2011 Kia Optima Hybrid review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 18 November 2010 , 10:11:30 byVeronica

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Kia Optima Hybrid

The 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid made its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show and it was created with an aim for the U.S. market. Its producers boast exceptional hybrid performance delivery and 40 mpg class-leading fuel efficiency, acceleration to 62 mph in 9.2 seconds and top speed of 121 mph. The customers will enjoy innovative technologies, a fully automatic drive and an environmentally friendly vehicle.
Its 2.4-liter gasoline engine is connected to a small electric motor, driving the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Weight and cost are saved by the system's configuration which does not require a high-capacity electric motor and generator. The engine is allowed to take over the task of propelling the car by starting the Hybrid Starter motor which in turn starts the gasoline engine and closes the clutch. Furthermore, the kinetic energy is converted into energy by the electric motor when braking and the entire hybrid operation is seamless and automatic throughout the entire driving experience. a lithium polymer battery array was developed by Kia's Optima Hybrid in partnership with LG Chem and offers benefits of the lithium-ion, adding at the same time packaging flexibility, manging the car model ideal for automotive applications. Engineers paid a special attention to the car's aerodynamics in order to minimize its fuel consumption and maximize the Optima Hybrid's performance. Thus, the car was lowered by 5 mm and new features comprise low rolling resistance tyres, smooth underfloor panels, low-drag wheels and an 'active air flap' in the front grille. Optima incorporates front-wheel-drive and uses independent suspension systems, while on the outside the Optima Hybrid offers dual exhausts with chrome tips and solar glass. The interior is characterised by modern standard features, such as such as six-way adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support and an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sat audio system.