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Old 03-14-2011, 09:12 AM   #1
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A hot hatch version of the new Rio could be offered as a way to help Kia build its brand image in Europe.

“The quality and design is much greater than the brand image represents,” says marketing and product planning chief Benny Oeyen. “You can improved this with cars. A helpful car for us would be a hot hatch, cabrio or a coupe.”

A Rio hot hatch is the most likely option in the short term, given the segment’s popularity in Europe, in particular the UK. The Rio show car at the recent Geneva motor show also had some sporty touches, including its large alloys. Oeyen added: “I can imagine a sporty Kia in Europe; we have to develop the brand.”

Kia’s all-new fourth-generation Rio will also be Britain’s most fuel efficient and lowest CO2-emitting car when it goes on sale in September. A new 1.1-litre three-cylinder turbodiesel will be available from launch that, equipped with stop-start, has CO2 emissions of just 85g/km and combined economy of 88mpg.


That will make Ecodynamics-badged 81bhp, 69lb ft version of the new Rio the cleanest, most efficient car on sale, eclipsing the current holder of that claim, the 85mpg/86g/km Smart Fortwo diesel.

Other engines in the new Rio range include 1.25-litre and 1.4-litre petrol units and a 1.4-litre turbodiesel. All will have CO2 emissions of less than 114g/km and economy in excess of 58mpg when equipped with stop-start. Prices for the range are expected to start from around £10,000.
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:37 AM   #2
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It has a lot of VW Golf/GTI feeling going on from what I can see in those dark pictures.
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:42 PM   #3
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^first thing i thought.

which isnt a bad thing imo.
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:56 PM   #4
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This might be my next car.
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:28 PM   #5
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yeah but it's like an oldschool GTI when they weren't obese
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:37 PM   #6
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It has a lot of VW Golf/GTI feeling going on from what I can see in those dark pictures.
A reliable GTI, at a resonable price - what's not to like about that?
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:43 PM   #7
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Yep, looks like an A3 meets a GTI. I like it, except for the cream colored interior.
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:37 PM   #8
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Chief designer at Hyundai/Kia is from Audi.
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:05 PM   #9
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Hyundai/Kia's been firing on all cylinders in recent years. This looks to be no exception.
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:11 PM   #10
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seriously, when can america start getting these nice cars. ~20k attractive hatch with decent sportiness getting high milage.

If this came here I would definately consider it as my next vehicle
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:00 PM   #11
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Do you know when this person joined Hyundai/Kia?
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:51 PM   #12
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This is a great looking little car. I'm with BlockerImp on this one.

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Old 03-14-2011, 10:08 PM   #13
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Offer that in North America and I'd scoop it up.
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Old 03-15-2011, 02:14 AM   #14
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Do you know when this person joined Hyundai/Kia?
Peter Schreyer joined HK in 2006. His first lead design was the Forte.

From what I heard, the new Accent (Rio's platform-mate) will have a 1.6 GDI with 138 horsepower available. Here's hoping it makes it under the hood of the Rio as well.
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Old 03-16-2011, 05:42 PM   #15
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Has quite a bit of Seat (VW Spanish brand) in its look. I like it. I just hope it can have some good dynamics to complement the look.
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nice little car..
I'd sport one.
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