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Kia convertible likely for next generation Cee'd

Kia is expecting to introduce a convertible version of its Cee'd when the next generation is introduced in 2011.

The company showed an open-top concept called the Ex_Cee'd at last year's Geneva Motor Show and European design chief Gregory Guillaume said the reaction to the vehicle since then had been very positive. But he added that Kia can't take the top off the current model.

Guillaume said: "It’s not like in the past when you could just cut the roof off, there are all sorts of engineering, safety and strengthening issues. A convertible has to be developed right at the beginning with the rest of the range. We would very much like to do this for the next generation Cee'd.

"I think the Cee'd nailed it first time in terms of looks and quality. The five-door was a little reserved, but the estate and three-door have great character."

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