Kia Aims for Hybrid Model in 2009

Hybrid Rio model would sell in New Zealand for $10,000NZD less than Honda Civic Hybrid and and $18,000 below Toyota's Prius.

Published: 25-Dec-2007

Korean brand Kia is working on a hybrid petrol-electric version of its Rio sedan, which may retail for less than $25,000 in New Zealand when it reaches the production stage - possibly in early 2009.

That would make it $10,000 below the price of the current Honda Civic Hybrid and $18,000 below Toyota's Prius. Kia has 3000 hybrid cars on trial in its home market and it is planning to make the petrol-electric Rio small sedan available to the public once evaluation is complete.

The Rio hybrid uses a 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine (67kW, 126Nm) and an electric motor (12kW, 95Nm) coupled to a continuously variable automatic transmission.

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