Called the ‘POP’, Kia’s latest concept car boasts zero-emissions – whilst in use – and at three metres long, yet with a three seat layout, brings innovative design chic and dramatic styling to the city car segment.

Kia will bring this year at the Paris Auto Show a new concept, already anticipated by several teaser pictures. The South-Korean automaker plans to attract the public’s attention with an electric vehicle, designed for the crowded cities, which adopts a nonconformist design, drawn by the same Peter Schreyer.

The first informations talk about the new concept as being Kia’s first intention to enter an European auto market, in continuous growing, the one of micro-cars. Named Pop, the concept will bring an electric unit powered by lithium-ion batteries, which can be recharged from the cells integrated in the panoramic roof.

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The project will be released nine years after the Proto Motors PS-II prototype was first revealed to the press. The market introduction is planned for the summer of 2010.

The car is powered by a 2.7 liter V6 engine from a Hyundai , which deliver 175 ps and 245 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm. The second version of this engine features turbocharger and it is boosted to 330 ps and 471 Nm of torque.

The third option is 400 PS and peak torque of 490 Nm of torque, thanks to a huge turbocharger. The top-of-range features two turbo-chargers and power of 500PS and 539 Nm. Combined with 6 speed manual gearbox, the car catapults itself to a 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and top speed is 310 km/h.

Spirra stands on big 19″ wheels fitted with 225/40 R19 front and 275/40 R19 rear tyres. The bodyshell is made entirely from carbon fibre around a tubular spaceframe. The construction has incredible strength and in the same time it is super lightweight. Although it is the first super car, which comes from South Korea, it is a real monster on the road.

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CHICAGO, February 10, 2010 – Kia Motors America (KMA) today unveiled the Ray Plug-in Hybrid concept during a press conference at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, advancing momentum of Kia Motors' global alternative fuel and powertrain research program, and its sub-brand coined "EcoDynamics," to develop innovative fuel-stretching and emissions-cutting technologies. The most efficient Kia vehicles with significant fuel consumption and emission reductions developed under the EcoDynamics sub-brand will be identified with the EcoDynamics badge. Recently, the EcoDynamics sub-brand took a major step forward with the introduction of the Kia Borrego Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) followed by the Forte LPI Hybrid, the gasoline Kia cee'd Hybrid and the twin-turbo diesel Kia Sorento Hybrid.

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