Most Researched Cars of the Week: September 2 – 8, 2012

Most Researched Cars of the Week: September 2 – 8, 2012
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Inexpensive family sedans still held the majority in the AutoGuide most researched new cars list this week, though the workhorse Ford F-150 and rowdy Jeep Wrangler roared in, nearly knocking the mundane Toyota Corolla from the list. Continue Reading...

Kia Hangs 10 With Surf-Themed Rio: SEMA Show Preview

Kia Hangs 10 With Surf-Themed Rio: SEMA Show Preview
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Kia plans on making a splash this year at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show with its surf/skate-themed 2012 Rio hatchback. This gnarly Rio is the result of a partnership between Kia and Antenna Magazine, and is touted as being a “one-of-a-kind retro ride aimed at totally radical surfing enthusiasts.” To start off, Kia… Continue Reading...

Kia Rio 5-Door B-Spec Race Car Planned for SEMA Show Debut

Kia Rio 5-Door B-Spec Race Car Planned for SEMA Show Debut
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Kia will be joining in on the B-Spec racing series fun by offering race-prepped versions of the new 2012 Rio 5-door, joining the likes of the Mazda2 and Honda Fit. The B-Spec racing series is designed for low-budget racing enthusiasts featuring compact hatchbacks with little to no engine modifications. Kia will be working with Kinetic… Continue Reading...

2012 Kia Rio Hatchback Priced From $13,600

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2012 Kia Rio Hatchback Priced From $13,600
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Kia will launch their 2012 Rio Hatchback with a starting price of $13,600, plus a $750 destination charge (bringing the total to $14,350). The base car will come only with a manual gearbox, while an automatic transmission equipped version will cost $14,700 ($15,540 with destination included) while the top-of-the-line SX model will set you back… Continue Reading...

2012 Kia Rio Sedan Debuts With 138-HP, 40-MPG and Start-Stop Technology [New York 2011]

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2012 Kia Rio Sedan Debuts With 138-HP, 40-MPG and Start-Stop Technology [New York 2011]
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There are a lot of important points to make about the all-new 2012 Kia Rio Sedan, but the most surprising is that it will be the first in the sub-compact segment to feature start-stop technology. Called Idle Stop and Go (ISG for short), the Rio will completely shut off its gasoline engine when at a… Continue Reading...

2012 Kia Rio Likely to Get 138-HP in North America, Sedan to Debut at NY Auto Show

2012 Kia Rio Likely to Get 138-HP in North America, Sedan to Debut at NY Auto Show
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The all-new 2012 Kia Rio will sedan will debut at the New York Auto Show, with a strong possibility that it will house a significantly more powerful engine than its European counterpart. At the Geneva Auto Show last month, Kia unwrapped the Rio hatchback, sporting a turbocharged direct-injection 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine. North American models, however,… Continue Reading...

2012 Kia Rio Sedan To Debut At New York Auto Show

2012 Kia Rio Sedan To Debut At New York Auto Show
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Autoblog has revealed that the 2012 Kia Rio will make its debut at this April’s New York Auto Show, with an expected 1.4L 4-cylinder making 108 horsepower and 100 lb-ft of torque. Expected transmissions are a 6-speed manual and an automatic, rumored to be a 4-speed. The sedan will complement the hatchback previously revealed at… Continue Reading...

2012 Kia Rio Uncovered Ahead of Geneva Debut With Turbocharged Direct-Injection 1.2L

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2012 Kia Rio Uncovered Ahead of Geneva Debut With Turbocharged Direct-Injection 1.2L
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Kia has just released the first details and photos of the new Rio sub-compact ahead of its world premiere at the Geneva Auto Show in March. A sister car to the Hyundai Accent (details on the 2012 model here), the Rio gets a unique styling and for now will only be available as either a… Continue Reading...

2012 Kia Rio: First Spy Pictures Reveal Optima-Inspired Look

2012 Kia Rio: First Spy Pictures Reveal Optima-Inspired Look
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Several spy photos of what appears to be the upcoming 2012 Kia Rio reveal that the Korean automaker’s subcompact sedan is posed to borrow heavily from the design of the all new Optima. A sister car to the Hyundai Accent, power is expected to come from the same engine choices: either a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder or… Continue Reading...

Nex-Gen Kia Rio Set for 2011 Debut

Nex-Gen Kia Rio Set for 2011 Debut
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Following roughly a year after the debut of the all-new Hyundai Accent, Kia will unveil its third-generation Rio sub-compact in early 2011. Set for a dramatic makeover (much like the Accent) the Rio will get styling inspired by the Forte and Forte Koupe as well as the new Optima Sedan. Like the Accent power is… Continue Reading...
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