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First official sketches of 2006 Kia Rio released


Kia Motors released the first official sketches and details of the company's 2006 4-door Rio sedan that is set to be unveiled on January 11, 2005 at the North American International Motor 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.

"Building on the overwhelming success of its predecessor, Kia's new Rio is challenging the B-segment by establishing a new level of style, performance, and dependability that matches the needs of our young sporty customers," said Kia's Senior EVP and COO Yong-Hwan Kim

The new Rio is also roomier than its predecessor, offering more front and back leg room and more overall comfort. The successor's design is based upon the Kia Sport concept car that recently received positive reviews at the Paris Motor Show this past September.

"Kia is excited about the prospects of the new Rio as it offers a complete package of driving excitement, quality and value, and we are looking forward to the world premiere of the new 5-door Rio at the Geneva Motor Show in March," said Mr. Kim

The newly redesigned Rio will be available in the North American market with a four cylinder 1.6-liter gasoline engine that boasts additional torque and horsepower compared to its predecessor.

In Europe, three engines will be available -- a 1.4-liter and 1.6 liter gasoline engine and a 1.5-liter diesel engine. All other regions will have a 1.6-liter and 1.4-liter gasoline option.

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