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 |  May 13 2011, 11:52 AM

One of the rising stars of the automotive industry has got to be Kia. The Korean automaker’s beautiful designs combined with good powertrains and affordable pricing has got the attention of many customers and hence their sales numbers are continually climbing.

While their current line-up has sedans, hatchbacks, SUVs, crossovers and even a sporty little coupe, they currently don’t offer a convertible.

However, Kia’s vice-president of sales Tom Loveless said at a recent event in California, that the brand is looking at a halo vehicle and will most probably be a convertible.

The idea is being pushed by Peter Schreyer, Kia’s chief designer, who used to work for Audi and designed cars like the original TT coupe and roadster. A convertible Kia could bring this brand some extra attention.

If this project goes ahead remains to be seen, but it won’t be the first production Kia convertible. Back in the mid-1990′s Kia had got the license to reproduce the Lotus Elan (see picture). It was primarily offered in the Asian market and stayed in production for three-years.

The new roadster will be done completely by Kia and given how nice their regular cars are, we can’t wait to see what they would do for their star car.

[Source: Kicking Tires]

 

 |  Jan 29 2011, 9:37 AM

Over the last decade, the most popular rental convertible in America has been the Chrysler Sebring. Chrysler is hoping their new 200 Convertible will be just as popular, and has just announced pricing for this new model.

The base Touring trim, which comes with a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine that produces 173-hp starts at $27,195. That price includes the $750 destination charge. Interested buyers should note that at this price, you only get the folding canvas roof, and not the retractable hard-top.

The Limited model, which does come with the option of the folding hard-top, comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces a healthy 286-hp. Pricing for this model starts at $31,990 (destination charge included).The Limited model also gets heated leather front seats, remote start, a touch screen media center, USB and iPod connectivity, fog lamps and 18-inch alloy wheels, among other stuff.

The new top of the line model will be called the “S” and will feature a special grille, dark headlamp surrounds, unique “tuner inspired” 18-inch alloys wheels, black leather and suede seats and a Boston Acoustics sound system.

All 200 Convertible models come equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission, sending power to the front wheels and will be in showrooms just in time for summer.