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Naga Royal Guard
12-19-2004, 06:37 PM
<IMG SRC="http://premium1.uploadit.org/ascariss/kiario1.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><b>NEW RIO SURFACES IN DETROIT</b><p>Kia Motors important new supermini challenger  the eventual replacement for the current Rio  will make its first appearance in four-door sedan form at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit in January.<p>Kia Motors has released the first official sketches and details of the companys completely redesigned B-sector challenger from the ground up.<p>The all-new Rio-replacement 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.<p>Kias Senior Executive Vice-President and COO Yong-Hwan Kim said: "Building on the overwhelming success of its predecessor, Kias replacement for the 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."<p>The new car 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 received positive reviews at the Paris Motor Show in September.<p>Paul Williams, Managing Director of Kia Motors (UK) Limited said: "The Rio has been and continues to be a winner amongst motorists who want a flexible package at a value price, but we are looking forward to the arrival of the new car in this country later in 2005 as it will complete our volume-sector range.<p>"The new car will follow on from Picanto and Cerato to give us a modern, attractive and excellent value range covering the biggest sectors of the UK market. We expect it to provide the backbone for our continued record-breaking growth in the UK. Although it will not arrive here until mid-year it will help us build from this years expected total of 33,000 cars to our target of 45,000 next year and more than 85,000 by 2007.<p>"The car shown at Detroit will just be a four-door sedan, but we shall be focusing on the five-door hatch as British consumers prefer the extra flexibility."<p>The four-door will be available in the North American market with a four cylinder 1.6-litre gasoline engine that boasts additional torque and horsepower compared to its predecessor. <p>In Europe, three engines will be available  a 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre gasoline engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. All other regions will have a 1.6-litre and 1.4-litre gasoline option.<p>Mr Kim added: "Kia is excited about the prospects of the new car 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 version at the Geneva Motor Show in March."<p>Kia press

SV
12-21-2004, 10:41 AM
let's hope it's an improvement over the current rio...the sketch looks good so i guess that's a good sign <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0">

ricerammer
12-22-2004, 02:03 PM
It don't look too bad, but it's still meh.

knicks125
12-24-2004, 09:35 PM
Official sketches released from Kia USA:<p><A HREF="http://motortrend.com/features/news/112_news041222_kiario/" TARGET="_blank">http://motortrend.com/features...ario/</A>

iamalittlepepper
12-26-2004, 09:10 PM
pity no diesel option in North America.. they could at least give VW a run for their money.

ajprice
12-27-2004, 06:55 AM
It must be a pretty low end car for the concept design illustrations to have black rubber bump strips on the doors and bumpers! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/ylsuper.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Would an Audi or Ford concept pic be that practical?

adameppdotcom
12-28-2004, 07:32 AM
Once again the concept drawings are quite decieving...<p><A HREF="http://www.thecarconnection.com/images/gallery/8288_image.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.thecarconnection.co...e.jpg</A>]<br><A HREF="http://www.thecarconnection.com/images/gallery/8289_image.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.thecarconnection.co...e.jpg</A>]<p>Source: Brenda Priddy photos hosted on TCC found on Autoweek.nl<p>If someone wants to make a thread in the spy shots section that might be more appropriate, but i didnt want to start 2 threads about the same car.<br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bow.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by adameppdotcom at 5:46 AM 12/29/2004</i>

BenFarkas
12-28-2004, 07:57 AM
I doesn't live up to the drawings, thats for sure, but it looks like a big improvment over the old Rio

kid
12-31-2004, 11:37 AM
this thing looks long..! <p><br>it looks okay <p>kia and hyundai are really stepping up the quality of their designs<p>i like it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/ylsuper.gif" BORDER="0">

knicks125
12-31-2004, 11:50 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>thekid8907</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">kia and hyundai are really stepping up the quality of their designs<p>i like it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/ylsuper.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Agreed...current and future cars <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0">

Rugbyplaya91
01-01-2005, 06:02 PM
wonder it it'll be the same size... anybody have dimnsions?

taskbearer
01-04-2005, 01:21 AM
new images from Autoweek.nl<br><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/480/8539.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/480/8540.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/480/8541.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/480/8542.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/480/7025.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/480/7026.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>The car turned out to be stubby looking, dimensions are very similar to dacia logan.<p>2005 kia rio<br>length 4.24m<br>wheelbase 2.50m<br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by taskbearer at 12:36 AM 1/4/2005</i>

Santeno
01-04-2005, 11:49 AM
INteresting. The shape retained elements of the outgoing model (especially arount the trunk and c-pillar), yet add front end elements more in line with some of kia's new product. They kept it familiar but more grown up. Not bad for an intro model.

Naga Royal Guard
01-04-2005, 12:30 PM
thers another kia sedan that is VERY nice, cant put my finger on the name tho

autodanse
01-04-2005, 12:51 PM
wow! it looks great! good job, kia. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

Redline
01-04-2005, 01:05 PM
It does looks good, and with 120 horses, four wheels anti-lock disks, and six airbags, all for $12,000, it should be a real winner.

Player4
01-04-2005, 02:28 PM
Looks good im not a big fan of all the black molding but like Santeno said "...Not bad for an intro model.."<p>Im glad they are doing better and better as well as Hyundai!!!

Ascariss
01-04-2005, 05:40 PM
Continue the discussion in the new cars area:<p><A HREF="http://www.carspyshots.net/zerothread?id=12983" TARGET="_blank">http://www.carspyshots.net/zerothread?id=12983</A><p>thanks.