Long before Kia made its first automobile, the company built bicycles. In 1944, Kia got its start as Kyungsung Precision Industries by manufacturing steel tubing and bicycle components. Now the Korean manufacturer is honoring those humble beginnings with the new K Velo City. Designed by Peter Schreyer, the bike features a few elements to tie it to the company's internal-combustion efforts. That includes a front basket with the same "tiger nosed" profile as many Kia vehicles. Schreyer decided to pen a mini velo for the project. With 20-inch wheels, an 11-speed set up and a compact frame, the bike is ideal for commuting in an urban environment.

The K Velo will also come in a speed variant, complete with a lightweight aluminum frame and lighter interrupters. These aren't just concepts, though. Kia fully plans to build both the City and the Speed to focus its customers' attention toward sustainable transportation. The bikes are only available in Korea at the moment, and start at $1,100. You can head over to the Kia official corporate blog for more information.


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      George Krpan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another bicycle designed by people who don't ride bikes for people who don't ride bikes. Yuck, phooey.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      stubbs
      • 2 Years Ago
      i'll wait for the re-badged hyundia with a swoopy frame. and although kia claims it has 11 gears, epa testing confirmed it only has 9.
        EXP Jawa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stubbs
        If it is an 11-speed, I'm guessing they're using a Shimano Alfine-11 hub. That's half the asking price of the bike right there, purchased by itself.
      SNAAB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even their bikes look likes sh!tboxes
      Rob
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll bet you never get the claimed MPG
      luigi.tony
      • 2 Years Ago
      KIA advertising says 20(hp)hampsterpower put EPA finds only 16.
      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      he should stick to cars