Kia Optima Hybrid: Record Guinness fuel economy
Kia Optima Hybrid model year 2014
The Kia Optima Hybrid establishes a new Guinness World Records ® record in fuel economy
- The Optima Hybrid realized an average of 3.6 liters per 100 km across the 48 contiguous states of the United States
- The pilots used a little more than 5.5 tanks of gasoline to complete the journey in 14 days 12 712 km across the U.S.
- The record "Lowest fuel consumption, 48 states of the U.S.: Hybrid car gas" has been verified by Guinness World Records adjudicator during a ceremony at the plant Kia West Point, the state of Georgia
Kia Motors is currently one of the leaders in the automotive industry in fuel economy. Today, the famous brand the establishment of a new Guinness World Record for the lowest fuel consumption with a hybrid petrol on a journey that crosses the 48 contiguous states of the United States.
The Wayne Gerdes from Wadsworth, Illinois, and Chris Bernius from New York City drivers have managed to successfully conduct an Optima Hybrid 2011 Kia sedan, a factory series vehicle on a 12 712 km across the United USA. They realized an incredible average fuel consumption of 3.64 l/100 km, beating the 61.37 per cent official figure of fuel consumption on the highway established by the EPA.
The challenge Kia across 48 states was completed in 14 days with an average daily distance of 907 kilometers. The Optima hybrid consumes a little more than 5.5 tanks of gasoline, scoring an average distance of 2 282 km between each refueling. To comply with the guidelines of Records Guinness World Records, the Optima Hybrid had to have two passengers and their luggage for the duration of the course.
The record attempt was verified by Philip Robertson, adjudicator of Guinness World Records. Mr. Robertson also presented a pilot certificate Guinness World Records as part of an official ceremony at the plant Kia Motors in West Point, Georgia, on September 12.
The record is officially titled "Lowest fuel consumption across the 48 contiguous states of the United States with a hybrid petrol", a new category created by Guinness World Records. To realize a new record, the Kia Optima Hybrid should realize a minimum consumption of 4.5 liters per 100 kilometers, that little thirsty Optima Hybrid has exceeded 23 percent.
Following the departure college by dignitaries and Kia team on August 26 at the factory Kia West Point, Georgia, the pilots are in their spears epic journey clockwise, traveling an average of 907 km per day. They reached their destination in Greenville, South Carolina, two weeks later, on September 9. Once the rigorous process of accreditation of Guinness World Records, the drivers and their vehicles were transported to West Point for the closing ceremony and celebrations.
Vice-president and general manager COO of Kia Motors Corporation, Thomas Oh, expressed himself in these words: "Kia Motors is extremely proud to have established a new Guinness record. This testifies well to the quality of the design, engineering and production methods of the Kia Optima Hybrid. The pilots of supplement their journey unaided through all possible types of the United States land in all kinds of weather, all without a hitch from the Optima Hybrid and by realizing a fuel consumption more impressive. "
To add Mr. Oh: "Crossing the United States, the Optima Hybrid has faced at temperatures rising to over 47 ° C and falling below the freezing point. The team has crossed the great chain of the Rockies and maneuver in traffic peak has Chicago, New York City and Las Vegas - all making the fuel consumption of the Optima Hybrid even more impressive. "
Wayne Gerdes for the pilot, "The Kia Optima Hybrid was the perfect vehicle for such a long journey. It is spacious, comfortable and pleasant to drive, and gasoline-electric powertrain in parallel turned out a more efficient highway speeds. The vehicle has traveled 12 712 km without any problem.
"The remarkable fuel economy was performed in all kinds of conditions, straight and free highways to the deserts and congestion. It was truly the ultimate demonstrations of the actual fuel consumption than any owner of Optima Hybrid can realize when he pays attention to his driving style. "
Followers and fans who want to see the route in detail can view daily blogs and download photos and videos with the Facebook app specially designed for this purpose on http://www.facebook.com/Kiamotorsworldwide. Wayne Gerdes pilot will also share very good advice to realize better fuel economy.
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