Can a vehicle travel from West Coast of the United States to the East Coast using less than 50 gallons of gas? Well, if that is possible, then it would have a place in the Guinness World Records, even if involves a hybrid unit.
That is what actually happened when a hybrid car made a trip from Los Angeles, California to New York. It was Kia’s newest hybrid offering underpinned by a dedicated eco-car platform and a distinct hybrid system that grabbed a place in the Guinness World Records. And there was nothing stopping the 2017 Kia Niro urban crossover hybrid vehicle to set this new world record for lowest fuel consumption by a hybrid vehicle.
Selected for the attempt is an EX model of the new 2017 Kia Niro. To note, Kia didn’t alter the hybrid vehicle in any way just for the attempt – it is an untouched model that could be actually purchased from dealerships. The new Kia Niro -- piloted by Wayne Gerdes (Carlsbad, California) and co-driver Robert Winger (Williamsburg, Virginia) -- commenced its record-setting trip from one of the main landmarks in L.A., the Los Angeles City Hall.
From there, the Niro EX proceeded to make its way from the West Coast to the East Coast, with Gerdes and Winger taking turns at the steering wheel. After travelling 3,715.4 miles (5,979.4 km) and consuming 4.1 tanks of gas (48.5 gallons or 183.6 liters), the Niro EX arrived at the New York City Hall. It was not a test of speed; it was a test of efficiency. So, officially, the 2017 Kia Niro managed to travel 76.6 miles per gallon of fuel – new Guinness World Record for lowest fuel consumption by a hybrid vehicle.
Orth Hedrick, vice president for product planning at Kia Motors America (KMA), remarked that the South Korean carmaker is extremely pleased with the record-breaking performance of the 2017 Kia Niro urban crossover hybrid vehicle. He quipped that the aim for the 2017 Kia Niro was to build a vehicle offering real-world utility, good looks and outstanding mileage – a thing that was confirmed by setting a new Guinness World Record.
The all-new 2017 Kia Niro is the South Korean carmaker’s first dedicated Kia hybrid designed to blend the practicality of a compact crossover and outstanding fuel economy. Its sporty and stylish exterior is matched by a roomy cabin that could accommodate five occupants and their cargo. It features a specially designed hybrid system and comes with a number of advanced driver assistance features like the available Autonomous Emergency Braking and Blind Spot Detection as well as Lane Change Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Kia will launch the new Niro in the first quarter of 2017, with five trim levels to choose from: FE, LX, EX, Touring and Launch Edition. Its FE model has EPA-rated fuel economy numbers of 52/49/50 mpg city/highway/combined. The LX and Touring models have EPA-rated fuel economy numbers of 51/46/49 mpg and 46/40/43 mpg, respectively.