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Kia Pays Tribute to America with 6 Crazy SEMA Concepts

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On: Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 11:00AM | By: Teddy Field


Kia Pays Tribute to America with 6 Crazy SEMA Concepts

Kia has certainly made a lot of money in the U.S.A. And to honor one of its biggest markets, they've created four SEMA show cars that give a nod to different parts of our great land. So go grab a Big Mac and a Budweiser, because it's time to tour America... Gangnam Style!

Our first stop on this Korean-American adventure is the great state of Florida. And what better way to tour the Sunshine state than in a turquoise Kia Optima convertible...

[The following descriptions are from Kia's press release. Because some marketing intern obviously worked very hard to tie these wild show cars to a specific region...]

A1A Optima
Florida may be best known as one of America's most family friendly vacation destinations, but the state's rich history and subtropical splendor is best discovered from behind the wheel of an open-top touring car. The Sunshine State is home to the A1A highway, a more than 300-mile-long, meandering black ribbon of tarmacset off by crystal-white sand, aquamarine ocean waters, and abundant wildlifewhich terminates in Key West, almost a stone's throw from Cuba. The A1A Optima takes inspiration from this iconic byway by letting the sunshine in and taking the all-new 2016 Optima in a new direction. Its high style and high-end details make this the perfect car for Miami's tony South Beach, the laid-back Key West lifestyle and all points in between.

Forte Koup Mud Bogger
America's love of the automobile inspires enthusiasts to get creative and have fun with their vehicular passions, and there are few places in the country where more fun is had behind the wheel than in the South. With its origins dating back to the 1970s, mud racing or mud bogging has grown in popularity across the U.S. and even into Canada. There is just something inexplicably enjoyable about getting dirty, and the Forte Koup Mud Bogger is more at home caked in grime than sitting pretty on the SEMA show floor... The red, white, and blue custom paint scheme is as beautiful as it is patriotic.

Photo Safari Sedona
Across many regions of the U.S. during this time of year, nature puts on an awe-inspiring show of color. Brilliant red, yellow, and orange comingle with earthy caramel, auburn, and espresso, and nowhere is this riot of fall foliage more abundant and wondrous than the Northeast. The region has cast its iridescent lure to amateur and professional photographers for generations, and the Photo Safari Sedona has been designed to capture the region in all of its stunning beauty. Better yet, the vehicle would be an excellent companion on any photo safari.

The Photo Safari Sedona takes the term multi-purpose vehicle to another level. What began as a standard eight-passenger Sedona minivan has been transformed to a two-passenger image-capturing machine. Designed and crafted by the creative team at LGE-CTS Motorsports with multiple custom features, this very capable on- and off-road vehicle can be put to the test with endless possibilities for photographers to capture and edit still images and videosday or nightwhile traveling throughout the scenic Northeastern regions of the United States.

Ballast Point Sedona
Previously shown at the 2014 SEMA show, the Ballast Point Sedona is making a comeback, representing sunny California as part of Kia’s American road trip for the 2015 SEMA show.Built in partnership with Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits and serving premium handcrafted beers from the San Diego-based craft brewery, the Sedona has been completely redesigned to echo the nautical theme for which the specialty brewer is known.

The Ballast Point Sedona features a hand-formed solid mahogany shell with a flip-top roof and fold-down front bar. Removing the roof required the installation of a custom boxed-steel frame that incorporates heavy-duty hinges and struts to allow for the wood clam-shell top to open a full 90 degrees. While one of the Sedona’s power sliding doors has been welded shut, the other remains fully functional to allow access for a bartender into the open-air cabin. The rear shell is also removable, allowing patrons to enjoy a frosty beverage from the tailgate as well. The passenger compartment has been gutted to make room for two functioning Micro Matic taps, a jockey box with 120-feet of copper beer-cooling coils, and up to four half-barrel kegs of Ballast Point’s finest. The front passenger seat has been removed to accommodate storage for extra kegs and supplies.

Trail’ster
Based on the brand’s iconic Soul urban passenger vehicle, the turbocharged Trail’ster
with its Polar Pearl Snowdrift/Terra Bronze Metallic paint scheme, roll-top canvas roof, and armored aluminum skid platescaptures the essence of an advanced and capable CUV. It is intended for those venturing on a road trip to escape their urban environs in search of higher-elevation playgrounds in the Rocky Mountains where snow, mud, streams, and trails abound. Efficient and lightweight, the Trail’ster is ideal for transporting adventurers and their gear. With its rugged, functional and upscale approach to an active mountain-focused lifestyle, Trail’ster was dreamt up at Kia’s California design studio, birthplace of the unforgettable Track’ster and GT4 Stinger concepts.

And finally, we end our tour in the land of Starbucks and glitch-tastic computers...

PacWest Adventure Sorento
Home to both the Emerald City (Seattle) and the Rose City (Portland) and thousands of square miles of forest in between, the Pacific Northwest embodies a relaxed, no-hassle lifestyle that helped launch a music revolution in the 20th century and a craft beer revolution in the 21st century. People who call this territory home thrive on the outdoors and nature, and the PacWest Adventure Sorento is the perfect companion to get them there.

See... the... U.S.A in your K.I.A…


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