As we said yesterday in this post, Kia revealed at the 2012 LA Auto Show the new Forte compact sedan and loaded it with upscale features for the 2014MY. Lower, wider and longer than the outgoing model and riding on a brand new platform, the 2014 Kia Forte will continue to offer two engine choices: a 1.8-liter four-cylinder and a 2.0-liter engine with gasoline direct injection.
The 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine will be offered as standard and will deliver 148 hp and 131 pounds-feet of torque. This engine can be bolted to a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic gearbox. For those who don’t know, the Hyundai Elantra uses the same engine as the Forte. As an option, Kia will offer a more powerful 2.0-liter engine with gasoline direct injection, which produces 173 hp and 154 pounds-feet of torque. The bigger engine is offered as standard with a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Although the fuel economy figures were not released yet, the Forte models using the 1.8-liter engine should match the Hyundai Elantra, which is rated at 28 mpg city/38 highway. The all-new 2014 Kia Forte will be offered in LX and EX trim levels. The LX model is offered as standard with steering wheel mounted audio controls, SiriusXM Satellite Radio1, Bluetooth wireless technology2, power windows, air conditioning and power heated outside mirrors among the many features that make the Forte stand out from its competition. As an option, the Forte is available with the Popular Package, which adds 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, keyless entry with remote trunk release and a sliding front armrest.
Eco Package includes Kia's ISG (Idle Stop & Go) system, dual-zone automatic temperature control with rear seat ventilation and unique "eco" badge. The EX trim level will offer the next-generation UVO in-vehicle-infotainment system with eServices as standard. Additional features include remote keyless entry with trunk opener, rear camera back-up display3, a sliding center armrest and a cooling glove box.
As an option, the Flex Steer system is available and allows the driver to choose between three distinct steering profiles: Comfort, Normal and Sport. Moreover, Kia offers a Premium Package, which includes heated front and rear seats, a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat with class-exclusive air-cooled ventilation, leather seat trim, power sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels and push button start with Smart Key and a heated steering wheel. The Technology Package adds HID headlights, LED tail lights, a 4.2-inch color LCD cluster screen and dual-zone automatic temperature control with rear seat ventilation.
It was during the 1960s when Ram started offering to customers a full-size van. Over time however the segment that offered standard size van and that boasted efficiency and basic capability has evolved. At present, it now includes a purpose-built cargo hauler that shows execution and engineering that delivers excellent configurations and sought-after sizes.
It is estimated that in the U.S., there are currently about 3.1 million units of Class 2 vans. Majority of these have been found out to be part of fleets with at least 61% that have been around for 10 years or more. Around 32% meanwhile are between the ages of 4 years and 9 years. Further, the largest percentage has been a model that is no longer manufactured and thus, customers had to look for alternatives. Data revealed that the volume of the segment is expected to be around 400,000 units and will span for the next five years.
Of the Class 1-4 vans to be offered, 80% of these will be large vans. In addition, the 2011 Polk sales data reveal that 17% were for passenger vans, 23% for chassis cabs, and the remaining 60% for cargo vans. With this, Ram reveals that the 2014 ProMaster is slated to be the segment’s most efficient model. It is also projected to offer the most cargo capacity as well as the best usability.
The latest offering from the brand also allows customers to own one at a lower cost. Serviceability is also the best in the segment with proven experience unequalled in the class. The launching of the new ProMaster is in line with the announcement of the new Ram Commercial. This is the Ram Truck brand’s new division and is expected to meet the rather distinct needs of its commercial customers.
There is the expectation that the whole auto industry will be growing at a rate of 2 million units annually until 2012 with additional growth projected by 2013. Specifically, commercial business will be around 25% of the total sales volume in the U.S.