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Kia Forte Hockey Hatch - SEMA Auto Show


author photo by Jeffrey Archer November 2011

For this year's SEMA show, nearly all of Kia's vehicles stuck to one amusing theme: sports. There was a Soul with a golf motif designed by Michelle Wie, a surfer's Rio5, and an Optima that looked quite a bit like a basketball. But maybe the most interesting is the Forte Hockey-Hatch, which features a host of modifications designed to appeal to hockey players and fans.

Created in collaboration with lifestyle magazine Antenna, who also helped Kia out on the eccentric surf-themed Rio hatchback, the Forte Hockey-Hatch features a surprisingly mundane gray exterior, save for its customized bright blue wheels. Other exterior modifications, while subtle, include a carbon fiber roof, lowered suspension, LED lights, a quad-tipped exhaust and a body kit that includes the front bumper from the automaker's sporty Forte Koup.

But the interior is where the Forte Hockey-Hatch really shines. Two custom bucket seats replace the traditional rear bench, and another two take the place of the Forte's standard front buckets. The hatchback's standard cloth seating fabric is also removed, replaced instead by custom black upholstery with power blue accents made from the same material as a hockey jersey. Kia even swapped out the hatchback's carpeted floors for a rubberized material designed to simulate the surface outside a skating rink.

Other interior modifications include a custom hockey stick holder that stretches into the Hockey-Hatch's cabin, a mini air hockey table located in the cargo area that slides out for game play, and an ice skate rack and glove hooks to store equipment when not in use. The hatchback even features two TV monitors mounted in the front seat headrests that are wired to a Sony PlayStation 3. Of course, EA Sports' NHL12 is included.

Indeed, the Hockey-Hatch is the ultimate car for a hockey player - especially since it also includes four carbon fiber hockey sticks that match its unique exterior finish. Unfortunately, like most of the SEMA show cars, it isn't for sale - but that doesn't mean it can't be recreated for a true hockey fan.

See more coverage of the 2011 SEMA Auto Show.

JEFFREY ARCHER is fortunate to have turned a passion for cars into a career. His wide-ranging automotive experience includes work for automakers and dealers in addition to covering the news. When not writing, he spends his time searching for unique cars on AutoTrader.com.
This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
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