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Kia Debuts KOUP Concept At New York Auto Show


Stylish and practical interior design makes KOUP a true driver’s car.


On March 20, 2008, Kia Motors Corporation today debuted the KOUP concept car – combining youthful exuberance with a sporty and sleek two-door coupe design – at the 2008 New York International Auto Show.




Illustrating the shape and evolution of future Kia vehicles, the simple yet bold and aggressive KOUP exterior is complemented by its realistic, practical and sleek 4-seater interior design. Originating from the Kia Motors America Design Centre in Irvine, California, the KOUP concept demonstrates Kia’s ‘Power to Surprise’ with its balanced proportions and fluid design set to evoke an emotional driving experience.



“The Kia KOUP concept represents the future of the Kia brand and its dynamic vehicles that embody our core philosophies,” said Tom Kearns, chief designer of Kia Motors America .  “Kia designs cars to appeal to the emotional side of driving enthusiasts who seek adventure and want to take a leap into the future with stylish looks and advanced technology, and the KOUP effectively delivers that strong appeal.”



At first glance, the exterior seems balanced and the interior is driver oriented. Powered by a commanding 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged engine will definitely surprise with its power and will snap you out of reality. The KOUP concept features all of the standard safety features including six standard airbags, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), plus Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). The large 245/40 ZR19 tyres complete the KOUP’s impressive chassis and running gear package.