Posts Tagged ‘subcompact’

Next Generation Rio Marks Next Big Step in Kia’s Design Revolution

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
All-new Rio sketch
© Kia Motors Corp.

Seoul — The first official sketches of the next generation Kia Rio revealed today (Wednesday) show a powerful, bold design that marks “the next big step” in the company's ongoing design revolution.

Longer, lower and wider than the existing Rio, the new model is designed to inject emotional appeal into the B-segment, targeting progressive, energetic consumers in the 25-to-49 age range.

Described by Kia's Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, as ‘sporty and elegant’, the B-segment newcomer has a swept-back profile and a character line rising out of the front wheel which gives it a sense of movement and fluidity, even when stationary. Inside, new Rio will offer a feeling of quality typically associated with larger, more expensive models. (more…)

TMC Launches Redesigned ‘Vitz’

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
Toyota Vitz 1.3 F
© Toyota Motor Corp.

Toyota City, Japan — Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces the launch in Japan today of the redesigned “Vitz” compact car.

Since the launch of the first-generation in 1999, the Vitz has achieved cumulative sales in more than 70 countries and regions around the world — including many European countries — exceeding 3.5 million units¹. With more than 1.4 million of those units² having been sold in Japan, the Vitz is truly a core model of the Toyota brand.

The new, third-generation Vitz, developed based on a new definition of the ideal compact car to meet consumers' diversifying compact-car needs, features sharper styling as well as a compact exterior (more…)

New Chevrolet Aveo to Bring ‘Hot-Hatch’ Style to Small Car Segment

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
New Chevrolet Aveo
© GM Co.

There is no shortage of world firsts for Chevrolet at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show, and joining the Orlando MPV and Cruze hatchback show car will be the eagerly awaited Chevrolet Aveo 5-door, which like the Orlando makes its world production debut.

The Aveo RS show car was displayed at the Detroit and Geneva motor shows earlier in 2010, and with the final production-ready model, Chevrolet has a car that looks every bit as good as the earlier concept.

Entering the highly competitive global small car segment, striking design elements of the new Chevrolet Aveo include the aggressive looking front with its exposed twin-headlamps and dual port grille, compact taut body panels with a rising shoulder line and short rear overhangs (more…)

Hyundai Unveils All-New Verna at Beijing Show

Friday, April 23rd, 2010
Hyundai RC Verna
© Hyundai Motor

Beijing, China — Hyundai Motor Co. staged the world-premiere of its all-new Verna at the 2010 Beijing Automotive Exhibition today. With its eye-catching sloping roofline, the new sub-compact, Hyundai's third China-exclusive model, projects a coupe-like dynamic image that is at once sporty, stately and futuristic.

Developed over a five-year period expressively for the Chinese market, product planners conducted exhaustive market research of Chinese consumer tastes and trends to ensure every detail meets local requirements. Built on an all-new platform at the company's highly automated plant in Beijing,Verna is targeted at China's strategically important C1 segment and fully reflects Hyundai's philosophy of quality. (more…)

Chevrolet New Sail Models Introduced at Auto China 2010
Hatchback and EMT Increase Small Car Choice

Friday, April 23rd, 2010
Chevrolet New Sail
© GM Co.

Beijing — The Chevrolet New Sail family has grown with the introduction of a hatchback and the addition of an electronic manual transmission (EMT). Both the New Sail hatchback and a New Sail sedan equipped with the EMT are being shown at Auto China 2010 in advance of their introduction to the market by Shanghai GM in June.

“The New Sail has set a new standard for its segment, raising the bar for safety, convenience, quality and overall value for money since its launch in January,” according to Shanghai GM President Ding Lei. “The addition of a hatchback and the EMT transmission will give consumers a greater choice in the domestic small car segment.” (more…)