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2010 Kia Forte: Spectra No More

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2010 Kia Forte

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And you thought you'd have to wait forever to see the pics of the new Spectra we were talking about just a few days ago. Thanks to a Korean blogger (via Autoblog), the new Spectra replacement dropped this morning under the name Forte.

It's still not certain that the Forte name will be used in the United States, but the new car is promised for a 2009 calendar-year launch here. A two-door coupe based on the Kia Koup concept is in the cards, too. In Korea, the Forte goes on sale near the end of August.

The Forte also replaces the similar car sold as the Cerato in worldwide markets. It's the first car penned for Kia by Peter Schreyer, who ditched the VW Group for his new Seoul brothers a few years back. The styling theme is said to be the new look for the brand. A new four-cylinder engine will be offered on base cars; a bigger four will be added later. And there's reason to believe this is the car that Kia will christen its new Georgia assembly plant with, since plans for a unibody truck have been yanked from the product plan.

2010 Kia Forte

2010 Kia Forte

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2010 Kia Forte

2010 Kia Forte

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  1. Scary when the Kia Forte looks better then the recently released Acura TSX. This is the direction the Acura TAS should have taken.
     
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  2. Wow, that's an amazing looking car for a Kia. Goes to show that a good designer won't "Bangle" up the car.
     
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  3. I'm quite impressed and hope the rear looks just as good. The 2006.5 Optima was the first Kia that I found vaguely attractive, can't wait to see what the upcoming redesign will look like. If the Forte is any indication, Kia is definitely hitting their stride and, much like Hyundai, building vehicles that can compete with the best of them- and not just by costing less and having a 100k warranty.
     
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