Today, Kia Motors unveiled its first-ever production hybrid model, the new Kia Forte LPI Hybrid. The car will make its world debut at the 2009 Seoul Motor Show and scheduling to go on sale in Korea this August. The new Forte sedan can run on both Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)– a common fuel in Korea – and electricity.
The new LPI Hybrid is equipped with a 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder Gamma LPI HEV engine producing a crop of 114-horsepower and an utmost torque cost of 15.1 kg/m. The Korean automaker claims that when shared to a CVT transmission, the Forte LPI Hybrid has a fuel efficiency of 17.2km per litre of LPG. To better understand what this means, when converted to a flag gasoline engine that build would be 21.5km/liter that translates to 50.6mpg US, 60.7mpg UK or 4.7lt /100 km.
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The Forte LPI amalgam is said to be the first car in the world to use lithium polymer batteries. Comparing to nickel-metal-hydride (Ni-MH) batteries worn by most automakers, this lettering of batteries grant more might in a lighter and compact package thus enhancing fuel performance and freeing up more place.
As for the Korean dense’s new green-stamp, the “Eco Dynamics” name will be used on cars with new, environmentally-pleasant technologies such as fusion vehicles, promote-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cubicle cars.