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Immediately after the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, automakers are now shifting their focus to the next major event, and that is the 2018 Geneva Motor Show that will be taking place in March. One of the first companies that have teased us with what’s soon to come would be Land Rover, with their fancy new Range Rover SV Coupe. Now, it is Kia’s turn as they are ready to reveal the sporty GT Line specification for its Rio supermini.
To give you a refresher, some models that are members of the GT Line family include the Picanto, Sportage, Optima and Sorento, and this new Rio GT Line is simply a visual pack that will give the B-segment hatchback a sportier exterior appearance. Up front, there will be a set of four-point “ice cube” LED fog lights, as it sits on a set of 17 inch alloy wheels that you can only get in this version. Kia has also added a few glossy black accents all over the model, contrasted with a chrome window trim and twin exhaust tips.
As for the interior, there aren’t a lot of things to discuss because the Rio GT will have the same interior as the standard Rio models. In fact, the only interior upgrade it gets is that it is now covered in a black synthetic leather and cloth upholstery with grey stitching, metallic accents, and carbon fiber look for the dashboard. It also gets a new flat bottomed steering wheel that gets a “GT Line” badge.Read the entire article 2018 Kia Rio GT Line shows up ahead of Geneva Motor Show
Back at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in September, Kia Motors of South Korea provided us with a preview of the latest version of its B-segment fighter, the new 2017 Kia Rio. Marking the first of the next generation Rio, the model previewed in Paris has been designed and engineered to cater to the demands and wants of a broader group of customers, with global sales set to commence in the first quarter of 2017.
However, what we saw in Paris is the five-door hatchback version of the Kia Rio. The South Korean carmaker has yet to unveil the sedan form of the Kia Rio, which will be due for the 2018 model year. While we are frustrated that we couldn’t see – for now – how the new Kia Rio sedan would look, perhaps the new Kia K2 sedan unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China will tide us over.
But don’t get us wrong. The Kia K2 sedan unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show is intended for the auto market in China. However, the K2 sedan we just saw in China could provide a good preview of the design of the sedan version of the Kia Rio that would be marketed in the United States and Europe. The K2 and the 2017 Rio share several characteristics. For instance, the hood and the headlights of both models are very similar. Moreover, both models feature the general tiger nose grille design of the front end, although that of the Rio hatchback is bigger. Moreover, the rear end of the K2 features the new quarter-flanking taillights found on the Rio hatchback. Overall, the rear end of the K2 looks very similar to that of the 2017 Cadenza, primarily because of the duckbill spoiler and sleeker trunk design. This could mean that the design of these parts could be also be seen on the 2018 Rio sedan.Read the entire article 2017 China-only Kia K2 provides early glimpse into 2018 Kia Rio sedan
South Korean carmaker Kia Motors has unveiled the fourth-generation Kia Rio at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The latest generation of the Rio is calling out to B-segment customers to carefully consider this newly designed great ride that boasts of first-in-class safety technology and new connectivity features as well as high levels of practicality and convenience.
The B-segment is currently the biggest segment in the new car market in Europe, and Kia expects to sell over 100,000 units of the newest iteration of the Rio on its first full year. Such a sales figure will place the Rio alongside the carmaker’s other hit models in the continent like the Sportage and cee’d.
In 2015, the Rio ranked as the brand’s best-selling model in the world selling over 473,000 units or 16 percent of its annual sales. Kia sold 12,115 Rios in the United Kingdom in the same year, which account for around 15 percent of overall sales in the country.Read the entire article 2017 Kia Rio presented at Paris Motor Show
On October 2, 2014 at the Paris Motor Show, Kia will be unveiling to the global public an enhanced version of the Kia Rio, which now comes loaded with an array of improvements that should help it remain competitive around the world.
Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Motors Europe, noted that the Rio was the brand’s best-selling nameplate around the world in 2013, with total sales pegged at 471,000 units. He added that the new Rio is one of Kia’s top 3 units in Europe with 56,821 units sold. He remarked that Kia considers the improvements made to the new Rio as significant.
Cole quipped that the massive popularity of the nameplate is proof that Kia’s designers and engineers managed to get most things 'right' when creating the fourth generation of the Rio in 2011. He added that for 2014, the Rio is building on the core attributes that made it popular with customers, while adding a number of enhancements to give the B-segment challenger a fresher appearance inside and outside.Read the entire article 2015 Kia Rio Facelift says hello ahead of 2014 Paris Motor Show
In response to customers’ demands, Kia has made the decision to build 2013 Rio SX hatchback models with a limited production run. Best of all, it features six-speed manual transmissions for the first time ever. Previously, Kia has only had a manual transmission available in its base LX model. However, it is now thinking about offering other high-spec models that have manual transmission options.
2013 Kia Rio SX manual hatchback offers the following as standard equipment: push-button start, touchscreen navigation, rear-backup camera, a set of 17-inch wheels, sport suspension, LED daytime running lights, satellite radio, and black cloth interior.
The LX model is very basic and is equipped with smaller 16-inch wheels, four-speaker stereo and doesn’t have items like cruise control, power windows and door locks, and a telescopic steering wheel.Read the entire article Kia to build a limited run of 2013 Rio SX models with manual transmissions
Consumer Reports' list of recommended small cars was topped by Kia Motors Corp.'s next-generation Rio. It was able to beat rivals that are more popular in the U.S. such as Ford Motor Co.'s Fiesta. What the very influential consumer magazine liked about the Rio was its "nimble" handling, smooth transmission, simple climate and radio controls.
It also praised Rio for its more cohesive interior compared to a previous version that had visible screws. Meanwhile, Nissan Motor Co.’s Versa sedan had low scores and was criticized for its overhaul as it made the ride jittery and the sounds coming from its engine were “overwhelming and offensive.” In a statement released last Thursday by Consumer Reports, it stated that the revisions on the Versa made it take a dive to the bottom.
More consumers in the U.S. have turned to small cars as gas prices have been rising since 2008. Because of this interest, automakers have given their vehicles a makeover and made them offer more comfort and be more stylish.Read the entire article Kia Rio tops Consumer Reports’ list of recommended small cars
Kia's B-segment Rio and A-segment Picanto have been named winners in the internationally-acclaimed 'Product Design' category for the 2012 red dot design competition. There were at least 4,500 products entered in the competition by 1,800 manufacturers from 58 countries. The latest honors bring the red dot awards that Kia has achieved to a total of six.
Among the automaker's previous wins were the Sportage and Optima both in 2011, Venga in 2010, and Soul in 2009. The Optima also took the 'best of the best' recognition in 2011. This is the competition's highest accolade for innovative design, wherein only the best products in each category are qualified as candidates.
Kia Chief Officer Peter Schreyer expressed pride in the red dot awards that the Picanto and the Rio have achieved. He commented that they are a "great tribute" to their entire global design team since all the three Kia design centers were part of the development of both automobiles.Read the entire article Kia Rio, Picanto get ‘Product Design’ awards in red dot design contest
Kia’s Rio 3-door offers the same range of ultra-efficient engines, trim levels and external dimensions from the five-door, which went on sale in September 2011. From the side, Kia’s B-segment hatchback has a stunning coupé-like side profile. It is priced £600 lower than the equivalent five-door models. Four engines are available for the Rio 3-door, consisting of two petrol and two diesel engines – identical to what’s offered on the five door version.
The very efficient and the heavily praised 1.1 CRDi offers a dynamic performance from its output of 74bhp and 170Nm of torque available from 1,500rpm.
All the versions offer CO2 emissions of 99g/km or below and have a fuel economy rating of at least 74.3mpg. All the new Rio diesels, which include the 1.4-litre models, are equipped with EcoDynamics technologies, like Intelligent Stop & Go, as standard. The 1.4 CRDi is a four-cylinder diesel engine that comes from the same U2 range as the 1.1.Read the entire article 2012 Kia Rio 3-Door goes on sale in the UK
Kia has postponed the introduction of the 2012 Kia Rio or Soul with stop/start to the second quarter. When interviewed by WardsAuto, Michael Sprague, vice president-marketing for Kia Motors America, said that this fuel-sipping technology is new and the company just wants to guarantee that consumers get the experience they expect.
Kia engineers had to modify the technology due to comments from media members who have driven the stop/start-equipped Rios and Souls.
Kia’s executives refer to this technology as ISG (Idle, Stop and Go). The reviewers’ complaints include a perceptible shock, frequently observed in many vehicles with stop/start systems. This is when the engine automatically shuts down at idle and then restarts. Sprague said that the sales delay gives Kia the chance to give its dealers more training so that they could explain the technology better to customers.Read the entire article Kia postpones the introduction of Rio and Soul models with stop/start
Right after Kia’s first wins at the GRAND-AM Team and Driver road races in the Street Tuner class of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, it has released the new 2012 Rio 5-door subcompact – its entry into showroom stock (B-Spec) racing. This move is the first expansion plan implemented under Kia’s U.S. motorsports program.
This racecar will rival Honda Fit, Mazda2 and Ford Fiesta, among others, in a series of events organized by various motorsports sanctioning bodies such as GRAND-AM, World Challenge, National Auto Sport Association (NASA) and Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).
For a vehicle enthusiast, the B-Spec racing is a relatively cheap way to get into competitive motorsports with an automobile such as the latest 2012 Rio 5-door that provides a new six-speed manual transmission, excellent driving dynamics, and class-leading fuel economy and horsepower. Once potential racers purchase their 2012 Rio 5-door LX, a B-Spec kit costing around $14,000 is available for purchase from Kinetic Motorsports, the racing partner of Kia.Read the entire article 2011 SEMA Show: Kia Rio B-Spec Racer wants on the race track
The all-new 2012 Rio 5-door, which was launched for sale this month, continued Kia's design-led transformation with its class-leading fuel economy at 30/40 miles per gallon (city/highway) and first-rate styling. Kia has partnered with Antenna for the third consecutive year in order to develop specialty lifestyle automobiles like the Retro Surf Rio 5-door.
The vehicle is outfitted with all the things that a surfer needs to have a great time at the beach such as the authentic Grain wood surfboard mounted on the roof. With a modified suspension, the Rio 5-door has been lowered for more aggressive handling.
Its bold exterior design is accentuated by 17-inch three-piece gold wheels, a custom body kit with a front splitter made of wood to match the surfboard, a gorgeous sunset-metallic golden-brown paint scheme, and a refurbished rear fascia with center-mount dual exhaust. The seats and door panels are upholstered in beige and brown plaid boardshorts fabric.Read the entire article 2011 SEMA Show: Kia Rio Surf Concept wants to conquer the waves
Kia has announced that for the U.S. market, the four-door Kia Rio sedan has a starting price of $14,150, including a $750 destination charge. This price is $200 lower than the hatchback. However, they use the same 1.6-liter and the same manual gearbox. Kia has also revealed that the automatic version has a starting price of $15,250.
The sedan is equipped with a 1.6-liter GDI and is offered in three trim levels: LX, EX and SX. The manual version offers a fuel economy rating of 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.'
Throughout the range, its standard equipment include air conditioning, electric power steering, an MP3 audio system with USB and auxiliary ports, SiriusXM satellite radio with three months complimentary service, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ABS, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM).Read the entire article 2012 Kia Rio Sedan priced from $14,150
Kia will be competing with the Mazda2 and Honda Fit at the B-Spec racing series with its own race-ready versions of the new 2012 Rio 5-door. Those that will qualify for the B-Spec racing series are compact hatchbacks with very little to no engine modifications. Kia has teamed up with Kinetic Motorsports to prepare the Rio 5-Doors to race.
More details are expected to be released at the 2011 SEMA Show. This Rio will be getting a roll cage, racing seats, harnesses, suspension modifications and a new wheel and tire package.
These B-Spec series racers are modified to be able to enter the SCCA, NASA, Grand-Am and World Challenge race series. Stock engines will be used in all participating race cars. The Rio will be powered by the factory 1.6L that has an output of 138-hp and 123 lb-ft of torque, much higher than that of Honda or Mazda.Read the entire article 2011 SEMA Show Preview: Kia Rio B-Spec race car
Kia has released the pricing information for the 2012 Kia Rio hatchback, which has a starting price of only $14,350 (including a $750 destination charge) for the Rio LX with a six-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile, an LX with a six-speed automatic transmission is priced at $15,450. The range-topping Rio SX has a price tag of $18,750.
All the 2012 Kia Rio models are available with a direct-injected 1.6-liter inline-four engine, which has an output of 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. This car has a fuel economy rating of 30/40 mpg (city/highway) for all transmission types.
Furthermore, starting in early 2012, the Rio will be offered with Kia’s ISG engine stop-start system to lessen fuel consumption even more when the car stops. All the trims come with the following standard equipment: air conditioning, satellite radio, USB and auxiliary audio inputs, and hill-start assist.Read the entire article 2012 Kia Rio Hatchback priced from $14,350 in the United States
The lineup of Kia Motors America (KMA) will soon receive the all-new 2012 Rio 5-door hatchback, which was presented at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, and the Rio sedan, which appeared at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. Kia said that Rio is the first non-hybrid or luxury vehicle to feature ISG technology.
The 2012 Rio is offered in three trims: LX, EX and SX. They come with a 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder with the option of either a six-speed manual transmission (LX only) or efficient six-speed automatic.
Beginning with the LX trim, the standard features consist of body-colored door handles and side mirrors, rear wiper and washer, multi-reflector headlamps and a set of 15-inch steel wheels with 185/65R15 tires.Read the entire article 2012 Kia Rio 5-Door, Sedan make their debut in the U.S.
The five-door configuration of Kia’s fourth generation Rio hatch will start selling in the UK on September 1. Sales of the three-door will follow soon after. It comes with Kia’s seven-year warranty and offers some of the lowest CO2 emissions ever by a non-hybrid model. Customers can choose from four engines – two petrol and two diesel. One of these is the highly efficient l three-cylinder turbodiesel with decreased fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The 1.1-liter CRDi delivers 74hp at 4,000 rpm and 170 Nm between 1,500 – 2,750 rpm, enabling the Rio to go from zero to 60 mph in 14.9 seconds and to reach a top speed of 98 miles per hour.
This model is equipped with a set of 15-inch wheels and the entire range of Kia’s EcoDynamics fuel-saving technologies such as Intelligent Stop & Go engine technology, low rolling resistance tires, a drag-reducing front grille, gearshift indicator and rear spoiler. This vehicle has a fuel economy rating of 88.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of just 85g/km.Read the entire article 2012 Kia Rio UK pricing announced
A recent Autocar report stated that as Kia aims to build a stronger brand image in Europe, it may offer a more powerful version of the Rio. At the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, Kia displayed its new Picanto and Rio. These hatchback models were seen to be edgier and more up-market than before. Marketing and product planning chief Benny Oeyen said, “The quality and design is much greater than the brand image represents.”
He suggests that a hot hatch, cabrio or a coupe would be “helpful” but in the short run, he said that a hot hatch would be the easiest and most likely option since this segment is popular in Europe.
Oeyen says that although he can picture a sporty Kia in Europe, the brand has to be developed first. The current engine range for the all-new fourth-generation Rio includes 1.25-liter and 1.4-liter petrol units as well as the 1.1-liter three-cylinder turbodiesel with stop-start. It’s likely that the hot Rio will be powered by the 1.6-liter GDI Gamma engine that went into the Hyundai Veloster.Read the entire article Kia considering Rio hot hatch as way to boost brand image in Europe
Kia will be launching a new Rio supermini at the Geneva Motor Show this March. This car, which marks the next stage in the transformation of Kia’s range, is being relied on to raise sales in the UK’s biggest market-segment. The Rio is based on the same group platform as the Hyundai i20. It is covered with striking sheetmetal that was created by Kia’s European studio under design chief Peter Schreyer.
Rio stands out due to its dominant headlamps, aggressive lower air vents and new ‘pinched’ treatment of the corporate grille.
The Rio’s dimensions (length, width and wheelbase) were increased, raising interior space and on-road stability. But to improve styling, the roofline was slightly lowered.Read the entire article 2012 Kia Rio: first details, photos and specs
Today (Wednesday) is an important day for Kia as it revealed the first official drawings of the next generation model of the Kia Rio. What we see is that the new model will feature a brave design and a revolutionary new look, making this a huge step for this company.
Compared to the existing Rio model, you will notice that the next generation model is lower, longer and wider. Apparently, the brand’s target group of users for this car are energetic modern clients in the age range of 25 to 49.
Peter Schreyer, Chief Design Officer of the company, stated that he expects the new Rio to be elegant and sporty. A new entry to the B-segment, this model has a character line originating from the front wheel, lending the car a feeling that it is moving even when it isn’t.Read the entire article 2011 Geneva Motor Show Preview: 2012 Kia Rio sketches revealed
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