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[February 07, 2013]

Kia unveils all-new Forte 5-Door at 2013 Chicago Auto Show

(Canada Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Lower, longer and wider, the all-new Forte 5-Door combines European style with the practicality of a hatchback Forte 5-Door is expected to go on sale in the third quarter of 2013 SEOUL, Korea, Feb. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Kia ignited the 2013 Chicago Auto Show when the all-new, ultra-hot Forte (Cerato in some markets) 5-door rolled on-stage today.  The all-new Forte 5-door SX's eye-catching European-inspired hatchback design is complimented by an all-new 1.6-litre gasoline direct-injected (GDI) turbocharged four-cylinder engine putting out 201 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque, making the all-new Forte 5-door SX the most powerful Forte from Kia to date.  The Forte 5-door is expected to go on sale in the third quarter of 2013, and pricing will be announced closer to launch.


"The launch of the all-new Forte 5-Door continues to demonstrate Kia's commitment to providing innovative world-class design," said Robert Staffieri, Director of Marketing, Kia Canada Inc. "The Forte 5-Door infuses European-inspired styling with the functionality and practicality of a hatchback, while also providing impressive performance with an all-new 1.6-litre turbo gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine." Presented in two trim levels, EX and SX, with two distinct engine choices, the Forte 5-door will offer customers Kia's long list of premium amenities and features not normally found in the compact segment.  Under the hood, the Forte 5-door packs a punch, with the EX's 2.0-litre GDI four-cylinder engine putting out a healthy 173 horsepower and 154 lb.-ft. of torque through a 6-speed automatic transmission.  The performance-oriented SX comes standard with the hard-charging 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder, a first for the Forte line.  The SX also offers buyers the chance to pick their own gears with a standard 6-speed manual transmission, or they may opt for the 6-speed automatic featuring steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Standard features and technology take value to new levels of sophistication Carrying on Kia's reputation of offering tremendous value, the all-new Forte 5-door offers buyers an impressive allotment of technology and safety features.  The base EX comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, UVO eServices with rear camera display, Bluetooth®  wireless technology, SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio, leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio and cruise control buttons, FlexSteer™, tilt and telescoping steering column, power windows, and LED positioning headlights with fog lights.

The SX trim ups the ante with standard 18-inch alloy wheels, dual chrome exhaust tips, and LED tail lights.  Forte 5-door SX also offers an aggressive front fascia with larger bumper and grille openings, black gloss grille inserts, larger front brakes, alloy sport pedals, front and rear seats with carbon fibre-style accents.  The lower front fascia and rear valance also feature carbon fibre-look trim pieces.

Additionally, both EX and SX trim levels offer optional HID headlights, navigation system with HD Radio™, sunroof, heated steering wheel,10-way adjustable power driver's seat, heated front seats and cooled driver's seat, heated rear outboard seats, leather seating surfaces, SmartKey with push-button start, electric chromatic rearview mirror and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Stunning European design language Born from the Kia design studio in Seoul and overseen by Kia's global chief of design, Peter Schreyer, the Forte 5-door's sophisticated hatchback profile, large wheels and aggressive posture give it a distinctly European appearance that speaks to its performance intentions.  The chiseled body commands attention and continues Kia's tradition as a design leader in the industry.

Like its Forte sedan counterpart, the Forte 5-door's swept headlights stretch deep into the front fenders and the raked windshield and broad shoulders give the front end a sleek, sporty appearance.  LED positioning lights add a premium look to the front fascia.  Moving around the vehicle, the large 18-inch wheels fill the wheel wells on the SX, and the hatchback profile affords a performance-oriented European personality.  Around back, the rear hatch glass opens to reveal 23.2 cubic feet of usable cargo space.  LED tail lights complete the premium feel of the exterior and a sporty rear valance with twin chrome exhaust tips maintains the Forte 5-door's edgy demeanor.

Sporty cabin with premium features Inside, the Forte 5-door features premium materials and soft touch points. Large, easy-to-read white-on-black gauges nestle deeply into the instrument cluster.  Chrome accents around the HVAC controls and optional push-button start, along with carbon fibre-like textures on the dash and seats, add a sporty touch.  A grippy leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are further evidence of the Forte 5-door's performance aspirations. Class-exclusive available features such as front and rear heated outboard seats, an air-cooled driver's seat and driver-selectable electric steering further set the Forte 5-door apart from its competition.

Thrilling driving experience The Forte 5-door SX is the most powerful Forte built by Kia to date, utilizing a 1.6-litre GDI turbocharged four-cylinder that help improve performance.  Power is seamlessly transferred to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.  The GDI powerplant produces 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,750-4,500 rpm.  The advanced powertrain features double overhead cams with dual continuously variable valve timing to help improve efficiency and performance.

The Forte 5-door EX comes standard with a 2.0-litre GDI powerplant producing 173 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm.  During durability testing, the engines are run 300 continuous hours at redline under full load then for an additional 20 hours at 10 per cent above redline under full load.

To help further improve performance, the Forte 5-door features a sport-tuned suspension with a McPherson strut setup in front and a multilink rear design.  The Forte 5-door rides on standard 205/55R-16 tires while 225/40R-18 tires are included with the SX trim for an even more sporting driving experience.

Editor's Notes: Specifications, features and trim levels in this release are for the U.S. market. Product details for other regions will be made available closer to their respective launch dates. Please check with your regional Kia Motors headquarters or authorized distributor for technical specifications and trims available for your market.

About Kia Canada Inc.:Kia Canada Inc. (www.kia.ca - www.facebook.com/kiacanada) a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart is a subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) which was founded in 1999 and sells and services high quality, class leading vehicles like the Soul, Forte, Optima and Sorento through a network of 180 dealers nationwide. Kia Canada Inc. employs 162 people in its Mississauga, Ontario headquarters and four regional offices across Canada, with an all-new state-of-the-art facility to open in Montreal shortly. Kia's brand slogan "The Power to Surprise" represents the company's global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting & inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.

About Kia Motors Corporation: Kia Motors Corporation (www.kia.com) - a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart - was founded in 1944 and is Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. Over 2.7 million Kia vehicles a year are produced in nine manufacturing and assembly operations in five countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering around 150 countries. Kia today has over 47,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of US$42 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA - the governing body of the FIFA World Cup™. Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan - "The Power to Surprise" - represents the company's global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting and inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.

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