Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Kia World has revealed details on Kia's first mild hybrid, the Forte sedan with a Liquefied Petroleum Injected engine that generates 114 horsepower and an electric motor that creates an extra 20 horsepower. Fuel efficiency of the Forte Hybrid is estimated to be about 21.5 km/liter or around 50 miles per gallon. 

LG Chem of Korea will be supplying lithium polymer batteries for the new hybrid, which are lighter, smaller and have a much higher energy output than the nickel-metal hydride batteries that are being used in the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight.

The hybrid Forte also has a few styling changes, including new front and rear bumpers and LED taillights. Inside will be a Super Vision instrument cluster and a navigation system for hybrid data. 

Because the Forte LPI Hybrid is only meant for its home market of Korea, Kia also showed off Eco-Dynamics, a sub-brand that will "bring a host of new eco-friendly technologies and models to the international markets."

A full hybrid of the next generation Kia Optima is due in 2010, and a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is due shortly after in 2012.

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