- World premiere of new redesigned 4-door Rio scheduled for North American International Auto Show in January
- Kia plans to export 93,500 units of the new Rio in 2005
(SEOUL) January 4, 2005 -- Kia Motors today released the first images of the newly redesigned Rio compact sedan that is scheduled to be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, USA.
Completely redesigned from the ground up, the all-new Rio will feature a longer wheelbase, a wider track and more horsepower than its predecessor, providing better handling, a smoother ride and improved levels of performance.
“We redesigned the Rio to meet the rising expectations of our customers who expect more from Kia. With improved quality and a fresher design we have created a superb vehicle that is more stylish and enjoyable to drive than its predecessor,” said Yong-Hwan Kim, Senior Executive Vice President and COO of Kia Motors.
Worldwide exports for the new Rio are estimated to record 93,500 units in 2005.
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kiamotors.com) -- the fastest growing automaker in the world -- was founded in 1944 and is Korea’s oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. As part of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Kia aims to become one of the world’s premier automotive brands. Kia’s 16 manufacturing and assembly operations in 13 countries produce more than 1.1 million vehicles a year that are sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 190 countries. Kia today has 30,000 employees and annual revenues of $14 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Tennis Open and an official worldwide sponsor of the Davis Cup.