Columbian Autocar gears up for Philippine launch of all-new Kia Rio

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by Patrick Everett Tadeo | Nov 28, 2011

TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Philippine-market Kia Rio to be launched in January 2012

Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the authorized distributor of Kia vehicles in the Philippines, is now getting ready for a frenetic 2012, which it plans to open with a bang by launching the all-new Kia Rio

This early, CAC has already marked January 19 as a tentative date for the launch. The final schedule will depend on the confirmation of the first batch of Rios' arrival in the Philippines.

"Right now, there are only two Kia Rios in the Philippines. That's the Korean-specification four-door sedan and five-door hatchback we displayed at the recent Auto Focus Motorshow & Auto Expo," said Precious Carmela Casao, Columbian Autocar's public relations and events officer. "If we can get our hands on our initial order by December, then we can officially launch the Rio by January 19."

In the Philippine market, the Rio will be offered in both sedan and hatchback with either a 1.2-liter Kappa engine that has an output of 86hp and 120Nm of torque or a 1.4-liter Gamma engine that produces 106hp and 135Nm of torque. Transmission choices to be offered for the Rio are either a six-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission.

The top-spec Rio will be available solely as a five-door hatchback with the 1.4-liter engine paired to a four-speed automatic transmission. It will also come with features like a chilled glove box, cruise control, rear parking sensor, Bluetooth connectivity and a push start/stop button.

How much will the all-new Kia Rio cost? Columbian Autocar is looking at putting it somewhere between P600,000 and  P800,000. Do you think that's a reasonable price range?

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