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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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Is Kia Readying a Miata-fighter?

Korean officials hint they want their own MX-5.

by on Mar.29, 2011

Kia is looking to enter the small roadster segment with its own take on the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Mazda may soon be facing some serious competition in the affordable roadster market.

After having the segment virtually all to itself as European roadsters have migrated steadily up-market, Mazda’s little MX-5 Miata may soon face challenges from Subaru, Toyota and now, it seems, even the Korean carmaker Kia.

“I’d like to have a Kia MX-5,” Paul Philpott, president of the maker’s European operations, acknowledges.

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How soon?  Not immediately, as “2011 and 2012 are about establishing the brand,” which is undergo huge growth in both Europe and the U.S.  “But for 2013 and 2014, we’re thinking about halo models that stretch the company forward.”

While observers might initially dismiss that as little more than wishful thinking, Kia’s global design director Peter Schreyer also weighed in during an interview with the British publication, Auto Express, asserting, The brand deserves a sporty car, like a roadster.”

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