Last post on Nov 20, 2012 at 8:17 AM
You are in the Kia Rio
What is this discussion about?
Kia Rio, Sedan, Wagon
Oct 02, 2005 (2:35 pm)
good point. It's cool for me to wait on '06 Kia Rio crash test results as I'm not in a rush to trade in just yet, anyway. These will be interesting crash results because if I'm not mistaken this is a brand new Kia Rio design. Also, these are the CVVT engines, too, that put out less emissions and get better gas mileage than their old Rio motors.
I'm thinking about putting the Rio 4-door sedan on my futures list, which also includes the 2006 Kia Spectra SX, 2006 Kia Spectra5, 2006 Kia Sportage and also the 2006 Scion xA and 2007 Toyota Echo/Yaris/Vitz. From all 6 of these cars will come my probable next car, but not until the '01 Sportage 4x4 gives me a strong reason to discard it.
Whatever my next rig ends up being it must have a 5-speed manual tranny in it.
#139 of 613 Re: backy... [iluvmysephia1]
Oct 02, 2005 (2:54 pm)
Don't forget the Rio's first cousin, the Accent. Same platform but standard ABS.
Oct 02, 2005 (6:46 pm)
IIRC I liked the early look of the 2006 Hyundai Accent's body a tad better than the 2006 Kia Rio's body. I think with these small HyunKia cars it will come down to how they look in person and how they drive during test drives.
It will be hard to let go of the "sitting up higher" driving experience of the '01 Kia Sportage 4x4 and what I am thinking the sitting position will be on the 2006 Kia Sportage. I really like the job Kia did with the new Sportage and I really like the new Hyundai Tucson as well. Fantastic new designs and Kia has already won JD Power awards for the new Sportage and Amanti designs.
#141 of 613 Re: Where are the new Rios?!?!? [spectraman]
Oct 03, 2005 (4:57 am)
On August 9th my local dealer were all out of 2005 Rio's....sedans and wagons, They told me they were expecting 2006's in 2 weeks. As of today they have a few stripped sedans and a couple of LX's but no Cincos...whoops Rio 5s! LOL
I went there to buy a 2005 Rio Cinco Please don't anyone tell me I should have bought a Spectra instead! However it worked out great as they had a 2004 Rio Cinco with 1,917 VERFIED miles on it (I had it checked it out myself) Sure saved me a bundle!
Oct 04, 2005 (10:39 pm)
I am a total sucker for hatchbacks, so I'm waiting for this Rio5 to get here ASAP. I need a car pretty quick. I mean within a couple of weeks. Any word, Kia people?
I saw the 06 Rio, and it definitely looked serviceable. The 5-door would just fit my needs more.
#143 of 613 I don't know when the Rio5 is
Oct 05, 2005 (4:36 pm)
due at American dealers, but I just saw a black 2006 Kia Rio 4-door sedan that looked impressive in person. Black worked well for it. Is the Kia Rio5 due at dealers in November? I want to look at them as well.
#144 of 613 Re: I don't know when the Rio5 is [iluvmysephia1]
Oct 06, 2005 (4:32 am)
That's a big debate. Where is the Rio5?
#145 of 613 Earlier strike in Korea may have affected supply....
Oct 07, 2005 (6:01 am)
I asked my sales guy at my KIA dealership last night if the Hyundai-KIA strike back in August may have impacted the availability of Rios. He said that he had heard that it had. The sales guy also said that the dealership's owner was just in Las Vegas at some kind of conference, and he reported back that Rios are flying off of other dealer's lots as fast as they trickle in. With the gas situation that's no surprise. Now if they could just get some inventory in!!!
The web says that KIA was planning on losing 10,569 units of production due to the strike. I couldn't find out if that number was ever confirmed or increased. I couldn't determine how that loss was spread across models either.
One interesting factoid I discovered while looking this up was that Hyundai only owns 38% of KIA. This means that KIA must still have some autonomous capabilities of its own. Interesting enough, that's about the same percentage of ownership as the Ford family has in voting shares (40%) in the Ford Motor Company.
#146 of 613 Timing of the new Rio is fortuitous!
Oct 07, 2005 (7:07 am)
Now... if only KIA can get them on the lots!!
"It has come to this: even Texans are having second thoughts about their big trucks. In Fort Worth, deep in the heart of truck country, the Mortiz Kia used-car lot is packed with big sport-utes and minivans that buyers have traded in for cars that look pint-size by comparison, including the Sportage small SUV and Spectra compact."
#147 of 613 Len Hunt in, Peter Butterfield out at Kia Motors America
Oct 07, 2005 (7:29 am)
Geez... I hope this is a good move for KIA. We all know how successful Volkswagen of America's been lately!!!
Automotive News / October 07, 2005
Peter Butterfield has left Kia Motors America, Inc. as president and CEO, the company said Friday. He has been replaced by J.H. Lee, who was senior executive vice president of Kia Motors Corp.
Volkswagen's former head of North America, Len Hunt, 50, will join Kia Motors America as its COO.
The details behind Butterfield's departure were not immediately available.