About Kia Spectra
The Kia Spectra is a compact car produced by Kia Motors, affiliated with the similar model Sephia and Cerato. From 2000 to 2004, it served as the second generation of Kia Sephia, while from 2004 to 2009, it was classified as the first generation of Kia Cerato. The Cerato is also known as Forte in some markets. The model was sold mainly in North America, but there were also markets in Latin America, South Korea, and Australia.
The early Kia Spectra in North American market stemmed from the liftback variant of the Sephia sedan. The two types were sold parallel until the 2002 model year, as updates were introduced. The two versions were combined into one under the name of Spectra, and three trim levels were included in the US, known as the “S” (entry), the “GS” (slightly upgraded), and the “GSX” (top-of-the-range). In Australia, this name was used after the facelift of its previous version, Shuma. The headlights were redesigned, a new bumper equipped, and an overhauled four-speed automatic transmission offered. Spectra was discontinued in the year 2004. The overall comment on this model was the praise for its low price, responsive steering, and reasonable warranty, but it is also criticized for its poor performance in safety tests.
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After 2004, the name of Kia Spectra began to be used for the Cerato model in North America. It was also used in the Latin American and Malaysian markets after 2005 and 2007. The model was based on the Hyundai-Kia J3 platform and is equipped with a 1.6L-2.0L gasoline I4 engine or a 1.5L-2.0L diesel I4 engine. The transmission offered for the option was a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic, but only the latter trim was available in Malaysia with a 1.6L cylinder 16 valve DOHC CVVT engine. The Kia Spectra was completely shut in 2009. It kept its excellent price and warranty, as well as adding improved airbags, but the problem of poor crash resistance still remained unsolved. Also, the engine gets noisy at higher rpm. The car may turn out to be “crunchy”, which means parts in the car may meet with more chance of changing. If you need your parts repaired or changed, you can always find us to solve your problems. Our parts are produced and well-tested by the original industry, so you don't have to worry about anything.