Kia Debuts KOUP Concept At 2008 New York International Auto Show

Posted on 20. Mar, 2008 by in Kia Canada


Design Cues, Indicative of an Emotional and
Powerful Driving Experience, Reflect Brand Evolution

  • Distinctive “check mark” figure furthers a performance-inspired appearance
  • Realistic interior pattern creates KOUP a loyal driver’s car
  • NEW YORK, Mar 20, 2008 Combining childish merriment with a sporty and neat design, Kia Motors America (KMA) currently globally debuted a KOUP judgment during a 2008 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) during a press discussion during a Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Illustrating a figure and expansion of destiny Kia vehicles, a elementary nonetheless confidant and assertive KOUP extraneous is complemented by a picturesque and neat interior design. Originating from a Kia Motors America Design Center in Irvine, Calif., a KOUP judgment embodies Kia’s truth of “Exciting and Enabling” with a offset proportions and liquid pattern set to elicit an romantic pushing experience.

    “The Kia KOUP judgment represents a destiny of a Kia code and a energetic vehicles that pronounce to a core philosophies,” pronounced Tom Kearns, arch engineer of KMA. “Kia strives to interest to a romantic side of automobile enthusiasts who find journey and wish to take a jump into a destiny with impression and modernized technology, and a KOUP effectively delivers.”

    First Glance

    Curb interest starts with a KOUP’s offset proportions and liquid design. From a tab-shaped and eloquent top grille to a high-tech and useful headlamps, a front fascia’s form gives a automobile a confidant and assertive stance.

    The KOUP facilities an basic nonetheless energetic crowd figure along a sides stemming from a glowing, CO fiber and black chrome extended LED flare lenses.

    While a KOUP’s altogether form is elementary and precise, it creates a pattern matter with certain tragedy combined by a “swoosh” that swoops from a “C” post forward, down to a “A” post and flares all a approach behind around to a back rug lid. A trailing plane mouth along a rug lid tapers adult toward a outdoor ends to accommodate adult with a swoosh from a beltline. The rocker sill has a particular “check mark” figure and distinguished circle flares that give a KOUP a strong, lowered stance. The brief overhangs and far-reaching position simulate a well-balanced and manageable character.

    No component of high-style pattern is blank in a KOUP judgment as illustrated by a greenhouse-integrated, panoramic-view potion with twin panels fluctuating from a windshield by a roof to a backlight, appearing as twin together pieces of potion identical to a warrior jet cockpit. Segregating a potion panels, an interior mood light runs a full length of a greenhouse. To serve a performance-inspired coming with sporty elegance, CO fiber enhancements accent a KOUP’s chin spoiler, flare lenses, cover panel, side-view mirrors, back fender insert and back diffuser, while adorned twin circle spokes embody CO fiber inserts interconnected with an open pattern to uncover off a Brembo calipers and cross-drilled rotors.

    Inside a Cockpit

    Conceived artfully and with striking precision, a KOUP’s interior hones in on a desires of automobile enthusiasts from a central gaunt of a dashboard and Supervision instrument panel, enhancing a performance-inspired pushing knowledge to a custom-designed, race-inspired steering circle in front of a three-gauge instrument cluster. Carbon fiber accents on a shifter image and chair tilt-adjust resource strengthen sporty performance.

    Audiophiles and automobile enthusiasts comparison will take mind of 8 speakers, including vast back rug speakers matched to a juke box audio system, serve harmonizing a pushing experience. A built-in Bluetooth-enabled navigation element with Map On Demand (MOD) is only a commencement of a telematics services.

    The KOUP facilities a picturesque interior pattern that integrates high-style materials, including abounding and movable chair fabrics accentuated with concrete- and black-color trims. As a loyal driver’s car, a front seats contrariety a back seats with hostile colors and patterning and horizontal, padded silicone bars occupy a chair backs for additional comfort. High-tech sum are integrated into a interior, including accessible intelligent pivotal with pull symbol start, and a six-speed involuntary delivery with steering column-mounted paddle shifters.

    Taking Flight

    Powered by a autocratic 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged engine producing 290 horsepower interconnected with a GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) twin corkscrew turbocharger for larger energy and efficiency, a KOUP delivers startling torque of 289 lb-ft during a low 2,000 rpm postulated to 4,000 rpm. By injecting fuel directly into a cylinder underneath high vigour regulating a Kia GDI system, a intake assign is cooled and explosion function is improved. Improved explosion assures glorious fuel economy and low emissions. Lower grille openings capacitate additional atmosphere intake for additional power.

    Built on a front-wheel-drive unibody frame, curl springs and stabilizer bars element an eccentric front cessation featuring MacPherson struts and an eccentric twin couple back cessation to yield a optimal change of float comfort and engine responsiveness. An engine-speed-sensitive, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering element adds a finishing hold for accurate handling. In gripping with a KOUP’s sporty essence, Continuous Damping Control (CDC) for discerning movements and pointy turns interconnected with a sport-tuned, four-wheel eccentric cessation and strut building bar offer a tighter hold for some-more energetic driving.


    The KOUP judgment facilities all of a customary reserve facilities offering in Kia’s unchanging prolongation automobile lineup including 6 customary airbags and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Electronic Stability Control (ESC) interconnected with CDC helps to stabilise a KOUP for limit hit with a pavement. The vast 245/40ZR19 tires finish a KOUP’s considerable package. Also enclosed is adaptive front lighting and journey control, adding to a KOUP’s modernized reserve technology.

    About Kia Motors America

    Kia Motors America (KMA) is a sales, selling and placement arm of Kia Motors Corporation formed in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a finish line of vehicles by some-more than 640 dealers via a United States. For 2007, KMA accessible a 14th uninterrupted year of record U.S. sales. Kia Motors subscribes to a truth of building high value, high quality, protected and energetic vehicles. Kia Motors prides itself on producing vehicles that are sparkling and enabling and elicit a Kia tagline “The Power to Surprise.”

    Kia Motors America is a “Official Automotive Partner of a NBA.” Information about Kia Motors America and a full automobile choice is accessible during a Web site For media information, including photography, revisit

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