Kia's chief of the Californian design studio wants a new model to compete with the Toyota GT 86 / Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S trio.

Kia's chief of the Californian design studio wants a new model to compete with the Toyota GT 86 / Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S trio.

During the New York Auto Show, Tom Kearns was asked by journalists whether he believes Kia should have a sports car in its lineup to increase the firm's appeal. He responded "we'd definitely make one if we had my way." However, this was his own opinion which may or may not be shared by the big bosses of the firm.

He added "I think we should do a coupe over a convertible", saying that although a cabrio would be fun, a cheap coupe sold in the United States would be a hit in terms of sales. Kearns said he already used his talent to draw a potential look for this RWD coupe.

This isn't the first time a Kia representative shares his desire for a rear-wheel drive car as back in November the firm's CEO said the company is "seriously looking" at a production version of the GT concept.

Kia has already started launching sportier models with the cee'd GT and pro_cee'd GT making their appearance last month in Geneva. Kia's own version of a Hyundai Genesis Coupe might happen in the next few years.

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