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Kia Bucks Conventional Wisdom with Forte 5-Door

Korean carmaker sees a growing market for hot hatches.

by on Feb.08, 2013

With the Forte 5-door, Kia is betting the hatchback market is heating up.

If it were to have listened to conventional wisdom, Kia would have stuck with building bland econoboxes, rather than moving steadily up-market with styling products like the Optima and Sorento. So, perhaps, it’s no surprise the Korean carmaker is again ignoring conventional wisdom with its plans to launch the new 5-door Kia Forte in a market that has traditionally disdained hatchbacks.

The all-new Forte 5-door is making its debut at the Chicago Auto Show and showing off another eye-catching, European-inspired design that is complimented by an all-new 1.6-liter gasoline direct-injected (GDI) turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

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The powertrain in the top-of-the-line Forte SX is designed to pump a little passion into the Forte hatchback, pumping out a full 201 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque, making the 5-door the most powerful Forte from KMA to date.


Kia Uncovers a Quartet of New Products in New York – and Promises More

Korean maker aiming for big bump with 2011 Optima, exploring wagon options with Forte 5-door.

by on Apr.01, 2010

Kia has big expectations for its 2011 Optima midsize sedan, one of four new models unveiled at the New York Auto Show.

Aiming to build on its current momentum, Kia rolled out a quartet of new products at the New York International Auto Show – and promised more will soon follow, including the brand’s first hybrid-electric vehicle.

The most significant of the new offerings on display at Jacob Javits Center is the 2011 Kia Optima, an all-new update of the Korean carmaker’s midsize sedan.  Like its sibling brand, Hyundai, Kia has been putting an increasing premium on styling, and the ’11 Optima is no exception.

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“This is a design to be benchmarked in the future,” declared Peter Schreyer, the German designer who has been leading the automaker’s move towards more expressive styling.  If anything, said several observers, after the news conference, the 2011 Kia Optima is more up-market and distinctive than the well-reviewed new Hyundai Sonata.