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Kia ex_C'eed concept car

Kia is to excel its future product range with an exciting cabriolet. A concept version, the all-new ex_Cee'd cabrio concept car will be premiered at the Geneva Motor Show.

The styling of the ex_Cee'd cabrio is the work of Peter Schreyer, Kia's new chief design officer, and hints at the future direction Kia vehicles could be taking under his guidance.

Based on the new three-door Cee'd hatchback, due to go into production at the Zilina factory in Slovakia from December, the ex_Cee'd shares the same platform, but features different exterior panels and a powered folding fabric roof.

According to Kia by adopting a fabric roof, the ex_Cee'd "deliberately" goes its own retro way rather than following the trend towards cabrios with folding metal roofs.

Peter Schreyer paid special attention to designing a classic cabrio with a traditional soft-top roof: ?I'm convinced that the fabric roof will have a renaissance. We've all lived with the romantic idea of open-air driving for a long time and for me, the fabric roof is the quintessential element of a truly rewarding cabrio.?

With its slight wedge shape profile, muscular wings over 19-inch alloy wheels, and aggressive nose with dynamic front styling, the ex_Cee'd has instantly found a form that stands out from the cabrio crowd.


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