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Old 01-08-2007, 07:18 PM
adu1 adu1 is offline
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Oh dear, not another one of these. Hey let's do a sports coupe! No, let's do a 4x4! I've got it, let's do both at once!

I wonder if these things would ever even sell. Everybody's done a concept; nobody's tried to market one.

Isn't that (kind of) what Isuzu tried to do with the Vehi-Cross? Which, as far as I can tell, was an utter failure. Seems like people don't want a vehicle that strays too far from the herd...

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Old 01-08-2007, 10:38 PM
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Let's be fair here, not only was Isuzu ahead of the curve by about 10 years when they first premiered the concept, they weren't the company to pull it off. The VehiCross was too good for its own good and no one steps or stepped foot in an Isuzu dealer to find a luxury sport coupe crossover. Wrong time, wrong company. If Infiniti marketed a SWB 2-door FX it would sell like hotcakes. Period.

The Jeep Compass was on the right track (in concept form). The problem is not the idea... it's the coupe market in general. It doesn't sell well. It's fickle, it runs hot and cold. Today's hottie is tomorrow's old news. It's cheaper for a company to retool an existing sedan into a coupe than to build a dedicated name, image and niche. The perfect opportunity can only come about when an existing platform can be retooled... maybe the next gen Sportage, maybe a car based SUV coupe a la Rondo (which is based on the Optima). It's a niche market. It's all about the profit margins. It will only come from a profitable company that's for sure. I just don't see it happening. I rue the day the Audi Steppenwolf wasn't green-lighted.

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Old 01-09-2007, 07:46 PM
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Not all concept vehicles are intended for the showroom. Surely you know this.
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Old 01-10-2007, 08:56 AM
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It's more a showcase for the new Tau powerplant than anything significant design-wise other than some basic elements.
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Old 01-10-2007, 01:55 PM
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It's basically to 'cue' us with some future design cues that will find its home on future Kia vehicles. Also, it's a preview of what Peter Schreyer has got in his hands. The engine can also fit there but we already have seen the powertrain on the HCD-9 Talus Concept.
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Old 01-10-2007, 05:39 PM
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i like it, its good for a kia. but i dont like the doors seems everyones putting them into their concepts now
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Old 01-19-2007, 08:58 AM
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I love it! If this car was badged differently it would get a lot more attention. Sweet!
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Old 01-19-2007, 10:06 AM
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Old 01-20-2007, 01:51 AM
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Wow... KIA is definately one to watch. Everything they've been releasing has been setting the bar higher for them. Power to surprise...

I can't wait to see these styling cues trickle down into production models.

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Old 01-20-2007, 08:30 AM
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the similiarity on the side and roofline to the Hyundai HCD-whatever / hellion is interesting. This could be a reskin of the Sportage/Tucson in the future.
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