- World premiere of redesigned 4-door Rio scheduled for North American International Auto Show in January
- New, redesigned Rio is sportier, more powerful and roomier
(SEOUL) December 14, 2004 -- Kia Motors today released the first official sketches and details of the company’s 2006 4-door Rio sedan that is set to be unveiled on January 11, 2005 at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit, USA.
Completely redesigned from the ground up, the all-new Rio will feature a longer wheelbase, a wider track and more horsepower than its predecessor, providing better handling, a smoother ride and improved levels of performance.
Kia’s Senior Executive Vice-President and COO Yong-Hwan Kim said: “Building on the overwhelming success of its predecessor, Kia’s new Rio is challenging the B-segment by establishing a new level of style, performance, and dependability that matches the needs of our young sporty customers.”
The new Rio is also roomier than its predecessor, offering more front and back leg room and more overall comfort. The successor’s design is based upon the Kia Sport concept car that recently received positive reviews at the Paris Motor Show this past September. The newly redesigned Rio will be available in the North American market with a four cylinder 1.6-liter gasoline engine that boasts additional torque and horsepower compared to its predecessor.
In Europe, three engines will be available -- a 1.4-liter and 1.6 liter gasoline engine and a 1.5-liter diesel engine. All other regions will have a 1.6-liter and 1.4-liter gasoline option. Mr. Kim said: “Kia is excited about the prospects of the new Rio as it offers a complete package of driving excitement, quality and value, and we are looking forward to the world premiere of the new 5-door Rio at the Geneva Motor Show in March.”
Founded in 1944 and now celebrating its 60th anniversary, Kia Motors Corporation (www.kiamotors.com) is Korea’s oldest manufacturer of automobiles. As part of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Kia is among the world’s fastest growing automobile companies and aims to be a premier global automaker. Kia’s 15 manufacturing and assembly operations in 12 countries make more than a million vehicles a year that are sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 190 countries. Kia today has 30,000 employees and annual revenues of $12 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Tennis Open and an official worldwide sponsor of the Davis Cup.