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Shanghai Motor Show: Kia debuts Sorento and China-produced Forte
Kia Motors unveils an all-new Forte sedan and Sorento crossover at the 2009 Shanghai Motor Show.
In the first three months of the 2009, Kia has experienced sales growth in China. To keep the sales numbers rising, it was announced the company will add a few new models to it’s China line-up.
First expected to hit the Kia dealerships across China are the all-new Forte sedan and Sorento crossover.
Both of them have made their official Chinese premiere today at Shanghai Motor Show and both will play crucial role in Kia’s future growth in China market.
While the 2010 Sorento will be imported from South Korea, the Forte sedan will be made locally by Kia’s China joint venture called Donfeng Yueda Kia.
The new Forte will be built at Kia’s plant located in Jiangsu province that has a maximum capacity of producing 300.000 cars annually.
Kia Forte sedan
Chinese-made Forte sedan will not differ a lot from the model on sale in other global markets. It will feature slightly redesigned fog-lights and front bumper, while other than that is expected to be unchanged.
The all-new Forte will be available with a choice of locally produced 1.6L or 2.0L gasoline engines and manual or automatic transmissions. It’s exterior will be available with 10 attractive exterior colors, while interior will have a selection of two colors and a broad choice of equipment/trim levels and a vast range of factory-fitted optional extras.
With it’s crisp and clean exterior styling the 2010 Forte is expected to become a popular choice among Chinese compact-car buyers. The company did not reveal it’s sales expectations, but did state that the vehicle will paly a crucial role in Kia’s fortunes in China.
Another Kia novelty also destined for the world’s fastest rising car market is the just recently unveiled 2010 Kia Sorento crossover, which made its world debut earlier this month at the 2009 Seoul Motor Show.
Unlike the current model, the all-new is sitting on a uni-body (monocoque) platform will be offered with a choice of two powerful engines in China.
The 2.4L Theta gasoline or the brand-new 2.2L R-diesel engines will be coupled to the six-speed automatic transmission.
Similar to the Forte, the 2010 Sorento will also feature a list of standard equipment, including an engine start-stop button, keyless entry, reversing safety camera, large panoramic glass sunroof and others.
With the new Sorento, Kia is confident it will significantly increase it’s share of the utility vehicle market and achieve an annual global sales of 140.000 units from 2010.” [Source: Kia Motors Korea]… More Kia news here.