Last week at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Kia unveiled its new Cee’d and Pro_cee’d GT models, showing its focus on sportier, performance-focused models. That appears to just be the beginning, as the Korean automaker looks to bring new coupe models to market based on its GT and Provo concepts.
The Provo concept (above) also debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, while the GT concept, which debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, is already rumored to head into production this year.
In a recent interview with Auto Express, Kia Motors Europe’s VP of Product Planning, Benny Oeyen, said that the GT is “close to being approved and going into production, but, as with all our cars, they have to be developed on a sound financial footing.” Oeyen also added in the interview that the Korean automaker is very interested in producing the Provo concept and would slot in as a halo model for Kia’s B-segment.
Though the Provo, if it was to head to production, would be based on the front-wheel drive platform as the Rio, the Korean automaker wants to incorporate the turbo hybrid powerplant found in the concept.
“The provo is a possible niche we can venture into. Our brand is currently rational, but there’s space for a B-Coupe,” said Oeyen. “We will now do some market research to see if people would buy it – it has to make financial sense.”
[Source: Autoexpress UK]
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