Kia Niro sets US coast-to-coast hybrid efficiency record
A 2017 Kia Niro EX has set a new Guinness World Record for the fuel efficiency of a hybrid car being driven from coast-to-coast in the US. The crossover completed the 3,715-mi (5,979-km) journey with a consumption of 76.6 mpg (3.1 l/100 km).
The Niro was driven from Los Angeles to New York City, finishing its journey at New York City Hall in downtown Manhattan. Drivers Wayne Gerdes and Robert Winger made the trip with no modifications to the vehicle and using just over four tanks, or 48.5 gal (220 l), of gas.
The Nero is Kia's first dedicated hybrid, meaning it uses a hybrid-only rather than a combined powertrain. The "Full Parallel Hybrid System" is aimed at giving the feel of a combustion engine, but with hybrid efficiency, and combines a hybrid engine, a 43-hp (32-kW) electric motor and a lithium-ion polymer battery.
The 2017 Kia Niro is due to hit showrooms in the first quarter of next year.