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First Look: 2012 Kia Rio

Debut scheduled for Geneva Motor Show.

by on Jan.13, 2011

Kia design chief Peter Schreyer's latest project is the next-generation Rio.

The turnstiles haven’t even been opened to the public at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, but we’re already getting word of what’s coming later this year on the auto show circuit – including an all-new version of the Kia Rio, which will roll out in Geneva later this winter.

Kia clearly is on a roll.  Following its bigger sibling, Hyundai, it has made a major effort to replace old and stodgy products with sleek new ones, scoring an especially big hit with the latest-generation midsize Optima sedan.

But the subcompact Rio has been more at the heart of where the global market is trending, as downsizing becomes much the norm, so the launch of the 2012 update will be a significant event for the Korean carmaker when the new model reaches the Geneva Motor Show.