The Kia Cerato is a compact car produced by the South Korean automaker Kia Motors since 2003. In 2008, the Cerato was replaced by the Kia Forte, however, the 'Cerato' name continued on in some markets. The Kia Cerato was introduced in South Korea in 2003, sharing a platform with the Hyundai Elantra (XD) and using Hyundai's Beta II (G4GC) (CVVT-enabled) four-cylinder engine. It replaced the Sephia/Mentor saloon and Shuma hatchback. In North America, the 'Spectra' name was used when introduced for the 2004 model year, with 'Spectra5' designating the hatchback. In Europe, the Cerato was replaced by the Kia Cee'd. In 2006 a facelift version was introduced, including revised 'GEMA' engines. Stylistically, the bumper and headlamps lost their pronounced crease near the grille area, the trunk lid became more rounded, and the taillights were reshaped.
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