Kia Motors will have a big presence at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show this year with 18 different vehicles including the new Soul. Sportage and Magentis (Optima).
The focal point of the display, however, will be three micro-cars, the No 3 Concept, the cee’d ISG and the cee’d Hybrid.
The No 3 (we’re not sure where the first two went) is an MPV that Kia says is both functional and fun to drive. At just 13.5-feet long it’s perfect for the European urban market. And the fact that it’s a concept means it is likely to see production.The car also features Kia’s new “face of Kia” grille.
The other two cars are new versions of Kia’s cee’d, which was launched in Europe in 2007. The first is the cee’d ISG (Idle Stop & Go) and features a new technology that shuts down the engine when the car is at a stop and immediately restarts it when the accelerator is pressed. The cee’d ISG will be available with a 1.4-liter or 1.6-liter gasoline engine, in either the five-door hatchback or the three-door pro_cee’d. Kia claims its ISG technology will account for a 15 percent savings in fuel during city driving.
The final new vehicle from Kia at Geneva will be the cee’d Hybri, which uses a 15kw and 77 ft-lb bump to the standard 1.6-liter engine. The car also features a CVT transmission and Kia’s ISG technology for a total fuel savings of 25 percent. Kia claims the cee’d Hybrid is capable of hitting 62 mph in 11.8 seconds and will get an average of 49 mpg!