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AUTOS : South Korean Maker Announces Deal to Produce Karmann Kias

October 05, 1994|John O'Dell / Times Staff Writer

Except for a few restored models and rusted clunkers, the sporty Karmann Ghia is a thing of the past. The German-built, Italian-designed car was phased out by Volkswagen around 1970.

But the Karmann Kia will soon be here. South Korean car maker Kia Motors has signed a deal with Karmann under which the German sports-car builder will assemble 30,000 Karmann Kias a year.

The company isn't saying anything yet about style or whether any of the cars will be imported to the United States by Kia's Irvine-based Kia Motors America subsidiary.

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