In little more than a decade, Kia has blossomed from a virtual unknown to the sixth largest import car company in the U.S. And the end of this run toward success is not in sight, as evidenced by a 14-percent increase in year-over-year sales for 2004. This Korean-based company now pulls rank on Volkswagen, Mazda, and BMW in terms of sales figures in the U.S. And the company has no plans for slowing down anytime soon. The Kia Mesa concept, a large six-passenger SUV, highlights Kia's potential growth in the future. According to Peter Butterfield, President and CEO of Kia Motors America, the Mesa was created in direct response to the dealers' desire for a large SUV.
Accented by huge 22-inch alloy wheels, the Kia Mesa features a clean shape that is enhanced by muscular wheel flares. The large chrome grille makes a powerful statement, and the wrap-around glass is meant to mimic a turret. The Kia Mesa's design conjures up a sense of understated power.
Despite its concept status, the Kia Mesa makes a bold statement about what the company is capable of, and given the dealers' craving for a large SUV to sell, chances are this is one concept that will eventually make it to production.
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