SEOUL - Kia Motors plans to export its version of the Lotus Elan roadster to Europe.
Kia bought the rights to the two-seater from Group Lotus three years ago. The car is already on sale in Korea.
Kia Great Britain Managing Director Mark Quinn said the UK will probably receive a limited run of up to 500 right-hand-drive Elans in late 1998. They would be far cheaper than the Lotus version introduced several years ago.
'We want to pitch the Elan against the Mazda MX-5,' said Quinn.
Prices would be towards the upper end of the MX-5 range - around £9,000 ($28,000).
Kia's Elan is very similar to the Lotus version. Kia considered not using the pop-up headlights, but eventually decided to keep them.
The major change is the engine. Kia uses the Mazda-derived 1.8-liter unit from its Sephia to replace the original Isuzu engine.