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Kia Motors to reveal all-electric concept car at CES 2018

Kia Motors to reveal all-electric concept car at CES 2018

Kia has chosen the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to unveil its latest study, the Niro EV Concept. Created by the company's design studio in Korea, the Niro EV Concept is a fully electric SUV with a next-generation powertrain using new production technologies earmarked for near-future EVs from Kia. It is fitted with a 201bhp electric powertrain with power coming from a 64kWh lithium-polymer battery pack.

Kia Motors Corporation has announced its December 2017 global sales figures for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles, recording a total of 226,842 units sold. There's one big and obvious change, though - the lack of a standard grille (there's no need for one in an EV), which has been swapped for an interactive display. This panel is flanked by slim headlights, while the rear gets 3D-effect taillights.

Inside, the cabin has been designed with a pure, minimalist and digital appearance. These include new advanced driver assistance technologies and pioneering HMI functions, as well as the world's first in-car 5G connection.

Another cockpit showcases a feature that allows rear passengers to listen to different music from front passengers, made possible by noise-cancellation technology creating two separate zones in the auto. An array of eight speakers and noise-cancellation technology create two sound zones in the auto, and the technology was developed in-house. Inside the Niro EV features an entirely new minimalistic interior with new technologies.

The Niro also debuts a new pedestrian warning system to counteract its silent propulsion that utilises cameras, object recognition and speakers to sound a warning the individual of the car's presence.

Should the system detect a pedestrian or cyclist crossing in front of the vehicle, the speakers sound an alert targeted specifically at that person, warning them of the car's presence. To assist with the grill in communicating with pedestrians, the Niro EV concept is also equipped with an Active Pedestrian Warning System.

The concept is part of Kia's strategy to offer a total of 16 electrified vehicles by 2025, including a fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) in 2020.

Kia vice-chairman Dr. Woong-chul Yang said: "Kia's connected cars will be both boundless and connected and offer a new kind of mobility experience". It'll go hand in hand with the automaker's plans for connected and autonomous cars, too. It will commercialize Level 4 autonomous vehicles in smart cities starting from 2021 as part of a pilot project.

The automaker will introduce connected auto technologies across every vehicle segment by 2025, and on all models by 2030.


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