LOS ANGELES -- Cars will be the focus of Kia's attention in the next year as the fast-growing Korean automaker brings fresh styling and new engine technology to its lineup.
The redesigned Rio subcompact that debuted at the New York auto show in April goes on sale in the fourth quarter. The Cadenza, a large upscale sedan that will be Kia's flagship, will be launched next spring.
A redesigned Forte compact sedan arrives next summer, while redesigns of the Sedona minivan and Sorento crossover are scheduled for the 2014 model year.
Soul: A freshening for the 2012 model year includes a new front fascia, updated headlights and hood and a new vertical taillight configuration. Inside, there's a redesigned center stack.
A new 1.6-liter four-cylinder direct injection engine boosts fuel efficiency and power from the Soul's previous 1.6-liter base engine. Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions also are new.
The Soul is scheduled to be redesigned in 2013.
Rio: A redesign of Kia's smallest offering, which comes in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback configurations, will go on sale in the fourth quarter. It will be powered by the new 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline direct injection with start-stop technology. The new Rio is estimated to get 40 mpg on the highway.