• Dec 5, 2008
Click above for more detail shots of the Kia Forte

Despite the downbeat news out of Motown, good things are on the way from some of the transplants. Kia, in particular, is feeling pretty upbeat these days and is the only automaker that's decided to throw a holiday shin-dig in Detroit (so far) this year. While Honda and Nissan have cancelled plans for press conferences at the Detroit Auto Show, Kia will have debut new models in the Motor City, as well as in Chicago and New York. Fedorak told us that a brand new concept would be unveiled in Detroit while the US version of the compact Forte sedan will be shown in Chicago. Fedorak also promised something new for New York, but didn't give up any hints.

But one no show to the party was the Kia Soul. Immediately after the LA Auto Show, the Soul was packed on a truck and sent off in the general direction of Detroit. Unfortunately, a large snow bank ambushed the truck somewhere in the western states, causing it to run late and miss the party.


[Source: Kia]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Details of the Kia Forte were released long before the Chevrolet Cruze - which itself was designed in Korea - so quit the "copy this, copy that" rubbish.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @sonic_bang

      I couldn't agree more...Japs stolen not just the designs but also a lot IP from US and other countries passed few decades. I guess you have to start from somewhere.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very nice. The dash could use an accent color or stainless trim, but very nice regardless. Please offer in a 2 door coupe or 3 door hatch and I'll be interested.

      And please don't force that sweaty leather on me in some lame package to get the other features I really want like a moonroof or stereo upgrade.

        • 6 Years Ago
        The Forte will come in a 2-door guide a couple of months after the sedan's launch. The Forte Concept is a precursor to the coupe's appearance.

        William
        TheCarBlogger
        http://thecarblogger.blogspot.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      Civic front end? yes it's derivative
      ...but Cruze taillights and Sentra side?

      Please, you're trying too hard. Try Google images next time before comparing car designs and screaming "knockoff!".

      fyi, I'm not a fan of this car...I've heard the interior materials are less than pleasing thanks to major cost cutting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If that car had a different steering wheel and console layout. I'd say that is one fine looking car, inside & out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cars like this are the main reason why Detroit are collectively sucking hind tit. This car looks really well designed and put together. Come on Big 3! Make something Americans want to buy!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Cruze. Fiesta. Euro Focus. Kuga. Beat.

        Cars American auto Companies make (or have plans to make soon.) that plenty of Americans want to buy. and I guarantee you there will be plenty more within the next 2-3 years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      stop being a douchebag
      • 6 Years Ago
      With the new Optima, Boreggo, Soul and Forte, I think Kia is slowly and surely making their way to the top. I think by 2012, Kia/Hyundai will be the next Honda/Toyota.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And if they are really smart, they'll offer a good hybrid or alternative energy system sooner than later.

        • 6 Years Ago
        No I think it looks great.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hmmm, I'm really digging the Forte too. Somehow I find the clean lines really appealing, even though the front reminds me a bit of the Honda Civic. I think Kia have designed a great center console for the Forte, with a clean interface while preserving functionality without too much clutter. Seriously, I think one of the main features that many car manufacturers fail to deliver on is the instrument panel. Kudos to Kia!
        • 6 Years Ago
        It figures. Kia are getting their reward for having the wit to grab the brilliant Peter Schreyer in 2006 after Audi's disastrous decision to dump him in favour of the awful Walter da Silva.
        • 6 Years Ago
        true...call me crazy but I kind of like the Kia Forte..is it just me?! lols..
      • 6 Years Ago
      KIA is on the roll, crisis or not.

      Its Slovakia's factory, the only place that produces in Europe very popular Cee'd and Pro Cee'd is still running without any reductions and new engine factory is planned.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kia_Pro_cee%27d

      Procee'd is actually very good looking car...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmmm. This could be interesting.
      I'm looking forward to what KIA has to show, as I'm impressed by the Forte and the Soul.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Soul was actually at the SF Auto Show the week after the LA Show. Looks decent, better than the Element or the xB.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Kia was on such a roll there for a while and they kind of slumped off. Recently they have started to make some buzz again and if not for just some bad luck timing the Borrego could have really garnished some attention.

      This car and the Soul could be a great foundation for a bright future. I'm curious to see if they do anything with the interior because it looks cheap. The outside is spot on and look outstanding and with maybe a little trim the inside could match.
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