Kia Niro Hy­brid

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Kia re­cently an­nounced that it will be sell­ing the hy­brid Niro SUV in New Zea­land, with first sales start­ing some­time in the first quar­ter of 2018. Kia claims a com­bined fuel con­sump­tion fig­ure of 3.8 L/100km for the Niro hy­brid, which re­cently set a Guin­ness World Record of 76.6mpg (3.69L/100km) for the low­est fuel con­sump­tion for a hy­brid car. The hy­brid model will also be joined by a plug-in hy­brid ver­sion of the Niro, which can achieve con­sid­er­ably bet­ter fuel econ­omy thanks to its larger bat­tery pack and big­ger elec­tric mo­tor, al­low­ing it to travel dis­tances un­der elec­tric power alone. Kia claims an im­pres­sive 1.3L/100km com­bined con­sump­tion for the plug-in. The new plug-in ver­sion of the Niro, which has only re­cently been re­leased to in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, has a larger bat­tery pack and can travel up to 40 kilo­me­tres on bat­tery power alone, with­out the as­sis­tance of its petrol en­gine. Todd Mc­don­ald, Gen­eral Man­ager of Kia Mo­tors New Zea­land says: “The Niro Plug-in is not just a fuel-ef­fi­cient ve­hi­cle, but it’s a great SUV as well and we are ex­cited to be able to bring it to New Zea­land and add it into our very pop­u­lar SUV range.” Prices will be an­nounced closer to the Niro’s of­fi­cial launch.

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