Kia is looking to inject a bit more performance life into its brand, and according to Auto Express, the company is looking at creating sporty models based on two of its recent concept cars, the GT four-door from the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show (shown above) and the Provo hybrid hatchback that debuted in Geneva last week (inset, right).

"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," Benny Oeyen, Kia Europe's VP of marketing and product planning, told Auto Express. When it debuted, the GT four-door was powered by a turbocharged 3.3-liter V6, reportedly good for 389 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Kia Provo Concept - front three-quarter view at Geneva Motor Show revealThe Provo, on the other hand, could stand as a sort of halo car for the company's B-segment offerings. It would ride on the same front-wheel-drive platform as the Rio compact, though Kia says it's eager to keep the concept's gasoline-electric powertrain intact. "Our brand is currently rational, but there's space for a B-coupe," says Oeyen. Of course, the company would indeed have to look at different naming possibilities for its B-segment coupe, since the week-old Provo is already stirring up some controversy.

Kia has not disclosed any sort of timeline for when the cars may officially get the green light or when they would arrive in production form. From where we sit, some sporty Kias sound good to us, and if anything, the GT and Provo concepts certainly seem like promising building blocks for new products.


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      Nickoo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Make the GT and that beautiful fastback styling will have a place in my driveway. Now the front end on the other hand, let's just say that still needs some work.
      Kahz
      • 1 Year Ago
      can we have an awd / rwd?
        RudyH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kahz
        RWD and AWD - no lie... The 3.3L V6 twin turbo is making its way into the Genesis sedan / Equus and possibly Genesis Coupe...not to mention of course Cadenza Looking at it, this will sit on the Genesis COUPE platform rather then the Genesis Sedan / Cadenza and Equus. Good bye Genesis Coupe, I think I found your replacement since I need 4 doors...
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Kia version of a Genesis sedan and Veloster, more korean car crap.
        RudyH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        Could be worse, could be American car crap that no one wants but feels obliged to drive because they are American Kia GT or a Chevy Malibu? lol...
        ajk724
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        You're crap.
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Provo should be the next gen Soul, and the GT is just Kia's version of the Hyundia Genesis Coupe. Both will be nice Im sure, but nothing groundbreaking. And looking at Kia's latest pricing, they will be priced closer to luxury brands than mainstream brands.
        flammablewater
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ELG
        No one is currently selling a B-segment coupe with electric assisted AWD. It's not a groundbreaking concept but I'd buy the crap out of it.
      antacid
      • 1 Year Ago
      nothing about that car is production ready, I dont know why they bother with these unrealistic concepts, its going to take such a dramatic redesign it wont even be the same car
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Autoblogist
      • 1 Year Ago
      Keep the Provo, but the GT, I\'ll take mine in RWD, 5.0 V8 guise.
      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd be all over that GT if it made it to production in the USA.
      Bryant Keith
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is possibly the douchiest looking guy I have ever seen in my life.
        ELG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bryant Keith
        the jacket over the shoulder is the cherry on top of a big douchebag eurotrash sundae.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bryant Keith
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      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice legs
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dig the car. Dig the dress. Don't dig the hair. Bad memories of a baby sitter that my parents did not recognize as stoned out her mind when she arrived. Laurie on That 70's Show carried this look ok. No one else has.
      stimuls
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would only buy the Provo if it kept its gas-electric power train. Toyota is considering a similar system for the FRS. It's a clever way to add more torque without the negative effects on fuel economy and emissions.
        Gordon Chen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @stimuls
        Ever hear of the CRZ? That extra torque didn\'t really make it faster than the Honda Fit did it.
          stimuls
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Gordon Chen
          It's all about how you apply the technology. Honda failed by using weak electric motor in it. Ever heard of F1 KERS? That's the opposite spectrum.
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