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Kia expands range to two wheel variety

The Kia SPEED.
The Kia SPEED.

"NICE ride". You could expect glowing tributes when cruising around with the latest Kia.

And even better, you'll have the environmentally friendly transport and change from $2000.

The man who has spearheaded groovy design changes for the South Korean brand has turned his hand to bicycles.

Kia chief designer officer Peter Screyer has produced the two new bicycles in conjunction with Korean bicycle manufacturing company, Samchully. The project took 13 months of research and development under Peter's design direction.

According to Kia's official blog, "The K Velo is available in two different versions: CITY, which has convenience features such as 11 gears, a basket and fenders while the SPEED version features lighter interrupters and bike weight. Their clean and simple aerodynamic profiles are complemented with striking details, offering stylish functionality in any urban setting.

"Both bikes were developed to meet the rising demand for sustainable and portable transportation, especially in urban areas. The production of these bicycles is an attempt to motivate our customers to give greater consideration to the environment by using bikes for short distance journeys."

The inspiration for the bikes came from Kia's historic ties with bicycle building.

Back in 1944 Kia Motor was known as Kyungsung Precision Industries and was steel tubing and handmade bicycle parts manufacturer.

The bicycles are available on the Kia Brand Collection page www.shop-kia.com, but are currently only available in Korea at this time - CITY is priced at about $1500 and SPEED at $1100.

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