Optima Hybrid achieves an average of 3.6 litres per 100 kilometres
during drive through the 48 contiguous U.S. states
Drivers use just over 5.5 tanks of gasoline to complete 14-day, 12,712
km trip across America
Record for "Lowest fuel consumption, 48 U.S. states: gasoline hybrid
car" verified by Guinness World Records adjudicator in ceremony at
Kia's U.S. manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia
SEOUL, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Kia Motors is one of the automotive
industry's current fuel economy leaders and today the brand is
celebrating the setting of a new Guinness World Record for the lowest
fuel consumption in a hybrid gasoline vehicle, while driving through
all 48 adjoining U.S. states.
Drivers Wayne Gerdes from Wadsworth, Illinois, and Chris Bernius from
New York City, successfully piloted a factory-standard 2011 Kia Optima
Hybrid sedan through a 12,712 km route across America and achieved an incredible average fuel consumption
of 3.64 l/100 km, beating the car's official EPA highway fuel
consumption figure by 61.37 per cent.
Kia's 48-state challenge was completed in 14 days driving an average of
907 kilometres per day. The Optima Hybrid used just over 5.5 tanks of
gasoline to complete the route, recording an average distance of 2 282
kilometres between fill-ups. To comply with Guinness World Record
guidelines, the Optima Hybrid had to carry two people and their luggage
throughout the journey.
The record attempt was verified by Philip Robertson, Adjudicator at
Guinness World Records, who also presented the drivers with their
Guinness World Record certificate at an official handover ceremony at
Kia Motors' manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia on September
The record set is officially titled "Lowest fuel consumption driving
through all 48 contiguous U.S. states in a gasoline hybrid car," which
is a new category created by Guinness World Records. In order to
qualify for a new record, the Kia Optima Hybrid was required to achieve
a minimum of 4.5 litres per 100 kilometres, which the fuel-sipping
Optima Hybrid exceeded by 23 per cent.
After a send-off by local dignitaries and Kia team members on August 26
at Kia's manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia, the drivers
departed on their epic journey in a clockwise direction, with the two
drivers averaging approximately 907 kilometres per day. They finished
their route in the city of Greenville, South Carolina, just over two
weeks later on September 9. After a rigorous accreditation process by
Guinness World Records, the drivers and car were transported to West
Point for the closing ceremony and celebration.
Senior Executive Vice President and COO of Kia Motors Corporation,
Thomas Oh, commented, "Kia Motors is deeply proud to have set a new
Guinness World Record. It is testament to the quality of the design,
engineering and production methods of the Kia Optima Hybrid. The
drivers had to complete their unsupported drive through all kinds of
American terrain and weather conditions and they did it without a
single hitch from the Optima Hybrid while setting what is such an
impressive fuel consumption figure.
"While travelling across the United States the Optima Hybrid experienced
temperatures ranging from more than 47 degrees Celsius to less than
freezing point. The team climbed through the formidable Rocky mountain
chain and negotiated rush hour traffic in Chicago, New York City and
Las Vegas - which makes the Optima Hybrid's fuel consumption figure all
the more impressive," added Mr. Oh.
Record-breaking driver, Wayne Gerdes, said, "The Kia Optima Hybrid was
the perfect vehicle for this long road trip. It is spacious,
comfortable and fun-to-drive, and the parallel gasoline-electric
powertrain provided considerable efficiency at highway speeds and the
car performed flawlessly throughout the 12,712 kilometre drive.
"The remarkable economy figure we achieved included driving in all kinds
of conditions, from straight open highway and deserts to gridlocked
city traffic, so this really was the ultimate demonstration of the
real-world fuel economy that any Optima Hybrid owner can achieve with
attention to the details of their driving style."
Followers and fans interested in exploring the route in more detail can
view daily blogs, plus photo and video uploads via a
specially-developed Facebook app at
http://www.facebook.com/Kiamotorsworldwide, where driver Wayne Gerdes
has also shared his top tips for achieving better fuel economy.
Kia Canada Inc. (www.kia.ca - www.facebook.com/kiacanada) -- a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart -- is a
subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) in Korea was founded in 1999
and sells and services high quality class leading vehicles like the
Soul, Forte and Sorento through a network of 172 dealers nationwide.
Kia Canada Inc. employs 141 people in its Mississauga, Ontario
headquarters and four regional offices across Canada. Kia Motors
Corporation continues to showcase the company's global commitment to
surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive
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