Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Kia Forte



One good looking small car.
At least as good as anything from Japan.

It will come over here next year with a 2 liter engine. A coupe, similar to last year's concept, should follow soon after.

A true Civic fighter.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

It does look good. I see quite a bit of the Acura TSX in this design.

Anonymous said...

Kia builds pure and utter garbage, and when you make a warranty claim, nothing is covered. Japanese cars rock, Pete and the Korean cars walk.

Anonymous said...

Kia TSX???

Anonymous said...

Now they just need to work on their resale value. Kia resale value is horrible but yet they make excellent cars.

Anonymous said...

Great looking car for the price!

Anonymous said...

is this the new Spectra? that frontend

Anonymous said...

Kia Civic?

Anonymous said...

Im sure thats the new Kia Spinkter

Anonymous said...

Does this thing have a modern engine this time?

Anonymous said...

This is actually a nicely designed car (at least the exterior; I haven't seen any interior photos, yet). I think it ranks near the top of the mainstream compact sedan segment with the Mazda3 and Mitsubishi Lancer in regards to exterior style. This car would be the first Kia product that I would actually consider buying. Good job, Kia!

Unknown said...

Yep, this replaces the Spectra. Sources indicate that the Spectra name will be dropped, and the Forte name will be used in the U.S.

It's a nice enough looking car, though still a touch on the bland side.

This would have rocked the house in 2000. Now it's just "okay".

Light years better looking then the current Spectra though.

Like others have said, if they could just get their resale value up and improve their customer relations from the warranty side...

Anonymous said...

the front end mimics the civic, the c pillar has the same shape as the tl. but other then that it looks great!

Anonymous said...

Kia stole the stearing wheel design from Mercedes and the tail light plastic from VW and the round wheels from Honda and whaaah.

Anonymous said...

the tail light looks like Lexus IS or something, again, this says it all, Korean copy from Japanese as well!

Anonymous said...

The overall shape of the head looks like a mix of TSX and civic Coupe

Soul2Stinger said...

So they are dropping the Spectra name to start afresh again? I didn't think the Spectra (especially in it's current last gen Elantra form) had any negative connotations? I thought it was cleaver to cover up the Sepia with it... R.I.P. 2000-2008. Forte just sounds weird to me. Spectra sounded smart.

Anonymous said...

too bad they're not bringing the hatch version to the US. maybe we'll get it in Canada, though.
nice and sharp and clean, and much much better than the Spectra.
BTW, we lease a Sportage, and no reliability problems at all (despite comments to the contrary above). solid and modern and okay to drive (though i'm campaigning for a smaller, more economical car when the lease runs out). i know older Kia's are not very solid or reliable, but they seem to be changing this.

Anonymous said...

Its NOT FROM JAPAN YOU IDIOT ITS FROM KOREA

Anonymous said...

ITS NOT FROM JAPAN KIA IS A KOREAN COMPANY