New special editions for Kia Rio, Picanto

Both the Picanto and Rio Domino special editions are come in white, but as the name suggests, a metallic black body colour is available as an optional extra.

The special editions have been introduced by the Japanese manufacturer to include more equipment with the models at a lower price than the ‘2’ versions they are based on.

Extra exterior styling includes body-coloured bumpers, mirrors and door handles with an optional domino effect stripe in a contrasting black or white. The Rio comes with 14" alloy wheels and the Picanto with 14" wheel trims.

Inside, air conditioning, remote central locking and leather-trimmed steering wheel are added to the specification and Electronic Stability Control is fitted across both ranges.

The Rio also adds rear electric windows and both models are now available with iPod connectivity.

The Picanto Domino is available with a petrol powertrain comprising a 1.1-litre petrol engine with a choice of manual or automatic gearbox. The Rio Domino is available with a larger 1.4-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre CRDi diesel unit.

Kia remains very much a budget brand and despite the additional equipment, the Rio Domino costs £350 cheaper than the standard version at £9,295 on-the-road. The Picanto Domino offers a larger saving of £400 and costs from £7,995.

As with all Kia models, the Picanto and Rio Domino special editions come with the seven year warranty as standard and are available to buy now.

Budget manufacturer Kia is hoping to boost sales after a hugely successful previous 12 months. Kia currently holds a 2.81 market share in the UK and sold over 4,000 units in June 2010.