Kia Rio News

  • New Kia Rio

    Today's Kia Rio has earned a reputation for tight-fisted fuel economy and decent road manners, but not one for driving excitement. That could be due to change as a new, fourth-generation Rio makes its world debut this month at the 2016 Paris auto show. Kia says the Rio's new shape was a joint effort between its design studios in California and Germany, working under the aegis of Kia's design hub in its South Korea headquarters. So far only a 5-door hatch has been shown. Compared to the outgoing model, the new Rio has grown slightly in size. It’s 15 millimeters longer (now 4,065 mm), 5...

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    MINI To Offer Turnkey B-Spec Race Cars For 2012

    MINI has announced the development of a B-Spec race car based on the MINI Cooper hardtop. The car will be available from MINI of Charleston prior to the start of the 2012 season.

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    2012 Kia Rio Retro Surf, Forte Hockey By Antenna: 2011 SEMA Live Photos

    Kia is hitting SEMA as hard as ever this year with a new crop of cars to work with, including the stylish little five-door Rio hatchback. These two concepts, the Hockey and Surf, demonstrate not just the tuner-worthy basis the Rio provides, but its utility as a hatchback as well. Both cars are...

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    Kia Rio B-Spec Race Car To Debut At 2011 SEMA

    If you haven't heard about it yet, there's a new racing spec making the rounds of the small-car world: B-Spec. Build to cross series boundaries and make racing a near-stock compact car more affordable and fun, the series has already attracted the likes of Honda and Mazda--and now Kia. Kia, racing?...

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    2012 Kia Rio: Stop/Start For One Of America's Cheapest Cars

    Stop-start technology is an easy way of improving a car's fuel economy by a few MPG and lowering emissions - especially if you regularly commute in heavy traffic. However, its use is contentious for many carmakers as the U.S. EPA official fuel economy figures are completely unaffected, even if...

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    2012 Kia Rio Sedan: 2011 New York Auto Show

    We first saw the Hatchback version of the brand new 2012 Kia Rio debut last month at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and now it’s the Sedan’s turn for the spotlight, with the compact four-door appearing in public for the first time at this week’s 2011 New York Auto Show. Set to go on...

  • 2012 Kia Rio Hatchback

    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...

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    Report: Kia Considering High-Performance Rio Hatch

    You only have to look at the popularity of such cars as the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST/RS to understand that there is serious money in the hot-hatch segment. Not surprisingly, Kia is now reportedly considering launching its own hot hatch based on the recently revealed 2012 Kia Rio...

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    2012 Kia Rio Hatchback Live Photos: 2011 Geneva Motor Show

    It wasn't so long ago that the Kia Rio was synonymous with rental car hell. It looks like that's about to change, with the 2012 Rio hatchback on display in Geneva. The official press photos looked promising, and judging by these live photos, Kia has followed through on the promise. Sporting a...

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    2011 Geneva Motor Show Preview: 2012 Kia Rio Hatchback

    Just a few weeks out from its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the wraps have come off the all-new 2012 Kia Rio three-door hatch. Joining the smaller Kia Picanto, which will also be making its world debut in Geneva, the design of the new Rio has been a global effort though most of the car's...

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    Spy Shots: 2012 Kia Rio Hatchback

    Hot on the heels of yesterday’s official teaser sketches of the new 2012 Kia Rio comes this latest set of spy shots of the upcoming hatch, caught testing ahead of its world debut scheduled for March’s 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Like the smaller Kia Picanto, which will also be making its...

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    Isabel Lucas: The New Girl May (Or May Not) Need A New Car

    We admit it: we're wary of celebutantes. Every time we turn around, there's another one on the cover of US Weekly or People or whatever, being hailed as the next It Girl. And for a decade, we have fallen for it: Sophie Monk, Carrie Ann Moss, Neve Campbell, the cast of The Hills: they've all let us...

  • 2009 Kia Borrego at SEMA

    Kia will be playing the ‘urban’ theme with its latest showing at the SEMA Auto Show in Las Vegas, enticing attendees with DJs and tattoo artists, as well as a number of concept vehicles. Some of the cars we have already seen, such as the Soul Burner from March’s Geneva Auto Show and the KOUP concept from the New York Auto Show, while others are completely new. Sitting in the new category are the Borrego Limited SUV concept and the Rio5 tuner special. The Borrego is an extension of the standard model released earlier this year, and has been dressed up with a monotone black...

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