Hyundai revealed a new concept crossover called the QarmaQ at the Geneva Motor Show this week. Designed at Hyundai Motor Europe's Design and Technical Center and engineered in close cooperation with GE Plastics, QarmaQ is a showcase for 30 technologies that will find their way into Hyundai's new models to be rolled out from 2008-2014.
The wrap-around GE Lexan windscreen and extensive use of GE polycarbonate glazing materials provides a weight saving of up to 50 percent in relation to glass, while simultaneously allowing more adventurous shapes than flat glass. The glazing features a unique technology from Exatec which deposits a thin protective layer of glass on the Lexan to add protection from scratching and the effects of weathering.




Advanced Technology Inside and Out: Hyundai ATDV Features Innovative Applications Utilizing GE Materials

At the Geneva Motor Show here, GE Plastics' high-performance composites and thermoplastics is taking the spotlight with close to 30 diverse applications for Hyundai's advanced technology development vehicle (ATDV), the QarmaQ. The crossover utility vehicle (CUV) is a joint project of GE Plastics and Hyundai to demonstrate the design freedom and practicality of using plastics in components traditionally manufactured from metal, glass, and thermosets. It features GE's advanced technologies in five key areas: the Elastic Front*, exterior, interior, lighting systems, and underhood.

Among the benefits of the GE Plastics materials are a weight reduction of up to 60 kg that can offer an average fuel savings of up to 80 litres/year; improved pedestrian safety; and the ability to create complex, 3D shapes.


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SEOUL - April 5, 2007: Kia Motors Corporation is staging the world premiere of its all-new KND-4 concept car today (Thursday) at the Seoul International Motor Show. Designed to reassert Kia's credentials as a leading brand in the 4x4 and RV vehicle sectors, the new SUV concept car projects a dynamic, powerful character and exudes a strong sense of individuality. Although clearly a 'concept car,' the Luminous Green, three-door, 4466mm-long KND-4 gives a bold hint at how future Kia compact SUV models might look.



This is the first Kia vehicle to demonstrate the company's renewed passion for 'Designology' (Design & Technology) - its ongoing commitment to making automobiles that are both more stylish and technologically advanced.

"The KND-4 is an exciting vehicle which showcases Kia's increasingly sophisticated styling and advanced technologies that will give our future products an even stronger and more distinctive road presence," commented Mr Yong-Hwan Kim, Senior Executive Vice President and COO of Kia Motors Corporation. "Over time, elements of this concept SUV will evolve into our next-generation lineup, ensuring the continued global popularity of our already competitive 4x4 models."



The exterior styling of KND-4 is designed to appeal to consumers who crave freedom and an active lifestyle, while removing the traditional boundaries between urban and rural vehicles to create an SUV that looks great in any location. The sleek, rounded nose features LED headlights, while flared wheelarches wrap around large diameter 20-inch wheels and 245/40 R20 low-profile tyres, which appear to bulge out of the vehicle's form.


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Reanult Samsung;s new SUVQMX, the all new concept SUV KNO-4 from Kia Motors,
GM Daewoo's roadster G2X, Hyundai Moters Concept car HCD-10


Seoul Motor Show 2007
will kick off on April 6th for a 10-day run at the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) in Goyang, northwest of Seoul.

The show is the only auto event in South Korea recognized by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles (OICA), which oversees major auto shows worldwide. Sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy, the country’s only auto event recognized by the International Organization for Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) is looking to draw about one million visitors. Organizers said motorists can get a grasp of the latest industry trends through the show themed ``Creation of the Imagination _ A New World is Coming!’’ which will see 17 concept cars _ 12 from domestic and five from foreign companies _ with a total of seven eco-friendly models.

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