By on April 7, 2015

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Over three years ago, the Kia GT concept made its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Soon, however, the four-door coupe could hit the production line.

According to Drive.com.au, Kia America product planning chief Orth Hedrick is very close to being production-ready, and would likely fare well in North America despite the distance in time because it is a sedan, and because of its “younger, more emotional message to the market”:

I think for us the GT is a sedan so it has a lot broader appeal than a two-door coupe. They don’t do well here. They do really, really good for 18 months and then they really fall off. You can get just as much emotional experience in a sedan, a more practical car, than a coupe. But it communicates something very, very clear to market with a coupe in your line-up.

Hedrick adds that the announcement officially confirming the GT’s production would come soon. The concept is powered by a turbocharged V6, with the rear wheels doing the driving.

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16 Comments on “Kia GT Concept Closer To Becoming Production-Ready...”


  • avatar
    Car-los

    the concept GT car had a great design. If the finished product looks anything like the concept it’ll be a hit.

  • avatar
    Steve Biro

    I agree, this looks like a great vehicle. But I’m shocked – simply shocked – that we don’t have at least a dozen posts already accusing the design of being derivative.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    Did this guy just stand around the entire time with a blazer over his shoulder?

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    It just looks like when you’re fishing, and you accidentally hook one near it’s eye instead of in the mouth. Poor fish.

  • avatar
    NotFast

    Where did you @!#$%^&* get a picture of me and my hot girlfriend?!!!!

  • avatar
    TMA1

    Ah, I was getting excited, thinking this was the Stinger GT4. And with a turbo V6 and RX-8 doors! That would truly be awesome. This looks pretty cool too though.

    Now, reading the linked article, looks like the GT4 won’t make it to production. Too bad.

  • avatar
    turf3

    “Coupe” means two doors. “Four door coupe” self-contradicts. Maybe you meant “coupe-shaped”?

    • 0 avatar

      Does it (from Wikipedia)?

      “Four-door coupé: A luxury sedan with classic coupé-like proportions. The low roof design reduces back seat passenger access and headroom. The designation was first applied to a low-roof model of the Rover P5 from 1962 until 1973,but was revived by the 1985 Toyota Carina ED, the 1992 Infiniti J30 and finally by the first model 2005 Mercedes-Benz CLS, which stands in Mercedes hierarchy between the E and S class, and has appearance of a classic coupé and sedan. The term was also used partly from marketing reasons. German press accepted concept of four-door coupé and adopted it to similar models from other manufacturers such as 2009 Jaguar XJ. Also, other manufacturers accepted it, producing recent competing models like Volkswagen Passat CC, BMW F06 and even five-door coupé, Audi A7.The organization ADAC on its website also adopted this concepts.In Germany the definition of the coupé was finally divided into the classic coupé and 4-door coupé. This definition and concept of four-door coupé (instead of saloon) are evident in Germany, but they are not yet widely known in the rest of the world.”

      • 0 avatar
        turf3

        Also from Wikipedia:

        “A coupé (US coupe) (from the French past participle coupé, of the infinitive couper, to cut) is a closed two-door car body style with a permanently attached fixed roof…”

        “The International Standard ISO 3833-1977 defines a coupé as having a closed body, usually with limited rear volume, a fixed roof of which a portion may be openable, at least two seats in at least one row, two side doors and possibly a rear opening, and at least two side windows.”

        Car company marketeers can call something anything they want, but that doesn’t mean the meaning changes. If you start marketing your inline 6 engines as “V6” engines, it doesn’t make them V6 engines.

        We old guys are still using the word “coupe”. When we’re done with it, we’ll let you know.

  • avatar
    wmba

    Back in the 1960s, a GT was a particular kind of car, like an Aston Martin DB4GT.

    But Ford thought a 78.5 hp Cortina tinbox with 15 hp more than standard merited the title GT. And another long-standing definition was ruined on the altar of marketing.

    A coupe had two doors until Dieter Zetsche twiddled his giganto moustache and decreed a Mercedes coupe was better than that – why Mercedes’ coupes now had Four doors. And everyone knows four is bigger than two. and thus better.

    With the rancid reasoning of marketing people bereft of any ideas resembling reality, Kia has decided that they too could make a four door coupe. One does hope they hired Lotus to make the thing handle, and paid some attention to structural integrity, unlike the Cadenza. Load it up with all the cheap H/K electronic doo-dads and a heated steering wheel to complete the luxury effect and they’ll sell this thing, even though its nostrils need a good wipe with a Kleenex.


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