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Kia Soul to go topless

Kia is to launch a convertible version of its Soul crossover in the UK in 2014.

The fun model is aimed specifically at the UK and German markets where convertibes - and Kia's - sell strongly.

The Soul convertible is part of Kia's big plan to project a younger, more sporty image. Said Lee Soon Nam, director of the company's overseas marketing group.

Also on the cards is a sporty version of the European-built Cee'd to rival the VW Golf GTI.

Lee revealed that Kia is developing a turbo-charged 2-litre engine for the car along tuned suspension.

This is likely to be seen in the next-generation Cee'd due next year. There is also a rear-wheel-drive concept under development called the GT which has been unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show today.

Kia design director Peter Schreyer said: "One of the great things about working on this GT project was that this is a very real car.

"It felt good to be working on a car that could roll down the road tomorrow. Yes, it would be a dream to put this into production - it has a logical layout, with four seats, and good luggage space, and it's also engaging and dynamic and makes a strong statement. It's exactly the kind of car Kia should be making."



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