Kia Canada Inc. announces 2010 Forte Koup pricing and specifications

    Kia Expands its Forte Lineup with the next evolution of its design

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 9 /CNW/ - With performance-inspired, aggressive and
sleek styling, Kia Canada Inc. (KCI) today announced the specifications and
pricing for the 2010 Forte Koup.
    "The Forte Koup personifies the next step in the evolution of Kia's
design language. It embodies raw athleticism and sporty sophistication in its
distinctive styling and fulfills Kia's goal of becoming a design led brand,"
said Maria Soklis, Vice President & COO, KCI. "When you combine this level of
styling with the value Kia is renowned for this vehicle is sure to have
tremendous appeal."

    Curb Appeal

    Based on the design styling of the KOUP concept vehicle shown during last
year's auto show, Forte Koup's fluid lines and balanced proportions, meant to
evoke an emotional driving experience, closely mirror the powerful design cues
of the concept vehicle and offer the same aggressive stance with swept-back
wrap-around headlamps, aggressive air intakes and a low, sleek profile.
Available in two trim levels (EX and SX), Forte Koup offers a muscular yet
sophisticated design. Even from behind, Forte Koup exudes attitude with slim,
wrapped tail lights, duel exhaust outlets and a rear diffuser.
    Athleticism and convenience are standard for the Forte Koup EX with
body-color bumpers, power heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals
and 16-inch alloy wheels outfitted with P205/55R16 tires. The SX trim offers
an even sportier profile with 17-inch alloy wheels paired with
P215/45R17-sized premium tires.

    Smooth and Sporty Ride

    With a wheelbase of 2,650 mm, an overall length of 4,480 mm, an overall
width of 1,765 mm and overall height of 1,400 mm, Forte Koup is slightly
shorter in length and height than the Forte sedan, but still boasts
comfortable seating for up to five passengers. Koup's lowered stance provides
better aerodynamics for those looking for a more exciting ride.
    The Kia-engineered body achieves high torsional stiffness giving Forte
Koup better handling, smoother ride quality and greater refinement than its
competitors, with a specially tuned suspension developed to optimize
responsive handling on curvy roads. Additional refinements are fitted
throughout to help ensure a comfortable ride with good noise, vibration and
harshness (NVH) reduction qualities.
    Built on a front-wheel-drive unibody structure, Forte Koup utilizes the
same platform as the sedan, with an independent front suspension with
MacPherson struts and stabilizer bar and a torsion beam rear suspension with
struts and coil springs. This combination helps provide the optimal balance of
handling and comfort. An engine-speed-sensitive, power-assisted
rack-and-pinion steering system adds the finishing touch for precise handling
to help provide the most advantageous amount of assist for varying road
conditions. The SX trim also comes with a sport-tuned suspension providing for
a firmer ride with reduced body roll and improved handling.

    Lively Performance

    More horsepower than the 1.8L Honda Civic Coupe, 2.0L Ford Focus Coupe or
2.2L Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe, Forte Koup EX is driven by a 2.0-liter DOHC
four-cylinder engine, producing 156 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque
that features Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) and multi-port
electronic fuel injection, both of which provide for greater performance and
fuel economy. The SX features an upgraded 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder
engine, with dual CVVT, which delivers 173 horsepower and 168 pound-feet of
torque. Expanding upon the dynamic look and feel, Forte Koup's engine hums
powerfully courtesy of the dual exhaust outlets outfitted on both EX and SX
    Like the Forte sedan, two transmission options are available for both
2010 Forte Koup models: a standard five-speed manual transmission or an
optional electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission (EX
models). The SX model features a standard six-speed manual transmission and an
optional five-speed automatic transmission with Steptronic.
    Forte Koup fuel economy is not sacrificed for sportiness. The 2.0-liter
engine offers 8.3/5.8 litres/100km (city/highway) when mated with the
five-speed manual transmission and 8.1/5.8 litres/100km (city/highway) with
the optional four-speed automatic. Those opting for the more powerful
2.4-liter engine also can expect an economical 9.2/6.2 litres/100km with the
six-speed manual and 9.0/6.3 litres/100km when paired with the five-speed
automatic transmission.

    Striking Interior

    With a surprisingly spacious interior for a two-door coupe, Forte Koup
provides a comfortable 2,568 litres of interior volume, larger than the 2009
Honda Civic Coupe or Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe. Driver and passengers have an
impressive 982 mm of headroom and 1,108 mm of legroom in the front seats and
897 mm of headroom and 862 mm of legroom in the rear seats. Trips to the beach
and weekend getaways will be a breeze with ample cargo space of 358 litres,
enough to accommodate luggage and belongings of all passengers.
    Forte Koup continues the luxury treatment with a host of standard
interior features, beginning with supportive, well appointed sport seats
outfitted with more aggressive bolsters on the seat cushion and seat back for
optimal comfort. Air conditioning, driver's seat height adjuster, adjustable
rear seat headrests, tilt and telescopic steering column, rear defroster,
power heated mirrors, center console with dual cup holders, map lamps and
variable intermittent wipers are also just some of the myriad amenities
standard on every vehicle. Also standard on all models are power windows,
power door locks with remote keyless entry, power heated mirrors, cruise
control and heated front seats for cold Canadian winters. EX trim also offer
an optional power sunroof.
    Progressing to the SX trim offers additional standard touches such as:
unique sport leather seat with vibrant red stitching, leather-wrapped steering
wheel and shift knob, power sliding and tilting sunroof, metal pedals and
metal finish trim and a SupervisionTM gauge cluster with trip computer further
enhancing its energetic personality.

    Superior Sound

    For inside entertainment while cruising down the road, Forte Koup comes
with a standard six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system. SX trims are outfitted
with SIRIUS Satellite Radio capabilities with three months complimentary
service. For added listening convenience steering wheel-mounted audio controls
also come standard on all models, as well as USB and auxiliary input jacks in
the center console with full iPod(R) and MP3 controllability via the audio
head unit. Standard Bluetooth(R) connectivity enables hands-free operation for
compatible cell phones.

    Standard Kia Motors Safety

    Forte Koup offers a class-leading level of standard safety equipment,
with features such as dual front airbags, front seat-mounted and side curtain
airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with an antilock brake system (ABS), and
electronic stability control (ESC).

    2010 Forte Koup

    EX - Starting at $18,495
    2.0L, 4-cylinder engine, 156hp
    Transmission: 5-speed manual and optional 4-speed automatic
    Standard features include: 6 airbags, active front headrests, 4-wheel
disc brakes, ABS, ESC, power windows and locks, power heated outside mirrors,
keyless entry, air conditioning, heated front seats, cruise control, six
speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio with AUX and USB inputs, voice activated Bluetooth,
steering wheel audio controls, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, 16" alloy
wheels and exterior chrome door handles and optional tilt and sliding sunroof.

    SX - Starting at $21,495

    2.4L, 4-cylinder engine, 173hp
    Transmission: 6-speed manual and optional 5-speed automatic
    Standard features include (in addition to EX): 17" alloy wheels, front
fog lamps, sport tuned suspension, automatic climate control, power tilting
and sliding sunroof, leather interior, leather wrapped steering wheel and
gearshift knob, alloy sport pedals, trip computer, Sirius satellite radio
(includes 3 month free trial) and supervision instrument cluster.

    Industry-Leading Warranty

    Like all Kia models, Forte Koup is covered by a comprehensive warranty
program, which offers unprecedented consumer protection. Included in this
program are a five-year or 100,000-km limited powertrain warranty, a five-year
or 100,000-km limited comprehensive warranty, and a five-year unlimited-km
anti-perforation warranty. A five-year/100,000-km roadside assistance plan is
also part of the comprehensive coverage program.

    The KOUP, the Forte Sedan and Soul represent Kia's new design strategy.
They have enhanced the value of Kia's current line up, which has already shown
strong appeal, and have propelled Kia into the top tier of design led brands.
With the successful launch of the Soul, Forte Sedan and KOUP, Kia is leading
the way by creating a new generation of vehicles that offer premium styling
combined with exceptional value.

    Kia Canada Inc. ( - is a subsidiary of Kia Motors
Corporation (KMC) in Korea. Founded in Canada in 1999, Kia Canada Inc. sells
and services high quality class leading vehicles like the Soul and Forte
through a network of 155 dealers nationwide. Kia Canada Inc. employs 134
people in its Mississauga, Ontario headquarters and four regional offices
across Canada.

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For further information: Kia Canada Inc. Media Contact: Shelley Tavener,
Public Relations Manager, Tel: (905) 755-6351, E-mail:

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