Kia has experienced unprecedented growth in the past few years and it is their goal to continue that surge through 2016 and beyond.
They will attempt to do this by launching 51 new or updated models in the next 5 years, including entering into some new niche markets.
At the top of that list is a brand-new 3-door Pro_cee’d GT Turbo, which is due to arrive next summer.
2014 will see an electric version of the incredibly popular Soul, with a rear wheel drive sports car also on tap for release.
They will also update or make derivatives of current models.
This massive campaign has kicked off last month with the release of the highly-successful Kia Sorento CUV, which includes improved exterior styling, revised interior design and upgraded powertrain technology and suspension.
Europe will also see a number of new vehicles arriving on the scene, starting with the new Pro_cee’d and a 7-seat Carens MPV in the first half of 2013.
Next-generation Kia Soul
The second generation Soul will be out before the end of this year and will make its way to the European market by 2014. The Venga MPV will get its turn once the 2016 Soul has been replaced.
It took Kia a couple of years to replace its entire European range, so it will likely be 2015-2016 before they make any further major changes to those models.
Within the next three years, facelifts will be given to the just recently-released K3/Cerato which bears many of the same parts and features as the European Cee’d, while the K7/Cadenza range will receive a major makeover within the same time frame.
New Kia Sedona MPV
Other new Kia vehicles that are expected to make their appearance in the next 5 years include a GT-concept based rear-wheel-drive sedan, a 7-seat people mover (Sedona replacement), a 2-door coupe, and an all-new small crossover vehicle.
We can also expect to see Kia’s first all-electric car for export markets as well as an all new 2016 Sorento crossover vehicle.
The pace of new Kia cars and SUVs hitting the worldwide showroom-floors will be breathtaking. In order to create such a vast number of highly-advanced vehicles, Kia is increasing its research and development budget to $2.5 billion in 2013.
Most of the money will be devoted to the development of new vehicles and improved technologies.
The 6% of sales revenue that Kia Motors Corporation devotes to Research & Development is among the tops of all the car manufactures in the world!