Kia Carens Compact MPV Revealed as the New Rondo: 2012 Paris Motor Show Preview

Kia has revealed its all-new  Carens model ahead of its premiere at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, giving us a glimpse of what the Korean automaker calls a compact MPV.

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Detroit 2011: Kia KV7 Concept the Mystery Machine for the 21st Century Scooby-Doo

If any other automaker announced they wanted to bring back the van, we would have expected something practical and utilitarian. We’d picture a family-friendly minivan or perhaps a commercial vehicle for small businesses. But when a company like Kia says it, we expect something entirely different. After all, this is the company that gave us giant hamsters.

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Kia KV7 Concept Teased Ahead of Detroit Auto Show Reveal, Hinting at Brand's Next Van

Kia has just released a lone image of a new concept vehicle it will debut at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January. Called the KV7, the small van looks to be sized between the Soul and a conventional minivan, perhaps suggesting it could be a replacement for the Rondo MPV.

There’s a definite resemblance to the Ford Edge and the ‘7’ in the name no doubt refers to the number of seats in the vehicle.

In a press release accompanying the photo, Kia states that its recent production models have stayed very close to the original design concepts that preceded them and so there’s no reason to think that will change with the KV7.

Obviously a production model won’t come with gullwing doors (we can already hear the designers telling us about how the doors are supposed to represent ease of access and a spacious cabin).

Check back for the KV7 Concept’s reveal with full Detroit Auto Show coverage starting January 10th. Until then, get more info on all the debuts at our Detroit Auto Show Preview by clicking here.

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