Thursday 31 March 2011

Concept car: Kia Naimo

Kia has revealed the Naimo electric crossover at today's Seoul motor show. Taking its name from the Korean word “Ne-mo”, (pronounced ‘Neh-mo’, meaning ‘square shape’), the Naimo was formed by Kia’s international design team in Seoul.

The concept features a wrap-around windscreen and a asymmetric sunroof, to emphasise the vehicles simple yet modern design. The design team at Kia also used advanced technology to give the Naimo an upmarket feel. For instance, there are no front windscreen wipers because a high-intensity air jet at the base of the windscreen performs as an ‘air wiper’ function. The door mirrors are replaced by cameras integrated into the A-pillars.

Inside, the interior was designed to with hand-crafted materials throughout, like Korean oak used to trim the interior door panels and the entire interior floor and Korean “Han-ji” paper is used for the head lining.

Measuring at 3,890mm in length, the Naimo’s generous wheelbase, width and height (2,647, 1,844 and 1,589mm respectively) guarantee that the cabin provides exceptional head, leg and shoulder room for the occupants. The concept has no B-pillars and features rear-hinged rear doors to increase access to the cabin, and a three-way split opening bootlid allows versatile access to the load bay for varying luggage sizes.

Power comes from a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor with a maximum output of 108bhp (109PS/80kW) and maximum torque of 280Nm (206lb-ft), enables Naimo to reach a top speed of 93mph (150km/h).

A twin-pack 27kWh battery is located under the boot floor and uses innovative Lithium Ion Polymer technology that offers numerous advantages over other battery types. Equipped with this battery, Naimo provides a driving range of 124 miles (200km) on a single charge. To enhance range, the showcar is fitted with special low-drag 20” alloy wheels.

Under the quick recharging cycle (50kW) the Naimo’s battery can be recharged to 80% of its capacity within 25 minutes. Under the normal cycle (3.3 kW), 100% power is attained after five and a half hours.

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