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    Wayne Gerdes hypermiles 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid to Guinness record with 64.55 mpg

    Hypermiler extraordinaire Wayne Gerdes and his colleague Chris Bernius have set a new Guinness World Record for the lowest fuel consumption in a gasoline hybrid vehicle while driving through the 48 adjoining U.S. states. At over 64 miles per gallon, Gerdes, Bernius and the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid ...

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    Wayne Gerdes starts hypermiling mpg record attempt in Kia Optima Hybrid

    Hypermiling extraordinaire Wayne Gerdes, along with colleague Chris Bernius (both friends of the site), are heading out on a big journey today. The two will leave from Kia Motors' manufacturing facility in West Point, GA on a trip through 48 states in a clockwise direction, finishing in South ...

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    Quick Spin: Review: 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid [w/video]

    A Feature-Packed Family Hauler That Sips Every time we read Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, we find something new. Adams was able to spin phrases that hit on multiple levels, and his work requires repeated attention to be enjoyed in full. We wouldn't be surprised if the ...

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    Kia VP says Optima Hybrid is a no-compromise vehicle

    Kia Motors' vice-president of marketing, Michael Sprague, says that the 2011 Optima Hybrid is the vehicle that will legitimize the Korean automaker as an eco-friendly company. In speaking with Ward's Auto, Sprague stated:

    In our studies, some people would reject the brand outright because ...

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    Kia to offer Picanto Bi-Fuel in Europe

    2012 Kia Picanto – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Korean automaker Kia has announced that its Picanto Bi-Fuel compact sedan will be exported to select European markets in late 2011. Powered by both liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and gasoline, the Picanto Bi-Fuel was specifically ...

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    2011 Kia Optima Hybrid priced at $26,500*

    Kia Motors America has announced that its midsize fuel-sipping sedan, the 2011 Optima Hybrid, will be priced at $26,500, plus an extra $750 for destination and handling, when it hits U.S. dealers in June. The gas-electric Optima is Kia's first-ever hybrid vehicle. Like the Hyundai Sonata ...

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    Report: Kia Optima Hybrid delayed due to Hyundai Sonata Hybrid push-back

    The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid was supposed to go on sale in December, but at the eleventh hour, the company decided on a last-minute engineering change to enhance safety. When the automaker learned that President Obama planned to sign a bill that would ban a switch that can disable a noisemaker ...

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    Kia Naimo EV concept ready for Seoul Motor Show debut

    The name Naimo is Korean for "square," and the new Kia EV concept certainly fits its name. But we're not talking about a total box, as you can see from the photo above. The B-segment vehicle, which will debut this week at the Seoul Motor Show, looks primed to take on all comers in the emerging ...

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    Kia Motors to join Clean Energy Partnership

    Kia Borrego FCEV - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Kia Motors has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) to promote fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) and the establishment of supporting infrastructure in Europe. The initial agreement was inked ...

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    Hyundai-Kia signs fuel cell vehicle deployment MOU with Nordic countries

    Hyundai FCEV – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Recently, Hyundai-Kia Motors, along with hydrogen advocacy organizations from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the deployment of hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric ...

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    2012 Kia Rio looks sharp, packs an efficient punch

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    Kia has released the first images of its 2012 Rio hatchback ahead of its official Geneva Motor Show debut, and might we say, it's quite a looker. The Korean automaker has been doing some fantastic things with styling in the past few ...

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    2012 Kia Picanto boasts 57 mpg; CO2 emissions as low as 90 g/km

    Kia's all-new 2012 Picanto, which will be unveiled to the world at the Geneva Motor Show this coming March, aims to raise the bar in the A-segment via slashed emissions and increased fuel economy. The five-door Picanto supermini will hit dealerships across much of the world (excluding the U.S.) ...

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    IIHS tests small car bumpers; is safety compromised by size?

    IIHS small car bumper crash tests – Click above for high-res image gallery
    As you're likely aware, all cars sold in America must pass strict federal guidelines, and those regulations include specific bumper heights. What you may not know, however, is that trucks and SUVs aren't required to ...

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    LA 2010: 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid is good-lookin', green-drivin'

    2011 Kia Optima Hybrid – Click here for high-res image gallery
    Kia is just now beginning to roll out its sexy new 2011 Optima, with the 2.4-liter GDI version priced from only $18,995. Much like its sister car, the Hyundai Sonata, the Optima will be offered with a turbocharged 2.0-liter ...

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    SEMA 2010: Kia Forte Hybrid Concept is green, Koup R Concept is smoky gray goodness

    Kia Forte Hybrid Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The Kia Forte Hybrid is neat enough – green on the outside, green and leafy on the inside. Riding cast alloy wheels wrapped in low-rolling resistance tires, the hybrid system mixes it up with a 1.6-liter LPG engine tied ...

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    Kia rolls out ethanol-gasoline powered Soul Flex

    The latest version of the Kia Soul, unveiled just days ago in Brazil, adds even more flexibility to the mix. Appropriately called the Soul Flex, this vehicle's ability to run on any ethanol-gasoline mixture, be it 100 percent gasoline or straight ethanol, is its main draw. Kia claims that the ...

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    Microsoft releases Windows Embedded Automotive 7, powers Nissan Leaf

    2011 Nissan Leaf interior – Click above for high-res image gallery
    All the fancy new technology buried deep inside the guts of today's latest crop of cars and trucks needs some serious software magic to function properly, and Microsoft is one of the leading suppliers of bits and bytes in ...

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    Kia's radical Pop city car concept touches on company's future design

    Kia Pop Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The Kia Pop concept that debuted at the Paris Motor Show is one slick electric city car. The company calls it, "a striking vision of future urban electric transport" that's supposedly meant, "to act as a loose nucleus, a wild atom." ...

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    Report: Kia to offer extended range plug-in vehicle by 2012?

    2011 Kia Optima – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Benny Oeyen, Kia's marketing and product planning boss, told What Car? that range-extending "is a fantastic thing" and confirmed that Kia (and perhaps even sister-company Hyundai), will consider bolstering its model lineup with the ...

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    Kia introducing pair of downsized engines for Sportage in Europe

    2011 Kia Sportage – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Kia's Sportage compact crossover initially launched in Europe with a choice of either a 2.0-liter gasoline-fueled mill or an oil burner of identical size. The good news is that the CUV's engine choices will soon grow by two with the ...


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