Rio-Based Kia K2 Bows at 2011 Shanghai Auto Show

2011 Shanghai Auto Show

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    Kia K2 Picture

    Meet the Kia K2, the China-market version of the 2012 Kia Rio. | April 19, 2011

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2011 Shanghai Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The K2 debuted Tuesday at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show; it's for China only.
  • Kia says the K2 is part of its push to become "a leading automotive brand in China."
  • The K2 is based on the redesigned 2012 Kia Rio, which arrives in the U.S. this fall.

SHANGHAI, China — The Kia K2, a new B-segment model based on the redesigned Kia Rio, debuted on Tuesday at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show. Intended for the Chinese market only, the K2 illustrates Kia's global strategy of custom-tailoring products for local markets.

"K2 represents the next phase in Kia's strategy to better satisfy customers in various regions of the world by developing and marketing products that reflect local tastes and needs," said Kia in a statement.

The new subcompact draws on styling cues from the Kia Optima — sold as the K5 in China — and will go on sale in June. A five-door hatchback version of the K2 is slated to go on sale in China in August. It was developed with Dongfeng Yueda Kia, Kia's joint venture partner.

The K2 will be available in six trim levels. It will be equipped with either a 1.4-liter or 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a manual or automatic transmission, said Kia. says: We're not sweating the fact that we won't get the K2. The 2012 Rio will likely be better equipped when it arrives in the third quarter of 2011. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent

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