All-New 2019 Forte Makes Global Debut at North American International Auto Show

New compact sedan will be safer, more comfortable and more fun to drive, with better fuel efficiency and packed with innovative and useful technology

Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA

  • Average strength increase of 26 per cent achieved through dramatic structural improvements

  • Longer, wider and higher than before, Forte will be among the segment leaders for interior passenger and trunk volumes 

  • Improvements to suspension and seats will make Forte more comfortable on long drives

  • Kia’s first in-house designed and built Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) designed to increase fuel efficiency

  • Forte now comes packed with technology, including a standard 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and available Advanced Driver Assistance Features

  • More details will be announced when Forte makes its Canadian debut at the Montreal International Auto Show on January 18

DETROIT, Jan. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the all-new 2019 Kia Forte made its global debut. Entering its third generation, the new Forte has been stylishly re-engineered and smartly inspired to provide Canadians with more safety, more comfort, more fun, better fuel efficiency and more innovative and useful technology. The 2019 Forte will make its Canadian debut in Montreal later this week where additional market-specific details will be provided.

“The new Forte has been re-engineered to provide compact sedan buyers with more of exactly what they want – safety, comfort, fuel efficiency and useful technology,” said Ted Lancaster, Vice President and COO, Kia Canada Inc. “With these improvements, paired with the stylish new design and a driving experience that is much more fun, we’re confident that Canadians will see the tremendous value that Forte will provide when it joins our lineup this fall.”

About Kia Canada Inc.
Kia Canada Inc. (, a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart is a subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) which was founded in 1999 and sells and services high quality, class leading vehicles like the Soul, Forte, Optima and Sorento through a network of 191 dealers nationwide. Kia Canada Inc. employs 165 people in its Mississauga, Ontario headquarters and three regional offices across Canada, including a state-of-the-art facility in Montreal. Kia’s brand slogan "The Power to Surprise" represents the company's global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting & inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.

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John Adzija                                             
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