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Kia began exporting affordably priced automobiles to North America from its home base in Korea back in 1993. Today, the company sells a variety of vehicles that share most of their mechanical components with similar Hyundai models. Hyundai is Kia’s parent company. For the 2001 model year, the automaker introduced the Rio sedan, which was followed a year later by the Rio Cinco wagon. Both body styles were redesigned for 2006, with the wagon name changing to Rio5. Common to both was a 110-horsepower four-cylinder engine that was available with a five-speed automatic transmission, or optional four-speed automatic.