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Adding another feather to its cap, Kia Motors America’s all-new 2012 Rio 5-door has been named one of the top five cars of the year by FAMA’s “Mujeres Al Volante.” FAMA is a leading modern lifestyle magazine in Spanish, and the Mujeres Al Volante awards honor vehicles that meet the priorities of U.S. Hispanic women when considering a new vehicle.
The Rio 5-door was recognized for its long list of standard safety features, modern amenities, outstanding fuel economy, strong family appeal and world-class design.
“The ‘Subcompact Car of the Year’ award for the all-new Rio 5-door from Mujeres Al Volante is the latest example of the impact the Kia brand is having in the U.S. market with unprecedented growth and an exciting lineup of vehicles that deliver cutting-edge technology, eye-catching design and class-leading fuel economy,” said Michael Sprague, vice president of marketing & communications, KIA.
“Kia is one of the fastest growing car companies in the U.S. , and vehicles such as the Rio 5-door continue to raise awareness, perception and consideration for the brand by attracting new, style-conscious consumers to our showrooms.”
The Rio 5-door’s innovative green technology and features also impressed the Mujeres Al Volante editors. In addition to being the first in the segment to offer the fuel-saving Idle Stop and Go (ISG) technology (available later this year), the Rio 5-door’s seat foam material is made from 100-percent biodegradable and non-toxic castor oil, which reduces the use of petroleum-based products. At the end of its lifespan, 85 percent of the all-new Rio’s materials are recyclable.
“The Rio 5-door has exceeded our expectations, and we think it’s in the top of its class when it comes to appealing to Hispanic women,” said Ileana Muniz, editor-in-chief of FAMA’s Autos Mujeres Al Volante. “On top of its outstanding design, the Rio 5-door handles well and is environmentally friendly with 40 MPG and ISG technology.”