• Sep 27, 2010
Kia Pop concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Though details are sparse, we know that Kia's wedge-shaped, battery-powered, three-seat Pop concept, will roll onto the stage in Paris any day now. According to Kia, the sub-10 foot long Pop brings, "innovative design chic and dramatic styling to the city car segment." We agree, but you could also say that the Pop adds some fizz to the vehicles that ordinarily fall into the city car class, no?

Kia promises that, "further information will be released in due course" but the automaker has provided us with a group of new images of its striking Pop concept. So, hit up the high-res gallery and check this door-stop concept out. What's your response? Positive? Negative? We're split on this one. Just give it a look and then drop us a comment below. We're sure to have more on the Pop concept, including some live shots from Paris, so check back soon.



[Source: Kia]


PRESS RELEASE

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
      wow a blatant copy of every single detail from toyota FT-CH
        • 4 Years Ago
        There are certainly similarities in the headlights, front bumper and rear hatch, but that's the extent of it in my eyes. It's not like Lexus is exactly known for completely original designs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kia should forget the third seat and make this a proper 2-seater with a proper covered boot/trunk.

      The quartic steering wheel has been tried before. Funny how it never caught on. Maybe because it is a massive FAIL.

      Styling looks pretty good except that racetrack side window is a bit challenging but I guess I'd get used to it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Build it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool car, but it would certainly be gimped out on it's way over here. Take half the visibility out, put ugly bumpers in, add 300 pounds, and you've got the USDM version.. lol.

      But i would love to see Hyundai produce something along the lines of smart car or Toyota IQ. I would be all over one at a dealership.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Er, are you crazy ABG? Split on this one? Really?

      Cars like this are what we need more of. People out there still think of electric cars as the dodgy looking g-wiz things or even worse invalid carriages and milk floats. Striking, unusual looking cars like this stand out, promote discussion, and raise the awareness and crucially the beholder's conciousness to what a car is or can be. People will see this and, with their curiosity piqued, go find out more about it.

      Would you rather Kia trotted out another terminally-dull car like the Nissan Leaf? No one would realise it was electric, it would be a case of "oh, its just another boring kia picanto" which would be ignored. Make a statement, make an impact. Redefine what we consider a car to look like.


      (Obviously this wont make it to market like this - at the very least I'd expect the rear seat, side windows and lights to change, but hey its the thought that counts)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cars like these will never sell in the US, unless incentives are granted:

      American Kei Cars

      1. Size, weight and power limitations.. nothing too extreme and capable of perhaps 55mph on the hwy tops.. perhaps 30hp power limits, max capacity for 2 people.
      2. Reduced or none registration and tag costs.
      3. Reduce most of the DOT safety gear regulations.. perhaps make it compatible with European and Japanese standards for micro cars.
      4. None or reduced insurance required.
      5. Do not relax pollution requirements.

      The 4 wheel version of a scooter or moped, but more convenient.. Detroit will fight it tooth and claw. You would see vast reductions in oil usage with no pain or cost to the gov.

      What do you guys think?.. Hell no! its too different?
        • 4 Years Ago
        We already have a Kei car here.. smart fortwo ;)
        And the Toyota IQ is coming. I believe the Fiat 500 would fit the definition as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it overall I think.
      At first I did not - but when you get up close (or see it from different angles) the front end has a lot of subtle texture to it and I think it is easily the most successful portion of the design.
      Putting a single rear seat sideways is interesting. It would have its issues - but it is interesting.

      Overall I would love to see them build it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      don't do city cars. do lean cars instead. it's so wrong to think that EVs must be small bubble cars..
      light weight and aerodynamic. why must they be so clueless..
        • 4 Years Ago
        How's that build coming along?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Middleway, it's on hold because I'm not sure what kWh battery price is because it depends on the pack voltage.. if you get that reference.

        will you ever learn
        • 4 Years Ago
        So in other words you can't do what you keep claiming is possible.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Middleway, I guess not

        try in your own little way to understand the phenomenally obvious fact that I can be eminently right about what designs are better than others even though I don't have the money to build any designs. same as Einstein was right about his theories without having the money to do the many experimental verifications that others did later.
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