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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... [I]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]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Foxy. Reminds me of the first Celica coupe and a TR7. Chic. Simple. However, I'm a wagon guy, so y'ain't gonna see me buying something like that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To be honest, I'd rather have a small sedan concept from Kia than another coupe. While the prospect is exciting, I could see a lot of potential customers being pulled out of their Ralliarts and WRXs. Dunno about Evos and STIs, but I'm sure if the styling and price were there, you could persuade a few. Perhaps even a few enthusiasts looking to upgrade to an Audi A4/S4, GTI/R20 (or whatever's coming here), Mazdaspeed3s and Civic Si sedans. The coupe segment just seems limited in scope, while a turbocharged, yet fuel efficient and stylish sedan has several bases covered.

      I just think the Genesis coupe starts at a very reasonable price. There's no real need to add another vehicle to such a small segment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should make it look *just like that*. No changes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The grill is ok, they need to restyle the headlights to look a bit more like the Forte IMO.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It does look very production-ready.

        Give it small rims with higher aspect-ratio rubber, a not as slicked-back windshield, normal mirrors and throw on some conventional hood handles and it could be ready for mass production in no time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not a bad car at all, especially for Kia.

        It'd be good to put into production, simply to get people thinking about Kia a little differntly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I kind of want them to name it the "skwee" instead... It looks like it has the potential to make it's owners do just that, especially if it maintains those looks.

        Isn't the genesis coupe already the thing "resurrecting" the import RWD coupe thing where the toyobaru (ft-86) and new 240sx is supposed to live? Or are those going to be cheaper than the GenCoupe?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "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..."

        in other words, we'll see what the market is for the toyobaru and be ready to jump in if its really there
      • 5 Years Ago
      If Kia makes it and makes it cheap it will sell. Just have quality be good and the engine be "Tuner Friendly" and people will buy them. Just give me a I-4 engine that while driving normally gets around 30mpg and when I push her hard gets 25 and I'll be sold.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the key is for Kia to make the Kee a Kei car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      DO IT KIA!
      • 5 Years Ago
      side and rear are hideous.
      Front is not aerodynamic.

      It is not a proper sports car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks kinda girly...
      • 5 Years Ago
      First Nissan, and then Kia. Another enemy of 86.
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