Kia Rio is a car that many Iranians have seen many times in the streets of the country or behind the wheel and have traveled the roads under the wheels of this car of Korean origin. This Korean car from the first generation, with the cooperation of Kia and Saipa, entered the Iranian market as a domestically produced car, and the next generations of it, as an imported car, were able to find applicants and buyers among Iranians.
Although Kia Rio was able to be produced in Iran for 7 years and even newer models were imported, but for some reason it was abandoned and with the production of other cars, its memory faded in the memory of Iranian drivers.
History of Kia Rio
Korean cars entered the Iranian car market in the 1970s as imported cars. It was at this time that Kia, in cooperation with Saipa, started producing Pride in Iran. After that, Kia Pride soon became one of the most popular cars of Iranians and even became the main subject of one of the radio and television series.
Kia Rio In 1999, it was produced in Kia South Korea. This car entered the South Korean market as a replacement for the first generation Pride. The Kia Rio (DC) was built on the Ford Festiva platform, although before the Rio was produced, the Ford Festiva was sold in the Korean market as the Kia Aula. The first generation Kia Rio entered the market in two models, sedan and station wagon, and its production continued until 2005 in South Korea.
After the end of Rio production in South Korea, the production line of this car of Korean origin was launched in 2005 at Saipa factory in Iran. Kia Rio Assembly Iran was not the original version of Rio Korea, but the facelift of this car, which was produced only in the sedan class. This assembled car attracted the attention of Iranian drivers due to its different design, suitable facilities, reasonable price and powerful engine, and became one of the best-selling cars in the Iranian market. Rio Montage Iran did not have ABS brakes and airbags, and this lack of airbags caused the production line of this car after 7 years in 1391 AD after the new rules of the standard organization to install airbags on domestically produced cars. Iran should be closed and the next generations of Rio were never produced in Iran.
The second generation Kia Rio (JB) was launched in 2005. This car was produced in the form of a 5-door hatchback and a 4-door sedan with a common platform with Hyundai Accent. In 2007, Rio electric hybrid models were also piloted. The Facelift version of this car was released in 2010 and its production was stopped in 2011. Of course, the second generation Kia Rio could not find its way to the Iranian market.
The car market in 2011 saw the third generation Kia Rio (UB). The third-generation Rio is available in 3-door, 5-door and 4-door hatchbacks. The face of this car was very different from its heart generation and became more up-to-date. A number of third generation who They entered the Iranian car market under the name of imported cars.
The fourth generation Rio was introduced to the global car market in 2017. The face of the fourth generation Kia Rio changed again. Shrinking the windshield and making the headlights more elongated is one of the changes of this generation compared to the previous generation. A number of 4-door Rio sedans and 5-door hatchbacks also entered the Iranian market, and of course, the import of cars to Iran was banned after that.
Kia Rio body design
The third generation Rio has a bold design. Large, elongated headlights, a small windshield, a short hood and a bulky bumper form the front of the Rio. Large elasticity at the front, sporty mirrors and chrome rims on the side view. The design of the doors and columns and lines of Rio is similar Cerato Is. The high-altitude trunk, disproportionate headlights and simple bumper give the Korean car a casual and economical combination.
Interior design of Kia Rio
Designed for a simple Rio cab. All items are ergonomically and user-friendly. The quality of materials inside the cabin is acceptable. Excessive use of plastic in the Rio cabin has given it an economic look.
Technical specifications of Kia Rio
A 1.4-liter engine is installed on the third generation Kia Rio. The production power of this engine is 107 horsepower. A 4-speed automatic transmission transmits engine power to the wheels. Despite this engine and gearbox, Kia Rio is agile and has good handling. Its ride is also smooth and can appear in the role of a family car, good and ideal.