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Country of origin:South Korea
Produced in:2003
Introduced at:2003 Frankfurt Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionKia Motors' KCV-III is the latest concept vehicle from Korea's oldest and second largest automobile manufacturer. Designed at the Namyang R&D Centre, the research hub the company shares with sister company Hyundai Motor, the KCV-III is a small coupe convertible that showcases the best-of-breed technologies that Kia will be incorporating in its future line-up.

Huge high-definition headlamps extend up the wheel arches and highlight the narrow radiator grille and prominent air dam. The side view is dominated by massive 20-inch wheels, giving the KCV-III a low-slung, racy appearance that is backed up by a four-cylinder inline DOHC engine that displaces 2.0 litres and generates 145 bhp at 6,000 rpm.

The doors are angled down toward the front for a more dynamic look and the slender roofline and A-pillar improves all round visibility. The roof, which folds down at the touch of a button, is composed of three panels of solar control glass.

Headlamps and windscreen wipers are controlled automatically. The headlamps operate through a light sensor mounted at the front of the dash. As external light levels decrease, the headlamps are switched first to side lamps and then to full beam without input from the driver. The windscreen wipers are controlled by another sensor mounted at the top of the windscreen. As water hits the screen it affects the refractive properties of the glass. The difference in refraction is picked up by the sensor, which then automatically switches on the windscreen wipers.

Simplifying driving still further is an advanced adaptive cruise control system. The system allows the driver to set a desired speed and then drive without maintaining pressure on the throttle. The KCV-III incorporates a radar sensor that detects cars in front and activates the brake to regulate the vehicle's speed automatically. When the car in front is passed or moves aside the cruise control system automatically resumes the previously set speed.

Incorporated into the RDS radio is an MP3 player, reflecting the growing popularity of this music format among younger consumers. Access to the vehicle is via a personal key card that contains an integrated circuit that both unlocks the doors and starts the engine.

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