THROWBACK AD: Kia Rio (2000)


The Kia Rio helped kick off the Kia brand in Australia…with the help of Nick Giannopoulos

Kia was more or less an unknown brand in Australia in the early 2000s, and the products were a far cry from the class leading and rather excellent efforts of today. But back in 2000, the focus was on value for money rather than high quality engineering. And the Stinger wouldn’t have even been a pipe dream.

The 2000 Kia Rio was equipped with air conditioning, an airbag and central locking…and Kia Australia used Nick Giannopoulos as a spokesperson.

The founding father of The Motoring Guru, Matt has been a lifelong car enthusiast and a passionate writer. Back in 2013 when The Motoring Guru was first launched, Matt wanted to combine his two passions whilst offering readers sound motoring advice.