Latest generation of sub-compact offers practicality, technology and
efficiency with unparalleled design
2012 Rio 5-door bristles with technology thanks to Gasoline Direct
Injection (GDI) and available Idle Stop and Go (ISG)
2012 Rio offers outstanding combination of styling, fuel economy and
power in its class
SEATTLE, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Kia Canada today officially launched the
all-new 2012 Rio 5-door sub-compact. First unveiled at the Geneva
Motor Show, the all-new Rio ushers in the next chapter of Kia Motors'
ongoing design-led transformation with previously unseen levels of
eye-catching design, advanced technologies and sophistication in the
small car segment. With all-new GDI technology and increased power the
Rio also 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.
"The all-new Rio was engineered to offer an unparalleled blend of
world-class design, safety, quality and technology in a fuel efficient
and practical package" said Robert Staffieri, Director of Marketing at
Kia Canada Inc. "Customers will be delighted to discover and experience
all of Rio's attributes which rise above the typical sub-compact fare."
Available in five trims - LX, LX +, LX ECO, EX and EX Luxury - the 2012
Rio 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 class-leading 138 horsepower
while also maintaining fuel economy ratings of 6.6 l/100 km in the city
and 4.9 l/100 km on the highway. Rio also offers available ISG
technology, 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.
Conceived at Kia's design studios in Irvine, Calif., the all-new Rio
sub-compact exhibits highly sculpted sloping shoulder lines and
wedge-shaped exteriors, projecting an athletic profile that conveys
power and agility while mimicking the aggressive lines found on other
recently launched Kia vehicles such as the 2011 Optima and Sportage.
The Rio sports its own interpretation of Kia's signature grille,
slimmed down to connect to the dynamic headlamp design, providing a new
twist on the Kia family look that includes a bigger air intake to exude
a youthful persona.
The LX trim includes body-colour door handles and side mirrors and
15-inch steel wheels with 185/65R15 tires, and a standard rear spoiler
which not only complements the sporty design of the new Rio but also
improve aerodynamics. To accentuate the premium look, side mirrors are
attached to the door rather than the plastic triangle like so many
others in the segment. Also standard are: power windows, driver's seat
height adjuster, map lights, illuminated vanity mirrors, trip computer,
sliding centre console armrest and 60/40 split folding rear seats.
Moving to the LX + trim offers air conditioning, heated front seats,
cruise control, keyless entry, fog lights, and Bluetooth®10 hands-free phone connectivity with steering wheel-mounted voice
activation controls to enable hands-free operation for compatible
mobile phones. The LX ECO adds 15" alloy wheels and ISG technology and
that appeals to the environmentally friendly consumer. In addition,
automatic-transmission equipped 2012 Rios feature an Active Eco System,
a driver-activated feature, for optimal fuel-efficient driving.
The EX trim brings standard 16 inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof and
electrically-foldable outside mirrors with turn signal indicators. For
consumers looking for higher levels of sporty refinement, the EX Luxury
offers standard 17-inch wheels with 205/45R17 tires, sport-tuned
suspension, larger front brakes, and twin-tip exhaust. 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.
Moving up to the EX w/ UVO treats you with UVO powered by Microsoft® in-car hands-free communication and entertainment system with rear
camera display audio infotainment as well as automatic headlights.
Finally, the EX Luxury rewards with two-tone leather seats, heated
steering wheel, fully automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers,
push-button start, smart key, alloy pedals, LED taillights, LED
positioning lights, Supervision™ instrument cluster, and UV-reducing
The 2012 Rio envelops driver and passengers in a bold and modern cabin
centered on Kia's characteristic horizontal three-cylinder instrument
panel, emphasizing a feeling of spaciousness and comfort. An extended
wheelbase (2,570 mm) greatly enhances passenger and cargo capacity for
additional comfort, offering 1,015 mm front headroom, 960 mm rear
headroom, 1,112 mm front legroom and 790 mm rear legroom.
In addition to offering a comfortable cabin, impressive technology
features also come standard throughout, including an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sat
audio system with SIRIUS® Satellite Radio capabilities and three months complimentary service and
auxiliary and USB audio input jacks for connecting with MP3 players.
The 2012 Rio 5-door brings with it an all-new platform - longer, wider
and lower than the previous generation. Its aggressive and playful
stance is assisted through an overall length of 4,045 mm with a
platform measuring 1,720 mm wide and 1,455 mm high. Employing
high-tensile-strength steel, Rio's lightweight design offers high
torsional stiffness for improved handling, ride quality and
refinement. Though a more expensive alternative, using these materials
also increases crash safety capabilities while reducing overall weight.
To ensure good noise vibration and harshness (NVH) reduction, the 2012
Rio was outfitted with hood and dashboard insulators as well as
expandable foam in the A and C pillars.
Built on a unibody frame, the front-wheel-drive Rio utilizes front
MacPherson struts, coil springs and a stabilizer bar are used in the
front with a torsion beam axle suspension in the rear to engage drivers
with responsive handling and provide the utmost comfort for a variety
of driving situations.
The 2012 Rio is equipped with a high level of standard safety features,
as is the rest of the Kia line-up. Rio's high-strength steel structure
includes an innovative Halo Body construction designed to help protect
occupants in certain side impact and roll-over collisions, while
additional standard safety features include six airbags (dual advanced
front and front-seat mounted side as well as full-length side curtain),
side-impact door beams, height-adjustable front seatbelts with
pre-tensioners, three-point seatbelts for all seating positions and
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH). Also standard on all
Rio trims for increased driver and passenger safety are Electronic
Stability Control (ESC), four-wheel disc brake with Anti-Lock Braking
System (ABS), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Vehicle Stability
Management (VSM), which coordinates the car's ESC and ABS to help the
driver stay in control of the vehicle.
The 2012 Kia Rio 5-door will be available in Canadian showrooms in early
October and will be joined by a 4-door sedan version by year's end.
Like all Kia models in Canada, the 2012 Rio 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.
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 172 dealers nationwide. Kia Canada
Inc. employs 141 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.
SOURCE KIA Canada Inc.
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