2010 Kia Forte
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2010 Kia Forte

Toronto, Ontario – Kia Canada unveiled their all new Forte sedan today at the 2009 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. The compact Forte four-door sedan will replace the current Spectra when it arrives in Canadian dealerships in April, 2009.

Developed at Kia’s new design centre in Irvine, California, the design team led by Peter Schreyer, formerly of Audi Design, has given the new Forte “a strong presence, creating a look and feel that is distinct and advances Kia’s new design language,” says a Kia news release.

“The new Forte further illustrates Kia’s focus on creating vehicles that inspire passion and excitement in our customers”, says Brian Kim, National Manager Product Planning. “Inside and out, the new Forte continues the ongoing complete regeneration of our product line, with high quality vehicles that are fun to drive and own.”

All Forte sedans will come standard with six airbags, four wheel disc brakes with ABS, steering wheel mounted audio controls, voice activated Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with AUX and USB input ports, heated outside power mirrors, power locks and windows.

The Forte 2.0L LX model will offer a 157-horsepower 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic. The LX “Plus” adds a five-speed automatic transmission, manual air conditioning and keyless entry with panic feature.The Forte 2.0L EX adds 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), integrated turn signals on the outside mirrors, heated seats, steering wheel mounted cruise control, exterior chrome door handles and a telescoping steering wheel. An optional power tilting and sliding sunroof is also available in the 2.0L EX with manual and automatic transmissions.

The sporty Forte 2.4L SX is offered with a six-speed manual or a five speed automatic transmission. Its 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine makes 174 horsepower. A sport tuned suspension and 17 inch tires enhances handling and cornering ability. The SX trim includes automatic climate control, “Supervision” instrument cluster, leather seats with leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, alloy sport pedals, fog lights and a Sirius satellite radio with a free three month subscription.

Final pricing and has not been announced.

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