Premier rolls out RiO Petrol engine vehicles [October 18, 2011]
October 25, 2011 8:13 am
Automobile manufacturer Premier, formerly known as Premier Automobiles, re-entered the Indian passenger vehicle market with a compact diesel SUV named ‘RiO’. Recently, the Company introduced a petrol engine version of this compact SUV across major metros and select Tier II cities in a phase-wise manner. According to a statement released by company, “The RiO caters to a niche segment between mid-sized passenger cars and larger utility vehicles”.
The RiO petrol version is powered by an 1173 cc engine, delivering 77 BHP and offers 15 kms per litre, while the diesel version is powered by a 1489 cc turbo diesel engine based on Peugeot technology delivering 65 BHP of power, offering 16 kms/litre of fuel efficiency. Based on a Daihatsu model, this vehicle is sourced from the Zotye Group (China), which sells close to 1,00,000 units of this model per annum worldwide, from its state-of-the-art plant near Shanghai.
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