Kia Motors America Unveils All-New 2014 Forte Sedan at Los Angeles International Auto Show

      Kia Motors America Unveils All-New 2014 Forte Sedan at Los Angeles
                           International Auto Show

All-new Forte Offers More Space and a Sleek European-inspired Design

-- Longer, lower and wider than the previous Forte

-- Goes on sale in the first quarter of 2013 offering a plethora of upscale
features

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pulling the silk off the all-new
2014 Forte sedan today at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, Kia Motors
America (KMA) revealed a stunning European design-inspired sedan that makes it
clear the Korean auto manufacturer has another winner in its line-up of
sought-after cars and CUVs. Sitting on an all-new chassis that is longer,
wider and lower than the previous-generation Forte, the all-new
third-generation Forte will offer more room, more performance and more premium
amenities when it's expected to go on sale in the first quarter of 2013. The
all-new 2014 Forte will be offered in LX and EX variants with a choice of an
efficient 1.8-liter engine or a more powerful 2.0-liter engine.

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"The all-new Forte significantly raises the bar, offering upscale amenities
and eye-catching appeal," said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of
marketing & communications, KMA. "When you combine exclusive available
features like a ventilated driver's seat and UVO eServices in a car with such
an attractive design, it's very clear the all-new Forte sets a new standard
for the compact segment."

Set to arrive at Kia retailers in early 2013, the all-new Forte will represent
the heart of KMA's small-car line-up, replacing the current Forte, which has
been a sales success story since launching in 2009. Slotted between the Rio
sub-compact sedan and the best-selling Optima mid-size sedan, the all-new
Forte includes a raft of unexpected available premium features in a package
that easily accommodates five passengers and their belongings.

Unexpected Premium Features

Offered in LX and EX trim levels, the all-new Forte proudly carries on Kia's
reputation for offering premium features that redefine automotive segments.
The LX model comes standard with steering wheel mounted audio controls,
SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio^[1], Bluetooth^® wireless technology^[2], power
windows, air conditioning and power heated outside mirrors among the many
features that make the Forte stand out from its competition. The optional
Popular Package adds 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, keyless entry with
remote trunk release and a sliding front armrest. The Eco Package includes
Kia's ISG (Idle Stop & Go) system, dual-zone automatic temperature control
with rear seat ventilation and unique "eco" badge.

Stepping up to the EX trim broadens Forte's appeal with additional comfort and
convenience features. Kia's next-generation UVO in-vehicle infotainment system
with eServices is standard and can now be integrated with an optional
navigation system. Additional standard EX features include remote keyless
entry with trunk opener, rear camera back-up display^[3], a sliding center
armrest and a cooling glove box. The new optional Flex Steer system allows the
driver to choose between three distinct steering profiles: Comfort, Normal and
Sport. Features found in the optional Premium Package include heated front and
rear seats, a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat with class-exclusive
air-cooled ventilation, leather seat trim, power sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels
and push button start with Smart Key and a heated steering wheel. Opting for
the Technology Package garners HID headlights, LED tail lights, a 4.2-inch
color LCD cluster screen and dual-zone automatic temperature control with rear
seat ventilation.

Enhanced Performance, Improved Ride and Handling

The all-new Forte offers spirited performance thanks to two advanced
four-cylinder engines. The LX features a 1.8-liter powerplant, while the EX
comes standard with a 2.0-liter engine. Both engines feature dual continuously
variable valve timing and a lightweight intake manifold that reduces weight by
30 percent over a cast unit. The aluminum "bed plate" located below the
cylinder block reduces engine NVH levels and improves block rigidity by 30
percent.

With 148 horsepower available at 6,500 rpm and 131 lb.-ft. of torque on tap at
4,700 rpm, the 1.8-liter MPI inline four-cylinder engine found in the LX
routes power to the front wheels through either a standard six speed manual
transmission or an optional six speed automatic gearbox.

Forte EX enhances the driving experience with a 173-horsepower (at 6,500 rpm)
2.0-liter inline four cylinder GDI engine. With a robust 154 lb.-ft. of torque
available at 4,700 rpm, the EX comes standard with a six speed automatic.

The all-new Forte rides on a chassis that is longer (by 1.2 inches), lower
(0.6 inches) and wider (0.2 inches) than the previous Forte sedan. With its
106.3-inch wheelbase, two inches longer than the outgoing model, the all-new
Forte rides on a McPherson strut front suspension and a coupled torsion beam
rear axle. On-center steering feel is improved utilizing larger bushings and
revised front suspension geometry. Electric power steering has replaced the
hydraulic system from the previous Forte, reducing parasitic load. Optional
Flex Steer puts the driver firmly in control with settings for Comfort, Normal
and Sport, which vary steering effort at the touch of a steering wheel-mounted
button.

The base LX manual rides on 195/65R-15 tires, while 205/55R-16 tires on
16-inch alloy wheels are optional. The top-of-the-line EX is shod with the
same 55-series tires. Low-profile 215/45-17 tires mounted on sporty 17-inch
alloy wheels are optional.

Sport Sedan Design From California

With an aggressive stance, broad shoulders and a windshield rake that can only
be described as sporty, the all-new Forte looks as good parked as it does
carving through a remote canyon road. Influenced by European sport sedan
styling, the Forte's modern aesthetic was born in California at Kia's American
Design Center in Irvine.

Dramatically swept headlight lenses cut deeply into the front fenders and
incorporate projector headlamps. LED positioning lights create distinct
eyebrows, making the Forte instantly recognizable in a crowd. Gentle sculpting
along the Forte's lower flanks taper the sheet metal inward, affording the car
a taut, nimble appearance without diminishing its road presence. Around back,
the up-kicked fender line and trunk design, with its deep horizontal crease,
lend width and charisma while allowing the complex curves of the tail lights
to flow over the rear haunches.

A Modern and Sophisticated Cabin

Opening the wide doors reveals a cabin sculpted in organic curves. Gentle
ripples across the instrument panel convey serenity, as if small waves are
radiating from a pebble dropped into a pond. The driver-centric cabin is
canted 10 degrees and features high-quality materials and soft touch points.
Large, easy-to-read instruments dominate the binnacle, and secondary controls
fall easily to hand. The optional 4.2-inch color LCD screen nestled between
the white-on-black gauges in the EX provides trip and ancillary vehicle
information front and center to the driver. Tasteful chrome bezels ring the
HVAC rotary knobs and the optional push-button start. Additional chrome
accents, standard Bluetooth^® hands free phone integration and power windows,
mirrors and door locks enhance the all-new Forte's premium feel. Optional
leather seating trim, power sunroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control
with rear seat vents and HID head lights take the Forte to new levels of
sophistication.

Kia's Unprecedented Growth
Kia Motors is one of the world's fastest moving global automotive brands; from
2009-2011 Kia launched more new vehicles in the U.S. than any other automaker,
and under the guidance of chief design officer Peter Schreyer earned a
reputation as an industry leader in automotive styling. Kia Motors America's
full line of fun-to-drive cars and CUVs has earned critical acclaim and
dramatically increased consumer awareness, perception and consideration for
the brand. In 2011, KMA recorded its 17^th consecutive year of market share
growth, thanks in part to the largest increase of any major brand in perceived
quality^^[4] and the industry's highest brand loyalty ranking^^[5]. Kia's
U.S.-based manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia – KMMG – is
responsible for the creation of more than 10,000 plant and supplier jobs and
builds two of the company's best-selling vehicles in the U.S. – the Sorento
CUV and Optima midsize sedan*. Kia's value and technology-laden lineup also
includes the Sportage compact CUV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Optima
Hybrid, Forte compact sedan, Forte 5-door compact hatchback, Forte Koup
two-door coupe, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and Sedona minivan.

About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors
Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of
vehicles through more than 755 dealers throughout the United States and serves
as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA. In 2011, KMA
recorded its best-ever annual sales total and became one of the fastest
growing car companies in the U.S.^[6] Kia is poised to continue its momentum
and will continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality,
value, advanced safety features and new technologies.

Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is available
at its website – www.kia.com. For media information, including photography,
visit www.kiamedia.com.

[1] Sirius services require subscriptions, sold separately after 3-month trial
included with vehicle purchase/lease. Subscriptions governed by SiriusXM
Customer Agreement at siriusxm.com© 2011 SiriusXM Radio Inc. Sirius, XM and
all related marks and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc.
[2] The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by
Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Kia is under license. Other
trademarks and tradenames are those of their respective owners. A compatible
Bluetooth® wireless technology enabled cell phone is required to use
Bluetooth® wireless technology.
[3] The rear camera display is not a substitute for proper and safe backing-up
procedures. The rear camera display may not detect every object behind the
vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution when backing up
* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX Trims and certain LX Trims only) and GDI
Turbo are built in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.
[4] Source: Automotive Lease Guide Spring 2011 Perceived Quality Study.
[5] Source: Experian Automotive Q2 2011 market analysis.
[6] Based on 5-year cumulative growth between 12-month retail sales for
periods ending October 2007 and October 2012 of all U.S. automotive brands.

SOURCE Kia Motors America

Website: http://www.kia.com
Contact: Scott McKee, +1-949-468-4813, smckee@kiausa.com; James Hope, Kia
Motors America, +1-949-468-1875, jhope@kiausa.com