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The Reborn of the All New Kia Rio in Australia

Precisely a year ago, the all new Kia Rio reborn in Australia. The 2012 Kia Rio is the third generation of the car, which was first introduced in 2000. The first two generations of Kia Rio can be awful, but the latest generation of Rio is a total different set of stories. The car is sporty, award-winning run-around that seems as comfortable in most of the road conditions.

 

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As you may know, the car has been spotted many times in Kuala Lumpur with trader’s plate. The new Kia Rio is rumoured to be launching by Q4 2012 in Malaysia. If you are in the market for a Volkswagen Polo or a Ford Fiesta, I would suggest you to wait and give the New Kia Rio a try.

 

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Based on reviews, the car engineered with great handling and performance. Similar to the new Kia Sportage, the new Rio is designed by Massimo Frascella, an Italian car designer who’s had a hand in designing cars for Ford, Land Rover, Jaguar and even Aston Martin. This car is European designed, built in South Korean with a Korean price tag. The car has already received rave reviews (4.7 out of 5) from car buyer, and late last year it was the car awarded Semperit Irish Car of the Year. The Rio has also claimed Car Guide’s 2011 Car of the Year and won Slovakia’s 2012 Car of the Year.

 

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The new Kia Rio has been hailed as a ‘great alternative to the Ford Fiesta’. Reviewers have also said that the Rio ‘continues Kia’s march upmarket and benefits from smart, contemporary styling, and generous space inside. In Australia, there are few variants available – 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol engine, 3-door and 5-door versions.

 

The engine of the Kia Rio 1.4 output a maximum power of 79kW (105HP) @ 6,300rpm and a max torque of 135Nm @ 4,200rpm. Interestingly, the Kia Rio 1.6 comes with GDi D-CVVT engine that churning 103kW (138HP) @ 6,300rpm and a max torque of 167Nm @ 4,850rpm. Now I understand why the new Kia Rio was mentioned as “sporty” at the very beginning. I am sure the Rio 1.6 is one of the fastest subcompact cars in the market.

 

The Kia Rio 1.4 comes with 6-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.  The top range, Kia Rio 1.6 comes with 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, there are no diesels variants in down-under land. You can check out the specifications across all variants of the new 2012 Kia Rio if you are in Australia.

 

Lastly, Kia has packaged the car greatly with its styling, performance and handling, but don’t take all their word for it. Just wait until we take the car keys for a test, we will judge whether this is faster and better or the Polo 1.2 TSI!

 

2012 Kia Rio pricing in Australia

- 2012 Kia Rio S – 1.4 litre petrol – six-speed manual – $16,290

- 2012 Kia Rio S – 1.4 litre petrol – four-speed auto – $18,290

- 2012 Kia Rio Si – 1.6 litre petrol – six-speed manual – $18,990

- 2012 Kia Rio Si – 1.6 litre petrol – six-speed auto – $20,990

- 2012 Kia Rio SLi – 1.6 litre petrol – six-speed manual – $19,990

- 2012 Kia Rio SLi – 1.6 litre petrol – six-speed auto – $21,990

 

Kia Forte 2013 Unveiled as Kia K3 in South Korea

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To Kia fans, or Kia Forte fans, Yes. This is the new replacement model for the current Kia Forte. The New Kia Forte was unveiled in a shopping mall, South Korea. The video below shows the sneak peak process that leads to the full unveiled replacement model for the Kia Forte. In South Korea, the Kia Forte will be name as Kia K3 in their domestic market. In some other countries it will be named as Kia Cerato Forte. In Malaysia, due of the CKD collaboration with Naza it will be named as Naza Kia Forte.

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The new Kia Forte  will go on sale early next year all over the world. The 2013 Kia Forte is longer, lower and wider than the current model. The next generation of Kia Forte is designed with a new bodyshell structure. Kia has implemented and more futuristic and dynamic styling with a sleeker body line , front-rear LED lamps and some of the chrome finishes.

 

Kia promises to deliver a better quality, upgraded equipment, more spacious cabin, and a revised engine line-up that further improve fuel economy. The Koreans will get the New Kia Forte or Kia K3 later this year. and we shall update once with get more photos from our Korean counterpart. Lets hope Naza will be able to CKD this model early next year. Let us know what you think below.

 

 

Gallery : Kia Forte 2013

Kia Forte Sport Edition

Kia Forte or rather Naza Kia Forte will launch a Sport edition of the Korean mid-size sedan car. This spec-up Naza Kia Forte spotted in Naza Mall in Petaling Jaya recently.

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This probably as the top of the spec Naza Kia forte is tagged with a emblem as Sport Edition on the boot. The Kia Forte Sport Edition has full bodykit integrate with spiltter. Overall the bodykit reminds us of the Honda Civic Type R.

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Few the recently hype of the 6-speed Kia Forte going on sale, it is said to be the pricing of this Kia Forte Sport Edition will cost an additional of an unconfirmed price within RM10,000. A huge price tag to pay over a standard Naza Kia Forte.

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As we inspected the car these are the following items that we notice will come along with it,

 

-Front Bodykit

-Back Bodykit

-Sideskirt

-Big Spoiler

-Sportier Grille

-LCD Entertainment System

-New Design Leather Seats

-New Design Leather wrapped door panel

-Carbon Fibre Stickers on the door trim

-Blue LED side step

-Blue LED interior lightings

 

Check out the shots below for more detail on the Kia Forte Sport Edition!

Peugeot 508 – The New 407

The Peugeot 407 has been around for sometime, many wonder when will the new model coming.  Say “Bonjour” to the new creation from the French automaker – Peugeot 508. The new Peugeot 508 which it is said to replace the Peugeot 407 and 607. In terms of size, it is bigger than the current Peugeot 407 but slight smaller than the Peugeot 607. Which means, you will be getting a bigger car if you’re paying for a Peugeot 407 price range.

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The Peugeot 508 has move away from the old design styling, the new Peugeot 508 has a narrower & less wide grille. The Peugeot logo is attach on the bonnet and the Peugeot name is written top of the grille. The Air intake is is behind the grille area. Following the trend of LED lights, the New 508 has LED lights below the above the fog lights.The photo here is the top of the spec Peugeot 508 GT which will have larger rims and some of the chrome finishes. As mentioned, the Price range will be around the Peugeot 407 price.

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The rear of the vehicle is fitted a new styling of rear lights and a integrate dual-exhaust with the bumper. The engine could range from the 1.6-Litre petrol turbo engine which Peugeot has or the 2.0-Litre HDI diesel engine capable to push 163bhp. There will be automatic gearbox or a 6 speed manual gearbox variant. Peugeot will also introduce a new HYbrid4 variant to the Peugeot 508. The HYbrid4 module will combine the power of the 2.0 litre HDI engine with a 37bhp electric motor. This will make the 508 to a 200bhp car and at the same time it’s greener with much lesser CO2 produced.

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The interior of the Peugeot 508, will have some “high-tech” feature and it looks solid and visually high quality. The interior of the 508 does remind us of the BMW styled interior. The will be a estate version which is the Peugeot 508 SW for buyers to choose from. The Peugeot 508 will be built in French first but there could be a possibility Naza would CKD or SKD the Peugeot 508 in Malaysia. More information of this car will be available in October during the Paris Motor Show.

Naza Kia Rondo Spec-Up 300 units only

Naza Kia is having a special offer for the Kia Rondo ( known as Naza Citra II Rondo here in Malaysia) with 13 additional accessory to upgrade the Rondo to have a more sporty yet exclusive version. only 300 units of Kia Rondo will be available with this offer.

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Naza Kia has as given the Citra II Rondo with the below 13 items,


1) front bodykit

2) side skirt

3) rear skirt

4) rear spoiler

5) door visor

6) wheel arch moulding

7) rear bumper pad

8) chrome tailpipe

9) 9.5-inch overhead screen with DVD player

10) leather seats

11) solar tinting film

12) first aid kit

13) tyre inflator


The Naza Kia Rondo is equipped with 2.0 litre engine and is having the same platform with Kia Optima. The 2.0 litre DOHC CVVT engine produces 147ps with 189 Nm of toque. Only a 4-speed automatic transmission is available either you choose the Naza Citra II Rondo EX or EXS. Should a higher acceleration is required there is a sport mode to be activated to change the characteristic of the gear shift logic.


The difference with the two Rondo variant would be – Rondo EX is equipped with a 15″ rim awhile the Rondo EXS is equppied with 16″ rim. The Naza Kia Rondo EXS also comes with a roof rack. The prices of Rondo EX and EXS are retained at RM86,088 and RM90,088.


To know more about the Naza Citra II Rondo otherwise known as Kia Rondo – take a glance of some photos below before heading to the showroom.