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Kia Leaning Toward GT Production

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On: Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 11:12AM | By: Chris Weiss

Kia Leaning Toward GT Production

According to indications and ruminations, Kia has a hankering to develop a sports car. The GT concept debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show was supposed to be the first of two sports car concepts, the second of which was rumored for a Detroit Auto Show debut. Well, it appears Kia is already leaning toward GT production, even before having introduced its second possible concept.

Apparently, Kia introduced the GT to a room full of blind folks. Because Autocar is citing "positive reaction" at the Frankfurt show as the motivation behind Kia thinking seriously about production.

Kia's European chief Paul Philpott said: "Almost everyone has accepted the GT as being the right kind of car for Kia, and that says we’re ready to stretch the brand further. If we can get the same reaction globally as we did in Frankfurt then the GT can play a key role in moving the whole brand forward."

I'm wondering exactly what people are seeing. Sure, the GT is better looking than your average Kia, but I just have to argue with those air inlets in the front. And the overall shape just seems off to me as well.

If Kia does give the GT the official green light, it will likely hit production by 2013. The move will also signal Kia's desire to become a sportier brand and should be followed by high-performance versions of its existing models. The company may even get involved in motor sport.

Despite rumors of a Hyundai Tau V-8, the GT concept featured a 390-hp turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 and eight-speed automatic.

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dwalter | 4:02PM (Mon, Sep 26, 2011)

I'm not a fan either

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