Sunday, November 15, 2009
The Kia Forte will be arriving to Malaysian shores very soon in the form of a Naza Forte.A short conversation with one of Naza's representative reveals the estimated starting price to be around 80K - 90K region which puts it in direct competition with the popular Honda City & Toyota Vios. The representative also told me that there will be two engine options available which is the 1.6liter and the 2.0 liter.
The 1.6 liter version will be available in two trims (EX & SX) while the flagship 2.0 liter comes with full specifications which includes 6 airbags & the start/stop engine button (hopefully its the hot Koup Version). The Forte represents the new breed of Kia Cars which are design by Kia's Chief Designer Peter Schreyer. While Naza may want to leave you speechless over the new Forte, its long term success very much depends on Naza's after sales service & availability of affordable spare parts which seems to be lacking many sense. Naza needs to buck up on their part to help improve the resale value of Kia s in Malaysia.