The History Of KIA Avella
The Kia Avella is a subcompact car produced by South Korean automaker Kia Motors from March 1994 to 1998. It was a five-seater available in sedan, three-door and five-door hatchback body styles. Sold worldwide as the Avella, it was rebadged as the Ford Aspire in North America and the Ford Festiva in Japan and Australasia. Sales of the Avella totalled 115,576 in 1994 but dropped to only 27,850 in 1998. The Avella was replaced by the Kia Rio.
The Avella was available with two engines:
- B3 EGi: 1.3L (1323cc) fuel injected 8-valve I4 making 73hp (DIN) (54kW) at 5000rpm and 99ft.lbf (135Nm) of torque at 3000rpm
- B5 EGi: 1.5L (1498cc) fuel injected 8-valve I4 making 88.4hp (DIN) (65kW) at 5000rpm and 99ft.lbf (135Nm) of torque at 4000rpm
All Avellas came standard with a five-speed manual transmission, although all models could be optioned with a four-speed automatic. In the United States, the four-speed automatic was not available; the automatic had only three gears.
The Avella was suspended by MacPherson struts in the front and a torsion bar axle in the rear.
Seven trims were available:
- GXi: 3-door, B3 EGi
- Secrety STD: 5-door, B3 EGi
- Secrety DLX: 5-door, B3 EGi
- Secrety: 5-door, B5 EGi
- Delta Si: 4-door, B3 EGi
- Delta Si STD: 4-door, B5 EGi
- Delta Si DLX: 4-door, B5 EGi
In Korean market, several more trims were available:
- Gi: 3-door, B3 EGi - disappeared before minor change in 1996
- GLXi: 5-door, B3 EGi and B5 EGi
- Delta GS: 4-door, B3 EGi
- Delta LS: 4-door, B5 EGi
- Delta LS Di: 4-door, B5D EGi
All Avellas came standard with 13 in wheels, 160/ 70R13 tires, a four-speaker stereo, heated rear glass, ABS, driver's side airbag, and door impact beams. Optional equipment included air conditioning, power locks, power mirrors, power windows, folding rear seats, dimming interior mirror, a tachometer, and aluminum wheels.
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