Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a Kia Forte?
Kia has a new Forte for the 2019 model year, and to entice customers to the sedan, the automaker is going all-in on a new commercial campaign. You see, sedan sales are slowing, so you have to do something exciting to drum up interest for such a vehicle – and Kia is doing it with a new ad that has a new 2019 Forte jumping over a race-car version of the vehicle – and it’s kind of cool.
The ad is short – a brisk 40 seconds – and shows professional race car driver Collete Davis in the driver’s seat of the high-flying Forte. The ad opens showing off the “not-for-sale” Kia Forte Race car with its Red Bull livery. It then cuts to an in-car shot of Davis in the driver’s seat of the Forte you can buy. You watch as Davis’ Forte accelerates down a runway toward ramps, sending the car airborne over the Forte race car. There’s a gimmicky shot for the touchscreen before the camera cuts outside the Kia again as it lands in a pile of boxes.
There’s a behind-the-scenes video, too, that provides seven camera angles of the stunt with two views from inside the car. The whole thing looks effortless with the Kia landing with a resounding crunch in the boxes. It looks like Davis had fun in the driver’s seat.
Kia updated the Forte for 2019 with a new look that borrows heavily from the sportier Stinger with a coupe-like design and sportier front and rear fascias with swept-back headlights and oval tailpipes. While it has a sportier look, the mechanical bits are about efficiency. The 2019 Forte comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a six-speed manual or the company's in-house-developed CVT gearbox.
No one will ever intentionally jump their brand-new Kia Forte. However, it is a great way to get people interested in the car. In the meantime, savor on some rumors of a sportier version in the works.
ALL-NEW 2019 KIA FORTE SOARS IN HEART-POUNDING MARKETING CAMPAIGN
IRVINE, Calif., September 19, 2018 – Stung with styling cues from the award-winning Stinger, the all-new 2019 Kia Forte is now arriving in showrooms and Kia Motors America is pulling out all the stops to introduce the world to its most sophisticated compact car ever. Professional race car driver, Collete Davis, stars in a high-flying marketing campaign showing off the Forte’s sporty design, advanced technology1 and Stinger-inspired driving dynamics in a way the compact class has never seen before.
The campaign includes three, 30-second spots: “Forte vs. Forte”, “Chicken” and “Smoke Machine”. The first spot – “Forte vs. Forte” – features a Forte drift car alongside the production model Forte driven by Davis, one of the most promising and dynamic drivers on the racing circuit today. As Collete speeds down the track she calmly points out the standard 8-inch touchscreen2 as she takes the production model Forte airborne and sails high above and over the drift car Forte. The spot ends when Davis nails the landing as the announcer says matter-of-factly, “It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense.”
“Kia continues to shock the industry and break the rules and the all-new 2019 Forte is no exception,” said Saad Chehab, vice president of marketing communications, Kia Motors America. “This adrenaline-filled campaign featuring a baby Stinger in a Red Bull suit screams ‘look at me’ even though some may question the idea of a Forte in racing livery, we are delivering an entirely new take on what many people see as simply a daily commuter car. And then again, some are still surprised to learn that Kia has been J.D. Power’s highest ranked non-luxury brand in initial quality for the past four years3, but to us and our loyal consumers all of it makes complete sense.”
Kia and Red Bull collaborated on the Forte drift car and are developing a three-part YouTube series hosted by Davis and featuring the Red Bull Driftbrothers, Joe and Elias Hountondji. The series documents the vehicle build from start to finish, including on-track testing. “Kia is fueled by youth and working with Red Bull is a mirror reflection of our youthful attitude and together we are going to showcase the new Forte in never-before-seen ways that are sure to capture attention,” continued Chehab.
Featuring a more sophisticated design and desirable features the 2019 Forte has transformed from a basic commuter into one of Kia’s best-selling vehicles. Thanks to a number of improvements Forte now offers drivers a higher level of comfort and Kia Drive Wise4 technologies that are aimed at making the journey – whether a short commute or long haul – a more rewarding and decidedly upscale experience. Sporting an overall bolder appearance, the newly designed compact sedan also boasts improved EPA-estimated combined MPG ratings5.
There’s also a long-form video – which was shot in one take and captured by seven strategically placed cameras – chronicling Davis’ jump from both in- and outside the Forte.
“As a professional race car driver, I love to drive all types of models and this spot, with the juxtaposition between daily driving and performance was just too fun to pass up,” said Davis. “When you have a passion for driving, even the most mundane errands, the longest commutes or the biggest traffic jams become easier and the all-new 2019 Forte is the vehicle that makes all the difference in those situations.”