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Kia Rio

player4player4 Posts: 362
Spy Pictures 2006 Kia Rio:


With its camouflage nearly off, here is the first glimpse of the redesigned Kia Rio. The Rio will share a platform with the upcoming Hyundai Accent, although the Accent is expected to reach dealerships months earlier.

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  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    looks a bit bolder in body design than the old one. I think it'll be a hit with consumers worldwide.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • gwidogwido Posts: 25
    According to the article, this concept prefigures the next Rio: /
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,628
    If the production car looks like this (sans 18" wheels), and it drives well, Kia will sell a ton of these cars. It's a great-looking car--much nicer than the Mazda3 5-door IMO.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    there's the issue of sticker price. Will it be raised significantly?
  • Wait a second... Is the Five door shown going to be in addition to the sedan and Cinco... The Hatch back shown has a much smaller cargo area behind the rear seat than the current Cinco. That is the strong point in the Cinco. It can haul a lot of stuff with the rear seat up and even more with it down... The new hatch looks like it is in the Scion Xa and Chevy Aveo range for cargo room behind the rear seat. Kia, don't screw this up
  • at the NA Auto Show in Detroit on January 11, 2005. Should be fun to see how it will look. I'm talking about the 4-door sedan model, the 5-door(Rio Cinco)will debut in March of 2005, I believe in Europe. We'll start with this one, looks great, the pictures of the yellow one linked in post 5. Take a look. Kia will score nicely with this Rio. 1.5L 4 cylinder motors and a longer wheelbase, wider track and more torque and power delivered to the wheels is what Kia is promoting in this new rig. Gonna be fun to check it out!

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • igor2igor2 Posts: 148
    here are the official pictures.

    The 4door (official)

    the 5door concept

    along with CGI's of the NEW HONDA CIVIC!!..

  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Seems to be a very attractive little small car. Rear end is more stylish and less bulbous than the Spectra. Overall, from these pics... a job well done!


  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    especially when compared with the new Civic, and I say that as a Hyundai owner who wishes Hyundai/Kia the very best...
  • gwidogwido Posts: 25
    Here are the pictures of the 5 door Rio that will be presented at the Geneva Auto Show next week:

    Looks great IMHO. It seems to be shorter than the current 5-door Rio though.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Way to go Kia. I was getting bored to death.
  • If I can get a 2005 sedan now, early in the year, for $5888 (no air, radio, or power steering), what incentive do I have to wait for the 2006 model?

    Will there be a model available like that, with no options, no air conditioning, with the 5-speed, that I can get new for dirt cheap?
  • occupant1-

    Maybe not THAT cheap, but yes, there will be a strippo model. See the press release. Base has no A/C, no wheel covers, no power steering. I think this is kind of cool, actually. Not many people will buy that version, but there's something neat about a car that comes with absolutely a modern Model T or Beetle.

    -Andrew L
  • of this 2006 Kia Rio5 better than the front view. They are calling this the Rio5, right? I saw the rear view picture on another website earlier tonight and it called the new Kia the Rio5. Very interesting design, an improvement from the last design, by far IMV(in my view). It's really got a European look and I think Kia designed it for Europe-they're growing by leaps and bounds there now.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • chrisducatichrisducati Posts: 394
    It definitly shows that this hatchback version was designed for Europe. The Cinco was styled more for american tastes and was never a big hit in Europe. I am a hatchback fan, more for the utility of the vehicle. I actually like the styling of the old Cinco much better. This new car will have a very small cargo area behind the rear seat. My sister has a 2004 model and I like it. While this new car may drive better and have more passenger room, it will not have cargo space. No more hauling a TV behind the rear seat. No six suitcases for the families trips. There better be a good roof rack system for the new car, owners will need one.
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    I wonder what kind of mileage it is suppose to get, and how much heavier it has become with the makeover.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    I've never seen a car on the road without air conditioning. It sounds interesting to have a car that resembles a modern Model T- just the basics- seats, doors, airbags and a transmission.
  • chrisducatichrisducati Posts: 394
    until recent years... like the last ten, in some northern areas may cars didnt have A/C. My aunt lives in Northern Wisconsin. When I'm there I look at the car dealers in her town. For the most part if A/C isn't a standard item they do not order it. Odder yet was the surprise that the hotel rooms didn't have A/C either... just open a window if it is warm!
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Here in the southeast you'd be crazy to order a car without Air Conditioning. The summer days here can get to almost 100 degrees and during the winter can dip down to 6 degrees.
  • a_l_hubcapsa_l_hubcaps Posts: 518
    My '86 Pontiac has factory A/C but it doesn't work, and the cost to recharge an old R-12 system is ridiculous. So I've gone without it for the five years I've owned the car. It's just on the edge of bearable here in the NJ/PA region. I've learned to bring a water bottle with me when I drive in the summer. I can imagine it would be really awful to drive down south without A/C.

    -Andrew L
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