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2012 Kia Rio Sedan Coming To New York Auto Show

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High Gear Media's own Joel Feder is on the ground in Phoenix at a Kia event today, and he tells us that Kia has confirmed the new Rio sedan will be on display at the 2011 New York Auto Show. We don't know the details on what to expect here in the U.S.--that's being saved for the show--but we can work with the figures of the Rio hatchback for some rough approximations.

Sporting some seriously solid lines and angles, the hatch is an attractive little box that says anything but economy with its looks. The impressions stand up in real life, as our shots from the Geneva Motor Show confirm. In U.S. guise, the hatch gets a 1.6-liter direct-injection four-cylinder rated at 138 horsepower, a solid upgrade from the roughly 100-horsepower powerplants in the similarly-sized Mazda2 and Ford Fiesta.

Given the roll Kia and corproate sibling Hyundai have been on of late, we're looking forward to seeing if the Rio--both sedan and hatch--live up to the early hype.

Stay tuned for our live New York Auto Show coverage kicking off April 19th.

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  1. Definitely going to be way better looking then the current one, and much as I may have to hurt myself for saying this, I see some Audi in the design, but that would make since because the head of Kia design worked at Audi
     
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  2. Someone needs to do a little research before they write an article here...."roughly 100-horsepower powerplants in the similarly-sized Mazda2 and Ford Fiesta." The Fiesta is 120 and the while the 2 does make 100 hp, both cars have been praised for being good competitors in the segment. They won't win a drag race, but they won't beat Mazda's sportiness or the solid build quality of the Fiesta. The Rio is gonna lose.
     
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  3. Plus has anyone seen pics of the new Rio? The interior is poorly done compared to the Fiesta, nothing seems to be as well integrated. The backend say VW to me and then compare all of the little intricate bits of both cars. Rio is updated, but still boring. The Fiesta just has so much more detail. The Rio may beat the Yaris, but that's not saying much.
     
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  4. mlosuno, may not beat the Fiesta, but it looks like it will be a pretty good car, I would not count it out, just because you do not like it.
     
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  5. @ NoNameDenton, i'm certainly not counting it out. It will definitely outdo the Yaris and the Aveo, but not the Fit or the Fiesta or the 2 or Accent.
     
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  6. The Accent is the Hyundai version of this car, and until it goes on sale, it is best not to say how you think it will do. From a design stand point, it is light years ahead of the current Rio, I am sure the interior will be as nice as the Optima and Forte and other Kias sold. Will it set performance records out on the roads, no, but it will be fuel efficient, decent looking and best of all loaded with standard features at a low price, which will boost its sales.
     
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  7. I know that it's the Hyundai version of this car, but while the Optima looks as good as the Sonata, though in a different way i doubt that the Rio will compare to the Accent. I actually kind of think the current Accent looks better than this Rio. Saying that the new Rio is light years ahead of the current Rio isn't saying much. A cardboard box is light years ahead of the current Rio. Korea is making great strides and i really like the Sonata and Optima, but this Rio is not gonna be a winner in my opinion. Like the Cruze vs. the new Focus, the Cruze suffers the same problem as the Cobalt, interesting for 5 minutes then right back to boring. The new Focus has great styling that won't get old for a while.
     
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  8. Well all you have to do is look at the pictures of the Rio hatch that came out to see it is not a bad looking car, as I said in my first post, there is hints of Audi in the design, which is probably why the rear end looks VWish to you. The next gen Accent is a good looking car, I will admit that. This gen of the Rio though is a looker like the other new Kias, just a smaller package, and hopefully gets better milage and rides better then the present one.
     
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  9. I'm not sure where you are seeing Audi in that design, I see the Golf, especially from the back. And if you were in the market for a sub-compact would you buy this? Or would you buy one of the several other cars that is still better than it? Kia has come a long way, but Hyundai has come farther (in terms of design) and both still has some ways to go before they match the top brands.
     
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  10. You want to compare the Spectra to the Forte and say that Kia has not come a long way in design, or even the last gen Optima to the current one
     
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