New Rio outed

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op­ment pro­gram – shows a trendy style with an up­mar­ket drive, in­clud­ing al­loy wheels.

The five-door Rio will be the first into Aus­tralia. The three-door hatch and four-door sedan will fol­low later.

The de­sign chief of the new Rio is Mas­simo Fras­cella, who was for­merly at As­ton Martin and Ford and was re­spon­si­ble for the body of the good­look­ing new Sportage SUV.

Fras­cella works from Kia’s de­sign stu­dio in Cal­i­for­nia.

The me­chan­i­cal pack­age of the UB is com­pletely new and is not shared with any­thing in the Hyundai fam­ily.

Fras­cella talked openly about the UB project dur­ing his visit to New Zealand this year for the Aus­tralian press pre­view of the Sportage, and in­sid­ers say a clay model of the car has al­ready been pre­viewed in Europe. But Kia Aus­tralia has no in­for­ma­tion yet.

How­ever, it con­firms the car will be built in Korea for sales in Aus­tralia de­spite a plan that will see Euro­pean cars built at one of the brand’s Euro­pean fac­to­ries.

The new Rio is likely to be un­veiled in Europe early in the new year, which points to a pre­view of the five­door hatch at the Geneva Mo­tor Show in March.

Gloves off: the new Kia Rio un­der­goes tests in Ger­many.

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