Kia Forte, Updated Sorento to Debut at L.A. Auto Show

We showed you the next Kia Forte in July. Now Kia says the compact car, which sports mini-Optima styling, will show up at the L.A. Auto Show this November. It will debut alongside an updated Sorento SUV.

Kia sales executive Tom Loveless told reporters in Detroit on Wednesday that both updated cars will go on sale early next year — and five more new or updated Kia models will follow. In total, Kia will release seven new or updated cars in 2013, Automotive News reports. "We are going to have a very, very busy auto show circuit," Loveless told reporters.

Seven cars in such a short period may seem like a torrid pace, but Kia has done it before. The brand introduced or redesigned half a dozen cars between the 2009 and 2011 model years, though one — the thirsty Borrego SUV — flopped. Expect a big marketing push for the new crop: The Detroit Free Press reports Kia will have a commercial in the next Super Bowl.

The Forte hasn't been one of Kia's best-sellers, but the Sorento was the brand's most popular car in 2011. Its sales are down 12% through August, however, dropping the car to third place behind the Soul and Optima. All indications are the Optima will top Kia's podium for 2012 — and we can see why. So set your clocks for late November, Kia fans. The U.S. auto-show circuit kicks off with the media preview Nov. 28 and 29 at this year's L.A. Auto Show.

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Jeff S

I am putting Sorrento at the top of my list. Kia and Hyundai have come a long way. Of all the crossovers Sorrento offers more of what I want at a competitive price.


If the new Forte hits a grand slam the way it looks like it could, the compact market is going to get a heavy shake-up. I'm not saying it will be the top dog in the segment, but if it sells in numbers close to that of the Elantra, someone is going to feel that pain in way of lost sales.

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