Kia’s future cars cater for on-road lives
STARTING with cars converted for a Zombie apocalypse, Kia Motors has created a tradition of launching weird and wonderful futuristic vehicles at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (Sema) Show.
This year’s after market customs will, however, appeal to many a Maritzurger on today’s roads. Michael Sprague, chief operating officer and executive vice president of KMA, said this year’s show hints at five self-driving future cars.
The Niro Triathlon is aimed at elite athletes training for or competing in endurance events and has a cabin where the athlete can relax and store sports equipment.
The School of Rock Sedona minivan is a rolling recording studio with everything aspiring musicians crave to record and produce tracks on, while an imposing stack of amps in the tailgate allows hosting an impromptu roadside show.
The Sorento Ski Gondola is aimed at snow and ice, but will work very well over KZN’s mud and potholes.
And for that boring future commute, Kia offers Soul First Class to business travelers and the Telluride Concept seven-seater for families.
The Soul has a revamped front dash, two rear-facing front seats and a 40-inch Samsung LED TV connected to a computer system. The Telluride reveals Kia’s plans to offer a premium SUV positioned above the current hotselling seven-seat Sorento and flies against predictions by the likes of Professor Gordon Murray that future cars will be smaller. — WR.
Kia launched five concept cars at Sema, including a pothole-busting Sorento and a Sedona minivan that has everything aspiring musicians need to record and produce tracks, as well as host a home concert.