Kia is close to giving the green light to the oft-mooted production version of the striking Kia GT Concept first seen at the Frankfurt motor show in 2011. Senior figures within the Korean company have said the car could appear “at the end of 2016 or early in 2017”.
Soon-Nam Lee, vice-president of overseas marketing group for KMC, said there was a strong desire within the company to explore more sporting production models, particularly in European markets.
Lee explained that during a long-term product planning meeting in Singapore recently, Kia Motors (UK) president and chief executive Paul Philpott expressed an interest in seeing the GT Concept reach the showrooms.
“We have a plan to produce the GT,” confirmed Lee. “We understand this is something that the European markets strongly want, although mainly we are targeting the US.”
The GT Concept broke new ground for the company when it appeared just over two years ago, because it signalled Kia’s intent to capitalise on its rapid European growth by producing bolder, more dynamic models.