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Kia GT Concept set for production date in 2013

Kia GT Concept set for production date in 2013

Kia is getting ready to tackle the Germans again with a production version of the GT Concept.

Korean automaker, Kia, has been far more aggressive in expanding its company profile in the past couple of years and establishing itself as one of the most popular automakers in the world.

Now we’re learning that Kia is set to venture into a whole new market after news broke that they have green-lighted the production of the Kia GT Concept sports car for 2013. We first saw the GT Concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show a few months ago and were left breathless at the car’s cutting-edge design and significant - at least for Kia - performance numbers.

For the production GT Concept, Kia is looking at a comprehensive line-up that not only includes a sedan version, but also a two-door coupe variant and, quite possibly, even a station wagon.

What we do know is that the production GT will be made to provide the market a Korean alternative to many of the German automakers, particularly Audi and BMW. If you ever thought the day would come wherein Kia would be mentioned in the same sentence as those two German automakers, then your day has finally come.

As it stands, details on the production version of the GT Concept are still being kept under wraps. The concept we saw at Frankfurt carried a 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 engine with 390 horsepower so you can probably expect something along those lines.

Whatever the case may be, Kia’s decision to push for the production of the concept shows without a tinge of doubt that they’re ready to play with the Germans. And the best part is, they sure as heck aren’t backing down.

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Production Kia GT may get Hybrid Setup

Production Kia GT may get Hybrid Setup

Kia is getting ready to tackle the Germans again with a production version of the GT Concept.

Kia unveiled the impressive GT Concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and shortly after, the company announced it would be followed by a production version. The production version will be offered as Kia’s halo car and will be targeting a market where German models have been making all the rules.

In an interview with British magazine, AutoExpress, Design Director Peter Schreyer revealed a few details on the next GT: "I think done in the right way, with a smaller engine or hybrid technology, it would work, he explained. "It would still be fast, but return good fuel economy, too. Every company needs a halo car... The coupe market is dominated by German brands, and the GT is Kia’s first step. It’s like putting a foot in the door of the club."

The production GT is said to follow along the same design lines as the concept, which would mean it could include an extended bonnet, powerful rear shoulders, and truncated rear end. The concept also featured a low slung front air intake, jet-themed rear-view cameras, an aerodynamically efficient rear diffuser, winglets that curve in from the front flanks and flow into the headlamps, and multi-piece propeller-style alloy and carbon fiber wheels. We doubt all of the bells and whistles will be on the production model, but it would be interested to see which ones make it.

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2011 Kia GT Concept

2011 Kia GT Concept

One of the many highlights of the Frankfurt Motor Show was a concept car that could potentially lead to a new styling direction from the company that brought the car to Germany.

We’re talking about the Kia GT Concept, a rear-wheel four-door, four-seater sports sedan concept that bares a slight resemblance to the K9 sketch revealed back in 2009.

While we certainly were very surprised by the look of the car - at first, we actually thought it was a Maserati - Kia’s aggressive approach in the design of their future models just goes to show that their designers and engineers have some serious creative chops.

"No matter from which perspective you look at it – this concept car is roaring with energy and ready for take-off," said Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors Chief Design Officer. "I believe the car is a strong statement from Kia: we are ready to fast forward to an all new chapter."

With the aggressive approach the Korean automaker has taken in being more pro-active in the industry, we’re not betting against these guys when it comes to actually seeing this concept through. Who knows, a production version might be in the oven sooner than we think.

UPDATE 12/23/2011: We’ve learned that Kia is set to venture into a whole new market after news broke that they have green-lighted the production of the Kia GT Concept sports car for 2013. We first saw the GT Concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show a few months ago and were left breathless at the car’s cutting-edge design and significant - at least for Kia - performance numbers.

For the production GT Concept, Kia is looking at a comprehensive line-up that not only includes a sedan version, but also a two-door coupe variant and, quite possibly, even a station wagon.

Find out more about the Kia GT Concept after the jump

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Top Gear Season 17: Episode 5

Top Gear Season 17: Episode 5

A week after a forgettable fourth episode, Top Gear bounces back with a pretty entertaining penultimate episode that featured a review on the new Jensen Interceptor, a track day for Jeremy Clarkson with the Lotus Exos Type 125 race car, Bob Geldof as the guest celebrity, and a military house destruction challenge.

Comparing it to the previous show, the content for this week was a lot better, but in a weird twist, the show only had 59 minutes on it - the regular slot usually lasts for 62 to 63 minutes - because, apparently, BBC wanted to show the MotoGP race exactly on time.

That became a running gag during the whole episode as Hammond and May kept speeding up Clarkson in order to fill out the entire episode in the 59 minutes they were given.

In the end, the military destruction challenge proved to be the most entertaining segment of the episode - we’d argue that it’s the best one all year, too - filled with child-like shenanigans from the three hosts that make us love the work they’re doing.

Some people might slam them for wasting their precious time on something so inane, but if you were walking in their shoes, you’d be having a ball of time using military vehicles in trying to put down a cement house.

Details on Top Gear Season 17: Episode 5 after the jump

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2014 Kia Roadster

2014 Kia Roadster

In the past few years, Kia’s success on the market has increased significantly with models like the SOUL and the Forte becoming leaders in their segment. Taking this under consideration, it’s no wonder that the Korean manufacturer is expanding their market - which as of now consists of coupes, sedans, crossovers, and SUVs - to include a small roadster. The Kia Roadster - name unknown - will set out to compete against one of the only lower end roadsters on the market: the Mazda MX-5.

The new Kia Roadster will weigh no more than 2200 lbs and will come with a rear wheel drive system. Engine specifications are not exact, but we should be getting about 200 HP out of a turbo petrol engine. About a year after the Kia debuts, we should also be seeing a Hyundai version of the same vehicle. Think along the lines of the relationship between the Toyota FT-86 and Scion FR-S.

The path has been set, but don’t expect this sporty model to show up anytime before 2013; building a model that will be "fun, dynamic and addressed to young buyers" will surely take some time.

Hit the jump to read more about the future Kia Roadster.

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Kia's future MX-5 competitor

Kia’s future MX-5 competitor

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.

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Kia Proport Concept

Kia Proport Concept

Sometimes, it’s just about letting our imaginations run wild. Without the restrictions of real world regulations, there’s no telling what kind of concept car lurks in the deep recesses of our minds. For designers like Mohammad R. Shojaie, channeling those thoughts and putting ink on them is easier compared to the less-capable designers out there like us.

In this instance, Shojaie takes a brand that’s not known for being sporty and gives them a concept car that’s got edge and aggression written all over it. Calling it the Kia Proport – it’s an amalgamation of Pro plus Sport without the “S” – Shojale’s concept is a completely different take from the current design language Kia is doing these days. Translation: you won’t mistake this concept for a family car.

The swooping lines and aggressive treatment define Shojale’s work of art. The artist didn’t mention any technical specifications, but he did come out with something that all of us would want Kia to make someday. And since, the brand is looking into building a sports car in the near future, let’s all hope that they take a look at what MR. Shojaie has done for them.

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Kia design chief hints at future sports car for the company

Kia design chief hints at future sports car for the company

It wasn’t that long ago when Kias were parading around our streets in those little Pride hatchbacks. Simple, discrete, and plain bland, these cars never got your attention because, quite frankly, it didn’t warrant them.

Times have sure changed, haven’t they?

Since those humble times, Kia has grown to become a major force in the automotive industry and one that has seen its vehicular portfolio expand at an increasingly rapid rate.

According to Automotive News, the Korean manufacturer just might be preparing for another company breakthrough in the near future.

In an interview with Peter Schreyer, Kia’s design head mentioned that “sooner or later”, the Korean-based company would develop a sports car that will become its new halo model. Schreyer stopped short of making any promises or guarantees, but did stress that at some point, Kia needs to take its brand and make it edgier and sportier that it has ever been.

And given Schreyer’s background as the man behind the highly successful Audi TT, we have no qualms about him taking the lead in building and developing this soon-to-be Kia sports car. Let’s just hope that he still has that ‘Schreyer design magic’ that has made him one of the top auto designers in the world.

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2010 Kia Forte Koup Type R Concept

2010 Kia Forte Koup Type R Concept

Kia’s smallest car, the Forte, will be coming to the 2010 SEMA Auto Show in what looks to be a future special edition model. Okay, so Kia says it’s only a concept, but the future for the Forte Koup Type R Concept, which was inspired by the company’s first season of racing in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, is very bright. The concept was designed by Kinetic Motorsports, who built and campaigns Kia’s Forte Koup race cars.

The Type R Concept gets a matte gray exterior paint job that works with enhanced exterior panels to make the front fenders, rocker panels, and rear quarter panels appear longer. BBS RG 18-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels and racing-inspired tires along with a modified front end add to the overall look of the car.

The interior of the Type R now offers custom seat/door treatments as well as a few ergonomic improvements for the driver. Other additions include a short throw shift kit with Kinetic gear shift knob and carbon inlay, and a dampened composite fiber disc clutch.

Press release after the jump.

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Kia Kee into production?

Kia Kee into production?

In 2008 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Kia revealed the Kee - a concept that at the time made quite a sensation. Now it seems that the company has plans to put it into production as a competitor for the Toyobaru.

The production version will be a compact, rear-driven model built on the technology of the new Hyundai Genesis Coupe. In an interview with AutoCar, Kia design director Peter Schreyer said that Kia really needs to make a deep analysis on the market and decided if a Kee will sell.

"We are not like Audi or Porsche. We are not in a position to just create something and then announce to the market that it’s the perfect kind of sports car. When you’re making cars like this, it’s important to make them with a great deal of confidence. So I think the Kia brand has to grow a little more in stature before the time will be right for Kee."

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Kia pro Cee'd by Giacuzzo

Kia pro Cee’d by Giacuzzo

The Euro-only pro Cee’d coupe represents one of the most beautiful cars from the Korean manufacturer (of course Kia had nowhere to go but up,) and there are still many people who don’t find it perfect. In order to correct that Giacuzzo, an Italian manufacturer unveiled today its customization program for the coupe. The new kit consists in a front lip spoiler, new side sills, a roof spoiler and a rear lip spoiler with integrated air diffuser and exhaust cutters.

Also, in order to improve the stability of the vehicle new Eibach components and the vehicle was lowered with up to 20 millimeters as well as a new set of 19 inch alloy wheels fitted with 225/35 R19 tires. Giacuzzo also added a set of Foliatec black foil on the rear windows while the hood and the front grill was painted in black to create a stylish contrast.

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Kia cee'd xR to be released soon

Kia cee’d xR to be released soon

We’ve seen the production version of the SW and prototypes of the hardtop Cabrio and the 3door hatch, but now we show you a top model called cee’d xR. Kia’s sporty version of the Cee’d should be equipped with a 2.0-liter Turbo engine pumping out approximately 200Hp.
The styling is similar to the ones of the pro_cee’d concept shown at the Paris Motor Show last fall. On the front end is a black diffuser that forces air into the lower intake, but in the back a body-colored diffuser is recessed (...)

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