Redesigned, Upgraded Kia Rio and Rio Cinco Debut
Kia Motors America launched redesigned and upgraded versions of its Rio sedan and Rio Cinco hatchback models at the New York Auto Show. The Rio, billed by its maker as the lowest-priced sedan in America, receives a 10-percent increase in power, freshened styling, and more interior features for the 2003-model year. The price is said to remain unchanged for the new model.Options on the new models include alloy wheels, automatic transmission, antilock brakes, air conditioning, and power windows. A height-adjustable driver’s seat with a fold-down center armrest is standard on both models. The redesigned interior features increased shoulder and hip room, along with higher seats, to give the driver and front passenger a “command-of-the-road” feeling.Underneath, along with the increased engine power, larger front disc brakes and a larger anti-roll bar, along with suspension enhancements, provide better handling, ride comfort, and safety. The new models are covered by Kia’s comprehensive warranty program, which includes a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty. The company also includes a five-year unlimited mileage road-side assistance program.