Rumors about Kia working on a competitor for the Mazda MX-5started spinning about six months ago, and we can’t say we’re all that surprised. Considering Kia’s latest sales boom in the market - with theKia Soul and all of its variations, the Kia Forte, and heck, even the Kia Sedona popping up everywhere in its minivan glory - the company is beginning to be as popular as the 2 for 1 sodas at your local gas station. Now the confirmation of the expansion of Kia’s lineup has finally been received in a recent interview with European CEO Paul Philpott.

"I’d like to have a Kia MX-5. 2011 and 2012 are about establishing the brand. But for 2013 and 2014, we’re thinking about halo models that stretch the company forward."

In describing the possible future sports roadster, chief designer Peter Schreyer said that it will get the company’s latest "tiger nose" grille, but will be more aggressive than the current models. We’re thinking something along the lines of the 2003 Kia KCV-III Concept (pictured above). The KCV-III was a 2+2 convertible coupe which debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show. It was designed for the Generation Y consumers and whose edgy and cool design should prove a good starting point for the future model.

Rumors suggest that Mazda will mostly likely be placing a 1.4 liter engine with an output of about 200 HP under the hood. This is the same engine that can be found in the MX-5, but we have reason to believe that a hybrid version of the Kia roadster is also a strong possibility.


Source: AutoExpress

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  (1211) posted on 04.1.2011

Well, let’s, if they do intend to take on the MX-5, they will be facing quite a lot of issues. For one, they need to come up with a car that have the same level of competence with the Miata, but is considerably cheaper.

  (409) posted on 03.31.2011

I wouldn’t be surprised if Kia’s next move would actually to come up with a super car. That would definitely be something quite interesting to see.

  (613) posted on 03.30.2011

Yeah, it’s really a good thing to see that Kia is slowly branching out. And with the great improvement that they have made in the past few years, it’s not surprising if they are able to come up with a good alternative to the Miata.

  (728) posted on 03.30.2011

ayo2003! That’s exactly the name I was thinking at the moment I see the picture. Just when I think Kia hasn’t been doing well in the market they’ve still manage a little bit. I hope they make more great cars in the future.

  (600) posted on 03.30.2011

Yes, that’s another thing that Kia needs to consider. The MX-5 is considered as one of the most reliable roadsters around, which has contributed greatly to its success.

  (449) posted on 03.29.2011

Aside from the cuteness of this car,we should consider how reliable is the car. I don’t think that its space efficient, it feels like uncomfortable from the passenger seat.

  (798) posted on 03.29.2011

Well, Kia is really not known to be a sports car manufacturer, so it would be interesting what they would be able to come up with. One thing I hope to see is that it should have that signature Kia feel in it.

  (592) posted on 03.29.2011

Well, Kia would really need to step up their efforts if they do wan to be able to come up with a good match for the MX-5. But then, with the experience that they have now, it might be possible that they can pull this omre off.

  (32) posted on 03.28.2011

Much like a fantasy car but with stunning looks, if it is driven on the roads, by God, it will be a sure head turner. I love the design and the color which is such a vibrant combination for the cute model.

  (383) posted on 03.28.2011

haha. Nice one guys maybe because of the front! Well, IMO, I don’t think that Mazda will consider Kia as their competitor. Just think about this, Japanese car industry is far better that Korean cars. Japanese uses more modern technology compare to the later. I have a doubt that this future lineup of Kia would be competitive enough.

  (337) posted on 03.28.2011

It’s actually a good thing to see that Kia is slowly expanding their line up. Considering the quality of their vehicles and the growth that they have experienced, it’s actually high time that they do that.

  (347) posted on 03.28.2011

This one looks more like a toy car to me, but then again, that’s also what I have felt when I saw the Miata for the first time. It would really be interesting to see what Kia would come up with.

  (42) posted on 03.26.2011

Kia Veyron MX-5 sound like it

  (3) posted on 03.25.2011

This looks too much like a bugatti. Even the front does.

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