Kia Rio hatchback starts production in Russia image

The South Korean based automaker Kia has officially announced that the Rio hatchback has recently entered production in Russia.

Accordion to the car manufacturer, the Kia Rio hatchback has recently entered production at a St. Petersburg plant in Russia. The new generation of the South Korean hatchback will be developed in Russia with two engines, the 1.4 liter and the 1.6 liter, both petrol, which will be mated to either a manual or an automatic transmission. There’s no official word on the Russian Kia Rio hatchback yet, but the plant has started work on the sedan last August and sales of the model began in October.

The target of the Russian Kia Rio hatchback for 2012 are about 100.000 units of the model. In other words, the third generation of the Kia Rio has been made since 2011 and the model made its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The new Kia Rio is actually based on the Hyundai Accent and it’s available with a choice of two engines, 1.4 and 1.6 liter units, with GDI and Dual-Continuous Variable Valve Timing. The model has been named the Semperit Irish Car of the Year in November 2011, and recently, the new Kia Rio has been awarded the Subcompact Car of the Year by FAMA’s Mujeres Al Volante.