With Hyundai gearing up for its return to the World Rally Championship after an absence of more than a decade, there has been speculation that Kia would also seek to boost its sporting profile via competition.
Earlier this year, it was mooted that Kia was seriously considering a tilt at either the British or World Touring Car Championships. The manufacturer already has representation in some low-profile touring car race series in America with the Optima and Forte saloon models.
Asked by Autocar whether Kia harboured motorsport aspirations, Soon-Nam Lee, vice-president of the overseas marketing group for the Kia Motor Corporation, said: “No plans at the moment. In time, perhaps.”
It appears that Kia’s main priority for the foreseeable future is continuing to enhance its brand reputation for quality vehicles, from which it can earn more profit per vehicle than it does at the moment.
Kia has already noted that its US customers often choose highly specified top-of-the-range models, which gives the Korean manufacturer's chiefs confidence that they are producing desirable cars.