The 11 per cent reduction in emissions in the five-door Kia cee’d hatchback was achieved through the inclusion of a new ‘U2’ 89bhp 1.6-litre common rail diesel injection engine.
Labelled the EcoDynamics cee’d, the new 4.26-metre long model is cleaner, quieter and more frugal, according to the Korean manufacturer.
Fuel saving features include an intelligent Stop and Go system which switches off and restarts the engine in heavy traffic, and electric power-assisted rack and pinion steering system.
Other power-saving features include a variable water pump which absorbs less power, a high efficiency alternator with power-saving management system and a Diesel Particulate Filter.
Lower suspension, a rear spoiler and reduced brake-pad drag on the disks further reduce emissions from 110g/km to below 100g/km. This means the Kia EcoDynamic cee’d is exempt from both the congestion charge and VED road tax.
The popular Kia cee’d was not the only Kia model to be given an eco makeover. At the Geneva Motor Show, Kia announced details of an electric plug-in concept car, the Kia Venga.
No plans have been made to produce the B-segment electric Venga yet, but the concept is part of the EcoDynamics brand and the lithium-ion battery technology is expected to be used in future zero emissions vehicles.