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Kia Motors to Make U.S. Auto Racing Debut during Daytona Speedway


Two Kia Forte Koups Entered in GRAND-AMs Fresh From Florida 200 on Jan 29

  • Kia Motors America (KMA) and Kinetic Group have prepped dual Forte Koup competition cars for a 2010 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge deteriorate in a Street Tuner (ST) Class
  • Decorated motorist roster: Andy Lally, Nic Jnsson, Trevor Hopwood and Adam Burrows
  • IRVINE, Calif., Jan 25, 2010 Following 6 months of round-the-clock automobile rave and contrast in credentials for a 2010 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season, Kia Motors first-ever U.S. motorsports module reaches a lane after this week with dual Forte Koups competing in a Fresh From Florida 200 during Daytona Speedway on Jan 29. KMA and racing partner Kinetic Group have built a No. 10 and No. 12 Kia Forte Koups, that are sponsored by Infinity Audio Systems, to debate in a Street Tuner (ST) class.

    The No. 10 automobile representing Kias industry-leading 10-year, 100,000-mile guaranty will be co-driven by Andy Lally and Nic Jnsson, while a No. 12 automobile will be piloted by a 2007 GRAND-AM ST champions Trevor Hopwood and Adam Burrows.

    From a impulse we announced Kia Motors was removing into racing we believed a Forte Koup would be a clever aspirant in GRAND-AM, and a feedback weve perceived from Kinetic and Andy Lally and Nic Jnsson after their initial contrast reinforces that belief, pronounced Michael Sprague, clamp boss of marketing, KMA. Consumers have come to commend a Kia code for attractively designed and labelled vehicles that are fuel fit and have a prolonged list of customary features, and we are looking brazen to introducing Forte Koup and a Kia code to a new assembly of automobile racing fans around a Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season.

    The Forte Koups performance-inspired styling and superb pushing dynamics are a ideal fit for highway racing, creation Kia Motors initial two-door coupe a judicious choice for KMAs initial motorsports efforts. KMA comparison a GRAND-AM Continental Tire Challenge Sports Car Challenge series, that utilizes production-based competition cars from a U.S., Europe and Asia, for a rival inlet and use of weight and intake restrictions to say a turn personification margin for all entrants.

    As partial of a motorsports module development, KMA partnered with a Kinetic Group to develop, build and debate a dual Forte Koup Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition cars. Headquartered outward of Atlanta, Kinetic has competed in GRAND-AM racing given 2006 and combined several specialists to a group of engineers, mechanics and organisation for a Kia Motors racing module while also operative closely with GRAND-AM to build a cars within despotic array guidelines. The two-door, front-wheel-drive competition cars implement a Forte Koup prolongation cars 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine.

    About Kia Motors America

    Kia Motors America (KMA) is a selling and placement arm of Kia Motors Corporation formed in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a finish line of vehicles by some-more than 670 dealers around a United States. For 2009, KMA accessible a 15th uninterrupted year of increasing U.S. marketplace share and recently achieved a best entertain of sales ever. Kia Motors subscribes to a truth of building high value, high quality, protected and energetic vehicles. Kia Motors prides itself on producing vehicles that are sparkling and enabling and elicit a Kia tagline The Power to Surprise.

    Available in dual trims, EX and SX, Forte Koup offers consumers an aggressively styled performance-inspired two-door coupe with an contentment of amenities as good as considerable power. All Forte Koup models underline Bluetooth connectivity with steering wheel-mounted controls that capacitate voice-activated hands-free operation for concordant dungeon phones and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio complement given with SIRIUS Satellite Radio and 3 months of nominal service1. For combined listening convenience, steering wheel-mounted audio controls also come customary on all models, as good as USB and auxiliary submit jacks in a core console with full iPod and MP3 controllability around a audio conduct section or steering wheel-mounted controls.

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    1 Customers contingency replenish SIRIUS subscription after hearing duration if they wish to keep service

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