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All-New 2012 Kia Rio Sedan Makes World Debut during The New York International Auto Show


Sub-Compact Sedan and Hatchback Sibling Offer Best-In-Class Horsepower and Achieve Up to 40 Miles Per Gallon1

  • Rio models move Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) and Idle Stop and Go (ISG) record to tiny automobile segment
  • 2012 Rio offers superb multiple of styling, fuel economy and energy frequency seen in a class

NEW YORK, Apr 21, 2011 – Kia Motors America (KMA) currently globally denounced a all-new 2012 Rio sub-compact sedan during a New York International Auto Show. Scheduled to join a KMA lineup this tumble along with a hatchback kin denounced during a Geneva Motor Show and shown currently for a initial time in North America a all-new Rio ushers in a subsequent section of Kia Motors’ ongoing design-led mutation with formerly secret levels of eye-catching design, modernized technologies and sophistication in a tiny automobile segment. With all-new ISG record and class-leading horsepower and fuel economy of 40 miles per gallon2, Rio promises consumers considerable fuel potency though sacrificing energy or fun-to-drive performance.

“The all-new Rio brings Kia’s successful multiple of world-class styling, superb fuel economy, modernized technologies and extensive value to a smallest and many careful car in a Kia lineup,” pronounced Michael Sprague, clamp president, selling communications, KMA. “With gas prices rising, sub-compacts are apropos increasingly some-more renouned and with some-more power, adult to 40 miles per gallon fuel economy and overwhelming design, a all-new Rio sets a customary in a sub-compact category and becomes a car that is not usually affordable, though one that people will aspire to own.”

Class-Leading Fuel-Efficiency and Horsepower

Available in 3 trims LX, EX and SX a 2012 Rio is accessible with a 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder with a choice of possibly a six-speed primer delivery or six-speed automatic. One of usually twin vehicles in a shred to offer a GDI engine, a 2012 Rio offers consumers an fugitive multiple of energy and considerable fuel efficiency, achieving class-leading3 138 horsepower while also progressing a class-leading fuel economy rating of 30/40 mpg (city/highway)4. Rio also offers ISG technology, new to a Kia lineup, where a engine turns off when a car is not in suit such as during a stop light or in traffic. The engine restarts automatically when a motorist releases a stop pedal, ensuing in revoke levels of fuel consumption.

Adding serve to Rio’s softened performance, engineers worked to revoke engine weight by 29 pounds over a prior era by adding an aluminum valve cover and retard to a third-generation Gamma engine, while incorporating expel iron subsidy for increasing durability.

Sleek and Streamlined Exterior

Conceived during Kia’s pattern studios in Irvine, Calif., a all-new Rio sub-compact sedan and hatchback vaunt rarely sculpted tilted shoulder lines and wedge-shaped exteriors, raised an jaunty form that conveys energy and lively while mimicking a assertive lines found on other recently launched Kia vehicles such as a 2011 Optima and Sportage. Both Rio models competition their possess interpretations of Kia’s signature grille, slimmed down to bond to a energetic headlamp design, providing a new spin on a Kia family demeanour that includes a bigger atmosphere intake to secrete a childish persona. The Rio sedan shares a neat skin of a hatchback sibling, usually dropping a crowd line somewhat toward a back doorway down to a trunk.

The LX trim includes body-color doorway handles and side mirrors and 15-inch steel wheels with 185/65R15 tires, while a Rio5 also comes with a customary back spoiler to urge aerodynamics. To intensify a reward look, a side mirrors are trustworthy to a doorway rather than a cosmetic triangle like so many others in a segment. Moving to a EX trim brings additional customary conveniences, including energy doorway thatch with keyless entrance and a customary back wiper for a Rio5. For consumers looking for aloft levels of sporty refinement, a SX trim offers customary 17-inch wheels with 205/45R17 tires, haze lamps, LED daytime regulating and back combinations lamps, twin chrome tip exhaust, outward exhilarated mirrors with spin vigilance indicators and, singular for a Rio5, projector headlamps.

Luxuriously Equipped Interior

Moving inside, a 2012 Rio envelopes motorist and passengers in a confidant and complicated cabin, centered on Kia’s evil plane three-cylinder instrument panel, two-tone for a 2012 Rio to stress a feeling of expanse and comfort. An extended wheelbase (101.2 inches) severely enhances newcomer and load ability for additional comfort, charity 40 inches front headroom, 37.8 inches back headroom, 43.3 inches front legroom and 31.1 inches back legroom for a Rio sedan and Rio5 hatchback.

Standard on a LX trim is a driver’s chair tallness adjuster, while relocating to a EX trim includes customary energy windows with involuntary up/down on a driver’s window, Bluetooth5 wireless record connectivity with steering wheel-mounted voice activation controls to capacitate hands-free operation for concordant mobile phones, telescoping steering column, 60/40 separate folding back seats and leatherette doorway trim. The SX trim offers consumers an even some-more upscale demeanour and feel with customary steel pedals, steel grain, a Supervision scale cluster, leather-wrapped steering circle and change knob, maplight with sunglasses holder, bright self-centredness mirrors, outing computer, journey control, UVO powered by Microsoft6 in-car hands-free communication and party complement with back camera display, and chrome-coated accents throughout.

In further to charity a gentle cabin, considerable record facilities also come customary throughout, including an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sat audio complement with SIRIUS Satellite Radio capabilities and 3 months nominal service7 and auxiliary and USB audio submit jacks for joining with MP3 players.

Available wrapping upgrades for a Rio EX embody a Convenience Package and Eco Package, while a SX spin offers an accessible Premium Package. The Convenience Package includes 15-inch amalgamate wheels, involuntary light control, haze lamps, leather-wrapped steering circle and change knob, maplight with sunglasses holder, bright self-centredness mirrors, outward exhilarated mirrors with spin vigilance indicators, outing computer, journey control and a UVO powered by Microsoft in-car hands-free communication and party complement with back camera display8 . The Eco Package appeals to a environmentally accessible consumer with ISG record and an Active Eco System for optimal fuel-efficient driving. Upgrading a SX trim with a lush Premium Package includes a navigation complement (replaces a UVO system), push-button start with Smart Key, leather chair trim, exhilarated front seats and a moonroof to give an open, ethereal feeling.

All-New Advanced Platform

The 2012 Rio brings with it an all-new height longer, wider and revoke than a prior generation. Its assertive and witty position is assisted by an altogether length of 171.9 (Rio sedan) or 159.3 (Rio5) with a height measuring 67.7 inches far-reaching and 57.3 inches high. Employing high-tensile-strength steel (63 percent), Rio’s lightweight pattern offers high torsional rigidity for softened handling, float peculiarity and refinement. Though a some-more costly alternative, regulating these materials also increases pile-up reserve capabilities while shortening altogether weight. To safeguard good sound quivering and rudeness (NVH) reduction, a 2012 Rio was given with hood and lurch insulators as good as expandable froth in a A and C pillars and Thinsulate in a A and B pillars.

Built on a unibody frame, a front-wheel-drive Rio utilizes eccentric front and back cessation systems. MacPherson struts, curl springs and a stabilizer bar are used in a front with a torsion lamp spindle cessation in a back to rivet drivers with manageable doing and yield a pinnacle comfort for a accumulation of pushing situations.


The 2012 Rio is versed with a high spin of customary reserve features, as is a rest of a Kia line-up. Rio’s high-strength steel structure includes an innovative Halo Body construction designed to assistance strengthen occupants in certain side impact and roll-over collisions, while additional customary reserve facilities embody 6 airbags9 (dual modernized front and front-seat mounted side as good as full-length side curtain), side-impact doorway beams, height-adjustable front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters, three-point seatbelts for all seating positions and Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH). Also customary on all Rio trims for increasing motorist and newcomer reserve are Electronic Stability Control (ESC), a four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), that coordinates a car’s ESC and ABS to assistance a motorist stay in control of a vehicle.

Competitive Warranty

The 2012 Rio is lonesome by Kia’s guaranty program10, that offers rare consumer protection. Included in this module are a 10-year/100,000-mile singular powertrain warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile singular simple guaranty and a five-year/100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty. A five-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance devise also is partial of a car coverage.

2011 Kia Motors America Product Line

Kia’s indication year 2011 car line includes a Sorento CUV, Sportage compress CUV, Optima midsize sedan, Soul civic newcomer vehicle, Forte compress sedan, Forte 5-door compress hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, Rio sub-compact sedan, Rio5 sub-compact hatchback and Sedona minivan.

About Kia Motors America

Kia Motors America (KMA) is a selling and placement arm of Kia Motors Corporation formed in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a finish line of vehicles by some-more than 730 dealers via a United States and serves as a “Official Automotive Partner of a NBA.” In 2010, KMA accessible a best-ever U.S. sales and 16th uninterrupted year of increasing U.S. marketplace share. Kia is staid to continue a movement and will continue to build a code by pattern innovation, quality, value, reserve facilities and new technologies.

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1 Based on rough exam formula of 30/40 mpg (city/highway) by Kia Motors Corporation. Actual mileage might vary.
2 MPG explain for highway mileage for 2012 Rio. Class-leading MPG and horsepower claims formed on comparisons to 2011 sub-compacts as of Apr 2011 and accessible 2011 EPA city/hwy mpg estimates for sub-compact competitors. Actual mileage might vary.
3 MPG explain for highway mileage for 2012 Rio. Class-leading MPG and horsepower claims formed on comparisons to 2011 sub-compacts as of Apr 2011 and accessible 2011 EPA city/hwy mpg estimates for sub-compact competitors. Actual mileage might vary.
4 Based on rough exam formula of 30/40 mpg (city/highway) by Kia Motors Corporation. Actual mileage might vary.
5 A concordant Bluetooth wireless technology-enabled dungeon phone is compulsory to use Bluetooth wireless technology. The Bluetooth word symbol and logos are purebred trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such outlines by Kia is underneath license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their particular owners.
6 Microsoft is a purebred heading of Microsoft Corporation in a United States and/or other countries.
7 SIRIUS, XM and all associated outlines and logos are trademarks of SIRIUS XM Radio Inc. and a subsidiaries. SIRIUS Radio requires a subscription, sole alone after 3-month hearing subscription enclosed with car purchase. Prices and programming are supposing by SIRIUS and are theme to change. Subscriptions governed by SIRIUS Terms Conditions accessible during SIRIUS Radio U.S. use accessible usually to those during slightest 18 years of age in a 48 constant United States, D.C. and Puerto Rico (with coverage limitations).
8 The back camera arrangement is not a surrogate for correct and protected backing-up procedures. Always expostulate safely and use counsel when subsidy up.
9 For limit protection, always wear your chair belt.
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