Kia scoops What Car? green award

Kia has continually impressed the car industry with its environmental models including sub-100g/km versions of both the new Kia Picanto and the new Kia Rio.

Praised for its ‘lowest average CO2 emissions’ and ‘dramatic progress’, Kia has kept up its green engine emissions across its range and is even planning its first hybrid car when the Kia Optima saloon arrives this year.

Its new Rio model offers class-leading CO2 emissions of just 85g/km from a 1.1-litre petrol engine (88.3mpg), which even for a petrol vehicle is a worthy competitor for many hybrid vehicles. Its Picanto model is also impressive with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km from a 1.0-litre petrol engine (67.3mpg).

These engines sub 100g/km mean that the Kia Rio and Picanto are road tax exempt, which means as well as being better for the environment they are also cheaper for customers.

Kia’s upcoming Optima saloon model is no exception when it comes to economical Kia vehicles and will offer a 1.7-litre turbodiesel engine that returns 57.6mpg, which is impressive for a saloon.

Paul Philpott, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe received the award and said: “Kia has been striving over recent years not only to deliver exciting, attractive, high-quality cars but also to deliver real benefits to customers in the form of cleaner technologies that don’t carry a price premium.

“We are delighted that What Car? – one of Europe’s leading consumer magazines – has recognised our efforts.”

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