March 7, 2007

Kia reveals three new models at Geneva show

Seoul, South Korea – Kia has unveiled three new vehicles at the Geneva Auto Show, including the world premiere of the all-new Kia ex_cee’d cabrio concept, the production-ready cee’d Sporty Wagon and the first European appearance of the Rio Hybrid.

The ex_cee’d cabrio is the work of new Kia Design chief Peter Schreyer, and “gives a clear indication that Kia could produce a stunning-looking cabrio under his guidance,” the company says. Based on the new three-door cee’d Sporty Hatch, which will be built in Slovakia in December, the ex_cee’d features several new exterior panels and a power folding fabric roof.

The cee’d Sporty Wagon features a long wheelbase and overall length, and a cargo capacity almost 200 litres more than the cee’d hatchback. It will go on sale across Europe in September.

The Rio Hybrid celebrates the recent announcement that Kia Motors, together with Hyundai, will supply the Korean Ministry of the Environment with an additional 3,390 hybrid vehicles over the next two years, as part of the country’s ongoing program of real-world testing aimed at creating eco-friendly cars. The Rio Hybrid uses a 1.4-litre gasoline engine mated to a high-torque electric motor and CVT gearbox. The electric motor assists the gasoline engine during starting, accelerating and hill-climbing; during steady cruising it switches off, and employs regenerative braking during deceleration to store energy and recharge its power pack. It is the first Kia to use a CVT; it accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 12.2 seconds, reaches a top speed of 180 km/h, and returns a fuel consumption of 5.2 L/100 km.

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