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Kia is chal­leng­ing the idea that kim­chi is the only hot thing to come out of Korea

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next year be­fore full-scale pro­duc­tion in 2013 or 2014.

The new moves were vir­tu­ally con­firmed by Kia’s de­sign guru, Peter Schreyer, at the un­veil­ing of the Rio four­door sedan and up­dated Soul at the New York mo­tor show.

I think it would be nice to add some spice to what we’ve done now,’’ Schreyer told Cars­guide. We are do­ing good de­sign and it is a good feel­ing. All the new cars are com­ing out now.’’

The key to the GTI pro­gram is an up­com­ing 1.6-litre di­rect­in­jec­tion petrol turbo en­gine, which will be part of a new fam­ily of force-fed en­gines led by the 2.0-litre mo­tor al­ready fit­ted to the Sportage and Optima in the US.

Kia says the tur­bos are part of its so­lu­tion to the need for more power and re­duced emis­sions and fuel con­sump­tion. This is al­ready tak­ing it into stop-start tech­nol­ogy and an on-de­mand al­ter­na­tor in the up­com­ing re­place­ments to the cur­rent Rio— three and five-door hatches and a four-door sedan.

Schreyer is not giv­ing any firm de­tails, but does con­firm work is un­der way on a hot hatch and a true sports car.

Ei­ther, or . . . it’s not so very far away,’’ he adds.

In­sid­ers ex­pect one or both cars to be pre­viewed at the Detroit Mo­tor Show next Jan­uary, with the GTI as the most likely starter.

But there could be a prob­lem for Aus­tralia, as Schreyer says hot hatch work is fo­cused on the C’eed, a car that is not avail­able here.

I think the GTI is prob­a­bly best . . . to do on the next C’eed. I have to do some­thing [else] for you in Aus­tralia.’’

In my opin­ion, it would be a nice ad­di­tion. Not a su­per sports car, but a small, hon­est lit­tle car.’’

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