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Kia Pop Electric Car Concept

Kia Pop is an all electric concept car that will be presented in September, at the Paris Auto Show. The trend for this show is to highlight electric vehicles which are becoming more and more popular. Earlier this year, at the Chicago Auto Show Kia Ray plug-in hybrid sedan made its debut. Kia Pop, however, is much more innovative in its design.

The car is designed to cater to the city car segment, which is popular especially in Europe, and only measures 118 inches in length. It is longer than Smart For Two but shorter than a Mini Cooper. With a profile similar to Scion iQ profile, its massive windshield stretches so far that it forms a panoramic roof and has a large glass hatchback. The windows are diagonal and pill-shaped. It can seat three persons although it has just a single bench seat. A single seat in the rear is right behind the front passenger. The steering wheel is close to the driver due to an asymmetrical dashboard. With LED lights and a power point at the rear and an interior in purple hues, Kia Pop can easily stand out from the crowd. In the past, Kia cars were more neutral. It would have been difficult to distinguish it from a Japanese car. Kia Pop seems to be fit for a science fiction movie.

Although a production version of this concept car is not likely to be launched, Kia Pop is challenging the conventions and is a design led concept. Its all electric power train might be used for future Kia cars.

Concept cars are prototypes that showcase new concepts, styling or technology. Their presence at motor shows is used to assess customers’ reactions to new and radical designs that may be produced. Concept cars do not go into production as such, the undergo changes that make them practical, safer and cost-effective.

Some concept cars use exotic or expensive materials such as carbon fiber and refined alloys. Others have an odd number of wheels or special abilities that other cars do not possess. However, more traditional concept cars get past the concept stage and are developed into operational vehicles.

Due to rising prices, the future of cars is geared towards fuel efficiency, so electric vehicles are a large segment of the focus of innovative designs. Smaller, environmentally friendly cars are meant to address the problems of traffic congestion. Air pollution, limiting parking space and traffic accidents are problems that pose a growing concern to city car owners. In European cities, people have to travel on the same roads as their medieval ancestors.

City cars are easy to maneuver through city traffic and can easily be parked, mainly because of their size. Pollution is also addressed by designing electric cars with zero emission. However, it is rather early for an industry shift towards electrification. The length to width ratio in city cars offers greater stability. However, very small and light cars can be rather unsafe in a collision.

More Passengers For The Mercedes Benz R Class

Those who find the Mercedes Benz R Class interesting would be even more interested with the newest version of this vehicle that shows off an aura of luxury and prestige. After all, the new one would be able to pack in more passengers in its cabin. The total? A topping six passengers.

Having been in the industry only this year, the Mercedes Benz R Class is fairly a new one. It is manufactured by Daimler Chrysler AG and marketed under the Mercedes Benz class. It is an MPV and yet is also a crossover sport utility vehicle. It comes as a wagon that holds five doors. The BMW X5, Acura MDX, Land Rover LR3, and Cadillac SRX are a few of its competition in the market. It first went to the public as a concept car during the Detroit Auto Show back in the year 2001.

Mercedes Benz has lovingly dubbed this vehicle as the Grand Sports Tourer. And since it is a Mercedes Benz vehicle, it should also cost that much. The base Mercedes Benz R Class R320 CDi would let you shell out $82,900 for a unit and you would have to spend a huge and whopping $122,900 for the top of its range R Class R500L version. Perhaps only the Mercedes Benz spare parts are parts of this vehicle that do not cost that much.

Unlike other vehicles in its class, the Mercedes Benz R Class can seat six people inside. There are three rows of two passengers in the cabin. There are fully adjustable and individual bucket seats inside and these comprise the first and second rows. As per the last row of seats, these actually could fold flat on the floor so much so that you can store in more cargo in any you need to.

But you see, despite the huge price that you would have to pay to own one of these vehicles, you would be, in turn, having a vehicle that holds much equipment. There is a satellite navigation that comes with the vehicle. Alongside with that, there is also the Harman Kardon Logic 7 sound system plus heated leather seats among many other amenities.

The World’s Cheapest Car – The Nano

Ratan Tata. You probably do not recognize the name, but this successful business man from India stared the automobile industry dead in the eyes and could have broken numerous molds that have haunted the industry over the past decades. His automobile, officially named the Nano, is the world’s least expensive car. At roughly $2,500 dollars each it boasts a roughly 33 horsepower engine and a five seat arrangement that isn’t just hard to look at, but also hard to imagine the vehicle can achieve an upwards of 50 miles per gallon. The car was not designed to boast stylish looks or revolutionary technology, but rather the ultimate blend of efficiency to meet the consumer’s needs and wants in India.

India over the past several years has come to have over 300 million individuals in its middle class, roughly the population of the United States. This enormous middle class is looking for some of the same luxuries as those of western countries and they have been for a while. Tata has been crunching numbers ever since the conception of the vehicle and he is currently projecting sales of nearly one million Nanos each year.

What does this mean for India as a whole? Many believe a great deal of problems. India’s road infrastructure is already under enormous pressure and traffic jams in the country make traffic in the United States look minimal. When potentially supplying hundreds of thousands if not millions of the middle class vehicles, it will only place further strain on the system. On more of a global scale, scientists are playing out the worst case scenario of adding even more carbon emissions from a country that normally has kept to itself.

Reports that surfaced around 2005 estimated that Indian vehicles released about 219 million tons of carbon dioxide and with the rise of low-cost vehicles and continued economic expansion, that number is expected to reach at least 1,467 million tons around 2030. Many countries are beginning to worry about the global implications the enormous addition of cars will have, while others are supporting India. Many political leaders are keeping to the sidelines with the notion that India has an enormous population and is clearly becoming an economic power that will do what it wants.

On a different note, several countries, including the United States, are analyzing the effects that this small car will have on the economy of India. The United States has had a small but noticeable movement towards smaller cars using less gasoline; however, even though the Nano would most likely not suit American tastes, especially with the lack of a radio, trunk space, and speed, the smaller footprint and higher efficiency of smaller vehicles has benefits that no nation can look over.

It is up to the new Indian market and the new Nano vehicle to show the world what will happen when low income individuals from a relatively under-developed nation have the means to travel and commute just like that of more developed countries around the world.