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


    --  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.

Cathy Laroche Public Relations Manager Kia Canada Inc.  C:514.554.0843 
E:claroche@kia.ca 

Daniel Ponzini Public Relations and Events Coordinator Kia Canada Inc.

T:905.755.6415 C:647.462.8986 E:dponzini@kia.ca  

SOURCE: KIA Canada Inc.

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