Kia Rio is a subcompact model manufactured by the South Korean company since 2000 over three generations. The 2000 Kia Rio replaced the Pride model and debuted in front of the audience in August 2000. Kia offered the model in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback body styles with engines ranging from a 1.3-liter entry-level unit to a more powerful 1.6-liter inline-four engine with 105 horses.
Kia decided to unveil the facelifted model few years later in 2002, ending the production of the first generation Rio three years later in 2005. The second generation debuted in the same year being offered as a four-door sedan and five-door hatchback.
The model had been produced at the South Korean plant in Sohari but also in other countries such as Philippines, Indonesia, Ecuador and China. The new model was measuring 3,9 meters in length, 1,7 meters in width and 1,4 meters in height.
Finally, the new Kia Rio has been revealed in front of the audience at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in the same two body styles. The engine range has been extended to a total of five units including three petrols and two diesels. Kia offers the engines with five-speed manual but also six-speed manual/automatic transmissions.