Kia goes for elec­tro-POP city run­about

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THE first Kia elec­tronic con­cept is about to go live. The POP tart is be­ing re­vealed at the Paris Mo­tor Show in Septem­ber — but Kia can­not re­sist an early tease.

It has re­leased pic­tures which show a fu­tur­is­tic, rounded lit­tle city run­about. But the POP is more than just a teaser — Kia chief Hank Lee re­cently re­vealed to cars­Guide that his com­pany in­tends to have a plug-in elec­tric car on sale in South Korea in­side 18 months.

So the POP could eas­ily be built over the bat­tery pow­er­plant in­tended for the pro­duc­tion. Kia is not re­veal­ing any de­tail on the Paris car, be­yond its 3m size, a three-seater cabin and its zero-emis­sion driv­e­train. But it was de­signed at Kia’s de­sign cen­tre at Rus­selsheim, Ger­many.

Kevin Hepworth, spokesman for Kia in Aus­tralia, says: ‘‘It looks like a bit of old-fash­ioned mo­tor show fun.’’

Early glimpse: the three-seater Kia POP that will be soon be un­veiled in Paris.

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