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KIA MOTORS AMERICA INTRODUCES ALL-NEW KIA FORTEKia's New Compact Sedan Makes its Debut at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show
• Kia Motors debuts sporty and fuel-efficient compact sedan
• New Forte blends impressive new style wîth Kia Motors quality and value
On the heels of announcing the widely acclaimed, all-new Kia Soul, Kia Motors America (KMA) today introduced the all-new 2010 Kia Forte (pronounced for-tay) compact sedan at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. Forte blends Kia's exciting new design direction under the tutelage of Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors' chief design officer, wîth a multitude of standard features. The 2010 Kia Forte will go on sale in North America in late spring or early summer of 2009.
'Kia Motors' product line is rapidly evolving and the Forte compact sedan is another head turner,' said B.M. Ahn, group president and CEO, KMA and KMMG. 'The Forte is an aggressively stylish blend of comfort and practicality – and wîth a host of standard features it provides the great quality and value that consumers have come to expect from Kia vehicles.'
Style in Motion Sporting stylish and aggressive design cues, the new Forte firmly establishes itself as a strong contender in its §egmènt. With a bold look set apart by crisp lines, swept-back headlamps and a sleek profile, Forte exudes a confident stance that conveys motion both while cruising the highway and parked in the driveway. Available in three trim levels (LX, EX and SX), Forte offers a sleek, sophisticated design. The sportier SX trim offers a more athletic profile wîth 17-inch alloy wheels paired wîth P215/45R17-sized premium tires and a rear spoiler.
Smooth and Comfortable Ride
With a wheelbase of 104.3 inches, an overall length of 178.3 inches, an overall width of 69.9 inches and overall height of 57.5 inches, Forte offers one of the roomiest interiors in its class wîth seating for up to five passengers. The Kia-engineered body achieves high torsional stiffness giving Forte better handling, smoother ride quality and greater refinement than its competitors, wîth a specially tuned suspension adjusted perfectly for responsive handling on curvy roads. Additional refinements are fitted throughout Forte to help ensure a comfortable ride wîth good noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) reduction qualities.
Built on a front-wheel-drive unibody frame, Forte utilizes an independent front suspension wîth MacPherson struts and a stabilizer bar and a torsion beam rear suspension wîth struts and coil springs. This combination helps provide the optimal balance of handling and comfort. An engine-speed-sensitive, power-assisted rack-and-pinion §teering system adds the finishing touch for precise handling by providing the most advantageous amount of assist for varying road conditions. In keeping wîth the sporty essence of the SX model line, a sport-tuned suspension gives the chassis a firmer feel and responsiveness resulting in a sportier and more spirited ride. The SX model also features larger front brakes for improved stopping capabilities.
Attractive and Practical Interior
Forte boasts a class-leading¹ 96.8 cubic feet of passenger volume, while driver and passengers have an impressive 40.0 inches of headroom and 43.3 inches of legroom in the front seats and 37.8 inches of headroom and 35.0 inches of legroom in the rear seats. Forte's trunk also offers an impressive 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space, one of the largest in its class, perfect for luggage for weekend getaways.
Capitalizing on its spacious interior, Forte pampers its riders wîth a host of interior features, starting wîth comfortable, nicely appointed full cloth seats. A six-way adjustable driver's seat, tilt §teering column, rear defroster and dual 12-volt power outlets in the center console are driver- and passenger-conscious luxuries standard on every vehicle.
EX and SX models offer a number of additional standard luxurious touches such as: power windows and door locks; remote keyless entry; air conditioning; map lamps; §teering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls; dual front and rear cup holders; and floor mats. Forte EX and SX models also include standard cruise control wîth an optional sunroof and leather-trimmed seats. Also standard on SX models is a telescoping §teering column as well as sport cloth seats adorned wîth red stitching, further enhancing its energetic persona.
Forte LX and EX are powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, producing 156 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque, that features Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) and multi-port electronic fuel injection, both of which provide for greater performance and fuel economy. The SX features an upgraded 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine, also wîth CVVT, which delivers 173 horsepower – more than the most powerful versions of the Toyota Corolla¹ or even the 2010 Mazda3.
Two transmission options are offered for the 2010 Forte: a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission (LX and EX models). The SX model features a standard six-speed manual transmission and an optional five-speed automatic transmission wîth Sportmatic®.
The optional Fuel Economy Package, available wîth the 2.0-liter powerplant, will include the five-speed automatic transmission, Motor Drive Power Steering and low-rolling resistance tires wîth aero enhancements. These improvements result in class-leading combined fuel economy of 36 mpg (highway).
Music that Moves
|Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 156 hp
Torque: 144 ft-lbs
Engine : 2.4 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 173 hp
Torque: 168 ft-lbs
5-speed Manual, 6-speed Manual, 4-speed Automatic, 5-speed Automatic
Standard Kia Motors Safety
Forte offers a class-leading level of standard safety equipment, wîth features such as active front headrests, advanced two-stage airbags, front seat-mounted and side curtain airbags, four-wheel disc brakes wîth an antilock brake system (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control (TCS), and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
Like all Kia models, Forte is covered by a comprehensive warranty program, which offers unprecedented consumer protection. Included in this program are a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty, and a five-year or 100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty. A five-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan is also part of the comprehensive coverage program.
2009 Product Line
Kia Motors America offers a dynamic and diverse product line of 11 vehicles to meet the needs of all lifestyles. The 2009 vehicle line features the functional Rondo CÚV and award-winning Sedona minivan along wîth a wide variety of popular passenger cars, including the refined Amanti full-size sedan, purposeful Optima midsize sedan, versatile and compact Spectra and Spectra5, and sporty yet fuel-efficient Rio and Rio5 subcompacts. The vehicle line also features the affordably luxurious Borrego, rugged Sorento and value-packed Sportage SÚVs. The 2010 Soul will further complement the lineup when it arrives in dealerships this spring.
About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America (KMA) is the sales, marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 640 dealers throughout the Únited States. For 2008, KMA recorded its 14th consecutive year of increased Ú.S. market share. Kia Motors subscribes to a philosophy of building high value, high quality, safe and dynamic vehicles. Kia Motors prides itself on producing vehicles that are exciting and enabling and evoke the Kia tagline 'The Power to Surprise.'Source - Kia
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