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by Brett Davis

The 2011 model Kia Rio has been included into the top 20 in Australia’s Green Vehicle Guide, after recent model upgrades.

The Green Vehicle Guide, an initiative of the Australian government, is a list of Australian cars that are sorted into categories separated by their ‘greenness’. Sitting at number one spot is the Toyota Prius – just to give you an idea of what the initiative is all about.

The government compiles the list to give new car buyers a chance to select an environmentally-friendly car by comparison. It also gives potential buyers a chance to see if their car is in fact as green as the car salesman said it was.

From April this year all Kia Rios have satisfied the latest emission specification, Euro IV, and in doing so earned itself five stars and worked its way into 15th position in the Guide.

The five seat Rio that uses a 1.4 litre 4-cylinder petrol engine and a five speed manual in both the S and LE Sport models is the specific model the Guide is talking about. The average (city and highway) fuel consumption of just 6.6L/100km for both these models, in manual form, is biting very close to Toyota’s Camry Hybrid average consumption of 6L/100km.

Also helping it into the Guide was the overall rating of 158 grams of CO2 per kilometre and a 7.5 out of 10 Greenhouse Rating.

The 1.4 litre petrol engine also returned an equal best Air Pollution Rating of 8.5 out of 10. This rating measures the different emissions components including carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons (HC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx). It also analyses the amount of particulate matter like soot, released into the atmosphere.

The Kio Rio S is currently on offer, nationwide, as a drive away package. In manual form it sells for $13,490, while the same drive away package is available for the LE Sport model, which, in manual as well, goes for $14,990.




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