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Kia updates its Rio and Soul


Unveiled at the New York Auto Show, the all-new Kia Rio and Kia Soul feature a host of engine and style refinements

The 2012 Kia Rio will be powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) engine accompanied by new ISG (stop-start) technology, which will improve fuel economy (5.8L/100km) without sacrificing power (135hp/100kW).

The new Rio is longer, wider and lower than the previous generation, and is lightweight thanks to the use ofhigh-tensile-strength steel.

Inside, the cabin is bold and modern, centred on Kia’s characteristic horizontal three-cylinder instrument cluster and finished in two-tone trim.

Safety features include six airbags, ESC, ABS, hill-start assist and vehicle stability management.

The 2012 Kia Soul has a fresh and updated look, plus 11% more power from the new 1.6-litre GDI engine (135hp/100kW). There is also a new six-speed transmission.

Fuel economy has also been boosted by 10% - now quoted at 6.9L/100km.

On the outside, the Soul is freshened with new projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, a redesigned hood and new front and rear bumpers.

Stay tuned for NZ specs and release dates.








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