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Kia Niro EV Concept Plugs Into CES 9
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in CES, concepts, Electric Vehicles, HMI, Kia, Kia Concepts, Kia Niro on 01 9th, 2018


The Consumer Electronics Show continues as Kia has unveiled the new Niro EV concept.

Designed to represent the company’s next step in its “ongoing journey to electrification,” the Niro EV concept was created by the company’s design studio in South Korea and it features a more stylish appearance than the production model.

The styling changes are pretty noticeable and one of the biggest modifications is the elimination of the grille which is no longer required for engine cooling. It has been replaced by an interactive display panel which can show various messages such as “Hello, CES.” Designers also installed new headlights, a sportier front bumper, and a redesigned rear end with “clean and sharp trailing edges allowing air to flow more easily off the back of the car.”

The unique styling carries over to the cabin as the interior has a “pure, minimalist, and digital appearance.” Drivers sit behind a unique steering wheel which has been equipped with sensors that allow people to making swiping gestures along a perforated leather area at the base of the wheel. Kia says the sensor allows drivers to switch between music tracks, turn up the volume, and adjust the climate control system.

Elsewhere, the concept has a digital instrument cluster, an infotainment system, and a unique shifter. Another notable feature is the concept’s Human Machine Interface (HMI) which allows drivers to “log-in” using facial and voice recognition technology. When the system recognizes a driver, it will automatically adjust the vehicle’s settings to their presets.

On the performance front, the crossover is powered by an electric powertrain that consists of a 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery and a 201 hp (150 kW) electric motor. Kia says this will enable the Niro to have a range of approximately 238 miles (383 km).

Kia is already working on a production variant and the automaker revealed plans to offer a total of 16 electrified vehicles by 2025. Kia Vice Chairman and R&D Center boss Dr. Woong-chul Yang said this figure includes “five new hybrids and plug-in hybrids, five new battery EVs, and an all-new mass market FCEV” which will be launched in 2020.

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Kia Niro EV Concept Plugs Into CES 9
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in CES, concepts, Electric Vehicles, HMI, Kia, Kia Concepts, Kia Niro on 01 9th, 2018


The Consumer Electronics Show continues as Kia has unveiled the new Niro EV concept.

Designed to represent the company’s next step in its “ongoing journey to electrification,” the Niro EV concept was created by the company’s design studio in South Korea and it features a more stylish appearance than the production model.

The styling changes are pretty noticeable and one of the biggest modifications is the elimination of the grille which is no longer required for engine cooling. It has been replaced by an interactive display panel which can show various messages such as “Hello, CES.” Designers also installed new headlights, a sportier front bumper, and a redesigned rear end with “clean and sharp trailing edges allowing air to flow more easily off the back of the car.”

The unique styling carries over to the cabin as the interior has a “pure, minimalist, and digital appearance.” Drivers sit behind a unique steering wheel which has been equipped with sensors that allow people to making swiping gestures along a perforated leather area at the base of the wheel. Kia says the sensor allows drivers to switch between music tracks, turn up the volume, and adjust the climate control system.

Elsewhere, the concept has a digital instrument cluster, an infotainment system, and a unique shifter. Another notable feature is the concept’s Human Machine Interface (HMI) which allows drivers to “log-in” using facial and voice recognition technology. When the system recognizes a driver, it will automatically adjust the vehicle’s settings to their presets.

On the performance front, the crossover is powered by an electric powertrain that consists of a 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery and a 201 hp (150 kW) electric motor. Kia says this will enable the Niro to have a range of approximately 238 miles (383 km).

Kia is already working on a production variant and the automaker revealed plans to offer a total of 16 electrified vehicles by 2025. Kia Vice Chairman and R&D Center boss Dr. Woong-chul Yang said this figure includes “five new hybrids and plug-in hybrids, five new battery EVs, and an all-new mass market FCEV” which will be launched in 2020.

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Kia Niro EV Coming To CES 2018 In Concept Form 4
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in CES, concepts, Electric Vehicles, HMI, Kia, Kia Concepts, Kia Niro on 01 4th, 2018


Kia is previewing the Niro EV with a new concept car that will make its world debut in Las Vegas, on January 8, during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The automaker wasn’t keen on releasing any details about it so far, except that it has “a highly efficient battery-electric powertrain“, “features a never-seen-before human-machine interface (HMI)”, and has “an advanced new ‘motion graphic’ lighting system”.

However, from previous scoops and reports, we know that it will likely make use of the same zero-emission powertrain that’s found on the Hyundai Ioniq Electric.

In the latter, the electric motor is good for 118hp (120PS) and 218lb-ft (296Nm) of torque, and it’s backed up by a 28kWh battery that allows it to cover a range of 124 miles (199km), as per EPA.

On the visual front, the new Kia Niro EV features a slightly updated front end, with a revised grille that incorporates the charging port, repositioned fog lamps, and probably a tweaked bumper. Other noticeable features include a set of Y-shaped LED lights on both ends, along with the illuminated ‘Niro EV‘ lettering incorporated into the rear bumper, which is also new.

The production version of the car is expected to debut later this year.

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Lexus Takes A Closer Look At The SkyJet In Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets 20
Jun
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concept, HMI, LEXUS, Lexus Concept, Lexus Videos, Movie Cars, video on 06 20th, 2017


Lexus is celebrating its involvement in the upcoming movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets by taking a closer look at the SkyJet featured in the film.

Jointly created with director Luc Besson and his design team, the SkyJet is a “single-seat pursuit craft” that features a spindle grille and headlights that draw inspiration from the Lexus LC coupe.

Since the film is set 700 years in the future, the design team had to envision a high-tech interior influenced by Lexus’ research into artificial intelligence and advanced human-machine-interface (HMI) technologies. Lexus says this could involve everything from simple hand gestures to the LF-FC concept’s hologram technology.

Lexus even influenced the SkyJet’s powertrain as it uses hydrogen fuel cell technology which isn’t too far removed from the system in the LF-FC concept.

In a statement, Lexus Chief Engineer said “Technology will constantly advance and many things far in the distant future are impossible to be certain of now, however, at Lexus, we continuously challenge ourselves to imagine them.”

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will hit theaters on July 21st and the film stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, and Clive Owen.

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