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Old 03-04-2013, 12:31 PM   #1
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Kia has introduced the Provo concept, after several photos surfaced the Internet last weekend.
The Asian automaker is previewing an upcoming B-segment vehicle with the Provo concept. This is a compact car measuring 3.88 meters long, 1.77 meters wide and 1.35 meters tall, with a 2.53 meters wheelbase. Its styling is the result of a Frankfurt-based team led by Gregory Guillaume.
It boasts a wraparound windscreen, frameless doors, 19-inch milled aluminum wheels and special bumper inserts. Designers said they took their inspiration from cars like the Fiat 500 Abarth, Innocenti Mini De Tomaso and the Alfa GT Junior. The interior cabin shows an aluminum mount holding the starter button and transmission selector, while the climate controls and instruments are available on LCD screens.
Under the bonnet is the same engine which powers the GT versions of the cee'd and pro_cee'd, a 1.6-liter Turbo GDi with 204 HP (150 kW), working together with an electric motor powering the rear wheels and providing an additional 45 HP (33 kW). The engine is connected to Kia's first 7-speed DCT transmission.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:46 PM   #2
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That's the kind of concept I like to see. Push the envelope, make it look really expensive, knowing that you can do all of that in a relatively inexpensive vehicle.

I like it. Just not the wheels.

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Old 03-04-2013, 05:24 PM   #3
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^ agreed, seeing new design features like the seats incorporated into the center console is kinda cool and refreshing, even if it doesn't make it. The swivel lever for gears is quirky too, and the air vents are straight outta the new P1.
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:28 PM   #4
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Not to mention one key thing. The interior is so minimalist. I love it. I just wish more cars would take this route. I often have fun dreams about stripping my wrx interior down. Pulling the center counsel out along with my broken glove box. STUPID flimsy knobs that once held my glove box closed broke from the two pound weight protecting passengers kneese.

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Old 03-04-2013, 08:31 PM   #5
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P.S. Stick shifts and safety belts.... bucket seats have all got to go.... When I'm driving in my car and It makes my baby seems oh so far. I need you hear with me not way over there in a bucket seat...

I know its not a bench but it got me wanting to listen to some cake for some grand reason.

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Old 03-04-2013, 10:35 PM   #6
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For such a dynamic and interesting design, the name "Provo" for this car is somewhat ironic to my ears (as I associate it with Provo, Utah = bland and boring).
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:51 PM   #7
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Tone it down for production, and I like it. Great interior, even without the quilted leather. Reminds me of Subaru's B5-TPH concept, but with style.
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:01 AM   #8
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:56 AM   #9
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For such a dynamic and interesting design, the name "Provo" for this car is somewhat ironic to my ears (as I associate it with Provo, Utah = bland and boring).
Really?

When I hear the word "Provo" first thing I think of is provolone cheese... Which is actually quite fitting for this cheesy mini coupe rip off... Contrast colored roof and all... Can't believe anyone is into this unoriginal garbage


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Old 03-05-2013, 10:56 AM   #10
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Really?

When I hear the word "Provo" first thing I think of is provolone cheese... Which is actually quite fitting for this cheesy mini coupe rip off... Contrast colored roof and all... Can't believe anyone is into this unoriginal garbage
Because no manufacturer has similar market segment vehicles...
And mini's are so reliable...

Apparently there can only be one quirky car maker, and it has to be a ****ty one. The mini is good bang per buck performance and amenity wise, but it has the same problem of all cheap german cars, although VAG has been improving whereas mini has not in that department.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:26 AM   #11
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Really?

When I hear the word "Provo" first thing I think of is provolone cheese... Which is actually quite fitting for this cheesy mini coupe rip off... Contrast colored roof and all... Can't believe anyone is into this unoriginal garbage

because itīs ugly?

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Well thats quite nice. Hey Nissan - here is your inspiration for the next Juke refresh.
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:33 PM   #13
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Provo?

Hint: change the name, Kia
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:37 PM   #14
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I like it except I wish the seats were separated. Looks like fancy bench seat.
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:48 PM   #15
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because itīs ugly?

Yeah they are both ugly as sin... As to why anyone would want to copy the mini coupe is beyond me... There's plenty more better looking cars out there to rip off if you're a lazy auto designer...
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I like it except I wish the seats were separated. Looks like fancy bench seat.
I thought the same thing....

Reminded me of the song by cake

Stickshifts and safety belts
Bucket seats have all got to go
When we're driving, in the car
It makes my baby seem so far
I need you here with me
Not way over in a bucket seat
I need you to be here with me
Not way over in a bucket seat...

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Old 03-05-2013, 07:50 PM   #17
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The rear end of the mini is the backside of a car that only a mother could love....

For the longest i thought it looked great in pics... Then i saw one in person several times and thought yikes.

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Old 03-07-2013, 10:45 AM   #18
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For such a dynamic and interesting design, the name "Provo" for this car is somewhat ironic to my ears (as I associate it with Provo, Utah = bland and boring).
Right you are, it will only come in white.
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Kia and hyundai are really on a roll. Kudos.
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:58 AM   #20
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Very nice concept.. Release it Kia!
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they will build it and i like it but unfortunately it will be a veloster underneath. :|
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The Provo concept is nice, but I think I still like the Kia GT concept more.



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Old 03-17-2013, 12:55 AM   #23
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Since 53 is bringing up wishes. I'll toss my hat in. I still prefer the trackster to the provo. Then again KiA has made designs i liked the veloster. But they just suck when it comes to making the car drive like an old school Honda with double wishes.

Why can't KiA just higher Lotus to help them out.



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Old 03-17-2013, 07:10 AM   #24
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Since 53 is bringing up wishes. I'll toss my hat in. I still prefer the trackster to the provo. Then again KiA has made designs i liked the veloster. But they just suck when it comes to making the car drive like an old school Honda with double wishes.

Why can't KiA just higher Lotus to help them out.
Ah yes, the age-old "massive company with ungodly engineering resources can't do something" argument. It's almost a certainty that they could, if they really wanted to. It's way more likely they don't do it due to cost, or they intentionally engineer the car to be the way it is because they think the market demands it. And the market indeed does demand cars that drive like appliances, however vocal our niche enthusiast community is about missing wishbone suspension Hondas.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:17 AM   #25
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I'll just disagree with your opinion.

Hyundai has shown proof that they can make a very good car. But there engineers have yet to show proof that they can dance between the thin line of money and fun.

I my opinion, fun to drive and cheap is an art form, and most companies have shown that they can do it. Hyundai on the other hand, Its just a matter of time before they find the line and cross it.

Then again maybe your right, I just need to wait for Lotus to slap a sticker on their car "tuned by Hyundai" (Couldn't resist...)


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