Kia in Korean stands for the phrase “To rise up out of Asia.” That is certainly appropriate for this South Korean car manufacturer who has risen out of Asia and is poised to take over the world, the automobile manufacturing world that is. This company with very humble beginnings is riding the crest of a wave of increased sales this year. It’s breaking records while keeping its promise of delivering the new and redesigned models for the coming season.
Kia should be proud of itself for climbing and passing the previous year’s sales numbers and it should be extremely happy with the reception its new models are receiving by satisfied car buyers. The Optima has been reworked and improved and the new Forte is ready to drive in dealers’ showrooms like Team Kia of Concord.
The Optima has always been a popular car and is maintaining that position with Kia lovers. The Forte is new to the States and will rival larger and more costly cars as far as comfort, amenities, equipment, performance and style. It’s considered a compact but has the feel of a mid-size sedan. It comes in hatchback four-door, a two-door coupe or a four-door sedan. The cabin is neat and stylish at the same time. It also reeks of comfort and quiet luxury.
The Forte comes with A/C, satellite radio and CD, stability control and full-power accessories. Some optional equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, interior upgrades, firmer suspension, leather upholstery and a sunroof, among many others.
Power for the Forte is supplied by either a four-cylinder 2.4-litre engine with 173bhp or a four-cylinder 2.0-litre engine with 156bhp, depending on which level you choose, and a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Kia Forte is a small car with a lot of personality and a great deal of performance and style. It is recognised as a leader in its class and is quite affordable. Many people have mistaken the Forte for a European sports car and once they get behind the wheel they’re convinced they were right. It’s a car that handles well and responds quickly. It’s not only comfortable to drive, that would be an understatement, but a lot of owners say that the only reason they want to get out of their Forte is so they can admire it from a distance. Farfetched? Not to Forte owners. Take one for a test drive and see for yourself.