The all-new Kia Forte was launched in 2012, with sales in its home market of Korea starting later that year. Over a year later and we have yet to see the compact sedan--as well as its two-door coupe version--on our roads. And now it can be told: It looks like the only way we'll see both cars over here is through the gray market.
According to our source within Kia distributor Columbian Autocar Corporation, the company has no plans to sell both the Forte sedan and the Forte Koup in the country. Asked why this was so--considering both body styles of the previous-generation model were sold locally--our contact said the lackluster sales of both models convinced CAC not to bring the all-new model to our shores anymore.
Our source added that, while CAC strove to rid itself of its inventory of the previous-model Forte sedan and Forte Koup, Kia Motors pressed them to take on and sell the Korean carmaker's remaining stock of the cars, supposedly to make way for the all-new model. We suppose this was the reason why CAC and its dealer partners sold the Forte and Forte Koup at below P1 million each sometime in 2012.
Well, that's just too bad. Were you waiting for the new Forte models?