Kia To Launch the Gen 3 Forte
“Everybody knows” that sedans are dead, that crossovers are everything.
Which makes the 2017 sales numbers for the Kia Forte seem rather unusual.
That is, the company sold 117,596 Fortes in the U.S. That is a 14 percent increase over the sales of the car in 2016.
Next week at the North American International Auto Show Kia will be revealing the third-generation, 2019 Forte.
According to Kia, the new Forte takes design cues from the Kia Stinger, which is the sports sedan that is arguably the company’s flagship vehicle (yes, there is a K900 luxury sedan, but clearly the Stinger is the one that the company points to vis-à-vis what a contemporary Kia is).
The Forte’s cabin is swept back, as are the headlamps. There is more shape to the hood. The front clip has more character.
In the back there are new taillights that are connected by a horizontal strip.
That horizontal strip, incidentally, is a design cue picked up from the Kia Sportage.
Often when there are vehicles that have ceased production and are in the process of being completely moved out of the system there are sales numbers that look like this: Honda Insight: June 2016, 9; June 2015, 126; % change: 93.1% Sometimes there is a vehicle that has just gone into production and it catches the sales at just the right time so that there are numbers that look like this: Honda Ridgeline: June 2016, 2,472; June 2015, 7; % change: 33,856% OK.
When you think of Costco, you probably think about buying lots of stuff for your home and your family, but there are probably some things that don’t necessarily come to mind when you think of the membership-based store chain.
The common wisdom seems to be that midsize cars have pretty much had it in the U.S. new car market.