Kia Picanto

Kia Picanto

The Kia Picanto is not a model you’ll find zipping through the streets of the U.S., but it has been a relative hit in developing markets, thanks to its low price, and even in the U.K., thanks to its stellar gas mileage. In the 2013 model year, Kia is releasing a series of “Originals” 3-door collection.

The most recent addition to this new collection of 3-door Kias is the all-new Picanto City. This model is, from the outward appearance, almost identical to any 3-door Picanto you’ll see frolicking through the streets of the U.K., but under the hood, in the wallet, and at the pump, it is much different than you would expect.

The U.K. super-mini segment is already overcrowded, so how well can Kia expect to do with this ultra-economic super-mini car?

Click past the jump to read our full review on the 2013 Kia Picanto City and find out how well it stacks up to the growing list of super-minis in the U.K.

Kia has brought the new generation Picanto at the Geneva Motor Show. The model comes with a fresh design and will be offered in both three and five doors versions. In Europe sales will begin in late spring of 2011.

The new model has been styled by Kia’s European design team based in Frankfurt, Germany, under the direction of Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer. Kia describes the Picanto as "exuding self confidence, solidity and maturity, the next generation Picanto is designed to break the city car mould."

The new Kia will be offered in three different versions: a four-cylinder, 1,248 cc engine that delivers a total of 85 HP and 121 Nm of torque for the top version, and two three-cylinder, 998 cc units with a choice of petrol or Bi-fuel technologies (LPG + petrol) and with 69 or 82 HP.

Hit the jump to read more about the new generation Kia Rio.

It seems like Kia is really into unveiling special editions these days. The second one unveiled today is a new Domino special edition, available for both the Picanto and the Rio .

The new Domino edition is available, you guessed it, in white or optional black metallic. Depending on the color you chose for the exterior, the body-colored bumpers, mirrors, and door handles can be offset with an optional contrasting black or white domino effect stripe.

Next to this the new edition gets 14-inch alloy wheels (Rio) and 14-inch wheel trims (Picanto), air-conditioning, iPod connectivity, remote central locking, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear-knob. The Rio Domino also gets rear electric windows added to the list of standard equipment.

The new edition is available with either a 1.4-liter petrol or 1.5-liter CRDi diesel engine and is priced at £7,995 for Picanto and from £9,295 for the Rio version.

Press release after the jump.

Kia has announced today that the newly upgraded 2007 Kia Picanto will make its world premiere at the 34th Salon Internacional del Automovil in Barcelona, Spain on 7 June. The 2007 Picanto will have a new design, but the "young, sporty and friendly" spirit has been preserved. The interior has also been upgraded featuring higher quality audio equipment. The 2007 Picanto is 40 mm longer, with an overall length of 3535 mm, featuring an extended, rounded nose and deeper, larger rear bumper. (...)

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