Frankfurt 2009: Kia's EcoDynamics

* Sub-brand launched * Low CO2 Kias * Hybrids on show, too...

Frankfurt 2009: Kia's EcoDynamics

What's Eco Dynamics
It's Kia's sub-brand of environmentally friendly cars.

The EcoDynamics vehicles at the show will be equipped with an engine stop/start system (ISG) to automatically switch off and then restart the engine in congested city driving, an engine-power saving alternator management system, a gearshift indicator to encourage an economical driving style and low-friction tyres.

Future EcoDynamics vehicles will also get additional CO2 and pollutant-reducing technologies such as streamlined body parts, alternative fuel capabilities, high-efficiency transmissions and hybrid, electric or fuel-cell powertrains.

The 'Eco Dynamics' zone at the Frankfurt event is showcasing three new models the Forte LPI hybrid, Cee'd hybrid and Sorento hybrid.

The Forte LPI hybrid has a 1.6-litre engine that runs on liquid petroleum gas and is mated to a 20bhp electric motor, with a continually variable transmission (CVT) gearbox and ISG. It produces 99g/km of CO2 and can achieve 50.5mpg.

There are no plans to sell the Forte LPI hybrid in Europe, but Kia has confirmed that it is planning a 'real world' research programme in 2010 and will run a test fleet of 36 of the cars across Europe.

The fleet will be used to assess the feasibility of large-scale commercial use of LPI hybrids.

Hybrid Cee'd and Sorento
Alongside the Forte will be hybrid versions of the C'eed and Sorento. The C'eed has the same powertrain as the Forte, but runs on petrol and emits 96g/km of carbon dioxide.

The Sorento has a 1.6-litre twin-turbo diesel engine combined with an electric motor. It also has a CVT gearbox and has CO2 emissions of 119g/km.

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