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Kia Forte hatchback drops into Singapore

By BenCee on 14 Apr 2011

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Local Kia distributor has just announced the arrival of the new Kia Forte hatchback, fresh off the back of the recently-revised Forte models with new six-speed gearboxes earlier this year.

Oddly enough, as I was driving the six-speed Cerato Forte the other day, I was wondering to myself, when will Kia bring in the Forte hatchback, if at all.

And lo and behold, they have done!

It promises to be exciting times ahead for fans of Korean-made cars. Chevrolet and Kia fired the first salvos earlier this year with revised versions of their Cruze and Cerato Forte sedans respectively.

Hyundai was prepared to hit back with the launch of their new Avante replacement (which will re-use the Elantra name once again) in the next couple of months, but Kia pulled off another trick by releasing the Forte hatchback.

We're expecting the Cruze hatchback before this year is out too, so all three manufacturers are most certainly battling hard for the consumer's dollar.

I guess especially so now with COE prices showing no signs of coming down, Korean carmakers have to fight even harder for a decreasing slice of the Singapore automotive pie.

Which can only mean more choices for us. Now, would that be a good thing or a bad thing?

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Friendstar Apr 14 2011 05:16 PM
i think the subarus are nicer.
HOUSENUMBER Apr 14 2011 11:34 PM
i only like the blue colour
Xspace Apr 16 2011 10:49 AM
Not nice from pictures...
Pocus Apr 16 2011 07:51 PM
Looks like they just saw of the top of those old carens are weld it to the forte.... Tada! Forte hatchbak!!!
GrandCruiser Aug 12 2011 08:26 PM
Go see the real car yourself before talking rubbish about its appearance.
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