Kia DC Entertainment Justice League Custom Vehicle Unveiling
Kia Motors America (KMA) and DC Entertainment kicked off the 2012 SEMA Show in superhero style with five radical machines inspired by the members of the Justice League: The Flash Forte Koup, Aquaman Rio 5-door, Cyborg Forte 5-door, Green Lantern Soul and the previously unveiled Batman Optima.
Built by West Coast Customs, RIDES and Super Street, each of the vehicles feature custom artwork by legendary comic book artist and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee and are intended to raise awareness for DC Entertainment’s “We Can Be Heroes” giving campaign to help fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.
This footage was reportedly shot during some of sort of demonstration by the Slovakian Police force, but one that did not go exactly as planned – and that’s probably a huge understatement.
In the staged scene, Slovakian cops driving a Kia Cee’d hatchback and a Nissan X-Trail were chasing a criminal in an old Skoda Favorit. They were supposed to stop in an orderly fashion and sprint out to capture the offender, but instead, the X-Trail crashed into the Cee’d!
To their credit, the police officers continued the show as if nothing happened, though, it looks like the driver will have some explaining to do…
Preview: West Coast Customs 2013 Kia Forte Flash-Inspired
For its second vehicle themed after a character from DC Comic’s Justice League, Kia has chosen the fastest human being in the world of superheroes, The Flash, who will be the inspiration for the firm’s modified Forte compact model.
The Scarlet Speedster-themed Forte is the work of West Coast Customs (WCC) and it will make its world premiere at the 2012 SEMA Show, which takes place in Las Vegas from October 30 to November 2.
For the time being, Kia is sharing only a single teaser rendering of the Forte’s hood that sports a custom paint job and what looks like a window to the engine adorned with The Flash’s emblem.
The superhero-themed cars from Kia and DC Comics will benefit DC Entertainment’s “We Can Be Heroes” charity, with the two companies having made plans to launch six more vehicles over the next few months.
The Batman-themed Optima is the first of a series of eight customized Kia cars that will be released over the next 10 months, with each model representing a character from DC’s Justice League.
Kia worked together with DC Entertainment and RIDES magazine to design and manufacture Batman’s Optima that receives a matte- and piano-black paint scheme with yellow accents and LED lights along with a lowered suspension, a ground effects kit, Ksport performance brakes, custom-designed 20-inch black wheels and a performance exhaust system.
Other exterior details worth mentioning is the custom front grille shaped like a batwing and the bat signal etched into the HID headlights.
The Optima’s interior is upgraded with special seating surfaces in black leather and suede with bold yellow accent stitching, while there’s also a Bat suit and cowl awaiting the driver in the trunk.
2013 Kia Picanto City Original Edition (UK Market)
On sale now at a starting price of £10,245 OTR, including metallic paint, the City comes equipped with additional standard features.
Available in Blaze Red or Bright Silver, the City features a signature red grille, 14-inch alloy wheels, chrome door handles, heated door mirrors and front fog lights.
Inside, you will find reversing parking sensors, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather trimmed steering wheel with audio controls, ambient LED lighting and what the Korean carmaker describes as a “Hollywood” style vanity mirror with three-stage illumination sequence. Bluetooth connectivity also comes as standard.
Safety features include Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Hill Assist Control, Cornering Brake Control and six airbags.
The Picanto City is powered by a 1.0-liter petrol engine connected to a five-speed manual gearbox. It produces 99g/km of CO2 and delivers 67.3 mpg UK on the combined cycle, which make it exempt from road tax and the London congestion charge.
The new iteration of the Carens, which in its previous form was marketed worldwide under various nameplates, including the Rondo in the United States and Canada up until its demise in 2010, sports a fresh and far more modern design than the model it replaces.
The Pro_cee’d follows the introduction of the five-door hatchback and the Sportswagon estate and is anticipated to hit European showroom floors in the first half of 2013.
The new model isn’t simply a three-door version of the regular Cee’d as it sports a different design from the A-pillars and back including a more rakish roofline, heavily pronounced rear fenders, together with new lights and tailgate. In addition, there are new fog lamp surrounds and chrome strips that connect the grille to the lights up front.
On the other hand and aside from the differences in space, the interior revisions seem to be limited to the trim décor of the dashboard and door panels.
Bringing Down the House: Official 2013 Kia Soul Hamster Commercial
They’re back. And this time they’ve gone way back in their time-traveling Kia Soul.
That’s right, the hamsters are bringing down the house, only it’s an 18th century opera house. And they’re showing a traditional upper-crust crowd how to party their britches off with Axwell’s remix of “In My Mind” by Ivan Gough, Feenixpawl ft. Georgi Kay. Watch. Share. Repeat.