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2010 Kia Forte LPI hybrid electric car caught in the open

After the pompous official unveiling, the upcoming Kia Forte LPI hybrid has been caught out in the open. Kia first introduced the Forte hybrid car at the 2009 Seoul Auto Show earlier this year and at the same time, the company also introduced it’s new eco-friendly sub-brand, called Eco-Dynamics.

The Eco Dynamics brand will find it’s place on new Kia vehicles with environmentally-pleasant technologies. Those include cars and crossovers equipped with ISG (Idle Stop and Go) systems, hybrid electric powertrains and fuel cell stacks. First to bear the Eco Dynamics logo will be the 2010 Kia Forte LPI hybrid.

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Kia’s first ever mass produced hybrid car will be powered by a mild-hybrid system consisting of 1.6L LPI (Liquefied Petroleum Injected) Gamma engine – producing a crop of 114-horsepower – and electric motor that generates additional 20 horsepower. Mated to the CVT transmission, the Forte LPI hybrid will average an estimated fuel economy of 4.7L/100km.

On the outside, the Forte LPI hybrid differentiates itself from it’s non-hybrid variant with radically redesigned front and rear fascias. In front, Forte hybrid features a slightly redesigned Kia corporate grille and a bumper with attractive fog lights design, while at rear, there are new LED technology equipped tail-lights, lip spoiler and a revamped rear bumper. Inside the Forte hybrid features a navigation display and a Super Vision instrument cluster for hybrid system data.

According to Kia, the Forte hybrid LPI will be the first hybrid car in the world to use a Lithium Polymer battery pack, which will be supplied by Korean LG Chem, the same company charged with supply the battery pack for the upcoming Chevy Volt. The Kia Forte LPI hybrid electric vehicle is scheduled to go on sale in South Korean market in August this year.  [Image Source: bobaedream.co.kr]

18 thoughts on “2010 Kia Forte LPI hybrid electric car caught in the open

  1. It looks okay, I mean… It’s a electric hybrid. They had to make something different from the normal forte =D

  2. i thought it’ll use lithium polymers. wasnt that what they were testing with LG?

  3. Colby YES I have, its a Great Car.. I am looking forward to the Koup..I like the HO Blue Forte SX its a beautiful car and fun to drive.

  4. Not too fond of the styling but people like to get noticed for their efforts and if this is the way Kia thinks is right I guess we have no choice~ At least the technology is good.

  5. this is great!! i mean how do u guys want them to make a hybrid.i love the tail lights,reflectors.the diffusers are awesome cuz ive never seen any on a sedan.

  6. The taillights are…rice…What else can be said? I would bet that the Forte’s designer, Peter Schreyer, doesn’t approve. Wheels look strange too, like there was something that went wrong in the casting process.

  7. This car looks like what it is-a test car. I’d be lying to y’all if I said I wasn’t interested in returning to Kia by trading in my ’08 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS for one of these. I said interested-not dead set on it. Keep things straight in your mind. Just kidding. I’ll be waiting with baited breath for more info. on this beautiful new Kia motorcar.

  8. WTF is wrong with auto manufacturers? Why the hell is it that every time something is branded ECO it has to be turned into a hideous, puke inducing vehicle.

    Why the hell can’t KIA simply offer a hybrid Forte SX with sports suspension and the decent looks it already has?

    I simply don’t get it.

  9. Hello,

    I’m French !

    I hope you will sent this car en France soon !!!
    I’m sure it will have une very big success !!

    If you can inform me, when you

    See you soon, in a KIA’s shop with the Kia Forte LPI hybrid

  10. NKAC=North America, Korea, Australia, China have nearly the same driving tastes, Needs, and wants out of cars. Thats why we are usually considered almost the same market.

    Australia and China gets some cars from the Euro lineup. China more so than Austrailia.

    Euro Lineup=Rest of the World.

  11. India, Africa, and South America mostly get the Euro Lineup car, but they get a few NKAC cars as well. Accents are popular Globally, and Even though its an NKAC car it gets sold in many of the Euro Lineup countries.

    Maybe if you Euro Guys keep begging for the Forte at http://www.kia-buzz.com, where the Company people will get to see you begging for it, they might bring it over?

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