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Kia shines spotlight on new Sorento and Forte

Kia is on a roll. It seems like the Korean automaker can do no wrong as it pushes out new models and upgrades at a rapid pace — with seven new or significantly redesigned models coming out in 2013.

2013 Kia Sorento and Forte W Hotel ScottsdaleThat’s good news for value-driven customers.

This month, Kia launched two vastly improved models in the same event. The redesigned 2014 Kia Sorento is coming out with an all-new platform that provide more interior cargo room than the previous model. The new Sorento will come in three model styles: the SX, LX and SX Limited (SXL). Prices start at $24,100.

If you don’t recall much about the previous version of the Kia Forte, you can be forgiven. The sedan’s bland design did a better job at blending in that standing out. That won’t be an issue with the new 2014 Kia Forte, now sporting a sleek and snazzy design that is sure to turn heads. The Forte is also a fantastic value, starting at an estimate price of under $16,000 and should come well-equipped with options for around $18,000.

W Sign-1W Hotel Scottsdale
After a day of testing the new Sorento and Forte models, we returned to the luxurious elegance of the W Hotel in Scottsdale and found — surprise — the stars of the show positioned perfectly under the see-through windows into the pool above.

Once again, Kia deserves the attention.

Check out the video here!

April 16, 2013 at 5:20 pm Leave a comment

Many new models signify a turnaround for the auto industry — and good news for families

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…” — Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Just as Dickens described, the global automotive industry, which has suffered through the economic apocalypse of recent years, is entering 2012 with a positive outlook and a plan for a much brighter future.

The compact crossover Buick Encore is just one of 47 new or redesigned models due out in 2012.

Over the past three months, automakers have filled two major auto shows — in Los Angeles and Detroit — with many more new and improved models than in previous years. An excellent wrap-up story about last week’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit by New York Times Auto Writer Lawrence Ulrich, points out that the dog days of the auto industry are now in the rear view mirror.

The number of new-models introduced at the 2012 Detroit auto show suggest a growing recovery from a downturn that felled some brands entirely and caused other automakers to scale back new-model development or delay production plans. As consumers return to showrooms in coming years — many by necessity, with the median age of the American car near record highs — they’ll be tempted by an explosion of new models.

Subtracting models lost when brands like Pontiac were shuttered, the industry’s net gain in new models was just four in 2010 and 13 in 2011, according to LMC Automotive, a research firm. Looking ahead, LMC projects a turnaround in which consumers will see net gains of 47 new or redesigned models in 2012, 66 in 2013 and 47 more in 2014.

Ulrich also provides a round-up of all the new models at the Detroit show.

The Family Car attended both the LA and Detroit shows. Click below to view quick video overviews from each show:

2011 Los Angeles International Auto Show

2012 North American International Auto Show

January 17, 2012 at 6:41 am Leave a comment

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