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REPORT: Kia considering production Kee to compete with Toyobaru coupe

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Filed under: Coupe, Budget, Performance, Kia

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In an interview with the blokes from Autocar, Kia head designer Peter Schreyer had plenty of interesting things to say about the possibility of a new rear-wheel drive sportscar from the Korean automaker based on the KEE concept from the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show.

If it ever sees the light of day, Schreyer sees the coupe as a possible competitor for the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the upcoming inexpensive sportscar from Toyota and Subaru. Not to mention a possible Nissan 240SX revival. Just don't expect to see such a machine any time soon:
Assuming Kia's European fortunes continue to improve at the rate they are now, we could be ready in, say, five years for a car like Kee...
t would be important for the Kee to be rear-wheel drive. And there is, of course, already a rear-driven platform within the Hyundai-Kia group that we could look to use, if our timing was good... Personally, I have to say that I'm very excited by the idea, and very enthusiastic to make it happen.

So, not only may the Genesis platform be expanded to include a top-level Kia sedan, it may spawn a small sporty machine as well. According to Schreyer, the production Kee wouldn't need a ton of power; rather Kia would focus on making the car "compact, affordable and fun." Sounds good to us - really, can we ever have too much of those three adjectives in the automotive world?



[source: Autocar]

REPORT: Kia considering production Kee to compete with Toyobaru coupe originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 11 Dec 2009 16:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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It is possible that Kia has 2 rear drivers in a dew years, and Hyundai will have 3 of them. Why can't GM figure this out, instead it is loads of epsilon cars or other fwd generics.

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Camaro, Corvette, and CTS sedan/wagon exist now. Last year they were joined by G8, Solstice, and Sky.

In a few years we'll have the ATS (plus a few platform mates), the CTS coupe, plus (if you believe PCS) a Holden Zeta or two wearing street clothes.

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The more the merrier but it sounds a ways off

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It is possible that Kia has 2 rear drivers in a dew years, and Hyundai will have 3 of them. Why can't GM figure this out, instead it is loads of epsilon cars or other fwd generics.

You could say that about just about any of the big mainstream market auto manufacturers.. Toyota, Honda, etc

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Interesting little concept. The roofline reminds me of the Triumph TR7/8.

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Compact, affordable and fun RWD model would be great, no matter the manufacturer. It wouldn't need a 5000000hp engine, nor a luxury car interior, just make it fun-to-drive. Keep it simple!

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Compact, affordable and fun RWD model would be great, no matter the manufacturer. It wouldn't need a 5000000hp engine, nor a luxury car interior, just make it fun-to-drive. Keep it simple!

That is the class which is really missing. Good RWD cars with 4-cyl NA/Turbo and 6-speed priced for a mid-level Cruze.

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All around us, good stuff is catching. I'm more excited about the latest round of Datsun 240SX revival rumors, though.

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That is the class which is really missing. Good RWD cars with 4-cyl NA/Turbo and 6-speed priced for a mid-level Cruze.

I think that's exactly where GM failed with Pontiac, although much of the responsibility for that failure can be attributed to lack of money.

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Camaro, Corvette, and CTS sedan/wagon exist now. Last year they were joined by G8, Solstice, and Sky.

In a few years we'll have the ATS (plus a few platform mates), the CTS coupe, plus (if you believe PCS) a Holden Zeta or two wearing street clothes.

and how many of those are affordable? v6 camaro and maybe a solstice/sky with no options? but those are dead now so they don't even matter. and i wouldn't consider a 4000 lbs fullsize coupe fun to drive either.

That is the class which is really missing. Good RWD cars with 4-cyl NA/Turbo and 6-speed priced for a mid-level Cruze.

exactly. give me lightweight rwd with potential to mod

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