Kia Motors America Unveils All-New Forte 5-Door at 2013 Chicago Auto Show

  Kia Motors America Unveils All-New Forte 5-Door at 2013 Chicago Auto Show

201-HP Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine is First for Forte 5-Door SX

-- 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

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Kia Motors America (KMA) ignited the
2013 Chicago Auto Show when the all-new, ultra-hot Forte 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-liter 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 KMA 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.

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"We received very positive feedback after the all-new Forte sedan made its
debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, and we expect the all-new Forte
5-door will build upon that success," said Michael Sprague, executive vice
president of marketing & communications, KMA. "The combination of a useful
hatchback for carrying cargo and the sportiness of the turbocharged SX trim
make the all-new Forte 5-door a dual threat in the segment."

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-liter 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-liter 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^[1], Bluetooth^®[2] wireless technology, SiriusXM™
Satellite Radio^[3] , 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 fiber-style accents. The lower front fascia and rear valance also
feature carbon fiber-look trim pieces.

Additionally, both EX and SX trim levels offer optional HID headlights,
navigation system with HD Radio™^[4], 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 fiber-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-liter 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-liter 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 percent 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.

Kia: One of the World's Fastest Moving Global Automotive Brands

Kia Motors America is one of only three auto brands to increase U.S. sales in
each of the past four years, and in 2012 the company surpassed the 500,000
unit mark for the first time. With a full line of fun-to-drive cars and CUVs,
Kia is advancing value to new levels of sophistication by combining
European-influenced styling – under the guidance of chief design officer Peter
Schreyer – with cutting-edge technologies, premium amenities, affordable
pricing and the lowest cost of ownership in the industry. Kia recently joined
the exclusive ranks ofInterbrand's "Top 100 Best Global Brands," and is
poised to continue its momentum with seven all-new or significantly redesigned
vehicles scheduled to arrive in showrooms in 2013. Over the past decade Kia
Motors has invested more than $1.4 billion in the U.S., including the
company's first U.S. assembly plant in West Point, Georgia – Kia Motors
Manufacturing Georgia – which is responsible for the creation of more than
11,000 plant and supplier jobs. The success of the U.S.-built* Optima
andSorento in two of the industry's largest segments has fueled Kia's rapid
growth and is complemented by Kia's comprehensive lineup which includes the
Soul urban passenger vehicle,Sportage compact CUV, Optima Hybrid, the Forte
sedan, 5-door andKoup compacts, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and the
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 765 dealers throughout the United States and serves
as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA. In 2012, KMA
recorded its best-ever annual sales total and gained U.S. market share for the
18th consecutive year. 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.

* 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.

[1] 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.

[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] 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.

[4] HD Radio and the HD Radio logo are proprietary trademarks of iBiquity
Digital Corporation.

SOURCE Kia Motors America

Contact: Scott McKee, +1-949-468-4813, smckee@kiausa.com, or Mike Ofiara, Kia
Motors America, +1-949-943-9376, mofiara@kiausa.com
 
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