The Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group is presently ranked as the 7th largest car manufacturer on the Planet. They have also been named the fastest growing automaker in the World. To cope with their ever-increasing business, Kia Canada Inc. commissioned a new larger facility to house everything from the administration and sales, to parts and information technology. The new building has 50% more office space, 66% larger warehouse and a 2 500 sq.ft showroom.
2006 Kia Rio
At this event, we were treated to the Canadian Premiere of the all-new
The Rio will be delivered with a 1.6L inline 4-cylinder engine that develops 110 hp and 107 lb/ft of torque. There will be two transmissions available: a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual. It will be equipped with standard 4-wheel disc brakes along with ABS brakes.
The general interior styling of the Rio is typically Korean, albeit with the center portion of the dashboard turned slightly toward the driver very much like the older BMWs and much improved ergonomics. Cabin dimensions are said to be greater in every aspect over the previous Rio. Kia also states that it is as big as and even larger than many of the Spectra's competitors such as the Civic and Corolla. All Rios will be equipped with 6 air bags (dual front, side and side curtain). A height adjustable driver seat will also be part of the longer list of standard features. This completely revised Rio looks ready and willing to take on the competition, which include the Chevrolet Aveo, Suzuki Swift+ and Pontiac Wave trio and the Toyota Echo.