• Mar 14, 2011
2012 Kia Rio - Click above for high-res image gallery

According to Autocar, the minds at Kia may be mulling the creation of a hot hatch based on the all-new Rio. The news has sprouted from comments made by Benny Oeyen, Kia marketing and product planning boss in Europe. Oeyen said that the brand's perception in the old country still lags behind the quality and design that the automaker currently has to offer, and that one way to rectify that problem is with a new vehicle that can help sway public opinion. Exactly what type of vehicle are we talking about here? Oeyen pointed to a hot hatch, cabriolet or coupe as viable options.

Autocar says that a hot hatch version of the Rio is the most likely of those options, thanks largely to the fact that the segment is booming in the UK. Kia just recently unveiled a Rio show car at the Geneva Motor Show that came with a few sportier touches, including a set of large alloy wheels.

Even if Kia does pull the trigger on a hot hatch version of the Rio, chances are that the vehicle would be a Euro-only offering. If you live in the land of the free, you'll have to turn to the Hyundai Veloster for your Korean hot hatch fix.



Photos copyright ©2011 Noah Joseph / AOL

[Source: Autocar]


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      leftfootbraker
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just call it a KIA Golf already.

      KIA Rio rhymes with diarrhea anyway. Kiarrhea..
        • 3 Years Ago
        @leftfootbraker
        Except Kia's 2.0T makes almost 40% more horsepower, and the car would undoubtedly be significantly cheaper.
        leftfootbraker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @leftfootbraker
        @bd2

        The real moron here is the poster here (you) who derides everyone who posts anything against KIA/Hyundai as if it was your wife getting insulted.

        Relax dude, it's just a car. A cheap car for cheap owners, just like you.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @leftfootbraker
        @SteveBirk

        More like you are an unOriginal poster.

        Speaking of the Fiesta, it's hardly original - looking like the Hyundai HED-2 concept up front (esp. the headlight design) -

        ttp://images.businessweek.com/ss/06/03/geneva_auto_show/image/hyundai-hed2genus4821.jpg

        and the HED-3 concept for the body -

        http://www.noticiasautomotivas.com.br/imge/hyundai-arnejs-paris-4.jpg

        Both of which made their auto show debut back in 2006.

        And Mazda lifted that goofy, oversized smile look from Peugeot.

        Really, if you are going to talk about/comment on auto design - HAVE A CLUE before you do so!

        As for the op, he's an even bigger moron.
        leftfootbraker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @leftfootbraker
        As I said, you treat every post like someone just ate your first born. It's just a car and the way some of you go on and on about how it's the greatest thing since sliced bread is frankly...annoying.

        So, tell you what, get in your KIA and splooge on the steering wheel since you love it so much. Have a nice day KIA lover!



        • 3 Years Ago
        @leftfootbraker
        It looks like a fiesta in the front and golf in the back. Kinda like the newest hyundai eleantra looks like a fiesta and a mazda 2. Kia and Hyundai are like the most unoriginal brand of cars right now.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @leftfootbraker
        I'm sorry you don't know what rhyming is.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are they saying that having their car on Top Gear is not helping sales? I call rubbish!
      • 3 Years Ago
      "New Kia Rio to spawn hot hatch?"

      The line forms here!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ill tell you what the Asian dude is saying...someone is asking him, what car did you copy this time? Response: Gooooolf! Here is my point about Hyundai and Kia. People, theres a reason they can offer them so cheap. Something isn't quality somewhere!
        • 3 Years Ago
        In comes Bryan and his Korean manufacturer hating comments...
        • 3 Years Ago
        bd2 - it isnt only Toyota...my 2010 F150 has cheaper interior bits than my 2004...that thing was 98% rock solid inside...my 2010, maybe 75%. And yes Toyota is going cheaper, they admitted it, but I wouldn't buy one of those either.

        Elmo...do I not speak the truth? I dont "hate anyone" but I find it pathetic to blatantly copy other manufacturers. My point it, they can do better, and they know they can. I have faith that Kia and Hyundai can build just one vehicle that does not rip off others and looks decent. Will I ever buy a Korean car? No. But still.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Cost-cutting and cheap these days would be Toyota.

        Add in the mind-numbing handling and no wonder Toyota's vehicles are among the most maligned by the automotive press.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I, for one, welcome our new Korean overlords replacing our old Japanese overlords! (Seriously. Hyundai/KIA is the new Honda.)
      • 3 Years Ago
      @ nightflight and futurama... Ive driven the Forte Koup... it was decent, but for a small, sporty coupe, I thought it was kinda-sorta sloppy. Decent amounts of body roll, numb-feeling steering, and quite noticeable nose dive upon hard deceleration. Side-to-side motions were roly-poly, and understeer was prevalent. Ill admit it was damp out when I drove it, but I was expecting so much more. I liked everything else about the vehicle, but the handling wasnt anything to write home about, which disappointed me. If they could muster in some Golf GTi-levels of handling, Id be majorly impressed.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @emperorkoku

        Just because you're a Mini Cooper fanboy, doesn't mean a Korean manufacturer can't build a car as good as your precious Cooper.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Meh, personal reviews are fraught w/ individual BIASES.

        That's why it's much safer to look at what the professionals say across the board.

        The SX trim of the Optima and Sorento have generally been getting a lot of praise for being among the more fun vehicles in their class.

        As for the non-SX trim Forte, it's OK, but kinda a disappointment.

        Much better overall, is the SX trim of the Koup. Most reviewers have stated that w/ a few tweaks and more power, that it would have to chance to be more fun than the Civic Si.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Really? The Forte handles like a Mini Cooper? I want whatever you're smoking!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Someone's lying to make themselves seem right...

        I've driven the Forte Koupe SX and it didn't handle like you said, at all. It handled just as good as the Mini Cooper S. Very tight steering, very little understeer, and an almost flat lean in the turns.

        Don't talk about how a car understeers when you were driving in the rain. Of course a FWD car will understeer in the wet. It's like Jeremy Clarkson complaining about how a FWD car understeers when he's got his foot to the floor in a turn.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The man on the right is howling and about to point at whomever he's looking at, just like Donald Sutherland at the end of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wow! That is such a obscure reference, but you're absolutely right. Well played!
        (Golf clap)
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would love to have one.

      I think the Forte was a great start to Kia's reinvention. (I don't consider the Soul as a part of it, as it doesn't follow the same design language as the rest of the brand. Though it greatly helps the rep!)

      Each car released after the other is more and more sexy and extreme.
      At this point, the Forte looks plain compared to the 2011 Optima and the 2012 Rio.
      The Sorento looks dated compared to the Sportage, even! (though not the SX)
      And don't get me started on the Sedona, please.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meh, personal reviews are fraught w/ individual BIASES.

      That's why it's much safer to look at what the professionals say across the board.

      The SX trim of the Optima and Sorento have generally been getting a lot of praise for being among the more fun vehicles in their class.

      As for the non-SX trim Forte, it's OK, but kinda a disappointment.

      Much better overall, is the SX trim of the Koup. Most reviewers have stated that w/ a few tweaks and more power, that it would have to chance to be more fun than the Civic Si.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well we're getting the Veloster, which I'm guessing is built on the same chassis, so it's probably the same thing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Veloster is built on the Kia Forte chassis, not the Rio.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Certainly doesn't look the same though....
      • 3 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, we won't get it here so we will never know :(
      • 3 Years Ago
      Asian man in the picture is not impressed.
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