• 2012 Kia Rio 5-Door "Retro Surf" by Antenna Magazine

Kia geared up for the 2011 SEMA Auto Show with an armada of presentations starting with this fascinating surf and skate-themed Rio hatchback. The car was built in cooperation with Antenna Magazine and was designed to be a “one-of-a-kind retro ride aimed at totally radical surfing enthusiasts.”

The exterior of the Rio 5-door was treated to a sunset-metallic golden-brown paint and a custom body kit that includes a front splitter made of wood that matches the Thule roof rack and hand-made wood surfboard mounted on top. The car has also been lowered with a modified suspension for better handling while a new set of 17" three-piece gold wheels finish off the exterior details.

Inside, the Antenna Rio 5-door comes with custom front and rear seats and dash and door panels that are dressed in brown and beige plaid waterproof bathing suit fabric. There’s also a wood grain center console and a headliner upholstered in dark brown suede with a towel holder built in that rounds out the car’s themed retro-surf look. Meanwhile, the rear center console was turned into a shelf that can hold beach accessories, including sun tan lotion, surfboard wax, and bottled water. Then, there’s the rear hatch, which has been modified to hold a retro gaming console that plays 80’s-style arcade games, a retro-looking record player to play music, mood lighting, and shelves to hold sandals and clothing.

Needless to say, this particular Rio is more about its looks than it is about its performance capabilities. Don’t expect it to burn some rubber on the road, but when it comes to the perfect chill-out ride, Antenna Magazine’s Kia Rio "Retro Surf" is a retro hot spot on wheels.

Updated 11/09/2011: Check the picture gallery to see new images of the Rio 5-Door "Retro Surf" by Antenna Magazine from its official debut at the SEMA Show.

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  (676) posted on 01.31.2012

The totality of this car is above average. It’s perfect for bachelors and families. It has a spacious interior as well as the comfort it provides.

  (858) posted on 12.21.2011

It is truly a very attractive vehicle. All i can say it is absolutely looking great on this vehicle and as for its exterior, I can say that it is very captivating. I must say that I love the interior touch of this one even the features, it seems so cool!

  (599) posted on 11.16.2011

Kia Rio is truly a very attractive vehicle, and I must say that among all sedan cars that I saw today, this luxury sports vehicle of them is my favorite. smiley I’m just really so fond with its wood-grain console!

  (594) posted on 11.14.2011

The first thing I noticed on this Kia is its wood-grain center console! smiley Well, that is absolutely looking great on this vehicle and as for its exterior, I can say that it is very captivating.

  (526) posted on 11.10.2011

This one is totally a complete packaged for me and a very satisfying vehicle! It doesn’t matter if it could only deliver a less powerful engine output because of the fact that it is not a sports car.

  (428) posted on 11.9.2011

I wonder if how it became a 5-door car? Anyway, I must say that the body kit of this one is really so striking most especially its interior touch. Well, I only hope that its engine will be quite good enough at it.

  (374) posted on 11.9.2011

Yeah! I have to agree that its wood-grain console is really so awesome on it, and I must say that I love the accessories that this car had. As for the exterior appearance of it, well it is somewhat impressive either.

  (449) posted on 11.8.2011

The sunset metallic golden-brown paint of this Kia Rio is absolutely awesome , even the interior is also very striking with its wood-grain console, which I’m sure everyone would love to have.

  (453) posted on 11.4.2011

I am hoping that the four-cylinder engine of this one will be quite good enough for this hatchback. Anyway, I must say that I love the interior touch of this one even the features, it seems so cool!

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