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 |  Apr 18 2011, 5:26 PM

It competed in (and completed) the gruelling Targa Newfoundland last September. Now the same Kia Forte Koup, that was driven by Adam Hill and Mark Kostick of Team ‘Wishful Thinking,’ is now going to be auctioned off for charity.

The team, which partnered with The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, managed to raise more than $100,000 during the race, in addition, Kia dealerships across Canada contributed to the cause by committing part of the proceeds from the sale of each new vehicle between August 16 and September 18 last year.

The Targa Kia Koup, now having finished its auto circuit tour, is being auctioned on eBay and all proceeds from the sale will go to the Children’s Wish Foundation. For more information on the auction, click on the link below.

[Source: Kia]

 |  Sep 08 2009, 12:12 PM

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Kia has just announced that its stylish and highly-anticipated Forte Koup EX model will start at $16,595 – or $17,595 for the four-speed automatic. That is an almost $3,000 premium over the sedan.

As the first two-door in the company’s history, the Koup reflects the Forte’s style and adds lots of sporty details, like a large front opening, flared fenders and a racy rear diffuser. In terms of size, the Koup is 2.4-inches lower, 2.0-inches shorter and 0.4-inches narrower than the sedan, but with the same 104.3-inch wheelbase, making it comfortable for five passengers.

EX models will get 16-inch wheels and a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 156hp. Fuel economy is rated at 25/34 mpg (city/highway) for either the manual or automatic.

As for the SX model, it starts at $17,695, which seems like a small amount extra to pay for what you get. SX models roll on 17-inch wheels and get a larger and more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 173hp. The SX model also gets a standard six-speed manual rated at 22/32 mpg or a five-speed automatic rated at 23/31 mpg for $18,695. Leather is optional for an additional $1,000.

GALLERY: 2010 Kia Forte Koup

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Kia Officially Introduces Forte Koup

Sporty two-door compact to go on sale this Summer

 |  Jul 10 2009, 9:20 AM

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Hot on the heels of the company’s new Forte compact sedan, Kia has officially announced that it will release a coupe version of the car. A concept model was shown at this year’s New York Auto Show and the coupe is slated to keep that car’s name: the Koup.

As the first two-door in the company’s history, the Koup reflects the Forte’s style and adds lots of sporty details, like a large front opening, flared fenders and a racy rear diffuser.

In terms of size, the Koup is 2.4-inches lower, 2.0-inches shorter and 0.4-inches narrower than the sedan, but with the same 104.3-inch wheelbase, making it comfortable for five passengers.

The Forte Koup will come in either EX or SX trim. EX models will get 16-inch wheels and a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 156hp. The SX model rolls on 17-inch wheels and gets a larger and more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 173hp. EX models come with a standard five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic, while SX models get a standard six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic.

Fuel economy ratings for the EX are pegged at 25/34 mpg (city/highway) for either the manual or automatic. SX models get 22/32 mpg with the six-speed or 23/31 mpg with the five-speed auto.

The Kia Forte Koup will go on sale later this summer.

GALLERY: Kia Forte Koup

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Official release after the jump:

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