Since we already know what the 2014 Kia Forte will look like courtesy of the Kia K3 and Cerato, the big news at the car's official debut at the LA Auto Show could end up being where the car is built. Reuters is reporting that Kia is considering building the all-new Forte in the US, and while it didn't say which plant, we'd venture to guess the redesigned compact will be built alongside its sister car, the Hyundai Elantra, in Montgomery, Alabama.

This report is even more credible following an article in Bloomberg that indicates that labor disputes and union strikes in South Korea affected Kia's third-quarter profits and stock prices. The strike lasted from July through September, and it ended up costing Kia output of about 63,000 vehicles and resulted in a decrease in exports by 9.2 percent. Currently, 62 percent of Kia's production takes place in South Korea, and moving to non-union plants (such as those in the US) could help diversify output and avoid such impacting consequences in the future.

If true, this could make the Forte the third Kia model made in the USA following the Sorento and Optima that are both built right up I-85 from the Elantra in West Point, Georgia.


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      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Makes sense to me.
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        Soyntgo4it
        • 2 Years Ago
        You are a joke you have no clue what you are talking about.. KIA is in fact the joke here.. Why do you think they need that long warranty.. JUNK That is why everything breaks in a KIA/HYUNDAI..
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Soyntgo4it
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          Lx495
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Soyntgo4it
          Meanwhile, back here on Planet Earth, no. Just no. Lars
          Kahz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Soyntgo4it
          Mate, to call Kia junk now... that is the joke. This isn't the 90s.
        Soyntgo4it
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yet KIA never made it on CR report as being reliable. So maybe you should stop mouthing off when you clearly never did your research on KIA and CR.
          BB79826
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Soyntgo4it
          What are you talking about? The most reliable auto manufacturers in the most recent CR were all the major Japanese manufacturers, Audi, and Kia. Try again, troll.
        creamwobbly
        • 2 Years Ago
        Really? Kia needs Civic to be a joke, Focus to be overpriced, Malibu to suffer negative reviews, and Cruze to be ignored? Because it sure sounds like you're saying Kia needs all the help it can get. Or maybe, just maybe, Kia will (despite my personal expectations based on direct personal experience of Kia and Hyundai vehicles) put out a really nice, reliable and well-equipped model and compete as a comparable vehicle to the Civic, Focus, Malibu, and Cruze.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @creamwobbly
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          creamwobbly
          • 2 Years Ago
          @creamwobbly
          Appreciate the level-headed response, SU. Somewhat rare these days.
      T-Mille
      • 2 Years Ago
      Look at that thing! It's WAY sexier than the Civic!
        Kahz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @T-Mille
        Civic was never sexy to begin with...?
      robertlyt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Make the hatch version, and make it identical to the top-trim Kia C'eed, with no kit stripped out, and you will have two enthusiastic thumbs-up here.
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