Kia makes claim for fuel econ­omy record

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - MO­TOR­ING

Kia is lay­ing claim to hav­ing the world’s most eco­nom­i­cal hy­brid in a drive across the US.

The Korean car­maker has an­nounced that the Kia Niro cross­over’s fuel con­sump­tion was just 3.07 litres per 100 kilo­me­tres for the 5979km from Los Angeles to New York City. Kia em­ployed hy­per­mil­ers Wayne Gerdes of Carls­bad, Cal­i­for­nia, and co-driver Robert Winger of Wil­liams­burg, Vir­ginia for the trip which used 183.5 litres. The ve­hi­cle was not al­tered in any way for the at­tempt.

Reg­u­lar mo­torists will not drive like the hy­per­mil­ers who are em­ployed sim­ply to eek out as much econ­omy from a ve­hi­cle. Of­fi­cial fuel econ­omy fig­ures for the Niro put it around 4.74 litres per 100km. Of course, Kia are quite happy for their ve­hi­cle to be known as a fuel econ­omy world record holder.

‘‘We’re pleased with the Niro’s record-break­ing per­for­mance,’’ said Orth Hedrick, vice pres­i­dent, prod­uct plan­ning KMA. ‘‘We set out to build a ve­hi­cle that of­fers real-world util­ity and fan­tas­tic mileage, and set­ting the Guin­ness World Record ti­tle con­firms our achieve­ment.’’

‘‘We're pleased with the Niro's record­break­ing per­for­mance.’’

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