Kia’s fu­ture cars cater for on-road lives

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

PHOTO: KIA

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.

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