Brit Liggett

Kia Unveils Boxy New All-Electric Naimo Concept at Seoul Auto Show

by , 03/31/11

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Kia unveiled their latest all-electric concept crossover vehicle, the Naimo — which literally means “square shape” in Korean — at the Seoul Motor Show this week. The sporty car, which features a glass wraparound windshield and suicide doors — we are suckers for suicide doors — is the Korean automaker’s third electric concept car in the past year. Unlike some of their other ideas — like the futuristic Pop concept– this electric car seems more grounded in a commercial reality. Fear not though, this commuter design has some sneaky elements that add interest to this functional four door.

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The Naimo’s Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor is powered by dueling 27kWh lithium-ion polymer batteries and it has a 125 mile per charge range. The car‘s exterior is remarkably smooth and actually has no windshield wipers — it uses air blasts from the engine to clear water from the glass. It features dotted LED lights at the front and rear that offer extra visibility and a bit of futuristic glitz. The company says it can be charged up to 80% in just 25 minutes (a full charge takes 5 1/2 hours).

Kia also uses handcrafted materials on the interior, including floors and doors trimmed in Korean oak. “The uncomplicated overall design is accentuated by a number of striking key details, such as the wraparound windscreen and asymmetric sunroof design, and the front and rear dot-style LED head- and positioning-lamps,” a statement by Kia says. “This juxtaposition of simple and complex is a common trait of many traditional Korean arts and crafts.” We have to say, we’re a little enamored by the Kia Naimo  – pronounced “nee-mo”, like the fish — concept vehicle. Its jaunty real-world style and quirky details have us wondering if this is the Kia EV concept that will become a reality.

Via The Motor Report

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4 Comments

  1. Youngy June 1, 2011 at 10:58 am

    That’s a mold-brekaer. Great thinking!

  2. Dahrann May 31, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Stands back from the keyboard in amazement! Thnkas!

  3. Arry May 31, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    You’ve hit the ball out the park! Incrdebile!

  4. anothervoice April 1, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Have to admit – this is pretty spot-on. I could be looking at a KIA for my next set of wheels.

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