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2012 Kia Rio 5-Door [w/video]

Fun And Efficiency Without Glaring Faults It is an amusing conversation when Kia executives, from the United States and Korea, discuss their relationship with Hyundai. Kia Motors is partly owned by Hyundai Motor Company. As a result, the two share platforms, powertrains and an impressive research and development center in Namyang, Korea. But that is where the cooperation ends and the competitiveness takes over. Each of the automakers has their own top-secret design center, unique marketing teams and individual directorate. Ask Kia leaders about Hyundai and they will say the automaker... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
1.6L I4
Power:
138 HP / 123 Lb-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Automatic
MSRP:
NA
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