Kia Proceed Concept Debut

Proceed

 

From: Kia Global Media Center
https://www.kianewscenter.com/News/world-debut-for-kia-proceed-concept-in-frankfurt/s/2bf413f0-ba38-4335-811b-6b881c957bcd
 

Kia Motors has unveiled the Proceed Concept today at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show. Making its world debut in Frankfurt, and designed at Kia’s European design centre just 500 metres away from the Kia stand, the Proceed Concept indicates what the next-generation cee’d could look like.

 

Gregory Guillaume, Chief Designer Europe for Kia Motors, commented: “The Proceed Concept is our bold and engaging vision for a potential member of the next generation cee’d family. Embodying the spirit and athleticism of the current pro_cee’d, the Proceed Concept is an extended hot hatch that encapsulates Kia’s performance spirit. It’s an ambassador of all our emotion, our passions and our dynamic values. It’s the pro_cee’d reborn, more beautiful than ever before.

 

“The pro_cee’d has always been Kia’s performance halo model in the cee’d family. Since its debut in 2008 it has embodied all our driving passion, and the model that succeeded it in 2012 extended this dynamic lineage. However, with many European drivers seeking alternatives to the traditional three-door hot hatch, we began thinking about a new halo model.

 

“The extended hot hatch you see here could be an alternative for us. It’s a third body type – one that retains the athleticism of the pro_cee’d, but reworked and reimagined to combine a striking new visual presence with a dash of real-world versatility. The Proceed Concept is our vision of how the vibrant spirit of the pro_cee’d could be reincarnated and revitalised for a new generation of drivers,” continues Guillaume.

 

Exterior design: imposing proportions and compact proportions

 

Low, lean and lithe, the five-door Proceed concept marries its imposing proportions with a compact footprint that hints at its outright agility. The silhouette of the car is complemented by a series of distinctive design cues. The highlight line that frames the glasshouse extends to the rear tailgate, enhancing the car’s dynamic proportions. Together with the glass roof, the acutely angled ‘Sharkblade’, complete with GT logo, reinforces its lack of B-pillars. This in turn emphasises the dramatic roofline as its flows in to the rear shoulders. Lateral strakes further exaggerate the Proceed Concept’s slim waistline, and lend an air of muscularity to the rear of the car.

 

Daytime running lights have become a key element in a car’s identity, helping other drivers easily identify Kia models, by day and night. However, in low light conditions, cars viewed from the side often lack bold design cues. The Proceed Concept uses light to highlight its fastback shape. Guillaume comments: “This inspired us to take a step further and develop what we call the ‘Luminline’ – an illuminated outline of the Proceed concept’s glasshouse that greets drivers as they approach the car. This serves as a powerful nocturnal visual identifier when the car is on the move.”

 

Further tactile and visual highlights include atmospherically backlit headlamps in red, stacked rear air vents, and large six-spoke, 20-inch alloy wheels with central locking nut. The rippled surface of its rear light strip is inspired by molten ferromagnetic metal.

 

Its stance and proportions may be new, but the Proceed Concept features many of Kia’s now familiar design motifs. The iconic ‘tiger nose’ grille, the sculpted ‘island’ bonnet inspired by the Stinger, the castellated windscreen, the full-length roof glazing, and Kia’s inimitable mix of curvaceous sheetmetal and taut creases. Each element singles out the Proceed Concept as a truly modern Kia.

 

The Proceed Concept’s body, including the low-mounted ‘Wingcams’, is coated in unique Lava Red paintwork. The result of a highly complex, week-long paintshop process, Lava Red combines 19 hand-applied layers of black, chrome-effect silver and red tinted lacquer for a glossy and lustrous paint finish. Incredibly sensitive to changing light conditions, its depth and metallic sheen further enhances the Proceed Concept’s contours and curves.

 

Interior design: inspired by bespoke tailoring and haute couture

 

“Colour and trim played a key role in the development of the car, and our discussions on the look and feel of the Proceed Concept’s cabin took place at the same time as our talks on exterior form. The two dovetailed together perfectly, which is not always the case,” explains Guillaume.

 

“Inspired by the world of bespoke tailoring and haute couture, we decided on a truly unique cabin environment enriched with materials used in innovative and unconventional ways – methods that might be familiar to fashion houses, but not in the automotive arena.”

 

The seats are wrapped in more than 100 metres of black elastane fabric, cut, trimmed and tailored by hand to create rippled and ruched upholstery, producing a striking contrast with the sleek and shiny instrument panel.

 

The Lava Red bodywork creates a bold visual link between the Proceed Concept’s exterior design and its interior. Inspired by the visceral power and drama of an erupting volcano, the cabin’s striking colour palette combines fiery reds higher up with charcoal greys and velvet blacks further below. Finished in the same Lava Red as the bodywork, both the dashboard and steering column create the impression of the bonnet flowing into the cabin. The door linings are covered in glossy hand-painted fabric, graduating from solid black near the window line through to reflective red in the footwells.

 

The instrument and horizontal infotainment panels illustrate three intuitive, colour-coded driving modes – Lava Red for ‘GT’ mode, Forest Green for ‘Eco’ mode, and Ghost White for ‘Autonomous’ mode.

 

The four individual, interlinked seats feature a contoured welcoming wave – a hat-tip to the Kia Provo concept, unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The split backrests of the seats are held in place by metal exoskeletons to reinforce a sense of structural strength and material lightness.

 

The concept of combining lightness and strength is carried through to the minimalist and intelligently configured floating centre console. This clean and ergonomically-designed unit houses the Proceed Concept’s aluminium controls, which draw inspiration from the haptic, machined actions of top-end audio controls. The uncluttered console is itself supported by a visible carbon fibre spine that runs the full length of the car’s interior.

 

The Proceed Concept is a car that unashamedly appeals to the heart of the driver. While Kia embraces the future, it also knows how important it is to treasure the past. Performance cars are all about indulging the senses, and smell is the most powerful sense humans have for evoking memories. Guillaume and his team has recreated the ‘Memory Bank’ for the Proceed Concept – a flush-mounted shelf housed within the dashboard, containing a trio of evocative aromas.

 

“Each of these three engraved flacons contains a scent synonymous with power, passion and performance; aromas that any petrolhead will instantly recognise,” describes Guillaume. “There’s the warm musky smell of aged leather, the oily fragrance of a garage that’s home to a classic car, and the tang of high-octane motorsport fuel. This is about automotive passion and the love of car culture.”

 

“The idea behind the Proceed Concept is the same idea that’s behind all of our concept cars – it’s to challenge people’s perceptions of Kia and start conversations around what is and what could be,” says Guillaume. “Because that is what Kia’s power to surprise is all about.”

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GM First To Test Self Driving Cars In NYC

Chevrolet Self Driving Car New York City

From: General Motors Will Be First Automaker To Test Self-Driving Cars In New York City
http://gmauthority.com/blog/2017/10/general-motors-will-be-first-automaker-to-test-self-driving-cars-in-new-york-city

 

General Motors is, arguably, one of the most aggressive companies working towards a fully self-driving car. To assert its position, GM will be the first automaker to test self-driving cars in New York City, reports The Wall Street Journal.

No company has taken to New York City with self-driving dreams in mind, but GM is determined to send a fleet of autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EVs to Manhatten next year, via Cruise Automation. Cruise engineers are currently mapping out the area where the cars will undergo testing. For GM as a whole, New York City presents a very different challenge than current test areas.

Companies perform most self-driving car tests on the West coast, specifically in California and Arizona. There, the sun shines more often than not, and winter doesn’t include snow. On the East coast, it’s a very different story, and more traffic and congestion will offer fresh challenges to GM’s self-driving car software.

Cruise Automation CEO Kyle Vogt said New York City will “improve our software at a much faster rate.” “Anyone else who’s driven in New York knows that it’s going to present some unique challenges,” he added.

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Kia Soul Turbo & The Kia Hamsters

From: Kia Motors America on YouTube

A new Soul has been introduced to the world. But the 2017 Kia Soul Turbo is not an ordinary Soul. It’s a turbo Soul. 201 horsepower. Born for speed. Watch what happens as our newborn hamster escapes a hospital nursery with the entire medical staff on its tail, chasing in hot pursuit.

 

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Racing from Vegas to Reno in a Colorado ZR2

ZR2 Vegas To Reno

 

Mostly stock Chevy Colorado ZR2 will do Vegas to Reno with Hall Racing
From: https://www.autoblog.com/2017/08/18/chevy-colorado-zr2-mostly-stock-vegas-to-reno-race-hall-racing
By: Joel Stocksdale

 

Desert racing seems to now be the industry standard for proving the capability of an off-road oriented pickup truck. Both Ford and Toyota have taken their full-size trucks, the F-150 Raptor and Tundra TRD Pro, down to Baja to show their skills. Now Chevroletfollows in their footsteps with the Colorado ZR2. Hall Racing has built a Colorado ZR2 to race in the Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race. It’s not Baja, but it is the longest desert race in the United States at 550 miles.

This Colorado ZR2 isn’t much different from a stock model either, which is great from a marketing position, and necessary to run in the 7300 class at the race. The class is specifically for stock trucks and SUVs. There are some modifications, but they’re mostly related to safety and long-distance driving. The interior sees the addition of a roll cage, racing seats, racing harnesses, radios and a GPS system. Outside, off-road lights, spare tires and a 44-gallon fuel tank are the only major changes.

Otherwise, it features the stock V6 engine, eight-speed automatic, front and rear locking differentials, and even stock wheels. It also features Multimatic spool valve shocks, just like the stock model, but Chevy says they’ve been tweaked in some unnamed way. Chevy also says that there are some parts on here being tested that might be offered in the Chevrolet Performance catalog in the future.

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Kia Forte: A Leader In Compact Sedan Class

2017 Forte Sedan


From: http://www.kiamedia.com/us/en/media/pressreleases/12724/2017-kia-forte-earns-top-safety-pick-plus-rating-from-insurance-institute-for-highway-safety

Award Cements Forte as a Leader in the Compact Sedan Segment

  • Forte earned “Good” rating in IIHS small overlap test and met all other crashworthiness requirements
  • Compact sedan received “Good” rating for headlights with HID Dynamic Bending Light

IRVINE, Calif., July 20, 2017 —The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded its best rating possible, Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+), to the 2017 Kia Forte built after March 2017 when equipped with optional front crash prevention and high intensity discharge (HID) headlights with Dynamic Bending Light. This top safety award came right on the heels of the Forte being named highest-rated compact car in the 2017 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS), which measures consumer satisfaction and the least number of issues in the first 90 days of ownership.1

“Kia Forte is one of our most popular and best-selling vehicles,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, Product Planning KMA. “The new distinction of TSP+ rating from the highly-respected IIHS reconfirms the high priority we place on safety for our customers and why Forte remains a favorite in the compact sedan class.”

To qualify for TSP+, the IIHS testing parameters require each vehicle to earn “good” ratings in five crashworthiness tests – small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength and head restraints – as well as an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention and an “acceptable” or “good” rating in headlight testing.

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Sale Of Chevrolet Bolt EV Is Ahead Of Schedule

Chevrolet Bolt Electric Vehicle

Chevy Bolt EV goes on sale nationally a month early
From: http://www.autoblog.com/2017/06/09/chevy-bolt-ev-national-sales/#slide-3764447
By: Joel Stocksdale
 

Chevrolet has been slowly rolling out the Bolt EV to more states ever since the car’s introduction last December. Originally, the Bolt was supposed to go on sale in all 50 states as of September 2017, but General Motors has moved up its plans. GM representative Fred Ligouri confirmed recent reports that the Bolt EV will be released nationally in August. He also mentioned that cars will be delivered to an additional five states at the end of this month for a total of 21 states since the December launch.

For a car that has only been available in less than half of the United States, the Bolt EV has been selling pretty well, at least compared with Chevy’s other plug-in – the Volt hybrid. From January 2017 to May 2017, the Bolt EV has sold 5,950 units. The Volt, which is available everywhere, has sold 9,187 units in the same time frame. Expanding the Bolt EV’s availability will likely improve the car’s sales substantially.

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VanDevere Buick: Mark Of Excellence Award 2016

VanDevere Buick has been awarded the “Mark Of Excellence Award” for 2016.

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General Motors recognizes dealers every year that are committed to excellence with the “Mark Of Excellence” award. This symbolizes the very pinnacle of success!! The award represents the highest honors in the industry indicating that VanDevere truly is one of the “Best of the Best.”

 

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Watch Out 2018, The Buick Regal Hatchback & Wagon Is Coming

2018-buick-regal-tourx
From: http://www.autoblog.com/2017/04/04/2018-buick-regal-hatchback-wagon/
The 2018 Buick Regal is now a hatchback and a wagon
By Greg Migliore
 

Buick has long been General Motors’ most traditional brand. With the launch of the 2018 Regal, it’s now arguably GM’s most risk-taking brand. Buick is turning its midsize staple into a hatchback, called the Regal Sportback, and a wagon, the Regal TourX. Revealed Tuesday afternoon at GM’s historic Design Dome in Warren, Mich., the cars will go on sale in the fall after next week’s public debut at the New York Auto Show.

“At Buick we can try things other people haven’t tried,” GM product chief Mark Reuss said.

The wagon – though Reuss was reluctant to call it one – is a longer (3.4 inches), higher-riding (0.6 inches) version of the Regal Sportback. It’s the first Buick wagon since the 1990s Roadmaster, and it’s aimed at the seemingly never-satiated crossover market in the United States.

The TourX will compete against the Volvo XC60 Cross Country, Audi A4 Allroad, Subaru Outback, and BMW 3 Series wagon. The Buick offers up 73.5 cubic feet of storage space behind the front seats and is all-wheel drive only. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 250 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque that teams with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

“It’s something that is very different and very beautiful, and it’s a good alternative for Buick to try,” Reuss said.

The Sportback, meanwhile, offers the same four-cylinder and eight-speed trans as the TourX in AWD trim. The Sportback also offers a front-wheel-drive model that uses a four-cylinder paired with a nine-speed automatic, and the engine is rated at 250 hp and 260 lb-ft in that setup. With swoopy creased styling, the Regal Sportback offers a slightly different riff on the crowded sedan segment, which GM says still has three million annual retail sales. On a side note, Saab fans might feel some old wounds at the sight of the hatchback Buick, as the 5-door 9-3 was axed by GM in an attempt to make the model more mainstream before the brand’s demise.

Both models will offer front pedestrian braking, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, OnStar and seven-inch or eight-inch touchscreens with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

As expected, the Regals are based on the Opel Insignia, and they will be built in Ruesselsheim, Germany. Reuss said GM plans to build the Regals there after the company sells Opel to PSA. He also said GM isn’t concerned about potential border/import taxes that could be levied by the Trump Administration.

“I don’t know what the border tax is,” he said. “I don’t know what countries it’s [potentially] implemented on,” he said after the unveiling.

Buick sold 19,833 Regal models last year, trailing the Verano and Lacrosse. All three of Buick’s SUVs outsell the brand’s cars, reflecting the industry shift toward higher crossover sales.

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