2011 SEMA Show: ‘Hat Trick’ Kia Forte 5-door is a car for big hockey players

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 2, 2011

The Antenna Hat Trick Kia Forte 5-door, that made its debut today at the 2011 SEMA Show, was designed for the hockey players that carry a lot of bulky gear to and from the rink. As you can see from the photos, the car comes in an ice-metallic grey exterior paint, has a new set of 19-inch blue alloy wheels and features a new custom body kit consisting of a new front bumper with carbon fibre accents and LED “hockey stick” fog lights, a quad-tipped exhaust, carbon fibre roof material and a lowered suspension.

We have to admit that the exterior is not quite surprising, but the interior features a built-in hockey coach’s play board, while the locker room-like rear cargo comes with built-in compartments that house four carbon fibre hockey sticks and two jerseys color matched to the exterior of the car, an ice skate rack as well as glove hooks to dry out sweaty game-used equipment, and custom accent lighting.

Furthermore, the rear bench was converted to to bucket seats with upholstery. The floor in the front and rear seating areas simulates the surface found outside the rink and comes rubberized. In order to continue the theme, a mini air hockey table is mounted in the rear hatch area while a TV is mounted in the front seat headrests wired to a Microsoft X-Box video game console featuring EA Sports NHL12 video game.

Kia has finally made public at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show the 2010 edition of its Forte compact sedan, which now features the brand’s new design direction developed under chief design officer Peter Schreyer. Upon inspection, the new Kia Forte is a style in motion, donning imposing and aggressive design cues. Its bold looks are determined by its sleek profile, crisp lines as well as swept-back headlamps. Whether it is on a run or on a halt, the new Kia Forte conveys motion, thanks to its confident stance.

Three trim levels are offered for the 2012 Kia Forte -- LX, EX and SX. For those seeking a sportier version of the Forte, they could opt for the SX trim, which boasts of a more athletic profile and comes with a rear spoiler and 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in P215/45R17-sized premium tires. The dimensions of the 2012 Kia Forte allow it to provide very spacious interior that could accommodate five passengers.

Riding on a wheelbase of 104.3 inches, the new 2012 Kia Forte is around 178.3 inches long, 69.9 inches wide and 57.5 inches tall. As engineered by Kia, the new Forte features a body with high torsional stiffness, allowing the compact sedan to exhibit a smoother ride, greater refinement and better handling than its rivals. This is further enhanced by a suspension specially tuned to provide responsive handling on curvy roads.

Moreover, the new 2012 Kia Forte comes with an array of refinements that could reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), thereby allowing its passengers to experience a more comfortable ride.

Ahn Byung-mo, group president and chief executive of Kia Motors America and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, commented that the brand’s product line has been evolving fast, with the Kia Forte compact sedan being another product that would attract attention thanks to its stylish blend of comfort and practicality.

He added that the new Kia Forte is provided with a package of standard features that allow it to deliver the quality and value expected from Kia vehicles. Kia will commence sales of the new 2012 Forte in North America in late spring or early summer of 2009.

Topics: sema show, kia, kia forte

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