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Kia Brings Rio to Paris

Maker ready to make impact in Europe's biggest market.

by on Sep.29, 2016

Kia's new Rio subcompact, which competes in Europe's toughest market, features a new exterior design.

Kia, which has used a combination of eye-catching design and new technology to win over customers, rolled out a updated version of its Rio subcompact passenger car during previews for the Paris Auto Show.

The new Kia Rio, one of the ambitious South Korean automaker’s key vehicles – it accounts for 16% of the company’s global sales – made its world debut in Paris at the 2016 Mondial de l’Automobile.

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The fourth generation offers B-segment buyers, with new design both inside and out, a package of practicality and convenience, safety technology, new connectivity features and more engaging ride and handling in keeping with the automaker’s efforts to improve its suspensions and chassis in the wake of some intense criticism. (more…)

First Drive: 2012 Kia Rio Sedan

Kia continues stylish reinvention of its lineup with revamped subcompact.

by on Sep.21, 2012

Kia's Rio continues a string of strong designs from the Korean automaker's design group.

It’s good to be Kia right now. Kia and its sister company, Hyundai, have received a lot of attention lately for groundbreaking styling along with class-leading fuel economy in some segments.

In fact, we’ve often said in this space that once the Koreans figure out the black art of proper suspension tuning, the pair could rule the automotive world.

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Well, with this little Rio subcompact, it would appear that Kia has come to grips with finer points of ride and handling development.

So, does that mean the little Rio is ready for world dominance? Let’s find out.

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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.

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