Kia’s Clever Design

Gary S. Vasilash

Kia has been racking up red dot design awards over the past few years like Meryl Streep receives Academy Award nominations (it received four this year, including a “Best of the Best” for the pro_ceed). One suspects that if the Kia Niro concept that it will be revealing on September 10 at the 65th Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (a.k.a., the Frankfurt Auto Show) makes it to the market, it, too, will be a winner.


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While details are scant, it is a B-segment vehicle that was designed at the Kia studio in Frankfurt under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, Kia’s chief designer in Europe. (The studio, coincidentally, is less than a kilometer away from the fairgrounds where the show takes place.)


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The vehicle was designed with the European market in mind, although given the appearance, it could be translated into a variety of markets.


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The company says that the Niro will “preview and innovative new powertrain.”

Heck, stick the 2.0-liter GDI engine used in the Forte in it, and the Niro would be good to go.

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