2009 Kia Forte review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 21 August 2008 , 20:08:38 byVeronica

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Kia Forte

Kia revealed its new Forte compact sedan on Thursday and the model will go on sale next week. What you should know is that it is powered by a 1.6-liter engine gasoline or diesel and it is the newest model after another 1.6-liter version of Cerato was released in November, 2003. The carmaker is thinking of adding another 2.0-liter engine later. Until then, this one produces 124 horsepower. The price for the Kia Forte is somewhere between 11.9 million WON ($ 11.300) and 19.6 million WON depending on the accessories. The target sales for this year are 30.000 units. Annual sales for the model will rise to 250.000 annually from 2012. To boost sales, the carmaker revamped its lineup by redesigning its Morning, mid-sized sedan Lotze and the new Mohave sport-utility vehicle. The sales target was reached this month with 364.000 units sold for the year.

Kia Motors Corp., South Korea`s No. 2 carmaker, unveiled its new Forte compact sedan Thursday, hoping that the fuel-efficient car will help boost sales amid higher fuel prices.

The new model, which goes on sale next week, is the latest entrant to the country`s 1.6-liter vehicle segment and marks the automaker`s newest model after another 1.6-liter version of Cerato was released in November, 2003.

The Forte, equipped with a gasoline or diesel engine, will compete with the Avante by Hyundai Motor Co. (KSE:005380), the SM3 by Renault Samsung Motors Co. and the Lacetti by GM Daewoo Auto & Technology Co.

The new Kia model generates 124 horsepower, and the company plans to add a 2-liter engine later.

The price for the Forte ranges from 11.9 million won (US$11,300) to 19.6 million won, depending on accessories and engine types, it said.

The automaker, an affiliate of Hyundai Motor Co. (KSE:, said it aims to sell 50,000 units domestically and 170,000 units overseas next year. For this year, Kia Motors targets the sale of 30,000 units. Annual sales for the model will rise to 250,000 annually from 2010, it said.

Kia Motors revamped its lineup to boost sales by redesigning its minicar Morning, mid-sized sedan Lotze and new Mohave sport-utility vehicle. It also plans to add a small crossover vehicle, known as Soul, later this year.

Kia Motors last month raised its domestic sales target to 364,000 units this year from 327,000, fueled by strong sales of its Morning mini-car.