Kia Introduces Three Hybrid Models in Frankfurt

Models include diesel-hybrid prototype and first production hybrid to run on LP gas.

Published: 16-Sep-2009

FRANKFURT - Kia Motors has showcased several new models at the Frankfurt Motor Show, including the new Venga B-segment MPV for Europe, new hybrid prototype vehicles, and the company’s EcoDynamics sub-brand.

Included in the unveiling were the restyled Kia Cee’d, the all-new Kia Sorento with up to seven seats, a gasoline-electric Cee’d hybrid prototype, Sorento diesel hybrid prototype, and the first showing in Europe of the new Forte LPI Hybrid sedan, which launched in the Korean market in July.

Unveiled by chief design officer Peter Schreyer, the Venga is the second model, following the Cee’d, to be specifically engineered and designed for the European market. “Venga will certainly deliver all the practicality and versatility that a European family could require,” Schreyer said. “When you combine that with the design of the car, and the confidence it shows, it really is a triumph of form and functionality.”


General Motors XP883 Gasoline-Electric Hybrid prototype in 1969

The XP883 utilized a 573cc gasoline engine, a DC motor and six lead acid batteries when it was rolled out in 1969, decades ahead of Toyota's Prius. Photo credit: GM Design.

Mercedes-Benz Blue Hybrid

The S 400 hybrid will consume 7.9 liters of gas per 100 kilometers while emitting 190 grams of CO2 per kilometer, placing it ahead of the Lexus LS 600h hybrid's 21 mpg and 219 g/km.

Honda revives its insight model, this time with a five-passenger, five door sedan it claims will get 70 mpg.

Demand for the Prius, the top-selling hybrid, outstripped production increases at Toyota's plants in Japan this year as gasoline prices topped $4 gallon in the U.S. Pictured is recently released photo of Honda Insight, due out in the Spring of 2009.


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