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Kia Promises “Stunning” Sports Car for Detroit Debut

Rear-wheel-drive anyone?

by on Dec.18, 2013

Kia plans to debut this 2+2 sports car concept when the Detroit Auto Show opens next month.

Just when we thought things were winding down for the holiday break, Kia used the brief lull to surprise us with this overhead teaser image of what it describes as a “stunning 2+2 sports car” set to debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show less than a month from now.

Though it’s difficult to make out much detail, what we do know is that the project was penned by the design team at the Kia styling studio in Irvine, California.

That said, it bears the unmistakable fingerprint of the Korean carmaker’s global design chief, Peter Schreyer, who has transformed the brand’s products from stodgy to striking in less than half a decade.

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Says Kia’s release, the concept “is intended to turn heads while delivering superb driving enjoyment on both road and track.”

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Kia Planning Production Version of GT Concept

But new model may go front- or all-wheel-drive.

by on Oct.25, 2013

The Kia GT concept first appeared in Frankfurt in 2011.

Kia will put the wildly popular GT concept vehicle unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show into production, according to reports from Korea. Or, to be more precise, it will add a GT model that will borrow some of the show car’s design cues but which may undergo significant changes from the vehicle displayed in Germany.

Most notably, the production Kia GT may wind up shifting away from the concept’s rear-wheel-drive layout, opting instead for a front-drive platform like those used for all but the Korean maker’s biggest new executive car.

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“We have plans to build a GT – we spoke about it at our global marketing conference in Singapore,” Soon-Nam Lee, Kia’s vice-president of overseas marketing, told the British publication Auto Express. “We’ll be mainly targeting the end of 2016 or early 2017.”

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First Look: Kia GT 4-Door Coupe Concept

Images, name leak out before Frankfurt debut.

by on Sep.09, 2011

New images of Kia's Concept reveal it is named the GT.

How much to reveal ahead of time? That’s always the challenge for an automaker heading into a crowded event like next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show.  Say too little and your new offering could get lost in the crowd.  Too much and the gathering media hordes might not have reason to show up at your news conference.

Kia was trying to walk a fine line, revealing just enough to tease folks to show up for the launch of a sexy new 4-door coupe-like concept it will be unveiling in Germany.  Whether intentional or not a second wave of pics have wound up in the public domain, one of them revealing that the prototype will be named the Kia GT Concept.

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And word has it the show car will directly influence the future flagship coming for the Korean brand.

The concept features an unusually short front overhang with scooped side intakes framing the signature Kia grille – here moved higher up than on the brand’s current models.

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