Haha, the story title made me laugh. I think they can do it though. The pictures look good and other companies are making good looking people carriers, so why not Kia?
World class marquee? Is that where all the clowns hang out under the big top? They ended up finally making the soul look good with that race concept, maybe they can make a van desirable.
I think Kia can make a people mover look good. Kudos for the recent Kia design… Toyota needs to hire decent designers, most of its products look like they where designed by a committee of drab grey suited men.
Reminds me somewhat like an attempt at the Evoque with the lights treatment and the clamshell bonnet…
I really like the KV7 concept. It is exactly what I am looking for now for my family.
I can’t wait to see what he does with the Carnival and the next gen Cerato and Sorento or for that matter how he will improve on the current Sportage and RIO.
I know the badge snobs won’t give a toss but a year on and I still look forward to every drive of my Sportage and people still comment. Schreyer and his design team are definately doing something right.
The big question is why don’t the Japs have designers with this guy’s vision? Money isn’t a problem for toyota I wouldn’t think! Everyone wants cool, but many buyers have to put function first. The current Carnival is proof of that. It’s dull to look at but serves its intended function very well. He’s dead right about combining style and function. KIA’s growth is proof of that!
Imagine how flooded with articles CA would be if they showed design sketches for every upcoming car.
So why do they do it for every Hyundai model? – new i30, Sante Fe, Carnival, Veloster etc……..other car manufacturers would love to get that much free exposure.
Oh wait, John Cadegon – CA editor has secondary employment as a Hyundai Media Adviser….
Incorrect on both accounts, Phil.
Those are not sketches but concept photos from last year. And J.Cadogan has been replaced as editor a good five months ago.
Our relationship with Kia and Hyundai has never been any different than our relationship with any other manufacturer, except that the Koreans embrace the web whilst many (who will go unnamed) still think buyers read the newspaper and the web is a fad.
Well said Alborz
Did Hyundai’s Media Consultant actually leave CA though? According to your employment information, he merely moved into a “newly created position” (how convenient).
Certainly he was observed working for Hyundai AND publishing articles on Hyundai at CA concurrently during his time as ‘official’ editor.
Will you just leave it. You come across as a tosser.
They already sell a lot of Carnivals based on the value, – if they make it look this good, they will have a huge seller.
That Body style makes no sense for a People Mover / MPV. Firstly the Bonnett is to long, these types of the vehicles are best suited to short bonnets to give maximum internal space for room in the Garage. Shorter nose on that shape will make it look like the VW Combi Concept that was floating around a couple of years ago, not bad but very close in design shape (possibly a carry over from Mr Schreyer).
Kia want to make something that will sell globally as a desired vehicle? Want to make it value buying for Queenslanders? Make it a token Hybrid. (like Lexus “H” range) slightly underpowered normal IC engine with an electric assist unit, sell it as a green alternative (though it uses more fuel that the economy models from competitors) and it will be the consciuos buy for families with the aided benefit of being Stamp Duty Exempt…..
I absolutely love my KIA Carnival. use it for people moving and camping and moving feed for the horses. Very adaptable. The only complaint I have is the cost to fix things. Like clutch – take out most of the junk under the bonnet to replace it!!!!! and the cost!!!!! But I would buy another if it was as good.
One thing better would be to be able to fold down the middle seats completely like the third row.