Kia’s triple play at 2011 Geneva Motor Show

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 by
2012 Kia Picanto (front side)

All new Picanto premieres at 2011


Kia is making its presence felt at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show by holding premieres of three new models. The all-new compact car is making its debut on the world stage in Switzerland.  The all-new small car is appearing outside Korea for the first time.  And the new Kia Optima Hybrid is being shown for the first time to a European audience.

Despite ongoing global economic uncertainty, the Korean car maker delivered more than 2 million vehicles to customer across the globe in 2010, an increase of 27% over 2009. Good looking cars and improved quality can be said to be the reasons for this.

2012 Kia Rio

2012 Kia Rio makes its world debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show


Longer, wider and lower than its predecessor, the 2012 Kia Rio be available with three bodystyles for the first time – four-door sedan, five-door hatchback and (from 2012) a new three-door hatchback – depending on market. Power outputs will range from 70 ps (1.1-liter three-cylinder diesel in Europe), up to 140 ps (1.6-liter GDI gasoline four-cylinder engine for North America).

Longer than the previous model, and with an extended wheelbase, new 2012 Kia Picanto will now be offered for the first time with a choice of 5-door and 3-door body styles. Power comes from Kia’s ‘Kappa’ family of power units.  Globally, four versions of the Kappa will be offered with power outputs ranging from 69-to-87 ps.

Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan

Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan is just over 40% more economical on fuel than the regular 2.4-liter Optima


Towing the sacred green line, the Korean car maker is presenting its Optima Hybrid sedan to its European audience for the first time. The parallel hybrid system combines a 2.4 liter engine to a 30kW electric motor and produces output of 209 ps and 265 Nm of torque. Accelerating from 0-100kmph takes 9.2 seconds and the hybrid car can reach a top speed of 195kmph, and all this with a reduction in fuel consumption of 40.7% compared to a regular 2.4-liter Optima sedan.

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