|The sporty new Kia Rio 5-Door should cause competitors to shake in their collective boots! (Photo: Kia)|
"This new model is a big step forward," said Soon-Nam Lee, Director of Overseas Marketing, Kia Motors Corporation. "The Rio has always been successful, and with this new incarnation we have a car that people will want to buy for its looks."
The Rio boasts sporty styling influenced by other new products within the Kia family, the majority of which have already been updated with the brand's all-new design direction initiated by ex-Audi designer Peter Schreyer. Unique to the Rio, an even edgier corporate grille butts up right next to large complex headlamp clusters, all sitting above a sporty three-vent lower fascia with integrated fog lamps in this top-level example. Side glass with a wedge-like rake joins a strong shoulder line and deeply recessed door panels that collectively reach up towards a sporty C-pillar, before integrating into a steeply canted liftback. A large set of five-spoke alloy wheels give the Rio a planted look, enhancing its sassy personality.
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