Kia working on a Mazda MX-5 rival

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 4, 2010

According to the latest reports, it appears that Kia has one ambitious plan and wants to take on the iconic Mazda MX-5. Although this model was dismissed by Kia design boss Peter Schreyer back in march at the Geneva Motor Show, it seems that the same Schreyer was far less definitive when it was asked at this year’s Paris Motor Show about the same car.

"Don't ask me so difficult questions," he said when he was asked how much progress Kia made in developing the new car.

Schreyer also said that in his opinion the MX-5 has done a lot for Mazda, and a car like that will definitely help Kia. "I think it would be great, a car like that," Schreyer said. "I think the MX-5 has done a lot for Mazda. There are MX-5 enthusiast clubs and racing and it is an important part of Mazda."

Some European sources said that the new car might enter production in 2013 and will use a shortened version of parent brand Hyundai’s Genesis rear-wheel drive architecture.

For those who don’t know, Schreyer joined Kia back in 2006 and his portfolio models at Kia include the 2011 Sportage and the 2011 Optima mid-size sedan. His latest creation was the Kia Pop Concept, which was unveiled last week at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. [via Drive]

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