting the driver in the middle would be more space efficient, allowing the driver to be shifted forward between the front wheels for better legroom. Perhaps Kia is going for a more traditional motoring experience, however, or they may have some other spacial tricks up their sleeves.

Either way, it's too early to tell if the Pop EV concept is a precursor of Kia's future styling, but this is certainly a different look. Check out the images in our high-res gallery below and visit the jump for the Korean automaker's official press release.



[Source: Kia]

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ELECTRIC KIA POP CONCEPT TO SPARK INTEREST AT PARIS

Kia Motors will continue its tradition of unveiling convention-challenging and design-led concept vehicles at motor shows when it reveals an all-new electric concept car at the Paris Motor Show on the 30th September.

Called the 'POP', Kia's latest concept car boasts zero-emissions – whilst in use – and at three metres long, yet with a three seat layout, brings innovative design chic and dramatic styling to the city car segment.

Further information will be released in due course. The 2010 Paris Motor Show runs from the 30th September to the 17th October

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Fantastic!
      Go Kia!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It ugly as American cars.
      looks like a fancy ipod.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If u think this looks like American car, I want some of what ur smoking plz.
      • 4 Years Ago
      More like poop. This looks like something Nissan would make, and that's not a good thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I disagree. I think it looks great. I just wish an automaker would grow a pair and finally build one of these things. At least Mercedes built the Smart, even though it ended up too expensive and to thirsty to really justify it in the States, it adds some personality to the automotive landscape. If Kia could build this and sell it for econo-car prices, it would be awesome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        contrasting argument. I kinda like it. would rather have 2 buckets in front and 1 seat bench in back that folds down for storage. make it like a reinforced stadium seat.

        maybe the chrome is making it more stylistic than it is but its nice and basic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like the exterior design of this car, although I agree that the 1+2 combo seems to make more sense in terms of maximizing space/comfort. On the other hand, I have a feeling that driver+passenger combo is far more common than driver+2 passengers. It's much more pleasant to talk to someone sitting next to you than in the backseat, so the 2+1 configuration may make more sense for most.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they released this thing unchanged from the concept car.. minds would be boggled.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love it. And the wheels are reminiscent of those on the Optima that made the show rounds this past year. They look better here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As far as design studies go, I would say this is a pretty cool concept.