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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.

Full Article: rticle=7451


  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Alamogordo, NMPosts: 7,615
    looks a bit bolder in body design than the old one. I think it'll be a hit with consumers worldwide.

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  • gwidogwido Posts: 25
    According to the article, this concept prefigures the next Rio: /
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,934
    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
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Alamogordo, NMPosts: 7,615
    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!

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  • 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
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Alamogordo, NMPosts: 7,615
    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.

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  • 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
  • jemtecjemtec Posts: 40
    You can actually recharge your system with a retrofit R134 Kit.
    They run about 50.00, come with a 2 Oz can of oil, and 3 cans Of R134, along with a high and low side connector, and the main Refilling connector that screws onto the can and has the valve on it.
    I've redone several R12 Systems over the years.
    First step.. Take your rig in and get the old stuff sucked out, (most places will recover and recycle it for FREE).
    If you do the re charging (its easy to do im telling ya), but get help from someone you know if you aren't sure where the High and Low Side Ports are, or even if you dont feel comfortable doing any of this.
    The Low Side typically is a Larger connector than the High Side... and the High Side is almost always mounted closest to the Radiator.
    The replacement connectors screw over the old valves, the Low side becomes a larger one with a Blue Cap, and the High Side Becomes a Slightly larger connector with a Red Cap.
    Make sure that when you recharge it, you put the Oil in first, have your AC turned on full blast, and engine running.
    Then (this isn't perfect science, but your car WILL blow cold air compared to none at all!)
    It needs to be 85% of whatever the amount the Factory originally put in the system.
    So, if its say, 23 OZ of R12, that comes out to, 19.55 OZ.
    Its VERY important you remember this. if you dont, it can damage your Compressor! I say its "not a science" because each can is 12OZ.. So, you can add one, but only a bit over 3/4 of the other.
    Just make sure you keep your finger on the shut off valve for the R134. :)
    Some people say that you should "consider" replacing all your system O-rings.
    Honestly, with 99% of the rigs out there with R12 made in the 1980s, you will be just fine leaving it completely stock.
    What makes the diff is that the Oil you charge it with in the Kit will have the necessary lubricant, and sealing qualities that work great with R12 Systems.
    Just something to consider.
    If you know where your Low and High side is, Get your Numbers figured out for the best amount to add of R134, You can have your AC up and running in about 15 minutes.
    Just MAKE sure you get your old stuff evacuated, (will help get some of the old oil out) and the R12 is GONE. They Don't mix.
  • a_l_hubcapsa_l_hubcaps Posts: 518

    Yeah, I'm aware of the R-134A retrofit, but I've heard mixed reviews. Some people say it works fine, others say it causes all kinds of problems. So I've been reluctant to give it a try. Although the car is 19 years old, it's not a piece of junk, and I don't like to make haphazard repairs.

    Well, I guess I dragged this discussion a bit off topic...

    -Andrew L
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Will it have side curtain airbags?
  • gwidogwido Posts: 25
    Yes, it will. From the official press release:

    "The new Rio also offers class-leading interior volume and six standard airbags, including full-length side-curtain airbags."

    You can find it here
  • gy563gy563 Posts: 44

    Here's official web page of kia's New Pride ( which is 2006 Rio here in the united states)
  • gy563gy563 Posts: 44
    Korean model of NewPride(2006 Rio) comes with lot more feature than American models (ex. Front heated seats, leather seat, mp3 player, temparature indicator, red special model, choice of 10 different exterior colors, etc.) also if you go to Korean web site and look at the interior it's slightly different than one that showed on the international auto shows. (Korean model interior is bit more stylish)
  • jemtecjemtec Posts: 40
    I can see your qualms but consider this:
    Unless your current compressor is already hosed, I would give it a whirl. :)
    Personally, Ive had perfect luck with 10 different vehicles (asian and domestic) so far, and not a single hitch.
    The big thing is to be sure you are as accurate as you can be with the refill.
    Always put in slightly less R134.
    There are many people out there that dont understand how a R12 Compressor has a different head pressure (piston that compresses the gas) when using R12 Freon and you need to be sure you dont overfill because of the different molecular makeup of R134.
    Ive met a couple people that overfilled them, and damaged their compressors from really overdoing it.. (overheated them).
    Its really just simple math. :)
    Just be sure to do an 85% fill of R134 to your Recommended Fill of R12, and realize that the only possible component to take a crap on you is a possibility of well worn R12 Compressor.
    If your Car is in as good a shape as you say, Im sure you will be fine.
    Heres another tidbit..
    My most recent R12 to R134 Kit conversion I did recently was in a 1993 Honda Civic CX.
    327,000 Miles.. ALL ORIGINAL components!..
    Flawless install, and it blows cold.
    Be aware that R134 Isnt as cold as R12, (85% the coolness of R12 is accurate, Interesting that its the same as what you have to fill it to. LOL) but its also 10 times cheaper!
    Yeah, you can run a risk in anything, but I say go for it.
    You have absolutely nothing to loose.
    Look at it this way.. If your compressor is on its way out, its better to learn about it with a R134 Retrofit, then to refill with very expensive R12 and find out that way. ;)
    I can see your worries, but its really a piece of cake.
    Jeff :shades:
  • chrisducatichrisducati Posts: 394
    Isn't that the way it always is! The best for the rest. America seems to always get left out when it comes to cool stuff. I admit that there are going to be people that wouldn't pay for leather in a Rio.
  • gy563gy563 Posts: 44
    New Pride (2006 Rio) Exterior Colors

    New Pride (2006 Rio) Interior

    New Pride (2006 Rio) Special Red Verion

    These are all Korean Models
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    It looks like the Korean Rio has Automatic Climate Control. Any chance we'll get that feature also?
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