EXCLUSIVE: US Top Gear To Put Howie Mandel And Melanie B In…

Well folks, we've now heard from two separate sources that the reasonably-priced car that Adam Carolla, Tanner Foust and Eric Stromer will drop stars behind the wheel of will be none other than the Kia Rio. But that's not all we've learned. Our sources also tell us the first two stars to sit behind the wheel will… » 7/25/08 6:15pm 7/25/08 6:15pm

Kia to Designate Performance Models "XR"

It may be cliché to stick a bunch of Xs and Rs on a tweaked econobox and call it a performance brand, but some clichés are just fine for getting the job done. For Kia, XR will mean performance — that is, turbocharging in Europe, supercharging for US-bound cars. Kia told Autocar it's calling that strategy "glocal" —… » 5/22/07 11:36am 5/22/07 11:36am

Spy Photos: More on the Kia Rio Hybrid

Our Kia Rio hybrid tipster says some of the shots he received in his P.O. box have surfaced on CarSpyShots, including one showing the dash gauges (pictured). You'll notice the "charge/assist" gauge, which either means the model's got a hybrid-drive system, or someone's Korean-to-English dictionary has some pages stuck… » 8/14/06 8:57am 8/14/06 8:57am

Autobytel Names Kia Rio "Most Improved"

We only have one joke that goes along with the award of "most improved," an honor mainly reserved for stoners whose moms worked in the high-school office. Now, Autobytel has named the 2006 Kia Rio Most Improved New Car for 2006, meaning it offers a better ride and more standard safety features, passenger space and… » 12/19/05 11:18am 12/19/05 11:18am