Kia Rio

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The Kia Rio is a subcompact car produced by the South Korean manufacturer Kia since August 2000 and now in its third generation. Body styles have included a three and five-door hatchback and four-door sedan body styles, equipped with inline-four gasoline and diesel engines, and front-wheel drive

KIA RIO

The Kia Rio is a subcompact car produced by the South

Korean manufacturer Kia since August 2000 and now in

its third generation. Body styles have included a three

and five-door hatchback and four-door sedan body styles,

equipped with inline-four gasoline and diesel engines,

and front-wheel drive

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FIRST GENERATION

(DC; 2000–2005)

The first-generation Kia Rio (referred to as the "DC") was offered in both four-door sedan and

five-door station wagon body styles. When released, it was the least-expensive mass-produced

car to be sold in the United States. While the Rio's styling and affordability were well-received,

it was derided for its poor build quality and driving experience.

The station wagon was marketed as the "Rio Cinco" in the United States, "Rio RX-V" in

Canada, and "Rio Look" in Chile. The sedan version was not sold in the United Kingdom, and

the station wagon was known as the "Rio" there. In Greece, both versions were sold as the

"Rio".

The first-generation Rio offered only one engine for each model year in the USA: a 96 hp (72

kW) 1.5-litre DOHC I4 gasoline engine from 2001 through 2002. Then a larger version

appeared, a 1.6-litre DOHC four-cylinder rated at 104 hp (78 kW) used for model years 2003

through 2005. All years offered a choice of a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed

F4A-EL automatic. An alternative of a 1.3-litre (1,343 cc) SOHC four-cylinder/eight-valve

petrol, producing 75 hp (56 kW) was offered in some other countries, including the United

Kingdom and most of continental Europe. The USA-version five-door featured power steering

and a tachometer, optional on the sedan. The European version was marketed under several

trim levels; standard equipment for all trims included a driver airbag. Additional features were

available for promotion in Greece, including leather seats and car alarm. In Europe, the various

national markets received different selections of the three engines.

The domestic Korean market versions did not include the 1.6-liter version, as the South Korean

taxation system heavily penalizes cars of more than 1,500 cc. Claimed outputs for the domestic

versions (JIS) were higher, at 84 PS (62 kW) for the little 1.3 and 108 PS (79 kW) for the

DOHC 1.5.[5] For the SOHC 1.5 95 PS (70 kW) was claimed. The first generation hatchback

was marketed as the Rio RX-V in South Korea.

Safety features included seat belts and an airbag for the driver. ABS was available as an option

for entry-line cars but fitted by default for top of the range models (i.e., Rio LX, in the UK, and

Rio LS, in Greece).


FIRST GENERATION

(DC; 2000–2005)

The first-generation Kia Rio (referred to as the "DC") was offered in both four-door sedan and

five-door station wagon body styles. When released, it was the least-expensive mass-produced

car to be sold in the United States. While the Rio's styling and affordability were well-received,

it was derided for its poor build quality and driving experience.

The station wagon was marketed as the "Rio Cinco" in the United States, "Rio RX-V" in

Canada, and "Rio Look" in Chile. The sedan version was not sold in the United Kingdom, and

the station wagon was known as the "Rio" there. In Greece, both versions were sold as the

"Rio".

The first-generation Rio offered only one engine for each model year in the USA: a 96 hp (72

kW) 1.5-litre DOHC I4 gasoline engine from 2001 through 2002. Then a larger version

appeared, a 1.6-litre DOHC four-cylinder rated at 104 hp (78 kW) used for model years 2003

through 2005. All years offered a choice of a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed

F4A-EL automatic. An alternative of a 1.3-litre (1,343 cc) SOHC four-cylinder/eight-valve

petrol, producing 75 hp (56 kW) was offered in some other countries, including the United

Kingdom and most of continental Europe. The USA-version five-door featured power steering

and a tachometer, optional on the sedan. The European version was marketed under several

trim levels; standard equipment for all trims included a driver airbag. Additional features were

available for promotion in Greece, including leather seats and car alarm. In Europe, the various

national markets received different selections of the three engines.

The domestic Korean market versions did not include the 1.6-liter version, as the South Korean

taxation system heavily penalizes cars of more than 1,500 cc. Claimed outputs for the domestic

versions (JIS) were higher, at 84 PS (62 kW) for the little 1.3 and 108 PS (79 kW) for the

DOHC 1.5.[5] For the SOHC 1.5 95 PS (70 kW) was claimed. The first generation hatchback

was marketed as the Rio RX-V in South Korea.

Safety features included seat belts and an airbag for the driver. ABS was available as an option

for entry-line cars but fitted by default for top of the range models (i.e., Rio LX, in the UK, and

Rio LS, in Greece).


SECOND GENERATION

(JB; 2005–2011)

Kia introduced the second generation (JB) in the early 2005 model year in Europe and for

model year 2006 in North America, based on a redesigned platform shared with the Hyundai

Accent. The engine was upgraded to a 110 hp 1.6-litre DOHC four-cylinder "Alpha II" engine

now also shared with the Hyundai Accent. Other changes include a new exterior design, an

increase in exterior size and interior volume, increased safety features and fuel economy. The

hatchback was renamed to Rio5 in the USA and Canada.

Kia offered the 2006 sedan as the Rio and Rio LX, the LX trim included power steering, air

conditioning, and CD player. The Rio5 (USA) offered simply in SX trim level with leathercovered

steering wheel. As in the first generation, only the five-door hatchback version was

offered in some European markets (including the UK). Three engines are available; a 1.6 litre

DOHC engine with 110 hp (82 kW), a lesser 1.4 litre version with 96 hp (72 kW) and a 1.5 L

Turbodiesel engine with 109 hp. However, in the US market only the 1.6L gasoline engine is

offered, in two body styles: a four-door-sedan and a five-door hatch. The European version's

common rail diesel engine produces 110 PS (81 kW).

In 2007, an SX trim level was added to the Rio sedan with the same features supplied with the

Rio5 SX.

In 2007, the South Korean government began testing approximately 4,000 pre-production Rio

hybrid-electric models, with parent company Hyundai Kia Automotive Group later announcing

and subsequently withdrawing anticipated release dates for the hybrid model.

For 2008, Kia offered the LX trim level for the Rio5 (similar to the Rio LX sedan) and a

limited production of Rio5 SX Tuner models, featuring Falken FK452 tires, Tanabe strut tower

brace and Eibach lowering springs.[9]

For the 2009 model year, all Rio and Rio5 trims received standard Sirius Satellite Radio

(complimentary for three months) and radios with USB port & auxiliary jack, the auxiliary jack

substituting for a Bluetooth mobile phone connection for devices with an earphone jack, e.g.,

the iPhone. The Kia Rio ranked 5th in the "20 least expensive 2009 vehicles to insure" list by

Insure.com. According to research, the Rio is one of the least expensive vehicles to insure.


THIRD GENERATION

(UB; 2011–PRESENT

The third generation Kia Rio debuted on March 1, 2011, at the Geneva Motor Show, again

based on the Hyundai Accent and featuring a 1.4 L or 1.6 L Hyundai GDI Gamma engine. The

European market also receives the option of a 1.25L Petrol Engine, as well as a 1.4L or 1.1L

CRDi Turbo Diesel Engine - the 1.1L engine having the lowest emissions and highest MPG of

any non-electric or hybrid car currently on sale at time of writing; up to 88mpg on the EU

combined cycle (73mpg in US gallons) and emitting only 85grams of CO2 per kilometer. This

market, however, lacks the 1.6L engine, with the 1.4 being the most powerful on offer.

Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic for the American

market, with the European market receiving a 5-speed manual for the 1.25L Petrol engine, a 6-

speed manual for the 1.4L Petrol, 1.1L and 1.4L Diesels and a 4-speed automatic for the 1.4L

petrol "2" spec model in 5-door configuration. Intelligent stop go is an option on almost all

available trim and engine levels.

The Rio in Europe also receives a 3-door model. It is mechanically identical to the 5 door,

though its longer doors give it a more sporting appearance that appeals to younger audiences.

The 3 door is also noticeably cheaper than the 5 door. A one time, limited delivery of 50 topspec

European 3-door models have been shipped to New Zealand based on the UK "3" trim

and marketed as the Rio Sport EX. The imported European models have a better spec than the

current car available in New Zealand, with some extra options added over the European car

(such as keyless go), with the limited availability designed to make the car feel exclusive.[13]

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In November 2011, the third generation Rio was awarded Semperit Irish Car of the Year and in

December was awarded Carsguide's 2011 Car of the Year award as well, triumphing over

many other vehicles including the likes of the Range Rover Evoque and the recently facelifted

Ford Territory.

Kia Rio GT

Kia released a turbo charged performance model of the Cee'd, called the Pro_Cee'd GT in

Europe in July 2013, and is the company's first ever hot hatch. Rumours have surfaced around

the internet that a Rio GT (based on what is known as the Rio 5-door in America, but using the

3-door European configuration) may go into production, giving Kia a true supermini hot hatch

to rival the established class leaders; the Ford Fiesta ST, Peugeot 208 GTi and Renaultsport

Clio.


FOURTH GENERATION

Kia Motors will debut the fourth generation Rio at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The new car is

designed in Kia's California and Germany design centers, and will feature longer front

overhangs, a bigger hood, and a more upright C-pillar.[17] The hatchback model will be 15

mm longer, 5 mm wider, and 5 mm shorter in height than its predecessor. Production will

begin by the end of 2016.[

ARTICLE SOURCE:

WIKIPEDIA

IMAGE SOURCE:

THOMSON KIA SITE

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