It is no secret that technology continues to progress. Our children navigate the world through new and innovative electronics. Glasses are allowing us to view and communicate with each other, watches tell us more than the time of day, and cars are no different.
This year’s concept cars share the not-so-distant future new ideas, designs, technologies, and corporate intentions. Most vehicles are projected to be powered by some form of gas-electric system. By the year 2025 the corporate fuel-economy (CAFÉ) has set the standards for all vehicles to meet 54.5 mpg and at today’s gas prices reaching $4 a gallon, which is not a bad idea. Thanks to technological, scientific and manufacturing advancements materials like carbon fiber, aluminum space frames and other super-lightweight alloy bits which are found in high-end luxury sport sedans are finding their way into more economical vehicles geared toward the everyday driver. Heads-up displays which means the system overlays information directly on objects seen through your windshield is nothing new. However, these displays are becoming fully interactive, customizable, and controllable with nothing but hand signals. Mirrors are being replaced by cameras providing safety for the automotive consumer, and with all of these advancements the Kia Ray concept, a plug-in hybrid sedan concept built on the Forte platform and shown in Chicago, is quoted at 202 mpg.
In 2007 KIA Motors installed a design center equipped with design and modeling studios including the KIA Design Center America in Irvine, California. Through its efforts, KIA Motors has introduced a number of striking concept cars at various international motor shows and the results of the company’s efforts are beginning to show on the streets. The company has gone from a maker of affordable cars that had little to set them apart from vehicles to a company that produces cars that have been highly acclaimed pieces of art.
With an unprecedented 17 consecutive years of market share growth, Kia Motors is the fastest growing automotive brand in America. Thanks to advances in product quality, design and innovative marketing, Kia is also one of the fastest-growing car companies in the world.
KIA is already well known for its Optima, Sorento, Soul, Sportage, Forte, Rio, Sedona, and the most talked about mid-size sedan on the market, the Cadenza.
Now the K900 is about to hit showroom floors near you. The KIA K900 packs exactly what you expect – tons of luxurious amenities, and an optional VIP seating package with reclining, heated and cooled outboard rear seats. Standard leather surfaces are found throughout the cabin, and soft Nappa leather is available in black or white with contrasting stitching. On the technology front, V8 VIP models offer a 12.3-inch full-color TFT display in the instrument panel, with different themes depending on which drive mode is selected. In the center console, standard navigation and UVO telematics are viewed through a 9.2-inch HD screen that’s controlled by a rotary knob and surrounding buttons. Of course, there’s a mountain of active safety features, including front and rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and more. There’s even an around view monitor.
The K900 is a handsome thing, looking sort of like a puffed-up version of the smaller Forte or Cadenza sedans. Up front, V8 models use adaptive LED headlamps (with a total of 16 bulbs), and more LED lighting can be found out back. Attractive 19-inch wheels are found at all four corners, wrapped in 245/45-series rubber up front and 275/40-series tires at the rear.
The performance, style, innovation of all KIA Models can be found at Westside KIA and sales associates can help put you in the right technological KIA that meets you and your family’s needs by calling 281.392.5858. Westside KIA is located at 23005 Katy Freeway in Katy, Texas just outside of Houston.