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kia cee'd becomes the Kia Pro-cee'd

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Kia has issued the first preview image of next year's three-door cee'd.

Its name has also been announced, and provides evidence that Kia has once again been eating the fruits of the whimsy tree. The concept version of this car, revealed at the 2006 Paris Show, was called the pro_cee'd, and the real thing has the very similar - and equally eccentric - title of Pro-cee'd.

"Longer, lower and lighter than its five-door sister car, the new Kia Pro-cee'd is going to be a great drive," promises Jean-Charles Lievens, Senior Vice President of Kia Motors Europe. "Combining real style and genuine practicality, our new three-door cee'd is sure to delight existing Kia customers and attract a new group of European consumers who have not yet considered our brand."

Production of the Pro-cee'd will begin at the Kia plant in Slovakia in November, and sales are due to start early in 2008.