Kia reveals the first sketches with the 2012 Picanto

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 8, 2010

The Kia Picanto gets a new look! At the recent Bologna Auto Show, Kia unveiled the so-called "!" design study, which revealed a more dynamic and sculptured version of its best-selling minicar.

Kia also released design sketches of the next-generation Picanto. Kia says the Picanto's fresh look aims to make the car stand out in the crowded minicar segment and "is designed to break the city car mould."

The 3200mm long, 1600mm wide glossy silver design study, which does not have headlamps or windows, was styled by Kia’s European design team based in Frankfurt, Germany, under the direction of Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer.

The 57-year-old Schreyer, who is credited for the original Audi TT coupe, spent more than 20 years with Volkswagen AG and Audi AG before joining Kia in 2006. Kia said that the production version of the Picanto will debut in March 2010 at the Geneva auto show and will go on sale shortly afterward.

Market researcher JATO Dynamics says that with 40,934 sales through 10 months, down from 48,011 during the same period in 2009, the Picanto is Kia's No. 2 seller in Europe after the Cee'd compact model.

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