The St. Petersburg plant Hyundai has begun the first phase of the test production of the new KIA Rio. It was announced by the director of public relations of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Rus, Viktor Vasilyev, by adding that the launch of mass production of the new model is scheduled for mid-summer of 2017.
The KIA Rio has been the best-selling foreign car in Russia since August. However, the Hyundai Solaris remains the market leader for the eleven months of 2016, although the gap between the competitors is reducing each month.
KIA Rio in October remained the most popular model in the Russian market, by holding the lead for the third month in a row. Meanwhile, October sales result was the best for the model this year, noted analysts of the agency "AUTOSTAT".
In the plant in St. Petersburg on October 17th it was produced the 500,000th KIA Rio car since the start of production in August 2011. Jubilee car became a white sedan in the Prestige equipment with a gasoline engine of 1.6 liters and a 6-speed manual transmission, informed the press service of KIA Motors Rus.
For the first nine months of 2016 at the plant in St. Petersburg there were produced 67,425 KIA Rio cars for the markets of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus. Sales of the model in our country during the reporting period were 62,279 units (-13.1%).
The level of localization of model KIA Rio, which is produced at a plant in St. Petersburg by a full cycle is 46%. The number of localized components continues to grow. For example, in 2016 the plant in St. Petersburg began to use more Russian metal (24% of Rio body - Russian metal production); it was localized glass.
Analytic agency "AUTOSTAT" conducted a study of the Russian car market, which covered all the federal districts and sold models of new passenger cars in February of 2016. According to the survey, the most popular model in the markets of Central and Ural Federal Districts is a KIA Rio.
Since the beginning of March, the Korean brands Hyundai and KIA at the same time increased the recommended prices for the majority of their models in the Russian market. Among the models that became more expensive there are also bestsellers of both brands - Hyundai Solaris and KIA Rio.
The updated KIA Rio five-door hatchback went on sale on 1 June. The minimum price of a hatchback is 569,900 roubles. This price brings a model with a 1.4 liter engine, 5-speed manual transmission and Comfort package.
KIA dealers in Russia started sales of the renewed KIA Rio of 2015 model year. The main innovation is a new transmission coupled with 1.6-liter (123 h.p.) engine. 6-speed manual transmission is offered in the compact car segment for the first time.
The share of sales of sedans KIA Rio in the Russian market is 75-80 %. The press service of “KIA Motors Rus” informed AUTOSTAT agency, noting that the KIA Rio sedan is one of the best buy model in Russia.