GENEVA ā Kia Motors Corp. provides early details of three concept versions of its Soul cross/utility vehicle, as well as green concepts of its Ceeād compact models, all debuting tomorrow at the Geneva auto show here.
The production-version Soul will go on sale in Korea in the yearās fourth quarter and in Europe in early 2009, a spokesman tells Wardās
Kia says the Soul Diva, Burner and Searcher are three āfunā concepts created at its European design studio to showcase how buyers will be able to modify their vehicles.
The Soul Diva variant is aimed at young women who have a passion for fashion and see their car as an āaccessory,ā Kia says. The lounge-like interior is done in black, white and gold. Glossy black imitation leather seats resemble sofas, while the floor is covered in long-pile, āpony-hideā carpet.
Kia characterizes the Soul Burner as the ābad boyā of the three concepts, featuring glossy black dragon tattoos on the satin black exterior. The outer edges of the front bumpers wear L-shaped light-emitting diodes, while the rear bumper has vertical exhaust pipes.
The third Soul concept is meant to convey a relaxing feeling, Kia says of the Soul Searcher, which āsets out to capture the spirit of Korean and Far Eastern culture with a focus on achieving personal inner peace and creating a calm cocoon for the occupants.ā
Unlike the loud interiors of the other Soul concepts, the Searcher has muted interior colors, with gray-beige felt covering the floor and seats, Kia says. A lived-in-leather look is present inside and out and includes the folding roof, dashboard, door panels and steering-wheel rim.
Kia also will feature two Eco_Ceeād concepts in Geneva it calls āgreen performanceā models. One is based on the production 5-door Ceeād and the other on the production Pro_Ceeād model.
āNumerous small but significant modificationsā will improve fuel economy and reduce carbon-dioxide emissions, as much as 17% for the Pro_Ceeād, the auto maker says.
Kia has said the technologies used to achieve the emissions gains will make their way to production Ceeāds beginning in December 2008.