Design & Technology / Product
Enjoy the open sky with Cerato (Forte) Koup August 20th, 2009
By Ahn, Yun Jae
Project 1 Team
What’s it like when you get into your car?
Does it feel roomy and comfortable, or does it feel small and cramped?
We are seeing a growing preference for cars with a sense of openness. In line with this trend, Kia Motors is focusing on developing cars that provide a wide field of vision and openness in the relatively confined space of an automobile. A great way to create a bright and airy interior is to put in a sunroof.
More and more people are opting for sunroofs for added convenience and style.
A sunroof provides increased headroom for the driver and passengers. It also gives you a bigger sense of freedom when driving outside the city. Moreover, driving with an open sunroof will let you enjoy the refreshing outside air.
The Cerato (Forte) Koup development team put much effort into securing openness, which was seen as a crucial element in projecting an airy and spacious feeling and offering a fun driving experience.
In most compact sedans on the market, the motor that operates the sunroof is located in the front, ie, above the driver’s head.
We decided to move the motor towards the back. Although this entailed additional cost, we believed it was more important to get a wider field of vision.
However, shifting the motor to the back of the headliner presented a problem. The motor caused the headliner above the rear seat to protrude and droop.
Because the Cerato (Forte) Koup is a two-door model, the drooping headliner reduced headroom for rear seat passengers.
To resolve this problem, we came up with technology to narrow the gap between the motor and headliner. After numerous CAD design and simulations, we were able to minimize the protrusion and maintain the shape of the headliner.
Countless hours and ideas went into developing the Cerato (Forte) Koup’s sunroof. Providing expansive views of blue sky, this stylish sunroof will give you an experience you’ve never had with other coupes. We hope you reap the rewards of those efforts!