Premier Auto, the erstwhile Premier Automobile Limited, has launched the first compact SUV Rio. The company began as Premier Automobile Limited in 1944 and manufactured Chrysler Corporation vehicles. It manufactured cars under different names like Dodge, Plymouth and DeSoto. Premier Padmini, which is a reincarnation Fiat 1100 was one the most famous models of the erstwhile Premier Automobile Limited in India during the 1990s. Now, the company is making a comeback in the passenger car segment with the Rio after a period of nine years. The Premier Rio is basically the Zotye Nomada which is a mini crossover and is manufactured by leading Chinese auto manufacturer, Zotye Autos. The Premier Rio is a compact city SUV which has been developed on basis of advanced technology from domestic and international autos. The car is brought to India in the CKD version and will be assembled at Premier Auto's Chinchwad facility in Pune.