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Kia Motors puts MY2009 Forte sedan on sale in Korean market
Kia Motors has launched the 2009 Model Year Forte sedan in South Korea last Friday. Since the model is fairly new and has been on sale since June of last year, the 2009 Forte has not received any exterior or interior upgrades.
However, Kia announced it has upgraded the engine software and applied the Forte with an eco-driving system -eco lamp on the dashboard that guides the driver to drive in the most economical way- to improve it’s fuel efficiency. The ECO lamp was successfully aplied to the Lotze Innovation last year.
Kia Forte now provides higher fuel economy, which now comes in at15.2 kilometersper liter, a 7.8 percent improvement over the14.1 kilometersper liter fuel economy of the earlier version. This makes the 2009 Forte the first compact car in Korea to achieve the fuel economy rating which enables it to travel more than15 kilometerson a liter of fuel.
Since it’s official Korean launch, Forte has been recognized as the most fuel efficient car in the compact car segment and that has also been one of the reasons for a relatively good sales in the past year. During the first six months, more than 17,600 Fortes were sold in Korea.