With Kia’s global growth heading north without any signs of slowing down, the Korean brand’s much-anticipated range of sport cars continues to be under consideration.
Speaking with CarAdvice at the Geneva motor show, Kia’s head designer Peter Schreyer said that he’d still “love to” do a rear-wheel drive sports car but admitted that there were currently no concrete plans.
Mr Schreyer was hesitant to confirm the much talked about Kia GT concept would ever go into production but said it would be a first step towards Kia sport cars if it did. We suspect the 1.6-litre GDI turbo engine (which is destined for initial use in the Hyundai Veloster turbo) has potential to make a Kia Rio hot hatch (to rival the Volkswagen Polo GTI) that will help Kia establish a foothold in the sports car segment.
The Kia Trackster concept also made an appearance at the South Korean company’s Geneva stance, showcasing what we’re likely to expect in the design language of the next-generation Kia Soul and the brand in general.
The company used the Geneva motor show to unveil the brand new European-centric Kia Cee’d, which is being built in Europe with no intentions of being sold in Australia. Next year will see the launch of the new-generation Kia Cerato and Kia Cerato Koup (models which are not sold in Europe but in North America and Australia), which we suspect will borrow a great deal of design cues from the new Cee’d.
Although the Cee’d and Cerato are created for different markets, Mr Schreyer was adamant that it would not be necessary to design different looking cars for European or American buyers, noting that both markets “all buy [the same] BMWs”.