All-new 2012 Rio sedan revealed at Canadian International Auto Show

  • Kia Canada debuts all-new 2012 Rio sedan sub-compact in Toronto.
  • Similar to its Rio 5-Door sibling, the all-new 2012 Rio sedan has a long list of standard technology and comfort features, including a Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine.
  • Value-packed 2012 Rio sedan offers outstanding combination of head-turning design, impressive fuel economy and power in its class

TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Kia Canada Inc. debuted the all-new 2012 Kia Rio sub-compact sedan today at the Canadian International Auto Show North building. The all-new Rio sedan adds to the recently released Rio 5-Door hatchback and ushers in the next chapter of Kia Motors' ongoing design-led transformation with unperceived levels of eye-catching design, advanced technologies and sophistication in the small car segment. Starting at $13,795, the all-new Rio sedan features GDI technology and increased power. The Rio returns remarkable fuel economy of 4.9 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway, promising consumers impressive fuel efficiency without sacrificing power or fun-to-drive performance.  Higher trim models offer a previously unseen amount of features in the segment, including a heated steering wheel, automatic folding side mirrors, cooling glove box and LED positioning lights.

"The all-new Rio sedan offers numerous luxury and comfort features that consumers are accustomed to seeing on expensive premium vehicles," said Robert Staffieri, Director of Marketing at Kia Canada Inc. "The all-new Rio sedan compliments the Rio 5-Door hatchback and will be a key component to bringing consumer interest to another level."

Starting at $13,795, the 2012 Rio sedan is available in five trims - LX, LX+, EX, EX+, and SX - and offers a 1.6-litre GDI four-cylinder engine with a standard six-speed manual or available six-speed automatic transmission. The 2012 Rio offers consumers the elusive combination of power and impressive fuel efficiency, achieving a class-leading1 138 horsepower while also maintaining fuel economy ratings of 4.9 L /100 km on the highway and 6.6 L/100 km in the city2.  Rio will also offers available Idle Stop and Go (ISG) technology later this year, which is new to the Kia lineup, where the engine turns off when the vehicle is not in motion, such as at a stop light or in traffic. The engine restarts automatically when the driver releases the brake pedal, resulting in lower levels of fuel consumption and emissions. This technology is not currently offered by any other model in the segment.

The LX trims, which starts at $13,795, includes body-colour door handles and sideview mirrors and 15-inch steel wheels with 185/65R15 tires. To accentuate the premium look, the power, heated sideview mirrors are attached to the door rather than the plastic triangle like so many others in the segment. Also standard are: power windows and door locks, driver's seat height adjuster, map lights, illuminated vanity mirrors, trip computer, sliding centre console armrest and 60/40 split folding rear seats.

At $15,295, the LX+ trim offers air conditioning, heated front seats, cruise control, keyless entry, fog lights, and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity with steering wheel-mounted voice activation controls to enable hands-free operation for compatible mobile phones. In addition, automatic-transmission equipped 2012 Rio sedans feature an Active Eco System, a driver-activated feature, for optimal fuel-efficient driving.

The EX trim starts at $16,695 and brings standard 16 inch alloy wheels wrapped in 195/55R16 tires, a power sunroof, and electrically-foldable sideview mirrors with LED turn signal indicators. In addition the EX trim offers consumers an even more upscale look and feel with leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob as well as soft-touch dashboard finish, and leatherette door trim. The EX+ trims continues the added features with a UVO infotainment system, rearview camera and automatic headlights for $17,195.

For consumers looking for higher levels of sporty refinement, the SX offers standard 17-inch wheels with 205/45R17 tires, sport-tuned suspension, larger front brakes, and twin-tip exhaust. The SX starts at $20,495 and also adds a smart key, push button ignition, heated steering wheel, supervision cluster, cooling glove box, luggage net and tray, two-tone leather seats, alloy sports pedals, automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield, projection headlights, LED tail- and positioning-lights and solar glass.

Like all Kia models in Canada, the 2012 Rio sedan is covered by a comprehensive warranty program, which offers unprecedented consumer protection. Included in this program are a five-year or 100,000-km limited powertrain warranty, a five-year or 100,000-km limited comprehensive warranty, and a five-year unlimited-km anti-perforation warranty. A five-year/100,000-km roadside assistance plan is also part of the comprehensive coverage program.

The 2012 Kia Rio sedan and 5-Door are currently available in Canadian showrooms.

Kia Canada Inc. (www.kia.ca - www.facebook.com/kiacanada) -- a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart -- is a subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) in Korea was founded in 1999 and sells and services high quality class leading vehicles like the Soul, Forte and Sorento through a network of 174 dealers nationwide. Kia Canada Inc. employs 147 people in its Mississauga, Ontario headquarters and four regional offices across Canada. Kia Motors Corporation continues to showcase the company's global commitment to surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation.

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1 Class-leading 138 horsepower claim is based on a tie with Hyundai Accent when compared to non-turbo 4-cylinder sub-compacts.
2 6.6 L/100 km while travelling in the city claim specific to M/T model, A/T model achieve 6.8 L/100 km.

SOURCE KIA Canada Inc.

For further information:

Kia Canada Inc. Media Contacts:
Jack Sulymka
National Marketing Manager
(O): 905.755.6266
(C): 905.301.6207
e-mail: jsulymka@kia.ca

Cathy Laroche
Public Relations Manager
(C): 514.554.0843
e-mail: claroche@kia.ca


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