A compact car, the Forte is manufactured by the South Korean car company Kia Motors. It has been on the market since the year 2008. The Forte was the replacement for the Kia Cerato. It is available in a 2 door coupe style, a 4 door sedan, and a 5 door hatchback variety. The Forte is not available in Europe where the similar Cee’d is offered instead. In the Ukraine and Russia both the Forte and the Cee’d is available. The car is marketed as the Kia K3 in South Korea.
In certain markets, including Brazil, Australia, and Costa Rica, the Forte is sold as the Cerato, which replaced the former version of the vehicle. Kia Cerato Forte is the name that is used for the vehicle in Singapore and Columbia.
The Coupe style of the Kia Forte was revealed as a concept vehicle in March of 2008 at the International Auto Show in New York. The concept version had a twin turbo charged engine.
The Sedan style of the Kia Forte was designed by Tom Kearns along with his team in his California design studio. The Coup was designed in the same studio. The model in Korea started being sold in August of 2008. The Sedan was unveiled in the United States at the Chicago Auto Show in 2009.
The hatchback style of the Kia Forte made its debut at the International Auto Show in New York in the year 2010.
The mild hybrid version of the car was unveiled by Kia in 2009 at the Motor Show in Seoul to be sold in the market in South Korea. Similar to the Hyundai Elantra Hybrid, the Kia version is powered with liquefied petroleum gas. It is also powered by the 85 kilowatt LPG engine that is paired with the 15 kilowatt motor that is electric and the lithium polymer battery. This made it the first vehicle in production that used lithium polymer batteries.
Kia has offered several different variants of the Forte across the different global markets. In Asia it is offered as the Forte Furuidi and has been available since the year 2009. It was first revealed at the Nanjing International Expo Center. The word Furuidi means auspiciousness and luck in Chinese and is pronounced similar to Forte in English.
In the Ukraine and Russia the Cerato is offered, which is the same concept as the Forte. It is offered in addition to the notchback Cee’d. The coupe and the saloon are available together in these markets. The Forte is not offered in any other European markets because small family sedans are not typically popular in these countries.
In the U.S. the LX and EX of 2010 each had a 2.0 liter CVVT engine as well as a standard manual transmission. There were also options for a four or five speed automatic. In the model year 2011, the Forte is also available with a six speed automatic transmission. The 4 and 5 speed automatic transmissions were discontinued.
The company released images of the new generation of the Forte in the late part of July in the year 2012. The second generation was released for the 2014 model year. It has been redesigned with a wider, lower, and longer stance. It is also believed to have LED taillights and headlights as the standard feature. The inside will feature the driver oriented cockpit.
In order to make the Forte more fuel efficient, it now comes with the Nu engine in the 1.8 liter DOHC that produces 148 horsepower.
This version of the Forte was first introduced to the public from South Korea at the Santiago Motor Show in Chile. It was presented as the Cerato at the show in October of 2012.