• Jun 24, 2008
First there was the sketch showing Kia's Spectra replacement, the Forte, looking tantalizingly great. Now comes what appears to be a photograph of the actual car to further whet our appetites. While we know the Forte is going to crib lines from the great looking Koup concept that we saw in New York, we can't help but be reminded of the Saturn Ion by this latest image. Maybe it's the angle, or the lighting, or the shape of the headlamps, we don't know. The side profile shows a vehicle that's exponentially more awesome than the melted Studebaker Lark looking thing that Saturn was selling not too long ago, so we'll go with that. The current Spectra is a decent looking car as far as conservatively styled vehicles go, but the Forte is a step up, with a form that evokes higher-end iron like Acura, and maybe there's a little G8 in that front stance. For now, Kia's got us like a putty in their palm, waiting for the next teaser shot to appear. How about it?

[Source: kia-world]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Ion? Can I have a hit from your pipe please.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Now it's back on. What's going on? :S
      • 6 Years Ago
      Studebaker Lark? Obscure reference winner today! :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Seeing as the Lark was much bigger, yet got 30 MPG hwy back in '62, that wouldn't be a bad benchmark. Of course, the supercharged 289 didn't get that kind of mileage. It was a lot more fun to drive, though...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks good from we can see, so far. Kudos to Kia, especially if this drives on par with something like the Mazda3. It needs the dynamics to match its looks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seriously, unless they actually made it good-looking - which I doubt - what is the point of teaser pics? It can only end poorly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh yes, putty. I can hardly stand the excitement.
      • 6 Years Ago
      c'mon...can you really call anything from kia a teaser? =P
        • 6 Years Ago
        HAHA i thought the same thing

        A teaser?....a Kia Teaser? just doesnt sound right
        • 6 Years Ago
        just now, i was going to write about that.

        it seams teasers are popular in these days
      • 6 Years Ago
      The nose is very Civic-esque, but I this better, it's more proportionate.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I like this better,******
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why is that on Autoblog? This first appeared on Bobaedream and Kia did not release this. Maybe the guy who posted this on Kia-World cannot understand Korean, but the members in the Korean website are debating this is a photoshop of the KOUP Concept. It might be genuine, but no one said it's official.

      William
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not seeing much Saturn ION there, thankfully. No "tear ducts" in the lights or chrome bars in the grille.

      The production model's going to owe a lot more to the current-gen Civic and the prev-gen TSX/Euro Accord. Which makes sense, if Kia's trying to position itself as the leaner, sportier arm of Hyundai.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why delete my comment? I was just informing you guys for your credibility reputation. Sheesh.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love how Kia is making "teasers" now...
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