Kia plans two-seat Toyota GT86 rival

* Kia has started work on a Toyota GT86 rival * Plans to make Kia a more 'aspirational' brand * Soul to be Kia's Mini equivalent...

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Chas Hallett
28 March 2013

Kia has started work on a rival to the Toyota GT86, the company's US design chief has revealed.

Speaking to What Car?, design boss Tom Kearns said: 'We have made a model of an affordable, two-seat, rear-wheel-drive coupe.'

Company insiders are reported to think that such a car would make Kia a more aspirational and emotional brand.

Kearns also said that the all-new Soul could spawn a family of models, including a soft-top version as previewed by the Soulster concept car. He admitted that he wants it to become Kia's 'Mini or Beetle'.

Other Soul-based show cars have included a pick-up and a sporty two-seater.

By Chas Hallett